Scarlett Decker grew up in Chicago and became a resident of Arizona in 1980. While in Arizona she completed her education in art by obtaining her BFA in studio art from the University of Arizona in Tucson and her MFA in visual art from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT in 1993 (both assemblage and painting).) She has exhibited nationally in solo and group shows as well as internationally in group exhibitions. Scarlett currently resides and works on her assemblage/mixed-media constructions in Chandler, AZ. She teaches at Pittsburgh Art Institute (Online Division) and at Central Arizona College.

Artist Statement

"In my 3 dimensional works, which include assemblage, constructions and mixed media sculpture, I usually have a completely finished pre-conceived idea in my mind before I even start work on the piece. I search for materials that are then constructed and/or assembled to represent this idea. Very rarely does the work deviate from the mental idea when it enters physicality. At times, the title is conceived first which, in turn, creates the image. Satire and paradox are primary factors in my 3d works and wordplay has substantial influence in my approach to artmaking. My goal is to present a visual "aha" moment that will prompt a dialogue for or about the work or sometimes a gift given to the viewer which is of sustained engagement of thought and observation."



Born:       Chicago, IL

Resides:    Chandler, Arizona


Education: MFA - 1993      Vermont College          Montpelier, VT    Visual Art

                  BFA  - 1991      University of Arizona       Tucson, AZ       Studio Art


Solo Exhibitions:

       1999  Central Arizona College  Winkleman, AZ

       1995  ARC Gallery  "Protective Coverings"  Chicago, IL

                  G.A.S.P. Gallery   "Fairy Tales and Dreamscapes"  Tucson, AZ

                  Phoenix Center Visual Arts Gallery  "In Tandem"  Phoenix, AZ

       1993  Barn Gallery  Rancho Linda Vista  Oracle, AZ

       1989  Valley National Bank  San Manuel, AZ


Selected Group Exhibitions:

       2005    FOCA Annual Exhibition (Juror, Elizabeth A. T. Smith) LewAllen Contemporary  Santa Fe, NM
                   " Collect: Inside 8"  Center for Contemporary Arts  Santa Fe, NM

       2001    "Art Beyond Borders"  Ursulinenhof Gallery - Linz, Austria

       2000    "Tucson International Airport" The Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                    "Gammage Gallery" ASU, Tempe, AZ

                    "7-Seas" Toronto - Ontario, Canada

                    "Rancho Linda Vista Invitational" - Barn Gallery - Oracle, AZ

                    "Art Beyond Borders" Grillparzerhoff Gallery - Linz, Austria

                    "Dinnerware Alumni Invitational" Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ

       1998    "Art From the Heart"  Scottsdale, AZ

       1997    "Celebrating Women in the Arts"  WCA Gallery  New York City

                    "Landscapes: Real and Imagined"  Union Gallery  Tucson, AZ

                    One Exchange Plaza Building  (3 person show)  Perth, Australia

                    "Art From the Heart"  Scottsdale, AZ

       1996    "Family Values: Rhetoric vs. Reality"  Wood Gallery Montpelier,VT

                    "Predator and Prey"  Local 803 Gallery (Juror-Joyce Kozloff) Tucson

       1995     Arizona Women's Caucus for Art  Café Magritte  Tucson, AZ

                     Dinnerware Group Exhibition  La Mariposa  Tucson, AZ

                     Global Focus Art Exhibit (World Conference on Women) Beijing,China

       1995    "Humor in Art"  Westbeth Gallery  NYC

                     AZ Women's Caucus for Art  GASP Gallery  Tucson, AZ

                     Dinnerware Group Exhibition  Tucson Int'l. Airport

                    "North Meets South at Oracle"  Barn Gallery  Oracle, AZ

                     AZ Women's Caucus for Art  APS Bldg.  Phoenix, AZ

       1994     3-person show  Dinnerware Gallery  Tucson, AZ

                     AZ Women's Caucus for Art  Phoenix Center Gallery Phoenix

                    "New Members Show"  Central Arts Collective  Tucson, AZ

                    "The American Dream" (Juried-Harmony Hammond) Central Arts

                     4-person show  Dinnerware Gallery  Tucson, AZ

       1993    "Mystery & Fear"  Planet Gallery  Phoenix, AZ

                    "The Nude: Return to the Source"  Westbeth Gallery, NYC

                   Alumni Invitational Group Show  University of Arizona, Tucson

       1992     Alumni Invitational Group Show  University of Arizona Tucson

       1991     Scholarship recipient exhibitor  Galeria Mesa  Mesa, AZ

         "Home Grown"  University of Arizona  Tucson, AZ



        1995:           Personal Development Grant  AZ Commission for the Arts

        1992:           Vermont College Visual Arts Merit Award  Montpelier, VT

        1991-93:      Norwich Univ. Visual Arts Scholarship  Northfield, VT

        1991:           Mesa Galeria Guild Student Excellence Award  Mesa, AZ

        1990-91:      Regents Scholarship  Univ. of AZ  Tucson, AZ



       Women's Caucus for Art

       College Art Association

       Art Beyond Borders

       American Association of University Women


Arts Activities:

       2008-:    Adjunct Professor of Art - Pittsburgh Art Institute - Online Division

       1997-99:    Adjunct Professor of Art - Central Arizona College - Winkelman, AZ

       1997-99:    Central Arizona College Art Club (Advisor & Sponsor)

       1994:          Artist in Residence  San Manuel High School   AZ

       1994:          Artist in Residence  Utterback Middle School  Tucson, AZ

       1992-93:    Editor, Vermont College MFA/Visual Arts Newspaper

       1991-92:    Visual Arts Auction Coordinator  Montpelier, VT



CALYX (Summer/2002)

KALLIOPE: A Journal of Women's Art and Literature (Fall/2000)

Art Calendar "Art Beyond Borders - an International Artist's Cooperative" (June/2001)