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Samantha Haring
DeKalb, Illinois

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I make quiet paintings in a noisy world. My work is an intimate meditation on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. The process of methodically considering light and color is my way of understanding the world and my ever-evolving place in it. "Stretch" is part of an ongoing series exploring self-portraiture through private space and personal objects. I aim to promote a reengagement with the mundane while creating a moment of reflection for the viewer.

Content arises from formal choices; the constant search for visual harmony energizes my practice. The careful observation and subsequent depiction of concrete space, light, and air, through the plastic vehicle of oil paint, begins as a documentation of my own existence. Broader questions about absence and presence arise from these so-called 'empty' studio spaces and abandoned objects, ultimately fueling the act of visual discovery.





born: 1989, Des Plaines, Illinois



Northern Illinois University, MFA, 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, 2011


selected awards/honors

Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Visual Arts Scholarship, 2013

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Northern Illinois University, 2013

Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Visual Arts Finalist, 2012

Graduate Scholarship, Northern Illinois University, 2011-2014


selected publications

Manifest Gallery; 7th Annual Master Pieces Exhibition. Cincinnati, Ohio: Manifest Press p. 11-12, 2013

Integrative Teaching International; Future Forward: Foundations NOW; Volume 3, Issue 1. p. 12-20, November 2012

Rock Island Art Guild; 36th Annual Fine Art Exhibition. Rock Island, Illinois, 2011


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Summer Paintings,Gallery 214, DeKalb, Illinois, 2013


selected group shows

Master Pieces 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013

Civic and Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois, 2013

Facemask: 8th Annual National Self Portrait Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 2012

Maryland Federation of Art: Strokes of Genius, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland, 2012



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