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.  

Mapping Movements / Convergence (detail-middle panel), Etching and Chine colle, 60”h x 15 3/4”w, 2018

Mapping Movements / Convergence (detail-middle panel), Etching and Chine colle, 60”h x 15 3/4”w, 2018

O.T.W. On the Water: The Schuylkill River. A Complement to River Alive! 

October 24, 2018 - September 2019

Deirdre Murphy’s Ecotopian Toolkit award intaglio print, Mapping Movements is on view at the Independence Seaport Museum’s O.T. W exhibition which explores the wonders and challenges of the Delaware Watershed. The large-scale print illuminates the invisible highways in the sky by which birds, living at the urban waters edge of the Delaware Watershed travel. The print was generously produced by C.R. Ettinger Studio in Philadelphia and was funded by the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program in Environmental Humanities department.

This exhibition by James Lancel McElhinney began as a series of conversations between artists, rowers and historians, about the Schuylkill River as a nexus of American art, science, literature and commerce. Celebrating the spirit of exploration and expeditionary journal-painting, this exhibition also presents historic images in conversation with contemporary River Artists. Patrick Connors, Tom Judd, Deirdre Murphy, Stacy Levy, Jacob Rivkin and Joseph Sweeney. Join McElhinney in welcoming us to rediscover Philadelphia’s Hidden River, perhaps with a sketchbook in hand, to discover its wonders anew."

Click here for article and here for podcast interviews with artists.

Sky Fall and Spring Jewel

Sky Fall and Spring Jewel

New Year / New Work

NoBA ArtSpace

202 Bala Avenue / Bala Cynwyd, PA/ 19004

Collector’s Event, February 9, 6-8pm

January 5 - February 28, 2019

Susanna W. Gold, Ph.D. invites you to celebrate one year at NoBA Artspaces. Selections of fresh work by Season 1 artists, as well as selections from artists new to NoBA, fill the galleries this winter. Viewing by appointment only and at our VIP collector’s event, Saturday, February 9, from 6-8pm.

Contributing Artists:

Nancy Agati, Matthew Courtney, Nathan Pankratz, Kassem Amoudi,Vincent Dixon Rebecca Schultz, Agathe Bouton, Michele Kishita, Ron Tarver, Paula Cahill, Robert McNellis, Jay Walker, Syd Carpenter, Nazanine Moghbeli, Deirdre Murphy, Scott White


Walt Whitman 200

John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge

February 2, 10:30 - 11:30am 2019

In celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200 year anniversary I will be leading a bird drawing workshop for all ages at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with the Ground Hog Day Festival. Species range from the Eastern Pigeon Hawks, Red Throated Loon,to the Hooded Merganser and others. Event is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, Walt Whitman 200 and John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.




Dickinson College Goodyear Gallery Mural

October 2018

Conodoguinet mural design motif is based on the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Conodoguinet translates from the Native American word meaning "A long way with many bends".  Mural artist, Deirdre Murphy celebrates the beauty of the watershed and the birds of the Carlisle area while raising awareness about local water pollution and threatened bird species. The scattering of color-coded lines is a visual data interpretation of indigenous migratory birds. The small red and green dots signify songbird’s feeding and breeding zones. The large red circle is Carlisle & Dickinson College.  Embedded in the mural is Spencer Fullerton Baird’s, bird research from 1840, who was a Dickinson alum, professor and head of the Smithsonian. We hope draw conservation attention to life at the banks and within the Conodoguinet Watershed and inspire viewers to a call to action; to protect our environment and species.  

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