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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: prints-interiors, still-life, structures

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An artist who is a painter and is especially known for her printmaking, Treacy Ziegler creates brightly-colored contemporary realist images that often are landscapes with buildings, still lifes, animals standing and alone, and interiors devoid of figures.  Her work has much contrast of light and dark and many shadows, often suggestive that human beings are nearby but likely hiding behind the light in those shadows.  

Ziegler lives in Newfield, New York and did much of her art study in Pennsylvania including a Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1985 to 1989, and the Barnes Foundation where she held a fellowship.  The New York Community Arts Partnership also gave her a fellowship.

Awards include the City of Camden Printmaking Award, a Philadelphia Drawing Award, and a Pratt Memorial Graphic Award.

With her printmaking, Ziegler works with small editions limited to ten, and creates collographs, works that are both reproductions and original artwork.  They involve a labor-intensive method of layering mediums.  Ziegler's collographs are made by beginning with either an engraved copper plate or incised wood block that she uses to provide the basic design or stamp on the ground of each piece in the edition.  Often she adds gesso or sand to create a textured effect.   Then she individualizes each work by hand layering mediums, usually up to seven and usually oil paint.   The result is strong colors and satiny-looking finish.

Exhibition venues for Ziegler include the Arnot Art Museum, Michener Art Museum, Union League of Chicago, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Sources include:
Mary Beth Rust, Principle Gallery
Tracy Ziegler, "Fables of Light", 2003,

Biography from Principle Gallery:
1985-89 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1976-80 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

City of Camden, Printmaking Award
Morris Blackburn Printmaking Award
Daniel Garber Drawing Award
Pratt Memorial Graphic Award
Philadelphia Drawing Award

Cate McCabe, Boston Globe, December 20, 2009, review
Edward J. Sozanski, “Light and Enlightment”, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 2002
Gettysburg Review, Spring 2002
EPOCH Magazine, Volume 50, Number 3. 2001 Series, cover
Designer/Builder, Journal of Human Environment, March 2001
Cate McQuaid, “Zeigler is Haunted by Absences,” Boston Globe January 21,1999
Gerard Brown, “Color/Form” review Philadelphia Weekly, May 14, 1997
Andrew Mangravite, “Haunted Houses”, Philadelphia Forum, May 15, 1997”
Edward J. Sozanski, “Gallery Review” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March, 1995
Jacqueline Hall, “Ambiguity, Mystery Permeate Exhibit” Columbia Dispatch
Wellsboro Gazette,

Artist Treacy Ziegler focuses her paintings on light and color to create moodand a sense of being fraught with emotion. The places she portrays are intended to convey  tension even though vacant of people.  Devoid of our physical presence, Ziegler instead uses objects; chairs, tables, houses, and boats to convey her message: loneliness, yearning, hope, intimacy, sadness, and peace.

For her, the most compelling part of her images are the objects and their relationship to each other, and she strives for juxtaposition to give each work strong impact and an idea of human presence.  A chair placed at a slightly outward angle at a table may be interpreted in an inviting way and may also be viewed as someone having just left the setting, giving the piece a haunting sense of loneliness.

Ziegler's unique use of light can also add drama to the work.  A single ray of light often cuts sharply across the composition from outside the scene or a window pouring over the objects of each work.  The nature of this use of light and dark can leave many ambiguous questions for the viewer.

Biography from Odon Wagner Contemporary:
Treacy Ziegler was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Master's Degree in 1980.  Ziegler has been represented in group exhibitions since 1986, and solo exhibitions since 1991.  She is the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Philadelphia Drawing Award.

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