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Bio

Helen Gotlib was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A life time interest in art led Helen to study at the University of Michigan’s School Of Art And Design where she divided her time between printmaking and scientific illustration. This lead her to develop a process oriented drawing style characterized by extreme detail.

Gotlib has traveled extensively. Her observations of people and customs of Europe, Asia and the Middle East have influenced her perception of the human body and it’s complex range of expression. This interest manifests itself primarily in the vast body of figurative drawing, painting and print making work she has produced over the course of the last decade.

Most recently however, Gotlib has made an extensive exploration of a deceptively nuanced and emotional subject – flowers. By following the life cycle of flora, but focusing particularly on dried, dead flowers, she has managed to create images of unexpected beauty and emotional power mirroring the complexities of her figurative work.

Gotlib’s work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows across the country.

Artist Statement

Much of human communication is nonverbal. Plants obviously cannot speak, yet they can be as emotive as a silent figure. Emphasizing the expressiveness of botanical and human structure rather than conventional beauty is what drives my work.

I attend numerous drawing sessions with live models. Working with a living breathing human being rather than a photograph is essential to capturing pure emotion. As well, my botanical pieces are taken from real still-life arrangements. I often record the life cycle of a bundle of flowers from vibrant life, through to the delicateness of the dry final state.

I use wet and dry mediums both additively and subtractively in order to create weathered atmosphere. Once I have captured the essence of the subject I continue working the piece independently of the model using a variety of unconventional techniques. Layers of ink followed by layers of gouache are often rubbed away using a scrubber brush to generate texture. In other cases I will spray my drawings with a vigorous jet of water from the garden hose to create liquid effects.

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Education
University of Michigan, B.F.A. ‘03
  Concentrations: Printmaking and Scientific Illustration
Kyoto Seika University, ’01-‘02
  Classes in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking
Community High School, ’95-‘98
  High School Diploma

Experience
-Artist in residence at the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley,CA., Oct '04-May'05
-Book Illustrator
--"Simon's Story"
--"Louder Than Thunder"
--"One Hungry Child"
-Illustrator for the Orthopedic Network News '04-'06
-Taught Private Art lessons, ’03-'04
-Taught linoleum block printing workshop at University of Michigan (Arts on the Hill  Program) March’04 and Sept '04
-Owner of Helen Gotlib Designs, ’95 -Present
 · Exhibiting original lithography, intaglio and wood block prints, and colored pencil drawings at Ann Arbor Sunday Artisans Market weekly May through December ‘96-‘03
 · Design and produce custom line of note cards


Awards
Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Honorable Mention in Drawing '16
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Place in Drawing Sept '16
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Award of Distinction for Drawing March '16
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Place in Drawing Sept '15
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Place in Drawing Sept '14
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Award in Drawing March '14
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 1st Place in Drawing Sept '13
10 under 40 Exhibition @ the River Gallery, Chelsea, MI. 1st Place. Nov. '12
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL.2nd Place in Drawing June '12
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Award of Merit for Drawing March '12
Boardwalk Art Fair, Virginia Beach, VA. Award of Excellence for Drawing June '11
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Award of Excellence for Drawing March '11

Vero Beach Under The Oaks Art Fair, 2nd Place in Drawing March '10
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 1st Place in Water color Sept '09
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Award of Merit for Drawing March '09
The Artist’s Magazine’s All-Media Online Competition,Honorable Mention for "Sarah"(w/pillow and chair) ,Feb. '09 Article to be posted in March of '09
The Body Eclectic @ the Lawrence Street Gallery, First Place in 2D for "Sarah w/ Blanket" , Feb.. '09
Kansas City Plaza Art Fair, Invitational Award Sept '08
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Place in Watercolor Sept '08
57th Street Art Fair , Vi Fogle Uretz Award June '08
Austin Art City, Best in Medium for Drawing April '08
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Award of Merit for Drawing March '08
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Place in Watercolor Sept '07
The Artist's Magazine, Finalist for
"October Sun" in the 24th Annual Art Competition July '07
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Award of Excellence for Drawing March '07
The Artist's Magazine, Honorable Mention for
"Jenny" in quarterly water color contest .January '07
Bruce Museum Arts Festival, 1st Place in Drawing and Graphics Oct '06
Des Moines Arts Festival, Best of Graphics/Printmaking, June '06
Old Island Days Art Fair Merit Award Feb.‘06
Arti Gras Judges Choice Award Feb..’06
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Place in Drawing Sept '05
Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair, Minnesota Monthly finalist Ribbons in Printmaking and Drawing, Aug '05
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, 3rd Place May ‘05
The Body in Perspective Exhibition 3rd place’04
Greektown Juried Arts Festival, Honorable Mention ’03
Flint Institute of Arts Annual Juried Art Fair, Notable Mention ‘03
Two University of Michigan School of Art Palazoma Awards, ‘01
Ann Arbor Artisans Market Poster Contest, ‘00


