My work is about my life, a life spent growing grapes for wine and painting in forgotten fields and hedgerows. Like the ochre and ash cave paintings of Lascaux, my paintings capture a moment, briefly rendered, but not stopped.
Since 1978 my work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including most recently; Truth and Vision:21st Century Realism, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE (2016); Threaded Dances: Debra Bermingham, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (2015); and Nearby, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY (2013)/the NYC gallerist who has represented my work since 1987. I have had my work displayed overseas; Art in Embassies Program, Dublin Ireland (2005) also (2004); Aisling Geal (Clear/Brilliant Vision),The Riverbanks Arts Centre, County Kildare, Ireland (2002); New Images from North Mayo, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Gallery, Ballycastle, Ireland (2001); and New Viewpoints: Contemporary American Women Realists, Seville World Expo, Spain (1992).
I have been the recipient of various awards including; The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Ballycastle, County Mayo (2000); The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Grant (1997); and the Louise Nevelson Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1996) among others.
For many years I taught art as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; and Hobart College, Geneva, NY.
My work is included in public and private collections including; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; and Smith College Museum of Art.
Threaded Dances: Debra Bermingham
“We have entered an enchanted land, a dreamscape. And as in a dream, wonder, delight, puzzlement, and discovery are ours.” ----- Mara Williams, Chief Curator Brattleboro Museum & Art Center /2015