BIOGRAPHY


Carol S. Poppenga's artmaking is a life-long pursuit and interest. Her first formal art sale -- the work was a pen and ink portrait of a neighbor's English Bulldog -- was made when she was a fifth grade student.  By high school, Poppenga's creative output included original cartoons, strips, and caricatures in the form of posters, flyers, logos, letterheads, greeting cards and commercial signs. She also continued to draw pedigree dog portraits, the majority of which were commissioned by members of the English Bulldog Club of America.
 
After high school, Poppenga enlisted in the United States Air Force and initially worked as a military newspaper journalist and editor. She later cross-trained into the history field and became the first woman active-duty historian in the Strategic Air Command of the Air Force. Following active-duty, Poppenga joined the Montana Air National Guard and went into the operational intelligence field. She retired with the rank of Master Sergeant in 1995.

ART EDUCATION 
1991-92   Alberta College of Art (ACA), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1988-89   ACA, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1985       University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana - Bachelor of Arts in History and Art
1984       University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS
2008    "Anchored in a Sea of Grass" Montana Art Dealers/Galleries Association (MAGDA) touring exhibit, Carbon County Depot Gallery, Red Lodge Montana;
   School House History & Art Center, Colstrip Montana; MonDak Hertiage Center, Sidney, Montana
2007    "Latent Images - Return to Montana," Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown, Montana
2005    "Pot Potpouri," Grapefields, Walla Walla, Washington
2005    "Latent Images - Landscapes Remembered," Cellar Gallery, Baker City, Oregon
2003    "Latent Images - Landscapes Remembered," Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, Washington
2003    "Past Due," Stevens Gallery, Reid Center, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
2003    "Elements of Landscape," Vierra Vineyards, Walla Walla, Washington
1999    "Passages," Milton-Freewater, Oregon
1998    "Open Studio Exhibit," Milton-Freewater, Oregon
1996    "Dialogue," Central Montana Medical Center, Lewistown, Montana
1995    "Personal Icons III," Cavanaugh's, Kalispell, Montana
1994    "Open House," Lewistown, Montana
1993    "Seeley-Swan Contemplations," Seeley Lake, Montana
1992    "Year in Retrospect VII," Great Falls, Montana
1991    "Music," Double Arrow Ranch, Seeley Lake, Montana
1991    "Thoughts about the Seeley-Swan," Stage Station, Seeley Lake, Montana
1991    "Personal Icons II," Double Arrow Ranch, Seeley Lake, Montana
1989    "Personal Icons I," Stage Station, Seeley Lake, Montana
1989    "Year in Retrospect VII," Great Falls, Montana
1986    "Cross Sections," State Capitol Building, Helena, Montana
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS - Juried (invitational or other, as noted)
2012    "Printmakers" Invitational, Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown, MT
2010    "31st Annual Southeastern Montana Juried Exhibit" Custer County Art Center, Miles City, Montana
2008    "Anchored in a Sea of Grass" Montana Art Dealers/Galleries Association (MAGDA) touring exhibit, Custer County  Art Center, Miles City, Montana
2007    "Small Works Invitational" Murdock Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana
2007    "ANA 35" Holter Museum, Helena, Montana Juror Willem Volkersz, Professor of Art,    emeritus, Montana State University.
2007    "Masters in Miniature - Invitational Exhibition" C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
2006    "Season's Faire," Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande.. Juror M. K. Koreiza, Director Coos Art Museum, Oregon and Dan Scott, artist, Renton, WA
2006    "Expressions West," Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon
2004    "Eastern Oregon Artists," Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon. Juror Don Gray, alumnus, Eastern Oregon University.
2004    "Expressions West,"Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon. Juror James Mattingly, Professor of Art, emeritus, Western Oregon University.
