September- Connections-Mixed Media Group Exhibit by Women’s Caucus for Art-Philadelphia Chapter: Exhibit 9/3-9/29, Reception 9/9 6-8pm http://phila-wca.blogspot.com//
October- Dealing With Trauma- Juried group exhibit: In conjunction with Holy Family Counseling Psychology panel discussion, The Many Facets of Trauma: Exhibit 10/3-10/29, Reception 10/9 7-9pm, Panel discussion 6-7
November- Asia Birch Senior Exhibit dates: TBA
December- Matthew Stemler-Procession: Exhibit 12/2-1/6, Reception 12/9 6-8 pm http://matthewstemler.com/resume
February- Jing Zhou-“Ch’an Mind, Zen Mind: Visual Meditations On The Ultimate Reality And Absolute Calmness: Exhibit 2/4-2/28, Reception 2/10 6-8pm http://www.jingzhoustudio.net/index2.php
March- Carole Loeffler- Quietude: Mixed Media: Exhibit 3/4-3/29, Reception 3/24 6-8 pm http://www.caroleloeffler.com/carole_loeffler/portfolio/portfolio.html
April-May- Senior Exhibits: Kasey Moore, Kayla Cummons, & Ariella B Tompakov, Dates TBA
Mixed Media Group Exhibit by Women’s Caucus for Art-Philadelphia Chapter
Exhibit 9/3-9/29, Reception 9/9 6-8pm
Connections, a group exhibition by members of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, will run from September 3 – 29, 2014. The Artists talk and reception is Tuesday, September 9, 6 – 8 pm.
This exhibition of seven artists explores the connections between the personal and the political, the present and the past, and the human form and the natural world.
Rosalind Bloom connects past and present through her collages referencing Leonardo da Vinci, Cezanne and Duchamp, while Jude Lang considers childhood memories, giving them both personal and communal significance. Laura Petrovich-Cheney and Kristin Osgood Lamelas concern themselves with the landscape from the vantage point of their own bodies: one through the lens of a camera with an eye towards environmental responsibility and the other through her (and her husband’s) own biological cells, maps, paint and wood.
Simone Spicer also exhibits concern for the natural environment through her choice of sculptural materials—discarded cardboard and plastic milk jugs—and ties that aesthetic to the human form. Claire Giblin utilizes mapping as well, her abstracted figurative paintings acting as documentation of her wanderings through ancestral history. Finally, Virginia Maksymowicz’s hand-colored prints tie together the physical and metaphorical; they look at the literal incorporation of women’s bodies into the structure of fountains, and the connotations inherent in using those figures to facilitate the flow of water.
Dealing With Trauma
Juried group exhibit: In conjunction with Holy Family Counseling Psychology panel discussion, The Many Facets of Trauma
Exhibit 10/3-10/29, Reception 10/9 7-9pm, Panel discussion 6-7
Thirteen artists from across the US are exhibiting work that addresses the fact that the making of art images can have a therapeutic effect. Through image making an artist can release energy, explore inner thoughts and discover personal dimensions.
Exhibiting Artists: Jennifer Bell, Amanda Budreau, Kimberly Callas, Theresa DeSalvio, Rachel Elise, Colleen Fitzgerald, Mia Halton, Judith Hugentobler, George Lorio, Maria Lupo, Nevin Price-Meader, Rahshia Sawyer, Hannah Sheridan.
A. S. B.
Exhibition dates: November 4, 2013- November 14, 2013
Artists Reception: Tuesday, November 11, 2013 7:00 – 9:00 PM
All of the pieces are inspired by the fashion industry. I have always had a deep love and respect for the fashion industry and I wanted the work that I created to reflect that. The paintings are inspired by my sketches, and the collaged works are from pictures that I have taken in the city of Trenton, New Jersey and from the neighborhood where I live.
