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Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterDraw the Line Features Colossal Drawings Addressing the Refugee Experience

2017 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art Recipients: Kelley Donahue (Brooklyn, NY), Joanna Platt (Philadelphia, PA) and Paul Santoleri (Philadelphia, PA)

Curated by: Amie Potsic, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Main Line Art Center

March 6 – April 16, 2017

Artist Talks & Opening Reception: Friday, March 10
Artist Talks: 5:30-6:30 pm | Reception: 6:30-8:30 pm

Artist Workshops:

A Twisting Tale of Burning Truths: Wire Sculpture and Soldering Workshop (Adult Workshop)
Joanna Platt | Thursday, April 6, 6:30-9:30 pm

Signs of Life: A Collaborative Drawing & Painting Experience (Family Workshop: 4+ yrs & adult)
Paul Santoleri | Saturday, May 13, 1-3 pm

Main Line Art Center in Haverford is proud to announce Kelley Donahue (Brooklyn, NY), Joanna Platt (Philadelphia, PA) and Paul Santoleri (Philadelphia, PA) as the 2017 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art. Selected by Members of Main Line Art Center’s Board of Artistic Advisors and Executive Director through a highly competitive application process, Donahue, Platt, and Santoleri will be featured in Draw the Line, the 13th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, on view at Main Line Art Center March 6 to April 16.

Drawing with ink, clay, and conduit, these artists investigate the permeable borders between internal and external matter, perception, and experience. Accessing both intuition and intellect, drawing and memory are the basis for inquiry. Their videos, installations, and sculptures create new worlds that illuminate and activate our galleries to create seductive narratives, uncanny characters, and immersive environments.

Paul Santoleris impressive work will feature a 12’ x 20’ paper drawing as well as wall, floor, and window works created on site that reference our relationship to nature and the harrowing journey of refugees seeking new homes across seas. Raised in Havertown, Santoleri took drawing classes at Main Line Art Center when he was 13 years old. He now travels extensively to make his work and is represented globally in collections public and private.

Now in its thirteenth year, Main Line Art Center is proud to present an annual exhibition in memory of Teaching Artist Betsy Meyer featuring the work of forward-thinking artists who are pushing boundaries within their artistic practice. As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia.
The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.

Approximately three artists are awarded annually. The 2016 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art were Matthew Courtney (Philadelphia), Sun Young Kang (Bryn Mawr), Zahra Nazari (New York) whose work was featured in Transformations, presented at Main Line Art Center in Spring 2016. The 2017 finalists are as follows: Rachel Eng (Pennsylvania), Michael Fischerkeller (Maryland), Michael Froio (New Jersey), Jennifer Hecker (New York), Mison Kim (New York), Erica Loustau (Pennsylvania), Thomas Porett (Pennsylvania), and Adrienne Moumin (Maryland).

The Art Center will host artist talks Friday, March 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The artist talk, reception and gallery visits are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Each of the artists will also facilitate a workshop on their process during the course of Transformations. For more information about these programs, including registration, visit www.mainlinert.org or call 610.525.0272.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterSelf Creation (as the meaning of life) © Kelley Donahue 2014

Kelley Donahue, originally from northern California, is a ceramic, installation, and performance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Initially interested in drawing and painting, Donahue felt limited by the flat rectangle of the canvas and now constructs three-dimensional canvases of any shape using clay, which she then paints. Donahue earned her B.A. in studio art from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Donahue has exhibited her work internationally in venues including T+H Gallery in Boston, MA; the Ceramics & Glass Fair in New York, NY; Launch Pad Gallery in Portland, OR; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada; and Jatiwangi Art Factory in Java, Indonesia. She received the Juror’s Choice Award from Art Centro in Poughkeepsie, NY and the Barbara Rittenberg Fellowship from the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. In addition to her ceramic sculpture and painting, Donahue has collaborated extensively with musicians and video artists to create performances including video projections and sound. Donahue currently teaches ceramics at Jersey City University and maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterPortals © Joanna Platt 2015

