Amy Orr

Contact Information

amyorr1@gmail.com

Phone: 215-518-1733

http://www.amyorr.net/

Philadelphia, PA

Please contact artist or gallery for purchases, commissions, etc.

Mixed Media

Installations

Illustration

Archived Works

Artist's Statement

Amy Orr is a multimedia artist whose work often involves the reinvention of manufactured materials; plastic and plastic cards in particular. The understanding and perception of plastic and ephemera is changing quickly. Where Amy’s work was once a lighthearted narrative about consumerism and culture, it is now overshadowed by the environmental disaster that our single-use practice has caused.

Amy is drawn to materials for their color, abundance and original intent. Whether constructing a patterned composition or figurative mosaic, the plastic fragments become a sparkling wasteland of personal histories and common stories. With a background in textiles, Orr’s work can be understood with references to the crazy quilt, in which fabric scraps are pieced together to create a whole cloth that is greater then the sum of its parts.

Previously a tenured professor, administrator, designer, and art publication editor, Amy Orr is now a studio and street artist. She accepts commissions for portraits, logos and architectural installations.

Robin Rice, "Amy Orr: Exploring Excess", Surface Design Journal, cover story

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2015
West Philly Relics, The Gold Standard, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Plastic Culture, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2006
Amy Orr: Twist Tie Quilt, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Beaded Streetscapes, Burrison Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Disparate Moments, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Amy Orr, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Interior Decorating with Plastic Alligators, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

1985
Private Places, Kling Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1984
Amy Orr, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Personal Affects, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA

1980
Amy Orr, 20th Street Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

1978
Faculty Club, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2019
Crafting Narratives, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Recycled, Repurposed, Repair the World, Temple Judea, Elkins Park, PA

It's a Wrap, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

Delineate, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Achromatic, Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

2018 - 2019
20 for 20, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Transformers: Artistic Alchemy, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Dalton, GA

2017
Achromatic, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Faces of Politics: In/Tolerance, Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA

2015
Semper Tedium, Stiges, Spain

2014
Semper Tedium, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Semper Tedium, Texas Quilt Muesum, La Grange, TX

2013
Thread Bare, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

2012
Semper Tedium, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

A Sense of Place, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Bound and Found, Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA

In Stitches, Long Beach Island Foundation, NJ

2011
Faction Politic, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, PA

Victory for Tyler: Works on Paper/Posters, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA,
First prize

Little Treasures, Projects Gallery. Philadelphia, PA

2010
Practice and Process, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Currency, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

SOFA, International Exposition of Sculptural Object and Functional Art, NY

Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show, Philadelphia, PA

7th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Gallery,
Philadelphia, PA

2008
Home Sweet Home, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

6th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fiber Artists: Philadelphia, #5, DaVinci Art Alliance,
Philadelphia, PA

2007
Uncommon Threads, Artmobile, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

2006
Vernacular/Spectacular, Meyerson Hall Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

5th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibit 4, InLiquid at the Bride, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Take Cover, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA

2005
Studio Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA

SOFA, New York, NY

2003
Alternitive Quilt, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
Quilt National Traveling Exhibition

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
Quilt National

2002
At The Cutting Edge, The State of the Art Quilt, Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

SOFA, New York, NY

Survey Fiber 2002, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Quilters Heritage Celebration , Lancaster, PA
Quilt National
SEPCHE Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, Chestnut HIll College, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works, NAP Space, Kutztown PA

2001
Quilt National, Athens, OH

2000
Art Quilts at the Sedgwick, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

Multiples, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1999
Art Quilts at the Sedgwick, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

Focus on Fibers, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Warren Seelig

Stories, 750 Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1998
Beadworks, Dairy Barn Cultural Center, Athens, OH
Juror: Joyce Scott

Innovations: Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Power of Paper, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Bernice Steinbaum

1989
Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Beasties, Beauties and Other Wonders, Perkins Art Center, Moorestown, NJ

1985
Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

1982
Diverse Directions in Fibers, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1979
The Landsman Gallery, Magnolia, NJ

1978
Swan Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1977
The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, Israel

Artist's Bibliography

2019
Sider, Sadra. "Art Quilts Unfolding, 50 Years of Innovation", Studio Art Quilt Associates

2015
deForrest, Ann. "In West Philadelphia A Fabric Artist Strikes Again", Hidden City

Hargrave, Linda. “Street Finds Inspire Local Artist”, Temple News

2012
Sider, Sandra. "Semper Tedium, The Slow Art of Quiltmaking", Studio Art Quilt Associates

Bauers, Sandy. "Plarn", Philadelphia Inquirer

D'Ambrosio, Felicia. “Q& A with Amy Orr”, Generosity

Newhall, Edith. “First Vivid Threads of a Fiber Celebration”, Philadelphia Inquirer

Oliveres, Isabel. "A Sense Of Place”, Title Magazine

Fallon, Roberta. “Philadelphia is the Place for Fibers”, artblog

Crimmins, Peter. "Philadelphia Fiber Arts Festival”, Newsworks, WHYY

Fallon, Roberta. “Philadelphia Area in the Embrace of Fiber Arts”, Philadelphia Daily News

Hoffman, Bruce. “Curating a Sense of Place”, Fiber Art Now Magazine

Hoo, Cassandra. “A Sense of Place”, Philly Side Arts

Rice, Robin. “Re-View: A Sense of Place”, Philadelphia City Paper

2011
Hoffman, Bruce. “FiberPhiladelphia 2012”, Fiber Art Now

Finkbiner, Nicole. “Consumer Rapport”, Philadelphia Weekly

Russel, Carol. Fiber Art Today, Schiffer LTD

2010
Barkan, Jonathan. Tribute to the Flag, Video, Scottish Rite Masons

Hemachandra, Ray, 500 Art Quilts, Lark Books

"Art for the Cash Poor Spotlight," uwishunu, June 10, 2010

"Art Cards," Philly Design Blog, March 10, 2010

Newhall, Edith, "Fibrous and Fabulous", Philadelphia Inquirer, H4, March 14, 2010

