Carla Aurich-3/4 Roundabout #3-2013

Carla Aurich

3/4 Roundabout #3 2013

36” x 36” (91.5 x 91.5 cm) oil on panel


Color is the starting point in my paintings.  I’m interested in exploring unique color relationships that are sourced from natural and artificial worlds.  The interaction and conversation between the materials and surfaces happen through the combined effort of structure and chance.  

My work is rooted in the language of abstraction and pays homage to the early modernist and color field painters.  Colors and forms are sourced from the observed world but it is their distillation and relationship that interest me.  In this oversaturated and easily discarded image world, my work seeks clarity and invites contemplation.

                                                                                                                                                                                   - Carla


Carla Aurich received an MFA from the University of Iowa with a focus on painting and printmaking.  She has lived and worked in New York City since 1998.    Currently she is an adjunct professor of visual arts at Yeshiva University and an adult education instructor at the 92nd street Y, School of the Arts.  Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, She is a recipient of a NYFA 9/11 grant, Pelzer-Lynch fellowship and a Who’s Who among American Teachers and Educators.



1997  M.F.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1984  B.F.A., University of Montana, Missoula, MT




2014  Mithraeum 99, site-specific installation at Church of the Intercession, NYC, celebrating 99 years of Bertrand Goodhue’s building on the Audubon Terrace.  Curator:  Carla Aurich, artists:  Peter Ferko, Stacy Greene and Elizabeth Terhune

2013  MTA Poster Project, Art in Subways, juried show Artist's Unite, NYC

2013  Concentric, Curated by Peter Ferko, artist's invitational group show:  Anne Russinof, Melissa Staiger, Sarah Shrift, Joel Adas, Helen Selsdon, Kazumi Sakurai, Yuko Araki, at "The Table", Brooklyn, NY

2013   New Work, 350 Bleeker Art Space, NYC, solo show

2012   Abstract/Abstract, Berkshire Bank, NYC, Artist's Unite art in public spaces

2011   Abstractions, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, ILL

2010   Continuing Color Abstraction, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2009   Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Juror Charles Long, Brooklyn, NY

2009   Spectrum Squared, 4 painters on Color and Abstraction, Arts at Bussaco, Brooklyn, NY

2009   Analogous, Juror Lucy Lippard, Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University

2008   No Chromophobia, Non-Objective Color Paintings, group show, Curated by Richard Witter, OK Harris Gallery, NYC

2008   Small Works Show, Curated by David Humphrey, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007   Abstract and Geometric, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, ILL

2007   New Work, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY

2006   Six Paintings, Metaphor Gallery, Memphis, TN

2006   Drawing the Line between Art and Design, Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson, NY

2005   75th Anniversay Exhibition, 92nd St. Y, Milton J. Weill Gallery, Juror, Phil Alexandre, Alexandre Gallery,  New York, NY

2002    Funky Abstraction, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, NY

2001    New Works, Paisley Art Space, Solo show, New York, NY

2001    Artists of the 2nd District, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, group show sponsored by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2001    Faculty Exhibition, Weill Hall Art Gallery, New York, NY

2000    Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CT, juried show, received Carol and Ted Shen award.

1998    Abstract Images, group show, Percival Galleries, Des Moines, IA    

1998    Berkeley Art Center Assoc. 14Th Annual Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center,                 Berkeley, CA

1997    Fellows Invitational, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

1997    Intimacy, Armstrong Gallery, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA

1997    Forbidden Fruit, Eve Drewlowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1996    Members Show, Iowa City Arts Council, Iowa City, IA

1994    Group Show, Metropolis Gallery, Seattle, WA

1993    Anniversary Show, Gallery Artists, AG 47 Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992    Color and Form, King County Arts Commission, Burien, WA

1992    Collages, Several Thoughts Gallery, Seattle, WA

1988    Installations, O.K. Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA

1988    New Works, Benham Studio Gallery, Seattle, WA

1986    Imagery and Form, Executive Suite Gallery, King County Courthouse, Seattle, WA




2013   MTA Poster Project, Artist’s Unite, subway poster in the 190th street station, NYC

2002   NYFA Grant, 9/11 relief fund, NY foundation for the Arts

1997   Peltzer-Lynch Fellowship, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa

1996   Madison Scholarship, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa




2014  Edge of Day, Andrea Lawson 2014 paintings, catalog essay

2011  Studio Visit Magazine, Volume Fourteen, juried selection of international artists

2009  Analogous, Curator Lucy Lippard, Eastern New Mexico University 2008

2009  Vinartculture Calendar, calendar collaberation with wine writer illustrating the wine year,

2007  Who's Who among American Teachers and Educators, 11th Edition

2001 IT's Visual Speech Magazine, Issue 03, 2001, published by Italy Today

2000  The New York Times, Sunday, May 28, 2000, A Largely Traditional Show at the Silvermine

1998   Iowa City Press-Citizen, 1/8/98, Iowa City artists display at Cornell

1986  The Arts, newsletter of the King County Arts Commission, Sept, 1986, Volume 15, Number 9



Lawrence Rinder, Art Historian, Critic Berkeley Art Center, San Fransisco, CA University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City Arts Council, Iowa City, Iowa

King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA 

Leonard W. Moen Law Offices, Seattle, WA

Dr. Phillip Lindsay, Medical Offices, Seattle,, WA Private Collections