Deirdre Murphy

Abstract painting

Deirdre Murphy investigates the intersection between art and science through the lens of biological patterns and data visualization. Her fascination with avian migratory patterns, the effects of global warming and molecular biology have led her research to Integral Molecular Biotech, Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary, Powdermill Nature Reserve and Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Science and Winterthur Museum.

Murphy has exhibited internationally and extensively in the United States in museums and galleries. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Philadelphia International Airport, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Biggs Museum of American Art, New Bedford Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably a Percent for the Arts sculpture commission (Dublin, CA) the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation award and most recently at Ecotopian Toolkit Award -University of Pennsylvania. She has been an artist-in-residence at Winterthur Museum (DE), BioArt Science Center and LACAWAC (PA), Powdermill Nature Reserve (PA), Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA), Vermont Studio Center (VT) and Pouch Cove Artist Residency (St. Johns, Newfoundland).  Her work has been published in New American Paintings and Fresh Paint Magazine.  Murphy’s work can be found in many public and private collections including Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum, Temple University, University City Science Center, AlphaMed Press and Gamblin Artists Colors.

Deirdre Murphy earned her MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.  Murphy  is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lehigh University and been a visiting artist at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania College of Design and University of Texas, Philadelphia University and Kent State University. Deirdre Murphy is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery (Philadelphia), Boxheart Gallery (Pittsburgh) and Zinc Contemporary Gallery (Seattle).