Cheryl Levin


Contact Information

cheryl_levin@icloud.com

http://www.cheryllevin.org/

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Recent Works

Artist's Biography

Cheryl Levin, a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and Rome, Italy has been a working artist for 30 years. As a founding member of the now defunct High Wire Artist Co-operative in Philadelphia, Levin was part of developing “First Fridays” in the city, and has shown in many group and two-person shows in the Philadelphia region. In addition to her fine art, Cheryl Levin is a professional house painter, both straight and decorative, working with architects, designers, and homeowners.

While partnered with her late husband, metal sculptor Robert Phillips, (February 24, 1962 -September 9, 2012), at their Phillips Metal Studio, Levin worked on public art projects for the City of Philadelphia as well as numerous other public and private commissions across the country. These include Metamorphosis - The Girard Crossing Public Arts Project located in Philadelphia at 30th and Girard Aves. on which Levin painted Phillips' monumental sculptures with glazes and specialty paints. Levin also created a set of mosaics, placed at the site, with community teens in conjunction with The Mural Arts agency of Philadelphia.

Levin presently works to facilitate the legacy of Robert Phillips and Phillips Metal by preserving a body of work which includes hundreds of working drawings, sculptures and metal works. She continues to maintain the building of Robert Phillips' former studio and it's currently the workshop of New York metalworkerAshley Stevenson of AWS Fabrication and Design and houses The Metal Shop Recording Studio as well.

She was represented for over 20 years by the Owen Patrick Gallery and Twist Gallery inPhiladelphia, PA, both having closed their doors in the past few years. Presently, Levin continues to produce casein paintings on paper and board, depicting abstract elements that relate psychologically to her life. Her themes, such as the Going Series, use line to delineate shapes that refer to compartments in her life, crossroads of thought and action, and life journeys.

After years of producing representational pictures dealing with themes of woman's identity and gender roles, Levin’s shift to abstraction was a direct result of the hardships she faced in her life and wanting a more free format for expression. Her new work reclaims her late husband’s discarded metal cut-offs as inspiration by incorporating them into the work and most recently has given voice to installation pieces. Levin is a recipient of the Ester and Adolf Foundation Arts Grant, New York City, NY and The Artist Fellowship Arts Grant, New York City, NY.

Artist's Statement

Cheryl Levin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. She started drawing and painting at the age of twelve when her father brought home a How to Draw Book for children and asked which one of his three girls was interested. At the end of the book were instructions showing how to draw a woman carrying a basket of fruit on her head. This was to become Levin’s subject matter in 1984 when she began painting people, portraits and single-parent families after studying art Rome, Italy. During her time abroad, she was greatly influenced by ancient Etruscan and Roman art. When her own two children were young and her family life became more complicated she turned to abstract art as a way to conceptualize new realities. And after the death of her husband, artist blacksmith Robert Phillips, in 2012, she began to produce art as a eulogy. Using "metal cut-offs" salvaged from Phillips' studio, Levin moved his "remains around" to reorient herself through her grieving state and to organize chaos from death. She soon progressed to other formats, including installation pieces as an outgrowth from those works. Her work currently focuses on a search to develop a minimalist personal language to describe "the void" -(loss)- either individual or collective by beginning to incorporate the newfound knowledge that many family members were killed in the Holocaust.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
RO Home, Buffalo, NY

2004
Efroysom Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

1994
Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1989
Pink Rose, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2018
Art on Paper, Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Juror: Rebecca Lax

Main Line Members Show, Main Line Art Center, Ardmore, PA
Juried Show

Art Takes Soho, SeeMe, Digital Show, 45 Lispenard St. #1w, New York, NY

CUE: Creating United Empowerment, On-line arts organization for social change, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Main Line Art Center Spring Gala, Ardmore, PA
Juried Show

Vibrance, Linus Gallery, Digital Show, Los Angeles, CA

2015
Dreamscapes, Westports Arts Center, Westport, CT
Curator: Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D

Samsung Curator Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY

2014
The Westtown School Gallery, West Chester, PA
Two-person show

Diverted Destruction 7, The Lofts at Liz's, Los Angeles, CA
Curator: Jill Moniz

Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Juror: Gerard Brown

2013
Beginnings, Old City Jewish Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational group show

2012
The World of the Professional Artist 6, SPP Galleries, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, Conshohocken, PA

