David Kassan is a representational oil painter. He combines realistic figures with abstract backgrounds. With his work, he wants to allow the viewer to transcend the paint and enter into the psyche of the subject. He attempts to preserve the nuances of the human and the truth that lies inside the subject.
Elana Herzog creates works on paper, sculpture and installation pieces. Her work includes found objects and textiles that are re-configured to make a new image. The work is experimental process based and intuitive. She uses materials such as Afghan carpets, cardboard and other found textiles.
Catherine Murphy is an established American realist painter who has been creating depictions of objects, people and spaces for over 40 years. She primarily works in oil paint, and is known for her rich, detailed, close-up compositions.
Harry Roseman is a sculptor, draftsman and photographer. He has created numerous site-specific sculptures, abstract drawings and various photography series. His current sculptures are folded, minimal plywood.
Paula Wilson is a mixed-media artist who uses several mediums, such as collage, painting, installation, video and various types of printmaking to create artworks that explore female persona, cultural history and identity.
Polly Apfelbaum is an installation artist and painter, whose works are inspired by organic forms and non-representational subject matter. Her works are notable for their bright colors and hues. She works with dyed fabrics, various paints and uses sketches to map out what she will work on next. The works have noticeable Pop Art references.
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel is an artist who creates large-scale sculptural installations consisting of fabric, pipe cleaners, wire, string, plastic, thread and fishing weights that have been shown in gallery and museum settings, outdoor spaces. The installations are drawings-in-space that cover, divide, encircle, and fill the spaces in which they are situated.
Joshua Clayton is a digital artist whose work “encompasses material artifacts and ephemeral situations; digital and analog media.” Clayton creates web-based drawings, performance art and installations that address his interests in semiotics, geolocation and environmental phenomena.
Torkwase Dyson is a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language that is both diagrammatic and expressive. Dyson builds the paintings slowly, accumulating washes and configuring minimal geometric elements through a process of improvisation and reflection.
June 29: Kiki Gaffney
July 19: Eileen Neff
July 26: Paul D’Agostino
August 2: Aaron Fowler
Jennifer Samet is a New York-based art historian, curator, and writer. She is a professor of Art History at the City University of New York and co-directs the gallery Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in Manhattan. She completed her doctoral dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center on Painterly Representation in New York: 1945-1975. She has lectured at universities across the country on the subject of “The Role of Empathy in Art.”
Josephine Halvorson completed her BFA from The Cooper Union and her MFA from Columbia University. Recent shows include Josephine Halvorson: Slow Burn at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Josephine Halvorson, Leslie Hewitt, Jennie C. Jones at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and Josephine Halvorson: Outlooks at King Art Center in New Windsor, N.Y.
She was a 2010 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Painting and a 2014-2015 winner of the Rome Prize. Halvorson is Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies at Boston University.
Marc Andre Robinson was born in Los Angeles and graduated from PAFA in 1998. He earned his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002 and attended the Whitney Independent Studio Program in 2003.
Robinson has exhibited extensively in venues including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; and the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Torino, Italy. Awards include the Art Matters Artist Grant, the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency, and Rocktowa Artist Residency in Kingston, Jamaica.
Ellen Berkenblit received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1980. Her work is in the collections of the Aspen Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Recent group exhibitions include MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Implosion 20, Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Grind, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; IMAGINE, Brand New Gallery, Milan; and Collected By Thea and Ethan Westreich Wagner, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Dennis McNett is at heart a storyteller, whose inventive and imaginative personal mythology about the world directly translates into the lively works he creates. Drawing from varied sources, including traditional folklore as well as popular culture stories, he continues to innovate while still honoring age-old traditions.
McNett has shown internationally at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and notable domestic spaces like the Jonathan LeVine Gallery and Joshua Liner Gallery in New York. His work has received praise from The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, NPR, Juxtapoz and other outlets.
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a New York-based artist who often deals with mass culture, global economies, and personal freedom in her video and installation practice.
Lee received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2010 and currently teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology and New Jersey City University. She has exhibited widely around the country, with recent solo shows at the Arlington Arts Center, Creative Paradox in Annapolis, the Pop-up Internet Café in New York, and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Lee has also curated several projects, including Jumbo Shrimp at Space 38/39 and Industry Industry at All Angel’s, both in NYC. In 2016, she received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grant.
Elena Sisto is a painter and teacher of painting and drawing, with a 30-year history of solo gallery and museum shows. Her oil paintings are ostensibly figurative, but composed abstractly and from imagination. Her current work is comprised of images of young artists and scenes from life in the studio.
She teaches at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and shows her work at Lori Bookstein Fine Art there. This year she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for exceptional achievement in painting. She has twice received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and been a fellow at Yaddo. Her work is in many public and private collections.
Sangram Majumdar, born in Kolkata, India, has an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York; Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv; and the Kresge Art Museum.
Awards include a MacDowell Fellowship, a Yaddo residency, the 2009-10 Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Space Program Grant, a MICA Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching, and two Maryland State Art Council Individual Grants in Painting. Majumdar is a Professor of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Steven Montgomery works primarily in clay, transforming his subjects through trompe l’oeil techniques. His work is concerned with the evolution and demise of industrial manufacturing. Montgomery received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a BA in Philosophy from Grand Valley State University. He is a 2012 recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship that allowed him to work as an artist-in-residence at the National Air And Space Museum in Washington D.C.
Adam Helms, a Brooklyn-based artist, uses historical photographic portraits and western iconography to investigate archetypes of social and political identity. Helms often appropriates archival imagery in his charcoal drawings, screen prints, assemblages, and installations. These printed materials are equally recognizable and anonymous, and recontextualize these historical artifacts. His work is held in numerous collections including The Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands.
Josh Reames received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2007. In his work, Reames combines trompe l’oeil techniques to mimic everything from comics to neon signage to objects that seem to hover just off the surface of the canvas. His work references a diversity of mark making in the digital era, and often addresses topics such as online escapism and our shared cultural image-bank. Reames has exhibited widely, including solo shows at Josh Lilley Gallery in London and Brand New Gallery in Milan, both in 2015.
David Schutter’s practice is a form of phenomenological study that discusses the distances and problems encountered when making a painting. He completed his undergraduate studies at PAFA and received his MFA from the University of Chicago. Schutter has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Germany; the National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland; Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Palazzo Poli, Rome; and with Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago.
Carrie Moyer’s paintings merge abstract aesthetics and political imagery. Her vividly colored and textured biomorphic forms reference Color Field, Social Realist and Surrealist paintings, 1960s and '70s counterculture graphics, 1970s feminist art, and bodily forms and fluids. Moyer earned her MFA from Bard in 2001 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1995. In 2009 she received a Joan Mitchell Grant and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Moyer’s critical writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail and Modern Painters.
Elaine Despins, a Montreal-based artist, has exhibited her highly-rendered figures and ethereal videos across the U.S. and Canada. Despins’ professional career in animation has been interspersed with periods of intense passion for drawing and painting. She received her MFA in New Media from Danube University in Berlin in 2010 and has received grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. In 2016, she exhibited work at the IAPS Twenty-Eight Juried Exhibition in New York City, The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
Mark Gibson was born in Miami in 1980. He received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale in 2013. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions, and most recently co-curated Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery with William Villalongo.Gibson is represented by Fredericks & Freiser where his most recent exhibition, Some Monsters Loom Large, was held in the spring of 2016. The exhibition was accompanied by a publication with an essay by Robert Storr.
