Joseph Opshinsky

Scranton, PA

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Collage and Works on Paper

Cut Paper Collages

Artist's Statement

My art is rooted in the natural world and landscapes of Pennsylvania. The effects of the localized scenery, the remnants of past industry, and the plants and animals that inhabit the region have provided inspiration throughout my career. I strive to reveal the inherent beauty of overlooked and forgotten places, especially scenes reclaimed by nature.

Over the past several years, my process has evolved from traditional painting and drawing to working in collaged paper. This medium provides an engaging set of challenges in terms of color, composition, and representation, all beginning with a contour line drawing. More recently, plein air sketches and watercolor studies have become the starting point for my cut paper collages.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2020
Regional Color, Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton, NY

2016
Local Color: Cut Paper Collages, Hall Gallery at Crane Arts, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

6th Artist Invitational, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Paper Cuts, ArtWorks Studio & Gallery, Scranton, PA

2015
Here and There, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Joseph Opshinsky | Mark Price, II WAYS: New Works in Paper, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Recent Works, Friedman Art Gallery, Penn State University Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, PA

Group
2019
InLiquid Benefit 2019, InLiquid at Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the Flower 2019, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Art Show 2019: Drawn From Nature, John James Audobon Center at Mill Grove, Audobon, PA

16th Annual Scenes of Schuylkill, Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, MCCC West Gallery, Pottstown, PA

Small Works, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Art of the Flower 2018, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2018 New Hope Art League Juried Art Show, New Hope Art League, New Hope, PA
Juried Exhibition

2017
The Art of the Flower 2017, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Art Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Spring Gala Exhibition 2017, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

50th Annual Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juried Exhibition

2016
Annual Domenic DiStefano Memorial Works on Paper Exhibitions, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Art Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Spring Gala Exhibition 2016, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

49th Annual Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juried Exhibition

18th Annual National Juried Competition: Works on Paper Exhibition, LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach Township, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Annual Small Works Show, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2015
2015 International Juried Exhibition The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

Roberson Regional Art Exhibition, Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton, NY
Juried Exhibition

Annual Juried Exhibition: Telling Stories, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Art Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2014
New Sight, Savery Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

First Annual Juried Exhibition, JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA

LCAA National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster County Art Association, Lancaster, PA

11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Adams County Art Council, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA

Annual Juried Exhibition: Secrets (No one has to know!), Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

Art Unleashed, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2013
Annual Small Works Show, FrameWorks Studio and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Thirteen, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

Focus: Exploring Our Regional Sense of Place, 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Butternut Gallery, Montrose, PA

2012
My Animal Spirit, Frame Works Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Think Small, Frame Works Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2011
Inside/Outside, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Juried Exhibition

2010
Northeast PA Regional Art 2010, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

2008
41st Annual Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juried Exhibition

2007
Regional Juried Exhibit, Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton, NY
Juried Exhibition

2006
Northeast PA Regional Art 2006, Scranton, PA
Juried Exhibition

2004
Think Walken, Gallery I, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Awards and Honors

2018
First Prize/Donald C. Meyer Medal: Bluebell, Art of the Flower 2018, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Third Prize, Works on Paper: Floating Self-Portrait, 50th Annual Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2016
Honorable Mention: Dunmore Halloween, Spring Gala Exhibition 2016, Main Line Arts Center, Haverford, PA

2014
Fourth Prize, Farm Equipment, 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Adams County Art Council, Gettysburg, PA

Third Prize, Sanatorium, Annual Juried Exhibition, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

2010
Featured Artist, Alumni Studio Spotlight, University of the Arts

2009
Lackawanna County ARTS Engage! Grant Recipient and Lead Artist for Summer Mural Arts Program
Awarded in partnership with the City of Scranton’s Department of Parks and Recreation

2002 & 2003
Larry Day Memorial Award, University of the Arts, Selected by the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Arts

Public Projects

Murals
2013
Lead Artist, McNulty Greenhouse Mural, Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA

2009
Lead Artist, ARTS Engage! Summer Mural Arts Program for Scranton City Pools, Scranton, PA

2007
Lead Artist, Electric City Mural at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA

2005
Artist, Sensory Lounge Murals, Waterfront Complex, Plains, PA

Education

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting and Drawing

Keystone College, LaPlume, PA
AFA, Fine Arts, cum laude