Art & Design and Art History Department

Deb Whistler, Professor of Studio Art


Deb Whistler

1996 MFA, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
1992-94 Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
1981 BFA, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
phone: 812.866.7322

For the past two years, Deb has been working on a paper cutting technique. The paper cuttings themselves visually disappear as the majority of the paper is cut away leaving the visual impact of the image to the cast shadow. Each delicate image becomes a lacey web like form. The forms themselves visually hint at a cocoon or insect eaten leaves. They seem to visually resurrect, becoming a skeletal reminder of a previous state of existence. "I enjoy that this work wrestles with the notion of existence, questions our purpose in life and the mark we leave behind. I have always been interested in the process of self-evaluation, and self-reflection. To me this process requires a certain objectivity, or out of body experience. It is important that we reflect on our actions and the effects of these actions as part of who we are." Deb Whistler was named the artist of the year by the Southern Arts Council for 2007/08.

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2010 - Blame it on the Rabbit, Berea College, Berea Kentucky
2007 - When was this ever a Good Idea? Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
2006 - Dissolving Boundaries, Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina
2004 - When was this ever a Good Idea? Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
2003 - Threshold, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
2002 - Graphite, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh Kansas
2001 - Recent Works by Deb Whistler, Berea College, Berea Kentucky
2001 - Works on Paper, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
1999 - New Faculty Exhibition: Deb Whistler, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
1998 - Works on Paper, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY

Two and Three Person Exhibitions
2008 - Perform/install 2, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
2007 - Faculty Exhibition, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
2006 - Faculty Exhibition, Hanover, College, Hanover, Indiana
2006 - Threshold, Louisville Playwrights Festival, Frazier Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
2006 - Surfaces, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
2007 - Hanover College Faculty Exhibition, Indiana University, New Albany, Indiana
2001 - Faculty Exhibition, Hanover, College, Hanover, Indiana
1998 - Lincoln Center 2 Person Exhibition, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

Recent Group Exhibitions
2010 - Group Show, Artlink, Fort Wayne, Indiana
2009 - Cut, Chaffey College, Wignal Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, California
2008 - Cut, Vincent Price Museum, East Los Angeles College, LA, CA
2008 - International Artists Residencies Exhibition, Vizivarosi Gakkery, Budapest, Hungary
2008 - 64th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, Swope Museum of Art, Terre Haute, IN
2003 - National Drawing Exhibition, Border to Border, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee (exhibition award)
2002 - Printmakers, Suzanna Terrill Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
2000 - 1st Annual Regional Art Exhibition, Jefferson County Historical Society, Madison, IN
2000 - Naturals, Athena Art Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
2000 - Madison Art Exhibition, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
1999 - Six Printmakers, Suzanna Terrill Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1999 - Women's Works, Old Court House Center, Woodstock, Illinois
1999 - Winter Thaw, Gallery 510, Decatur, Illinois
1998 - Millennium Minumental, Pressed for Time, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
1998 - Past and Present, 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
1998 - Annual MAPC Juried Membership Exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio
1998 - Frameless Works on Paper, Studio 107, Whiterville, North Carolina
1998 - Visiting Artist Alliance Faculty Exhibition, Machine Shop Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio