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 is currently a resident artist at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California 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: A View From the Studio on the Making of Art” is a treatise on art making from philosophical, psychological and practical points of view and will be released by Skyhorse Publishing in May, 2018. The second, “Art Smarts: A Primer for the Young Artist”, is available through this website. Carolyn is currently at work on her third book, tentatively titled “Come To The Museum With Me: An Artist Looks at Art.”
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 is in the permanent collection of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.
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 with any questions you may have about anything you see here, and thank you for visiting.
Carolyn Schlam, “Frances at 103″, Oil, 40″ x 30”
Collection of the Smithsonian Institution