Becky Suss places at the center of her practice the inconsistency of memory and the potential for the inaccuracies of recollections to reveal greater emotional truths than even the most meticulously documented accounts of the past. Suss was born in Philadelphia, where she currently lives and works. She holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, she also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent exhibition venues include The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, and The Berman Museum in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Mark Shetabi was born in New York and lived for five years in Tehran, Iran. His family returned to the United States in 1979, on the eve of the Iranian Revolution. The experience of being between cultures is an enduring subtext of his artistic practice. Shetabi received his MFA in painting from PAFA and is a recipient of a 2002 Pew Fellowship. He teaches at Tyler School of Art where he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture.
Pat Boyer’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Europe and is included in private collections around the world. Born in Detroit, Boyer earned her BFA and Certificate from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and her MFA from PAFA. Her exhibitions abroad include Gallery Scalarte in Verona, Italy; Gallery Campo S. Piero in Padova, Italy; and La Loggia Gallery in Assisi, Italy. In the United States, they include Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York City; Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Charles Allis Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee.
Duncan Hewitt is a sculptor who lives and works in Maine. He remakes and replaces things that are important to him. They reappear as touchstones that exist in real and imagined space and are both sculptures and objects. Hewitt was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up on Long Island. He attended Colby College and graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been shown with prominent 20th century artists such as Joseph Beuys, Joseph Cornell, and Isamu Noguchi and 21st century artists including Susan Collis, Vik Muniz, and Nina Katchadourian.
Steve Locke is a Boston-based artist, raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received a BS in 1984 from Boston University, a BFA in 1997 and an MFA in 2001 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002. He has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Art Matters Foundation, and the LEF Foundation Contemporary Work Fund Grant. He has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and VOLTA 5 in Basel, Switzerland. He writes the blog, artandeverythingafter.com, and is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Becky Suss places at the center of her practice the inconsistency of memory and the potential for the inaccuracies of recollections to reveal greater emotional truths than even the most meticulously documented accounts of the past. Suss was born in Philadelphia, where she currently lives and works. She holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, she also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent exhibition venues include The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, and The Berman Museum in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Matt Blackwell received his BFA from the Portland School of Art in Portland, Maine, participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received his MFA from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015-2016) and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006). Residencies include Yaddo; Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; Vermont Studio Center; Triangle Arts Association; and Art Lot in Brooklyn. Blackwell is represented by the Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, where he has had six solo shows and has been included in numerous group exhibitions.
Jillian Steinhauer is senior editor at Hyperallergic – an online forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world. Jillian writes about contemporary art, in particular the intersection of art and politics.
Hanneline Røgeberg’s works explore the paradoxes of representation and language. Her paintings are deeply involved in the material challenges of painting. The work privileges content that operates in the world rather than in self-reference, while implicating the impurity of both arenas. The exploration of the fallibility of rhetorical systems reverberates throughout.
Alejandro Almanza Pereda makes sculptures that explore registers of risk that are generally unacknowledged in everyday encounters in cities like New York or Mexico City. Almanza Pereda perceives his sculptural environments as exacerbating viewers’ feelings of anxiety triggered by possibly unsafe spaces; as he contends, the “hope [is] to give the viewer an uneasy tension ... it is through this tension that the installation ceases to be static.”
Alexi Worth is a painter, curator, art critic, and writer known for his conceptually rich and visually graphic works that address modern life and art making. Worth is preoccupied with the tensions between painting and photography, and feature symbolically charged subject matter such as hands, apples, shadows, and cameras. His quirky realism, deliberate surfaces, and modulated colors indicate an attention to ultra-conscious abstract painting.
Rachel Rose explores concepts of mortality through striking video installations that deftly merge moving images and sound with nuanced environments. She investigates specific sites and ideas by connecting them to broader, related subject matter. Using her own footage and found material, Rose addresses the ubiquity of images and how it generates meaning.
Peter Saul is a painter and printmaker known for his satirical commentary on American culture, politics, and history. He is known for his electric color palette and comically horrific use of the human figure. Saul’s rich imagination is evident in his work, intensifying the relation of the imagery to contemporary events.
Alex Paik uses cut and folded paper to explore visual counterpoint and repetition as a tool for development. Most recently he has been experimenting with negative shapes created on white walls, to create subtle pools of color that appear through reflections of his paper. These illuminated spaces are ethereal and filled with invisible matter. Alex is the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles.
Gary Panter is a painter, designer, and comic book illustrator. He was heavily involved in the designs for early punk movements, and this focus on underground culture has remained evident throughout his career. He is known for fun yet serious compositions that relate both to individuals in society and to the artist himself.
Justin Matherly creates sculptures of poured concrete and medical equipment - walkers, crutches, and shower chairs, as well as prints layering constructivist geometry and classical architecture.
Judy Gelles is known for her photography that obsessively explores the issues of feminism, motherhood, childhood, and family life. Her photos provide social commentary and shed light on our differences and similarities, who we are and how we think in our socially organized world.
Susanna Coffey is best known for her painted self-portraits. These front facing heads are set against abstract backdrops that evoke violence or unrest, while the focus on symmetry in her work evokes the reminder for balance. Through her portraits, Coffey expresses the frustration of the ever-changing and morphing identity of the individual and the unrealistic idea of a constant form.
Jean Shin creates monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object — prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters — which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations.
Sharon Louden explores the representations of what she refers to as “anthropomorphic individuals.” Minimal in nature, her work uses simple lines and gestures to express human-like characteristics that are both abstract and formal. She states that her interest involves developing a language of forms, or a set of characters, that can evoke both imagination and conversation in their simplest form.
Ann Craven, moved by ideas of memory, time, and change, produces lushly colored, sensuous paintings with motifs of birds, flowers, the moon, and stripes.
Peter Halley's paintings engage in a play of relationships between "prisons" and "cells" – icons that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we live.
Brad Greenwood, a PAFA alumnus, creates haunting, richly imagined pictures that challenge the viewer to see how paint can continue to transform. Mythic narratives of shape-shifters, wolf-like men and women, and human-cat forms characterize his brush, gestural paintings.
Shelley Spector has been actively engaged in Philadelphia’s arts community for years as a respected artist, innovative gallery owner, and champion of emerging talent. Currently on view at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Spector’s first solo museum exhibition, Keep the Home Fires Burning, a walk-through presentation of wood and textile-based sculpture that reflects on the universal quest for hope, home, and connectedness.
Spector’s multidisciplinary works are part of many private and public collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. She founded SPECTOR Gallery/Projects and Artjaw.com.
Lynn Palewicz received her MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art. Her work is interdisciplinary with a creative process that often involves photographing handmade objects of her creation. Her work mostly deals with the human figure (specifically her body) and has recently shifted to include the architectural spaces of her home. She currently resides in Havertown, Pa., and is Chair of the Foundation department at the Moore College of Art & Design.
