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Bio

My dependence on the visual world began when I lost much of my hearing through spinal meningitis at 2 years of age. This loss was a blessing in disguise as I learned to depend on body language and reading lips to communicate. So, from my youngest days, I became sensitive to the people around me and the unspoken language revealed through compositions of the human body.

My fascination with the dichotomy of the seen and unseen in human existence has been a conceptual cornerstone for most of my career as a figurative artist. It is in the moment of hesitation when one moves into the interior space of thought, that I find inspiration. I strive to paint not only the delicate features of the external person but to capture the tender unseen presence that transcends understanding in the depth of a soul. In my experience in working with the people that I paint, I repeatedly discover the profound mystery of existence.

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Ali Cavanaugh: Education and Honors

BFA Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 1995
Parsons School of Design, New York City, 1994

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Ali Cavanaugh: Selected Exhibitions

No: 10 Anniversary Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2015
Women Painting Women, Richard J Demato Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY, 2014
20 Year Anniversary, Ampersand, 2014
Art Fair AD 20/21, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA, 2014
40 & Under group exhibit, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, 2014
Transient Life, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL, 2014
Figurative Invitational, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2014
The New Real 2, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN, 2014
2014 Summer Salon, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece, 2014
Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Galley, Memphis, TN, 2013/2012
Five year anniversary show, DK Gallery, Marietta, GA, 2013
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2009-2013
2013 Summer Salon, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece, 2013
Evolution, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2013
North vs. South, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2013
Glance at the Sun, GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2013
December Group Exhibit, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA, 2012
9 Striped Works, Sarah Bain Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
August, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA, 2012
Everything Changes, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2012
100 Degrees, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2012
Nuance, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2012
The New Real, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN, 2012
Arcs and Angels, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2011
AD 20/21, GF Contemporary, Boston, MA, 2011
SF Fine Art Fair, GF Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Rivers, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2011
Figurative Show, dkGallery, Marietta, GA, 2011
What We Choose, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2011
After Dark, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2011
Fortunate, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2011
Small Works, GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2010
30 Year Anniversary Show, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, 2010
Women Painting Women, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, 2010
ACT Invitational, The Gallery at Round Top, Round Top, TX, 2010
A Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2010
Holiday Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2009/2008
Group Exhibit, GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2009
Feast, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2009
Miniatures 2009, Daniel North Gallery, Cut Band, MT, 2009
Black vs. White, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2009
The Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2009/2008
Twelve, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2008
Cinco, Bering and James Gallery, Houston, TX, 2008/2007
The Boat Show, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2008
Red Art Houston, Bering and James Gallery, Houston, TX, 2008
AAF, New York City, by Seven-o-Seven Contemporary, 2007
Red Hot, Seven-o-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2007
Alice in Wonderland, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2006
Red, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX, 2006
Katrina Lasko Gallery, Bernalillo, NM, 2004, 2002
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 2001
Thirdstone Gallery, Saugatuck, MI, 2000
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999
Riley Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 1998
The New Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 1997
Lowell, Center for the Arts, Lowell, MI, 1996
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, 1995
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, 1991

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Ali Cavanaugh: Publications

The Mockingbird, cover, Winter 2014
American Art Collector, p. 136, October 2014 . Fine Art Connoisseur, p. 78, October 2014
Nashville Arts Magazine, p. 72-75, August 2014
PORTFOLIO magazine, Kendall College of Art and Design, p. 10-11, 13, Summer Issue, 2014
The Mockingbird, p. 91, Summer 2014
Nashville Arts Magazine, cover, p. 88-89, June 2014
Poets and Artists Magazine, Issue #56, “Celebration” curated by Daniel Maidman, June 2014
St. Austin Review, p. 23, May/June 2014
Poets and Artists Magazine, Issue #55, “Raw Beauty” curated by Sergio Gomez, May 2014
Watercolor Artist Magazine, 5th Annual Watercolor Showcase, p. 32, April 2014
Ampersand spokesperson, paintings used on all promotional materials, 2014
American Art Collector, 100th Issue, cover, p. 49, 154, Feb. 2014
“Odyssey,” American Art Collector, Issue 95, September 2013
Empty, Issue 22, 2013
Huffington Post, September 3, 2013
Fine Art Connoisseur, September  2013
Hi Fructose, January 5, 2013
“The Lives They Lived,” New York Times Magazine, Dec. 2012
“The Art of Ali Cavanaugh,” Star, Fall 2012
St Austin Review, Fall Issue, 2012
Les Bonnes Personnes, novel by V. Papineau, Cover Artist, 2012
“Nuance,” American Art Collector, November 2012
Michelle Jones, “The New Real,” Nashville Arts, July 2012
Daniel Smith Reference Catalogue, 2011-2012
American Art Collector, November, October 2011
The Art of Watercolour, Summer Issue, 2011. 
 l’Art de l’Aquarelle, Summer Issue, 2011
American Art Collector, May, 2011/ Nov. 2010
St. Louis Review, April 1, 2011
The Artist’s Magazine, March, 2011
Artsee Magazine, Nov/Dec, 2010
573 Insider, cover artist, Sept/Oct, 2010.
  Envoy Magazine, volume 9.3, 2010. 
Charleston Contemporary Arts Examiner, January, 2010
Finalist in International Figurative competition, International Artist
Magazine, December 2008
“Artist to Watch: Ali Cavanaugh,” Southwest Art Magazine, September 2006

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