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
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
Uncharted William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe
New Paintings Smink Inc, Dallas
Navigating, New Encaustic Monotypes by Paula Roland Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson
Newlandia, New Works by Paula Roland William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe
SIZZLE! Hot Wax Prints by Paula Roland Anya Tish Gallery, Houston
Paula Roland Solo Exhibition Smink Inc, Dallas
Beauty’s Language William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2016-2011)
Paperworks Smink Inc, Dallas
A Gallery Pop-Up Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown
One + One A Gallery Art, Provincetown
Women and Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, Cal. Invitational
Detroit Connections: Detroit Women Printmakers and Their Mentors N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Invitational
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, and Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic Art Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, N.J. Curator: Michael Giaquinto
Obscure/Reveal James Gallery, Pittsburgh
Third Annual Massively Small Exhibition J Go Gallery, Park City, Utah
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, and Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic Art Cape Cod Museum of Art (Curator: Michael Giaquinto)
Losing Ground, Gaining Perspective Gallery X, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, Mass. (Curator: Natalie Abrams)
Instructors' Exhibition 7th International Encaustic Conference, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown
Lady Minimalist’s Tea Society Project Space, ART Santa Fe
Encaustic Works 11 R&F Biennial in Print (Curator: Joanne Mattera)
Merge: Encaustic and Contemporary Prints Invitational Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, Mass.
Hot Off The Press, New Encaustic Printmaking Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, N.Y. (Curator: David A. Clark)
On and Off the Wall: Invitational Encaustic Monotype Exhibition Glassell Gallery, LSU, Baton Rouge (Curator: Kathleen Lemoine)
High Contrast Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson
Pushing the Print Western Wyoming College of Art, Rock Springs, WY (Curator: Lili Francuz)
Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah (Curator: Daniella Woolf)
Pollination: Encaustic Works from New Mexico Santa Fe Arts Commission Gallery
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)
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