Deirdre Murphy is a contemporary painter.

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Here are links to Deirdre's current exhibitions, select news, articles, and reviews about her work.  

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Mapping Movements: The Invisible Highways of Urban Birds at the Waters Edge

Ecotopian Toolkit Award 2018

Deirdre Murphy will create a large-scale print series entitled, Mapping Migrations, that will illuminate the invisible highways in the sky by which birds, living at the urban waters edge of the Delaware watershed travel. The Ecotopian Toolkit project will study the aerial pathways of songbirds and raptors that migrate, feed and breed on the banks of the Schuylkill River. This art-driven inquiry visualizing urban bird migration over the Schuylkill River will use both old and new data sets. By using 16th century traditional bird banding data collecting techniques and new geo-tracking technology of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, I will employ traditional and digital printmaking techniques to reflect on past and current understanding of urban bird migration in the anthropocene age along with the effects of climate change on their migratory patterns.

Working in collaboration with biologist, Lamar Gore at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, hyper-local migratory bird species data derived from the bird banding technique will inform the first layer of the print. The traditional data set will be visually paired with an equally traditional reductive woodcut printmaking technique. In the second phase of the Mapping Migration print series, I will collaborate with ornithologists, Lisa Kiziuk and Allison Fetterman at the University of Pennsylvania and will use the newly collected digital data from the Motus receiver. Contemporary digital and laser printmaking methods will be utilized in this phase. A public engagement component will be held in the Fall 2018 in conjunction with Dr. Bethany Wiggin's, “Liquid History and Floating Archive” Seminar.

Art in Action

Main Line Art Center
April 29 - June 2, 2018

 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, PA, 19041

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm
Friday – Sunday: 10 am-4 pm

Art in Action, Main Line Art Center’s re-imagined 2018 spring exhibition and scholarship drive, will feature the work of Jessica Curtaz (in collaboration with Pennsylvania School for the Deaf), Ariel Edwards, Elaine Lisle, Deirdre Murphy in collaboration with artist Scott White, and Bernice Paul. Through mixed media, installation, ceramics, and painting, these artists each represent a different facet of our creative community: accessible art programs, teachers, students, members, and staff. Together they embody our vision of art for everyone.


 In collaboration with Scott White / Dome of the Sky / 20" diameter, hand shaped aluminum with internal LED light, 2018 Photography Credit: Rebecca McAlpin Photography

In collaboration with Scott White / Dome of the Sky / 20" diameter, hand shaped aluminum with internal LED light, 2018
Photography Credit: Rebecca McAlpin Photography

 Bluebird Couple / oil on canvas / 30" x 30"

Bluebird Couple / oil on canvas / 30" x 30"

Kent State University, Visiting Artist

April 18 - 20, 2018

Deirdre Murphy will juror the Stratosphere Exhibition at Kent State University. She will be a visiting critic to the Graduate and Undergraduate Fine Arts Department  give a lecture on Friday, April 20 at 12 p.m. entitled: "The Longer You Look, The More You See."

 Winds of Change / 36" X 48" / Oil on Canvas / 2015

Winds of Change / 36" X 48" / Oil on Canvas / 2015

Time in the Garden

Morris Arboretum
May 5 - October 28, 2018

100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Through a six-month exhibition, 17 artists showcase sculptures, paintings, photographs, and more that explore varied interpretations of the passage of time in the garden. Time is the essence of gardening and the natural world. Whether counting tree rings, or planting seeds, the passage of time marks the life of the garden. Sunflowers bend to follow the path of the sun throughout the day. Leaves turn colors in autumn as day length shortens. Common names of flowers often express the essential essence of time’s import: daylily, nightshade, four o’clock. Click here to read more about the exhibition.


 Spring Jewel / 48"  x 36" / Oil on Canvas / 2015

Spring Jewel / 48"  x 36" / Oil on Canvas / 2015

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Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is a nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located near Lake Ariel Town in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Sanctuary’s property covers 545 acres, includes a pristine glacial lake, Lake Lacawac and its watershed; two ponds, arboreal bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Camp Lodge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.