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              “Earth to Sky.” Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY

2016             “Venus Rising.” Curated by The Dorado Project, The Majestic Theater, Jersey City, NJ

2015             “River’s Edge.”  Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY

2014                “Defying Gravity”. Java Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012                “Staring into the Sun.” The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI

2010                “Excerpts from Shadow Play” H.P. Garcia Gallery, NY, NY

2009                “Shadow Play.” H.P. Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

2008                “Debra Drexler.” Pool Art Fair, Miami Beach, December 5-7, 2007, Curated by Frere Independent

2008                 “Pool of Reflection.” Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

2008                “Debra Drexler.” Pool Art Fair, curated by Frere Independent, New York, NY

2007                “Debra Drexler.” Pool Art Fair, curated by Frere Independent, Miami Beach

2005                “Lost in Paradise.” Berlinerkunst Project, Berlin, Germany

2005                “Gauguin’s Zombie.” The White Box Annex, Chelsea, New York, NY

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

2003                “Gauguin’s Zombie.” Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts and Cultural Center

2003                “Gauguin’s Zombie: The Miniature Museum.” Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2002                “Gauguin’s Zombie.” Honolulu Museum, (Formerly Honolulu Academy ), Honolulu, HI

2001                “Street Angel/Home Devil.” Foyer Gallery, Leeward Community College, Honolulu, HI

1999                 “Bushlands.” Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia

1997                “Postcards from Oahu.” Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

1995               “Postcards from Oahu.” CSPS Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1995                “Views from the Inside Out: Paintings 1985-1995.”  Augsberg,   College, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1995                “Postcards from Oahu.” Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1995                “Dreams and Hauntings.” Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu, Hawai’i


2017                “Galkyd.” (with Lucas Moran), Gary Giordano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016                “Chroma Current.” (with Edina Fulop) Hawai’i Pacific University, HI

1991                “Fears, Desires, and Being.” University City Library, St. Louis, Missouri                      


2014                “Red, Orange, Yellow.” Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY

1992                “New and Visiting Faculty.” University of Hawai’i Art Gallery


2016                “Bringing Brooklyn to Norfolk.” Gallery 21, Norfolk VA

2016               “Sideshow Nation IV: Through the Looking Glass.” Sideshow Gallery, NYC

2016                “Gift Shop.” (4 person exhibit) Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC

2016`            “Lazuli and Small Blue Thing.” Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015                “Summer Salon.” Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC

2015                40@100, Webster College, St. Louis, MO

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

2015               “Rites of Spring.” Van Der Plas Project Space, NYC

2015               “Art Jam.” Princeton, NJ

2015              “Paper Trail.” Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC

2015               “Sideshow Nation III.” Sideshow Gallery, NYC

2014                Spectrum Art Fair, Artifact Gallery, Miami, FL

2014                  Fridge Art Fair. NYC

2014               “The Intuitionist” The Drawing Center, NYC

2014               “Feral Objects, Creon Gallery, NYC

2013                Fridge Art Fair, New York, NY

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 HI

2013               “HI/NY”. The Garage, Honolulu, HI

2013                 “Open Spaces.”Galleryonetwentyeight, NYC

2013                  “Creon at Ki.” Curated by Norm Hinsey, NYC

2013                 “Wagmag Benefit.” English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2012-13          “Sideshow Nation.” Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012               “Flowers for You.” Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC

2012               “From Here to There.” Art Finance Partners Gallery, NYC, Curated byRobert Edelman

2011                “Pink Gallery”.Pink Art Fair, Seoul Korea

2011                 “One of a Kind.” Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge MA

2011                   “Water Aide.” Bone Levine, NYC

2011                  “Wagmag Benefit.” Front Room Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC

2011                 “White Box Benefit Exhibit.” White Box, NYC

2011                 “Wonderground.” Dara Schaefer Projects, NYC

2010-11           “Fracking.” Exit Art, New York, NY

2010                “Grace’s Project.” Doors Art Fair, Seoul Korea

2010                “Return to New York.” H.P. Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

2010                 “Escape from New York.” Patterson Art Center, NY, Olympia Lampert, Curator

2010                “Out of Hawai’i.” Pool Art Fair, NY

2009                “Broadthinking.” Bridge Art Fair, New York, NY

2008                “Winter Salon”, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY

2008               ‘”Last Paradise”, Primo Piano Living Gallery, Lecce Italy

2008                  “Broadthinking”, Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL

2008                  “Everything Must Go”, Flux Factory, Queens New York

2008                   PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

2007                “Island to Island”, University of Tasmania, Launceston

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

2006                “Wish You Were Here.” A.I.R., New York, NY

2006                “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XX.”, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, HI

2005                “Wish You Were Here.” A.I.R., New York, NY

2005                “Taboo.” Montclair Studio, NJ (juried by Jerry Salz, Senior Critic, The Village Voice  90 selected out of over 1000 entries)

2005                    “Showcase.” The Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI

2005                  “Lady Fest.” The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI

2004                “Good Things, Small Packages.” Maui Arts and Cultural Center, HI

2003                “The Bat Show.” The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI

2003               “The Beer Museum.” The Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI

2002                “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XVII.”, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, HI

2001                “Quality Hearts.” The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

2001                   “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XVII.”, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, HI

2000                 “Arts on Foot.” Eye Gallery, Washington DC

2000                “True Blue.” Salon 5, Honolulu, HI

2000                “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XVI”, Honolulu, HI

1999               “Skin.” University of Tasmania at Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania

1999                “Skin.” Salon 5, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1999               “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XV”, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1998                 “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XIV.” Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1997                 “Original Myths.” Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville, Kentucky

1997                 “Pin-Up Artists.” Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1997                  “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XIII.” Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1996                “Philadelphia International Competition in Old City.” Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1996                “Selections from Philadelphia International Competition.”, Deloitte & Touche/ICS Corp.

1996                “Order, Order.” Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1996                “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XII.” Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1996                “Of Splendor and Strength.” Honolulu Hale, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1995                “Aloha Ho’omaluhia XI.” Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1995              “Hera Revisited.” Honolulu Hale, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1995             “Recycle ’95.” Honolulu Hale, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1993-present    “Faculty Exhibitions.” University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai’i

1992                “Women’s Art Exhibition.” U.H. Student Center, Honolulu

1992               “Layers.” Art St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

1992              “Cultural Mirrors.” Art St. Louis, St. Louis Missouri

1991                “Inscape.” Installations One, Los Angeles California

1991                “Making Waves.” Center of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri

1991               “Visceral Penetrations.” Installations, Los Angeles, California


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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