MFA Painting,  Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

BA Painting,  Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

San Francisco Art Institute,  San Francisco, California

Northwestern University,  Evanston, Illinois


Present              Professor, Drawing and Painting, University of Hawai’i at Manoa



2017   Galkyd! Galkyd!, Gallery Gary Giordano, Brooklyn, NY (two person exhibition, reviews Whitehot Magazine and Arte Fuse)

2017   Earth to Sky, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York (solo exhibition, review The Kalm Report) 

2017   Paper Show, Gallery Gary Giordano, Brooklyn, NY

2017   Debra Drexler, Palazzo Dell’annunziata, Matera, Italy (solo exhibition, catalog published)

2016-17 Venus Rising, The Dorado Project at The Majestic, Jersey City, NJ (solo exhibition)

2016   Chroma Current, Hawai’i Pacific University, Kailua, HI (two person exhibition)

2015-16 Debra Drexler, Van Der Plas Gallery Project Space, New York (solo exhibition)

2016   Bringing Brooklyn to Norfolk, Gallery 21, Norfolk, VA

2016   Sideshow Nation IV: Through the Looking Glass, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016   Gift Shop, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York (four person exhibition)

2016   Lazuli and Small Blue Thing, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015   River’s Edge, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York (solo exhibition, catalog published)

2015   40@100, Webster University, St. Louis (featured artist, keynote speaker)

2015   Architectural Digest Home Show, Artifact Gallery, Piers 92-94, New York

2015   Abstraction, Artifact Gallery, New York

2015   Rites of Spring, Van Der Plas Project Space, New York

2015   Paper Trail, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York

2015   Summer Salon, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York (review)

2015 Sideshow Nation III, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014   Defying Gravity, Java Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (solo exhibition)

 2014   Red, Orange, Yellow, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York (three person exhibition)

2014   The Intuitionist, The Drawing Center, New York (catalog published)

2014   Spectrum Art Fair, Artifact Gallery, Miami

2014   Feral Objects, Creon Gallery, New York

2013   Fridge Art Fair, New York (two reviews)

2013   Autour de Frederique Bruly Bouabre, T&T Artcontemorain, Jarry, Guadeloupe

2013   Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013   Fletcher Exhibition: Socially and Politically Engaged Art, East Tennessee State University Gallery, Johnson City, TN

2013   Mixed Media Miniature Show, Koa Gallery, Honolulu

2013   It’s a Women’s World, The Garage, Honolulu

2013   HI/NY, The Garage, Honolulu (review)

2013   Open Spaces, Galleryonetwentyeight, New York

2013   Creon at Ki, Creon Gallery, New York

2013   English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012-13   Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012   Staring into the Sun, The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu (solo exhibition, 3 reviews and articles)

 2012   Flowers for You, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York

2012   From Here to There, Art Finance Partners Gallery, New York

2011   Pink Gallery, Pink Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea

2011   One of a Kind, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA (catalog published)

2011   Water Aide, Bone Levine, New York

2011    Wagmag Benefit, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011      White Box Benefit Exhibit, White Box, New York

2011   Wonderground, Dara Schaefer Projects, New York

2010-11 Fracking, Exit Art, New York

2010   Excerpts from Shadow Play, H.P. Garcia Gallery, New York (solo exhibition, review)

 2010   Grace’s Project, Doors Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea

2010   Return to New York, H.P. Garcia Gallery, New York

2010   Escape from New York, Patterson Art Center, Patterson, NJ

2010   Out of Hawai’i, Pool Art Fair, New York

2009   Shadow Play, H.P. Garcia Gallery, New York (solo exhibition, catalog published) 

2009   Broadthinking, Bridge Art Fair, New York

2008   Debra Drexler, Pool Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (2 reviews)

2008   Pool of Reflection, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York (solo exhibition)

2008   Winter Salon, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York

2008   Last Paradise, Primo Piano Living Gallery, Lecce, Italy (catalog published, review)

2008   Broadthinking, Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL

2008   Everything Must Go, Flux Factory, Queens, NY

2008   PSTL Gallery, St. Louis

 2008   Debra Drexler, Pool Art Fair, New York

2007   Island to Island, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia

2007   Island to Island, University of Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

2007   Debra Drexler, Pool Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (review)

2006   Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York

2006   Aloha Ho’omaluhia XX, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu (review)

2005   Lost in Paradise, Berlinerkunst Project, Berlin (solo exhibition, review)

 2005   Gauguin’s Zombie, White Box–The Annex, New York (solo exhibition, review)

2005   Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York

2005   Taboo, Montclair Studio, Montclair, NJ (juried by Jerry Salz, 90 selected out of over 1000 entries)

2005   Showcase, The Honolulu Museum, Honolulu

2005   Lady Fest, The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu

2004   High Art and Low Life, Gallery 210, University of Missouri–St. Louis, St. Louis (solo exhibition, catalog published)

2004   Good Things, Small Packages, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, HI

2003   Gauguin’s Zombie, Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, HI (solo exhibition, catalog published, 2 reviews)

2003   Gauguin’s Zombie: The Miniature Museum, Xen Gallery, St. Louis (solo exhibition)

2003   The Bat Show, The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu

2002   Gauguin’s Zombie, Honolulu Museum, Honolulu (solo exhibition, catalog published, 4 articles and reviews)

 2001   Street Angel/Home Devil, Foyer Gallery, Leeward Community College, Honolulu (solo exhibition)

2001   Quality Hearts, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (review)

2001   Aloha Ho’omaluhia XVII, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kaneohe, HI (review)

2000   Arts on Foot, Eye Gallery, Washington, DC

2000   True Blue, Salon 5, Honolulu (two reviews)

2000   Aloha Ho’omaluhia XVI, Ho’maluhia Botanical Gardens Gallery, Kaneohe, HI

1999   Bushlands, Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia (solo exhibition)

1999   Skin, University of Tasmania at Launceston, Launceston, Australia

1999   Skin, Salon 5, Honolulu (two reviews)

 1999   Aloha Ho’omaluhia XV, Ho’maluhia Botanical Gardens Gallery, Kaneohe, HI (review)

 1997   Postcards from Oahu, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (solo exhibition, catalog published, review)

 1997   Original Myths, Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville, KY (catalog published, review)

1997   Pin-Up Artists, Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu

1996   Philadelphia International Competition in Old City, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia

1996   Order, Order, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu

1996   Aloha Ho’omaluhia XII, Ho’maluhia Botanical Gardens Gallery, Kaneohe, HI (review)

1995   Postcards from Oahu, CSPS Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA (solo exhibition)

1995   Views from the Inside Out: Drexler Paintings 1985-1995, Augsburg College, Minneapolis (solo exhibition, review)

1995   Postcards from Oahu, Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu (solo exhibition)

1995   Dreams and Hauntings, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu (solo exhibition)

1995   Hera Revisited, Honolulu Hale, Honolulu

1995   Recycle ’95, Honolulu Hale, Honolulu

1992   New Work, D-Zine, St. Louis (solo exhibition)

1992   Layers, Art St. Louis, St. Louis (review)

1992   Cultural Mirrors, Art St. Louis, St. Louis (review)

1991   Six Years of Figurative Painting, Utopian Loft Gallery, St. Louis (solo exhibition, review)

1991   Fears, Desires, and Being, University City Library, St. Louis (two person exhibition, review)

1991   Inscape, Installations One, Los Angeles

1991   Making Waves, Center of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (review)

1991   Visceral Penetration, Installations, Los Angeles

1991   Utopian Loft Gallery Artists, Utopian Loft Gallery, St. Louis

1990   In/Form II, Old Lemp Brewery Gallery, St. Louis

1990   La Salle Park Gallery, St. Louis

1990   The Little Show II, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis

1990   Art St. Louis V, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis

1990   Contemporary Images and Ancient Traditions, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis

1990   Drawings, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis

1989   Group Exhibition, Installations II, Santa Monica, CA



7-17                Jonathan Goodman, “”Galkyd, Galkyd, Presents the Best of Today’s Abstraction”

Whitehot Magazine,

7-26-17      Angela Groom, “Galkyd! Galkyd! at Gallery Gary Giordano, Arte Fuse,

2017                James Kalm, “Debra Drexler: Earth to Sky at Van Der Plas Gallery,

Spring, 2016   Rasa Fournier, “Life in the Abstract: Debra Drexler’s large-format, meditative pieces”, Go Kailua, pgs 42-45

11-15-15          David Goldberg, “An Examination of Abstract Art,” ¨Honolulu Star Bulletin

11-10-15          Noe Tanegawa. “Welcome to the Sentient World: The New Abstraction” Hawai’i Public Radio.

10-2015           Van Der Plas Gallery, “River’s Edge: Debra Drexler,” exhibit catalog. Essay by Robert Edelman

10-15-15          Brenna Kischuk, “Artist Debra Drexler on the Power of Painting.” The Angle.

10-15-15          Paul Behnke. “Studio Visit with Debra Drexler.” Structure and Imagery

1-2-15              Jamie Martinez, “Paper Trails at Van Der Plas Gallery.” Artfuse.

11-17-13          David Goldberg, “Dual art show compares, contrasts isles with mainland.” Honolulu Star Advertiser

8-9-13              Sara Roffino, “Fridge Fair’s Debut on LES recalls Neighborhood’s DIY Heyday, Artinfo,

3-29-13                        Rachel Corbet “Fridge Offers Chill Vibe American Idol Finalist, Artinfo,

11-18-12         Joleen Oshiro, “Luminosity Stirs Sunny Artist’s Work”, Honolulu Star Bulletin,

11-14-12          Mindy Pennybacker, “Firebird: A Painter talks about darkness, light and community.” Honolulu Weekly,

10-31-12          James, Cave, “Full Solar Circle”, Honolulu Weekly,

12-11               Marcia Morse, “Three Lessons from Artists who Teach, Artery New York City,

7-10                 Michael Carter, “Reflecting Pools, Tribes Magazine, (review of Shadow Play)

4-10                 “Out of Hawai’i”, HI Arts Magazine, issue 8, Spring, 2010

2009                “Shadow Play”, Exhibition Catalog, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

Essay by Lisa Paul Streitfeld (freelance critic: Sculpture Magazine, and New York Times)

1-10-09                        Senz’Anima:l’ultimo paradiso. Monstra Collettiva, Arte:go,

1-28-09                        Stella Kasian, “Last Paradise Without Soul Alla Primopianio Living Gallery,

12-2-08                        B. Davis, “Miami Madness” Artnet,

4-29-08                        Olympia Lambert, “Jumping into Pool Art Fair”, Art Cal Zine –Armory Show Week 2008 Coverage,

4-28-08                        Jacquelyn Lewis, “Relaxing at Pool, Bustling at Bridge”, Art Info,

4-11-08                        Ben Davis, “Art in Flux”, Art Info

Jan/Feb, 2006 Kate Hickey, “Lost in Paradise: Honolulu in Berlin”, New York Arts Magazine,  Volume 11, No. 1/2

7-26-06            Marcia Morse, “On the Map.” Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu, HI

7-30-06                        Lesa Griffith, “’Wanderings’ in New York a Dream for UH Students”, Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hi

8-13-05            Jacquelyn Carberry, “UH Students Exhibit Art in New York”, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu, HI

2-10-6              David Wheeler, “The Arts in Academe” The Chronicle of Higher Educations

May/June, 2005           Molly Klienman, “Debra Drexler: Resuscitating Gauguin”, New York Arts Magazine,  Volume 10, No. 5/6

Spring, 2004     Marcia Morse, “Gauguin’s Zombie”, The Contemporary Pacific, Volume 16, Number 1 (Spring, 2004), pages 225-228

2004                “High Art and Low Life,” Catalogue of Exhibition, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis

June, 2003      Marcia Morse, “Debra Drexler-Gauguin’s Zombie at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Schafer International Gallery”, Artweek Magazine, Los Angeles, California (name featured on cover review and photo page 22)

April/May 03    Rita Goldman, “Gauguin’s Zombie”, Centerpiece Magazine, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, (color photo cover, photo page 2, article and color photos pages 22-27)

6-25-03                        Paul Janes-Brown, “’Gauguin’s Zombie’: Fresh Perspectives on a Body of Work”,The Maui News, Maui, Hawai’i (review and color photos)

2002                “Gauguin’s Zombie”, Exhibition Catalogue, Honolulu Academy (now Honolulu Museum, Honolulu, HI

10-24-02          Joleen Oshiro, “Gauguin Walks Again”, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu, HI (review and color photographs)

10-2-02                        Marcia Morse, “Modernism and Mousepads”, The Weekly, Honolulu, HI (review and photographs)

9-29-02                        Victoria Gail-White, “Gauguin’s Zombie”, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hi (review and photographs)

9-19-02                        Mary Kaye Ritz, “Follow in the Footsteps of Gauguin’s Zombie, If you Dare,” The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, HI (feature article and color photographs)

9-10-02                        Jennifer Saville, “Debra Drexler, Gauguin’s Zombie”, Honolulu Academy of Arts Calendar (photograph and article, page 8)

9-5-02              Channel 2 Morning News, Honolulu, HI, feature story on Gauguin’s Zombie

9-19-02             Channel 5 Morning News, Honolulu, HI, feature story on Gauguin’s Zombie

9-16-01                        Victoria Gail-White, “UH Faculty Exhibit”, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, H (review)

8-19-01            Suzanne Tswei, “Local Color’, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu, HI, (color photograph)

5-1-01              Katherine Nichols, “Environmental Art Show Runs through May 28”, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, HI (article)

1-21-01                        Victoria Gail-White, “Contemporary Exhibit Dissects Experiences of Human Heart”,

The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, HI, (review)

9-27-00                        Marcia Morse, “Righting wall”, The Weekly, Honolulu, HI

9-24-00                        Virginia Wageman, “Truth in the Eyes of Six Women”, The Honolulu Advertiser (review  and color photograph of art)

1-2-00              Virginia Wageman, “”Fine Work from Contemporary Museum, galleries”, The Honolulu Advertiser (year end review)

12-19-99          Virginia Wageman, “Women’s Identities Explored”, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu HI (color photo and review of “Skin”)

12-8-99             Marcia Morse, Review of “Skin” at Salon 5, The Weekly, Honolulu, HI

11-25-99          Suzanne Tswei, “’Skin’ Examines Complex Beauty of Women”, Honolulu Star Bulletin,

Honolulu, HI ( color photo and article)

9-5-99              Virginia Wageman, “Exhibit extols excellence of UH art department faculty” The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, HI (review)

5-23-99                        Virginia Wageman, “Art, Nature Intertwine in Garden Exhibition” The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, HI ( review and photo)

7-98                 ABC Radio, Australia, “Postcards from Oahu” (interview)

f8-98                ABC Radio, Australia, “Bushlands” (interview)

10-12-97           Diane Heilenman, “Go See”, The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY ( review and photo)

7-6-97             “Arts Spotlight”, The Tennessian, Nashville, TN (photo)

5-12-96                        Joan Rose, “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XII.”, Honolulu Advertiser  (review and photograph of art work)

8-27-96            “Dreams and Hauntings.”, Hawai’i’s Fox Television Affiliate (television interview on exhibition)

10-15-95          Burl Burlingame, “What Will Become of the Modern City?”, Honolulu Star Bulletin

8-11-95            “Art Happenings.” Minneapolis Star Tribune,

Fall, 1994        Brian Smith, “Elements of Place.”, Art St. Louis, Volume 9 No. 4




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