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FRANCES AT 103, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30”, 2012

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 Studios, and glass-making at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. She currently maintains her painting and collage studio at 14 Gitana Avenue, Camarillo, CA 93012 and is currently working as an artist in residence at the Glass Arts Collective in Westlake Village, CA.


Carolyn is also a published author. Her book, “The Creative Path: A View from the Studio on the Making of Art,” is a treatise on art making from philosophical, psychological, practical and spiritual points of view and was published in 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing. Her latest book, “The Joy of Art: How to Look At, Appreciate and Talk About Art” is an art appreciation course from the artist’s lens, and is now available for purchase at booksellers everywhere. Carolyn’s books for children, “Art Smarts: A Primer for the Young Artist” and “The Alphabet Club” are available through her studio.


In 2013, Carolyn was named one of the 48 finalists in the Smithsonian Museum Portrait Competition. Her portrait, “Frances at 103” was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery for one year and was subsequently acquired by the Museum. It is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2018, her “Mother and Child” joined the prestigious Cedars Sinai Art Collection. Carolyn has a strong interest in donating works to organizations and collections, especially those with a feminist orientation, and encourages interested parties to contact her.


Carolyn Schlam’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 are 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.