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Coming This Fall: Artist Interviews

Because of the Coronavirus the HFU Art Gallery will be closed-but we will be featuring artist interviews every month during the shutdown.

Phoebe Murer

Water Play World Wide

An exhibition of mixed media works

January 10 through January 29, 2020

Reception: Wednesday, Jan.15, 2020 – noon-2:00 pm


Artist Bio

Phoebe Murer is an artist, and writer born and raised in Philadelphia. She received her Certificate of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in Painting, a bachelor’s in Psychology/ Pre-Art Therapy at Arcadia University, and a Masters in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Arcadia University. She has assisted in and led art activities at many schools and centers. She currently works at a school for children with autism. Her specialty is working with people on the spectrum as she is also on the spectrum. Phoebe shows her art regularly at different coops, craft fairs, and cafes and has won various awards for her art including the 2012 INAP (International Naturally Autistic People) award for visual arts, 2015 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award, the 2015 ANCA Network for Community Achievement and the 2016 INAP award for Community Achievement.

She is a mixed media artist who does 2D and small 3D mixed media pieces, photography, drawing, printmaking and oil painting on a variety of interests, whether it’s dreamlike swimming pools, pets, dark themes involving illness and social problems, political issues, or entertainment themes. She travels all over the world and takes photos of the most surreal looking landscape, pools and water parks to paint from. She has had a life long love for bodies of water.

Her inspirations are David Hockney, Salvador Dali, Red Grooms, Toulouse Lautrec, and Edvard Munch for Visual Artists, and for literature, writers who are trauma survivors or have some sort of disability.


Artist Statement

I am a free spirited sensory oriented artist. What attracts me to art is the use of colors and texture. I have loved being in water all my life. When I was little, I never went to any water parks but went to some small scenic pools. Some of the swimming pools were natural in a sense they were connected to bodies of waters. Over my life time, I traveled all over the world and always had a desire to swim especially in the summer. What was missing from my childhood was the chance to go to water parks or fancy swimming pools with water slides and high dives. I did not experience either until I was thirteen and remember feeling like I was in Disney World when I went to one.  As an adult I take advantage of going to such places when I stay in a place nearby.  My process is I travel to different water parks, natural pools, hot springs or any fun scenic swimming pool or hole and take lots of pictures and use them as references when I paint those scenes.  I love exploring with the different colors and texture of the water when I paint pools and water parks and theme park scenery.  I love exploring the twisting shapes and colors with the water slides at various water parks I go to. My oil paintings typically are vibrant and are inspired by Salidore Dali, and David Hockney.



Gary Cadwallader


An exhibition of watercolors

November 8th through December 2, 2019

Reception: Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

noon-2:00 pm

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Gary Cadwallader of Warrensburg, MO, will have a solo show of approximately 25 watercolors at Holy Family University, Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Cadwallader is a board member of Watercolor USA and currently edits their newsletter.  He received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1972 but only began painting professionally in 2011 after a long career as a computer analyst. He also sits on the boards of Mid-Missouri Artists Inc. and the Sedalia Visual Arts Association.

Artist Statement

 Images at the very front of a painting seem to reach out, as if they are trying to touch the viewer. There seems to be more depth created when one must peer around an object in order to see to the background of a painting. I am not interested in a single point of interest but want complexity and visual rewards anywhere the viewer might look.

I want my paintings as large and as bright as possible. They are not meant to fade into the background but to reach out to you. The paintings may seem realistic, but there is a kind of dance between the abstract marks one makes and viewer and so, I want my paintings to be extroverts. I’m fine being a wall flower, but the paintings must stand up and shout, to reward the viewer so that people never leave a room without having to look at my painting one more time.

Nicole Foran Stumbling an exhibition of mixed media work

Nicole Foran’s Solo Art Exhibition Opens at Holy Family University

This October, Holy Family University will be hosting Stumbling, a solo exhibition of mixed media work by nationally recognized artist, Nicole Foran.   Originally from Canada, Nicole Foran has been living and working in the United States for the past 13 years and recently became a U.S. citizen. She is currently employed as an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Middle Tennessee State University. 

Nicole Foran earned her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2008, with an emphasis in Printmaking and Drawing. Her work combines both art practices and introduces design elements inspired by the domestic arts, such as quilting and embroidery. Visitors to the gallery will be struck by the use of color and texture that connect this complex series of paintings, prints, and collages. Regarding work created for this exhibition, Foran states, “ I am juxtaposing my youthful fantasies against my experiences navigating societal perception, gender norms, and expectations.”

She is thrilled to be selected for the exhibition which is scheduled for October 4th to October 29th with an opening reception on October 9th from noon to 2 pm.  The artist will be in attendance and will provide an artist talk.

About Artist Nicole Foran:

Nicole Foran lives and works in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Her artwork is exhibited internationally, with recent exhibitions in South Korea and Canada. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Sheriday College in Wyoming and she will be presenting her research on non-verbal communication at the national SECAC conference in Chattanooga and the 2020 International Conference on the Arts in Society in Galway, Ireland.