Joanna Platt is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose work deals with the ways our interaction with technology has created new configurations of defined space inside our computers and media devices. She received a B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ and an M.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A member of the gallery collective Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Platt has exhibited her work internationally with shows at Galeria Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica; SoHo 20, in NY, NY; Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia; Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia; the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ; the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ; The Shore Institute for Contemporary Art in Asbury Park, NJ; and Artist Run at the Satellite Art Fair in Miami. Most recently, she was an invited artist in Artship Olympia at the Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Platt is an adjunct professor at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ and a sculpture technician at Independent Casting in Philadelphia.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterOmega Warm Garden © Paul Santoleri 2009. Photo by Lu Szumskyj

Paul DiFuria Santoleri is a muralist based in Philadelphia whose drawing installations and wall-sized paintings can be found in city streets around the world including Philadelphia, Paris, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. Santoleri’s work encompasses a variety of media, but endlessly returns to the stories that can be found in the drawn line: etched on a wall, carved in glass, concrete, wood, ink, obsidian, fresco, or color. His focus on the art of line has led him to create works in a wide diversity of situations around the world, and often in public spaces, like his most recent tile mural installation in the Philadelphia International Airport. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The Independence Foundation, Santoleri holds a B.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His work was also included in a monograph published by Criteres Publications in Grenoble, France, which accompanied his first solo show in Paris. Raised in Havertown, Santoleri took drawing classes at Main Line Art Center when he was 13 years old. He now travels extensively to make his work and is represented globally in collections public and private.

Draw the Line, Main Line Art CenterPaul Santoleri in his studio (Philadelphia).  Photo by Amie Potsic 2017

Amie Potsic, curator of Draw the Line, began her tenure as Executive Director & Chief Curator of Main Line Art Center in July of 2012. Prior to that, she served as Director of Gallery 339 and Director of the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia where she curated exhibitions and planned professional development programming for emerging and professional artists. Potsic has curated over 70 exhibitions at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design. Potsic is also an established photographic artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In addition, she is currently Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy.

Main Line Art Center is the community’s home to discover, create, and experience visual art. The mission of Main Line Art Center is to inspire and engage people of all ages, abilities, and economic means in visual art through education, exhibitions, and experiences. Committed to increasing the visibility and accessibility of art, the Art Center presents innovative exhibitions and events in the community, including Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, a Greater Philadelphia-wide celebration of the photographic image and digital media.

Main Line Art Center’s educational offerings for all ages, abilities, and economic means span from traditional to contemporary, and are all held to the highest level of excellence. In 2015, Main Line Art Center received the Commitment to Cultural Access Award from Art-Reach for the Center’s Accessible Art Programs for children and adults with disabilities, now in their 52nd year. Additionally, the Art Center grants over $12,000 in need-based scholarships annually. Last year, Main Line Art Center engaged 21,000 people through classes, exhibitions, and Summer Art Camp, and touched the lives of over 78,000 through Exhibitions in the Community and festivals across the Philadelphia area.

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Explorations

digital3Floating World: Brooklyn Bridge, Nick Pedersen

Digital Explorations of the Natural World:
Main Line Art Center Presents Panorama 2016
Feature Exhibition, Enlightened Earth

 

Through November 5, 2016

Mark DorfJulianna Foster | Nick Pedersen

Curated by: Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center


Panorama Festival & Live Digital Art Presentation with Leo Hylan,
Digital Artist in Residence
Saturday, October 22, 5-9 pm | Free

Enlightened Earth, on view through November 5 at Main Line Art Center in Haverford, explores nature and our complex relationship to its past, present, and feature, through works that engage the photographic medium and digital media by Mark Dorf (New York), Julianna Foster (Philadelphia), and Nick Pedersen (Burlington, NJ).  Curated by the Art Center’s Executive Director and Chief Curator Amie Potsic, Enlightened Earth is the feature exhibition of Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, the Art Center’s 2 month celebration of the photographic image and digital media in contemporary art, featuring over 50 events presented by the Center and its 40+ Partners.
In Enlightened Earth, Pedersen, Foster, and Dorf lead us down a path of multi-layered, multi-media discovery through storytelling, scientific research, and fantastical landscapes. Deeply rooted in environmentalism, Nick Pedersen’s layering of photography and digital media shows concern for the future by depicting the ways in which mankind’s creations have an impact on the planet.  Through photography, video, artist books, and prints, Julianna Foster’s work represents distinct narratives, which are informed by her interest in cinema and storytelling and their relationships to photography. Employing a mix of photography and digital media, Mark Dorf’s work explores the post-analogue experience of society’s interactions with the digital world and its relationship to our natural origins.