Claire Sherman received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working from subjects that range from sheer rock walls to the California coastal redwoods, Sherman’s paintings represent a claustrophobic and unstable world through a perspective that shimmies between representation and abstraction.
Sherman’s paintings have been included in solo and group exhibitions at DC Moore Gallery, New York; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Houldsworth Gallery, London; DCKT, New York; Aurobora, San Francisco; Hof and Huyser Gallery, Amsterdam; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Gallery Seomi, Seoul; The New Gallery, Austria; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, N.Y.; and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville. Sherman is represented by DC Moore Gallery and Kavi Gupta Gallery.
Anne Harris has exhibited at venues ranging from Alexandre Gallery, DC Moore Gallery and Nielsen Gallery, to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, The Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her work is in such public collections as The Fogg Museum at Harvard, The Yale University Art Gallery and The New York Public Library. Grants and awards received include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.
Harris currently teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is vice president of the board of the Riverside Arts Center and chair of its exhibition committee. She also is the originator of The Mind’s I—a collaborative drawing project designed to investigate the complexities of perception and self-perception through drawing. The first iteration of this project took place at Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago, Nov.-Dec. 2012.
Jane Irish's art invites confrontations between realms that rarely collide. Painting in egg tempera on large-scale canvas, paper and Tyvek, she infuses sumptuous interiors with memories of colonialism and orientalism. Irish incorporates imagery from her own travels through France and Vietnam, manipulating depth and angle to blur distinctions between inside and outside, landscape and decor. She further interweaves these labyrinthine interiors with the motifs and poetry of Vietnam War veterans, an impulse that began in 2005, when she organized the exhibition Operation Rapid American Withdrawal in response to the invasion of Iraq. Alongside her elusive and yet alluring painting output, Irish creates ceramic vases that address these questions of beauty and meaning through decorative and cultural patterns.
Jane Irish received her MFA from Queens College, CUNY, and has exhibited in New York and Philadelphia since 1983. Irish has had a solo exhibition at Morris Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has been included in exhibits at the Walker Art Center, Minnesota; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She has been the recipient of several prestigious grants, including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a Painting Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and a Painting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hilary Wilder makes paintings and installations that address how specific places are represented and, at times, fictionalized. The works often respond to misunderstandings about landscape or location, or to the simplification or “cultivation” of natural themes in art and design.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Wilder has exhibited work in solo exhibitions at venues that include The Suburban (Oak Park, Ill.), Open Satellite (Seattle), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), and in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, Mass.), the Wilton House Museum (Richmond, Va.), Artspace (New Haven, Conn.), Monster Truck Gallery (Dublin), and INOVA (Milwaukee). She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia and Galveston, Texas.
Heather Rowe creates sculptural installations that are abstract and architectural. Using wood, glass, mirrors and wallpaper, Rowe activates negative and positive space to create a disorienting effect. Domestic spaces and objects are turned inside-out, harkening to narrative and enacting a near cinematic experience. Heather Rowe received her MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited nationally in numerous museums and galleries including MoMA PS1, New York; Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Okla.; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; and in 2008 she was featured in the Whitney Biennial. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Andrzej Zielinski’s richly colored paintings, sculptures, and prints take familiar aspects of technology as their subject matter. His work asks us to consider printers, laptops, cameras, and cell phones through the lens of traditional art-making methods such as painting and printmaking. He earned his MFA from Yale in 2004 and has since been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a 2012 MEGALO Print Studio Residency in Canberra, Australia. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, including Dubai, Sydney, Toyko, and New York. Zielinski is represented by Gallery 9 in Sydney and Motus Fort in Tokyo. He lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas.
Gideon Bok is a highly regarded painter who uses his studio as an ever changing subject of his work and paints vibrant, lively paintings of distinct moments in time. He earned his BA from Hampshire College and his MFA from Yale. Bok is a recipient of the 2004 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the School of Visual Arts at Boston University and lives and works in Camden, Maine. He is represented by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York and Alpha Gallery in Boston.
Katherine Bradford is an intuitive painter and object maker, best known for her luminous, tactile and humorous paintings of ships, swimmers and divers. She received her MFA in painting from SUNY Purchase. Katherine Bradford was on the MFA faculty at PAFA from 1997 to 2013. She is a New York artist represented by Edward Thorp Gallery and has a studio in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work nationally in numerous solo shows. In 2011 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2012 she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
Orit Hofshi combines printmaking, painting and drawing techniques to create large-scale works that often include elements of the landscape and the human form. Born in Israel in 1959, Hofshi received her Certificate from PAFA in 1990 and completed her education at Breton Hall College of the University of Leeds. She has exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group shows including Locks Gallery in Philadelphia and List Gallery at Swarthmore College, as well as shows in New York, Miami, Chicago, Tel Aviv and Czech Republic. She has received awards for her work including the William J. Cooper Foundation grant, the Jacob Pins Award for Distinguished Israeli Printmakers, and PAFA’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Marie Lorenz is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Since 2002, Lorenz has been designing and building boats that she uses to explore New York City waterways. Sometimes she takes passengers, and other times she explores alone with a video camera. She also collects objects found in the harbor and records them by printing, casting, or making videos. Lorenz has had numerous shows both nationally and internationally, including solo shows in Berlin and Vancouver. She has been the recipient of many awards such as the Rome Prize Fellowship. She is an assistant professor of painting and printmaking at Yale University and is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery in New York.
Mary Reid Kelley works in collaboration with her husband Patrick Kelley. Language, literature and history inform their work, which combines video, poetry, animation, performance, and painting that are filled with punning wordplay. Reid Kelley presents her take on the clash between utopian ideologies and the realities of women’s lives in the struggle for liberation and through political strife, wars, and other historical events. Their work has been shown widely including at The Rose Art Museum, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The ICA in Philadelphia and SITE Santa Fe Biennial. In 2015, the Hammer Museum will present their complete trilogy of films on the theme of the Minotaur.
Phoebe Washburn received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her BFA from Tulane University. Using a large range of materials and heaps of refuse, Washburn creates sculptures and sprawling site specific structures that abound with inventiveness and intuitive logic. She has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally including the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her work is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hammer Museum. Washburn is currently represented by Zach Feuer Gallery in New York.
Anne Lindberg works within a terrain where sculpture and drawing meet. She describes her work as tapping into a non-verbal physiological landscape of body and space, provoking emotional, visceral and perceptual responses. Lindberg has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work has been commissioned and collected by numerous institutions including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art. In 2011 she received the Painters and Sculptors Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Lindberg holds a BFA from Miami University, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and currently lives and works in New York.
Ellen Altfest paints exclusively from observation, describing plants, gourds, and male models in tight, sharply realistic detail. Her idiosyncratic approach to cropping and framing forces all subject matter to be seen from similar vantage points. Born in New York in 1970, Altfest earned her MFA from Yale University in 1997, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002. Altfest has completed residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including at the 55th Venice Biennale, the New Museum, White Cube Hoxton Square in London, and in the National Academy Museum’s Annual Exhibition. Altfest lives and works in New York and is represented by White Cube.