A Tribute to Women, Old City Jewish Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2011
Art of the Line, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Show

2007 - 2010
Twist Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
On-going representation

Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishing Show, Philadelphia, PA
Juried

Phillips Metal Sculpture & Painting Sale, Phillips Metal Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Kew Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Bike Race & Art Sale, Philadelphia, PA

Schackamaxon Court Apartments, Philadelphia, PA, Group Show

Pico Youth & Family Center Art Auction, Santa Monica, CA

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Art Auction, Philadelphia, PA

2005 - 2007
Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, On-going representation

Twist Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, On-going representation

Design Philadelphia at Twist gallery, Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

Sweet Mabel Gallery, Narbeth, PA, Group Show

Open Tours Philadelphia at Phillips Metal, Philadelphia, PA

Bahdee Bahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Group Show, Invitational

1999 - 2004
Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, On-going representation

Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Three-person Show

Bandee Bahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Group show, Invitational

Cafe La Combe, Philadelphia, PA, Two-person show

Flotsam & Jetsam Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishing Show, Juried, Philadelphia, PA

1994 - 1998
Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, On-going representation

Open Studio Tours at Phillips Metal Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Volunteer Layers for the Arts Art Auction, Philadelphia, PA

Mother Artists Making Art at The Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, Group Show

Artsite2000.com

1989 - 1993
High Wire Co-Operative, Philadelphia, PA, Co-op member, On-going

High Wire Gallery, Two-Person show, Philadelphia, PA

19 Amerikaanse Kunstenaars, High Wire Exchange Show, Deventer, Holland

High Wire at Memorial Hall, Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

Bring the Horse to the Water, Melon Bank Center, High Wire Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

1988 - 1992
High Wire Co-Operative, Philadelphia, PA, Co-Op member, On-going

High Wire at Reading Terminal Market, High Wire Group Show, Philadelphia PA

Day of the Dead, High Wire at Kas Lock Funeral Parlor, Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

Portraits, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Juried Show

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sales & Rental Department, Icons, Philadelphia, PA

Da-Da Again, The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, Performance

Publications

2016
AOM Online gallery Newsletter, “Creativity and Writing Pedagogy: Linking Creative Writers, Researchers and Teachers", Equinox Press, Bob cover art

2010
“A Girl in Cap and Gown” Mommoth Press, Book cover artwork

2005
“African Style” and “The Spirit of African Design,” decorative finishes, publications by Clarkson & Potter Press

2004
“Recoil,” Icon Painting for Immigrant Films, San Francisco, CA

2001
Arts Festival Poster Art, Manayunk Summer Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

1996 - Present
Housepainter operating as Cheryl Levin Painting
Working as interior housepainter offering straight and decorative painting for private residences and commercial spaces. Finishes include hand painted stencil patterns, marbleizing, wood graining and glazing. Provide work samples, estimates and manage crews. List of services includes all phases of interior painting and limited scope exterior work, prep, and painting.

1998 - 2012
Co-Owner, Phillips Metal Studios
Produce functional, and decorative metal projects, created for commissions (public and private), exhibitions, and/or shows. Provide original design concepts and sketches, paint and protective finishes, and associated artistic elements (e.g. murals, mosaics, faux finishing). Also facilitate and implement programmatic, community-based and educational collaborations and partnerships. Assist in managing contracts, identifying suppliers, client interface, maintenance of project budgets and timelines, and proposal development. Facilitate workshops, apprenticeships and demonstrations.

1986 - 1996
Co-Owner & Principle Painter, Faux-Fax
A full service painting company specializing in decorative surfaces such as woodgrain, marbleizing, stenciling, murals and specialty glazing for private and commercial applications. Provide samples and color consultation, estimates, manage contracts & supervise jobs. Clients include Temple University, The Hillier Group, DuPont, Merck & Bristol-Myers Squibb.

1986 - 1988
Principle Painter, Urban Painting & Design
Foreman & supervisor, Philadelphia, PA

1984 - 1986
Set Painter, Sid Levy Displays
Painting of Christmas display and installation in shopping malls, Philadelphia, PA

Community Collaborations, Outreach, and Teaching

2016
And Beneath Such Quiet: The Elegy in the Modern World
Panel Participant, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Art as Voice Empowerment Program
Bottle Tree Project, Elon University, Elon, NC
A joint project sponsored by Elon University Art Department and The Western Alamance Middle School. Facilitator of workshop, which involved children painting poems and writings on glass bottles as part of art installation of the university’s campus.
Collaboration with Robert Phillips.