Complementing the exhibition, Julianna Foster and Nick Pedersen will both present workshops on their techniques during Main Line Art Center’s Fall Session.  Bookmaking: Self-Publishing 101 with Julianna Foster is on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1-4 pm, and is $90 for Art Center Members, and $98 for non-members.  Nick Pedersen will offer a 2 week workshop, Imaginary Landscapes: Digital Photomontage, on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 from6:30-9:30 pm for $84 for Art Center Members, and $96 for non-members. Advanced registration is required for both via www.mainlineart.org or610.525.0272.

Digital, untiltled20 Mark Dorf 2012untiltled 20, Mark Dorf, 2012

Mark Dorf lives and works in New York and earned his BFA at Savannah Collage of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  He has exhibited internationally at Division Gallery in Toronto, Postmasters Gallery in New York, Outlet Gallery in Brooklyn, The Lima Museum of Contemporary Art, Mobile World Centre in Barcelona, Harbor Gallery in New York, SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, and Phoenix Gallery in New York.  He has been awarded fellowships to artist residencies in Iceland, Czechoslovakia, Peru, New York, and Colorado and received the Mayer Foundation Grant in 2015.  His work has been published in Surface Magazine, Granta Magazine, and FOAM Magazine and has published two monographs on his work:  Emergence (2015) and Translations (2016).  His work is featured in collections at the Deutsche Bank, the Fleet Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Dorf was the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner in 2015 and has forthcoming exhibitions at the Untitled Art Fair in Miami and the Prague Botanical Gardens in Czechoslovakia.

Digital, Once You Were an Island 3 Julianna Foster 2015Once You Were an Island 3 Julianna Foster 2015

Based in Philadelphia, Julianna Foster is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts and has been a guest lecturer at Rowan University and Temple University.  She received a BFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001 and an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in 2006.  Foster was an artist member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2013, where she has had four solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in New Orleans, London, and New York. Solo exhibitions in Philadelphia include the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Painted Bride Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial – Wind Challenge 2013, and Gravy Studio and Gallery.  Select group exhibitions include shows at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Front Gallery in New Orleans, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, and Power Plant Gallery in Durham.  Additionally, her work has been published in Conveyor Magazine, Proof Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, and Good Game Magazine.  Foster was a 2014 artist in residence at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and has participated in international group exhibitions in England, Romania, Spain, Korea, and Bulgaria.

Nick Pedersen is a photographer and digital artist based in the Philadelphia area who holds a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute in New York.  He has exhibited in galleries across the country and internationally, including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, Auguste Clown Gallery in Australia, the San Francisco Center for the Book, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, The Banff Center in Canada, and Art Basel Miami. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as After Capture, Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and Empty Kingdom.  And, he has published two artist books featuring his long-term personal projects Sumeru and Ultima. Pedersen received the Stellar Art Award from Digital Arts California in 2013 and was a Photography Finalist in 2011 for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.  He has recently completed artist residencies at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and the Gullkistan Residency in Iceland.  Pedersen was featured on WHYY’s Articulate in 2016, which includes an interview and footage of his artistic process taking photographs on location in the city of Philadelphia.

Amie Potsic began her tenure as Executive Director and Chief Curator of Main Line Art Center in July of 2012.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Gallery 339 and Director of the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia where she curated exhibitions and planned professional development programming for emerging and professional artists. Potsic has curated over 80 exhibitions at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Moore College of Art & Design. Potsic is also an established photographer and installation artist who has exhibited her work internationally in Greece, Italy, Colombia, and the United Kingdom as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York.  In addition, she is currently Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy.

Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, is Main Line Art Center’s celebration of the photographic image and digital media and their expansive roles in contemporary mediums like digital photography, printmaking, video, film, animation, and gaming design.  Anchored by Enlightened Earth and a dynamic and interactive evening festival and digital art presentation at Main Line Art Center on Saturday, October 22 from 5 to 9 pm, Panorama features over 50 events over the course of 2 months presented by 40+ Partners and the Art Center, including physical and virtual exhibitions, lectures, portfolio reviews, and educational programs held at the Art Center led by accomplished artists who utilize digital technology to deliver the unexpected.  Panorama is supported  in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and PA Council on the Arts, as well as Business Partners Wilkie Lexus, Main Line Today, Philadelphia Media Network, PECO, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Main Line Media News, Merion Art & Repro, and Stage Trip Productions (as of 8/25/2016).  Panorama is DesignPhiladelphia feature event.  For a complete list ofPanorama programs, download the digital guide: www.mainlineart.org/panorama2016.

Main Line Art Center is the community’s home to discover, create, and experience visual art. The mission of Main Line Art Center is to inspire and engage people of all ages, abilities, and economic means in visual art through education, exhibitions, and experiences. Committed to increasing the visibility and accessibility of art, the Art Center presents innovative exhibitions and events in the community, including Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, a Greater Philadelphia-wide celebration of the photographic image and digital media.   Main Line Art Center’s educational offerings for all ages, abilities, and economic means span from traditional to contemporary, and are all held to the highest level of excellence.  In 2015, Main Line Art Center received the Commitment to Cultural Access Award from Art-Reach for the Center’s Accessible Art Programs for children and adults with disabilities, now in their 52nd year. Additionally, the Art Center grants over $12,000 in need-based scholarships annually. Last year, Main Line Art Center engaged 21,000 people through classes, exhibitions, and Summer Art Camp, and touched the lives of over 78,000 through Exhibitions in the Community and festivals across the Philadelphia area.

Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, PA, just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more information about Panorama, please visit www.mainlineart.org/panorama2016 or call 610.525.0272.

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Transformations

Transformations, Main Line Art CenterTransformations At Main Line Art Center

 2016 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art Recipients: Matthew Courtney (Philadelphia), Sun Young Kang (Bryn Mawr), Zahra Nazari (New York)

Curated by: Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center through April 17, 2016

Artist Workshops:

Throwing Forms, Building Sculpture | Matthew Courtney | Tues., April 5, 1-6 pm
Persian Reverse Glass Painting | Zahra Nazari | Sun., April 10, 1-4 pm
Book-Making: 1 Sheet of Paper, 5 Ways | Sun Young Kang | Sat. & Sun., April 16-17, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Main Line Art Center in Haverford is proud to announce Matthew Courtney (Philadelphia), Sun Young Kang (Bryn Mawr; 2015 Finalist), and Zahra Nazari (New York) as the 2016 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art.  Selected by Members of Main Line Art Center’s Board of Artistic Advisors and Executive Director through a highly competitive application process, Courtney, Kang, and Nazari will be featured in Transformations, the 12th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, on view at Main Line Art Center through April 17.

Masters of their primary mediums and inspired by cultural specificity, each artist expands their artistic practice to embrace installation with works that fully engage the audience in constructed objects, the spaces they inhabit, and the concepts they conjure. Through painting, ceramic sculpture, and paper arts, the artists transform, not only their own materials, but the galleries themselves into unexpected environments that dance between the evident and the ethereal.

Now in its twelfth year, Main Line Art Center is proud to present an annual exhibition in memory of Teaching Artist Betsy Meyer featuring the work of forward-thinking artists who are pushing boundaries within their artistic practice. As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia.

The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.

Approximately three artists are awarded annually. The 2015 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art were Seunghwui Koo (New York), Tasha Lewis (New York), and Kate Stewart (Philadelphia), whose work was featured in Tweak of Nature, presented at Main Line Art Center in Spring 2015. 2016 Recipient Sun Young Kang, was a finalist for the award in 2015. The 2016 finalists are as follows: Jennifer Crupi (New Jersey), Christina Day (Philadelphia), Tim Eads (Philadelphia), Michael Froio (New Jersey), Oki Fukunaga (New Jersey), Erica Loustau (Pennsylvania), and Adrienne Moumin (Maryland).

The Main Line Art Center gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Each of the artists will also facilitate a workshop on their process during the course of Transformations. For more information about these programs, including registration, visit www.mainlinert.org or call 610.525.0272.