2003    "Season's Faire," Nightingale Gallery, East Oregon University, LaGrande, Oregon
2003    "Regional Juried Art Exhibition" Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, Washington
2003    "Just Art," Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, Washington
2002    "Regional Art Exhibition," Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, Washington
2002    Autumn Exhibition, Blue Creek Gallery, Walla Walla, Washington
1998    "Walla Walla Valley Artists," The Gallery, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
1991    "30th Annual Toronto Art Exhibition," Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
1990    "29th Annual Toronto Art Exhibition," Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
1990    "Del Bello International Small Works Exhibition," Toronto, Canada
1989    "Annual Art Center Exhibition," Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyoming
1989    "Summer Showcase II," Dahl Center for Contemporary Art, Rapid City, South Dakota
1989    "ACA Drawing Majors - Figurative Work," Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1989    "International Miniature Art Exhibit," Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1989    "Montana Artists Invitational," Governor's Mansion, Helena, Montana
1988    "Summer Showcase I," Dahl Center for Contemporary Art, Rapid City, South Dakota
1986    "Emerging Artist Invitational," Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, Montana
SELECTED ART AUCTIONS - juried (as noted) and invitational
2010    "42nd Annual Art Auction" Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana
2010    "13th Annual Juried Exhibition and Art Auction" Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, Montana (scheduled for January-February)
2009    "34th Annual Invitational Art Auction" Custer County Art Center, Miles City, Montana
2008    "Historic Bucking Horse Quick Draw & Auction", Miles City, Montana 
2008    "MAM 36th Annual Juried Benefit Auction" Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana 
2007    Quick Draw Invitational Benefit Auction, Hockaday Art Museum, Kalispell, Montana
2007    "Masters in Miniature - Invitational Benefit Auction" C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
2007    Quick Draw Montana Back Country Horsemen Conference Fundraiser, Lewistown, Montana
2007    "Paint the Town Red - Quick Draw" Central Montana Medical Center MRI Fundraiser, Lewistown, Montana
2006    "Season's Faire - Benefit Auction" Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon.  
2005    Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, Juried, Walla Walla, Washington
2003    Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, Juried, Walla Walla, Washington
2002    YWCA Art Auction, Walla Walla, Washington 
2001    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Walla Walla, Washington
2000    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Walla Walla, Washington
1995    Community Foundation Benefit, Sidney, Montana
1994    Pheasants Forever Benefit, Lewistown, Montana
1990    C.M. Russell Museum Annual Benefit Auction, Great Falls, Montana
1989    "Electra," Juried, Holter Museum, Helena, Montana
1989    "Autumn Equinox II," Juried, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, Montana
1989    "Charlie Russell Art Auction," Juried, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
1989    "Charlie Russell Auction Quick Draw," C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
1988    Seeley Lake 200 Dog Sled Race Benefit, Seeley Lake, Montana
1988    "Autumn Equinox I," Juried, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, Montana
1987    Ducks Unlimited Auction, Seeley Lake, Montana
1987    Seeley Lake 200 Dog Sled Race Benefit, Seeley Lake, Montana
1986    Toppenish Mural Society Benefit, Toppenish, Washington
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2012    Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) Arts in Education (AIE) Artist  residency (Drawing, Printmaking, and Book Arts) in Baker, Oregon
2011    OAC AIE Artist residency (Drawing and Printmaking Program) at Pendleton Art Center, Pendleton, Oregon
2010    OAC AIE Artist  residencies (mural projects) in Irrigon, Canyon City, La Pine, and Redmond (all in Oregon)

