Helen Mirkil


Contact Information

brknvsl@mac.com

Phone: 215-260-6078

http://www.assemblageartistscollective.com

Lansdale, PA

www.seniorartists.org/2017saiartists.html
www.vimeo.com/221320442

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Mixed Media

Landscapes

Flowers

Paintings

Landscapes

Figurative/Narrative

Drawing

Artist's Biography

Helen Mirkil works in Lansdale, PA. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (BFA, ’88; MFA ‘94). She had a solo show at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York. A year later she received the six-week Valerie Lamb Smith Painting Residency in Chester County, PA. Mirkil’s large figurative paintings were shown in a solo exhibition at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art. The exhibition traveled from the University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA.

A solo exhibition of Mirkil’s narrative paintings, entitled “Hidden Stories,” took place at Montgomery County Community College. Her painting “Dream Dance” was featured in the “Director’s Choice” exhibition at the opening of the Pfeiffer Wing at the Berman Museum of Art. Also, her work was one of a few artist's works in “Ecstatic Landscape,” curated by Miriam Seidel. In both the summers of 2009 and 2013, Mirkil’s work was juried in the National Midyear Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art.

Mirkil taught painting and drawing at Ursinus College, the Wayne Art Center, and also in Wales, UK (during a sculpture/teaching fellowship). Helen Mirkil has served as a visiting artist and lecturer at Chatham Hall in VA; at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA; and at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC.

For three years Mirkil served as coordinator of Zone One Artists’ Cooperative in the Second St. Arts Building in Philadelphia, PA. As guest curator at the Berman Museum of Art, she conceived two major exhibitions: “The Expressionist Gesture” and “In Her Voice: Self-Portraits by Women.”

Mirkil’s book, “Sower on the Cliffs, poems, and drawings,” was published in 2013 by BookArts Press and generated favorable reviews. She gives poetry readings in the Philadelphia area. Mirkil is a member of the poetry group Montco Poets' Word-shop and also studies with the poet Leonard Gontarek.

Mirkil’s visual work can be seen at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, the Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Villanova University Art Collection, the University of Mary Washington Galleries in Fredericksburg, VA, the Monmouth Comprehensive School in Wales, UK, the Teaching Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

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

2014
Passionate Gesture, Santa Bannon Fine Art, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

2011
Hidden Stories, Fine Arts Center, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

2005
Landscapes: 1989 – 2004, Stockton Art Gallery [brochure], Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

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

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

1998
Pennlyn Series, Walter Wickiser Gallery [catalog], New York, NY
Traveling Exhibition

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

Two-person

2015
Soaring, Santa Bannon Fine Art, Bethlehem, PA

Portraying Kinship, Painted Bride Café, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Jennifer Schick and Sean Stoops

Group

2017
Assemblage: A Regional Collective of Women Artists, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

FAME 2017 Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Assemblage: A Collective of Women Artists Celebrating 30 Years, Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ

2013
74th National Midyear Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2011
Ecstatic Landscape, Borofsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Miriam Seidel

2009
73rd National Midyear Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

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

Veritas to Vanitas, Bristol-Myers 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

Publications and Reviews

2013
"Sower on the Cliffs,” paintings and drawings, BookArts Press

Wasserman, Burt, “Sower on the Cliffs, poems and drawings,” Art From Near and Far

2011
Mangravite, Andrew, “Ecstatic Landscape, at the Gershman Y,” Broad Street Review, May 24, 2011

Donohoe, Victoria, “Personal Vision,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Biberman, Jane, “Helen Mirkil,” Montgomery County Town; Country Magazine

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

Professional Experience

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

2005 - 2007
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 – 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, awarded by the 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 Panels

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

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

1991
“Co-Ops and Zone One Gallery," Comcast cable interview, Aug./Sept.

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

Selected Collections

American Academy of Arts & Letters, Hall of Academicians, (reproduction of drawing of George Rochberg), New York, NY
Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, Bryn Mawr, PA
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Monmouth Comprehensive School, Monmouth, Wales, UK
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA
Villanova University Art Collection, Villanova, PA
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Other

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

Exhibitions Curated

2004
The Expressionist Gesture, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA [catalog]

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

1998 – 1999
In Her Voice: Self-Portraits by Women, Philip and Muriel 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
University of Pennsylvania & Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA