Shirley Kern is an abstract painter residing in Princeton, New Jersey who creates art in her nearby studio in Hopewell, New Jersey. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Vermont University.

Kern has  exhibited her work at MUSE Gallery, Philadelphia, Dickinson Hall Gallery, Princeton University, NOHO M55 Gallery, NY, NY, Robert Blackburn Gallery, NY, NY, Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Gallery, Princeton, NJ, Julian Scott Gallery, Northern Vermont University and the Evansville Museum Begley Art Gallery, Evansville, IND among many other universities, galleries and museums on the the East Coast and the Midwest. She is represented by the CG Gallery in Princeton, NJ, and the Evansville Museum Art Source in Evansville, IN. Her abstract paintings are in many private and corporate collections.

"I am interested in creating an artwork that is alive with emotional interest but has no fixed meaning, open to interpretation by all, similar to works of music and poetry."


MFA Northern Vermont University, Johnson, Vermont

BA University Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana

BS Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


Additional Studies

School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

Manhattan Graphics Center, Printmaking, New York, New York

Robert Blackburn Printmaking, New York, New York

Art Students League, New York, New York


Solo Art Exhibitions

2018 MUSE Gallery, Paintings “In Conversation”, September 5-September 30, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Nassau Club Gallery, “Songs and Poems”, May 7 - July 9, Princeton, NJ

2017 Tour Des Arts, September 30-October 1, Hopewell, NJ

2014 Dickinson Hall Art Gallery, Princeton University, "Between the Lines", Princeton, NJ

2013 Nassau Club Gallery, "Liminal Line", Princeton, NJ

2012 Erdman Art Gallery, Princeton Theological Seminary, "Memory Scapes", Princeton, NJ

2010 Begley Art Gallery, Evansville Museum, "Comings and Goings", Evansville, IN

2003 Gallery of Contemporary Art, "Flow", Installation and Paintings, New Harmony, IN

2003 John James Audubon Museum, "Birds of a Feather", Henderson, KY

2002 Julian Scott Art Gallery, Northern Vermont University, "Breath of Home", Johnson, VT

2000 Maxine's Gallery, "Recent Paintings", Evansville, IN

1999 Begley Art Gallery, Evansville Museum, "Paintings and Sculpture", Evansville, IN

1998 Dunn Art Gallery, Oakland City University, "New Work", Oakland City, IN

Group Exhibitions

2018 MUSE Gallery “Philadelphia Post Show Exhibition”, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Muse Gallery “Muse at 40”, Nov 29-Dec 31, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Anne Reid Gallery “Arts Council 50th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition”, Princeton,NJ

2017 - 2012  Artspace, Pop Up Gallery," Princeton, NJ

2016 - 2009  Taplin Gallery, "Pinot to Picasso", Princeton, NJ

2015  Art Times Two Gallery, "Animal Nature", Princeton, New Jersey

2014 Dickinson Hall Art Gallery, Princeton University, “Invitational Group Exhibition”, Princeton, NJ

2013 NOHO M55 Art Gallery, "Artist's Choice", New York, New York

2013 Robert Blackburn Gallery, "Member Show", New York, New York

2012 Visual Art Center, "Artworks Invitational", Trenton, NJ

2012 Manhattan Graphics Center, “Printmaking Group Show", New York, New York

2011 Taplin Gallery, "Remember", Princeton, NJ

2010 SOHO 20 Art Gallery, "Countdown 12-11-10”, New York, New York

2010 Taplin Gallery, "People and Places", Princeton, NJ

2009 - 2008  Begley Art Gallery, Evansville Museum, "Member Show", Evansville, IN

2006 Evansville Museum Gallery, "Celebration of an Icon", Evansville, IN

2006 Prima Gallery, "Group Show", Bloomington, IN

2005 Prima Gallery, "Paintings and Prints", Bloomington, IN

2005 Gallery of Contemporary Art, "Printmaking Invitational", New Harmony, IN

2005 - 2002  Evansville Museum, "Invitational Toast to the Arts”, Evansville, IN

2004 Prima Gallery, "Fall Member Show", Bloomington, IN

2004 Henderson Fine Arts Center, "Five Women Artists”, Community College, Henderson, KY


Gallery Representation

CG Gallery, Princeton, NJ

Evansville Museum Art Source, Evansville, IN

Begley Art Source, Evansville, IN


Corporate Collections

Ballen Isles Country Club, Palm Beach, Florida

Berry Plastics Corporate Headquarters

Old National Bank Corporate Offices

Vectron Energy Corporate Headquarters

Solarbron Healthcare System

St. Mary's Medical Center

Welborn Baptist Hospital

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