Paula Roland is an exhibiting artist who describes her work as an abstract aesthetic that overlays her concerns for the natural world. Roland was awarded an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dominican College. She has been in continuous practice since 1980, and many of the works' recurring themes emerged early on and have evolved and circulated to form an expansive body of work.
Paula's 25 solo exhibitions include shows in Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Scottsdale, France, and the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Mississippi. She has participated in over 80 group exhibits, including the prestigious invitational Women and Print, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. Roland received endowed commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Department of State for their permanent collections in Kampala, Uganda, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
She received fellowships to artist residencies at VCCA in Virginia and in Auvillar, France; Anderson Ranch Arts Center; The Drawing Marathon at the New York Studio School; and two from the Santa Fe Art Institute, where she studied with renowned artists Lynda Benglis and Elizabeth Murray.
A pioneer of the Encaustic Monotype, Paula taught the process for over 25 years as a university professor and visiting artist, through self-organized workshops in the US and Europe, and as a nine-time presenter and teacher at the International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA. Numerous books and articles on encaustic, printmaking and installation art have featured Roland's art.
Paula lives, creates, and teaches in Santa Fe, NM.