The Ohio Artist Registry (OAR) is an exciting opportunity for artists to share their work, connect with the creative community, and establish an online presence—all on a free, virtual platform! The OAR encourages artists working in all art forms, throughout Ohio and beyond,  to create a profile, which allows them to better promote themselves and their work. Being listed in the OAR provides artists with new opportunities to share their work with clients, galleries, patrons, and audiences. For more information, contact Kathy Signorino, artist programs director, at or 614-728-6140.

Elisabeth Murphy


Forty years’ experience as figurative artist in oils, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, alkyds, ink; have been bought, sold, exhibited, framed and buried

Thirty-seven years’ experience as professional certified drafter and engineer, using both drawing board and CAD (Computer Aided Design)

1986-1990: Jewelry designer for P.J. Rone Company, including “24 Hour Camel” pin; “Let Go, Let God” butterfly coin

1989: Instrument Society of America Scholarship Award, “Robotics and Human Factors Engineering”

1990: Clarence Feil Award, Outstanding Engineering Graduate, Central Ohio Technical College

1994: AT&T Affirmative Action Award for Americans with Disabilities Act, company support and development

2003: Bell Laboratories President’s Silver Award, Technical Contribution

2007: Portrait of Emily Dickinson and Family selected for the Columbus, Ohio Main Library exhibit

2010: Franklin University Leadership Scholarship

2012: Solo Exhibit, Ohio University, twelve selected works of the Women’s Historical Portrait Series

Artist Statement

As an artist, I enjoy the freedom to re-establish history by researching and painting women who were once well-known, but who have since been forgotten. I have learned that half of history has gone missing and many important contributions and fascinating stories remain to be unearthed and brought to light—and life! I have been painting portraits of historical women for forty years.

Each picture is composed using reference photographs, drawings of objects taken from life, models, written descriptions, and props. Creating a composition takes research and work, but I have fun consulting ship builders, pilots, tailors, librarians, curators and historians. Each picture is a window through which the viewer is encouraged to time-travel to a place where history is fascinating.

If you’ve looked at one of the faces in my pictures and thought “Who is that?”, I feel that I’ve succeeded in introducing you to a new friend from the past. At this point you’ve made a personal connection with your heritage and the exhibit becomes an interactive experience. I have found women’s history to be far more diverse and adventuresome than I had imagined. I hope you find it so, too.


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