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Fern Joan Shaffer, American artist. Fellow Columbia College, 1990; Katherine J. Horwich scholar, 1990, Weisman Memorial scholar, 1990; grantee International Friends of Transformative Art, 1992, Copen Haven Grant Artist in Residence, 1998; recipent Andrea Frank Foundation award, 2001.


Shaffer, Fern Joan was born on March 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Albert L. Goldsand and Ruth Arkin.


Student, University Illinois, 1962-1964, 64-65;Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, 1981;postgraduate, University of Illinois, 1983-1989;Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Education, Columbia College, 1991.


Instructor, Art Resources in Teaching, Chicago, 1985-1987;curator, Morton College Gallery, Cicero, Illinois, 1987-1988;program director, Humanitas Institution, Chicago, 1989-1991;program director, Selfhelp Home for the Aged, Chicago, since 1992. President Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, 1982-1992. Guest lecturer School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1986, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, Virginia Technology School, Blacksberg, 1989, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, 1991, Columbia College, Chicago, 1991, 93, 94.

Keynote speaker Northern Illinois U., Dekalb, 1986, Wichita (Kansas) Art Association, 1989. Panelist School of The Art Institute of Chicago of Chicago, 1987, Midwest Socialists for Women in Society, Chicago, 1987, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1988, Women's Caucus for Art, National Conference, Washington, 1991, chairman national conference, 1992.


  • Other Work

    • One woman shows include Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, 1981, 83, 85, 86, 88, 91, Common Boundary Conference, Washington, 1989. Exhibited in group shows Evanston (Illinois) Art Center, 1976, 77, 87, Chicago Abstract Artist's Invitational, Bensonville, Illinois, 1980, Hallwalls, Buffalo, 1985, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, 1987, Monmouth (Illinois) College, 1987, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, 1988, 89, 90, 93, Ceres Gallery, New York, 1992, Museo Gilardi, Lucca, Italy, 2002, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2000, Centro Colombo Americao Medellin, Colombia, 2000, Lithuanian Museum, Vilnis, 1999, Olin Gallery, 1998, Roeroke College, Salem, Virginia, 1998, Museum of Modern Art, Percira, Colombia, Environmental Interactions, Kutztown, University Pennsylvania, 2001, Museum Gilardi, Lucca, Italy, 2002, Turchin Center Visual Arts Appalacian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 2004, Scared Wild Apex Art, New York City, 2005, Portland Art Museum, 2005. Public art commissions include paintings for Midway Airport, Chicago, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago.

      Lecturer Museum of Modern Art, Colombia, 2000, Art Institute, Chicago, 1999, Jewish Museum of Lithuania, Vilnis, 1999, University Antioquia, Colombia, 2003, National University Medellin, Colombia, 2003.


Married Michael Jay Shaffer, March 21, 1965 (divorced 1994). Children: Jeffrey, Stacy, Samuel.

Albert L. Goldsand

Ruth Arkin

Michael Jay Shaffer

Jeffrey Shaffer

Stacy Shaffer

Samuel Shaffer