2009    OAC, AIE Artist residencies (mural project) in La Pine, Mitchell, and Unity (all in Oregon)
2008    OAC, AIE Artist residency (Drawing Program) in Pendleton, Oregon
2007    OAC, AIE Artist residency (Drawing Program) in Burns, Oregon
2006    Artist-Wilderness-Connection Residency. Program administrators & sponsors: Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Foundation, US Forest Service
   Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art and Swan Ecosystem Center (all in Montana.)
2006    Oregon Percent for Art Public, Mural Commission, US Army Armory, Baker City, Oregon (awarded 2006/completed 2008
2006    "Best Donated Work" Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University. Juror M.J. Koreiza, Director Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, and Dan Scott, artist, Renton, WA.
2006    "Honorable Mention" Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande. Juror M.J. Koreiza, Director Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay and Dan Scott, artist, Renton, WA.
2006    Montana Arts Council Opportunity Grant, Artist Designed street amenities, Lewistown, Montana
2006    OAC AIE Artist residencies (mural projects) in Frenchglen and Lakeview, Oregon
2005    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Fossil, Oregon (2nd residency at this school)
2005    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Irrigon, Oregon
2005    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Fossil, Oregon
2005    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Seneca, Oregon (2nd residency at this school)
2005    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Heppner, Oregon
2004    President's Award, Regional Art Exhibition, Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, Washington
2004    Entry of Merit, Expressions West Exhibition, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon. Juror James Mattingly, Professor of Art, emeritus, Western Oregon University
2004    Honorable Mention (Runner-up) Isle Royale Artist Residency, National Park Service, Michigan.
2004    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Elgin, Oregon
2004    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Ontario, Oregon
2004    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Cove, Oregon
2004    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Hermiston, Oregon
2003    OAC AIE Artist residency (mural project) in Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2003    Best of Show in 2-D, East Oregon University Nightingale Gallery Season's Faire Exhibition, Juror Paul Hoelscher
2003    Carnegie Art Center Regional Juried Art Exhibition Juror's Award, "Regional Juried Art  Exhibition," Juror Lee Musgrave, Curator, MaryHill Museum, Washington.
2003    OAC AIE  Artist residency (mural project) La Pine, Oregon
2003    OAC  AIE. Artist residency (mural project), Ontario, Oregon
2002    Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Salem Oregon. Walla Walla River Mural
2002    Milton-Freewater Community Foundation, Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Walla Walla River Mural
2002    OAC AIE. Umatilla River Ecology Mural with students, Pendleton, Oregon
2002    Pendleton Arts Center. Drawing workshop with elementary students, Pendleton, Oregon
2002    OAC AIE. Artist residency (mural project) in LaGrande, Oregon
2002    OAC AIE. Artist residency (mural project) in Seneca, Oregon
2001    OAC AIE. Artist residency (second mural project) in Hermiston, Oregon
2001    OAC AIE. Artist residency (mural project) in Hermiston, Oregon
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PUBLIC ART WORKS 
2012    City of Lewiston, ID, benches/bike stands, collaboration with metal fabricator
2011    City of Idaho Falls, ID, “Snake River Greenbelt Park” bench design, collaboration with metal fabricator
2010    City of Helena, MT, Veterans Memorial Park Band Shell Mural (entire shell, arches, and wing walls)
2009    Completion of Commission for street amenities (benches/bike stands/trash receptacles), City of Lewistown, Montana and Economic Development Planner.  
           Collaboration with Warden Bourne, Metal Fabricator.   
2008    Commission Percent for Art mural panels for US Army National Guard at Baker City, Oregon
2007    Mural Commission, City of Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada
2007    Mural Commission, Oregon Percent for Art Public, US Army Armory, Baker City, Oregon (IN PROGRESS 2007-08)
2005    "Art You Can Sit On" Bench commission for City of Idaho Falls, Idaho
2005    "Peace," Mural commission for St. Mary's Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington
2005    "Leap to a New Pad," commercial Mural, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2005    Nursery Bridge Mural, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2005    15th Street Bridge Mural, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2005    "Leap Ahead," commercial Mural, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2003    Mural, Reid Campus Center, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (completed in 2004)
2002    Walla Walla River Mural (60 ft by 5-6 ft high,) Marie Dorion Park, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2002    Adams General Store Community Band Mural, Adams, Oregon
2002    Modifications to Outdoor Theater Set (multi-tiered, 182 ft long), Pendleton Roundup Happy Canyon Pageant, Pendleton, Oregon
2001    Outdoor Theater Set (multi-tiered, 182 ft long), Pendleton Roundup Happy Canyon Pageant, Pendleton, Oregon
2001    West Migration Mural (four-panels, total 130 ft. by 8 ft. high), Pendleton, Oregon
1999    Exhibit mural (280 ft. by 13 ft. high), Fort Walla Walla Museum, Walla Walla, Washington
PUBLICATIONS
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
OTHER ART-RELATED ACTIVITIES
2008    Volunteer, US Forest Service (USFS) Passport in Time (PIT) survey project, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
2007    Volunteer, USFS PIT paleological survey/excavation project, South Dakota 
2006    Volunteer, USFS PIT historic restoration project, Swan Lake Ranger, Station, Swan Lake, Montana
2005    Volunteer, USFS PIT historic restoration project, Wurtz Homestead Cabin, a few miles south of Canada and west of Glacier Park in northwest Montana 
2003    Volunteer, USFS PIT historic restoration project, Schaefer Meadows Historic Ranger Station, Great Bear Wilderness, northwest Montana
2003    Volunteer, USFS PIT archaeological project, Crystal Springs, southwest Montana
2001    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT archaeological project, National Commanche Grasslands, Colorado
2001    Volunteer, USFS PIT historic restoration project, OTO Ranch/elk winter range, southwest Montana
2001    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT project, Strawberry Mountains Wilderness, Oregon
2001    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT Project, High Uinta Wilderness (11,000 ft. alt.,) Utah
2000    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT archaeological project, Kaibab Plateau, Arizona
1989    Album Cover portrait for Jack Gladstone, Native American musician, Kalispell, Montana
1991    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT archaeological project near Skykomish, Washington
1992    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT Project at Steele's Pass (6,000 ft alt.,) southwest Montana
1990    Artifact drawings, USFS PIT historic reconstruction project, Seeley Lake, Montana
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Gordon Lightfoot. (As it appears on his 1973 album, "Sundown")
PHOTO at LEFT:
September 2006 - Returning to the vehicle at the Owl Creek Trail Head, concluding a two-week self-directed artist residency for which I backpacked supplies 15 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. During the two weeks I walked total of almost 60 miles. Weather was mixed: Alternating sun, rain, sleet, snow, and even a little hail. My residency was sponsored by the Bob Marshall Foundation; the Hockaday Museum of Art; the Swan Ecosystem Center; and the United States Forest Service Flathead National Forest (who granted me use of two wilderness shelter cabins and which were especially appreciated on the rainy days/nights.)
 