Martha Clippinger’s work inhabits the fertile area between painting and sculpture. She calls attention to color, the physical qualities of her materials, and to the architectural spaces in which her work is installed. Born in Columbus, Ga., Clippinger earned her MFA from Rutgers University and is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Clippinger has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award and a 2013 Fulbright Research Grant, completed in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, and is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York.
Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, and arts worker. Matthew has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial by Michelle Grabner at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His additional museum exhibitions include MoMA/P.S.1 (Long Island City, N.Y.); Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, N.Y.); Herbert F. Johnson Museum (Ithaca, N.Y.); Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL); and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Indianapolis, Ind.). In 2003, Matthew founded MINUS SPACE, a platform for reductive art on the international level based in Brooklyn. Since 2006, he has organized nearly 50 solo and group exhibitions at both MINUS SPACE’s gallery in Brooklyn, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels, including in Mexico, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand.
Stephanie Pierce’s paintings evoke the meeting of recognizable imagery and abstraction. The accumulation of her painted marks indicates observed moments of space and light over time, suggesting forms that have just begun to come together and that may just as quickly dissipate. Pierce was born in Memphis, Tenn., and received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been the recipient of many awards and grants, including the Lerman Charitable Trust Residency in Laceyville, Pa. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the recent solo exhibition Wake at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York. Pierce lives and works in Fayetteville, Ark., and is represented by Alpha Gallery in Boston.
Chie Fueki is a painter and printmaker who combines patterns and narrative to construct rich spaces that are dense with references to Japanese painting, 15th century Italian painting, video games, and popular culture. Beginning with representational imagery, she reworks and layers her images for a result that sits between figuration and abstraction. Fueki was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She attended Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., for her BFA and earned her MFA from Yale University in 1998. She is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif. She currently lives and works in both West Chester, Pa., and Brooklyn.
Rob Swainston combines traditional printmaking techniques with contemporary art practices such as large-scale installation, painting, sculpture, and video. Born in rural Pennsylvania, Swainston earned his MFA from Columbia University, has studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is an alumnus of the Philadelphia collective Vox Populi. He is also cofounder and master printer of the Brooklyn-based collaborative print studio Prints of Darkness. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College. Swainston is affiliated with Marginal Utility in Philadelphia and is represented by David Krut Projects in New York.
Mia Rosenthal’s work translates the imagery and organization of the virtual world we’ve become so familiar with via the internet into tangible works on paper through drawing. Her work brings a unique approach to documentation by linking science, technology, and history with contemporary art. Born in Cranston, RI, Rosenthal is a Philadelphia artist who earned her MFA from PAFA in 2008. She is a recent recipient of the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship and her work is included in public collections such as the Woodmere Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and our own Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Currently, Rosenthal is represented by Gallery Joe.
Kurt Kauper is a painter whose work had, for the past fifteen years, been images of familiar cultural icons—opera divas, Cary Grant, hockey players, and Barack and Michelle Obama—seen in a variety of unfamiliar ways. No longer working with well-known subjects, he is currently making paintings of naked women, to be shown at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles in spring 2015. Kauper has had solo shows at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles, and Deitch Projects in New York City, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions both in the United States and Europe, including venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Pompidou Center in Paris, the Kunsthalle Vienna, and the Stedelijk Museum in Gent. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. His work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Oakland Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Kauper is a Professor of Art at Queens College, and a Visiting Professor at Princeton University and The New York Academy of Art.
Laurel Nakadate is known for video and photography that features individuals interacting in situations suggesting relationships of power and submission, intimacy and seduction, and the hunter and the hunted. She has had numerous solo shows and film screenings both nationally and internationally including her ten-year retrospective at MOMA:PS1, titled Only the Lonely. Nakadate was born in Austin, Tex., and grew up in Ames, Iowa. She studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and earned her MFA from Yale University in 2001. She currently lives and works in New York City and is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Gallery.
Sam Moyer is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates mysterious, expansive images that leave the viewer questioning how they were made. She uses a variety of materials in her practice, including ink, hand dyeing, and found objects, working to create a picture that one can be lost in. Simultaneously sublime and decorative, they often resemble black and white aerial photographs of landscapes, photocopies, or the byproduct of some flawed machine. Moyer earned her BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design and her MFA from Yale University.
Saya Woolfalk is a multi-disciplinary artists who often works in the tradition of the fable or folk story, mapping the desires and ideas of people while creating contemporary narratives. She is interested in the logic of place and her paintings, installations, performances and videos consider the idea that symbolic and ideological systems can be activated and re-imagined through collaboration, imaginative play and masquerade. Woolfalk received her BA at Brown University, attended Skowhegan, received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is also a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, residencies, and fellowships, including the NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Award, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and the NYFA Fellowship.
Mark Dion is best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations. His work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Dion received a BFA in 1986 as well as an honorary doctorate in 2003 from the University of Hartford. He has exhibited at venues such as the Tate Gallery, the British Museum of Natural History, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Museum of Modern Art, Miami Art Museum, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. He has received numerous awards including the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award. Dion teaches at Columbia University, lives in New York and Pennsylvania, and works worldwide.
Shimon Attie is an internationally known visual artist. Through the use of multiple channel HD video installations, Attie reflects on our relationship to place, memory, and identity. His work engages local communities and explores different ways we are able to re-imagine our relationship to issues of loss and communal trauma. His work has been shown in numerous museums including at The Museum of Modern Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Attie received his MFA from San Francisco State University.
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, N.J., in 1981 and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts and his MFA from Yale University in 2010. Da Corte has recently mounted solo shows and presentations at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Carl Kostyal, Stockholm; David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen; Artspeak, Vancouver; Mother's Tankstation, Dublin; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; and Nudashank, Baltimore.
Titus Kaphar was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He currently lives and works between New York and Connecticut, USA. His artworks interact with the history of art by approriating its styles and mediums. Kaphar cuts, bends, sculpts and mixes the work of Classic and Renaissance painters, creating formal games and new tales between fiction and quotation.
RL Tillman is a Baltimore-based artist, writer, curator and co-founder of PRINTERESTING.ORG. In his creative work, he twists and tweaks the visual culture of our time to explore issues in society, politics, and art. Often working in unusual venues, he uses many means including graphic media, installation, performance, publication, and writing. R.L. graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a BA in art and political science. As an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa, he received an MFA in Printmaking in 2002, and an MA from the same institution in 2001. He has also shown his work internationally, including as an invited participant at the 12th Print Triennial in Tallinn, Estonia and the 3rd IMPACT Print Conference in Capetown, South Africa.
Richard Harrod was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1965. Working from several different sources, Harrod’s work deals with notions of human estrangement and alienation from the natural world. Through a combination of sculpture and digital prints, his work is able to merge seemingly mundane objects with a sense of the unsayable and the uncanny. Harrod was a 1997 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Artists Fellowship and has shown his work widely, including in Philadelphia, New York, and Europe.
Hilary Harkness, who exhibits with the Mary Boone Gallery in New York City, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California-Berkeley (where she studied biochemistry and art) and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. A former professional violinist, she honed her unique artistic worldview while living in San Francisco, and now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, and the Deste Foundation in Athens, Greece and is in the collection of the Whitney Museum. Harkness has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Interview magazine, and Esquire. She has taught painting and sculpture as Artist in Residence at Yale Summer School of Art and Music, and lectured widely at institutions such as Columbia University, Boston University, Yale University, Brandeis University, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Hilary also blogs for the Huffington Post and the New York Academy of Art.
Ann Gale is a Seattle-based figurative painter engaged in an intense observation of her subjects. Testing visual and bodily endurance levels, her paint accumulates in gradually shifting movements over long periods of time. The outcome offers an optically enchanting experience as well as a psychologically rich insight into the artist/model relationship. Gale earned her BFA from Rhode Island College and her MFA from Yale University. She has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She is included in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art.
Lucas Blalock plays with the conventions of photography by exploring its limits and inherent contradictions. He examines not only the photograph’s subject but also the internal information of its making. Transposing Bertholt Brecht’s theory of alienation into photography by making the mechanics of the tools of production an evident part of the picture, Blalock then forces the viewer to question the conflicting realities set before them and, in turn, the contemporary condition of photography itself.
Tristin Lowe is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice delves into the crude and rude, absurd and abject, pushing low-brow, low-tech methods and materials toward unexpected ends. The artist makes drawings from grease paint and fire, uses edible materials such as butter, chocolate and alcohol to make hilarious and sad installations (beds that wet themselves, pillows that smoke), and handcrafts exquisite reproductions of both animate and inanimate objects (an upended trashcan sewn from felt, a mangy, fake-fur fox, a two-story folding chair). Lowe's wry re-imaginings lead the viewer down a path littered with chaos, comedy, and failure.
Robert Taplin was born in 1950 and is a self-taught artist who lives and works in New Haven, Conn. Since the mid-1970s he has shown widely in museums and commercial galleries and has completed a number of permanent public art projects. Articles and reviews about his work have appeared in Art in America, Sculpture magazine, Art & Antiques, and The New York Times among others. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1988 and last year was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
Natalie Frank is contemporary figurative painter living and working in Brooklyn. She received her BA from Yale University in 2002 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2006. Frank has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as received multiple awards. In 2003 she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at The National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, and continues to lecture and teach master classes at distinguished institutions nationwide.
Donald Lipski is a sculptor best known for his installation pieces and his large scale public works. He received his BA in American History from the University of Wisconsin Madison and his MFA in ceramic from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has won many awards such as the Scholastic Art Award, the National Endowment for the Arts three times, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize. His work is in various collection and has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Philadelphia.
Njideka Akunyili is a Nigerian artist who is also an alumna of the PAFA. Since completing the Post-Baccalaureate program in 2006, she has gone on to receive her MFA from Yale in 2011. Her large collage paintings use the figure as well as references to her African culture and heritage. She has been featured in numerous shows both nationally and internationally and recently was an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Artinfo, The Huffington Post and a variety of other publications.
Oliver Herring is a German artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the University of Oxford and an MFA from Hunter College. Herring’s work includes knit sculptures, stop-motion videos, and interactive performances using volunteers and strangers. He is also known for his photography and recent series of photo-sculptures. Herring has received various grants and had multiple one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Herring was also featured in Art21 in the episode “Play”.
Jacob Feige’s paintings explore abstraction through landscape, bringing together distinct references from the Hudson River School to computer graphics and beyond. His work has been shown in institutions such as the Artist Space, Lombard Freid Projects and Jolie Laide in Philadelphia. Feige attended Carnegie Mellon in 2002 and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005. His paintings have been written about in various publications including Art Forum, Freize, and The New Yorker.
Melanie Vote is a multi-disciplinary artist who replicates objects from her childhood in plaster and then draws and paints from these objects. She was born in Iowa and currently lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from New York Academy of Fine Art in 1998 and has received several awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.
Nami Yamamoto is a Japanese artist, working primarily in Installation and drawing concerning ideas of nature and the man made environment. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts in Japan. She has taught at the Moore College of Art and Design here in Philadelphia, as well as had multiple exhibitions throughout the city. She received a Pew Fellowship in Visual Arts in 2009 as well as received a Fellowship Residency at the International Studio School and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn.
Jerome Witkin is considered to be one of today's premiere narrative painters. His largely figurative paintings deal with political themes such as the Holocaust, torture and the AIDS crisis. He has been a professor at Syracuse University since 1971 but has also taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Manchester College of Art, and Moore College of Art. His paintings have been shown in over 100 exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn, and the Uffizi. He is also the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Aurora Robson is a multimedia artist known predominantly for her transformative work intercepting the waste stream with plastic debris, excess packaging and junk mail. Robson was born in Toronto and received her BA at Columbia University in 2000. Robson lives and works in New York. She is the founder of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, architects and designers dedicated to working with plastic debris to reduce the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans.
Sue Coe is an English artist and illustrator, working mainly in illustration and printmaking. Her work is known for being highly political, thematically dealing issues of capitalism and cruelty to animals. She studied in the Royal College of Art in London before immigrating to the United States where she taught at Parsons School of Design and Pratt University. Coe has won many awards for her published books and art including the Outstanding National Activist Award and a Genesis Award.
Chitra Ganesh, of Indian ethnicity and born and brought up in the U.S., garners her inspiration from a rich palette of references. Her works are centered on mythologies and epic narratives of Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist origin as well as more contemporary visual expressions from Bollywood, 1960s psychedelia, science fiction, feminist fanzines, and comic books. Chitra Ganesh received her BA from Brown University in 1996 in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics and her MFA from Colombia University in 2002. She has shown all over the world and In 2012 she was the recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
Daniel Arsham’s multimedia practice transcends the lines between architecture and performance art, using sculpture to challenge our perceptions of physical space. His work is often described as an exploration of issues of the natural versus the manufactured world. Arsham attended Cooper Union and currently resides in New York city. Arsham has shown at such institutions as PS1 MOMA, the Athens Biennial, the New Museum, and the Carré d'art at Nîmes in France. His show Reach Ruin is currently up for view at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia.
Heiko Blankenstein is a German artist currently living and working between Berlin and Switzerland. He received his Certificate in 1997 and his MFA in 1999 from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work connects ideas of flora and fauna with modern technology. Concerned with traditional modes of drawing and printmaking, he explores the self-consciousness of these media and the idea of sound and song as a metaphor for human experience. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in collections around the world.
Ann Agee, long known as a figurative ceramicist, explores the intersection of domestic space and art production, merging decorative and fine arts and playing with historical conventions of art as seen through contemporary eyes. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Her work is in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami.
Serena Perrone's work blurs the lines between fact and fiction, the experienced and the imagined. Through imagery that combines painting with woodcut, drawing, silkscreen and intaglio methods, she builds series of works in which different symbolic elements encounter and interact with one another in altered, fictionalized landscapes. She received her BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2003 and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and has shown work at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Swarthmore in 2013.
Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose practice is rooted in deconstructivist philosophies and the perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies and how they are formed. His work focuses on the manipulation of structure and surface while exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture in our lives. He received his MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Pratt, and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. Derrick is also the founding Director and Curator of Rush Arts Gallery and Resource Center.
Ryan Kelly is a Philadelphia multimedia artist who references historical figures and uses pop culture and myth in his allegorical performances and videos. His work features handmade props and sets and uses humor and humility to explore the solitary figure engaged with his own existence through creative labor. Kelly teaches at both the community and collegiate level and is also involved with several puppet theaters and theatrical prop construction for low budget films.
Douglas Irving Repetto’s work includes sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is presented internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/community-oriented groups including dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, Artbots, The Robot Talent Show, and organism: making art with living systems. Repetto is Director of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center and lives in New York City.
Abigail DeVille is an installation artist based in New York City. Her large scale pieces reference canonical sculpture, raise social issues and largely consist of impermanent materials such as recycled lumber and cardboard. She received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her MFA in painting from The Yale School of Art. She participated in the Skowhegan Residency Program in 2007. DeVille was a participant in the art world's first reality television show, Artstar, and culminated with an exhibition at Deitch Projects (N.Y.). She has exhibited at El Museo Del Barrio, Vogt Gallery, Recess Activities Inc., and ICA and partnered with Marginal Utility Gallery in Philadelphia.
Julian Hatton’s whimsical, abstracted landscapes are vibrant and condensed with pigment. Rhythmic forms and passages tease our expectations of space while his sidelong and bird’s eye views create a dizzying dislocation. Hatton finds expression through his forms, and this links his pursuit to a great tradition transcending both concept and craft.
Bohyun Yoon is a native South Korean who studied in Japan and the U.S. His work investigates the images of the human body in terms of identity, sexuality, gender and culture. It also explores the limits of the body and the boundaries of communication through genres of installation, performance, and video.
Lenka Novakova explores qualities of space, architectural environments and installation by means of moving light. Light transforms and deconstructs space by marking, occupying, illuminating and dramatically staging it. Light also conditions the way we see our world and the way we feel. She is interested in both light as a medium of perception as well as a medium of representation.
Cameron Fuller’s whimsical, perception-bending installations have appeared at White Flag Projects, the Foundry Art Centre, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Gallery 210 and the Philip Slein Gallery, among other venues. "It's about activating the actual space. There's a warping, a manipulating, that lets the viewer step into a place but be outside of it at the same time."
Hiro Sakaguchi grew up in Tokyo and in his twenties came to America to pursue scholarship in the fine arts. A resident of Philadelphia since 1990, he obtained a Bachelor's degree from The University of the Arts and a Master's from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, developing a style evidently influenced by Western academia and Japanese animation in both technique and subject matter. Taking cues from familiar imagery, his pieces juxtapose rationality into a dreamscape.
Mel Chin is a conceptual artist who is motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances. He works in a variety of art media to calculate meaning in modern life. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.
Alyssa Monks’ paintings explore the tension between abstraction and realism, using different filters to visually distort and disintegrate the body. These paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Alyssa lives and paints in Brooklyn.
Nicola Tyson's body of work explores notions of the unconscious while examining self-identity, sexuality and desire. Tyson tends to depict solitary figures against minimal architectural features or an empty background. Represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York, her work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, SF MOMA, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Jordan Griska aims to playfully reveal the shortcomings and failures of contemporary technologies, industries and lifestyles. Through his sculptures, installations, and performance pieces, specific objects are modified and repurposed such as the Grumman Greenhouse in PAFA’s Lenfest Plaza. His work comments on the cultures and industries that produced these objects. Industrial design and engineering constantly inspire Griska’s work, co-mingling with influences of Pop and minimalist explorations of color, form and space.
Drive by Press, a group of printmakers, has traveled the country with their press and their van. Drive by Press was created in 2005 when two artists and printmakers, Gregory Nanney and Joseph Velasquez, met in graduate school and made it their mission to share their enthusiasm for printmaking with audiences everywhere.
Ben Woodward was born in West Philadelphia in 1974 and is a founding member of the artist collaborative Space 1026. He has shown everywhere from South Philadelphia to Japan. Woodward's prints can be found wheat-pasted around most neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
Clarina Bezzola was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, where she now lives and works out of her Brooklyn studio. She creates a visual, emotional, philosophical. and psychological maelstrom by combing performance art, fiber, sculpture, poetry, and song. Bezzola has become a world-renowned artist through her international performances, exhibitions and reviews.
Alyssa Monks’ paintings explore the tension between abstraction and realism, using different filters to visually distort and disintegrate the body. These paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Alyssa currently lives and paints in Brooklyn.
Michael Krueger, working out of Lawrence, Kansas, serves his community as a progressive thinker, leader, and agent of culture and positive change. His prints and drawings are steeped in culture and often comment on American politics.
Maya Hayuk, a first-generation Ukrainian-American muralist, painter, photographer, printmaker, musician and Barnstormer, maintains a full time, independent studio practice in Brooklyn. Hayuk has an obsession with symmetry and nourishing color play.
Jayson Scott Musson, a.k.a. “Hennessy Youngman,” was born in Bronx, N.Y., received his BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His smart and edgy work, mostly language based, comments on his own interpretations of the art world, politics, sex, racism, and even Star Wars, just to name a few.
Eric Sall, influenced by the history of abstract painting as well as popular culture, explores an interlinking network of visual language. Exploiting the physical nature of paint, Sall’s surfaces evolve as landscapes of intuitive gesture. His composition playfully evokes connotations to everyday experiences of architecture, commercial logos, and computer graphics within its sublime abstraction.
Sangram Majumdar's paintings and drawings are rooted at the intersection of perception and invention, light and form, and the elusive nature of reality.
Virgil Marti received his BFA in painting from the School of Fine Arts, Washington University and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. He works in various materials including fabric, screen printing and sculpture and has exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Biennial, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Elizabeth Dee Gallery. He was a guest curator for the Philadelphia ICA’s exhibit Set Pieces, which restaged objects and art works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
Shawn Barber earned his BFA from Ringling College of Art in 1999 and has paintings held in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. His body of work focuses primarily on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. His pictures balance both meticulous brushwork paired with energizing abstractions of color and line. Barber currently resides in Los Angeles and works as a tattoo and fine artist.
Steve Powers is a graffiti artist who recently partnered with the Pew and Philadelphia’s Mural Arts to create a stunning project called Love Letters. The piece includes more than 50 painted walls that can be seen from the elevated train along Market Street in Philadelphia. The messages, which focus on the complexities and rewards of relationships, have a sincere and visual connection to the different locations they inhabit. In addition to his street work, Powers has exhibited at the Venice and Liverpool Biennials, and Deitch Projects.
Willie Cole is a noted African American sculptor best known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic objects such as shoes, hair dryers and irons. By repeating objects and images, Cole comments on consumer culture and his works can be found in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art and many others.
Naoko Matsubara is a Japanese-born woodcut printmaker and painter now living in Ontario, Canada. She received her BFA from the Kyoto Academy of Fine Art and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work is included in public collections ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago to the White House.
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Lois Dodd is an influential American painter with over 50 solo exhibitions to her credit. Her affinity for representational exactitude is tempered with high-key formalist abstraction, leading critic Hilton Kramer to categorize her work as a mix between Charles Sheeler and Piet Mondrian. She lives and works in Rockland, Maine.
Dennis Campay graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1992 and presently splits his time between Atlanta and the historic neighborhood of San Marco in Jacksonville, Fla. His work can be described as a combination of location, experience of travel, and an urban aesthetic. Campay creates mixed media works and drawings and has been recognized throughout the U.S. and Europe with numerous awards and honors.
Steven Assael was born in New York City in 1957. He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York as well as The New York Academy of Figurative Art. Working from observation, he balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings. Assael is recognized nationally as one of the leading representational figurative artists of his generation.
Michelle Doll was born in Canton, Ohio, and received a BFA from Kent State University and a MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Doll’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and have been featured in shows curated by Eric Fischl, April Gornik, David Salle, and Will Cotton.
Jim Baker is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. His paintings, digital photographs, installations and musical compositions refer to aspects of our past we may prefer to forget while presenting an apocalyptic vision of our not-so-distant future. Baker is currently represented by Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles and has had solo shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, France and Basel, Switzerland.
Ron English is a widely known contemporary American artist known for his irreverent appropriations and reinterpretations of advertising icons and art world historical imagery. A forefather of the underground or "outsider" art movement, English’s work can be seen everywhere from his extralegal "liberated" public billboards to the finest collections and museums in the world. He is the subject of the award-winning documentary POPaganda, the Art and Crimes of Ron English and can be seen in the Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Nato Thompson is a curator at the New York–based public arts institution Creative Time. He has organized major projects such as Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans and the multi-phase national exhibition Democracy in America: The National Campaign. Nato worked as a curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere, a survey of political art of the 1990s. He holds a BA in Political Theory from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Arts Administration from the Art Institute of Chicago.
James Hyde is an internationally renowned sculptor whose work is in the collections of MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art among many others. He won the 2008 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and graduated from University of Rochester. His work often blends sculpture with painting to explore issues of semiotics, deconstruction and multiplication. Hyde is represented in Zürich, Paris and London and also served on PAFA’s fourth wall panel in 2010.
Odd Nerdrum was born in Sweden and studied at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, and later with Joseph Beuys. Guided by the Old Masters, Nerdrum's paintings plumb the depths of the human soul, exploring loneliness, fear, brutality, hatred, sexuality, birth death and degradation with unparalleled virtuosity. Nerdrum's work is in the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway, among others. He is represented by Forum Gallery, New York.
Delphine Poussot is a French-born watercolor painter currently living in Villanova, Pa. Her current paintings seek to capture the natural light and soft movement of still life compositions set in plein air landscapes. Poussot is a member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and serves as a trustee on the Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Stuart Shils, a PAFA alumnus and faculty member, has painted the landscape for over 25 years and his work has been presented in solo shows in Philadelphia, New York, Tel Aviv, Boston, San Francisco and Cork, Ireland. Critical review and commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Art in America, The New Yorker, American Artist and numerous other publications.
Tom LaDuke lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the Artcenter College of Design in Pasadena. He received his BFA from California State University and his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His paintings have several layers usually starting with a film still or reference to another art work, on which he aggressively piles paint to disrupt or re-contextualize the original image. The Los Angeles Times noted “LaDuke exploits a painting's capacity for exposing handmade deceptions.”
Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, which included a year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA from the University of Delaware. Her surreal oil paintings combine pictorial elements of myth, literature and art history to develop deeply unsettling meta-narratives. Carrie is currently represented by Pop Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and works as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka, currently living in Philadelphia, have been collaborating since 2007 to combine immersive video and sound installations. They have worked together on The Soft Epic or Savages of the Pacific Northwest and Black Hole and their work has been exhibited internationally in Paris, Beijing and Japan. They founded Screening, Philadelphia’s first gallery dedicated to works on video and film. Hironaka has a MFA in film from the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches at MICA.
Ken Kewley received a BA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While living in New York City, he was a night watchmen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and considers this a major part of his formal education. Kewley has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, most recently at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, with an upcoming exhibition this November at the Rothschild Gallery in Tel Aviv. His work in included in many private and public collections and has been reviewed in The New York Times, ARTnews, and the New York Observer.
Sharyn O’Mara works in multiple mediums including works on paper, installations and video. Her piece Victim Impact Statement, at Eastern State Penitentiary, focused on the impact of a violent attack on a 45-year-old woman.
Saskia Jordá was born in Venezuela and currently divides her time between Arizona and New York. After receiving her BFA in painting from Arizona State University she went on to receive her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her current art practice is interdisciplinary, including installations, videos, collaborations and performances. Focusing on cultural identity, Saskia states "Having relocated from my native Venezuela to the United States, I became aware of the layers of ‘skin’ that define and separate cultures – one’s own skin, the second skin of clothing, the shell of one’s dwelling place – all these protecting the vital space of one’s hidden identity."
Kiki Smith, born in Nuremberg, Germany is an internationally recognized American artist working in various medias. On exhibit in the Fisher Brooks Gallery as part of Philagrafika, Smith says of her print works, "Prints mimic what we are as humans: we are all the same and yet every one is different. I think there's a spiritual power in repetition, a devotional quality, like saying rosaries.”
Joe Forkan is a figurative and landscape painter who lives and works in Southern California. He was born in New York, and grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where he received his BFA from the University of Arizona in 1989. He received an MFA in painting from the University of Delaware in 2002 and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at California State University Fullerton.
Jenny Drumgoole graduated from Yale with an MFA in photography and lives in Philadelphia. Her five chapter video work Husky, which focuses on themes of ego versus id and incorporates various television and filmmaking genres was exhibited at SoHo 20 Gallery. She has also shown at The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, The Center for Contemporary Art in Israel, the Figge von Rosen Gallery in Germany and the IFC Center in New York.
Lisa Sanditz was born in 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri and received her MFA from Pratt Institute. In describing her richly colored paintings, Sanditz says she investigates the "sublime landscape, locating its essence as much in the commercial as in the natural. I have investigated this through the ways the marketplace and the wilderness intersect, overlap, and inform each other, in such American venues as sports events, shopping malls, residential development, highways, casinos and tourist destinations."
Sarah Stolfa earned her BS in photography from Drexel University in 2005 and her MFA in photography from Yale University in 2008. The work for which she has garnered the most recognition is a portrait series of the regular patrons at McGlinchey’s Bar, where she has worked as a bartender for several years. With this series, Stolfa won The New York Times Photography Contest for College Students in 2004 and several of her photographs were reproduced in The New York Times Magazine. Stolfa is the founder and Executive Director of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region. Artisan books published Stolfa’s work “The Regulars” in June 2009.
Daniel Sprick was born in Little Rock, Ark., and studied at the Ramon Froman School of Art, The National Academy of Design in New York City, and the University of Northern Colorado where he received his BA in 1978. Well educated in the pictorial tradition of art history, Sprick’s influences reach back to Northern European masters such as Robert Campin and Rogier van de Weyden, admiring their ability to render a convincing look at invisible realms and otherworldly occurrences. Sprick has exhibited nationally and teaches at the Art Students League of Denver.
Edgar Jerins was born in Lincoln, Neb., in 1958. By the age of 18, Edgar had received a full scholarship from the Scholastic Art Awards to attend PAFA. Edgar graduated from PAFA in 1980. Also in that year he was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, an international grant for realist artists. Jerins was then able to move to Los Angeles, where he began his portrait career. After his stay in California he returned to the East Coast and continued to participate in group shows where he won many awards, including the Nathaniel Burwash Artist Award in Boston (1997), the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant (2002) and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2004).
Julie Heffernan is known for her lush and sensuous large-scale figurative (and still life) paintings that at first glance seem to have stepped out of either the Italian or Spanish Renaissance or 17th century Dutch genre still-life or grand manner landscape painting. Heffernan has been exhibiting widely for the past two decades including The Korean Biennial, Tampa Museum of Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, The New Museum, The American Academy of Arts And Letters, Kohler Arts Center, and The Palmer Museum of Art, among many others.
Joe Santore, born in 1945 in Philadelphia, earned his BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA at Yale University. His body of work includes many rich, painterly still lifes, but in the 1980s he returned primarily to figure work. Many of his paintings show evocative situations or expressions, which is his method of pulling the viewer into the work, and quite often he pushes the figures forward within the space. Distortions and inconsistencies of perspective also give his work a quality of Cubist jumbling but with a lush, layered palette. Santore is a professor at Bard College in New York.
Zhang Hongtu was born in China in 1943. Most of Zhang's works are mixed media conceptual paintings. Zhang's images have frequently featured a central cutout, the edges of which form the silhouette of an well known cultural icons from both eastern and western culture. After the Chinese government crashed pro-democracy movement, which has been called Tiananmen Square incident, Zhang has intensively created a series of the image of Chairman Mao Zedong as a symbol of pervasive power. These Mao images really made a splash that journals, magazines, advertisers, even trendy fashion houses adopted Zhang's work. Zhang has won many awards and exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Carolyn Healy & John Phillips are collaborative artists based in Philadelphia who produce site-specific multimedia installations. Healy works in the visual realm creating all the sculptural objects in their pieces: she prepares the environment in which they are seen, and does all the lighting of the work. Phillips composes the sound and video components, designs the interactive systems, gizmos and computer programming. Both artists have shown their art collaboratively and separately throughout the country.
Claire Watkins earned her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004 and has exhibited in Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., New York, London and Aichi, Japan. Her kinetic sculptures probe the relationships between the movement and circuitry of organic systems and the synthetic networks constantly acting upon them.
Kai Vierstra received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004 and now lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. His installations, sculptures, videos and two-dimensional works comment on natural processes and the human impulse to understand and control them.
Melinda Stickney-Gibson, based in New York, has a truly dedicated following. She is known nation-wide for her unique and challenging brand of abstract painting. While obliquely narrative, her work is brutally honest and speaks to the soul. Born in Springfield, Ill., she attended Arizona State University, and is currently living and working in upstate New York. Stickney-Gibsonhas shown her work across the nation including an impressive array of one-person exhibitions, selected group exhibitions and many selected corporate collections.
John Miller is a New York- and Berlin-based artist and critic whose large scale installations and junk-based assemblage sculptures speak to the commodification of the art object and cast a suspicious eye on his peers in the contemporary art world. His works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Miller's writings have been published in several books as well as periodicals such as October and Artforum.
Zak Smith’s frenetic, encompassing drawings describe in detail his subjects—the people, environments, and experiences of his life. Meticulous ink renderings and colorful explosions characterize his elaborate pieces. Smith’s work Gravity’s Rainbow (2004) is a compilation of over 700 drawings, one for each page of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. His work was exhibited in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and in the publication Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing.
Zoe Strauss’ raw photographs brilliantly capture the beauty and struggle of everyday life. These images, which often simultaneously convey conflicting emotions, manage to communicate the deep realities of their subjects. Often taken in South Philadelphia, Strauss’s place of residence, her photographs offer beautiful glimpses into the heart of the city. Strauss is well known for her exhibitions under I-95 in Philadelphia, where her photographs can be properly seen within her community.
Kalup Linzy’s video and performance work is extremely well known within an immense range of institutions: from galleries and museums across the world, to YouTube and MySpace. Linzy’s videos—which he writes, directs, edits, and acts in—satirize an equally broad range, from American soap operas and Hollywood films to Nigerian video dramas. His work calls into question constructs of pop culture, sexuality, race, and class. Linzy is a Guggenheim fellow for 2007-2008.
Jon Rubin’s work investigates the behavior of the individual within group environments and the psychology of social and public context. Through a variety of media, frequent collaborations, and participatory elements, Rubin creates absorbing, community-based projects. Rubin has exhibited his work at many institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Nemo Film Festival in Paris, as well as many public locations. Rubin is a 1990 alumnus of PAFA’s Certificate program.
Mauro Zamora explores the landscape in his paintings, drawings, and installations—not particularly the traditional vista, but in how the landscape relates to our world, our history, and our emotions. Zamora’s fascination with the landscape references “what we do with the land, and how we do it.” Zamora is an alumnus of PAFA’s certificate and MFA programs.
Carlos Motta’s work focuses on the individual’s role in society and his or her relationship to the state and the media. Motta challenges usual methods of reading and writing history while alluding to alternate systems of historical interpretation. In his 2008 installation at the ICA in Philadelphia, Motta examined perceptions of governance, U.S. foreign policy, and democracy through an enormous series of photographs taken throughout Latin America and over 300 video interviews with inhabitants of the region.
Emma Amos confronts the post-colonial perspective through bold and colorful mixed-media works. Amos questions commonly held ideas about American history and the depiction of women's bodies as symbols of sexuality and the self in the contemporary world.
Honour Mack's paintings are lush and physical. She uses a varied range of gestural marks to create expansive and abstract forms that reveal internal and external body systems.
Hanneline Rogeberg recognizes the importance of human touch and explores its visual manifestations through her figurative paintings. Rogeberg believes "the body as well as the skin will hold the history of its experience."
Daniela Hoelzl, a philosopher, art critic and curator, is based in Vienna and Dusseldorf and has taught at the the Akademie fur Bildende Kunst in Vienna. Her book of selected essays, Discourses, was published in 1999 by Passagen, Vienna. She has published numerous critical/literary texts in monographs on contemporary artists.
Carson Fox seeks out a beauty that coexists with tension in her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. She uses circumstantial materials to create a fantasy realm composed of both decorative surfaces that provide a feeling of accessibility and contradictory materials that elicit a sense of uneasiness.
Wade Schuman uses the natural palette, articulate spaces, and precise drawing of 19th-century naturalism and surrealism's unsuspecting synthesis of subjects to comment on life, love, and the human condition.
Kelli Connell digitally manipulates her photographic negatives to create intimate scenes in which her models interact with images of themselves. These beautiful, private photographs, that are based on both memories from her own life as well as recollections of witnessed encounters, spark associations from the viewer that question his or her notion of identity within personal relationships and his or her mental construction of belief systems.