Carole Loeffler


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Fiber Arts/Sculpture/Installation

Artist's Biography

Carole is a native of New Jersey and received her B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her M.F.A. from University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, she taught and directed the Foundations program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the School of Art and Design. Currently, she is the Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and teaches Sculpture, Senior Seminar and coordinates the Foundations program.
Carole has had group and solo exhibitions in many states throughout the US. She spent over 10 years investigating the color red through a variety of abstract sculptural approaches and processes. Most recently, she has been utilizing found vintage textiles with text to examine what it means to be a woman in our culture.

Carole lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children and dogs.

Artist's Statement

I scour the shelves, bins and racks at thrift stores for vintage photos, suitcases, quilts, greeting cards, pillowcases, clothing and ephemera from everyday life. Of particular excitement and interest to me is discovering evidence from the previous owner…handwriting on the back of a photograph or greeting card, stitches in a quilt or on a handmade garment. I feel a strong connection to an anonymous person from an unknown time and place. The power of mark making and stitches bind us together in humanity and suggest imagined narratives and a renewed purpose.

Domestic textiles become imbued with the spirit of my imagined foremothers - emblazoned with positive affirmations – as if the spirit of the maker comes to life and offers solace and support. I connect with the women contained in vintage photographs and contemplate how best to share their stories. Greeting cards offer examples of long-ago friendships and connection and they become pattern, color and material for collages. Suitcases display stickers of the places they’ve been and serve as functional storage, installation props and literal reminders of the baggage we carry. I am the caretaker of these thrifted and found objects and the messenger from which their stories flow.

Selected Exhibitions

Lives lived, Delaware Valley Art Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

What we carry, Mt. Airy Contemporary @ Intuitive Art Space, Philadelphia, PA

Make what you need, Rosedale Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Granny Graffiti: Never Give Up, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Everything is going to be o.k., Old City Publishing, Philadelphia, PA

Root, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Red Room, Philadelphia, PA

Brass tacks, Spillway Collective, Philadelphia, PA

Quietude, Art Gallery at Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA

Immersed, Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

Daydreaming, Germantown Radio, Philadelphia, PA

Sitting Room: to conflict and coalesce, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Conglomeration, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

Fringed, Full, Furry and Fuzzy, Art Gallery, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

infestation, Window on Broad, Rosenfeld-Wolf Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

sensations & wishes, Howard Community College Gallery, Columbia, MD

tubes/tuffets, Gallery One, McHenry County College Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL

linger, Gallery Two, McHenry County College Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL

Dangling, draped and dilly-dallying, Community Center Gallery, Greenbelt, MD

Immersion:Dialogue, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, IL

Linger, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Tubes & Tuffets, McLanahan Gallery, Penn State University, Altoona, PA

large scale binks, New Harmony Art Gallery, New Harmony, IN

Binks - day.light.hearted., Cedarhurst Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL

BINKS, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

breach, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL

Interconnecting Elements, Boston Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Meditative Mediations, Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA

Materiality: Sculpture and Installation, Resnikoff Gallery, Roxbury, MA

red lit co., The Space, Carbondale, IL
Collaborative installation

Alteration & Habitation, Cuchifritos Art Gallery, New York, NY

Quarantine Quilt, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI

What does it mean to be an American?, Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, Portland, OR

Exquisite Copse, Philadelphia Sculptors and Da Vinci Art Alliance, Palumbo Park, Philadelphia, PA

Everything is different now, Stay Home Gallery, Paris, TN

Prayers for the Pandemic, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

Ransom 2, Wayfarers Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Pandemic: A Feminist Response, Toronto Feminist Art Collective, Toronto, Canada

Repair, Stay Home Gallery, Artist/Mother podcast, Paris, TN

Distant Communions, Broadcasts: Art in the Age of Social Distancing, SPACES, Portland, ME

Banished for the Good of the Realm, InLiquid Online Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

She iS, Gallery at Catapult Creative House, Gape Girardeau, MO

Voting Daughters, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO

Jar of F**cks, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Material/Fiber, Radial Gallery, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Lelia Carter, Director of CraftNOW

The MOM show, Dorfworld Gallery, Austin, TX invitational postponed

Yarnbombing Festival, Trivento, Italy

Plus One, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Layers of Transformation, Jefferson Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Hatch, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Susanna W. Gold

Achromatic, Barbara Crawford Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Ethereal Material, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Sculptors Presents, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

New Now, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pink, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Seeing red, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ

Shelter, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Extreme Fiber Art, IdeaXFactory, Springfield, MO

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Regional Semi-Finalist exhibition, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Let's Connect, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Achromatic, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

6th Annual Germantown Show, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Maker Mayhem, Abington Art Center Sculpture Park, Abington, PA

110 Pointsettias, commissioned by Urban Botanicals, McNeil Consumer Health Care, Fort Washington, PA

Mamacita10, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Jenkintown, PA

Revolutions in Making, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textile and Fiber Arts, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

