Lecturer, Artist, Graphic Designer, Muralist
Ophelia M. Chambliss has been successfully working as a fine artist, for several years. In addition to a number of solo and group exhibitions, she has participated in several distinguished juried shows, and has successfully completed a number of large scale, and permanent art installations.
She calls her signature painting style realistic cubism, and paints a variety of subject matters, with the goal of creating a narrative. Her medium is primarily in Acrylic, and her color palette is generally colorful and energetic, but each piece fits a theme or the subject matter.
Ophelia believes in lifelong learning. She has acquired her Bachelors in Communication from PSU and combines her visual communication with verbal and written communication to tell the story behind her work, in lectures and presentations that build art appreciation and cultural understanding. Her undergrad concentration was on visual rhetoric, the symbol, and message behind the image as it is used to communicate and persuade. She also has a Masters Degree in Communications from PSU Capital campus, with a concentration in critical discourse analysis, media discourse and the representation of the visual image.
In her Masters studies, she conducted a study of qualitative research involving visual language and perceptions. In this study a graphic designer seeks to analyze the representations in a comparative survey to ascertain the perceptions, and interpretation of design, and discovers theories from the data, as a result of these creative decisions.
The study also looked at visual language and, visual learners in our society from an educational perspective, and how a visual learner, someone like a graphic designer, can utilize the elements and principles of design, psychology of color, and psychology of the image, to create a visual vocabulary that makes meaning.
Her Masters thesis involved research that utilized primary source data to develop a photographic album that uncovered the unmediated image of the Black American Experience that exists in the photographs and other artifacts that follow history from a personal and ideological perspective. The goal of the project is to fill in the historical gaps, and provide an image of Black Memorabilia that is true to the experience.
As an artist, several of her pieces are dualistic in nature, meaning there is more than one way to display and view the painting to get a different image or point of view.
Most of her recent work has been in the realm of public art and murals. She is particularly fond of this because of the community contribution, collaboration, and the challenge of scale.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Ophelia currently resides in York, Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in Fine Art, she was a business professional in the Publishing Industry, specializing in Graphic Design, and Business Development.
Before transitioning to fine art full time, Ophelia held the position of Vice President of Publishing Services, and as an independent contractor, worked as the Business Development Director, for a Publishing Services company in Maryland. She continues to do freelance work in Graphic Design and has done several community based, public and permanent, arts projects. She focuses on community engagement, participation, and collaboration to create art that is both of and by the community.
Notable Commissions and Large-Scale Public Works
Mending Hearts, Minds and Communities,
Mural Susquecentenniel Harrisburg PA 1633 3rd Street Sept. 2009
Beauty, History, and Diversity York, PA March 2008
We Are Penn State Capital Campus Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg Cow Parade Two Cows / Rite Aid January 2009 Health, Happiness, and Harmony Planned Parenthood York, PA August 2008
Susquehanna CommunicationsCommissioned Triptych York, PA June 2005
Monumental Stories Permanent /Public Gettysburg, PA November 2012
A dedication to the Black Residents of Olde Getty Place and a tribute to the USCT, United States Colored Troops buried in the segregated Lincoln Cemetery.
Behind the Scenes Wall Mural Fulton Elementary Lancaster, PA 6/13
Open Air Gallery Lafayette Elementary Lancaster, PA
All that We See Camp Hill School and Community Camp Hill, PA
Essential Pieces The intersection of History and Culture York, PA
Blink / Seasons and Time Penn State Health Hamden Hospital Enola, PA
Welcome Penn State Health Lancaster Hospital Lancaster, PA
Creative Show History: Solo Exhibitions and Significant shows
Title Venue Location Date
I’ll Make Me a World South Shore CAC Chicago, IL 2/99
Creative Journal Blue Moon Gallery Skokie, IL 5/99
Passage of Time Lincolnwood City Hall Lincolnwood, IL 8/99
Change is Inevitable Bradley Academy York, PA 2/02
Something in the Wind York Arts Gallery York, PA 6/04
Black Studies, Black Art University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 8/02
Black Studies, Black Art HACC Gettysburg Campus Gettysburg, PA 1/02
Telling Stories Gettysburg University Gettysburg, PA 1/05
York Little Theatre” Brave Girls York, PA 3/05
ReVisions HACC Gettysburg Campus Gettysburg, PA 1/06
Visual Rhetoric Penn State University York, Pennsylvania 12/07
2/2 Second Half Allegro Winery and Gallery York, Pennsylvania 6/07
York Fest / Black Art Is York City Art Gallery York, Pennsylvania 8/10
Mosaic Campbell House Galleries Southern Pines NC 2/11
Birds, Buds, Bees & Blossoms Ned Smith Center for Art and Conservation Halifax, PA 1/22