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Education

2009   M.F.A. California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

1999   B.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Professional Experience

2019                                Instructor, Painting I & II, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2017-present                 Exhibition Designer, Preparator, & Curator, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

2018-19, 2015-16, 2012-13 Painting and Color Instructor, Parkland College Community Education

2012-present:                Adjunct Instructor, Hospitality Program, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2011-14, 2005-06          Exhibitions Coordinator, Parkland Art Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2009-present:               Self-employed Painting Instructor to adults and children in Champaign-Urbana and Irvine, CA (2009-2011)

2008                               CSULB: Graduate Teaching Internship, 2-D Design & Foundation Color

2008                               Studio Assistant, Painting II & Painting III, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

2007                               Assistant to Gallery Director for Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts Academy (Summer Program), Idyllwild, CA

2007                               CSULB: Graduate Teaching Internship, Foundation Painting,

 

Select Exhibitions

2022     (upcoming) Women Who Painted - McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2020     Women Who Painted - Artist Of The Corridor, City Of Urbana Public Arts Program, Urbana, IL

2018     1868 Collection Exhibition (Inaugural), Busey Wealth Management, Urbana, IL

2018     Illinois at 200, Giertz Gallery at Parkland college, Champaign, IL

2017     Around the Block, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2016     Parkland College 50th:  Art and Design Alumni Exhibition (juror Barry Blinderman,

             Gallery Director at ISU), Giertz Gallery, Champaign, IL

2016     2nd Annual Urbana Art Exposition, Civic Center, Urbana, IL

2016     Boneyard Arts Festival, Art Coop Gallery, Champaign, IL

2015     Around the Block, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, Champaign, IL, curated by Aron Packer of Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013     Boneyard Arts Festival, Dandelion Vintage-Used Clothing, Champaign-Urbana, IL

2010     Recent Paintings, Peters & Bach, Long Beach, CA

2009    Outer Place, Inner Space, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gatov Gallery, CSULB

2008    Approaching Memory, The Loft, San Pedro, CA

2008    Paintings from the Parkland College Permanent Collection, Parkland Art Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2008    CSULB Department of Art Graduate Student Exhibition, The Loft, San Pedro, CA

2008    Insights, University Art Museum, CSULB

2006    Recent Paintings, High Cross Art Studios, Urbana, IL

2003-05 Boneyard Arts Festival, Champaign-Urbana, IL

2003    Recent Paintings, High Cross Art Studios, Urbana, IL

2002    Launch Celebration for the Champaign County Arts Council (two-person show), Champaign, IL

1999    The Scratch-n-Sniff Show, Grand Rapids, MI

1999    Growing up Post Modern, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL (curated by Barry Blinderman, Gallery Director)

1999    12th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI

1999    ARC Regional VI Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999    Illini Union Art Gallery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

 

Awards:

2019    Grant Recipient, Urbana Arts Grants Program for Women Who Painted Exhibition

2017    Ace Award Nominee: Annual Arts, Culture and Education awards presented by the Champaign County Arts Council

2008   Marilyn Werby Memorial Thesis Exhibition Grant, CSULB

2008   Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund for the Visual Arts

1999   Juror’s Award, 12th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI (Juried by artist Christopher Brown)

Presentations/Critiques

2020    Juror, Champaign County Town and Country Amateur Art Exhibition, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

2020    Guest Lecturer, P.E.O. International Women's Organization, Champaign, IL

2019    Guest, Lecturer, Parkland College, Annual High School Art Seminar, Champaign, IL

2018    Juror, 62nd State Town and Country Amateur Art Exhibition, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

2018    Gallery Talk: Illinois at 200 Exhibition, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2017    Juror, Champaign County Town and Country Amateur Art Exhibition, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

2016    Juror, 60th State Town and Country Amateur Art Exhibition, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL


Published/Broadcast Interview

UPTV6 Interview for Artist of the Corridor Women Who Painted Exhibition, March 2020,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93WjSmvaYSg&feature=youtu.be

WEFT Radio: Interview by Cope Cumpston, Womyn Making Waves, March, 2020
You Tube: Interview by Sara Jones for Art Now - Episode #83. Produced by the Urbana Public Arts Program & Commission

in collaboration with Urbana Public Television, 2017 City of Urbana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MboEasuRH4s

Bibliography:

Debra Domal, "Meet Paula McCarty, the artist behind the new Women Who Painted series", Smile Politely - Champaign-Urbana's Culture Magazine, March 3, 2020,

http://www.smilepolitely.com/arts/meet_paula_mccarty_the_artist_behind_the_new_women_who_painted_series/

Cope Cumpston, "C-U steps up for Women's History Month", Smile Politely, Champaign-Urbana's Culture Magazine, March 2, 2020

http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/c_u_steps_up_for_womens_history_month/

GLAMFA MFA Open Studios Catalog 2008, Fine Arts Roundtable

GLAMFA MFA Open Studios Catalog 2007, Fine Arts Roundtable

The Octopus, October 2000 (alternative newspaper, Champaign, IL)

 

Collections:

Parkland College, Champaign, IL

Numerous private collections