Helen Mirkil


Contact Information

Phone: 215-260-6078

Lansdale, PA

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Mixed Media

Landscapes

Flowers

Paintings

Landscapes

Figurative/Narrative

Artist's Statement

My creativity is a gift. In part, it is driven by
a childhood need to be heard.

With art or poetry, I’m able to express things
that inspire and/or weigh on my soul. It doesn’t
matter whether I am sitting inside a grove of trees,
looking into the eyes of a friend, or admiring the
grace of dying tulips. Beauty and depth are there
to be found.

There is an internal music that comes alive in me,
a sort of dance, when I’m painting or writing.
Really, I think, before anything else, I love to dance.
And this dance is a prayer of gratitude to the Lord
of my soul.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2007
Drawing, Painting, and Collage, Beaumont, Bryn Mawr, PA

2005
Landscapes: 1989 – 2004, Stockton Art Gallery, Pomona, NJ

2003
Conversations, University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA; Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA

Traveling Exhibitions

1999
Through the Looking Glass, Claude Howell Gallery, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

1998
Pennlyn Series, Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY [catalog]

1995
Landscapes, Hanes Art Center Glass Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Two-person

2004
…hold on, I’m comin’…, Atelier Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ

Group

2008
All About Trees, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA

2004
2nd Anniversary Exhibition, Simmons Wright Gallery, Wilmington, NC

2001
Four Pennsylvanians, Blount Bridgers House/Hobson Pittman Gallery, Tarboro, NC

Veritas to Vanitas, Bristol Meyers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1999
Moving into the Millennium: Darkness, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

1988
15 Philadelphia Artists, Nexus/Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Marcia Tucker, Curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

Artist's Bibliography

2007
Donohoe, Victoria, “Beaumont at Bryn Mawr,” The Philadelphia Inquirer

Biberman, Jane, “Helen Mirkil,” Montgomery County Town; Country Magazine

1991
“Co-Ops and Zone One Gallery,“ Comcast cable interview, August/September

Professional Experience

2006
Invited Critic, portfolio review, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2005 – present
Volunteer Art Teacher, St. Mary’s Villa, Ambler, PA

2002
Self portrait/Oil Pastel Workshops, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

1999
Oil Pastel Workshop, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

1995 – 1997
Painting & Drawing Instructor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

1995 – 1996
Painting & Drawing Instructor/Lecturer, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

1995
Painting Instructor/Visual Arts Coordinator, New Jersey Summer Arts Institute, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

1990
Sculpture Instructor/Lecturer, Monmouth Comprehensive School, Monmouth, Wales, UK

Honors and Awards

1990
British/American Arts Association Travel Grant, in conjunction with the Wales/Philadelphia Exchange

Fellowship in Wales, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Wales/Philadelphia Exchange

Residencies

1999
Valerie Lamb Smith Painting Residency, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

2005
“How’s the Weather? or…Is Landscape Just Landscape?” Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

2000
“Phyllis Ridderhof Martin and Women’s Self-Portraiture,” Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

1999
“Self-Portraits by Women,”University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

1998
“Art and the Spirit,” & “Residency in Wales,” Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA

1993
“From the Studio to the Printed Word,” panel, Direct Dialogues, Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, PA

1992
“Artistic Expression and the Power of Politics,” panel, Nightingale Bamford School, New York, NY

1991
“Co-Op Galleries,” panel, Direct Dialogues, Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, PA

“A Philadelphia Artist in Wales,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

2004
Catalog, The Expressionist Gesture, Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

2003
Catalog, Conversations, University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA;
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Traveling Exhibition

2002
Dream Symbols, Running Press, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 66, 110

2000
Quotable Women, Running Press, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 111, 123

1998
Catalog, Pennlyn Series, Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY

Selected Collections

American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, Bryn Mawr, PA
University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA
Villanova University Art Collection, Villanova, PA
Monmouth Comprehensive School, Monmouth, Wales, UK

Other

2006
ELEMENTAL: Cu-Ag-Au, benefit for St. Mary’s Family Respite Center, bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions Curated

2004
The Expressionist Gesture, Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

2002
Seeking the Real, Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

1998 – 1999
In Her Voice: Self-Portraits by Women, Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Education

1994 – 1995
Barnstone Studios, Coplay, PA
Composition and Theory

1994
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA

1988
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts & University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
BFA