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Katelyn Chapman

April 15, 2024 - May 26, 2024


Open Studio Hours 

Mondays 2-5PM; Wednesdays 5-8pm; Thursday 2-5pm; Fridays 10-12pm

Katelyn Chapman received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in 2018 and a BFA with an emphasis in Drawing from Clemson University in 2014. Her work is inspired by her deeply rooted familial and rural ties to the South and has been in both national and local group exhibitions and publications. Chapman is a three-time Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grantee (2019, 2021, & 2024) and has been awarded residency fellowships to attend Vermont Studio Center (2019), The Hambidge Center (2021), and Chateau Orquevaux in France (2022). Most recently she attended artist residencies at Farwell House in Frederick, IL and Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. She exhibits her work regularly at Southside Gallery in Oxford, MS. Chapman currently lives and works in Charleston, SC where she paints from her home studio and leads drawing and painting workshops at Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Artist Statement: 

My paintings explore episodes of working-class life in America’s rural South through the lens of my own family and friends in the Midlands of South Carolina. I index my upbringing in this place by referencing backroad dispositions in conjunction with symbols of faith and Christian iconography. By painting these accounts, I celebrate, honor, and show reverence towards the customs and traditions of the rural working-class South.

Relying on rich history, storytelling, and the ephemeral quality of change that span past, present, and future tenses; I primarily focus on the function of the still life in rural spaces—both wild and domestic—as practical makeshifts and collections which relate solely to living off the land. My work provides perspective on larger societal issues that point to a past that can’t be thrown away, but instead lingers on into the present.