Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski, nonobjective oil colorist





artist's statement

children's art




April 9-May 3, 2013
Conshohocken, PA

Pachnowski's "Horror of Guns 1"

Pachnowski's "Horror of Guns 2"

“RE/Using Our RE/Sources”
 Sandy Springs Museum,
 Sandy Springs, MD. 
July - September, 2012


"Exploring New Dimensions"

"Sahasrara" and "Q's Spot" will be on display in "Exploring New Dimensions", Stephanie Ann Roper Art Gallery, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD.

Opening - September 9, 2011, 7-9 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 12, 2011



“State of the Art/Art of the State"

Cameron Museum, Wilmington , NC 2011

Don't miss "Venetian reflections" on view until October 31, 2011.



"Venetian reflections"

"Women & Water"

MARCH 9-APRIL 8, 2011
International House Philadelphia

Join us for the 3rd Annual International Women's Day Celebration. This year we examine the connection between water and women's lives across the globe. Event will include a reception with a performance by the Anna Crusis Women's Choir an art exhibit by the Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter; a poster session, highlighting student projects and Philly organizations doing work here and abroad; and a panel session, featuring local and international academics and activists.

Wed March 16th, 2011
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St.
Contact: Anastasia Shown

Event is sponsored by Penn's Provost office for the "Year of Water," Penn Women's Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Middle East Center, South Asia Center, African Studies Center, United Nations
Association of Greater Philadelphia & International House Philadelphia.


"Blue Dream" by Marcelle
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"Battle of the Sexes: Women's Caucus for Art: Philadelphia"
Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington, Delaware

March 5, 2011 thru May 22, 2011

Read Bob Duggan's Review of the Show entitled "Identity Theft", featuring "MH Pachnowski's" Cadmium Caribbean Diptych

Cadmium Caribbean Diptych

"Exploring New Dimensions"
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
Frederick, Maryland 

November 6 - November 27, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday, November 6, 2010, 3-5 pm

"Venetian Reflections"



Radio Interview with Molly Matlock on WCOM-FM, “Inside the Artist’s Studio:” Local Imagination, August 31, 2010. Listen to the full interview w/ Marcelle.


“Women” at International House

March 8 - March 12, 2010
Opening Reception

Monday, March 8 at 6pm

In conjunction with the International Women's Day Panel, this exhibit showcases work from WCA Philadelphia members including Alison Altergott, Ellen Bonett, Timothea Canny, Molly Crowley, Veronica Gledhill, Marie Elcin, Deborah McCarthy, Bonnie MacAllister, Marcelle Pachnowski, Sonia Sherrod, and Michelle Wilson. Through diverse mediums, these artists chronicle their experiences through imagery of women at work, cultural representations of the feminine, and abstract goddess depictions. “Women” at International House is a partnership between the Women’s Caucus for Art of Philadelphia, the African Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania and One Book, One Philadelphia for the celebration of the text, Persepolis.

The Women's Caucus for Art, founded in 1972 in Philadelphia in connection with the College Art Association (CAA), is a national member organization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals.  The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education and social activism. We are committed to: recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national and global art activism, and advocating for equity in the arts for all.



Girls Gotta Run: Bodies in Motion”
October 6-31, 2009
Reception: October 7, 6-8 pm
Holy Family University
 Lower Level - Ed. & Tech Center
9801 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

"From a Woman's Perspective", Pepco's Edison Place Gallery
701 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC

September 8th - September 30th
Reception September 11, 2009 5:30 - 8:30pm
Gallery Hours 12:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Friday





"Visual Journeys" - Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski  - solo exhibition of her paintings

When: August 23rd - September 20
   * opening reception August 23rd 2-4 pm *
Where: The Horace Williams House
            610 East Rosemary Street
            Chapel Hill, NC 27516


“Visual Journeys”
 Recent Paintings by
 Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski

Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC

Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski will be exhibiting recent work at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill August 23 through September 20. The opening reception will be Sunday, August 23 from 2-4pm. Marcelle will be conducting several “Painting to Music” workshops during her exhibition at the Horace Williams House. These workshops will be announced at a later date. 

Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski holds her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Maryland and her BA in painting and drawing from the American University in Washington, DC. She has exhibited on national and international levels and her work is in numerous collections which include the Malt Beach Art Center in Tampere, Finland, the College of Charleston, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY, University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Department and many private collections. She has taught at the University of Maryland, Western Carolina University, Columbus College, Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Gibbes Museum School in Charleston, SC to name a few.

When Marcelle lived in the mountains of North Carolina during the mid seventies, she coordinated with county and state officials to start an arts council in Swain County. She successfully organized many fundraisers, art festivals and regularly brought artists-in-residence to their public schools.

When she lived in Atlanta, Georgia she was an artist-in-residence on the city, county and state levels that were funded by local arts councils, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

While living in Atlanta in the eighties and early nineties, Marcelle was the first visual artist to be involved in an artist-in-residence in a homeless shelter for women and children. She also lobbied for art advocacy in Atlanta.  Following living in east Tennessee, Marcelle moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1996 and became active in the American Society of Contemporary Artists, the Salmagundi Club and the National Association of Women Artists. Marcelle served as President, vice President, and Governing Board member of the National Association of Women Artists. Marcelle relocated to Marlton, New Jersey in 2000 and continued to actively exhibit her artwork in and around New York City in addition to the Philadelphia area and with the Tri-State Artists Equity.

Marcelle, a working artist, has lived the past two and a half years in  Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina. She remains active in the Women’s Caucus for Art and in particular the DC and Philadelphia chapters. Locally she in involved in the Chatham Arts Gallery. 

 “Painting is my passion. The act of painting--the movement, the gesture, the process of selecting brushes, palette knives, paints and colors, textured mediums, the music underlying and reinforcing the process— is an exuberant ritual. All five senses are part of this painting / ritual process that has been the essence of my adult artistic life. Due to having lived in many different areas north, northeast, south and southeast, I am not identified by being from a specific region of the country or identified with a specified style of painting. This has at times been isolating, but it is essential to my creative process, and to my quest for recognition, validation and acceptance. My place as a woman artist, raised and educated in a male-dominated society, is also at the heart of my process. My paintings are a mirror of my life – heartache, grief, loss, pain, joy, love, bliss, lust, and excitement. This is who I am, a colorist in a digital age.”


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