Cassandra Petruchyk

Cassandra Petruchyk

    Contact Information

    Phone: 215-242-0133

    Studio & Gallery

    8431 Pickering Street Philadelphia, PA 19150

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Endangered Species

    Local Wildlife, PA

    Pet Portraits

    Artist's Biography

    I have lived around art my whole life. My father was a painter, and my mother, who raised me is a sculptor. Both parents taught art in various institutions from college to elementary grades, and my mother was always my art teacher she still is today.

    I started drawing at a very young age and my family loved and encouraged it. I went on to study art in school. I received a BFA from the University of North Florida where I studied with Louise Freshman Brown. While I went on to earn a BFA I found I had a great interest in the Biological Sciences. By the time I finished my four-year degree I had a large amount of coursework in Biological Science as well as the credits for my BFA.

    After graduating college I worked as an artist, producing work, showing it regularly and selling it.

    My college credits in the Biological Sciences and in education allowed me to teach Comprehensive Science while earning my Professional Teaching certificate in Biology grades 6-12.

    With classroom discipline a problem, I returned to school to finish a Biotech degree that would allow me to work in a Lab.

    Unable to fit into a corporate setting life led me back to art. This time my heart is truly in it. I find purpose in giving a voice to animals both wild and domestic.

    Artist's Statement

    My work is a series of animal portraits, the objective being to seek a voice for those who need to be heard.

    I started my focus on this subject after volunteering as an adoptions hostess at the Jacksonville Human Society in Florida.

    RecentlyI volunteere dat the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation clinic. I had the unique opportunity to work with wildlife up close and in person.

    Both experiences have given me awareness and a connection to the animals.

    I feel the need to somehow capture these unconditional open honest beings living amongst us.

    I aim to create an image for human viewers to share in my experience.

    My work intends to communicate emotion from the inside as it captures the subject and gives it a voice

    Selected Exhibitions

    New Now III, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Art Ability Annual Exhibition

    Art Ability Annual Exhibition

    Art Ability Annual Exhibition

    Work for sale in Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s gift shop

    Triennial Penn Charter Art Show

    Songbird series, The Satellite Gallery, Asheville, NC

    Thanksgiving auction to benefit animal welfare - artwork donation

    Fall for the Arts Festival in Chestnut Hill 1st place in Drawing and Illustration

    Braids Auction - artwork donation

    Braids Auction - artwork donation

    Rape Advocacy Auction - artwork donation

    Illustrations for Campus Pamphlet on Domestic Violence

    Professional Experience

    Biotechnology Technician Nucleic Assays Corporation

    Student Lab Assistant fccj

    Science Teacher (grades six through twelve), The Broach School, Westside Campus

    Science Teacher (seventh and eighth grade), Highlands Middle School
    Maintains Artist Studio in Jacksonville, Florida

    Assistant to Liz Burns, The Canvas Program, The Cultural Council

    Gallery Assistant, Pedestrian Gallery

    Public service

    Volunteer at the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
    Volunteer at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

    Volunteer, University of North Florida Child Development
    Center (Teacher Assistant)

    Volunteer Adoptions Hostess, Jacksonville Humane Society


    2010 - 2015
    Professional Certificate in Biology (Grades 6-12)

    2007- 2008
    Florida Community College at Jacksonville Biotechnology Laboratory Technician (A. S. Degree)

    Internship at the Mayo Clinic Neurology Research Department with Dr. Jada Lewis

    Professional Certificate in Biology (Grades 6-12)

    Temporary Educator’s Certificate in General Science (Grades 5-9)

    Participated in Transition into Teaching, a grant funded program put on by FCCJ and The Duval County Public Schools

    University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
    Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

    Florida Community College at Jacksonville
    Associate of Arts degree