Chris Volker


BFA in Painting and Drawing, The U. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa  1980

B.S. in Psychology, Portland State U., Portland, OR  1987

M.A. in Art Therapy, Loyola Marymount U., Los Angeles, CA 1989

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, CA Inst. of Integral Studies,  San Francisco, 1997


Juried Group Exhibitions


Bold Expressions National Juried Show, Northern California Artists - October 1-27 at Sacramento Art Center.  Juror Chris Daubert, MFA.

Journey of Hope, CA Art and Writing Show, October - December - Elk Grove Fine Art Center, Sacramento Fine Art Center and Crocker Art Museum.

Award of Merit:  California Fine Arts Exhibit at CA State Fair - July.  Jurors Chris Daubert, MFA and Shiva Amadi, MFA


Honorable Mention:  Figurative Expressions at Elk Grove Fine Art Center.  Juror Sarma Karsiere, MFA.   

53th Annual Mother Load National Art Exhibition, Placerville Arts Association.  July-August. 

Juror Margaret Welty, MA.


59th Annual Spring Show and Sale, Lodi Community Art Center, April


In & Beyond the Garden, Elk Grove Fine Art Center, April.

Artistic Journey Membership Exhibition, Northern California Arts, Inc., April-May.


7th Annual Open Fine Art Competition, Elk Grove Fine Art Center, March.  Juror Michelle Gregor, MFA 


6th Annual Open Fine Art Competition, Elk Grove Fine Art Center, March.  Juror Kristina Gilmore, MA

Health Issues prevented painting most of this year. 


Best Painting Award, 5th Annual Open Fine Art Competition, March.  Elk Grove Fine Art Center,

Juror D. Neath.

Artistic Journey, Northern California Arts, Inc. Membership Exhibition, April May.  Sacramento Fine Art Center.

Magnum Opus XXVIII National Art Exhibition, June July, Sacramento Fine Art Center.  Jurors:  Gloria Wooley, MFA, and Chella MFA

In the Style of the Old Masters, August September, Sacramento Fine Art Center, Juror Rachel Miller, Ph.D.


Artwork shown in multiple galleries in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.


Awarded Best of Show in National Fine Art Competition, Seattle, Washington,

Juror Lucinda Parker, MFA         



Tuition Scholarship, The School of Fine Art, U. of Iowa 1979-1980

National Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu, Loyola Marymount U.1989,  LA, CA

Best in Show, National Art Competition, Juror Lucinda Parker, 1987,  Seattle, WA

Best Painting, Fine Art Competition, Juror D. Neath, 2017, EGFAC.

Award of Merit, CA Fine Arts-CA State Fair, Jurors Chris Daubert, Shiva Ahmadi, 2019.

Honorable Mention, Figurative Expressions, Juror Sarma Karsiere, EGFAC.



The Artist As Social Activist, presented at the National Art Therapy Conference in 

   Las Vegas, 1989 and published in The Art Therapy Journal.


Family Art Therapy with Political Refugees, (book chapter) in Art Therapy with Families  

   In Crisis, Edited by Debra Linesch, Ph.D. pub. by Brunner/Mazel, New York  1993


The Art Therapist as Social Activist, (book chapter) in Mourning, Memory and Life Itself,                     by Maxine Junge, pub. by Charles Thomas, Illinois, 2008.


2019  Associate Member of the Board, The Elk Grove Fine Art Center, Elk Grove, CA

2017  Member, The Sacramento Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA

2017  Member, Northern California Arts, Inc.

1983-1987  Board of Directors/Exhibition Chair, The Northwest Artists Workshop,

          Portland, Oregon.