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M.S. Communication Design

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY 



Boston University, Boston, MA



Boston University, School of Fine Arts 


DeCordova Museum 

Kay Hurley Studio 

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts 





Concord Art Association

Members' Juried 1  2014

Juror's Choice Award


Concord Art Association

Paint the Town Auction, 2009

Juried Show - Larry Powers, Jurer


Open Studios

Lexington, 2009

Concord, 2009​


Oasis Gallery

Solo Show 2009​


Grace Chapel

Group Show 2009 


Depot Square Gallery

Solo Shows 2008, 2007

Group Show 2006 






Concord Art Association

Depot Square Gallery



Work Experience

J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation

Vice President and Program Director

New York, NY

1996 - Present

Pastel teacher

Emerson Umbrella

2009- Present


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An award-winning artist, Carole Parrish has been juried into many local shows. She recently won the Jurors Choice Award at the Concord Art Association Members Juried 1 show. Carole is best known for her skillful use of color and simplicity of design. People describe her work as peaceful, serene and filled with light.


Prior to painting in pastels, Carole had a successful career as a graphic designer in New York City. She received her MS in Communication Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She worked as an art director, graphic designer and instructor in New York City and Cincinnati.


Wanting to move from commercial art to fine art, Carole started taking classes in pastel and oil from Kay Hurley in Cincinnati. After moving home to the Boston area in 2003, her love of the New England landscape and the cape in particular found expression in her paintings. Her earlier training as a graphic designer informs the simplicity of design and strong use of color in her work.


Carole first began painting in college and her early paintings were abstract works based on nature. Recently, she has come full circle and is once again doing abstract work. Her abstract paintings show a skillful use of color and design. Carole says that for her, abstract work is more personal and calls on her design skills in a more intentional way.


Carole has a studio at The Umbrella in Concord where she teaches pastel. She participates in Winter Market and Open Studios.




View 2011 Artist Profile article in the Sudbury Town Crier