Transformations, Matthew Courtney

Matthew Courtney is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Philadelphia. He received his B.S. from the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA at Kent State University. He teaches at The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts, and Tyler School of Art. He has received an Ohio Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and was awarded a Challenge Exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial in 2000.  Recent exhibitions include, “On the Precipice” Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia PA 2014, “Artists Musings: An Installation”’ CCC Gallery, Plymouth NH 2014, and “2015 Reflections from the West,” Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou, China.  In 2015, he was selected by the Dunhuang Creative Center, DCC, to spend two months of the summer of 2015 to work as an artist in residence at Lanzhou City University Lanzhou China, “producing work inspired by the rich history and contemporary life of Gansu Province.”

Transformations, Sun Young Kang

Sun Young Kang is a book and installation artist, originally from South Korea, living in Bryn Mawr, PA.  From small intimate books to room size installations, she uses paper with its duality of strength and delicacy to create physical and conceptual space. Kang received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in 2007, and was a fellow of the Center for the Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2015.  A participant in the 2013 Sofia International Paper Art Biennale and the Pittsburgh Biennial in 2008, Kang’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at venues including the Susquehanna Art Museum, Queens Museum, Whatcom Museum, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Ganser Gallery at Millersville University. Her work is also included in the PA State Museum Permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art Franklin Furnace Artist book collection, and in numerous libraries’ special collections.

Transformations, Zahra Nazari

Zahra Nazari is a painting and installation artist, originally from Iran, living in New York, NY.  Nazari received her BFA from the School of Art & Architecture in Tabriz, Iran, and her MFA in Painting/Drawing at State University of New York in New Paltz, NY. She is currently a recipient of The AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, NY and received a Visiting Artist Fellowship from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY and a Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, NY. She has exhibited worldwide at: Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ ; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA ; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran; The Painting Center, New York, NY; Woman Made Gallery & Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, IL.  Forthcoming exhibitions will be presented by the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC; Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT; Penn College in Williamsport, PA; and Von Faunberg Art Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Amie Potsic, curator of Transformations, began her tenure as Executive Director of Main Line Art Center in July of 2012.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Gallery 339 and Director of the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia where she curated exhibitions and planned professional development programming for emerging and professional artists. Potsic has curated over 70 exhibitions at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design. Potsic is also an established photographic artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.  In addition, she is currently Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy.

Main Line Art Center is our community’s home to discover, create, and experience visual art.  A frequent recipient ofBest of Awards for its beautiful galleries and high-quality art instruction, the Art Center’s visual art classes, Accessible Art Programs for artists with disabilities, and contemporary and innovative exhibitions stimulate creativity, conversation, and joy. The mission of Main Line Art Center is to inspire and engage people of all ages, abilities, and economic means in visual art through education, exhibitions, and experiences.  Last year we inspired 16,000 people at Main Line Art Center and touched the lives of over 80,000 through programs in the community.

Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, behind the Wilkie Lexus dealership just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Main Line Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more information about Transformations, please visit www.mainlineart.org or call 610.525.0272.

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Tweak

Tweak of Nature, Seunghwui KooTweak of Nature, Seunghwui Koo, Narcissism, Acrylic on resin, mirror, 12.5” x 48” x 12”, © Seunghwui Koo 2012

Main Line Art Center Presents Tweak of Nature Featuring New York and Philadelphia Artists

2015 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art Recipients:
Seunghwui Koo, Tasha Lewis,  Kate Stewart
 

Curated by Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center

March 9 – April 21, 2015

Artist Talks & Opening Reception: Friday, March 13

Artist Talks: 5:30-6:30 pm | Reception: 6:30-8:30 pm

Artist Workshops:

Piggy’s Treehouse: Story Inspired Sculpture Family Workshop
Seunghwui Koo | Saturday, April 11, 10:30 am-12 pm

Piggy Bank Family Workshop
Seunghwui Koo | Saturday, April 11, 1-2:30 pm

Alternative Drawing Techniques Adult Workshop
Kate Stewart
| Saturday, April 18, 1-4 pm

Sun Print Magnetic Butterflies Family Workshop
Tasha Lewis | Sunday, April 19, 1-4 pm
HAVERFORD, PA Main Line Art Center in Haverford is proud to announce Seunghwui Koo (New York, NY), Tasha Lewis (New York, NY), Kate Stewart (Philadelphia, PA) have been named recipients of the 2015 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art.

