60" x 14
About the artist
Deirdre Murphy, a Philadelphia-based artist whose art encompasses painting, printmaking, collaborative sculpture, and public art. Deirdre’s artwork is informed by biological patterns in nature and scientific data visualization. A decade of interest in avian migratory patterns, climate change, and molecular biology led to residencies at Pennsylvania State University’s Shaver Creek Environmental Center (2022), Winterthur Museum (2019), Integral Molecular (2018), Lacawac Field Lab / Drexel University (2018), Powdermill Nature Reserve/ Carnegie Museum of Natural History (2016) and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (2015), Vermont Studio Center (1998). This deep creative inquiry has led Murphy to grants from the University of Pennsylvania Environmental Humanities, Lehigh University’s Humanities Lab, Leeway Foundation, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and Percent for the Arts (California).
Murphy has exhibited extensively in the United States in museums, galleries, and institutions in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, Oregon, and Vermont. Solo and selected museum venues include Zillman Art Museum (Maine), Biggs Museum of American Art (Delaware), Palm Springs Museum of Art (California), New Bedford Art Museum (Maine), and Tacoma Art Museum (Washington). Her work has been published in numerous publications, Symbiosis Journal, New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine, Antique and Fine Arts Magazine, and Broad Street Review.
Murphy received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Lehigh University and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Visiting artist positions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kent State, University of Texas (Tyler), University of Maine, and Dickinson College. Her work can be found in public collections at Temple University, Zillman Art Museum, Bank of Wilmington, AlphaMed Press, Independence Seaport Museum, Glenmede Trust, University of Pennsylvania, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum, among others. Murphy is represented by Boxheart Gallery (Pittsburgh), Gross McCleaf Gallery (Philadelphia), and Zinc Contemporary (Seattle).