Rissa Berlin

Rissa Berlin

    Contact Information

    myart@rissaberlin.com

    Phone: (856) 571-2305

    https://www.rissaberlin.com/

    Recent Work

    Artist's Statement

    Birds have long been a source of mystery and awe. I have a growing desire to meaningfully connect with the natural world through admiring the majestic beauty of these winged creatures surrounding us daily. Since much of my spare time was spent hiking and cycling outdoors, the presence and sudden appearance of the white egret struck me, as their flight was graceful and buoyant. Great Egrets form monogamous pairs, inspiring me to create a series of egret pair images dedicated to my parents, who passed within a very short time of each other. Through love and observation, the special spiritual symbolism of birds and the reality of their physical beauty and flight has stayed with me to this day.

    My connection to the equine world has its own special tale. Years ago, during my long commutes in South Jersey, I marveled at the early morning and late afternoon light as it reflected on vast farmlands and carefree grazing horses. Often stopping on the side of the road to photograph them, I quickly realized that I needed to experience a closer relationship with them. The only way to achieve this was to take riding lessons, thus beginning my entry into the equine world. Today I have a beautiful mare who is now 28 years young. We have a very special connection and enjoy many rides together with sightings of bald eagles and migrating snow geese.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

    Langman Gallery, Jenkintown, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Gallery 401, Magnolia, NJ

    Group
    The Board Members of Artist's Equity, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

    Perkins Annual Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

    New Members Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Artist's Equity 70th Anniversary Members' Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks, Reading, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Gallery 515, Atlanta, GA

    Chastain Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

    Fellowship Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

    Works on Paper in Honor of Charles Demuth, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Noyes Stocken Gallery, Stockon, NJ

    Contemporary Classic Gallery, Haddonfield, NJ

    The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Pavilion Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

    Gallery 401, Magnolia, NJ

    The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

    Southern New Jersey Advocates for the Arts, Provident Bank, Philadelphia, PA

    Civic Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Eyes Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Community Gallery, West Chester State College, West Chester, PA

    Artist's Bibliography

    "'Fresh Air' with Judy Stein, Art Critic", WUHY

    "'Artists View The Arts' with Betsy Augustine, founding member 3rd Street Gallery", WXPN

    Current Affiliations

    InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
    Member

    Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity
    Board of Directors

    Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Member

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Member

    Awards

    New Jersey State Council on the Arts
    Fellowship Grant

    Professional Experience

    Rissa/Andrew Design
    Managing Partner, Retail and Wholesale Jewelry Manufacturing

    Education

    The Judge Group Berkley School for Web Design
    Web and Graphic Design

    Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
    Photography, Painting

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Graphic Design