Carol Niffenegger, an abstract artist based in NYC, has been exhibiting since 1990. Her twenty-two series of work are dedicated to the idea of spiritual Energy, as source and creator of the known universe. For over a decade, Niffenegger travelled to sketch on-location in ancient sacred sites and temples in Egypt, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Peru and Mexico, to absorb first-hand how ancient civilizations used archetypal symbols and geometry of the Golden Mean to identify the mysteries. These notebook drawings were later developed into canvases and prints. The next decade of her inquiry focused on Cosmic Evolution as described by Spiritual Science. More recently the artist has studied Goethe's color theory and his perception of metamorphosis -- how the plant kingdom came into being guided by unseen spiritual forces or ethers working to give shape to the elements and colors. A solo exhibit scheduled for summer 2017 at the Holland Area Art Center will feature this new work.

Carol Niffenegger
Artist with her installation The Story of Persephone
ArtPrize 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Influenced by her mentor, Richard Pousette-Dart, the famous Abstract Expressionist artist, Niffenegger's early technique used acrylic paints mixed with polymer mediums and sand to give textured, radiant color fields that held archetypal forms with movement and underlying geometries. Her technique has since evolved into an ethereal luminosity, with many thin layers of color and mediums being used to capture how Energy moves formative forces into colors of light and darkness to create forms.

Niffenegger has been in 12 solo shows in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan and France along with participating in 45 juried and group shows, including Albert Knox Art Gallery and the National Academy Museum. The Grand Rapids Urban Institute of Contemporary Art selected her work to be exhibited at the Michigan Governor's Residence for one year. In 1995 Dr. Ervin Laszlo invited the artist to be a Creative Member of the Club of Budapest where she spoke about her art philosophy to international audiences in Hungary, Italy and France.

Denise Bibro Fine Art and Ezair Gallery in New York City represented the artist for over a decade; and Button Gallery in Douglas, Michigan, for the past 4 years. Her work is held in public and private collections.