tall fern, painting by seattle fine artist isabel kahn


1955New York, NY



1990MFA Painting , University of Washington, Seattle

1979 Art Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University

1978 BA Painting (Phi Beta Kappa), University of California, Berkeley


Solo Exhibitions

2001 Scrolls, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle WA

First Hand: Paintings and Paper Work, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA

1999 Exchange of Presence, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998 Keeping Time, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA

1996 Paper Cuts and Paintings, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA

1995 New Work, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA

1994 Telltale Signs, Seattle Pacific University Art Center Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992 Bright Ashes, King County Arts Commission Gallery Program, Seattle, WA

1988 Arboresque, Blake Gallery, Seattle, WA

1983 The Lake, Arthead Gallery, Seattle, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2006 Drawing in the New Year: Exploring Memory and Ancestry at the Jewish New Year, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle WA

2006 Two Rivers, Two Countries, Art in Embassies Program, Vientiane, Laos

2001-2002 Contours: Extended Painting from the Pacific Northwest, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC

2001 Fifth Anniversary Exhibition: Northwest Artists, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle WA

2000 Bumberbiennale: Painting 2000, Seattle Center, Seattle WA

Four Years in Reflection, Bryan Ohno Gallery Seattle WA

Introductions 2000, Seattle Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery, Seattle WA

1999 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Art Works for Aids, Seattle Center Pavillion, Seattle, WA

Selected Works, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA

Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Embassy, Geneva, Switzerland

1996 Drawing from the Well, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

1995 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

From There to Here: Eight Jewish Artists from the Pacific NW, National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

Celebrate NW Women, Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR

1994 Especially for Children: The Illustrious Art of Books, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Inaugural Group Exhibition, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA

1993 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

1991 Artists Invitational, Anne Gould Hauberg Gallery, Pacific Arts Center, Seattle, WA

Rosewater on the Battlefield, Nippon Kan Theatre, Seattle, WA

1990 Organic Abstraction, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

MFA 1990, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

MFA 1990, Center on Contemporary Art , Seattle, WA

Northwest Juried Art 90, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA

1989 Proximity, Arthead Gallery, Seattle, WA

1988 School of Art Open Juried Compeition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Art in Nature, Anne Gould Hauberg Gallery, Pacific Arts Center, Seattle, WA

Eighth Annual NW International Competition, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA

Northwest Poets & Artists Calendar Exhibition, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery, Bainbridge WA

Forty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Northwest Watercolors, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA

Three Inside, A New Space Gallery, Seattle, WA

1987 All-Northwest Invitational Exhibition, Reid Gallery, San Juan Island, WA

Washington Women Artists Annual Juried Exhibition, Significant Form, Seattle, WA

Modern madonnas: Idealized Images of Women in Contemporary Art, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

The Second Biennial, Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA

1986 Eccentric Animals, Mia Gallery, Seattle, WA

Summer Stax, Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, WA

Before and After, Oxford Club, Seattle, WA

1981 The Elements of Abstraction, Arthead Gallery, Seattle, WA


Selected Collections

B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

City of Kent, WA

Dallas Family Hospital, Dallas, TX

Harborview Medical Centar, Seattle, WA

Kaiser Hospital, Portland, OR

KMS Financial Services, Inc., Seattle, WA

PACCAR Corporation, Bellevue, WA

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle, WA

Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA



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