Philadelphia Painters

Exhibition Dates

July 6, 2010 - August 17, 2010


Reception: Thursday, July 8, 6-8 pm
  • Philadelphia Painters

The Painting Center is pleased to announce Philadelphia Painters curated by Matthew
Farina. This regional survey of painting, focusing in and around Philadelphia, showcases
some of the areas most promising and accomplished painters. The selections for the
exhibit provide an intimate glimpse into a network of painters rarely exhibited together in
New York City.

Participants include; Paul Behnke, Alana Bograd, Mark Brosseau, Alex Cohen, Tim
Conte, Nic Coviello, Mary Beth Chew, James Erikson, Sarah Gamble, Chris Feiro, Hollis
Heichemer, Sarah Hunter, Jenny Kanzler, Joseph Lozano, Jon Manteau, Vincent
Romaniello, Hiro Sakaguchi, Tremain Smith, Sterling Shaw, Kate Stewart, Sean Taylor,
Christopher Tietjen and Mauro Zamora.

Curator Matthew Farina, a former Philadelphian, explains, “…I approached the search for
artists in this show with a preference for small intact networks of painters. Since the
exhibit is regionally-focused, the familiarity between the participants was something that
I decided to embrace. Many of the painters share regular studio visits with each other,
two of the artists are married, some were classmates and others work with the same
dealer. I am interested in those community relationships and how they are influencing
what is created. In comparison to New York City, the smaller pool of artists in
Philadelphia encourages the kind of community dialogue that upholds painting as a
medium and strengthens the resulting work.”

The artists in Philadelphia Painters have made considerable contributions within and
outside of the Philadelphia art community. The show includes recipients of some of the
pinnacle achievements for creative Philadelphians including grants from the Pew
Fellowship in the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and representation in the
Fleisher Art Memorial’s Fleisher Challenge Exhibit. Many are graduates of
Philadelphia’s most celebrated institutions such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine
Arts, The Tyler School of Art, the University of the Arts and the University of
Pennsylvania. Some are represented in major museum collections including the
Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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