Graduate Program Art Therapy Students

Exhibiting Graduate Students

Juli Adrams

Darian Fiorenzo

Kristie Kauker

Erica Longobardi

Kelly Segaline

Ashley Walters

 Exhibit: 9/7-9/29/19

Reception: Thursday 9/12 6:00-7:00


Erica Longobardi

Artist Statement

                       Many individuals describe PTSD or traumatic-related experiences as “being shattered or have a broken sense of reality or of the self”. This piece portrays a genderless being ripping open the mind in attempt to release all of the tormenting thoughts, feelings, and disturbing memories that have shattered one’s belief in a world that is no longer a safe place. These experiences have become one’s reality. There is a stigma associated with mental illness, and a constant fear in illuminating the realities of the struggles we face daily. This piece is my attempt to challenge the stigma by portraying intense emotions through the dark and light contrast in colors, imagery, and utilization of the negative space in hope of starting a conversation about these struggles. This piece is invasive and sheds light on the dark areas of life that we tend to “sweep under the rug” and try to keep silent. Pain is a reality that we all face, but when we experience something traumatic, our mind and body, prevent us from moving forward. We live life as if this experience is happening over and over again. Any trigger, including a smell, sound, touch, can send us into a flashback that becomes impossible to control. This is the reality of PTSD. This is how I experience it. This is my reality. I hope to show you that you are not alone. It is okay to struggle; you do not have to remain silent.


Ashley Walters

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Juli Abrams


Kelly Segaline

Artist Statement

You’re so much prettier when you smile

Act like a lady

You’re too emotional

You’re too bossy

You shouldn’t of drank so much

Well your dress was too short, what did you expect

I bet you were so pretty when you were younger

I was giving you a compliment bitch

You don’t want to get married and have children

That skirt is distracting me

You’re a milf

You play like a girl

You have a pretty face if you just lost weight

Real women have curves


I am not a feminist artist.  I am an artist.


Kirstie Kauker

Artist Statement

For the longest time, probably since I started making art, I always felt the need to draw something. That “something” mostly consisted of everyday items and objects that were easily identifiable to anyone viewing my art. In my undergraduate career, I poured myself into my pencil drawings which usually were composed with human figures. Although I was familiar with abstract art and design elements, they never really were incorporated into my work because I was so enamored by figure drawing.

As I approach the end of my graduate school career, I realize now that this need to draw something whether it be the human figure, a still life or a landscape, has dwindled. While I still enjoy drawing, I now think less about connecting with the potential viewer of my art by giving them an image they can understand. I am more drawn to creating art for me and using the art making process to explore materials and process my own feelings about making art. I also want to challenge myself to be uncomfortable with art making and new materials and media so I can sympathize with clients that I encounter in my career as an art therapist. I enjoy drawing something daily because it makes me feel connected to my creativity without the pressure of having to display the techniques I learned in my studio classes. I hope that I can use drawings like this as an example to future clients that you can always draw something if it’s an expression of you.


Darian Fiorenzo



Holy Family Art Gallery

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Exhibit: 2/5-2/27/19

Reception: Wednesday 2/27 12:00-2:00

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Artist Statement

My practice is primarily three-dimensional with two major focuses: large, physically immersive installations, and smaller sculptural works-each containing hybrid architectures as their subject matter.

This series of works submitted comprise an ongoing rumination on cognitive dissonance and frustrated desires conveyed through an architectural lexicon.

These scale-model replicas of brick building fragments and brick masonry facades catalogue a range of ‘vignettes’ that have been culled from my experience living in a rust-belt city (Buffalo, NY) for more than a decade. These scenarios often hearken back to a once more prosperous or energized age. In addition to the aesthetic appeal that these fossilized traces contain-there is a rich metaphorical vein that transcends the visible and evokes a sense of absurdity, pathos, and psychological unease. In this grouping of works- disconnected ladders, blocked windows, shadows of former structures, detached floor plans, collapsed walls, eroded roof-lines, and bloated surfaces shrug off their originally designed roles and stand as petrified strata which seem to gently mock the beholder

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

Jonathan Clyde Frey


Holy Family Art Gallery

Middle Ground

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Jonathan Clyde Frey

Exhibit: Nov. 2 to Dec. 2, 2018

Reception: Wednesday 11/7/18 12:00-2:00


Artist Statement

In short, this work explores American identity, focusing on iconic representations of the United States and the myths, clichés, and stereotypes they often come to represent. However, I am also interested in examining this work through the lens of Middle Ground, commonly defined as: an area of compromise or possible agreement between two extreme positions, esp. political ones. It strikes me as odd how complex issues are typically stripped down to two positions. In our present political climate, I am more interested in contemplating the gray areas in between.

Jonathan Clyde Frey is an artist and designer whose work broadly explores the influences of ideology on contemporary culture. Jonathan has earned degrees in art & design from the University of Dayton, the University of Florida, and the Pratt Institute, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Bucknell University.

  • 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