Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1954.
1976, B.A., Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, California
Carrie McGee's mixed media constructions explore variation within repeated forms. Utilizing transparent acrylic as a ground, she experiments with natural and chemical processes, such as rust and oxidation, to create luminous works that emanate a meditative pulse.
Recently McGee has focused on cyclical patterns in nature. The turn of seasons, along with the time lag process of creating, comingles to form a heightened sense of the present moment within each object. Physically, these works emphasize "floated" and "hanging" presentations in which the interplay of light, shadow, and reflection participate in the nature of each object.
McGee's investigations developed on the periphery of her work as an abstract painter. In the midst of a studio move she discovered a sheet of vinyl containing a multi-layered pattern of rust spheres, the result of a slow ceiling leak. The illuminated metal impressions were unexpectedly beautiful, and possessed a combination of organic and industrial qualities McGee sought in her paintings. Initially experienced as playful experimentation, this work became the central focus of McGee's efforts, and soon evolved from ephemeral to lasting and architectural in scope.
McGee has lived in many parts of the United States, having migrated from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, New York, and finally Nashville. She has worked in historic buildings as a conservation painter, and as a scenic painter for a variety of films and sets.
McGee received a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation, as well as a residency fellowship from the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Her paintings and constructions have been exhibited regularly for the past twenty-five years.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
ADVANTAGE BUSINESS CENTERS, Washington, D.C
AM MED DIRECT, Nashville, Tennessee
BATTERY VENTURES, Waltham, MA
BOULT CUMMINGS CONNERS & BERRY, Nashville, Tennessee
CEACO/GAMEWRIGHT, Newton, MA
CHRISTOPHER MERIAN FOUNDATION, Basel, Switzerland
CROWELL & MORING, LLP.
MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER, San Antonio, TX
MARRIOT HOTEL, Nashville, TN
NORDSTROM CORPORATE COLLECTION
PINNACLE BUILDING, Atlanta, GA
ROBERT AND KATHY GUYTON, Atlanta,GA
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE CORPORATE COLLECTION
STEPTOE & JOHNSON, LLP
STATE STREET CORPORATION, Boston, MA
STEARNS WEAVER MILLER WEISSLER ALHADEFF & SITTERSON,Miami, FL
TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM, Nashville, TN
WESTERN ASSET MANAGEMENT, Pasadena, CA
2007 Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro, KY “Constellation”, a cast acrylic and stainless steel sculpture suspended in the library.
Internationale Austausch Ateliers Basel Exchange Artist, Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland.
Visual Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation.
Residency, MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire.
2011 Solo Exhibition, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
2010 Solo Exhibition, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
2007 Altered Vision: Artists Look Beyond Sight Loss, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN
2006 Within and Beyond: Interpretations of the Grid, Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, IL
2005 Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
2003 Women Beyond Borders, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN. Art in Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2002 A Century of Progress, Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN (travels to four other venues,including Humboldt, Knoxville, Johnson City, Tennessee, and Augusta, Georgia).
2002 Flying Solo, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN
2000 Van Every Smith Galleries, Davidson College Visual Arts Center, Davidson, NC
1999 National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Winners, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1997 Internationale Austausch Ateliers Region Basel, Basel, Switzerland
1996 Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
1995 Greater Nashville Arts Foundation, Nashville, TN
1993 Reverent/Irreverent, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 1993 National Contemporary Painting Competition, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN