Scarlett Decker grew up in Chicago and became a resident of Arizona in 1980. While in Arizona she completed her education in art by obtaining her BFA in studio art from the University of Arizona in Tucson and her MFA in visual art from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT in 1993 (both assemblage and painting).) She has exhibited nationally in solo and group shows as well as internationally in group exhibitions. Scarlett currently resides and works on her assemblage/mixed-media constructions in Mesa, AZ. She is active in the area arts community.

Artist Statement

"In my 3 dimensional works, which include assemblage, constructions and mixed media sculpture, I usually have a completely finished pre-conceived idea in my mind before I even start work on the piece. I search for materials that are then constructed and/or assembled to represent this idea. Very rarely does the work deviate from the mental idea when it enters physicality. At times, the title is conceived first which, in turn, creates the image. Satire and paradox are primary factors in my 3d works and wordplay has substantial influence in my approach to artmaking. My goal is to present a visual "aha" moment that will prompt a dialogue for or about the work or sometimes a gift given to the viewer which is of sustained engagement of thought and observation."


Born: Chicago, IL

Resides: Chandler, Arizona

Education: MFA - 1993 Vermont College Montpelier, VT Visual Art

                  BFA - 1991 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Studio Art


Solo Exhibitions:

2014 ArtelPHX Installation - "Checking" Rm 441, Phoenix, AZ (Clarendon Hotel)

1999 Central Arizona College Winkleman, AZ

1995 ARC Gallery "Protective Coverings" Chicago, IL

G.A.S.P. Gallery "Fairy Tales and Dreamscapes" Tucson, AZ

Phoenix Center Visual Arts Gallery "In Tandem" Phoenix, AZ

1993 Barn Gallery Rancho Linda Vista Oracle, AZ

1989 Valley National Bank San Manuel, AZ

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017: Gallery 33 Contemporary/Access Room: Small Works, Chicago, IL

2017: Wood Art Gallery “I Love You, I Hate You”, Montpelier, VT

2017: Art Intersection: “Small Works” (Juror, Julie Sasse), Phoenix

2016 “9:The Gallery: “Small Works Show“, Phoenix, AZ

2015 Firehouse Gallery: "6-Sides", Phoenix, AZ

SMOCA-Mix 2015 (Auction Donation) - "Cinderella - 12:01"

R. Pela Contemporary Art ”33-1/3” ”Liberace”; Phoenix, AZ

2014 Faculty Exhibition - “Vertigo”. Pittsburgh Art Institute

2005 FOCA Annual Exhibition (Juror, Elizabeth A. T. Smith)
         LewAllen Contemporary Santa Fe, NM

2005 "Collect: Inside 8" Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM

2001 "Art Beyond Borders" Ursulinenhof Gallery - Linz, Austria

2000 "Tucson International Airport" The Gallery, Tucson, AZ

"Gammage Gallery" ASU, Tempe, AZ

"7-Seas" Toronto - Ontario, Canada

"Rancho Linda Vista Invitational" - Barn Gallery - Oracle, AZ

"Art Beyond Borders" Grillparzerhoff Gallery - Linz, Austria

"Dinnerware Alumni Invitational" Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1998 "Art From the Heart" Scottsdale, AZ

1997 "Celebrating Women in the Arts" WCA Gallery New York City

"Landscapes: Real and Imagined" Union Gallery Tucson, AZ

One Exchange Plaza Building (3 person show) Perth, Australia

"Art From the Heart" Scottsdale, AZ

1996 "Family Values: Rhetoric vs. Reality" Wood Gallery Montpelier,VT

"Predator and Prey" Local 803 Gallery (Juror-Joyce Kozloff) Tucson

1995 Arizona Women's Caucus for Art Café Magritte Tucson, AZ

Dinnerware Group Exhibition La Mariposa Tucson, AZ

Global Focus Art Exhibit (World Conference on Women) Beijing,China

1995 "Humor in Art" Westbeth Gallery NYC

AZ Women's Caucus for Art GASP Gallery Tucson, AZ

Dinnerware Group Exhibition Tucson Int'l. Airport

"North Meets South at Oracle" Barn Gallery Oracle, AZ

AZ Women's Caucus for Art APS Bldg. Phoenix, AZ

1994 3-person show Dinnerware Gallery Tucson, AZ

AZ Women's Caucus for Art Phoenix Center Gallery Phoenix

"New Members Show" Central Arts Collective Tucson, AZ

"The American Dream" (Juried-Harmony Hammond) Central Arts

4-person show Dinnerware Gallery Tucson, AZ

1993 "Mystery & Fear" Planet Gallery Phoenix, AZ

"The Nude: Return to the Source" Westbeth Gallery, NYC

Alumni Invitational Group Show University of Arizona, Tucson

1992 Alumni Invitational Group Show University of Arizona Tucson

1991 Scholarship recipient exhibitor Galeria Mesa Mesa, AZ

"Home Grown" University of Arizona Tucson, AZ


1995: Personal Development Grant AZ Commission for the Arts

1992: Vermont College Visual Arts Merit Award Montpelier, VT

1991-93: Norwich Univ. Visual Arts Scholarship Northfield, VT

1991: Mesa Galeria Guild Student Excellence Award Mesa, AZ

1990-91: Regents Scholarship Univ. of AZ Tucson, AZ


Women's Caucus for Art

College Art Association

Art Beyond Borders

American Association of University Women

Arts Activities:

2018 - Juror: Scholastic Arts Awards (Southwest) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th grade painting

2008-: Adjunct Professor of Art - Pittsburgh Art Institute - Online Division

1997-99: Adjunct Professor of Art - Central Arizona College - Winkelman, AZ

1997-99: Central Arizona College Art Club (Advisor & Sponsor)

1994: Artist in Residence San Manuel High School AZ

1994: Artist in Residence Utterback Middle School Tucson, AZ

1992-93: Editor, Vermont College MFA/Visual Arts Newspaper

1991-92: Visual Arts Auction Coordinator Montpelier, VT


CALYX (Summer/2002)

KALLIOPE: A Journal of Women's Art and Literature (Fall/2000)

Art Calendar "Art Beyond Borders - an International Artist's Cooperative" (June/2001)