Angela McQuillan

Fiber Arts / Mixed Media

Contact Information

Sharktown Building
155 Cecil B Moore Avenue
Studio B
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

My creations are not bound to any one type of media, instead I explore different materials, textures and surfaces to express my own interpretation of the world around me. Through my scientific background I have gained a deep appreciation for biological forms and anatomical subjects. I have always found beauty in microscopic images and in cross-sectional explorations of bodies and plants. I am drawn to the multiplicity of repetitive patterns which occur on both small and large scales in nature. I use scientific imagery as a starting off point to explore my own imaginative internal characters and landscapes. These biomorphic forms offer a unique visual language that breathes and communicates on the deepest levels of our perception.

In my works, I explore how the subconscious mind creates associations and meaningful connections with nature through the manipulations of forms suggestive of the processes found in the living world. There is a certain degree of artificiality in my vibrant color palettes and use of manufactured materials. This level of artifice serves to provide an element of fantasy, or departure from what is tangible or real. These bizarre life forms cannot be classified in any scientific textbook, instead they are surreal dreamscapes derived from introspection and my own personal vision.


Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting and Drawing

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
BS, Biology

Awards and Honors

Best of Show, Highwire Gallery Juried Show

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant, Little Berlin Fairgrounds Project

Selected Exhibitions

New Morphologies, Inewsent Gallery, INE Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Recent Works, Highwire Gallery Annex, Philadelphia PA

Recent Works, Balance Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Visceral: A BFA Exhibition Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Ty Unnos, New Boon(e), Philadelphia PA

Arthaus at the Black Box, Underground Arts, Philadelphia PA

Corpus Illuminata IV, Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

Marvel: RAW Showcase Event, Lit Ultrabar, Philadelphia PA

Cellular/Molecular, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia PA

Ever Never Night Market, little berlin Fairgrounds, Philadelphia PA

Hung, little berlin, Philadelphia PA

Angela McQuillan and Masso Rene, Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Art at Le Meridien, Le Meridien, Philadelphia, PA

City Arts Salon at Sharktown, Philadelphia, PA

February Exhibition, Space 2033, Philadelphia, PA

proCESS, Aktion Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Opening Exhibition, Prelude Gallery, Philadelphia, PA., little berlin, Philadelphia, PA.

Philly Comix Jam Presents: A Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

Little Warsaw, little berlin, Philadelphia, PA


Inliquid Benefit v.14, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia PA

Exhibitions Curated
Co-curator, The CITYWIDE Collections Project, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia PA

Growth and Decay, little berlin, Philadelphia PA

DATABASE, little berlin, Philadelphia PA

Co-curator, FLASHFL00D, little berlin, Philadelphia, PA

Co-curator, Viking Makers: Where it’s at, little berlin, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Affiliations

2012 – 2013
Director, little berlin Fairgrounds

2011 – 2013
Curatorial Member, little berlin collective and undefined exhibition space

Member, Cha-Cha ‘Razzi artist collective

2009 – 2011
Member, Philly Comix Jam


Schwartz, Chip “Little Berlin takes an intrigue into living forms and structures,” Knight Arts

Yakir, Stephanie “Biology Inspired Aesthetics,”

Schwartz, Chip “Esther Klein Gallery’s ‘Cellular/Molecular’ alongside Philadelphia Science Festival,” Knight Arts

Rademakers, Brian “It’s (almost) growing season in the Riverwards,” Northeast Times Star

Schwartz, Chip “Little Berlin’s suspended member show “Hung”,

Schwartz, Chip “Little Berlin has a lot on their plate (literally),” Knight Arts

Schimineck, Sarah “Little Berlin’s Fairgrounds Project,” Frankford Ave Arts Corridor

Meyer, Ben “The Aesthetics of Data at Little Berlin,”

Schwartz, Chip Le Meridien Showcases Painting and Video,” Knight Arts

Mitman, Hayden “A Sculpture Garden Grows in Kensington,” The Fishtown Star

Segel, Whitney R. and Stephen M. Rose “Kensington: Little Berlin Provides Art Space,” Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Schwartz, Chip “Emerging Artists at Prelude,” Knight Arts

Art for Science’s Sake Newsworks/WHYY, by Peter Crimmins and Carolyn Beeler



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