Donohoe, Victoria, "Credit Card Art," Philadelphia Inquirer, W26, January 22, 2010

500 Art Quilts, Lark Books, page 414, 2010

Pollock, Michael, "The Gallery Gang," Wilmington Magazine, cover, pg. 6-7, February 2010

2009
Isaacs, Susan J, Essay for exhibit brochure Amy Orr, Plastic Culture, DCCA October 2009

Evangelista, Carina, Essay for exhibit brochure Amy Orr, Plastic Culture, DCCA October 2009

2008
Rosof, Libby, "The Fab Fiber Four: The Second Stitch", artblog, March 19, 2008

Riley, Leslie, "Artist to Artist with Amy Orr", Cloth Paper Scissors, May, pages 40 - 44, May 2008

Dribbin, Melissa, "Fiber Topics, Fiberarts in a Growth Mode", Philadelphia Inquirer, pages E1, March 5, 2008

Weaver, Jim, "FiberPhiladelphia 2008: The International FiberBiennial", The Crafts Report, October 2008

2007
Orr, Amy, "Quilt National and the Internet: The Artist Responds " Fiberarts Magazine, September/October 2007

Sider, Sandra, "Commentary: Quilt National and the Internet", Fiberarts Magazine, Summer 2007

"Amy Orr: Gallery", Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, Tokyo, Japan, June 2007

2006
Smuckler, Janneken, "5th International Fiber Biennial", SAQA Journal, Spring 2006

"In The Hub: Art on the Fly", USAirways Magazine, page 112, January 2006

Young, Miriam, "The Culture Vulture:79-cent art",The Roanoke Times, January 18, 2006

2005
Rice, Robin, "Amy Orr: Exploring Excess", Surface Design Journal, Winter 2005

2004
Quotable Women, A Celebration, Running Press

2003
Leininger, Margaret, "In review: Survey Fiber 2002" Surface Design Journal, Winter 2003

2002
Sozanski, Edward, "Fiber Show: Beyond Textiles", Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2002

Sozanski, Edward, "At the Cutting Edge: the State of the Art Quilt", Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2002

Rice, Robin, "A View to a Quilt", City Paper, July 18, 2002

2001
Quilt National, Lark Books, 2001

2000
Raftery, Kay, "At ‘Quilting Bee’, Layers of Lives are Revealed", Philadelphia Inquirer, March 12, 2000

Quotable Women, a Celebration, Running Press, 2000

1999
Sozanski, Edward, "Using Raw Materials with Taste and Restraint", Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 1999

Fiberarts Design Book Six, Lark Books, fall 1999

1998
Brown, Girard, "The New Garbage", Philadelphia Weekly, December 2, 1998

Surface Design Journal, "Exposure", page 42, fall 1998

Korach, Alice, Bead Art, Pages 76-77, Kalmbach Books, 1998

1997
Donohoe, Victoria, "Of Power of Paper", Philadelphia Inquirer, February 1997

1989
Eliot, Robert, "Beasties, Beauties and other Wonders" Art Matters, Page, 15, July 1989

Professional Experience

2020
Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Juror

2017
People's Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching Artist

2016 - 2017
Germantown Home and Life Centers, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching Artist

2001 - 2017
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Adjunct Faculty

2010 - 2013
Director, FiberPhiladelphia

2008, 2010
Coordinator, FiberPhiladelphia

2007 - 2009
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
Adjunct Associate Professor, Crafts

1986 - 2007
Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
Associate Professor, Arts Division

2006
Villanova University in Sienna, Italy
Adjunct Instructor

Art Quilt Elements, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Juror

2005
LINC Philadelphia, National Arts Initiative, Pew and Bartol Foundations
Participant

2004 - 2005
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Panelist

2004
Textile Study Group, NY
Lecturer

1988
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Visiting Artist

1981 - 1986
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Program Director, Artmobile

1982 - 1987
Adjunct Instructor, Fibers & Art Education, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1981 - 1987
Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Banner Designs and Production

Projects

2013 - present
Street Interventions

2013
"Made in Philadelphia" Billboard, CFEVA, Knight Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation

2012
"Structure and Surface", Mural Arts and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

2012
"FiberPhiladelphia2012", Orchestrated International Conference and Exhibitions, Director

1984 - 1999
The Artist's Guide to Philadelphia, 5 editions

Honors and Awards

2000
Multiples, Rubin Re/Max Award, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1997
Power Of Paper, Fred D. Griffith’s Award, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA,

1989
PA Council On The Arts: The Artists’ Guide To Philadelphia, 5th Edition

New Jersey Council on the Arts, "Sharing the Arts" Purchase Award

1984, 1986, 1987, and 1990
PA Council On The Arts: The Artists’ Guide To Philadelphia

Grants

2015 - 2016
Center for Emerging Visual Artists and New Courtland Foundation
Teaching Artist Fellowship

2012
City of Philadelphia, Proclamation of Excellence

1988, 1989, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Connelly Faculty Development Grant

2004
Claniel Foundation

1988
PEW, Faculty Development Grant: Visiting Faculty, Glasgow, Scotland

Select Collections Commissions

Royal Bank of Canada
Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
Children's Hospital of Boston, MA
Chicago Area Transportation Commission, IL
Marcia and Allen Doctor, NY
Clara Hollander, Philadelphia, PA
Abby Taubin and Hans Geberbauer, London, UK

Education

1989
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
MFA, Fibers

1981
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MA, Art Education, Concentration in Fibers

1977
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
BFA, Fine Arts