ARTIST STATEMENT

I am exploring the complex way in which our society views women and their relation to beauty. Inspired by fashion photography and the evolution of the roles of women, I place idealized women in isolated settings saturated with bright colors, challenging the viewer to confront the dichotomy between the perception of liberation and that of confinement.

 


Chambers Austelle is a contemporary figurative painter and educator living and working in Charleston, SC. Austelle is best known for her compositions of vivid color and female subjects. The isolated environments challenge the viewer to question the way beauty and women are perceived in our culture.

Austelle’s work has been exhibited nationally and exists in many private collections. Recently, she was awarded Best in Show at The City Gallery for “Piccolo Spoleto’s 2016 Juried Exhibition”, as well as Charlie Magazine’s “50 Most Progressive”. Austelle’s work has been featured in publications such as Expose Art Magazine, The Artist Catalogue, Fresh Paint Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Create Magazine and more.


EDUCATION
2011                              Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts
.                                       College of Charleston

AWARDS & HONORS

2016                              Artist-in-Residency, Sanders Clyde
.                                       Creative Arts School, December 2016
2016                              Best in Show, Piccolo Spoleto Juried
.                                       Exhibit, City Gallery
2016                              50 Most Progressive, Charlie Magazine
2016                              Artist-in-Residency, Sanders Clyde
.                                       Creative Arts School, March 2016
2015                              Artist Stipend, Charleston Supported Art
2015                              Art Matters Grant Nominee
2011                              President’s Choice Award for Photography,
.                                       College of Charleston

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017                              Birdcage, Beresford Studios
.                                       Charleston, SC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017                              Esoteric, Etcetera, The Artistry,
.                                       Greenville, SC
2017                              Face, SCETV, Columbia, SC
2017                              Homage, The Vendue, Charleston, SC
2017                              Graffiti In The Garden, The Gibbes Museum
.                                       Charleston, SC
2017                              From The Pages, Paradigm Gallery
.                                       Philadelphia, PA
2016                              Redux Annual Art Auction, Redux
.                                       Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2016                              Southern Works on Paper, The Southern
.                                       Gallery, Charleston, SC
2016                              Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibit,
.                                       The City Gallery, Charleston, SC
2015                              Redux Annual Art Auction, Redux
.                                       Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2015                              Dig South, Show and Tell Art and
.                                       Design, Charleston, SC
2015                              Imagining Eliza, The George Gallery
.                                       Charleston, SC
2014                              Awe & Awe, Show and Tell Art and Design
.                                       Awendaw, SC
2014                              Cradle of Creativity, Piccolo Spoleto,
.                                       The City Gallery, Charleston, SC
2014                              ReNude, Redux Contemporary Art Center
.                                       Charleston, SC
2014                              Artfields, Lake City, SC
2013                              Choice, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011                              Young Contemporaries, Halsey Institute of
.                                       Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC
2011                               Salon des Refusés, The Hill Gallery
.                                       Charleston, SC
2010                              Salon des Refusés, The Hill Gallery
.                                       Charleston, SC

PUBLICATIONS

2017                             Art Maze Magazine, Issue 2
2017                             Create! Magazine, Issue 2
2016                             Art Maze Magazine, Digital Issue
2016                             Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 11
2016                             Expose Art Magazine, Next Generation Edition
2016                             The Artist Catalogue, Volume 5, Issue 1
2015                             Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 7, 10
2015                             Mad House Publications, Volume 3
2014                             Yemassee Literary Journal, Issue 21.2

TEACHING EXPERIENCE/ LECTURES

2017                             Guest Lecturer, Marketing and Advertising in the Arts
.                                      College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2017                             Guest Lecturer, Gallery Fundamentals, College of Charleston
.                                      Charleston, SC
2016                             Lecturer, Greenville Technical Charter High School
.                                      Greenville, SC
2014 –                         Redux Contemporary Art Center, Instructor
2012                             Roots + Wings School of Art, Instructor

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017                              Lowcountry Local First, Public Art Curator
2016 –                          Charleston Trading Eights, Co-Founder
2015 –                          Young Artists, Founder + Director
2014 – 2017               Redux Contemporary Art Center,
.                                       Outreach Coordinator