Amie Potsic

Amie Potsic

    Contact Information

    apotsic@yahoo.com

    Phone: 610-731-6312

    http://www.amiepotsic.com/

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    Photography

    Made In China

    Skin Stories

    Archived Work

    Tropicália, or Bread and Circuses

    Artist's Statement

    My work intersects the realms of the physical, socio-political, and natural worlds. I am interested in how we uniquely experience the world through our bodies, culture, and environment. Through project-based explorations, my photographic work challenges the viewer to question stereotypes, cultural norms, and politics. Through each body of work, I learn about the world around me and encourage others to engage on a deeper level. Whether I’m photographing internationally or closer to home, my concerns are simultaneously individual and global. While my work stylistically re-invents itself to suit each project’s subject matter, a common thread includes utilizing a seductive beauty in an effort to encourage grappling with difficult issues. Employing photography and a dynamic approach to installation, I challenge the viewer to experience, think, and act. Both personal and universal, my work highlights the manner in which we reflect and re-order the world around us in pursuit of self-discovery.

    Made In China references the discrepancy between China’s rich history of art and culture and its controversial modern reality. Utilizing the aesthetics of traditional Chinese scroll paintings of seasonal imagery, this series focuses on the country’s current political, economic, and social conflict. The text on each piece, which relates to a particular aspect of conflict, is Chinese calligraphy with its English translation and a traditional Chinese stamp. China’s past and present are viewed as an alchemy of beauty, culture, control, and contradiction.

    Skin Stories is a collection of large-scale silver gelatin prints that address skin, scars and wounds as agents of seduction, spirituality, conflict, and beauty. Skin Stories is the result of photographic investigations that explore the physical, spiritual, and psychological terrain of skin in both the human body and religious sculpture.

    Tropicália or Bread and Circuses looks at the social, historical, and political dynamics of Brazil through the perspective of public festival. Underneath the surface of vibrant community festivals, there exists a jagged reminder that private space and resources remain largely unattainable by most. Finding festival flags dancing in the wind as they sliced down from the sky and shards of glass slicing upward from perimeter walls below, I saw a similarity in form that pointed to this larger cultural phenomenon. From this context, the series addresses a complex combination of power, suffering, and celebration.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo

    2011
    Endangered Seasons, Rhodes Art Park, Rhodes, Greece

    2009
    Skin Stories, AREA 919 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    Thin Skinned Thick, Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    Tropicália, or Bread and Circuses, Gallery 626, Los Angeles, CA

    2003
    Doppelganger, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

    Seduce Me, Pyramind Studios, San Francisco, CA

    2002
    Thin Skinned Thick, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Ritual and Resilience, Royal Ground, San Francisco, CA

    2001
    Seduce Me, Cinema and Photography Gallery 1101, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

    2000
    Seduce Me, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Group

    2010
    Skin Deep, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

    84th Annual International Competition: Photography!, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    13 Months, AREA 919, Philadelphia, PA

    Paperless Photo, Photo 612, Haddon Heights, NJ

    Personal Universal, University City Arts League, Phildaelphia, PA

    2008
    Sneak Peak, The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

    Piece Process: Every Wall Shall Fall, Pomegranate Gallery, New York, NY

    2007
    Art for Healing, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Piece Process, Glen & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR

    Piece Process, Memorial Art Gallery at Rochester University, Rochester, NY

    2006
    67th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Visions of Liberty, The National Constitution Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Consequence of Light, ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy

    2004
    Creature Comfort, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

    2003
    Other Selves, Mission 17, San Francisco, CA

    Visions, Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

    Skin 2003, Icebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

    Images of the Virgin, Gallery Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA

    2002
    Blood Show, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Fotosemana, Museo de Arte Moderna de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia

    Fotosemana, Galeria El Museo - Bogota, Colombia

    Emerging Bay Area Photographers, Society for Photographic Education Conference, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

    BioTech, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Exposed, Artoconecto / National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC

    2001
    Documenta USA, The Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

    New Art, The Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

    Beauty Matters, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2000
    Inspiration and Image, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

    Beliefs, Faith, and Religion, Second City Council Gallery, Longbeach, CA

    Photography 2000, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

    Sacred Vessels, Avenues Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

    1996
    International Juried Photography Exhibition, The Maryland Federation of Art Gallery, Annapolis, MD

    Roots, Creese Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    1995
    Woman, Eleanor Holmes Norton Gallery, Washington, DC

    Professional Experience

    partial list
    2007 – present
    Director, Career Development Program, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    Visiting Artist and Critic, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

    Portfolio Reviewer, Critical Mass, PhotoLucida

    2006 – 2007
    Director, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Mid-Atlantic Conference

    1999 - 2005
    Visiting Faculty, ACE Faculty, Pre-College Faculty, Photography Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

    2001 - 2004
    Adjunct Faculty, Extension Faculty, Photography Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

    2003 - 2004
    Adjunct Faculty, Photography Instructor, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA

    Honors and Awards

    partial list
    2010
    The Ollcott Family Award, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    First Place Award, PhotoAlliance Slide Competition, Award Lecture given at The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

    1999
    Award of Excellence, 19th Annual College Photo Contest, Photographer's Forum

    Honorable Mention, Paul Sack Building Awards: Paul Sack Collection

    1998
    Second place, Photo-essay Award, Photo '98 Contest, San Francisco Bay Guardian

    First Place Award, Jerusalem 3000 Photography Contest, Jewish Exponent

    Lectures and Talks

    partial list
    2009
    Exhibiting Artist Lecture, Skin Stories, AREA 919, Philadelphia, PA

    2008
    Guest Lecturer, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

    2007
    Exhibiting Artist Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Distinguished Artist Lecturer, Doppelganger, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

    Publications

    partial list
    2002
    Featured Artist, Casa do Vaticano, Gráficos Burti Publishers, Brazil, 7th Ed.

    Selected Exhibitions Curated

    2010
    Material Motion, Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Free Form, Rowan University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Co-curator, On The Rise: Inaugural Exhibition, The Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    Selections from Cluster, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

    Sweet Spot: A Philagrafika 2010 and Fiber Philadelphia Exhibition, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Co-curator, Urban Organic, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Pittsburgh Biennial Selections, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

    2008
    Perspectives, Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Emerging to Established: 25 Years of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Pittsburgh Selections, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

    Co-curator, Live With It: Premier, PhotoWest Gallery,
    Philadelphia, PA

    Piece Process: Every Wall Shall Fall, Pomegranate Gallery, New York, NY

    2007
    Natural Selection, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

    Education

    1999
    San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
    MFA, Photography

    1996
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Photography Studies

    1994
    Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
    Photography Studies

    1993
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    BA, Photojournalism and English Literature
    Distinguished Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

    1992
    Universidád Complutense de Madríd, Madríd, Spain
    Certificate of Study