Jed Williams

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Jed Williams

My Colors, My Joy

Exhibit: January 10 – 30, 2018

Artist Reception: January 16, 2018  5-7 pm

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Jed Williams renews and celebrates his commitment to the power of pure color and unadulterated brushmarks.

A Philadelphia painter, Jed presents recent abstract works which explore the way color, mark-making and texture can redeem the darker aspects of the mind’s soul-searching in today’s disjointed world, allowing us to find joy in the mundane. Jed brings an intense spiritual quality to his work that stems from a purely emotional impulse. A busily, effulgent mix of terse brushstrokes, his paintings reconcile the chaotic atmosphere we live in with a deeply felt preoccupation and devotion to his pure painter’s craft, blending an outsider artist’s mind with academic diligence, while playfully yet intensely transforming abstract painting into a spiritual exercise during this complex moment in America.

Jed Williams was born in Philadelphia, USA, in 1975 and brought up in Paris, France; he is a French and American dual citizen now based in Philadelphia, USA. He graduated from the University of the Arts (BFA in Painting and Drawing, 2000) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Certificate in Painting, 2005), both located in Philadelphia, and has been exhibiting his work in various venues ever since. And, since 2010, he also own/runs Jed Williams Gallery, a contemporary fine arts venue showcasing local, mostly visual 2D emerging and mid-career artists, along with his own art process.

Jed works on his images in different kinds of media: oil paint, acrylic, mixed media; his art stems from a wish to blend a more formalist, expressionistic abstract tradition with a conceptual quest nourished by his interest in the human figure, pop and mythological culture, and different forms of spirituality, along with a dose of whimsy and street art.

Jed has exhibited in solo and group capacity at numerous galleries and art venues in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania, Miami, New York City, Brooklyn and Portland, Oregon. Recent showings include “Jed Williams” a solo show at Soltane Arts  (Phoenixville PA), and “Intersections”, a group show at the International House/Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia (2017).

Artist website: www.jedwilliams.net

Artistic Statement

I work on my images in different kinds of media: oil paint, acrylic, mixed media; my art stems from a wish to blend a more formalist, expressionistic abstract tradition with a conceptual quest nourished by my interest in the human figure, pop and mythological culture, and different forms of spirituality, along with a dose of whimsy and street art.

The images I make simultaneously stem from intense inner turmoil and wonder expressing itself in his fascination with certain objects, images and symbols, which I observe and work from.  The objects, images and symbols I choose to work from possess “loaded” meanings as well  as symbolic societal and cultural connotations. I am  juxtaposing and associating ciphers of meaning by physically bringing these objects, images and symbols together in seemingly illogical yet intellectually and culturally relevant ways, all the while creating my own personal semi-abstract painting style. I select objects to place within  fields of line and color, from within a subtle range of the commonplace, which carry diverse associative meaning.   In a formal sense these objects become islands or anchor points around which my lines flow– a balance is struck between the visceral palette, the active line, the sometimes heavy impasto, and these simply rendered objects so that a whole manifests itself amidst the charm of this luminescent chaos.  A whole which doesn’t neutralize or negate the individual powers of seemingly irreconcilable elements, but harnesses their energy and harmonizes them into a whole without any abnegation.

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Nicole Russo

Graduating Student Art Exhibit

Nicole Russo

Mixed Media

Exhibit: 11/16-12/11/17

Reception and Artist Gallery Talk:
Thursday 11/16/17  6:30-8:30 pm

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Artist Statement

I attempt to push myself in new ways each time I take on a project. I look at making art as a way for me to challenge the previous pieces that I created. I enjoy the struggle of learning a new skill or simply jumping right into an idea that I have. Constantly being presented with hurdles has helped me grow as an artist and as an individual.

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Nayda A. Cuevas

Announcing

Holy Family Art Gallery

Hispanic Heritage Month Event

Nayda A. Cuevas

#Latina: Reclaiming the Latina tag

Portrait of Latin@ Diversity 

Series of 100 Portraits

Exhibit:  10/4-10/30/17

Meet the artist: Wednesday 10/18

 12:00p.m – 2:00p.m

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Artist Statement

 #Latina: Reclaiming the Latina tag allows exploration to discuss Western society’s view of the myth/stereotype of the Latina woman. The series consists of 100 selfie portraits measuring 3”x5” of those women whom posted their selfies on the Tumblrblog. Reclaiming the Latina Tag blog exists on the social media Tumblr and the creator encourages woman to post selfies of a non hyper-sexualized image of what it truly means to be or look like a Latina. By re-presenting the quickly created selfie with a more traditional, time sensitive painting approach and hanging it on an art gallery wall, I want viewers to also slow down and more deeply engage the politics of identity negotiated in a portrait, from ethnic identity to social activism. My portrait paintings represent a journey in my continuous search to make connections with the people around me. Exploring my identity produces a visceral exchange of personal and political identity while cultivating an awareness of “otherness.”

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Peter Morgan

Announcing

Holy Family Art Gallery

Birds of a Feather

sculptures and works on paper by

Peter Morgan

Exhibit: 9/1-9/27/17
Reception: Wednesday 9/20 12:00-2:00

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The Holy Family University Gallery is pleased to present Peter Morgan’s:

Birds of a Feather

Peter Morgan is a native son of Virginia, with a MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and notable residencies include the Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. Currently, Peter maintains his studio in Phoenixville, PA. In 2016 Peter was selected as one of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist awardees, and was the 2016 recipient of the Victor Spinski Award. He is a founding member of an artist run space in Philadelphia called Practice, which focuses on performance, participation, and experimentation. Peter has taught at Cal State Long Beach, Gettysburg College, Tyler School of Art, and for the Claymobile in Philadelphia. His work is in notable collections including the Shein Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and the Toki Collection.

Artist Statement

My work is an exploration of the world through an investigation of location, representation, perception, taxonomy, and language. The pieces challenge what we know, and how we know it, through an illustration and celebration of cultural mythologies. The subjects are often archetypal depictions focusing on idealized understandings and desires of the subject, rather than their actuality. I think of my sculptures as platonic ideals collaged from a global encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is a place, where in theory all the information in the world is kept in a concise and easy to read format. Much in the same way as a viewer may initially approach my work. Frequently I utilize shifts in scale, transforming everyday objects into vast landscapes, and conversely converting massive objects into toy-sized replicas. Through this macro/micro shift, the work compares experiences with such objects to representations via books and popular culture. Viewing the world though the lens of the absurd, I seek to challenge our cognitive processes, by creating connections between often seemingly disparate topics. Through the use of puns and analogies I create links between seemingly disparate entities via language and categorization. I am interested in how the mind makes connections and fills gaps of information to create a cohesive vision. Even though the vision may be absurd or fantastical, though these explorations I hope to come to a greater understanding of the world, how it is constructed, and why.

Please join the Holy Family Art Gallery at the artist reception.

Holy Family University Gallery is on the Lower Level of the Sister Francesca Onley Education and Technology Center.

Contact: Pamela Flynn pflynn12@holyfamily.edu

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Kelly Greene, Iesha Liberato, Christina Little

Graduating Students Art Exhibit

Exhibit: 4/24-8/1/17

Reception and Artists Gallery Talk: Tuesday 4/25/17  6-8pm

ARTIST STATEMENTS

Kelly Greene

I have always been drawn to both trees and human faces. I love finding that both in trees and in faces you will never find two that are exactly alike. It is the diversity of them that I love, and the never ending possibilities that I can create.

Another reason I focus on trees is because of age: they live so long. If they could tell stories I always wonder what they would say. For every tree I create I have a story that goes along with it. I create the events that occur around them.

The heads I have made also have their own stories. I have always wanted to write a book and these faces are the characters I have envisioned and created to go into my story. They all have their own personality to me. Another reason I have created the heads is because I find mystery surrounds the elderly. I want to know what they have experienced and who they were in the past before I have come to know them. The same goes for the young, but instead of their past I wonder about the events that have not passed yet in their life and who they will become. Every line in a face and every sparkle in an eye have a story behind them that makes the person who one is and it makes me wonder about everyone I meet. Time and age fascinate me and that is why I have focused on both trees and faces.

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Iesha Liberato

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Christina Little

Art is a way to express yourself, and bring out the beauty that we fail to see in our everyday lives. In my paintings I displayed the beauty in nature and the human figure to show how they relate to one another and how we fail to see how much they co-exist. Our body is our canvas and each part of it is beautiful in its unique way. Displaying how our body relates to nature shows that we are one with nature. Each of these pieces is the reflection of the self and how you are able to find your own inner piece. My sculptors bring both the pain and also the joy to the eyes of the viewers in Togetherness, and Fetal Position. It is difficult for individuals to talk about their past life, so they personally have to find their inner strength to overpower their struggles. This is why some of the work displays happy content to show that we can find inner peace and, in essence, find our inner self and positivity in our lives.

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Katelyn Scherber and Ashley Shackleford

Announcing

Holy Family Art Gallery

Graduating Students Art Exhibit

Ashley Shackleford

Katelyn Scherber

Exhibit: 4/7-4/21/17

Reception and Artists Gallery Talk:
Tuesday 4/11/17  5-7pm

Split Personalities

By Ashley Shackleford

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Artist Statement

This art exhibit shows both of my personalities. When looking at my artwork hanging on these walls you will feel so many emotions all at once. All of the bright colors I have used will bring you much happiness while the darker tones I used may bring anger. Emotion is a huge aspect of art and can vary in many ways. Everyone’s emotions are different.

The colors I have chosen are very bright and vibrant to reflect on the American Traditional style of tattooing. I have made four complete designs; one painting and one print to go with each. The paintings show big bold lines as well as color, while my prints are black and white and consist of very thin strokes that show more detail. I thoroughly enjoy the field of tattooing and love to incorporate it into my artwork. Tattoos are a way for one to express oneself through body ink. Tattoos make you unique and show off your creativity; which to me is an amazing thing.

My other artwork that is shown shows off my athletic abilities. I love being in the gym and staying in great shape. I conducted my own little business called Body By Shack, as a personal trainer. Being able to continue pursuing my goals in the gym while helping others achieve theirs, is perfect for me. I made business cards, a t-shirt, flyers, and a website for those who are interested. On the shirt that I made, I added my business logo so my clients would be able to show off their new workout clothes and start to feel great in their own body. Art and the gym are two of the most important things in my life besides my family. I can always lean back on both to relax or to collect my thoughts. I wouldn’t want it any other way. -Ashley Shackleford

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Pain then Love

By Katelyn Scherber

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Artist Statement

There are two parts to my show, pain and love.

Pain: I was asked a question my freshman year of college. It was, “What sparks a particular emotion to you?” and my first initial answer was pain. My father was a heavy smoker that (at the time) made me angry and hurt that he chose cigarettes over his own health and well-being. All that pain from him choosing to smoke then to actually want to live his life, was brought out in a lot of my work. After he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, all my hate and anger turned in to complete pain. After a year of dealing with the pain, I decided to try and turn my art around and focus on what I love. Within all these works, you’ll begin to notice the different mediums used to express my emotions in many different ways.

Love: My last cigarette painting was a watercolor painting where the smoke turned into butterflies. It was painting that finally made me realize that it’s time to start focusing on my happiness and myself. In my Printmaking II class, I created five different animal faces. Although it is not as personal as my cigarette pieces, drawing all the animals allowed me to open up the more positive side of me. I find the beauty in all the wild creatures I drew. Lions are strong and have beautiful manes. Giraffe are tall and always rise up when they are down. Goats are independent but still have a sense of personality. Foxes are cunning and can have beautiful coats. But there was one animal that isn’t as wild. This is more of the personal side that I wanted to incorporate. The dog is a symbol of loyalty and after having a very difficult summer; I was still able to come home to my dog who would be there for me on my darkest days. He would give me a sense of protection when I needed it. Moving on to the four magazine covers, they are about being me, living as a student-athlete on a college campus. It became a routine of watching what I eat and how much I can afford to buy. The irony in my work comes from how college students, who can have the busiest of schedules as they study so they can get a job to afford “luxurious” food but can only find time to eat and afford quick, cheap meals. –Katelyn Scherber

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