Holly Schapker fine artist

meet the artist

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 get outdoors as much as possible. 
In fact, the image [above] shows a labyrinth that I enjoyed creating in
Ault Park with my nephew. I graduated from Xavier University in 1992
and then studied for endless years under Michael Scott who resides
in Santa Fe. Currently, I teach beginning and advanced painting at
Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The gift of my life as a painter is
that my works continue to draw in the most wonderful people in my life
and experiences for which I am eternally grateful.


Artist Statement on Paintings

"I create rhythms within my work which portray the language of the heart.  The current focus of my work is primarily representational paintings, many including a unique texture created by natural objects or materials found in my studio.  My aim is to create timeless images of the spirit. The creative process is never ending for me. I try to observe and learn as I breathe and my paintings depict my quest for truth and beauty. While I paint in the studio or outdoors, I intend to relinquish my personal control of the brush to God's energy which results in unexpected gifts that I humbly receive. I hope others enjoy my work as well.”


Artist Bio

Holly Schapker resides and works in Cincinnati, OH.  She graduated from Xavier University’s Art Department in 1992.  She then continued her painting education by studying under Michael Scott for ten years, whose fine art teaching process has a strong focus on painting outdoors. Her work has been the subject of many publications, including print, television, and radio. Holly has been invited to
demonstrate her painting techniques and creative process to universities all around the nation. She teaches Beginning, Advanced, and Thesis Painting at Xavier University.  In addition to her painting
demonstrations, Holly travels to give lectures as a creative catholic and hosts spiritual retreats.

Outdoor painting and research has taken her on travels through Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Assisi, Cinque Terre, Italy; Paris, Lyon, Nice, St. Tropez, and Burgundy, France; Cotswolds, York, Oxford, London, England; Bilboa, Barcelona, Montserrat, Spain; Georgetown, ME; and Charlevoix, MI.  Ms. Schapker's paintings and drawings can be found in several corporate collections, universities, schools, and churches. She has been commissioned by the Archbishop of Cincinnati,  Xavier University, the Women’s Committee at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Ronald McDonald House, as well as The Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Schapker's work is also in the collections of numerous private collectors throughout the nation.  She was an arts grant recipient by the City of Cincinnati and recognized as one of twelve “notable female alumni” at Xavier University.  Holly has received a special Presidential Citation at Xavier University in 2015 and was inducted in the Mother of Mercy High School Alumni Hall of Excellence in year 2009. 

Selected Exhibitions and Accomplishments

2021 Cover Image of "Nourishing Love: A Franciscan Celebration of Mary" by Murray Bodo, OFM

2018 Works purchased for the offices of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus;
        Chicago, IL

2017 Spiritual Retreat:Hosting "The Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius", Milford, OH
2017 "Mary with Flowers" exhibition, University of Dayton; Dayton, OH
2017 Lecture for Legatus, Lincoln, NE
2016 Presidential Citation at Xavier University; Cincinnati, OH

2016 Spiritual Retreat: Hosting "Ignatian Spirituality and the Creative Process", Milford, OH

2016 “Adsum”, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
2016 Altar Piece at Bellarmine Chapel, Cincinnati OH
2015 “Adsum”, Marquette University,  Milwaukee
2015 “Inspired by Realism”, Marian Library, Dayton, OH
2015 “There's Something about Mary” exhibition at Xavier University
2015 Regina Maria Sivori, Pope Francis; Vatican City, Roma
2014 “Adsum”, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
2013 Greenacres Artist Guild Exhibition Cincinnati
2013 Cincinnati International Fine Arts Fair, Cincinnati, OH
2012 Mother Seton, DPCR commission, Cincinnati, OH
2012 Adsum, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis, IN
2011 Lecture / Solo Show at John Carroll University, Cleveland
2011 Lecture / Solo Show at Naples, FLA
2011 Lecture / Solo Show at Phyllis J. Weston Gallery, Cincinnati
2011 Lecture / Solo Show at St. Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis
2011 Commissioned piece for De Paul Cristo Rey High School, Cincinnati
2011 Lecture and Solo Show at Kennebunk, ME
2010 Lecture / Solo Show at Xavier University,Cincinnati
2010 Lecture / Solo Show at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat, Long Island
2007 American Impressionist Group Show, Chicago, IL
2007 Solo Show at Phyllis J. Weston Gallery
2007 Art Grant from Cincinnati
2006 Commissioned Mural for Xavier University
2005 American Impressionist Society National Show, Taos, NM
2005 Painting featured in German Documentary Film
2005 Solo Show at Phyllis J. Weston Gallery
2004 March 12 Art Show at Clossonís, Cincinnati
2003 Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cards
2002 April 19 Art show at Closson's, Cincinnati
2002 2nd place in national “Spirit of America” competition
2002 Signs of Summer show at Closson's, Cincinnati
2002 American Impressionist Show, CA
2001 “Flowers in Bloom”, Ault Park
2001 Invited to the Cincinnati Art Museum artists’ panel
2000 Commissioned Montage for Xavier University
2000 Pigtisse exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum
2000 Pigtisse permanently located at the Ronald McDonald House
2000 Commissioned portrait of Xavier University president, Fr. Hoff
2000 Commissioned Portrait for St. Aloysius Gonzaga School

Scholarly Articles
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.

2011 Company Magazine - click here to read the article
2011 Xavier Magazine - click here to read the article

Holly Schapker fine artist