Carol Coates has been a pioneer in mixed media; deviating from traditional media and photographic norms, and incorporating work in two and three dimensions.

Her work includes and falls within and between many
worlds. Her work is tradigital, intentional, humanistic, mixed new media. Her intention is to communicate, to reflect, and to connect using universal content/themes.

She begins her work with original drawings, paintings,
and/or photographs, then combines, manipulates, prints, and paints them on archival substrates. She also paints in oils or acrylics with no technological interventions.       

Her traditional and technologically-equipped studio reflects
skills in the use of many different materials and approaches to layered imagery.

She may draw or paint what she has done, then, print and work again on the surface of that print with a variety of traditional media.The mixed media is not always apparent on the final piece; with handwork done on the base layer, which may even be slightly obscured by a translucent image overlay.

Each piece is unique. Variations on a theme substantially differ.

In addition to creating gallery work, Coates is an accomplished fine art installation specialist. She works with Architects, 
Designers, and Engineers to do custom work for Corporate, Public, and Private clients. She uses rigid and/or flexible media and a variety of permanent, archival materials to create the lasting effects and environment desired.




    *Born, Grand Haven, Michigan

    *Masters Degree - Fine Art, University of Michigan

    *Bachelor of Science, Western Michigan University
    *Lifelong Graduate Study in U.S. and abroad in Drawing,
      Painting, Photography, Digital, Encaustic, Metalsmithing,
      Ceramics, and Fine Art Glass.
    *Fine Art Faculty 1963 - 1995
    *Artist in Residence 1985 - 1995






         2020   34th Annual Juried All Florida Exhibition, Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FL

            2019   Solo show,, “MindsEye”, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

             2018   Group show,, “Uncanny”, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO

2017   Group show, “Electron Salon ”, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA

2017   International Exhibition, “Figure/Contemporary Media”, Site: Brooklyn, NY

2017   32nd International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Tyler, TX

2016   Solo Show, “Dissonance”, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM   

2015   Group Show, “Absence of Color”, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015   Representation, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM  

2012   Re-Presenting the Nude, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2012   Solo show, “Momentum”, Lois Lambert Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2012   Representation, Lois Lambert Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2012   Big Arts Invitational, Phillips Gallery, Sanibel, FL

2011   Colorado Creative Industries, Carr Judicial Center finalist, Denver, CO

2010    Solo Show, The Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008    Solo show, “Interplay”, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO

2008    Santa Fe Community Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM

2007   “FOTOwerk”, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005   Group show, Tadu Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2005   The Collector’s Show, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO

2005   “Design After Dark”, Invitational Benefit, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2005   Invitation/Inclusion in “100 Artists of the Southwest”, by Douglas Bullis 

2005   Group show, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO

            2005    Representation, Tadu Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

            2005   “Small Works Invitational”, Sandy Carson Fine Art, Denver, CO

2005    Representation, Aspen International Art, Aspen, CO

2005    Solo show “Within the Moment”, Tadu Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2003    Bronze Medal in New Media, Fortezza de Basso, Florence, Italy

2001    Solo show “Critical Mass”, 9/13/2001, Art Center of Battle Creek, MI          

            1999   “Carol Coates”- Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.

1999    300’ Public Commission, Historic District Courthouse, Midland, MI

1998   45' FineArt Installation - Fortune “500” World Headquarters Executive Wing 

1998    Solo show, “Binary Poetics” SVSU, Saginaw, MI

1998    Solo show, “Carol Coates”, Studio 23, Bay City, MI

1998    Creative Artist Grant, Michigan Art Council

1997    Three-Person Invitational, “Circuitwork” Northwood Gallery, MI

1997    Solo show, “Evo-Diva”, Saginaw Art Museum, MI

1994    Solo show, “Assertions”, MCFTA Museum, MI

1993    One-Person Show, Saginaw Art Museum

1992    One-Person Show Award, Saginaw Art Museum Statewide Photo

1991    Second Place Award, Latent Image Statewide Photo Competition

1990    Third Place Award, Holland Art Museum State Competition-

1990    Juried inclusion, Showcase, Midland Center for the Arts

1990   and earlier -

Juried inclusion, Saginaw Art Museum Area Exhibition

                        Honorable Mention, Mid-Michigan State Competition

                        Best of Show Award, Regional Competition

                        First Place Award, Regional Competition

                        Third Place Award, Saginaw Art Museum

                        Juried inclusion, Krasl Art Museum State Competition

                        Group Exhibit, Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

                        First and Second Place Awards, Studio 23, Bay City, MI

                        Honorable Mention, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI

                        Second Place Award, Regional Competition

                        Third Place Award, Bay Area Photo Competition

                        Three-Person Show, Midland Center for the Arts