Kate Cheney Chappell

About Kate Cheney Chappell

Kate Cheney Chappell studied at Chatham College, the Sorbonne in Paris, and Maine College of Art, and received a B.A. degree from the University of Southern Maine. She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts, and is a member of Peregrine Press, a co-operative of fine arts printmakers.

Chappell’s art encompasses painting, printmaking and poetry. While in residence at her home on Monhegan Island, she paints directly from nature in watercolors; other works incorporate mixed media, collage, or explore the interplay of word and image.

“Drawing and painting have always been ways I engage with the natural world. I am also a person who likes to explore the boundaries between traditional forms. I like to put poetry and monotype together, collage and watercolor, make artist’s books, experiment with installations. Inspiration has come from visits to stone circles in England and Wales, reading poetry, looking at “Li”, the Chinese study of dynamic forms and correlations in nature (e.g., the similarity of a single brain neuron and the branching habit of a tree). Most of all, Monhegan Island remains my soul place. There I am surrounded by sea, alone with the waves, doing the little acts of a simpler way of life, painting all day on the cliffs, or singing at night in community with others who love and live and work on the island.”

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Colby College, Honorary Degree, 2009

Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA, Honorary Degree 1997, Vaino T. Kola: painting and design

Sarah Lawrence College, Junior Year Abroad 1965-66

The Sorbonne

L’Atelier Goetz: drawing, painting, etching

University of Southern Maine, B.A. 1983

Haystack School of Crafts:

Fiber Arts with Anne Wilson; Book Arts with Sas Colby, 1996;

with Michael Alpert and Jan Owen, 1998.

Co-Instructor monoprint workshop 2000,

Open Door 2008, “Creating in Maine” symposium 2006

Quint-Rose: mixed-media

Joanne Scott, Monhegan: watercolor, monoprint

Maine College of Art: Alice Spencer: monoprint, xerox litho; Deborah Klotz-Paris,

sculpture; Joshua Eckles: etching.

Vermont Studio Center: Printmaking residency, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006-2009, 2014

Solo Shows:

InterRelated: One Artist’s Response to Silent Spring: Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA 2012

Inner Terrain: New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT 2008

Envelope: Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME 2003

The Envelope Project: True North Conferences, Scarborough, ME 2004

Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA 1996 – 1998

Farmington Art Guild, Farmington, CT

Selected Group Shows:

Winter Expectations – Invited New England Artists; George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME 2013

Silent Spring – The Enduring Legacy; George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME 2013

Maine Women Pioneers III: Worldview; UNE Art Gallery, Portland, ME 2013

Dunia Moja, Zanzibar & Peregrine Press print exchange, Portland Public Library, 2011

Collage: Piecing it Together, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME 2010

Sea of Light, River Tree Arts, invitational show, Kennebunk, ME 2009

Sustainable?, and Artist panel, Chen Art Gallery,

Central Connecticut State University, 2009

Chatham University, Book Arts Panel, Pittsburg, PA, 2009

First Impressions, Peregrine Press group show, Saco Museum, ME 2008

Turning Pages, Center for Book Arts at University of Southern Maine, 2009

First Traces, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME 2008

On Island: Women Artists of Monhegan, University of New England Art

Gallery, Portland ME 2006 (also co-curator of this show)

Maine Printmakers (1980-2005): Center for Maine Contemporary Art,

Rockport, ME, 2006

Peregrine Press Group Show: George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME. 2005

Invitational Painting Show: Reed Gallery, U Maine Presque Isle, and

River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, ME 2004

The Art of Printmaking: River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, ME. 2006

10 X 10: June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME. 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

Monhegan: River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, ME 2003

Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME 2002, 2003

Island Visions/Island Voices: Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME 2001

Art of the Print: Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, Portland ME 2001

Olin Arts Center, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 2000

Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2000

River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, ME, 1999;

Splendid Splashes 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010;

3 Artist’s, 3 Mediums, 1998

Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, 1998

St. Andrew’s, Marblehead, MA, 1997

St. Clement’s Annual Art Show, Somerville, MA, 1997

Willis-Clark Gallery, Magnolia, MA, 1996

Governor’s & Maine Arts Commission Invitational, Augusta ME 1996


Kennebunk River Club Annual Juried Show:

Best of Show: 1986

Honorable Mention: 1995, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008

Patron’s Prize: 2011


Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island, ME

Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME


The Bates College Museum of Art

New Britain Museum of American Art

Portland Museum of Art

University of New England

New York Public Library

Bowdoin College

Colby College

Farnsworth Museum


Peregrine Press

Women Artists of Monhegan Island


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