Rissa Berlin

Rissa Berlin

    Contact Information


    Phone: (856) 571-2305


    Recent Work

    Artist's Statement

    Birds have long been a source of mystery and awe. They inspire me to meaningfully connect with the natural world, admiring their majestic, winged beauty. I am especially drawn to waterbirds. Through time spent hiking and cycling near the marshes and waterways of New Jersey, I was moved by the sudden appearance of white egrets and herons. I marveled at their graceful and buoyant flight, as they took off and landed on the water.

    Egrets form monogamous pairs, which moved me to create an image dedicated to my parents, who passed within a short time of one another. From there, I explored egrets and other birds, which combine beauty, humor and grace in their beings. Through love and observation, the special spiritual symbolism of birds and the reality of their physical beauty and flight continue to inspire me.

    History tells of mass slaughtering of waterbirds, particularly egrets and other waders to benefit the trade in hats and other decorative plumage. Thankfully, protecting waterbird populations has been a high national priority since John James Audubon's art focused attention on the importance of bird life. This became true even before the establishment of the National Audubon Society in 1905.

    My images tell a story of birds against backgrounds that are often ordered, geometric and somewhat abstract. My themes combine the movement and spirit of these creatures with the ordered environments in which they must often coexist with people. These backgrounds are superimposed and combined in a way that suggests the mysterious affinity that now exists between birds and humans.

    The stories that the images tell invite the viewer to connect with the symbolism of Movement, Order and Spirit, the last of which is the highest of values.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

    Langman Gallery, Jenkintown, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Gallery 401, Magnolia, NJ

    The Wild Hare Gallery, Travelers Rest, SC

    Bird is the Word, Flagler County Art League, Palm Coast, FL

    Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity 71st Annual Spring Show
    Online exhibition

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    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

    Previous Exhibitions
    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

    Travelers Rest Artists Alliance, Travelers Rest, SC

    The Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

    InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity
    Board of Directors

    Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


    New Jersey State Council on the Arts
    Fellowship Grant

    Professional Experience

    1994 - 2000
    Rissa/Andrew Design
    Managing Partner, Retail and Wholesale Jewelry Manufacturing


    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