Carolyn Schlam | About
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Carolyn Schlam is an award winning American painter, sculptor and glass artist born and raised in New York City. She studied painting with Norman Raeben, youngest son of the Yiddish writer Sholem Alecheim, in Carnegie Hall and glassmaking at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. She presently resides and has her studio in Taos, New Mexico where she continues in the pursuit of her passion– painting in oil, drawing from life, and crafting confections of glass, clay and other media.

Carolyn Schlam is the author of 2 books on the creative process: The first entitled “The Creative Path: Process and Practice” is a treatise on art making from philosophical, psychological and practical points of view and chronicles the making of a painting in time elapsed photographs and tape transcription. The second, “Art Smarts: A Book to Help You Become a GR8 Artist”, is a sequel for children. Both books are represented by Schulman Literary Agency in New York.

In 2013, Carolyn was named one of the 48 finalists in the Smithsonian Museum Portrait Competition. Her painting, “Frances at 103” was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery for one year and was subsequently acquired by the Smithsonian. It will be in the permanent collection of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, opening on the National Mall in 2016.

Carolyn’s portraiture is infused with emotional content, expressing the vulnerability and longing of her mostly female subjects. She explores portraiture in its many aspects — Traditional, in which appearance and character is foremost; Expressionistic, in which the inner life is heightened, and Stylized, in which the image becomes iconic. She is known for her use of exuberant color, elegant drawing and modern design.

This website offers you the opportunity to view Carolyn’s  work and to consider acquiring a work for your collection.   Please contact the artist directly to inquire about prices and availability.


Carolyn Schlam, “Frances at 103″, Oil, 40″ x 30”
Collection of the Smithsonian Institution