The sculptures are a series of gowns designed from the inspiration of a runway show. Each gown is more detailed and dramatic than the last, leading to the finale gown, which is in the shape of a ball gown. The sculptures have fuller figures because I wanted them to represent a more realistic body type.
School District of Philadelphia Student Art Work
Exhibition dates: November 17, 2014- November 25, 2014
Artists Reception: Thursday, November 20, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Matthew Stemler-Mixed Media
Artist Reception 12/9 6-8 pm
Matthew Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a B.F.A from Temple University, Tyler School of Art with a Sculpture Major, and an Associates Degree in Commercial Art, from Antonelli Institute of Art. Matthew is currently the Fine Arts Department Coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the ACSI Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.
Matt’s art often joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature’s processes like shifting, sorting and balancing. It stems from earlier experiences with a family run machine shop and farm life. Installations designed by Matt use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces. Many sculptural objects are accented with mechanical components evocative of a farmer’s inclination to tinker, adjust and invent.
His drawings investigate non-representational mark-making through dense layers of diverse textures and forms. They are often made in charcoal or colorful combinations of watercolor with chalk pastel. Narrative elements in the drawings link to notions of labor and endurance.
Exhibitions of his work include the James A. Michener Art Museum, The Myrtle Gallery and Art in City Hall. Matthew’s installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.
Sculptures &Works on Paper
Exhibit: January 5 through February 5, 2015
Artist Reception: January 20, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
Bryan Rasmussen is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and elegant sculptures that incorporate tension and contrast in their design.
Bryan Rasmussen lives and creates his art in Chattanooga, TN and has been an artist in the Southeast for more than 10 years. Regarding this art show Rasmussen stated “I am very pleased and gratified to be chosen by the Holy Family University Art Gallery for this solo show. It is nice to be recognized in one of the great art scenes of the world (Philadelphia). ”
About Artist Bryan Rasmussen: Bryan Rasmussen lives and works in Chattanooga, TN. His artwork is represented in Private collections of art collectors and other institutions across the country, including the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA and Volkswagon Manufacturing Plant in Chattanooga, TN.
Artistic Statement: Simplicity, precision and tension are properties that I explore in my work. I find these properties in nature spending time outdoors studying the things that I find on hikes such as seed pods and animal bones. It is fascinating to see the geometry of a seed pod that has burst open, to view that each part of the pod can be put back together to reform the whole. The way bones fit together to shift and slide to make movement possible also informs my work.
I have chosen a very simple, direct approach to express my observations through my work. I start with a three-dimensional representation of a straight line. I slice the line one or more times, opening it like a seed pod and let the pieces slide and shift, like bones. The new form that these actions create becomes the sculpture. Old work inspires new work, this keeps the series constantly growing becoming more and less complex, but always moving forward, exploring simplicity and precision to make an elegant work of art.
Ch’an Mind, Zen Mind: Visual Meditations on the Ultimate Reality and Absolute CalmnessExhibition: February 4th–28th, 2015
Artist Reception: 6–8pm, February 10th, 2015
This body of work reflects Zhou’s spiritual experience through one of the most widely held oriental philosophies—Ch’an, also known as Zen. Ch’an’s profound wisdom/teaching and Western art inspired these images. Every image in this series carries a unique philosophical concept with different aesthetic approach. She would like to communicate to her audience Ch’an’s subtle atmosphere of Emptiness and Calmness by developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas. All images are high quality digital prints incorporating traditional art forms, such as photography, painting, printmaking, and drawing.
Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is a multimedia artist, designer, and professor at Monmouth University, New Jersey. As an Asian woman artist living in the Western world, she is aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, her artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and her inner voyage. Jing’s work has been widely shown and collected internationally, including Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Asian Cultural Center, New York; British Computer Society, London; SIGGRAPH Art Gallery; Royal Institution of Australia; Danish Poster Museum; Athens Video Art Festival, Greece; Taksim Republic Art Gallery, Istanbul; FILE, Sao Paulo; Mundaneum, Belgium; Brown University; Korea Visual Information Design Assn.; Goethe Institute Alexandria, Egypt; public collection of the WRO Media Art Center, Poland; Waikato Museum, New Zealand; SDAI Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego; and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. She is also a Gold Medal recipient of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, Gold Winner of the American Design Awards, and Prize Winner of IFUW Poster Competition in Geneva.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Jing Zhou
As a Chinese woman artist living in the Western world, I am aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. My understanding of Chinese philosophies has shaped my thinking and conduct. The prudent and contrary-minded Taoist beliefs, the attached-to-the-earth reality of Confucianism, and the sudden enlightenment and intuitive insights of Zen are the foundation of my life. On the other hand, Western culture has inspired me and opened new ways of thinking.
Developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas, I create artworks for the stories and aesthetics of each image, and for making visible those concepts which reflect my personal experiences. I want my viewers to look at my images through magical windows into a deep secondary space.
Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, my artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and my inner voyage. Creating artwork required me to realize my nature, re-study my culture, and adapt new thinking, which resulted in a new perspective on life. It has also challenged me to constantly solve visual problems, learn new techniques, and explore the splendid human heritage. My images form a visual communication that interacts in several collective dialogues. These dialogues are between eternity and transience, oneness and variety, existence and emptiness.
Beyond various techniques and conceptions, the process of creating and making art has enchanted me. At the core of my art-making is an attempt to attain moments of transcendence, to reach the artless-art, emptiness, and egolessness. My artistic creation is a process of deciphering my life journey.
Exhibit: March 4-March 29, 2015
Artist Reception: March 24, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
“Quietude” a solo exhibition by Carole Loeffler
Pausing, thinking, contemplating, Carole spent the last year on sabbatical from her teaching position at Arcadia University making a new body of work inspired by the surroundings in and outside of her home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. She busied herself in her studio laboring for hours over repetitive artistic tasks. The motions, actions and processes utilized create an abundance of works that show an accumulation of time, dedication to a variety of ideas and a commitment to making. She has long been interested in the color red and all the meaning and baggage that the color carries with it. This exhibition will bring together a variety of sculptural pieces employing the color red. The work in “Quietude” requires the viewer to pause, reflect, and enjoy a moment of awe and wonderment.
Kayla Cummons- ABC’s
Senior Student Graphic Design
Exhibition dates: April 1- April 16, 2015
Artists Reception: Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Please come and support this achievement
This exhibit is primarily focused on the basic graphic design fundamentals: color, shape, line, texture, and illustration/photography. I wanted to capture the aspect of these elements and create a successful and aesthetically pleasing series of advertisements for Holy Family University’s graphic design program. These fundamentals are also shown in my printmaking projects to coincide with the advertisements.
Another focus in my show is the branding package for a fabricated cake pop company called Pop’s Cake Pops. The attention this package brings to the viewer is meant to show my communicative skills as well as my artistic skills in order to work with someone and meet their expectations as best as I can.
This show is about my future as a graphic designer, and really starting with the ABC’s and taking it to a level I never thought was possible. As a graphic designer, it is important to know the basic elements that make a successful graphic; whether it is a logo, advertisement, or a print created for a simple visual purpose.
Ariella B Tompakov- Emotional Wreck
Senior Student Art Exhibition
Exhibition dates: April 21- August 3, 2015
Artists Reception: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Truly, art and therapy are both huge passions of mine. Many people do not realize that both emotion and the arts go hand in hand. Art has been something I have been doing my whole life. It has always been an escape for me. While you walk through my exhibit think about what emotions each piece is speaking. Take a step back through your whole life and connect it somewhere into my work. It could be some place or state of emotion that only you understand. I want you to stare at my work and cry. I want you to laugh or even just smile. It should take you on a roller coaster of emotions. I want to make you feel.
Can you feel what I feel?
How does this really make you feel?