Adina Segal


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Paintings & Works on Paper

Artist's Biography

Artist and educator, Adina Segal, fell in love with photography in high school. After earning an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, she exhibited her prolonged exposure photographs at galleries nationwide. Since becoming a mother and witnessing her own sons draw, paint, and play so freely, her desire to try a new medium arose. Inspired by how collaborative and creative working with children can be, she began designing and facilitating art programs for children. Since 2014, Adina has worked with the Philadelphia area non-profit ArtWell, supporting young people and their communities through the arts. In 2018, Adina started experimenting with watercolor. By working in a new medium, Adina let go of her prior expectations, giving herself permission to explore further. Although the medium is altogether different, she seeks a sense of wonder, the same kind of curious fascination that drew her to photography. Throughout her art, Adina explores realms outside of daily life, spaces where there is room for the imagination to wander and memories to come to the surface. Adina lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.

Artist's Statement

I create to illuminate what I cannot otherwise see. Transformation is at the core of my work; through colors, shapes, and layers, I seek a world outside my physical experience. Moving inward, I create abstract images: moonscapes, skyscapes, and waterscapes. I am fascinated by space, not as an exact location, but as a mysterious place, and infinite place of wonder with shifting atmospheres and moods. As I paint, watching colors and forms shift, I am seeking something I can't always envision. These visceral spaces exist outside the flow of my daily life, for when painting, I enter a meditative state. Following my intuition and trusting when to stop and when to work back into the painting, is contrary to how I often exist in other areas of my life. I am a planner, a list-maker, someone who likes to know what to expect. Therefore, making work in this intuitive way stands in sharp contrast to other parts of myself. It's the letting go that allows this work to come forward. I am enthralled by the not knowing, the seeking, the transformation -- the discovery. It's exciting to work in this tactile way, embracing the tension between my need for control and my desire to uncover the unknown.

Selected Exhibitions

idyll, InLiquid at the Yard, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper, LBIF Arts + Science, Long Beach Island, NJ
Juror: Esther Adler, Curator of drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art

CFEVA exhibition, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

True Blue, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
Online exhibition

Abstracted, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
Online exhibition

Lumiere, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
Online exhibition

Emergence, Media Arts Council, Media, PA
Online exhibition

Joint Venture, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA

Spaces, Worrell Photographs, New York, NY

Fresh Meat, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Water, Tulla Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Squint, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Working Artists, Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY

Summer Show, Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta, GA

Expo 17, b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY
Curator: Jane Adlin, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photography '98, Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

PhotoSession, Allen's Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Television Series Installation, Center for Photography, St. Louis, MO

Professional Experience

ArtWell, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching Artist and Site Leader

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Visiting Professor

New York University, New York, NY
Visiting Professor

Awards & Honors

Juror's Award, PhotoSession, Philadelphia, PA

Herb Weitman Award for Photography, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


University of California, Berkeley, CA
Masters of Arts, Education

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Master of Fine Arts, Photography and Related Media

Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography
Dean's List, Eliot Scholar