Treacy Ziegler


American born Treacy Ziegler was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Master’s Degree in 1980. Ziegler has been represented in group exhibitions since 1986, and solo exhibitions since 1991. She is the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Philadelphia Drawing Award.

Ziegler’s prints have been described as confronting the drama of the human condition through symbols of our short earthly passage – the dwellings we inhabit, the chairs we occupy, the churches where we worship, the factories in which we work, the boats in which we sail. Her symbols are mostly vacant structures, but still bear the mark of the hand and spirit of man. These objects stand, as do Ziegler’s other favourite theme, chairs, as manifests of a human presence.

Ziegler’s chromatic palette is spare, intense and unmistakably personal, dominated by passages of yellow, which vary from a pale mimosa to an intense mustard. These brightly lit passages are played against contrasting masses of intense black or dense greens, violet and browns. Her conjunction of colours is challenging and often on the edge of a litmus-like acidity.

Each of Ziegler’s colours has a satiny density, its brilliancy being achieved by a highly complex technique that demands hours of labour for each completed print. Each impression of her prints in her small editions of ten is unique. She combines a preparatory etched zinc tonal plate with subsequent colour impressions using museum board plates. She often manipulates the final pre-press layers of ink with manual strokes of a brush. Much of the glowing coalescing of colours in Ziegler’s images is the result of printing each colour upon the next “wet in wet” so that the mutual saturation of the pigments results in a rich chromatic density.

Excerpts from “Treacy Ziegler: The Lights of Passage” by Paul Duval

Notable Public & Private Collections

Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
College Board, New York, NY
Grisham Riley, President American Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Marie McKee, President, Trustee, Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY
Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Philadelphia, PA
Rider College, Lawrence, NJ
Slipstream Investment Inc, Toronto, ON
South Jersey Arthritis Foundation, NJ
The College Board, New York, NY
Van Sciver Corporation, Cherry Hill, NJ

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2012 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
2010 Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
Gallery 71, New York, NY
2009 F.A.N.Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2007 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2004 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2002 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
1997 Ibel-Simeonov Gallery, Columbus, OH
1996 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
1995 George Waters Gallery, Elmira College, Elmira, NY
1994 Ibel-Simeonov Gallery, Columbus, OH
Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2013 West End Gallery, Corning, NY
Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2011 Harroitt Collection Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithica, NY
Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2009 Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2001 World Bank, Washington, DC
West End Gallery, Corning, NY
2000 Saltonstall Recipients, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY
1999 West End Gallery, Corning, NY
1995 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Art Miami, Rider University Gallery, Miami, FL
1993 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
1991 Myriad Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1990 City of Camden, Camden, England

Grants & Awards

2011 Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Grant
2008 New York Partnership Painting Fellowship
2001 New York Partnership Printmaking Fellowship
1999 Saltonstall Grant
1989 Henry Scheidt European Travel Grant
1988 Barnes Foundation Fellowship
City of Camden Printmaking Award
Daniel Garber Drawing Award
Morris Blackburn Printmaking Award
Pratt Memorial Graphic Award
Philadelphia Drawing Award


1985-89 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
1987-80 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1974-76 Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, BS