An accomplished artist, Paula Crawford has a notable record of national, international, and regional exhibitions and citations that include exhibitions in New York, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington, as well as international shows in Peru, Paraguay, Canada, and Jordan. Crawford’s exhibitions have been reviewed or covered in international publications, such as Peru’s El Commercio, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Paraguay’s Diario abc Color, as well as the Washington Post, Stroll Magazine, Articulate Contemporary Art Review, the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Review, and Art News. Crawford’s most recent works are inspired by structural affinities in the macro and microscopic landscape, and an exploration of liminal space, as interpreted through contemporary abstract painting. Crawford has also co-authored, with sculptor Kendall Buster, The Critique Handbook, The Art Student’s Sourcebook and Survival Guide. Now in its second edition, this practical manual provides analysis of the fundamental practice of “critique” in relation to studio artwork at the university level. The Critique Handbook has become a staple of artist, art faculty, and students of art across the United States and abroad.
Art critique both as a frame for discussion about art, and as a ritual by which we evaluate and understand it; meaning in painting; presence and silence in painting; how modernist painting has progressed in two particular directions: the act (expressionism to performance) and the image (representation and idea).