Pushing against restrictive expectations and societal gender norms absorbed growing up in Kentucky, Christine Belton, now a Philadelphia teaching artist, employs ink, fabric, clay, metal and oils as they investigate gendered body-policing narratives and body objectification. Drawing upon 30 years as an art educator, Belton’s work is informed by supporting their students as emerging artists and as they grapple with their own emotional development.

Whether painting portraits, printing with the body or handbuilding stoneware garments, their work challenges cultural body narratives. Belton compresses compositions and objects; the detailed, highly textured surfaces invite viewers to linger and grapple with two persistent questions, “How does that which confines/oppresses also provide protection and security?” and “To what extent do we create and add to our own sense of confinement?” 

EXHIBITIONSWheaton Arts and Cultural Center
Millville, NJ
2016 Over the Bridge Invitational
Stepmother, Comfort and Support

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion
Trenton, NJ
2010 Ceramics Invitational
Juried Exhibition
Stepmother, Comfort and Finding Freedom

M.T. Burton Gallery
Surf City, NJ
Jersey Shore Clay National, 2010
Juried Exhibition
Fret Factor

Myers Gallery
Santa Anna, CA
Architecture in Clay, 2010
Juried Exhibition
Push Me/Pull You

Manayunk Roxborough Art Center
Philadelphia, PA
2nd Annual Juried Show, 2010
1st Place – Stepmother
Fret Factor

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery
Alexandria, VA
WomanMade, 2010
Juried Exhibition

Infinity Gallery Online Spring Expo – Juried Exhibition 2010
3rd Place, Stepmother

Philadelphia Open Studio Tour
Participant, 2009 – 2019  

Chadd’s Ford Historical Society Great Pumpkin Carve
Chadds Ford, PA

  • Skeleton, 2019 – Best Use of Pumpkin (Best Overall)
  • The Fall of Rome, 2018 – Honorable Mention (Most Original)
  • Motorcycle Pumpkin, 2017 – Best Use of a Pumpkin
  • Dragon Pumpkin, 2015 – Honorable Mention (Best Overall)
  • Laocoon and His Sons Pumpkin, 2011 – Honorable Mention
  • Gates of Hell Pumpkin, 2010 – Carver’s Choice Award
  • Greek Parthenon Pumpkin, 2009 – 1st Place
  • The Thinker Pumpkin, 2008 – Honorable Mention
  • Birth of Venus, 2007 – Honorable Mention

Alyssa and Princess
Self-published children’s book, 2009 Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Hired to create two original tee shirt designs for Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in conjunction with the International Beauty Show in NYC, 2008  

Penn State University – Brandywine Campus
40th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction Donation
Penn State Brandywine Campus, Media, PA
Created two “Brandylions” for the Silent Auction, 2008
Tribal Lion on display at the Turning Point Gallery in Media, PA, April 2008
Antiquus Pennsylvanius Civitas Leo; one of 40 lions chosen for the Silent Auction  

Penn State University – Brandywine Campus
Brandylion Artist Exhibition
Penn State Brandywine Campus, Media, PA
Etching, Cancer, 2008  

The Money Show
The Art Trust Gallery
West Chester, PA
Juried Exhibition
Linoleum print, One/Oil, 2007  

Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Exhibition
Cincinnati, OH
Ceramic Sculpture, Juliet’s Home, 2007    


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA
MFA Candidate, 2021  

Tyler School of Art
Philadelphia, PA
M.Ed with a Major in Art, 1993  

Art Academy of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
BFA, Cum Laude, 1987    


Springfield High School
Painting and Drawing, Honors Art and AP Art

National Art Education Association Annual Conference Presentation, 2015
K-12 Forum,
Online Connections – Pinterest and Authentic Learning Communities  

All Clay, All Day, 2013
K-12 Regional Ceramic Educator’s Workshop Organizer

National Council for Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA), 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Presentation, K-12 Forum, Critical Thinking and Creation, SHS Ceramics and Sculpture Blogs  

Greene Street Friends School
K-8 Art Teacher