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Carla Aurich


Color is the starting point in my paintings. I’m interested in exploring unique color relationships that are sourced from natural and artificial worlds. The interaction and conversation between the materials and surfaces happen through the combined effort of structure and chance. 
My work is rooted in the language of abstraction and pays homage to the early modernist and color field painters. Colors and forms are sourced from the observed world but it is their distillation and relationship that interest me. In this oversaturated and easily discarded image world, my work seeks clarity and invites contemplation.

Carla Aurich is an artist and educator currently residing in the Hudson Valley after many years in Manhattan. After receiving an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, with a focus on painting and printmaking she has taught in NYC for over 20 years. Originally from the vast plains of the Midwest where the light, space and vast sky continue to influence her art.

Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, She is a recipient of a NYA 9/11 grant, Pelzer-Lynch fellowship and most recently a Soaring Gardens artist residency.


Perspective Redefined, Curators Steven Cabral and Patti Camper, The Painting Center, NYC, 2023

Newburgh Open Studios 2022 Group show at Holden Arts, 85 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY, 2022

Terrain Bienniel Newburgh, exhibit “keep in touch”, Site Specific Installation, Project coordinators: Naomi Miller and Hannah Walsh des Cognets, Newburgh, NY, 2021

AGC Gallery, Opening group show, Newburgh Open Studios, Newburgh, NY, 2020

2020 Holland Tunnel Gallery, 20/20 Vision, group show curated by Paulien Lethen and Judy Thomas, Newburgh, NY, 2020

The Big Small Show, curated by Anne Trauben and Jim Pustorino, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ, 2017

Selection 17, Concepto Hudson, Group show, Hudson NY, 2017

Color Matters, curated by Jack McWhorter, Al Peters and James Patrick Reid, The Painting Center, NYC, 2016

Mithraeum 99, site-specific installation at Church of the Intercession, NYC, celebrating 99 years of Bertrand Goodhue’s building on the Audubon Terrace. Curator: Carla Aurich, artists: Peter Ferko, Stacy Greene and Elizabeth Terhune, 2014

MTA Poster Project, Art in Subways, juried show Artist's Unite, NYC 2013 Concentric, Curated by Peter Ferko, artist's invitational group show: Anne Russinof, Melissa Staiger, Sarah Shrift, Joel Adas, Helen Selsdon, Kazumi Sakurai, Yuko Araki, at "The Table", Brooklyn, NY, 2013

New Work, 350 Bleeker Art Space, NYC, solo show, 2013

Abstract/Abstract, Berkshire Bank, NYC, Artist's Unite art in public spaces, 2012

Abstractions, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, ILL, 2011

Continuing Color Abstraction, The Painting Center, New York, NY, 2010

Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Juror Charles Long, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

Spectrum Squared, 4 painters on Color and Abstraction, Arts at Bussaco, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

Analogous, Juror Lucy Lippard, Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, 2009

No Chromophobia, Non-Objective Color Paintings, group show, Curated by Richard Witter, OK Harris Gallery, NYC, 2008

Small Works Show, Curated by David Humphrey, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2008

Abstract and Geometric, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, ILL, 2007

New Work, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY, 2007

Six Paintings, Metaphor Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2006

Drawing the Line between Art and Design, Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson, NY, 2006

75th Anniversay Exhibition, 92nd St. Y, Milton J. Weill Gallery, Juror, Phil Alexandre, Alexandre Gallery, New York, NY, 2005

Funky Abstraction, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, NY, 2002

New Works, Paisley Art Space, Solo show, New York, NY, 2001 Artists of the 2nd District, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, group show sponsored by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2001 Faculty Exhibition, Weill Hall Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2001

Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CT, juried show, received Carol and Ted Shen award, 2000

Abstract Images, group show, Percival Galleries, Des Moines, IA, 1998

Berkeley Art Center Assoc. 14Th Annual Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 1998

Fellows Invitational, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 1997

Intimacy, Armstrong Gallery, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA 1997

Forbidden Fruit, Eve Drewlowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1997

Members Show, Iowa City Arts Council, Iowa City, IA, 1996

Group Show, Metropolis Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1994  

Anniversary Show, Gallery Artists, AG 47 Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1993 

Color and Form, King County Arts Commission, Burien, WA, 1992 Collages, Several Thoughts Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1992

Installations, O.K. Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1988

New Works, Benham Studio Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1988

Imagery and Form, Executive Suite Gallery, King County Courthouse, Seattle, WA, 1986

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