Deborah Schoen is an artist whose work investigates generational and matrilineal dialogues that explore traditional notions of femininity, transformative qualities of female personas, and the value of one’s time. Her practice explores the fluidity of found materials, a deconstruction of the old and recontextualization of the new, through a wide variety of media including photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance art, as well as large-scale public sculpture.
Born and raised in southern California, she grew up in an eccentric and artistically driven family who was always on the go, which felt familiar when she married into the military. Since then, she has moved nearly twenty times and has lived across the country and overseas.
Deborah Schoen’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions, including an exhibition at The Transit Gallery in Norfolk, Virginia, a group exhibition at the Modern and Contemporary Art museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Awards include the Linda Holmgren Jensen Endowed Scholarship for the Arts, an artist residency invitation to the Glass Wheel Studios and internship with the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, the University Village Center Public Sculpture scholarship and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs LAS Faculty & Student Creative Works Grant.
Schoen was awarded an Associate’s in Arts & Humanities from California’s Coastline Community College and a Bachelor’s in Visual and Performing Arts with a minor in Art History from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Deborah Schoen, The Deborahs Project, installation view, dimensions variable. 2019.