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Christopher Cairns

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artist's biography

Born 1942, Wilmington, Delaware


Education
1965: A.B. in English Literature, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
1970: M.F.A. in sculpture, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Experience

2005: Professor Emeritus, Haverford College
1970-2005: Professor of Fine Arts, Haverford College (Chair, Fine Arts Department, 1976-79, 1982-85,1989-91, 1994-5, Acting Chair, 1998-99)
1998-2004: Sculpture Faculty, summer, N.Y. Studio School
1994: Sculpture Faculty, New York Studio School
1992: Sculpture Faculty, summer, N.Y. Studio School
1984: MFA Sculpture Faculty, Parsons School of Design
1982-1984: Visiting Artist, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, New Jersey
1982: Visiting Critic, MFA Program, University of Pennsylvania
1976-79: Sculpture Faculty, New York Studio School
1966-68: Assistant to Peter Agostini, sculptor, New York, NY

Shows
2005: Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
2005: 40th Anniversary show of the NY Studio School (group show)
2004: The Expressionist Gesture, Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA (group show)
2003: Tower Hill School, Wilmington DE (with Nicholas Cairns)
2001; Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
2000: Ericson Gallery, Philadelphia PA.
1998: Extensions: Aspects of the Figure, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford (group show)
1998: George Rochberg 80th year Celebratory Concert, Havertown, PA
1998: Colburn Studio show, Paris, France
1997: Cairns Studio show, Havertown, PA
1997: Geisen Gallery, Strasbourg, France
1996: Interfaith Council on the Holocaust, Drexel University
1996: Stadtsparkasse Munchen, Munich Germany
1996: Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
1996: Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
1996: Cedarcrest College, Allentown, PA
1995: Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA
1995: Cairns Studio show, Havertown, PA (with Marcantonio Barone, piano)
1994: Cairns Studio show, Havertown, PA (with Geoffrey Michaels, violin)
1993: Grounds for Sculpture, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ
1992: The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1990: The Expressionist Surface, Queens Museum (group show)
1988: Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill, PA
1988: Hatfield and Hatfield, Prince Street, New York, New York
1987: Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York
1986: Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York
1987: Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA (with Ingrid Muan)
1986: “Heads” Show, New York Studio School (group)
1985: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
1984: Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ
1984: Sculpture Show, Trenton Museum, Trenton, NJ (group show)
1984: The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1983: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
1982: Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1980: Esmeralda Chamber, Haverford College, funded by the PA Arts Council
1979: Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1979: New York Studio School, New York (with Jonathan Silver)
1978: Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC (with Jonathan Silver)
1976: 4 x 10 Gallery, New York (with Jonathan Silver)
1976: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
1975: Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1970: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Grants
1971-2005: Faculty Research Grant for materials, Haverford College
1980: Artists Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
1975-76: Mellon Grants, distributed under the auspices of H.C.
1974: Lindback Foundation Grant for faculty excellence
1971-72: Ford Grant, distributed under the auspices of H.C.

Articles and Reviews
2005: Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2005 by Victoria Donohoe
2004: Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2004 by Victoria Donohoe
2002: Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2002 by Victoria Donohoe
1996: Philadelphia Inquirer, January 28, 1996 by Victoria Donohoe
1995: Sculpture Magazine, September-October by Thomas Csaszar
1995: Art Matters, September, by Burt Wasserman
1995: Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2, 1995, by Victoria Donohoe.
1990: New York Times, July 11, 1990 by Michael Brenson (group show)]
1988: Philadelphia Inquirer, November 1988, by Edward Sozanki
1988: Philadelphia Inquirer, September 30, 1988, by Charles McCurdy
1987: Philadelphia Inquirer, March 18, 1988, by Victoria Donohoe
1986: New York Times, January 24, 1986, by Michael Brenson (group show)
1985: New York Times, November 1, 1985, by Michael Brenson
1985: Artworld, November 1985, by Jonathan Silver
1984: Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 1984, by Victoria Donohoe
1983: Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 1983, by Victoria Donohoe
1982: Haverford Horizons, Spring, 1982, “Christopher Cairns’ Esmeralda Chamber,” by Porter Aichele
1982: Philadelphia Inquirer, October 10, 1982, by Victoria Donohoe
1979: ART NEWS, January 1980, by Cynthia Nadelman
1979: Philadelphia Inquirer, March 4, 1979, by Victoria Donohoe
1975: Philadelphia Bulletin, February 9, 1975, by Nessa Forman

Collections
Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA
Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill, PA
Haverford College, Haverford PA
LaSalle University Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Hamline University, St Paul, MN
Lincoln Center Music Library
Grounds for Sculpture, Mercerville, NJ
Numerous private collections