Ault Park

My studio is in a renovated 140 year old building in the Over-the-Rhine section of Cincinnati, Ohio. I think of myself as an outdoor painter, but find myself spending months in the studio without setting foot outside due to weather and other commitments. Nonetheless, I paint at an outdoor easel whenever I can, and my spring, summer and fall revolve around this passion. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University's Art Department and studied for endless years under Michael Scott and Cole Carothers. I taught art at the Baker Hunt Institute in Covington, Kentucky and painting at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Artist Statement on Paintings
The creative process is never ending for me. I try to observe and learn in every minute and, hopefully, my paintings depict my quest for truth and beauty. While I paint in the studio or outdoors, I relinquish my personal control of the brush to the Universal energy which results in a timelessness gift I humbly receive. It is a privilege to be a painter and I try never to forget that. I hope that others enjoy my work.

Selected Exhibitions and Accomplishments
1992 Thesis Show at Xavier University
1993 Hyde Park Art Show
1993 Gallery 99 Show
1993 Third Place in "Bastille in Mt. Adams" Art Competition
1993 "Viewpoint" Group Show at the Cincinnati Art Club
1994 Gallery 99 Show
1994 Mount Adams Street Affair
1994 Solo Exhibition at the Raymond Gallery
1994 Persimmon Tree Gallery in Louisville, KY
1995 Solo Show at the Visual History Gallery in Hyde Park
1995 Place award in the "John Rettig Sketch Group Show"6
1996 Works accepted in " Cinergy Collection"
1996 Solo Show at the Visual History Gallery in Hyde Park
1997 Works permanently on display at Closson's
1998 "Say It With Flowers" Closson's
1998 Poster for the Art in the Park, Miami Whitewater Forest
1998 Backdrop for Xavier's Bellarmine Chapel
1999 Group Show at Closson's
1999 "Say It With Flowers" Closson's art Show
1999 Work shown at Music Hall, Cincinnati, for the May Festival
2000 Commissioned Portrait for St. Aloysius Gonzaga School
2000 Commissioned Montage for Xavier University
2000 "Pigtisse" exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum
2000 "Pigtisse" permanently located at the Ronald McDonald House
2000 Third Place in American Impressionist Society National Show
2000 Commissioned portrait of Xavier University president, Fr. Hoff
2001 "Flowers in Bloom", Ault Park
2001 Invited to the Cincinnati Art Museum artists' panel
2002 April 19 Art show at Closson's, Cincinnati
2002 Flower Power Pot Commissioned by the Cincinnati Art Museum
2002 2nd place in national "Spirit of America" competition
2002 "Signs of Summer" show at Closson's, Cincinnati
2002 American Impressionist Show, CA
2003 Lewis and Clark Exhibition, New Richmond
2003 Group Show at Closson's, Cincinnati
2003 Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cards
2003 Artwork for McDonald's Restaurants
2004 March 12 Art Show at Closson"s, Cincinnati
2004 May 9 Group Show at Closson's-Ohio Landscape Painters
2005 American Impressionist Society National Show, Taos, NM
2005 Painting featured in German Documentary Film
2005 Phyllis J Weston Group Show
2005 Solo Show at Xavier's Gallagher Center
2005 Solo Show at Phyllis J. Weston Gallery
2006 Mural for Xavier University
2007 American Impressionist Group Show, Chicago, IL
2007 Solo Show at Phyllis J. Weston Gallery
2007 Art Grant from Cincinnati
2008 Solo Grant Show at Vernon's Gallery, Cincinnati
2010 Lecture and Solo Show at Xavier University,Cincinnati
2010 Lecture and Solo Show at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat, Long Island
2011 Lecture and Solo Show at John Carroll University, Cleveland
2011 Lecture and Solo Show at Naples, FLA
2011 Lecture and Solo Show at Phyllis J. Weston Gallery, Cincinnati
2011 Lecture and Solo Show at St. Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis
2011 Commissioned piece for De Paul Cristo Rey High Schoo, Cincinnati
2011 Lecture and Solo Show at Kennebunk, ME
2011 Group Exhibition, Greenachres, Cincinnati, OH
2012 Mother Seton, DPCR commission, Cincinnati, OH
2012 Adsum, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis, IN
2013 Greenacres Artist Guild Exhibition Cincinnati
2013 Cincinnati International Fine Arts Fair, Cincinnati, OH
2014 Adsum, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
2015 Adsum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
2015 Inspired by Realism, Marian Library", Dayton, OH
Scholarly Articles

2011 Company Magazine - click here to read the article
2011 Xavier Magazine - click here to read the article
2012 Journal of Jesuit Business Education. The Journal of Jesuit Business Education is the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE). The journal is dedicated to the distribution of scholarly work and commentary with a focus on the distinctiveness of business education in the Jesuit tradition. Click here to read the article.


2014 Holly Schapker.