Exhibits

Niceland, (Recent Works by Helen Gotlib, Lavinia Hanachiuc and Dylan Strzynski) Tiny Buddha, Ann Arbor, MI. Feb '17
ART NOW [printmaking], 
117 Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI. Feb '17
Refractive, 117 Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI. May '15
Gallery Artist Show, Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. '13
No Plan B, Chelsea River Gallery, Chelsea, MI. Feb. '13
10 under 40, Chelsea River Gallery, Chelsea, MI. Nov. '12
The Body Eclectic 2012,Lawrence Street Gallery (Ferndale, MI) Feb. '12
ArtPrize, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI. Sept-Oct 2011
The Body Eclectic 2010,Lawrence Street Gallery (Ferndale, MI) Feb. '10

ArtPrize, DuVos Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI. Sept-Oct 2010
Petals & Prints, Center Gallery, (Glen Arbor, MI) May '10
Winter Doldrums Part 3 & 4, Elevvated Press Studio & FFIH Gallery (Ann Arbor, MI.)March '10
The Body Eclectic 2009,Lawrence Street Gallery (Ferndale, MI)Feb. '09
Probing the Matter of Substance (3 person show), at the Ann Arbor Art Center, (Ann Arbor, MI) Jan '09
Nude 2009 Exhibition at Lexington Art League Castle, (Lexington, KY) Jan ‘09
Figure it out,Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI. Sept. '08
Between the lines (Recent Works by Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski), Water Street Gallery, Douglas MI. July '07
Unclad 2007 at Gallery By The Bay, Stanwood WA, March '07
Recent Works By Helen Gotlib (solo show),ARC Gallery,Chicago IL. Feb.’06
Solo Show in the Women's Commission Gallery at Defiance College, Defiance, OH. Oct 2005

Group shows at Gallery109, Saugatuck, MI. July-Oct ‘05
Inhibition/Exhibition, Rocky Neck Art Colony Gallery,Gloucester, MA June '05
Laid Bare, Edgewise Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA May’05
New Work (Solo show) Black and Blue Tattoo and gallery, San Francisco, CA May’05
Fresh Work, Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA Dec ’04
Janet Turner Print Museum, University of California (Chico, CA) Feb..‘04
17th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition at University of Wisconsin (Parkside, WI) Feb..‘04
The Body in Perspective Exhibition at Fredericksburg Center for the Visual Arts (Fredericksburg, VA) Feb..‘04
Nude 2004 Exhibition at Lexington Art League Castle, (Lexington, KY) Jan ‘04
Digital Photography Exhibition at Pierpont Commons, (Ann Arbor, MI) June, ‘03
Bugs & Bodies, Solo Exhibition at Fifth Avenue Gallery, (Ann Arbor, MI) April ‘03
Grade A U. M. A. & D. Select at Work Gallery, January-February (Ann Arbor, MI) ‘03
Snow White at Transient Gallery (Detroit, MI), January, ‘03
Two Person Art Exhibit at Orbit Designs, (Ann Arbor, MI) January ‘03
Things Matter at Pierpont Commons, December, (Ann Arbor, MI) ‘02
Japan – Korea Exchange Exhibition at Kyoto Seika University, (Kyoto, Japan) July ‘02
Kino Print Exhibition at Heian Gallery, December, (Kyoto, Japan)‘01
Ann Arbor Art Center Juried Exhibit, (Ann Arbor, MI) Oct ‘01
Solo Art Exhibition of prints and drawings at Café Zola, (Ann Arbor, MI) July ‘01
Art Exhibit at Leopold Brothers, (Ann Arbor, MI) ‘01
· New prints and drawings on display monthly over 12-month period
Annual End of the Year Student Art Exhibit at the University of Michigan, (Ann Arbor) April ‘01
Annual End of the Year Student Art Exhibit at the University of Michigan, (Ann Arbor) April ‘00

Collections
Bank of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI. "Kitch-iti-kipi" 
Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, CT. “Dressing Screen” 

Posters
Ann Arbor Artisans Market, Ann Arbor, MI. 2000
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL. 2013