Selected by Members of Main Line Art Center’s Board of Artistic Advisors and Executive Director through a competitive application process, Koo, Lewis, and Stewart will be featured in Tweak of Nature, the 11th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, on view at Main Line Art Center March 9 to April 21.  The exhibition hosts photo-based constructions, whimsical sculpture, large-scale paintings, and site-specific installation.  Inspired by the exhilarating energy of natural and urban environments, these artists speak to our collective experience as human beings navigating the elements, the animal kingdom, and each other.  Manipulating and tweaking our perception of nature and its creatures, they create new beings, surroundings, and realities that surprise, challenge, and delight.  The exhibition was curated by Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center.

For over a decade, Main Line Art Center has presented an exhibition each spring in memory of Teaching Artist Betsy Meyer featuring the work of forward-thinking artists who are pushing boundaries within their artistic practice. As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia.

In 2014, Main Line Art Center and the Meyer Family expanded the exhibition program to include the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, which consists of a solo exhibition and award of $1000 to each selected artist. The growth of this program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.  The 2014 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art were Tim Portlock, Jennie Thwing, and Nic Coviello.

The Art Center will host artist talks Friday, March 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm featuring samplings from the center’s wine sponsor, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.  The artist talk, reception and gallery visits are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, andFriday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Additional programs for Tweak of Nature include two family workshops presented by Seunghwui Koo on Saturday, April 11, a family workshop by Tasha Lewis on Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 4 pm, and a workshop for adults on alternative drawing techniques presented by Kate Stewart on Saturday, April 18 from 1 to 4 pm.  For more information about these programs, including registration, visit www.mainlinert.org or call610.525.0272.

Tweak of Nature, Tasha LewisTweak of Nature, Tasha Lewis, Horned Gazelle, Cyanotype sculpture , 8” x 11” x 6” © Tasha Lewis 2014

Tasha Lewis is an artist originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, whose sculptural and installation works combine the historic photographic process of cyanotype with paper sculpture, stitching, magnets, and ephemeral public art.  Lewis received her BAs in English Literature and Studio Arts from Swarthmore College in 2012, and has studied at the Firenze Arte Visive in Florence, Italy and the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan.   She has exhibited her work in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Newark, New York City, Cambridge, Sarasota, and Grand Rapids, with recent exhibitions at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Cambridge Art Association in Massachusetts, and the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina.  Her works have been featured in British Vogue and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.  Having recently completed a residency at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, Lewis currently lives and works in the New York metropolitan area.

Tweak of Nature, Kate StewartKate StewartGötterdämmerung (detail). Custom wall covering and fabric, paint, chairs. Dimensions variable (20’ x 20’ x 20’) © Kate Stewart 2012

Kate Stewart is a painter and installation artist in Philadelphia whose wide-ranging work engages humanity’s relationship to the environment and disaster.  She received her MFA from The University of Pennsylvania in 2003, a BA from Dickinson College in 1998, and studied abroad in Toulouse, France and at the University of Yaounde, in Cameroon.   She was awarded a 6-month artist residency at 40th Street AIR in Philadelphia, received a Vermont Studio Center grant and one-month residency, and was a 2008 finalist for a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Individual Artist Fellowship.  Stewart’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, P.S. 122 in New York, Towson University, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.  Her solo exhibitions include Vox Populi Gallery, Moore College of Art, West Chester University, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Gettysburg College, and Seraphin Gallery.

Tweak of Nature, Seunghwui KooSeunghwui KooLambo, Acrylic on resin, 9” x 24” x 24”, © Seunghwui Koo 2013

Seunghwui Koo is a sculptor whose work draws inspiration from traditional South Korean culture and the daily happenings and intricate moments of her life in New York City.  She earned a BFA in Sculpture and Fine Art from the Kyungpook National University in South Korea in 2005.  Koo was awarded a Visual Art Studio Residency by Chashama in New York in 2013, and received the Allied Artists of America’s Members and Associated Award in 2014.  She has recently exhibited her work at the Belskie Museum of Art and Science in New Jersey, the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the Fountain Art Fair and Scope Art Fair in New York, and Gallery Shilla in South Korea.  In addition, she was the 2014 winner of the New Generation Able Fine Art Seoul Competition.

