"My paintings are a response to the landscape we inhabit with all its complexity and layered meanings."


My current landscape paintings are derived from sites that are both visually compelling and charged with implications of use, development and ownership. The conditions of the landscape including light, color, texture and atmosphere give meaning to place. The transformation of land and sky through industry and enterprise may be deliberate, or simply the unintended consequence of the human impact on a fragile environment.

My work is both a response to and an interpretation of the world, but it also imparts sentiment through projection that comes from a perspective of anxiety about the condition of landscape and nature in our world today. I endeavor to create a fictional response to an observed phenomenon, a metaphor that is infused with a blend of celebration, apprehension and doubt about our place in the natural world. In this manner, this work may allude to the past and simultaneously project into the future.



1984 MFA, Tyler School of Art/ Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

1980 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA.



Academic Position

Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.



Awards & Grants

2019 First Prize, Whatcom Museum, Waters Edge, Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards, Bellingham WA

2012 Milliman Award for Association of American Geographers Presentation, New York, February.

2010 RRF Scholar Grant (UW) for Prehistoric and Post-Apocalyptic Landscape.

2009 NEA Grant for Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment (Collaborative Project).

2008 Milliman Award for Exhibition Catalog for Solo show at Francine Seders Gallery.

2007 Freimuth Travel Award for AAG symposium at the University of Virginia.

2003 - 2006 Jack and Grace Pruzan Faculty Fellowship, University of Washington.

2003 Royalty Research Fund (UW), RRF Scholar Grant for "Duwamish Series".

1993 - 1994 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship Grant, Washington, DC.

1994 Graduate School Research Fund, Summer Award.

1991 The Pollack-Krasner Foundation, New York, Grant in Painting, February.

1988 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship in Visual Arts, Full Award

1987 Tobeleah Wecschler Annual Award, Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA.

1983 - 1984 Russell Conwell Fellowship, Temple University.



Solo Exhibitions

2015 Prographica Gallery, Recent Paintings, November

2013 Distant Places, Francine Seders Gallery (two person), Seattle, WA. October.

2011 Francine Seders Gallery, Recent Work, Seattle, WA. May-June

2008 Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA. May-June

2007 Pierce College Art Gallery, Lakewood, WA. January

2006 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. September

2005 Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR. September

2005 Associazione Culturale Il Granarone, Calcata, Italy. September

2004 Francine Seders Gallery. Paintings from the Duwamish, Outside Time and Place. October

2004 Bickett Gallery. "Places: Seen and Remembered." Raleigh, NC. April

2002 The Painting Center. New York, NY.June

2001 Francine Seders Gallery. Recent Paintings. Seattle, WA. April

2000 Pierce College. Paintings. Lakewood, WA. October Francine Seders. Outside In. Works on Paper. Seattle, WA. April

1997 Francine Seders Gallery. Seattle, WA. November

1996 D.P. Fong Galleries. San Jose, CA. June

1995 Francine Seders Gallery. Seattle, WA. May

1994 Francine Seders Gallery. Seattle, WA. March

1992 Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. May

1992 The Untitled Gallery. San Francisco, CA. July

1991 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Morris Gallery. January 18-March 17

1988 Paul Cava Gallery. Philadelphia, PA. March

1984 La Galleria Temple. Rome, Italy


Painting Prints at Amsterdam Schipol

2014 Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol, Swissport Lounge, permanent installation of Excavation 7, double-size print on fabric (1.8 meters X 4 meters), Excavation #2 and Project (actual size). November.



Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Whatcom Museum, Water’s Edge, National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards, Bellingham WA https://www.whatcommuseum.org/exhibition/bellingham-national-2019/, February- May  

2018 SURGE Exhibition project, Skagit Climate Science Consortiumand the Museum of Northwest Art.  Collaboration with UW scientist for Surge Exhibition Surge, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, October-January

 2108 Gesture, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, December

 2018 “Designing for Nature & Health” exhibit, a new feature at the upcoming Northwest Nature & Health Symposium, Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at the Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle. 

December 2017 “Topological Skew”, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads in Santa Monica, CA. October.

2016 “Utopia Neighborhood Club”, curatorial collective project/exhibition, Scott Lawrimore, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, November

2013 Koplin del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, I-5 Connects, January.

2012 Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA, Gallery Space, artists from Prographica Gallery, January, 2013.

