Gillian Pokalo


Printmaking/Mixed Media

Artist's Statement

I grew up in Conshohocken, exploring factory relics along the Schuylkill River. That interest in the ever-changing landscape has continued into my adult life. My work is influenced by the sociological shift in the communities that were originally built around industry and the remnants of places that no longer exist. I photograph buildings that are in some way imperfect, or have a humble, almost forgotten quality. Through the repetition of the printed image, these structures create an implied narrative and a metaphor for the human condition.

I create monoprints using a combination of painting, photography, and printmaking techniques. The process of making a print has always intrigued me: not only because of the immediacy of the medium, but also because it is that which remains when the plate or screen is removed. In this way, I think of my creative process as a meditation on the transient nature of reality.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2017
That Which Remains: Views of Iceland, Duus Safnahus (Duus Museum), Keflavik, Iceland

2010
Green Line Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

Gryphon Cafe, Wayne, PA

2009
Ten Stone, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Fairmount Arts Crawl, Rembrandt’s, Philadelphia, PA

Group

2019
Faculty Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford PA

2018
The Past is Present: Visions of Bethlehem Steel, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA

6 Women Printmakers, Process and Invention, Brandywine Workshop and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Finding Shelter, Sweet Mabel, Narberth, PA

2017
Phoenix Village Art Center, Phoenixville, PA

JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA

River's Edge Gallery, New Hope, PA

2016
Pennswood Gallery, Newtown, PA

Sweet Mabel Fine Art, Narberth, PA

2015
Noyes Art Museum, Oceanville, NJ

2014
Grafiikanpaja-Aava/Printmakers Open Forum, Summer Solstice Workshop/"Printing the Midnight Sun", Lapaluoto, Finland

Crafts Marketplace, Noyes Art Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Lansdowne Arts Fest, Lansdowne, PA

Clover Market, Ardmore, PA

2013
Crafts Marketplace, Noyes Art Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Lansdowne Arts Fest, Lansdowne, PA

Member Exhibition: InLiquid, PPAC, Second State, at Ice Box Project Space and Grey Area, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Clover Market, Ardmore, PA

Chestnut Hill Garden Fest, Chestnut Hill, PA

Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

'Feine Cafe, Conshohocken, PA

2012
Clover Market, Ardmore, PA

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts, Chestnut Hill, PA

Milkboy Coffee, Ardmore, PA

2011
Faculty Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2nd Street Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Philadelphia, PA

Clover Market, Ardmore, PA

2010
More than Just a One Night Stand, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

A Very Kensington Christmas, Inliquid at Greensgrow Farms, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Holiday Show, Neighborhood Potters, Philadelphia, PA

Arthouse, Salon Des Amis, Malvern, PA

2007
First Saturday, Fifth Stone Studios, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Spring Senior Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

V.I.P. Lounge Show, Eagles Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

Keisho Art Association Exhibition, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Harriet Sartain Fellowship Show, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Other

2019
Host Studio, Chester County Studio Tour, Phoenixville PA

2017
Murals (Permanent Installation), Guesthouse 1x6, Keflavik, Iceland 

Bethesda Studio, Delaware County Studio Tour, Havertown, PA

2016
Murals (Permanent Installation), Guesthouse 1x6, Keflavik, Iceland 

2015
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen - July: Wilmington, DE; November: Lancaster, PA

Art for the Cash Poor,  InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

Clover Market, Bryn Mawr, PA

2014
Art for the Cash Poor 15, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Art for the Cash Poor 14, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Art for the Cash Poor 12, Inliquid, IceBox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Art for the Cash Poor 11, Inliquid, Crane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2012 - Present
Art Educator, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Plymouth Meeting, PA

2010 - present
Teaching Artist, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2010 - present
Teaching Artist, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2007 - 2008, 2009 - Present
Art Educator, Pre-K to 8, St. William School, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

2016
Pennswood Gallery- Artist Talk, Newtown, PA

2013-2016
Merion Art and Repro, Ardmore, PA

2011
Muhlenberg College, Muhlenberg, PA

Workshops

2016-2019
Community Workshop/ Artist Residency at 1x6, Bókasafn Reykjanesbæjar, Iceland

2013
Merion Art and Repro, Ardmore, PA

2011, 2012
Screen Print Workshop, Main Line Back to School Night, Villanova, PA

Collections

Twentieth Century Fox, Modern Family
Office of Education, US Government
OmegaMuse/ Omega Group, Berwyn, PA
Orbit Gallery, Manayunk, PA
Sweet Mabel Gallery, Narberth, PA

Education

2007
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Post-Baccalaureate of Education Certificate, Pennsylvania Art K-12

2005
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, 2-D Fine Arts
cum laude

2004
Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, VA
Residency Internship