After graduating from the department of art in 2002 with a B.F.A. and a B.A. in American Studies, Sydney Chastain-Chapman continued her study of painting at Hunter College in New York City, earning an M.F.A. in painting in 2006.
Chastain-Chapman's paintings and mixed-media works on paper depict "fractured worlds that mirror our own, and investigate themes such as femininity, domesticity, human impact on the environment, and psychological reactions to modern reality."
During her time at Cornell, Chastain-Chapman was inspired to pursue painting by professors Kay Walkingstick, Stan Taft, Carl Ostendarp, and visiting professor Francisco Guerrero.
"Professor Taft's materials class was a wonderful introduction to the variety of ways of using and even making art materials, and advanced drawing and painting courses with professors Walkingstick and Guerrero helped free me to develop my own visual language and themes, " she says. "Professor Ostendarp was an excellent, rigorous guide through the thesis process. He took every opportunity to expose his students to the contemporary art world, and truly helped ready me to enter an M.F.A. program and the art world in New York City."
Chastain-Chapman's work has been shown in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Paris, and is held in numerous private collections. Career highlights include a two-person exhibition in 2012 at the Nassau County Museum in Roslyn, New York, inclusion in The Incomplete exhibition at Chelsea Art Museum in 2007, and a 2008 profile in Art World Magazine.
Chastain-Chapman has been represented by Kravets|Wehby Gallery in New York City since 2004. She lives and works in Nyack, New York.