2012 Francine Seders Gallery, Gallery Artists, Seattle, WA.

2012 Prographica Fine Works on Paper, Seattle, Commentaries: Artists Respond to the Land, July.

2011 Prographica Fine Works on Paper, Seattle, “Landscape Part II: Urban and Rural”, March 10 – April 14.

2011 Pritchard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Uncommon River, February 22 – April 12.

2011 Prographica Fine Works on Paper, Seattle, September 17 & October 14.

2011 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle Convention Center, April.

2011 Stewart Gallery, Boise, Idaho, Introductions, June.

2010 Prographica/Fine Works on Paper Gallery, Seattle, December.

2010 Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment. Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, April - May. Hallie Ford Museum, Willamette University, Salem, OR, August - October. Boise Art Museum, December - January, Francine Seders Gallery. Seattle, WA. January.

2009 Museum of Northwest Art. Representing Abstraction. La Conner, WA. October - January.

2009 Jenkins Johnson Gallery. On Paper. New York, NY. September.

2009 Koplin del Rio Gallery. Drawings VIII: West Coast Drawings. Los Angeles, CA. July.

2008 Francine Seders Gallery. Works on Paper. Seattle, WA. July.

2007 University of Virginia. Geography and Humanities Symposium Exhibition, June.

2006 Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery Space, "Structure: Art Inspired by the Built Environment." City of Seattle, recent purchase. January 6 & March 31.

2006 The Rainier Club. Selected Gallery Artists for Seders Gallery. Seattle, WA. January - March.

2005 Seattle Academy of the Fine Arts. UW Painting faculty, Seattle, WA. July - August.

2005 Davis & Cline Gallery. Ashland, OR. February.

2005 Francine Seders Gallery. New Idea Material Process, Seattle, WA. August.

2005 Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA. February.

2001 Cancer Lifeline, Seattle, WA. July - November.

2001 Francine Seders 35-year Anniversary Exhibition. (Seder's Private Collection) May.

2000 The Painting Center. Winter Show. New York, NY. November.

1999 Francine Seders Gallery. En Plein Air, Seattle, WA. April - May.

1998 Francine Seders Gallery. Painting and Sculpture, Seattle, WA. May.

1997 Temple Gallery. Rome Selection. Philadelphia, PA. January - March.

1997 Francine Seders Gallery. Drawings by Gallery Artists, Seattle, WA. February.

1996 Davis/McClain Gallery. Gallery Artists. Houston, TX. August.

1994 Mostra dei Docenti Temple University Rome Gallery, Rome, Italy. October.

1994 Francine Seders Gallery. Four Abstract Painters. Seattle, WA. July.

1994 Paul Cava Gallery. Philadelphia, PA. May - June.

1993 Paul Cava Gallery. Philadelphia, PA. September.

1992 University of Washington, School of Art Gallery. Visiting Artist Exhibition. April.

1991 Institute of Contemporary Art. David Hammons, Performance Collaboration, "Higher Goals." Philadelphia, PA.

1990 Paul Cava Gallery. Inaugural Exhibition. October

1990 Tyler School of Art in Rome. Americans in Rome. March.

1989 Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery. Perspectives from Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh. September.

1989 Johnstown Art Museum, Johnstown, PA; Blair Art Museum, Hollidaysburg, PA. July-September. (Show of 1988 recipients of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship).

1989 Levy Gallery for the Arts (Moore College of Art). Philadelphia Fellowships. Philadelphia. May.

1989 Paul Cava Gallery. Philadelphia. April.

1989 Paul Cava Gallery. Drawings. Philadelphia, PA. February.

1987 Mellon Bank, Founders' Suite. Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition Finalists. May 1 - June 15.

1987 Annual Awards Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham (PA) Art Center. February 8 - March 29

1986 Paul Cava Gallery. Works on Paper by selected artists. Philadelphia, PA. June - July



Visiting Artist, Lectures, Panels & Residency

2017 Visiting Artist, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. May

2016 Prographica Gallery, Seattle, Introduction to my work: Sky Paintings

2012 University of Idaho, Moscow, Visiting Artist Lecture in conjunction with Pritchard Art Gallery exhibition Uncommon River, April.

2012 American Association of Geographers paper presentation, Evolving Interpretations of Wilderness. Annual Meeting New York, February.

2011 American Association of Geographers paper presentation, “Art and the Politics of Landscape”, April.

2009 "Representing Abstraction," Museum of Northwest Art, panel discussion. La Conner, WA. October.

2007 Guest Artist/Critic. Temple University Rome. December. 

2007 ”Altered Landscapes," public lecture. UW Rome Center, Italy. December.

2007 ”Altered Landscapes," Geography and Humanities Symposium, University of Virginia and Monticello. Paper presentation sponsored by the Association of American Geographers, University of Virginia, and the American Council of Learned Societies. June.

2007 Center for Land Use Interpretation. Invited to use Wendover, UT, Residency facilities for a week in May.

2006 Hampshire College, Visiting Artist. Amherst, MA. September

2006 ”Artists Eyes: Revealing the Power of Nature's Inspiration," University of Washington Environmental Program, panel discussion. April

2006 “Art as Social Document", panel discussion. Sponsored by the UW photography program. February

2005 Temple University Rome, Visiting Artist lecture. September

2005 Olympic College, Bremerton, WA. April

2004 Chair, "Nature in Crisis: Landscape in the 21st Century", CAA panel discussion. Seattle, WA. February

2004 Artist lecture, Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA. February

2002 "New Idea, Material Process," Francine Seders Gallery, panel discussion. August

2002 University of Oregon, Visiting Artist. Eugene, OR

1994 Tyler School of Art in Rome. Guest Artist/Critic. November

1992 University of Oregon, Visiting Artist. Eugene, OR. December

1991 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, PA. March

1991 ”Tyler Abroad: Rome... A Studio Experience,"slide lecture and graduate critique. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. February

1991 Rhode Island School of Design, European Honors Program in Rome. Guest Artist/Critic. Providence, RI. April

1986 Moore College of Art. Philadelphia, PA. November

1986 Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. March



Selected Biography

2019 TRAC (The Representational Art Conference), UK. The article is entitled: The Anthropocentric and the Anthropocene: Can Imagination Push Open the Limits of Painting? by Elina Cerkla https://www.trac2019.org/2019/03/07/the-anthropocentric-and-the-anthropocene-by-elina-cerla/

2019 The Planet Magazine, interview with prize winners from the Whatcom Museum’s Bellingham National Water’s Edge Exhibition:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqJAUX-1P8E

2018 Nature Conservancy,  Art Meets Science for climate Reflection on Washington Landscape, November. http://www.washingtonnature.org/fieldnotes/art-meets-science-for-climate-reflection-on-washingtons-landscapes.

2018 Cascadia Weekly SURGE Review: A Marriage of Art and Nature , November http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/cw/currents/a_marriage_of_art_and_nature,

2018 Publication/Artist Profile: The American Scholar--Portrait of the Artist, Junehttps://theamericanscholar.org/philip-govedare/#.XBMmSfZKjLZ

2017 Perfect Palette by Lauren Wagner, Promopress Editions, Ausiàs March 124, 08013 Barcelona. Excavation #6 included in publication.

2017 Pentagram Magazine, publisher Peter Hujis, a bimonthly philosophical magazine that includes 5 full page images of my recent paintings in series called “World Images”. It is published in Amsterdam in Dutch, German, English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

2017 Tendencias del Color Pintuco, 2017 edition. Includes 3 images. Taller de Edición S.A., Medellin Colombia

2016 WERTN, "A curious question to Philip Govedare", by Guillaumem Nov. 9, 2016, Nantes, FR.

2016 Cloud Appreciation Society, Somerset TA11 9AY, United Kingdom

2016 Cloud Appreciation SocietyOctober 6.

2016 Gooood, Online magazine, Beijing, China.  Feature on my work. July 18.

2016 Booooooom (Canada), Artist Spotlight: Philip Govedare. July 12.

2016 The Learning Connection, New Zealand, Keith Grinter, Distance Delivery Mentor, has asked permission and created a student resource about me and my work.

2014 Gizmodo.com, The Strange Beauty of Landscape in the Industrial Age, May 10

2014 socks-studio.com, SOCKS, The Condition of Altered Landscape in the Paintings of Philip Govedare,January 10, 2014

2012 Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “An imaginary world of rivers and industry, Philip Govedare’s landscape paintings featured in Prichard Art Gallery”, March 22, 2012

2009 Art Ltd. Review “Drawings VII” Koplin del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, 2009

2011 Crosscut.com, Spectacular Questions: the Paintings of Philip Govedare, June 1, 2011

2011 NY Times Opinion Page, Opinionator, The Triumph of the Humanities, Stanley Fish’s blog reviews Geohumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place, June 13, 2011

2011 Geography interacting with Humanities, AAG Annals, flagship journal for the American Association of Geographers, Geohumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place

2011 Geohumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place, my essay “Altered Landscapes” and painting reproduced in a book published by Routledge for the American Association of Geographers, April 2011 Altered Landscapes

2011 UW Weekly, Art Professor’s work crosses disciplines, April 2011

2011 The Boise Weekly, Beauty and the Beast: Northwest Environmental Art at BAM Northwest artists gather for Critical Messages, by Chistopher Schnoor, February 11, 2011

2010 The Boise Weekly: Critical Messages, by Josh Gross, review of group exhibition Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment, December 15, 2010

2012 Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, Recent paintings featured in winter 2012 edition of literary journal.

2011 Adventure Journal, paintings featured in the online journal. November 21, 2011.

2011 Geohumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place. Essay, "Altered Landscapes" and painting reproduced in a book published by Routledge for the American Association of Geographers, September, 2011.

2010 Crosscut.com, Northwest Artists Wrestle with Environmental Threats, by Bill Simmons, review of Critical Messages: Contemporary Artists on the Environment, May, 2010

Catalog for Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment traveling exhibition. Essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, William Dietrich.

2009 Abstract, representational combine in satisfying show in La Conner. A review of the "Representing Abstraction" exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Art by Nancy Worsam. Seattle Times, October 30, 2009.

2006 The Valley Advocate, Amherst, MA, "Unedited Landscape", September 28, 2006

2006 Daily Hampshire Gazette, Amherst, MA, "Painter Depicts Landscapes Laid Waste by Humanity", September 19, 2006

2005 Civita Castellana, In Mostra I Quadri di Govedare, August, 2005

2004 The Seattle Weekly "Visual Arts Pick", Review of solo show, "Duwamish Series. Outside Time and Place" by Andrew Engelson, October 20-26, 2004

2004 The Stranger, Liminal Landscapes, Known and Unknown Worlds, (review of solo exhibition at Francine Seders Gallery by Katie Kurtz), October 14, 2004

2004 Duwamish Series, Outside Time and Place, catalog essay by Charles D'Ambrosio, 2004

2004 Seattle Post-Intelligencer, review of panel presentations (Landscape: Nature in Crisis) at CAA conference, February, 2004

2004 NYFA Current. Article on "Nature in Crisis: Landscape in the 21st Century" panel. Discussion, 2004

1999 Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Like a Breath of Fresh Air", review of En Plein Air, Francine Seders Gallery, 1999

1997 Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Modernist Says Much Without Saying a Word," Nov. 14, 1997

1995 Seattle Times, review of solo exhibition at Francine Seders Gallery, May 11, 1995

1992 Philadelphia Inquirer, review of solo exhibition at Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, May 28, 1992

1991 Philadelphia Inquirer, review of solo exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Morris Gallery, February 17, 1991

1989 New Art Examiner, review of "Perspectives from Pennsylvania," Carnegie Mellon Gallery Pittsburgh (drawing reproduced), November, 1989

1989 Hard Choices, Just Rewards, catalog for traveling exhibition of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon Gallery, Pittsburgh (drawing reproduced), November, 1989

1989 Philadelphia Inquirer, review of Cava Gallery Group Show, April, 1989

1988 Philadelphia Inquirer, "Govedare's Abstract Art," review of one-person show at Cava Gallery March, 1988

1987 Philadelphia Inquirer, review of Cheltenham Annual Awards Exhibition, Philadelphia, March, 1987

1986 Philadelphia Inquirer, review of Cava Gallery Works on Paper Show, June, 1986



Selected Collections

2014 Schiphol International Airport, Aspire Lounge (Swissport International Ltd.), 3 Large-scale prints of paintings on fabric.

2014 Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA.

2008 Coventry Financial, Philadelphia, PA.

2006 Russell Investment Group, New York, NY.

2005 Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection

2005 Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

2004 Dean Standish Perkins & Associates, Seattle, WA.

2004 The Gloston Associates, Seattle, WA.

2004 University Club, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2000 Zevenbergen Capital, Seattle, WA.

1995 Washington State's Art in Public Places Program, Kent School District Portable Collection.

1989 Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA.

1988 Prudential Insurance Company, Philadelphia, PA.