Design Philadelphia
Twist Gallery, Sponsored by The Design Center of Philadelphia
Lecture

2006 - 2007
New Kensington Community Development Corporation Apprentice Program
Facilitator of program for Phillips Metal. Work with apprentice on proper preparation of painting metal work.

2004 - 2006
Metamorphosis – Girard Crossing Sculpture & Mosaic Project
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, City of Philadelphia Department of Recreation
Nine mosaic panels were designed, fabricated and installed with teens over a course of two summers at Phillips Metal Studio and The Mural Art Program Building.

2001 - 2003
Faux Finishing
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Continuing Education
Responsibilities include course curriculum and teaching of decorative glazing & marbleizing for walls and furniture.

2000
Faux Finishing
Main Line Art Center, Wynnewood, PA
Responsibilities include course curriculum and teaching of decorative glazing & marbleizing for walls and furniture.

1998
After-School Art Program
Jewish Community Center, Wynnewood, PA
An after-school program to facilitate non-stressful atmosphere for experimentation with clay and paint.

1994 - 1996
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Millan
Bi-monthly home projects for two children during which time they attended 1st thru 3rd grades. Clay, cardboard constructions, drawings and painting.

1993
The Catapult Marionette Theater, Envy of the Soul, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Theatrical production. Set designer, puppeteer, and narrator.

1990
High Wire Gallery, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Elementary Arts Education Program
A co-operative gallery that obtained grants as an organization to work on a project titled “Rap Meets Sculpture” involving students from The Sarah Lawrence Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA.

Grants

2012
Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation Arts Grant, New York, Emergency Grant

Artist Fellowship Inc., New York, Emergency Grant

Public Art Collaborative Commissions/Phillips Metal

2010
Alternate – SEPTA PerCent for Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Finalist, Public Art Installation at the Corner of 18th and Columbia, Washington Commission on Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC

Alternate – SEPTA PerCent for Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Alternate – SEPTA PerCent for Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Alternate – SEPTA PerCent for Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

2004 - 2006
Metamorphosis - Girard Avenue Crossing Sculpture Project
A series of metal sculptures and community mosaics. Sponsored by The City of Philadelphia Department of Recreation – Mural Arts Program, Fairmount Park and The Philadelphia Art Commission. Funded by a grants from The William Penn Foundation, SEPTA – The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, The Philadelphia Neighborhood Transformation Initiative and The Girard Street Coalition, Philadelphia, PA "African Legend".

2005
African Legend - Widner Branch Library, City of Philadelphia Percent For Arts Program
Adjudicated through the The Philadelphia Arts Commission and the Philadelphia FreeLibrary, Philadelphia, PA.

Private/Public Collections

Partial List
John Witherspoon, Actor Los Angeles,CA
Oliver Lawton, Model, London, England
Jill Moniz, Curator, Los Angeles , CA
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Tuttleman, Merion, PA
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph & Carole Shanis, Philadelphia, PA
Anna Bora, Wayne, PA
Millan Enterprises, Gladwynne, PA
The Handwork Studio, Narbeth, PA
Dr. Mark Gloger, Potomac, MD
Dr. Robert M. Weinrieb, Narbeth, PA
Michael Daley, Philadelphia, PA
REM Farms, Livingston Manor, NY
Marquerite Rodgers LTD,Philadelphia, PA
Royal Bank, Gladwyne, PA
Striped Bass Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA
Francine Kelly, Oak Bluffs, MA
Scott Brown, Indianapolis, IN
Carole Darst, Indianapolis, IN
Janis Smith Gomez, South Orange, NJ
Stevi Stoesz Kersh, Indianapolis, IN
Dr. Bret Heerema, Las Vegas, NV

Education

2010
Fine Paints of Europe Certification Program, Woodstock, VT

2007, 2004, 2003
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Printmaking

1987
The Finishing School, Floral Park, NY
Faux-finishing

1984
Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
BFA

1984, 1981
Tyler School of Art Abroad, Rome Campus, Rome, Italy

1980
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1979
Frudakis Academy, Philadelphia, PA

1979
PA Governors School for the Arts, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA