In addition to being a full-time working artist, I LOVE when I have the opportunity to curate group exhibitions! Putting together an exhibition- no matter the medium or the venue- is a lot of work but extremely satisfying. I enjoy getting to work with other artists whose work I respect and admire. In 2020 I was appointed to the Lansdowne Arts Board where, despite COVID complications and limited access to our gallery space, I have been serving as Curator/Exhibition Coordinator.
20*20 House Gallery: Lansdowne, PA
While we are still experiencing the effects and ramifications of the COVID Pandemic, it is finally time to start coming back together. The Lansdowne Arts Board is proud to announce an *in-person exhibition at the 2020 House* showcasing original artwork created during the Pandemic.
Among many other lessons, this experience has reminded us how much we value the arts- especially since we lost our access to so much of them during the Pandemic. Whether large or small, public or private, experiential or experimental, art makes a difference in how we live our lives. This is an opportunity to share what we created to help inspire others during this unprecedented period of shared history.
This exhibition aims to showcase work from Lansdowne-area artists of all ages created during their time spent at home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
(Created between March 13th 2020 and June 28th 2021 when the Pennsylvania Department of Health lifted the universal mask mandate).
Featuring work by: Mary Begnardi, Sharon Bloomfield-Hicks, Jeff Brown, Justin Bursk, Cathy Cavalier, Christine Clay-Gorka, Catherine Coll, Virginia Conover, Cara Croke, Nathan Davis, Barbara Dirnbach, Donald Doyle, Linnie Greenberg, Elizabeth A. Hale, Erica Harney, Charlotte Hummel, Jeffrey Kimsey-Carroll, John Kovach, Meagan McGinty, Patricia and Spero Morfesis, Kara Mshinda, Kim Mullay, Lee Muslin, Zach Ozma, Catherine Passante, Lenora Pope aka H-ART Journey, Wallis Randall-Gallagher, Christine E. Ray, Lidisi Rodriguez aka Lidisi Artista, Fay Stanford, Melinda Steffy, Angela Thornton, Caitlin Tricome, Pamela Tudor, Rachel Ann Wentworth, Maura Williams, Christina Wills and Rachel Zervas. Closing reception poetry reading by Ernest Yates.
The Philly Kitty (TPK) is an organization established in order to enrich the lives of abandoned, rescued, and orphaned cats and kittens in the city of Philadelphia that are without shelter, food, medical care, and love. The mission of The Philly Kitty is to save the lives of Philadelphia's homeless cats & kittens by providing temporary foster homes & spay and neuter services, and ultimately, permanent forever homes. This exhibition features Philly and kitty-themed artwork by artists from Greater Philadelphia and beyond.
Featuring work by: Laura Anglemoyer (KittyCat Art Studio), Ren Barnes, Kristen Cherry, Liz Bradley, Corey Compa & Mae Baldacci, Carley Cooperman, Jude Degrave, Mary Jo Fitz, Bob Gorchov, Matthew Hall, Erica Harney, Kellie Hull, Sandy Jones, Diomira Keane, Kaity Lacy Dempsey, Justin Lockley, Juliette Miller, James Newby (Aibis Design), Michael Okum, Lauren Rinaldi, TelenitArt, Jessica Rodgers, Petra Somers, Olivia Vaughn, Solana Warner, Ali M. Williams, Meg Vautour and Michael Yoder
Kenneth Chapman Gallery at Iona College: New Rochelle, NY
#45: Artists Respond to the New Political Climate is a group multimedia exhibition exploring the theme of the responses to the implications of the Donald Trump Presidency. Artists will comment on social, cultural, political, diplomatic and environmental issues leading up to and contributing to the radical swing of the political pendulum as well as actions and policies undertaken by the new administration to address such issues in its first nine months. The artists in this exhibition were individually selected to represent a wide range of demographics including age, gender, sexual orientation, race/heritage, geography and artistic discipline. While their individual backgrounds and political ideologies may vary, what each of these artists has in common is their commitment and dedication to the study of social, cultural or political issues throughout their practice.
Featuring work by John Bowman, Sandra Camomile, Joyce Chan, Paul Chidester, Jamie Disarno, Torrance Fish, Melissa Forkner, Lonnie Graham, Wayne Hall, Erica Harney, Kiana Honarmand, Kara Khan & Ashley Catharine Smith, Keetje Kuipers, Steven Rolf Kroeger, Andrew Purcell, Nancy Rebal, Keith Shapiro, Mat Tomezsko and Randy Williams.
InLiquid presents L'autoritratto: The Original Selfie
The Biddle Building: Philadelphia, PA
It is undeniable that the “selfie” has become a fixture in mainstream culture. Equipped with cameras constantly within arms’ reach and myriad social media forums that encourage personal exhibitionism, our generation is obviously the most documented the world has ever known. As an artist whose creative interests lie in the subjective representations of reality, I find the selfie phenomenon just as fascinating as it is cliché. While the inconceivable amounts of image data describe and define our culture in ways unimaginable just a decade or two beforehand, the ‘accuracy’ of this ‘reality’ requires more than a little skepticism. It doesn’t take a cultural anthropologist to realize (with little effort) that the images we share of ourselves and our lives are very often staged, edited, and/or curated, providing our audience with an extremely idealized- I would even go so far as to say ‘contrived’- sense of our personal reality . ”You think I am _______, therefore I am _______.”
Yet if we rewind to a time before Facebook, before we had cameras in our phones (or before we had cameras or phones at ALL!) we still had the selfie. Only then it was known by its full name: l’autoritratto, or, the ‘self-portrait.’
Artists have been representing their likenesses through drawing and painting since as far back as the fourteenth century and using technology no more sophisticated than mirrors. Among the most iconic of these include Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Renaissance German printmaker Albrecht Durer, Egon Schiele and the contemporary Chuck Close. While the work of these and other self-portraitists share many of the traits and tactics of today’s smartphone selfies (such as a staged environment, pose, costume or countenance) there are fundamental differences in the means, motive and impact of expression. Perhaps the most important (but easiest to overlook) difference between a handmade self-portrait and a selfie is the dimension of time. While a selfie captures a fleeting instant- a moment frozen in digital time- a self-portrait requires time to produce: sometimes up to several hours, weeks, or even years. Meanwhile, the artist in engaged in a conversation with him/herself, their canvas/paper, their mirror/reference photo and is both consciously and unconsciously negotiating the conditions of their self-representation. The artist’s method and work habits, state of mind, state of health, state of finances, choice of medium, time of day, time of year, background noise, artistic influences, chemical influences, geography and genealogy are only a handful of factors that can- and do- affect what and how an artist creates.
The thirteen artists in this exhibition have been selected not only for the quality of their work but for the diversity of personalities displayed. As you enjoy the work in this exhibition, I invite you to consider what the artist communicates about him or herself through the choices they have made in the piece’s color palette, medium, and scale, or the environment they have depicted. Can you infer something about the artist’s mood or emotional state through the kinds of lines or marks they have made? If an artist has multiple works in the exhibition, what differences can you perceive from one piece to the next? Most importantly, consider these works the next time you’re on your preferred social media platform(s).
Featuring work by: Diana Balderson, Barbara Oertel Compa, Corey Compa, Ghislaine Fremaux, Randall Graham, Robert Gorchov, Elizabeth Livingston, Bryan Magonigal, Kyle Andrew Phillips, Lauren Rinaldi, Daphne Smallwood and Randy Williams.
Below are a few assorted images from my years as the in-house Exhibition Coordinator for the Independent Rock School, formerly located in South Philadelphia.
Locations in University Park and State College, PA
Below are a few assorted images from my years as the Exhibition Coordinator for the Penn State School of Visual Arts Alumni Board. Exhibitions took place at the Zoller Gallery in University Park, PA as well as the Maker Space in downtown State College.
Under the Rug: A Look at Institutional Dishonesty
Kenneth Chapman Gallery at Iona College: New Rochelle, NY
Under the Rug: A Look at Institutional Dishonesty investigates trends of institutional scandal and corruption that have been covered up or “swept under the rug.” The implications of such scandals not only reveal flaws in the institutions themselves, but the ripple effect of trust violations and cyclical patterns of power abuse is extensive and chillingly disconcerting. This exhibit will feature the work of fourteen artists from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, California and Ireland covering such topics as the Watergate and Enron scandals, genocide in Rwanda and Penn State sex abuse allegations, as well as various conspiracies, corruption and deception committed by our leaders and icons.
Featuring work by: Bryan Billingsley, John Bowman, Sandra Camomile, Corey Compa, Cindy DeFelice, Erica Harney, Steven Rolf Kroeger, Lucy McKenna, Ted Mikulski, Amy Moosman, Jeff Siegel, William Snyder III, Randy Williams, and Michael Yoder