Entangled, Something’s Looming, Reading, PA

Impossible Instructions, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Gender Weave Project, Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA

Heart Show, Jinxed, Philadelphia, PA

Fibers and Fabric, Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield, NJ

ON THE GROUND: Four Corners, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

(PARK)ing Day, Germantown Artist Roundtable, Philadelphia, PA

3rd Annual Germantown Show, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Reanimate, Destination Frankford, Philadelphia, PA

Fiber Options, Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

Perspectives, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

2014 Members Exhibition, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

Summer Show Off, Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Inner Views, Tejas Gallery, Dayton, OH

Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT

Fibers and Fabric, Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield, NJ

Sculpture New Hope 2104, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA

Fine Arts Exhibition, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

51st Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Women’s Work 2014, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

A Dream and A Memory, St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO

Our Earth, Flow Art Space, Minneapolis, MN

40 under 40, Alamance Arts, Graham, NC

Mixed Messages, Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ

Open Door, Rosalux Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Hidden City Philadelphia, Germantown Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Just for Kicks, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, NJ

Anniversary Exhibition, Red Room Installation, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

There is something about Germantown, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Persistence of Drawing, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Landscape Love Affair, Philadelphia Welcome Center, Philadelphia, PA

Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Art in the Open, Painted Bride Art Center and along the Schuylkill Banks, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Voices, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Organics, Les Idees Gallery, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

(W)holons, Patrick Henry College, Roanoke, VA

(W)holons, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

William Penn Exhibition, with Abington Art Center at the William Penn Building, Philadelphia, PA

Metamorphosis, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

Art a la MODE, 950 Complex Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA

Alumni Weekend Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Endurance, Abington Art Center & Sculpture Park, Abington, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Hovering Above, Abington Art Center & Sculpture Park, Abington, PA

Inside/Outside, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

Dear Fleisher, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Currents, Studio Montclair, Court Gallery, William Patterson University, NJ

Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Abundance, Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

SEPCHE exhibition, Holy Family University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Works 2007, Phoenix Village Art Center Gallery, Phoenixville, PA

The Greater Good, Site and Architecture Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Delaware Women’ Exhibition, Newark County Art Alliance, Newark, DE and Biggs Art Museum, Dover, DE

back to school, Schuylkill River School Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fourth Show, Underwear Nation Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Closeknit: History, Textile & Place, Coral Street Arts House, Philadelphia, PA

StudioB Sculpture Invitational, Findlay Street Warehouse, Cincinnati, OH

Arts: Lake County Sculpture Walk, San Francisco, CA

Industrial Interchange Organic, Robert A. Peck Gallery, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY

Calpine, Geothermal Visitors Center, Middletown, CA

Anniversary Exhibition, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN

Counterpoint: Project Creo, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

Just in Case, Central Wyoming College Gallery, Riverton, WY

Soft Boundaries, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Process, Performance & Projection III, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Annual Combined Faculty Exhibition, University Museum, SIU, Carbondale, IL

52 words/52 images, Administration Gallery, Cedarhurst Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL

Well Hung, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO

Faculty5, Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Certain Charms, Bradley University Gallery, Peoria, IL

Identity Crisis, Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN

Recent Works, Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY

If you had $1,000,000 mail art project, Monticello Community Center, Monticello, MN

Sprung, Art Coop, St. Louis, MO

52 words/52 images, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL

Selections:Abstractions, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Process, Performance & Projection II, Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Annual Combined Faculty Exhibition, University Museum, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Miniprint 9, Vergette Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Art St. Louis XIX, The Exhibition, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Arts in Celebration, Gallery HQ, Carbondale, IL

Miniprint 8, Vergette Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL

On and on' til the break of dawn, Mossa Center, St. Louis, MO

Boring Mail Show, Andrew Oleksiuk Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sculpture Salmagundi VII, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Juror: Patrick Dougherty

Figuratively Speaking, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ
Juror: Helen Escobedo

Secret Postcards, University of the Arts Printmaking Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Process, Performance & Projection, Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Annual Combined Faculty Exhibition, University Museum, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Miniprint 7, Vergette Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Slang Postcard Art, Fluxus Art Gallery, Rockville, MD

Works II, Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Annual Combined Faculty Exhibition, University Museum, SIU, Carbondale, IL

Dick Beckman and the Fab Five Game 2, South Florida Art Center, Miami, FL

Union, Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Tampa, FL

Rebound, Brooke Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

1st Annual Regional Graduate Honors Exhibit, The South Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

25th Annual Student Exhibition, CAM, Tampa, FL

Las Damas - Sunday in the Arts, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

MFA/USF, Gallery 501, Tampa, FL

USPS Art Project, online collaborative project, in person and online galleries TBD, NY, NY

Respond/Revive, Art cards for Health Care Workers, Microgalleries, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy online

Artists in the time of Coronavirus, Part 4, Artblog, Philadelphia, PA

COVID19 Global Quilt Project, Melbourne, Australia international online

Artist's Bibliography

Interview, Creative Voice of Germantown, Germantown Artist Roundtable, Germantown Radio, Philadelphia, PA

