Alice Gonglewski

Alice Gonglewski

    Studio & Gallery

    Philadelphia, PA 19148

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    Sculpture & 3D

    Stick House Series

    The Stick House series is inspired by a recurring dream where I discover additional rooms or spaces in a past or present home. The series originally manifested as an examination of the simplified symbol for house—the “stick figure” version. The structures also embody an expression of memory as a house, building, or attic containing different spaces filled with images, information, and emotion.

    I am interested in how the lines simultaneously express relationships and community but also separation. Each stick connects to the others with a solid and specific line, yet is also precariously attached and could snap if enough force is applied.

    Over time the series has evolved to incorporate wire, fabric, branches and other articles to explore how the juxtaposition of the articles with the stick structures can influence the viewer’s perception in the same way that the skeletal quality of these pieces allows for the direct influence of context. The wall where each hangs (be it painted, brick, patterned, window, etc.) can change the nature of the piece significantly in the same way a viewer’s preconceptions influence his or her reaction to a piece of art.


    Still Life Paintings

    The still lives incorporate objects found in my home and studio. The cigar boxes evoke my interest in collecting and my tendency to compartmentalize. I am attracted to the juxtaposition of hard surfaces (wood, plastic, glass) against soft or fluid ones (plants, fabric).
    I both enjoy and struggle with the process of selecting a still life composition. The composition is the armature for the painting and sometimes deciding on the arrangement of the still life takes as much time as painting it does.

    Still life painting is contemplative and meditative for me, and I find the act of painting and drawing in this context serves as a compass that connects me back to my artistic core. It is this circling back to the ritual of rendering in my own style, space, and time that allows room for new ideas to percolate and develop.

    Archived Works

    Artist's Biography

    A Pennsylvania native, Alice grew up outside of Harrisburg and has been based in Philadelphia since 2001. Past venues include the Goldie Paley Gallery (Moore College of Art and Design) and the Pennsylvania State Museum (Art of the State). Alice has participated in several Off the Wall Gallery shows and received an excellence in abstract art award and an honorable mention for a body of work from the OTW juries. Alice has also taught art in a variety of settings including the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the Medical College of Virginia (Pediatric Playroom and Adult Chemotherapy Ward).

    In addition to being a visual artist, Alice worked as a professional storyteller and puppeteer and created interactive educational programs and performances at Please Touch Museum for over a decade. Alice currently serves as the Vaccine Makers Outreach Coordinator for the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Bound, InLiquid Art + Design at Old City Publishing, Philadelphia, PA

    Homebody*, Fringe, Philadelphia, PA

    Featured Artist: Alice Gonglewski, Tessare Gallery and Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Inside Out, The Blue Bottle, Richmond, VA

    Tri-Cycle: Recent Work in Three Directions, Ipanema, Richmond, VA

    Macro/Micro, Le Hole in the Wall, Richmond, VA

    Beans and Things, Christie's Cafe, Richmond, VA

    Featured Artist: Alice Gonglewski, Border's Books and Music, Philadelphia, PA

    Their Names are not Anonymous Anymore

    IN(st)A SNAP, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Outside In, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    UNDER $100, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Show
    Honorable Mention (body of work) Recipient

    Spring Affordable Art Show, Independent Rock, Philadelphia, PA

    Benefit v. 15, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Autumn Invitational, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Benefit v. 14, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Coupling, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia
    Juried Exhibition
    Excellence in Abstract Art Award Recipient

    Ties that Bind, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Déjà Vu, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Bicycle: People + ideas in motion, Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Bike Part Art Show, Studio 34, Philadelphia, PA

    Art of the State 2003, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

    International Miniature Invitational Exhibition, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA

    Frostick/Fortenberry/Gonglewski, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA

    Three Painters and a Potter, Pennsylvania Arts Festival, Antes Gallery, State College, PA

    Professional Experience

    Instructor, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Instructor, Children’s Museum of Richmond, VA

    Instructor, MCV Arts in the Hospitals, Richmond, VA

    Instructor, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Richmond, VA


    Featured image: “Steer” Grid Magazine, August 2009: 6.
    Featured image: “Synergy” Style Weekly Magazine, 3 July 2001: 42.
    Featured image: “Emergence” Punchline Magazine, 12 April 2001: 14.


    Ms. Lisa Reily
    Mr. and Mrs. Preston Owen
    Mr. and Mrs. John N. Hester


    Lail E. H. Millwork, Chesterfield, VA
    Cactus Café, Richmond, VA
    HAJOCA Corporation, Richmond, VA

    Numerous Private Collections

    Education and Training

    Virginia Commonwealth University Figure Drawing Studio Member

    Pennsylvania State University
    BA in Arts and Sciences


    Ms. Lisa Reily

    Mr. and Mrs. Preston Owen

    Mr. and Mrs. John N. Hester

    Corporate Collections

    Lail E. H. Millwork, Chesterfield, VA

    HAJOCA Corporation, Richmond, VA