My love for art, comes from a love of making. Hair texture, style, color, and often its cultural associations have influenced my interest in the elaborate decoration of form and space. My creative process is one that parallels an approach to styling hair. The variable and compliant nature of hair allows me the freedom to work in a number of ways rooted in ornamentation. In the attempt to disguise the material, deception is a distinctive characteristic in manifestation of the artificial and ephemeral. Forms of accoutrement found within fashion, such as clothing, jewelry, and formal hat wear serve as visual cues for my own expression.
Althea Murphy Price received her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, and her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art Temple University in Philadelphia PA. She has presented and exhibited her work internationally and nationally in such cities as Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, St. Louis, MO, Cincinnati OH, Charleston, SC and Beijing, China. Juried and group exhibitions include the 2009 International Printmaking Exhibitions in Jingdezhen China, the 79th Annual International Print Center Competition in Philadelphia, PA, the 2007 and 2005 Boston Printmakers Exhibition and the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition, in Charleston, SC.
In addition to her exhibition record Murphy-Price has also been an artist in residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School, University of Hawaii, Hilo and The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been featured in the 2009 Spring issue of Art Papers and the book Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process by Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick.
MFA, Temple University