Cheryl Levin

Cheryl Levin

    Studio & Gallery

    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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    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

    RO Home, Buffalo, NY

    Efroysom Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

    Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Pink Rose, Philadelphia, PA

    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

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

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

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

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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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


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

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

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

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

    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

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

    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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.


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

    Artist Fellowship Inc., New York, Emergency Grant

    Public Art Collaborative Commissions/Phillips Metal

    Alternate – SEPTA PerCent for Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

    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

    Alternate – SEPTA PerCent for Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

    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".

    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


    Fine Paints of Europe Certification Program, Woodstock, VT

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

    The Finishing School, Floral Park, NY

    Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

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

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Frudakis Academy, Philadelphia, PA

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