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I was born in the United States and raised in the artsy college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. My parents were big liberal dreamers with artistic and intellectual legs to stand on. As a child, I painted with oil paints, built pots on a potters wheel, etched on metal with acid, silk screened, carved linoleum blocks, learned to weave on large looms, and even tried my hand at marble sculpting.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ph.D. from CWRU, followed by private, intensive art school study with Gerald Vandevier, professor emeritus of drawing and painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

While maintaining an ongoing art presence in NYC, Atlanta and Cleveland, I recently moved outside of Philadelphia to a charming 1745 farmhouse with a large barn to house my more expansive studio. I’m very passionate and disciplined about my practice and work in my studio full time. I also make a point of traveling regularly to museum and gallery exhibitions as well as major international art fairs.

Coming Soon:

I am opening The Collection, a private, curated, contemporary art dwelling for collectors and enthusiasts interested in a tranquil contemporary art retreat, two hours from NYC and an hour from Philly. Please be sure to email me at [email protected] if you’d like to be put on my mailing list so I can keep you posted on the opening!


Collections/Recent Acquisitions:

  • Multiple prominent private collections
  • 2016 American Greetings, World Headquarters, commissioned and acquired two paintings
  • 2016 Land Studios Metro Health Medical Center, acquired seven paintings
  • 2016 Hilton Convention Center, Kalisher Art Advisory, commissioned and acquired six paintings
  • 2016 Trentina Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Sawyer’s James Beard Award winning restaurant, www.restauranttrentina.com, acquired three paintings.
  • 2016 Baker Hostetler Corporate Collection, Christy Gray and Eileen Roth, triptych


  • 2017  Graphic Identity, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC http://www.cherylhazan.com
  • 2017 Summer Group Exhibition, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC
  • 2017 VIP Opening, After Dark, Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, Oh, along with artists, Dana Oldfather, Frank Oriti, Ashley Sullivan and Amber Kempthorn. http://www.bonfoey.com
  • 2017 Opening Scene, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Ga http://www.marciawoodgallery.com
  • 2017 Unstretched, Group Exhibition, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Tribeca, NYC,  2017
  • 2016 Uneven Edges, Solo Exhibition, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Tribeca, NYC http://hamptonsarthub.com/2017/02/17/artist-profiles-paintings-by-deb-lawrence-when-historic-linen-is-anything-but/
  • 2016 Biennial, Korea Bojagi Forum, Seoul, Korea, Bojagi: Living Tradition, Invited Artist http://www.koreabojagiforum.com
  • 2016 Art Hamptons, Lawrence Fine Art (no relation), NY, June 2016
  • 2016 Art On Paper, Lawrence Fine Art  NYC, NY, March, 2016
  • 2015 Art Miami Project, during Art Miami Basel, Lawrence Fine Art, Miami Florida, Dec, 2015
  • 2015 New Voices, July 2015, Lawrence Fine Art, East Hampton, NY, www.lawrence-fine-arts.com
  • 2015 Art Southampton, Lawrence Fine Art, Southampton, NY, July 9-13
  • 2015 Art Hamptons, Lawrence Fine Art, Hamptons, NY, July 2-5
  • 2015 The May Show, juried exhibition, curated by Tom Huck and Lauren Davies, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2015 Artsy, Lawrence Fine Art, East Hampton https://www.artsy.net/artist/deb-lawrence/works
  • 2015 1st Dibs, Lawrence Fine Art, East Hampton https://www.1stdibs.com/search/?q=deb+lawrence
  • 2015 Boston Art and Design 20/21 Art Fair, Lawrence Fine Art, Boston, March 2015
  • 2015 NEO Exhibition, 78th Street Studios, February, 2015
  • 2014 Get It Together, CWAL, 78th Street Studios, two person exhibition curated by Daniel Neforos,  October, 2014
  • 2014 The Steezledorf, Rox Gallery, NYC, curated by Topper Luciani, Paul Longo, and Eoghan Berry, Rox Gallery, 86 Delancey Street, NYC, NY (lower east side), 2014
  • 2014 Looking Up, curated by Robert Thurmer, director of The Galleries At CSU, Wooltex Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2014 Solo Exhibition: Self-Help, Naji, Naji and Tekler Gallery, 78th Street Studios, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2014 Transmitting Emotion, curated by Karl Anderson, director of Forum Artspace, 5th Street Arcades, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2014 Painting chosen for textile design printing, Fashion Design Department, Kent State University
  • 2014 Painting chosen for EP album cover, Matthew Ryals, Ohio
  • 2013 Painting in personal collection of one of the directors of the J. Paul Getty Museum
  • 2013 Assembly New York, solo exhibition of original oil paintings, Lower East Side, New York
  • 2013 Solo Exhibition, It’s all In Your Head, Wooltex Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2013 Prepare To Be Surprised, group exhibition, Wooltex Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2013 National Juried Mid-Year Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
  • 2013 Solo exhibition of original paintings, First Place, Volunteer Lawyers of the Arts, juried competition, Galleria, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2013 52 Weeks 52 Works, juried, featured artist, AGC, Cleveland, Oio
  • 2012 Invitational Exhibition, Greenwald Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2012 Locally Grown, Juma Gallery, Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 2012 Juried Arts Quarter exhibition, curated by Barbara Tannenbaum, curator, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2012 National Juried Exhibition, Brenda Taylor Gallery, Chelsea, NY
  • 2012 Area Artist Exhibition, Butler Institute Of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
  • 2012 52 Weeks 52 Works, juried, featured artist, AGC, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2011 See Art, Create Art, curated by Mark Cole, curator, Cleveland Museum of Art, Convivium Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2011 Cleveland Creates, Cleveland Artists Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2011 Fall Exhibition, City Artists At Work, Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2011 National Juried Mid-Year Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
  • 2010 Invitational Exhibition, Sylvia Ullman American Craft Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2007 One Woman One Art, featured artist, Opus Gallery, Woodmere, Ohio
  • Juried Exhibition, Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • Don Drumm Studios and Gallery, Akron, Ohio
  • Lazars Art Gallery, North Canton, Ohio
  • Ann Arbor Art Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Additional Background:

I lived and worked as an artist in Cleveland, Ohio most of my adult life. For many years I was the artist coordinator for the Tower Press Building, a burgeoning live/work/loft artist community in downtown Cleveland. I  worked hard to empower and elevate the group by obtaining funding and organizing the group toward establishing a forum for regular artist critique as well as mounting more scholarly, curated exhibitions. I also wrote about contemporary art for the Collective Arts Network CAN Journal by linking my contemporary practice to regional and national exhibitions and broader issues of the day.