Arlene Slavin is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. Throughout her 50 year career, she has chosen to abstract the volatile shifts and jumps of art world theory into intricate patterns of movement and colour. These jumps, pictorial, conceptual and sculptural are what Slavin’s work is all about. All of Slavin’s work use elements from the natural world. Working in a wide range of material, including paint, metals, etched glass, concrete and terrazzo, her forms weave an interplay of silhouettes and shadows.
She earned a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Pratt Institute. She has been a guest lecturer at Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon, and Philadelphia College of Art. She received a National Endowment Grant in Printmaking.
Slavin’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, including Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Guild Hall Museum, the Whitney Museum Biennial, Hudson River Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, San Diego Museum and Taft Museum.
Her work is included in numerous corporate and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Berkeley University Art Gallery, Cincinnati Art Museum, Orlando Art Museum, and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton.
Slavin has completed over 30 public commissions throughout the US, including the North Carolina Zoological Park, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NJ Percent for Art, Henry Street Settlement, NY Health and Hospital Corporation, NJ Transit, Town of Chapel Hill NC, Hudson River Museum, Cathedral St John the Divine and the Public Art Fund.