Work Process

Uta Fehlhaber-SmithThe German born and reared artist's approach to art derives from her deep concern with cultural, social, philosophical, and political issues. Frequently incorporating ideas drawn from music, literature, and dance the artist utilizes diverse forms and media in expressing ideas derived from her various passions and intellectual pursuits.

Fehlhaber-Smith describes her work process as follows. "As soon as a theme incubates, I develop antennas, picking up information and sensations relevant to this idea or subject. Eventually my theme's visualization comes into precise focus on it's own, uninvited but welcome. Therefore I need to be flexible, entertaining diverse media, techniques and styles, which consequently makes me unpredictable as an artist. This liberty is crucial to me."

Photo by Tristan Kieselhorst

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Two Rivers – a confluence of poetry and realism,
(For instance the San Antonio River and the Rio Grande)
Assemblages and digital photography on and with hand made paper
White Sturgeon Gallery @ the Water Resources Education Center, Vancouver, Washington
2003 Works on and with hand made paper
Contemporary Art Month Exhibition
Paintings, Mixed Media, Sculptures
Instituto De Mexico, San Antonio, Texas
  The Bread & Circus Series and other paintings
Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Texas
2000 Crimes against Humanity (Against Forgetting and Finger Pointing)
Canticle to the Sun (Canticle for the Creatures)
And other works on and with hand made paper
St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
1999 Of Mice and Men, Renaissance Series
Mixed media works on paper, paper paintings
Galerie ZeitRaum, Oldenburg, Germany
1998 Crimes against Humanity (Against Forgetting and Finger Pointing)
The Urban Series, and The Duality o
f Roses
Works on and with hand made paper
Galerie ZeitRaum, Oldenburg, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 The Kingstad Gallery, Border Hyphens Series
Assemblages
Beaverton, Oregon
2008 Olympic Mills Commerce Building: rdEVOLUTION
Series “The Saga of an American Animal,” Paper paintings
Portland , Oregon
  Mark Woolley Gallery, “Beziehungen” (Relationships)
Oil paintings
Portland, Oregon
2007 City Hall First Thursday Sustainable Art Show
Water Under the Bridge (The San Antonio River project)
Digital photographs on handmade paper
Portland, Oregon
2006 Frank Lloyd Wright House Fiber Art Show
Ravel’s Bolero, Paper painting
Silverton, Oregon
2005 “First Thursday” Exhibition in the Pearl
Paper paintings
Portland, Oregon, private venue
2004 W.A.R.R.R! Wrongs and Responsbilidades, Rights, Rituals
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, Texas
  H2O~ Considering the Hydrosphere,
Water under the Bridge (The San Antonio River Project)
Digital photographs on handmade paper
Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, Texas
2003 Blue Star 18 @Flatbed Press Galleries, Austin
Blue Star 18 (Contemporary Art Month Exhibition)
"Border‑ Hyphens," Assemblages
Curated by Terrie Sultan, Houston, Texas
Austin and San Antonio, Texas
  All School Exhibition
Southwest School of Arts & Craft, San Antonio, Texas
  73rd Annual San Antonio Artist Exhibition, Paper paintings,
"Music Interpretations"
Juried by Deborah McLeod, Virginia
2002 72nd Annual San Antonio Artists Exhibition
"Border‑ Hyphens," Assemblages
Juried by Lyle Novinski, Dallas
2001 Celebrating the Riches of our Diversity,
Crimes against Humanity (against Forgetting and Finger Pointing) Community Artists' Collective Gallery, Houston, Texas
2000 Art Craft Exhibition, Art Museum of South Texas
Juried by Susan Peterson, Corpus Christi, Texas
70th Annual Artists Exhibition, Paper paintings
Juried by Susan Shatters, New York
The San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  The Psychological Figure, The Solitude Series, Paintings
Center for Spirituality and the Arts, San Antonio, Texas
1999 The Millennium Show, The Solitude Series, Paintings
Sulkin / Secant Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
  69th Annual Artists Exhibition, Paper paintings
Juried by David L.Shirey, New York, N.Y
The San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  Minimal Art Discount
Art project organized by "du vague a I’ art,"
Concurrently with the Art Biennale, Paper assemblages
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
1998 "1998" Annual Artists Exhibition
The San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, Texas
1997 Abstractions Four, Paper paintings
The Artist's Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
  Confluence 1997 Annual National Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition,
Paper paintings
  Endeavors 9, Paper paintings, Juried exhibition
SW School of Art Craft, San Antonio, TX
1996By Invitation, Prints on handmade paper
Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, Texas,
  Multimedia Juried Art Show, Paper assemblage
Juried by James Surls, Houston, Texas
Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Texas,
  International Juried Exhibition, Paintings
Juror: Elizabeth A. Yarozs
Laredo Art League, Laredo Center For the Arts, Laredo, Texas,
1985Assemblages and Environmental Installations
Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, Oidenburg, Germany

Awards

2009 First Place Award Subject/ Object exhibition for the Border Hyphen Series Kingstad Gallery, Beaverton , OR
2003 All School Exhibition , Southwest School of Art& Craft, San Antonio, TX, Best of Paper & Book Art Department, Paper Painting
  73rd Annual Artist Exhibition San Antonio Art League Museum, Contributer's Award, Paper Painting
2002 72nd Annual Artist Exhibition San Antonio Art League Museum, Onkerdonk Award, Assemblage with hand made paper
2000 70th Annual Artist Exhibition San Antonio Art League Museum, Sponsor's Award, Paper Painting
1999 69th Annual Artist Exhibition San Antonio Art League Museum, Cecil Casebier Memorial Award, Paper Painting
1997 Confluence — Annual National Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibition Juror's Award, Paper Painting
  Counterpoint, 29th Annual National Juried Show- Printmaking, Photography and Drawing Juror's Award, Prints on hand made paper
1996 International Juried Exhibition, Laredo Art League First Place Award for "Inventory", Painting Laredo, TX

Bibliography

Jo Siddens, IAPMA Bulletin 46, Natural Fibers, International Association of Hand Papermakers and paper Artists, "The Duality of Roses," 2009, Critique

Catherine Walworth, VOA, Voices of Art Magazine, Volume 12, "H2O -Considering the Hydrosphere", San Antonio, TX, 2004, Review

Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, TX, February18, 2004 "Water works" on "Considering the Hydrosphere," Review

Terrie Sultan, In Celebration of Contemporary Art month, / Blue Star18, July 2003, San Antonio July 2003, Catalogue

Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio July20, 2003, "Artist at Ease in Various Styles", Review

Pamela Outz, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, April 2000, biographical feature 'Artist thrives on "exotic" U.S.A.'

70th Annual Artists Exhibition, San Antonio Art League Museum Exhibition Catalogue, 2000

69th An Annual Artists Exhibition, San Antonio Art League Museum Exhibition Catalogue, 1999

Sabine Schicke, Nordwest Zeitung, Oldenburg, Germany, 1999, Review

Sabine Schicke, Nordwest Zeitung, Oldenburg, Germany, 1998, Review

Du vague a l´art, Minimal Art Discount, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 1998, Catalogue and TV review

Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, 1997, Review

Alejandra Arellano, EI Manana, Laredo, Mexico, 1996, Review

Juergen Weichardt, "Drawings with a lot of body language" Nordwest Zeitung, Oldenburg, Germany1998, Review

Uta Fehlhaber‑Smith: Professional articles relating to environmental projects: "Developing sensations for visual perception in material, form and meaning" Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, Oldenburg, Germany, 1985

Uta FehIhaber‑Smith: Thesis: "Adults in the Art Museum‑ Motivation, Analysis, and Critique"; Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, Oldenburg, Germany, 1987

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience 2001 Youth Opportunity (YO), Cultural Arts Program, City of S.A. TX, Portfolio Development - Painting and Drawing

1996, 1995, 1994, 1993 San Antonio Museum of Art Summer Camps

1993, 1992 San Antonio Art Institute: College Prep, YAP (Young Artist Program)

Madonna Neighborhood: Summer Art Camps, Saturday Morning Art Projects, San Antonio, Texas

Founded "Los Seven Olmos Art School" for elementary and secondary level students, San Antonio, Texas

1991 City of San Antonio, Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs: ARTSTEACH

1988-1989 New Age School, San Antonio, Texas, a private school with an approach through art and philosophy: Classroom teacher

1984-1986 Art and music education at German public schools

Education

Double Major Teaching Certificate in Art and Music (Equivalent to a Masters Degree in art and music education) Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, Oldenburg, Germany, 1987

Additional Studies

State Art Academy, Bremen, Germany: Sculpture: 1961-1962

International Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria: Sculpture, figure drawing and research with Nobel Prize winner Robert Jungk, (Concepts for the innovation of the Salzburger Festspiele); 1982

Texas Tech. University, graduate classes: Works on paper, printing; 1994,1996,1997

Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, Texas: Paper making, studio projects and Paper related workshops; 1995,1996,1997,1998

University of Texas, San Antonio: Sculpture; 1996