Amie Potsic, curator of the exhibition, began her tenure as Executive Director of Main Line Art Center in July of 2012.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Gallery 339 and Director of the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia where she curated exhibitions and planned professional development programming for emerging and professional artists. Potsic has curated over 70 exhibitions at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design. Potsic is also an established photographic artist who has exhibited her work  internationally.  In addition, she is currently Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy.

Main Line Art Center is our community’s home to create, experience, and discover the value of visual art.  From our award-winning visual art classes, to our contemporary and innovative exhibitions, you can count on quality and expect the unexpected at Main Line Art Center.  The art we exhibit, teach, and share is intended to exceed expectations as it inspires creativity, conversation, and joy. The mission that underscores all we do is to inspire and engage artistic creativity for all ages and abilities and to celebrate and strengthen the essential role of visual art in community life.  Last year we inspired 16,000 people a Main Line Art Center and touched the lives of over 80,000 through our Exhibitions in the Community and festivals across the Philadelphia area.

Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, behind the Wilkie Lexus dealership just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more information about Tweak of Nature, please visit www.mainlineart.org or call 610.525.0272.

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Face Value at Main Line Art CenterHistory and New Technology Join Forces in Face Value at Main Line Art Center

Featuring Nick Cassway, Mark Khaisman & Steven Earl Weber

October 6 – November 5, 2014 

Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, October 10, 5:30-8:30 pm

Curated by Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center
Presented in partnership with Pentimenti Gallery and DesignPhiladelphia 2014

From man’s first sketches on the cave wall, to the rise of the “selfie,” the portrait has been an ever-present subject matter for artists.  The power of the portrait to tell a story, illuminate social injustices, or capture a moment in time lies in the pictorial representation as well as the media and process by which it was made.  In Face Value, presented at Main Line Art Center October 6 to November 5, artists Nick CasswayMark Khaisman, and Steven Earl Weber uniquely approach portraiture and social commentary through the manipulation of packaging tape, computer cut stencils, and printed glass.  Referencing film noir, Khaisman will be exhibiting his signature lightboxes as well as a site specific installation on nine windows in the gallery.  Cassway will be exhibiting a new series based on a civil war drama created with his analog-to-digital-to-analog process that incorporates drawings edited together in Photoshop and output to computer cut stencils with house paint and metal leaf.  Influenced by early photographic processes and his immediate surroundings, Steven Earl Weber’s new work will be seen as shadows reflected on surfaces from mirrors and panes of glass to illicit empathy and identification with his subjects.  All three artists look to the past for inspiration and embrace new technologies in production to create compelling and surprising work that is both timely and timeless.

Face Value is curated by Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center, and is presented in partnership with Pentimenti Gallery, of Old City Philadelphia, as part of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival.  The Art Center will host an artist talk on Friday, October 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm featuring fare from Cricket Catering and samplings from the center’s wine sponsor, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.  The artist talk, reception and gallery visits are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday throughSunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Additional programs for Face Value include a Screenprinting on Non-Traditional Surfaces workshop with Steven Earl Weber on Wednesday, October 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Analog to Digital to Analog Drawings workshop with Nick Cassway on Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm; and a workshop on Painting with Packing Tape with Mark Khaisman on Wednesday, November 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  For more information about these programs and registration, visit www.mainlinert.org or call 610.525.0272.