Les Femmes La Folles, Morgantown, WV, January 2020

"Featured Artist, September 2020," Sea Lion, Wayward Daughter, Elkins, WV

Art Uncovered Podcast with Kimberly Ruth, New York, NY

Culture Club Interview, WJFF 90.5 FM Catskill Radio, Jeffersonville, NY

Kreiger, Deborah, "Sculptors probe the impossibility of 'shelter' at Da Vinci Art Alliance,", Philadelphia, PA

Rosenfeld, Alix, "A Shelter Where Words Fail," Broad Street Review, Philadelphia, PA

Lear, Len, "Dramatic 'Achromatic' exhibit opens in gallery at SCH," Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia, PA

Geringer, Dan, “Germantown artist celebrates her neighborhood’s diversity,” Philadelphia Daily News, March 2015

Mabaso, Alaina, “‘Meditative’ outdoor installation takes over Awbury Arboretum’s grounds,” Newsworks, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Lear, Len, “New outdoor sculptures at G’Town arboretum inspirational,” Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Newhall, Edith, “Art Alliance offers new takes on the old-time sitting room,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 2010

Perseghin, Lou, “Fun, not profit, is key to localite’s ‘Binks’ exhibit,” Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia, PA, 2006

Bracken Sparks, Amy, "A multitude of ideas, shapes in gathering of abstractions,” The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, 2004

Huh, Jane, "Vergette Gallery opens 52 words later,” The Daily Egyptian, Carbondale, IL, 2004

Knowles, Carole, "Seven artists tell it like it is,” Memphis Flyer, Memphis, TN, 2004

Panetta, Gary, "Toys the inspiration behind artists' works,” The Journal Star, Peoria, IL, 2004

Zimmerman, Andrea, "Art Exhibit gives 52 words a new meaning,” The Daily Egyptian, Carbondale, IL, 2004

Bradley, Jerry, “‘Process and Performance’ a different kind of gathering,” Southern Illinoisian, Carbondale, IL, 2004

Cooper, Ivy, "Stamp Collecting - It's not for the solitary,” Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO, 2003

Lewis, Susan, “Carole Loeffler’s ‘binks suggest creatures, characters, aliens…’,” Morning Sentinel, Mt. Vernon, IL, 2003

Ritter, Geoffrey, “Glove Factory to play host to art show,” Daily Egyptian, Carbondale, IL, 2003

Short, Linda, “Carole Loeffler, bink…bink…bink,” Cedarhurst Quarterly, Mt. Vernon, IL, 2003

Stetson, Nancy, “Art as Basketball,” The Neapolitan, Naples, FL, 2000

Wozniak, Mary, “Fab Five Team up for art,” The News Press, Naples, FL, 2000

Ogles, Jacob, “Art causes stink in Marshall Center,” The Oracle, Tampa, FL, 1999

Ogles, Jacob, “Artists exhibit O.K.ed for Center,” The Oracle, Tampa, FL, 1999

Tyson, Cicely, “Smelly Art,” Fox 13 News, Tampa, FL, 1999

Social Practice and Community Involvement

Yarnbombing Festival, Invited street art installation in Trivento, Italy

United Nations COVID19 response Creative Content Hub, New York, NY

Granny Graffiti scavenger hunt in Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA

Symbols of Hope, project for the United States Post Office, over 200 collages mailed in the US and to 5 countries, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the Sixes, Delaware Valley Art Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

You are Beautiful, YAB HQ Gallery, Chicago, IL

One night in Footscray, Invitational participation in community project “The Other List”, Footscray, Australia

Yarnbombing: Trivento, Invited street art installation in Trivento, Italy

Tiny Pricks, Community art participation, Vancouver, British Columbia and at Lingua Franca Gallery, New York, NY

Yarn bombing at Pickwick Corner, 5 Granny graffiti pieces, St. Louis, MO'

MAM Yarn Bomb, Montclair Art Museum, NJ

Fishtown Floral Crawl, collaboration with Boatniq Blooms, Philadelphia, PA

Granny Graffiti, 40+ works on telephone poles throughout Philadelphia, PA

I’m sorry, an 8-part piece installed at the John Lennon Wall, Prague, Czech Republic

Seton Hall Granny Graffiti, 12 commission-based works on campus and 12 placed in nearby neighborhood, Newark, NJ

Kindness rocks, Germantown Artist Roundtable Imagination Station, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Artist, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA

Wish pillows, Germantown Artist Roundtable Imagination Station, Germantown Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Artist, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA

Participant, Toe the Line Drawing Collaborative Drawing, organized by Missy Wilkinson, Bono, AR


Arrowmont School of Art, Spring Pentaculum, Gaitlinburg, TN

Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, Ireland


University of South Florida, College of Art and Art History, Tampa, FL
MFA, Sculpture

Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ
BFA, Sculpture