"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.
Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Awards & Grants
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.
1972 - 1973 Honor Student Scholarship, Albertson College of Idaho
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
Upcoming Exhibition: October - December 2017 “Topological Skew”, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads in Santa Monica, CA.
Upcoming Exhibition: November 1, 2016 “Utopia Neighborhood Club”, curatorial collective project/exhibition, Scott Lawrimore, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle.
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
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
2016 Cloud Appreciation Society, October 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
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.