John Knight

I am attracted to quiet undeveloped fields and open spaces that are ideal for finding wildflowers and weed plants.  Wildflowers often have a strong central stalk and appear solidly rooted in the ground, but as they reach upwards into the sky they explode outwards in a display of shoots, blooms, and seed-pods that release their contents up into the atmosphere.  They are a perfect symbol of power and beauty in the natural world as their growth suggests an unstoppable life force expanding upwards and outwards.  The plants also act as foil to the traditional landscape as their vertical thrust breaks through the horizon line.  Land and sky wrap around the central axis of the plant stalk and forms of clouds, trees, and botanical shapes intermingle.


Recently my focus has expanded to include more plant families, including species both wild and cultivated.  I am learning some of the medicinal and dietary uses for flowers and herbs.  As I encounter these in garden, yard, sidewalk, neighborhood and outward, I connect myself to the world.


M.F.A. 1998 Painting, American University

B.F.A. 1994 Painting, Indiana University


1997 - Accademia Di Belle Arte, Perugia, Italy

1992 - Indiana University overseas summer study program in
Florence, Italy.


*=solo exhibition

2016 - *Some Planted Some Wild, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, Maine


2013 - Wildflowers and Nature's Power, Dana Health Education Center, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine

2012 - Drawing on Wildflowers, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, Maine

2010 - *Tidal Nocturne, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, Maine

2009 - Wildflower Compositions, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine

2008 - Recent Work by John Knight, Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance offices, Portland, Maine


2007 - * John Knight: Maine Arts Commission 2007 Fellow in Visual Arts
Maine State House, Augusta, Maine


2007 - Various Views of Nature
Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine


2006 - The Carina House Residency: A Gift of Monhegan
Elan Fine Arts, Rockport, Maine


2005 - * Land and Soul
The Clown Gallery, Portland, Maine


2004 - * Variations on a Thistle
The Via Group, Portland, Maine


2004 - What's the Story? Narrative Art from the Watkins Collection
Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington D.C.


2004 - 2003-2004 Fine Arts Work Center Visual Fellows
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, New York


2004 - Future Masters
Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, Massachusetts

2004 - Landscapes and Plants
Hudson D. Walker Gallery, The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachuesetts


2003 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, Maine
(juried by Lois Dodd, Harry Philbrick and Mary Ryan)


2002-2005 - Maine College of Art Auction, Institute of Contemporary Art
Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine (exhibit and silent auction to fund MECA scholarships)

2002 - * Weeds
Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine

2000 - New Work by John Knight, Jenny Moore, and Gloria Steiger
The Gallery at 108 High Street, Portland, Maine

1999 - * Growing: Drawings and Prints by John Knight
Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library,
Portland, Maine

1998 - * John Knight - Paintings, Prints, and Drawings
The Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington D.C.

1998 - Point of Departure: An exhibition of thesis works by American University MFA Candidates
WPA/Corcoran Projectspace, Washington, D.C.

1998 - One Leg Up: Artwork by Tom Bunnell,  John Knight, and Aaron Yassin
Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.

1996 - New Work from the Gila: Paintings and Drawings by Chad Colby, John Knight, and Chris Sheek
Broadway Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico



2006 - Maine Individual Artist Fellowship


2003 - Winter Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts


1998 - JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Graduate Puchase Prize Award

(Recipient through American University, Washington, D.C.)


1996-1998 Full Fellowship, American University graduate painting program


1993 - Student Art Purchase Prize, Indiana University



National Park Service, Acadia National Park, Maine

Watkins Collection, American University, Washington, D.C.

Registrar's Office, Indiana University

Collection of Andres Verzosa, Aucocisco Gallery,
Portland, Maine



2003 - 2004 - Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts 2002 Artist in Residence, Acadia National Park, Maine

2001 Carina Residency, Monhegan, Maine

1999 The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York

1994 The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

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