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T I F F A N Y   C A L V E R T   | | |    [Louisville, KY ::: b.1976 Hanover, NH]


As an artist, TIFFANY CALVERT applies contemporary painting techniques to historical imagery. Her recent work uses the seventeenth-century Dutch floral still life as a springboard for exploring the shifting nature of human perception. The traditional Dutch still-life often contains an abundance of visual information for the viewer to process: texture, color, sheen, and finish. Widely popular and highly prized among collectors, these painted floral arrangements were meticulously detailed compositions, whether lavish or simple, and many featured insects and animals hidden among the foliage. The paintings on display here are oil paintings on printed reproductions of a work by Dutch artist P. W. Windtraken. Calvert has intervened by matching paint to Windtraken’s original color palette, camouflaging it within the picture. Other techniques such as gridding, fragmentation, and image reversal serve to obstruct and interrupt the viewer’s perception of the image. Like a digital “glitch” or a scrambled transmission, Calvert generates paintings that are suspended in a moment, simultaneously on the verge of disintegration or cohesion. Tiffany Calvert is an artist-in-residence at the Speed Art Museum for 2018-2019, studying works in the permanent collection with Erika Holmquist-Wall, Chief Curator and Mary and Barry Bingham, Sr.


Tiffany Calvert's work has been shown internationally including Lawrimore Project in Seattle, E.TAY Gallery in New York, and Cadogan Contemporary in London. She has been awarded residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and funding from the Great Meadows Foundation. She has been nominated for a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, and in 2010 received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Calvert uses traditional and emerging media to investigate the mutable nature of perception and the effect of media on the substantiation of the image.


She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville and artist-in-residence at the Speed Art Museum for 2018-2019.

Curriculum Vitae


2005           MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers

1997           Study Abroad, Syracuse University, Florence Italy

1995           Carnegie Mellon University



2018           Spring, Cadogan Contemporary, London UK

                   Semper Augustus, Moremen Gallery, Louisville KY

                   Something Pretty, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, KY

2017           Tiffany Calvert: Rainbow Chaos, Arkansas State University, AR

                   The Prolonged Gaze: Tiffany Calvert, Vian Sora, and Nhat Tran, guest curated by Mirada Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at Speed Museum, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY

                   Synthesizing Nature, The Center for Contemporary Art, NJ

                   New Recruits, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville KY

2016           Verblist, curated by Mark Joshua Epstein, E.TAY Gallery, New York, NY

                   Synthesizing Nature, View Art Center, Old Forge NY

                   every thing every where, Brick + Mortar Gallery, Easton PA

                   Tiffany Calvert, tenure exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ

2015           Solo exhibition, Carl & Sloan Contemporary, Portland OR

                   The Memory Palace, Cedar Crest College, PA

2014           The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY

                   The Dam Show, Reservoir Art Space, Queens NY

2013           Collapse, Visual Arts Center, Mississippi State University, MS

                   PILF #1, Sunset Park Studios, Brooklyn NY Ortega y Gasset Gazette, online

2012           Humus: Landscape Painting Across a Spectrum of Abstraction, The Center for Contemporary Art, NJ

                   Dystopian Delight, Mike Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY



                   21C Hotel + Museum

                   Art Omi Collection

                   Hudson County Community College Foundation

                   Omni Hotel

                   Various Private Collections