Joseph Opshinsky


Contact Information

JosephOpshinsky@hotmail.com

http://www.josephopshinsky.com/

Scranton, PA

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Mixed Media

Cut Paper Collages

Artist's Statement

My art is rooted in the natural world and landscapes of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The effects of time on the localized scenery, replete with the scars of a once prosperous mining industry have provided inspiration throughout my career. I strive to reveal the inherent beauty within the decay of detailed architecture and areas reclaimed by nature.

Over the past few years, my process has evolved from traditional painting and drawing to working exclusively in collaged paper. This medium provides an engaging set of challenges in terms of color, composition, and representation, all beginning with an initial contour line drawing. Through the meticulous process of hand cutting and layering the colorful shapes of paper my images evoke a sense of place and a wonder of the oft-overlooked landscape.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Paper Cuts, ArtWorks Studio & Gallery, Scranton, PA

2015
Here and There, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Joseph Opshinsky | Mark Price, II WAYS: New Works in Paper, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Recent Works, Friedman Art Gallery, Penn State University Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, PA

Group
2015
2015 International Juried Exhibition The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

Roberson Regional Art Exhibition, Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton, NY
Juried Exhibition

Annual Juried Exhibition: Telling Stories, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Spring Gala Exhibition – Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Art Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2014
New Sight, Savery Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

First Annual Juried Exhibition, JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA

LCAA National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster County Art Association, Lancaster, PA

11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Adams County Art Council, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA

Annual Juried Exhibition: Secrets (No one has to know!), Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

Art Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2013
Annual Small Works Show, FrameWorks Studio and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Thirteen, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

Focus: Exploring Our Regional Sense of Place, 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Butternut Gallery, Montrose, PA

2012
My Animal Spirit, Frame Works Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Think Small, Frame Works Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2011
Inside/Outside, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Juried Exhibition

2010
Northeast PA Regional Art 2010, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

2008
41st Annual Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juried Exhibition

2007
Regional Juried Exhibit, Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton, NY
Juried Exhibition

2006
Northeast PA Regional Art 2006, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

2004
Think Walken, Gallery I, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Awards and Honors

2014
Fourth Prize, Farm Equipment, 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Adams County Art Council, Gettysburg, PA

Third Prize, Sanatorium, Annual Juried Exhibition, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

2010
Featured Artist, Alumni Studio Spotlight, University of the Arts

2009
Lackawanna County ARTS Engage! Grant Recipient and Lead Artist for Summer Mural Arts Program
Awarded in partnership with the City of Scranton’s Department of Parks and Recreation

2002 & 2003
Larry Day Memorial Award, University of the Arts, Selected by the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Arts

Public Projects

Murals
2013
Lead Artist, McNulty Greenhouse Mural, Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA

2009
Lead Artist, ARTS Engage! Summer Mural Arts Program for Scranton City Pools, Scranton, PA

2007
Lead Artist, Electric City Mural at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA

2005
Artist, Sensory Lounge Murals, Waterfront Complex, Plains, PA

Education

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting and Drawing

Keystone College, LaPlume, PA
AFA, Fine Arts, cum laude