"My paintings seek not simply to observe, but to explore our relationship with the landscape as well as its flora and fauna, to connect my vulnerability with theirs. Focusing on the Blue Ridge Mountain area of central Virginia,  I use loose and suggestive strokes that imply an immediacy of experience within which I want the viewer to linger.  Painting for me is a process of paying attention, of looking at the layers of meaning we ascribe to our placed-ness and hopefully evoking moments of re-humanizing connections."

Christen lives and works by the mountains just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, four kids and flock of hens.

Christen Borgman Yates 

b. Boston, MA 1977

Solo Exhibitions

2019 the liturgical year series. Covenant Upper School, Charlottesville, VA.

2018 the delight is the surprise. Art on the Trax. Crozet, VA.

2017 Land & Sea. Preston Cutler Gallery. South Hamilton, MA. 

2016 Go with your love to the fields. McIntire School of Commerce. University of Virginia. 

2016 Go with your love to the fields. Blenheim Vineyards. Charlottesville, VA. 

2016 Agrarian Icons & Works on Paper. Darden Business School. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

2015 Agrarian Icons. New City Arts Initiative & NPR's WVTF Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.

2014-2015 Agrarian Icons. Linden Vineyards, Linden, VA.

2014 Agrarian Icons: Works in Progress. Grove City Artworks, Grove City, PA. 

2013 Project Eve, Guest Artist. Grove City College, Grove City, PA. 

2012 Ordinary Icons. Deer Creek Winery, Grove City, PA. 

2010 Holy the Firm. Preston Cutler Gallery, South Hamilton, MA. 

Select Group Exhibitions

2019 Anne Irwin Emerging Artist Exhibit. Juried group show. Anne Irwin Gallery. Atlanta, GA.

2019 Grassroots Emerging Artist Exhibit. Juried group show. Rockport Art Association. Rockport, MA.

2019 Love Breathes in Two Countries. Two-person show with Brittany Fan. NPR’s WVTF Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.

2019 Celebrating Women: No other world. Group exhibit of selected local artists. UVa Darden School of Business. Charlottesville, VA.

2019 Norfolk Academy Art Gallery. Juried group show. Norfolk, VA.

2018 Teeny Tiny Trifecta. Juried small works show. Second Street Gallery. Charlottesville, VA.

2018 Girls' Night Out. Invitational art auction to benefit The Women's Initiative. Charlottesville, VA.

2018-9 Historic Garden Week. Garden Club of Virginia Invitational show. Virginia Beach, VA.

2018 NCAI & The Haven First Annual Live Auction. Common House, Charlottesville, VA.

2017 Land & Flight. Two-person show with Kendall Cox. The Garage. Charlottesville, VA. 

2017 Capital Artist Collective Launch Party & Pop up Show. Washington, D.C.

2016 Les Yeux du Monde Holiday show & sale. Charlottesville, VA.

2016 Oakton Foundation National Visual Arts Competition, Spring. Honorable Mention. 

2015  14th Annual Small Wonders Juried Show. Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery. Annapolis, MD.

2014-19  Annual New City Arts Initiative Art Auction. Old Metropolitan Hall, Charlottesville, VA.

2014  Hope Heals Juried Show. Los Angeles, CA 

2014  International Arts Movement Small Works Art Show. New York City, NY. 

2014  Grove City Artworks Opening Group Show. Grove City, PA. 

2013  Grove City College Invitational Area Artists Exhibit. Grove City, PA.

2013  NAP Invitational Salon of Small Works. New Arts Program. Kutztown, PA. 

2013  31st Annual Juried Women Artists Show. YWCA of Youngstown. Youngstown, OH. 

2011  the little gallery under the stairs - TASTE juried show {pears iii, best in show.} Lynn, MA. 

2010  the little gallery under the stairs - women who create juried group exhibit. Lynn, MA. 

2004-6  Painted Planet Gallery. Memphis, TN.

2002  Lookout Gallery group exhibit. Vancouver, BC. 

Select Publications & Presentations

2019. Celebrating Creativity: New art exhibit opens at Darden. Cavalier Daily. March 6, 2019.

2016 Featured Artist. FreshPaint Magazine. Online blog.  April 29, 2016.

2016  An Author's Work: In Defense of Annie Dillard. Conversations. The Atlantic. May 2016. 

2016  Justice, Beauty & Habits of Waiting. Comment Magazine. Spring Issue. Includes published image.

2015. CVille Weekly. March. Includes published image.

2014  Guest Lecturer. "Community Art: Theories & Models." Senior Art Seminar. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock, PA.

2012-13  Cover artwork. Quad Journal. Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall: Make Common Cause. Grove City College.

2010  Workshop Presenter. "The Arts and Community Transformation."  Art Music Justice Conference. The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VA. 

2009  Workshop Presenter. "Social Entrepreneurship and the Arts." Art & Transformation Conference. Tufts University. Medford, MA. 


2004  MTS Applied Theology & the Arts | Regent College | Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Studied with artist Chris Anderson

2004  Certificate in Sustainable Community Development | Simon Fraser University | Vancouver, BC, Canada

2008  Institute for Arts & Transformation | BuildaBridge & Eastern University | Philadelphia, PA

2002  Emily Carr University of Art & Design | Vancouver, BC, Canada

1999  BA University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA


The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The Perkins House, Charlottesville, VA
Geobarns, LLC. White River Junction, VT
Farr & Co Design, Ipswich, MA
Michael Prince Photography, Magnolia, MA


2015-2017 All Souls Charlottesville


2015-2018 Board member, New City Arts Initiative