Face Value, Mark Khaisman , Main Line ArtMark Khaisman “Lauren and Marilyn”. Packaging tape on acrylic panels with translucent resin light boxes 47.5” x 27” x 6” © Mark Khaisman 2014

Born in the Ukraine, Mark Khaisman studied art and architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute and now lives and works in Philadelphia. Khaisman worked for several decades in architecture, animation, and stained glass design. In 2005, Khaisman began exhibiting his signature tape works.  His artwork has been exhibited and published internationally with exhibitions at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia; Volta Art Fair in New York; Ampersand Foundation PF in Barcelona, Spain; Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair; The Science Museum in London, England; and Vitra Design Museum, in Weil am Rhein, Germany.  His works have been acquired by The West Collection, NBC, British Airlines, and The Delaware Art Museum. Additionally, his work has been featured in, Wired Magazine, Flush Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Nick Cassway, Face Value, Main Line Art CenterNick Cassway, Portrait of the Young General, latex and metal leaf on panel, 17.5″ x 22″,© Nick Cassway 2014

Nick Cassway received a BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art in 1990. He has exhibited his drawings, prints, and site-specific installations both locally and nationally with recent solo exhibitions at James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the ArtBlog, Grid Magazine, and Art News.  Cassway is deeply vested in the Philadelphia arts community and was formerly the executive director of NEXUS/foundation for today’s art. He currently teaches computer graphics, editorial design, and brand identity at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and is a current Fellow in CFEVA’s Visual Artist Fellowship program.Steven Earl Weber, Face Value, Main Line Art CenterSteven Earl Weber,“Untitled”, screen print on glass, spray paint, black house paint, 18 “x 18”, 2014 © Steven Earl Weber 2014

Steven Earl Weber received his BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from the University of Delaware.  A resident of Philadelphia, his sculptures and installations have been exhibited locally and internationally with exhibitions at Summerhall Arts, Edinburgh, Scotland; Roxy Art House & The Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh, Scotland; Hunter College of Art, New York, NY; and The Painted Bride Art Center, Hidden City, and James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia. Additionally, his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Scotsman Newspaper, and Art in America.  Weber has been the Gallery Director at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery, served as adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware and Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and is currently the Exhibition Designer at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.

Amie Potsic, curator of the exhibition, began her tenure as Executive Director of Main Line Art Center in July of 2012.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Gallery 339 and Director of the Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia where she curated exhibitions and planned professional development programming for emerging and professional artists. Potsic has curated over 70 exhibitions at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design. Potsic is also an established photographic artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.  In addition, she is currently Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy.

DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, is the oldest and largest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. Experience design in unexpected ways through more than 120 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multi-media, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like. This year’s Festival kicks off on the evening of October 8 and events run from October 9-17. For more information on planning an event, sponsoring, advertising, or attending the 2014 Festival, visit: designphiladelphia.org.

Pentimenti Gallery, located in Old City Philadelphia, features content driven contemporary art which challenges traditional materials and aesthetics by a line of internationally established artists alongside young talent. Over time, the exhibition program has broadened to encompass abstract and figurative aesthetics to innovative works created from unconventional materials. Throughout two decades, Pentimenti Gallery has maintained a commitment to process based work and elaborate craftsmanship.  The gallery is regularly invited to participate at international art fairs such as VOLTA NY, PULSE NY, CONTEXT Art Miami, MIAMI PROJECT, TEXAS CONTEMPORARY.  Pentimenti Gallery is located at 145 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia.  For more information, visit www.pentimenti.com or call215.625.9990.

Main Line Art Center is a welcoming and inclusive creative home where everyone is encouraged to create, experience, and discover the value of art.  Committed to making art more accessible, the Art Center has over 75 years of experience presenting art programs for individuals of all ages and abilities, including a unique series of Accessible Art programs for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, at-risk youth, and low income families now celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Throughout the year, Main Line Art Center presents innovative, contemporary art exhibitions in their award-winning gallery, as well as exhibitions that celebrate community.  Last year over 16,000 people chose Main Line Art Center as their home for creativity.

Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, behind the Wilkie Lexus dealership just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more about Face Value, visit www.mainlineart.org or call 610.525.0272.

Face Value Artist Workshops:

Screenprinting on Non-Traditional Surfaces with Steven Earl Weber: Wed., Oct. 8, 6:30-9:30 pm

Analog to Digital to Analog Drawings with Nick Cassway: Wed., Oct. 22, 6:30-9:30 pm

Packing Tape Painting with Mark Khaisman: Wed., Nov. 5, 6:30-9:30 pm

Thank you to Amie Potsic for providing DoNArTNeWs with this report. Images used by permission of Main Line Art Center.

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