About | Paula Roland


Paula Roland is a life-long artist and teacher with an MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of New Orleans. After many years teaching painting and drawing at the college level, Paula found a niche specializing in encaustic monotype printing and related encaustic topics. Since 1996, these processes and materials have informed and inspired her own works, and in turn inspired her teaching.

Born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Paula spent much of her adult life living and working in nearby New Orleans. Her works address the extremes in nature and the natural world’s nexus with ecology, science, art, and spirit. Since the early 1980s her works have examined hurricanes, sea   level rise, and desertification.                            

Drawn to areas with a strong sense of place that are culturally rich, diverse, and visually inspiring, Roland moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1989. "Living near Los Alamos National Labs and chaos theory think tanks has led to a heightened interest in science, including systems, fractals, and strange attractors. In recent works, I examine ecology through intuitive mapping, finding my way in rapidly changing environments in the natural world through my art.

"I choose materials for their ability to be somewhat unpredictable or have the ability to change and therefore partner with me in making the work. This process circumvents preconceived ideas and opens me to new possibilities. I engage with the image and medium in a direct and intimate way. With encaustic printing, thought and action are one, much like improvisational music or dance."

Roland’s awards include commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and for the US Department of State’s American Embassies in South Africa and Uganda. She is recipient of many fellowships, residencies and other commissions. Recent articles on Paula’s art and teaching have appeared in Surface Design Journal, Artist’s Magazine, and the Santa Fean Magazine. Her works are included in several books and media on art and encaustic.

Paula's work may be viewed at her art website, www.PaulaRoland.com


M.F.A. Painting and Sculpture, University of New Orleans 

B.A. Painting, St. Mary's Dominican College, New Orleans



Full Teaching Vitae

Exhibitions Vitae (Selected)


Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. Professor of Painting and Drawing

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Adjunct, Drawing III, Painting I & II

Chautauqua Institution, School of Art, Chautauqua, NY. Visiting Artist                      

Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, Lecturer

The College of Santa Fe, Lecturer/Visiting Artist

University of New Orleans, Teaching Assistant, (Instructor of Record)

New Orleans Public Schools, New Orleans, Artist in Residence                     

Jefferson Parish Public Schools, Jefferson, La. Artist in Residence                

New Orleans Museum of Art, Lead Teacher

New Orleans Museum of Art Summer Arts Camp, Lead Art teacher

Art Teacher, Secondary Schools, New Orleans Public Schools       





The Open Studio, LLC. Independently run encaustic workshops, New Mexico

Auvillar France / Virginia Center for Creative Arts

Cortona Italy, Tuscana Americana Arts Travel

Hirst Printmaking, Oakland

Hirst Printmaking, Chicago

International Encaustic Conference, Conferences 6-10 Provincetown

Northeast Art Workshops, Gloucester, Ma.

Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson

Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Cullowhee, N.C.





Encaustic Center, Dallas                    

Studio 2112, CA, Oakland

R & F Handmade Paints, Kingston, N.Y.

International Encaustic Artists Association, Novato, Cal.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Dorothy Gardner Studio, Folsom, La.

University of New Mexico, D.H. Lawrence Ranch, Taos

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Girls’ Education Program, Santa Fe

University of New Orleans, Teaching Assistant, (Instructor of Record)

The Open Studio, Personal Process Classes, Santa Fe

Inservice Workshops, High School and Elementary Art Teachers, New Orleans

and Jefferson Parish Public Schools









GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2016-2011)   







DISTINCTIONS (2016-2011)

La Vendéenne Award for Innovation, International Encaustic Artists

Fellowship, Contemporary Printmaking Studio Critique, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Col.

Juror's Award, Beauty and Its Opposites, 3rd Annual Encaustic Painting Conference, Beverly, Mass.  (Juror: Nick Copasso, DeCordova Museum)


PUBLICATIONS (2016-2011)

Surface Design Journal Paula Roland in First Person, Surface Design Association, 2016

Santa Fe New Mexican (Pasatiempo) Exhibitionism, Michael Abatemarco April 1, 2016

Women And Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, Cal. (catalogue) 2014

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, N.J.  (catalogue) 2014

Embracing Encaustic Linda Robertson, Hive Publishing 2013

Encaustic Works 11: Biennial Exhibition in Print (Curator: Joanne Mattera) 2012

Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic (dvd) Catherine Nash 2012



Surface Design NewsBlog How Encaustic Heat and Wax Transformed My Creative Process Paula Roland June 3, 2014

The Artist’s Magazine Some Like it Hot, Paula Roland - Earthly Forms, Monotypes Christine McHugh May 2014

Creative Tourism.org Dynamic, Dimensional, and Bold: Paula Roland on “Between World” 2013

Studio Visit Magazine 2012

Santa Fe New Mexican (Pasatiempo) Tea for Seven, Michael Abatemarco July 13, 2012

Albuquerque Journal / Santa Fe Opened by Limits, Kathleen Roberts July 12, 2012

Houston Chronical  Print Houston 2012 Makes a Favorable Impression, Molly Glentzner July 8, 2012

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