The artist in 1973 stationed at Lackland Air Force Bace, Texas for Military Basic Training.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Since returning to Montana, I primarily paint  landscapes observed in the central high plains and island mountain ranges around Lewistown. The region's diverse geography -- mountains, prairies, coulees and 
river bottoms -- coupled with the spectrum influences of skies and seasons provide motivating inspiration. 
Travel beyond my home region also inspires and new vistas are incorporated in my work. For example, 
in September 2006 I completed an artist residency in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

My paintings are collectively titled:"Latent Images -- Landscapes Remembered." 
While recognizeable as particular locations, the paintings are not photographic renditions of observations. Rather, they are the manifestation of the "latent image" as it is retained in and recalled from memory. Working this way evolved from pondering what becomes "real" to each person over time and how memory transforms physical reality. I coined the phrase "selective realism" to classify my paintings.

To create a painting, I may refer to loose drawings made on-site but more often I paint only from the latent image in memory. Each painting begins with a small pencil or charcoal drawing that explores the composition 
in a pattern of lights and darks. Once an initial composition is discovered I begin painting, starting with gestural brush marks that are distinctly linear. Layers of linear marks build an interesting surface which influences the painting outcome.

Oil is my primary medium; canvas, paper or wood panels are my preferred painting supports. 
After sizing and priming the support with gesso, I paint directly with the oil paint and follow the "fat over lean" rule. I don't use a drier additive as there is a risk of compromising the paint film. Sometimes I add small quantities of beeswax as I like the textural and refractive qualities it imparts.

While the constantly changing landscape is challenging to paint, I find the ultimate challenge is to create an artwork that stirs the latent image and remains visually engaging over time. 
My objective is that my paintings are so imbued.
                                                                                                 
 --- C.S. Poppenga
Poppenga earned a B.A. in U.S. History and Art (summa cum laude) from the University of Great Falls 
in Montana. She continued her formal art education at the Alberta College of Art (ACA) in Calgary, 
Alberta, Canada. There, she focused on the human form, drawing/painting live models in the studio and 
at theater and dance rehearsals. Poppenga also drew at the Calgary Foothills Medical School's teaching morgue.
 
In 1994 Poppenga became the Home & Family Editor with the Lewistown News-Argus in Montana. The work was enjoyable but left little time for art making. Still, Poppenga believes the experience was valuable, and recognizes its influence in the artwork she produces today. Other work experience includes Executive Director of the MonDak Museum in Sidney, Montana and, most recently, Studio Arts Technician for the Art Department at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Today, however, Poppenga is giving her full creative energy to the making of art on a professional level. Her artworks are in business and private collections in the U.S., Canada and Germany.
 
Serious inquiries are welcome.from galleries in Montana, the United States and Canada. 
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Barbara Wilson, a wonderful painter I met while working on the mural in Sussex, Nova Scotia, Canada. Click on her name to visit her web site.
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