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Henry J. Drexler - Artist



Henry J. Drexler is a self-taught contemporary artist from Chenango County, New York, where he was born and raised on a dairy farm. His work is inspired by that experience and manifests his keen sense of place and intimate knowledge of farm life and the rural landscape. He prefers to paint with acrylic because of its versatility. Over time his work has evolved to become increasingly abstract. This is particularly true of his Bovine Madness series and his extruded pieces. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and surrounding states and can be found in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the United States. His work can be seen at the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown, New York.

Solo Museum Exhibitions

1985 - Roberson Center for the Arts & Sciences, Binghamton, NY


Selected Solo Gallery Exhibitions

2022 – Columbus Public House, Columbus, NY

2019 – "Select Works", EOH Gallery, Earlville, NY

2015 - "Bovine Madness", Chenango Arts Council Gallery, Norwich, NY

2013 - “Rural Transformations”, EOH Gallery, Earlville, NY

2010 - “Windmill Country”, Chenango County Council of the Arts , Norwich, NY

2007 - “Country Places”, Smithy- Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

2005 - “The Good Land”, Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, NY

1999 - "Landscapes and Beyond", Earlville Opera House Art Gallery, Earlville, NY

1998 - "Disappearing Elms", Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

1990 - Americana Village Gallery, Hamilton, NY

1988 - Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

1987 - Gallery-On-The-Green, Lexington, MA

1986 - The Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY
- Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

1984 - Adirondack Store Gallery, Lake Placid, NY

1983 - Associated Artists Gallery, Syracuse, NY
- Gallery-On-The-Green, Lexington, MA

1982 - Old Forge Art Center, Old Forge, NY

1981 - Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

Selected Public and Corporate Collections

Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY

Cornell University

New York Central Mutual Insurance Company

Key Bank Corporation

Emily-Lawrence, Inc.

Cazenovia College

Harvard University


Selected Group Exhibitions 

2022-Earlville Opera House 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Earlville, NY

2018 - "The Art of Nature", Broad Street Gallery, Hamilton, NY

2017 - Cooperstown National Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY

2015 - "Sense of Place", Windsor Whip Works Art Center, Windsor, NY

2015 - "Water Effect", Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

2014 - “Art of the Farm”, Windsor Whip Works Art Center, Windsor, NY

2013 - "Fertile Imagination", Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

2002 - Upstate Landscape, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
- Against the Wall: Abstract and Reality, CCCA Gallery, Norwich, NY

1997 - Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, NY

1995 - Arnot Art Museum
- Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

1994 - "WORKING THE LAND: THE ART OF FARMING", Regional Arts Project of the NY State Council of the Arts
- Art In Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
- Central New York Regional Art Show, The Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY

1990 - Mid-Year Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
- Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

1989 - "Grand Slam" Exhibition, Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY
- Central Adirondack Annual, Old Forge, NY

1988 - The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1987 - Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
- 52nd Annual Cooperstown National, Cooperstown, NY

1986 - "Altered Images: beyond light & lens", Chenango Co. Arts Council, Norwich, NY

1985 - Annual Cooperstown National, Cooperstown, NY
- Doylestown Art League Open Juried Annual, Doylestown, PA

1984 - Everson Biennial, Syracuse, NY
- Allied Artists Annual, New York, NY
- Salmagundi Annual, New York, NY

1983 - "Six for Real" Mullaly-Matisse Galleries, Birmingham, MI
- Munson-Williams-Proctor Annual, Utica, NY
- Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH

1982 - Annual New England Exhibition--Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CT
- Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

1981 - "More Than Land Or Sky", National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1980 - Munson-Williams-Proctor Annual, Utica, NY

Selected Awards 

2013 - Best in Show--Chenango Arts Council, Norwich, NY

2008 - Best in Show--Chenango County Arts Council, Norwich, NY

1994 - Golden Artist Acrylic Award

1992 - First Place--Art '92, Norwich, NY

1987 - Don Vining Award--Lambertville Annual, Lambertville, NJ

1985 - Grumbacher Silver Medal--Doylestown Art League Juried Show, Doylestown, PA
- First Place--FASST Annual Exhibition, Binghamton, NY

1984 - Artist-in-Residence Award from the New York State Council on the Arts
- "Advancement of Art Award", Allied Artists Annual, New York, NY


"An Unusual Approach to Acrylics", American Artist, Vol. 53, Issue 559, p. 44 (Feb. 1989)

"More than Land or Sky, Art from Appalachia", Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981

Gallery Affiliations 

Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY


Matai House Art Studio

300 Aldrich Rd, Norwich, NY 13815

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Henry J. Drexler - Artist
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