Libbie Soffer

Libbie Soffer

    Contact Information

    lthreads@comcast.net

    Phone: 610-565-6086

    2 Blackthorn Road Wallingford, PA 19086

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Mixed Media/Fiber Arts/Installation

    Artist's Statement

    art as journey

    my art making is an internal journey with external souvenirs

    on my trip I carry a soup pot for serving up memories, sensations, and responses to the world around me

    a few of my traveling companions are Kiki Smith, Leslie Dill, Anne Hamilton, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, Anne Truitt, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Jay DeFeo

    you will always find in my suitcase:
    family photo albums       bolt of muslin
    sewing needles        carpet thread
    scissors        bag of clay
    brushes        Caran D’ache pencils
    heavy sketch paper        Elmer’s glue
    oil sticks        x – acto knife
    straight pins        6” ruler

    with my suitcase, soup pot, travel companions, and public radio, I travel to incredible places…there’s always room for guests on the journey

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo

    2008
    TRACES, The Hall, InLiquid at the Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    gathering again, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    …a gathering, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    Matter Over Mind, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

    2003
    …in her footsteps, Widener University, Chester, PA

    1999
    Shirtales, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1995
    A Soap Story, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

    1994
    Veils of Spirituality, Philadelphia Museum of Judaica, Philadelphia, PA

    1993
    Laundry: a Ritual of Cloth, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1992
    Washday, Some Thoughts on Laundry, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1989
    A Cast of Many, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1988
    1 + 1 + 1, Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA

    1986
    Catharsis, Ritual, and Experience, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

    The Beauty of Holiness, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

    Group

    2005 – 2006
    Oil and Wax, Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA; Siano Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, ME; Arts League of Northern California, Novato, CA; Robert Roman Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
    Invitational, Traveling Exhibition

    2005
    Ephemeral Threads, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
    Invitational

    2004
    Small Wonders, Ogilvie / Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Invitational

    Let there Be Light, Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center, Baltimore, MD
    Invitational

    2003
    Best Foot Forward, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    smallworks, Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Abstract Expression, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2002
    Nexus Goes South, Baltimore County Community College, Dundalk, MD
    Juried Exhibition

    2001 – 2002
    Reflect and Respond, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Krasdale Gallery, New York, NY; Burlington County Community College, Burlington, NJ
    Traveling Juried Exhibition

    2001
    Twelfth Annual Juried Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
    Juried Exhibition

    Precious, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Small Works, Big Ideas
    , Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2000 – 2001
    Impact Africa, Bucks County Community College, Bucks County, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2001
    Meaning in the Mundane, Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Parallels, Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition
    Caroline Weintraub Memorial Award

    2000
    Snapshot, Beaver College, Jenkintown, PA; Contemporary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
    Juried Exhibition

    Art of the State: PA 2000, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
    Juried Exhibition
    Second Prize Sculpture

    A Celebration of Community Art, Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Under Under, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    1999
    Forty Years in the Desert, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1998 – 2001
    All the Symptoms of an Artist, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA; Smithsonian Museum, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT; New York Hall of Science, New York, NY; Albany Art Museum, Albany, GA; Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
    Invitational, Traveling Exhibition

    1998
    PS Gallery Presents, PS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Sacred Spaces, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1997
    Hung Out to Dry, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
    Juried Exhibition

    Sleeping Beauty, Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Juried Exhibition

    The Power of Paper, Main Line Center of the Arts, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition
    Newman Gallery Prize

    Theories of Relativity, Camden County Cultural Commission, Camden, NJ
    Juried Exhibition

    Fin de Sicle, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; Delaware State University, Odessa, DE
    Juried Exhibition

    Open Juried Photo / Printmaking, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
    Juried Exhibition
    Jill Jones Nauta Prize

    Tiny Works, Project Gallery, Wichita, KS
    Invitational

    Getting Hitched, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1996
    Gallery Artists, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Facing Backwards, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Subversive Domesticity, Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
    Invitational

    1995
    Artists Cultural Exchange, York College Gallery, York, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Imaging New Jersey, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ
    Juried Exhibition
    Purchase Prize / Bristol Myers Squibb

    Documenta, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
    Invitational

    I. D., Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1994
    Annual Invitational, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
    Invitational

    ACX at the 479 Gallery, 479 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Nexus at Viridian, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
    Invitational

    Domestic Pleasures, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
    Invitational

    1993
    …and the Women Danced, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    The Wave of Cloth, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    The Art of Dressing: From Costume to Sculpture, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    ACX at Abington Art Center, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
    Invitational

    ACX Presents, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Inside Out, Camden County Cultural Commision, Haddon Twp, NJ
    Invitational

    Fiber Fireworks, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1992
    Contemporary Artifacts, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Creative Spirit, The Gallery at Continental Bank, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Works on Paper, Main Line Center of the Arts, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    In Person, a Celebration of the Human Form, Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA
    Juried Exhibition
    Juror’s Prize

    Interactions, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Threads in Common, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1991
    Works on Paper, Perkin’s Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
    Juried Exhibition
    Juror’s Prize

    Contemporary Artifacts, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Indiscreet Objects of Desire, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Ceremonial Fibers, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Beyond Aesthetics, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
    Invitational

    War and Peace, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1990
    Contemporary Artifacts, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Birthday Presence, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Nexus Steps Over Jesse Helms Into the 1990’s, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Nexus at Amos Eno, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY
    Invitational

    Material Wealth: Fabric Art Around Us, Fred Wolf Jr. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    1989
    Contemporary Artifacts, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Philadelphia, Meet Yourself, Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Exhibitionism, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Of Her Hands, Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
    Invitational

    1987
    Contemporary Artifacts, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Delaware County Women’s Conference
    , Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    The Creator and Her Creations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    Invitational

    Size Isn’t Everything, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Exchange With Nexus Gallery, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Invitational

    1986
    Works In and On Fabric, Peak Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Professional Experience

    2003
    Sculpture Teacher, Haverford College Summer Enrichment Program, Haverford, PA

    1999
    Guest Artist Workshop, Newman College: School of Education, Aston, PA

    1998
    Guest Artist Workshop, Newman College: School of Education, Aston, PA

    Teacher Design, Color, and Composition, Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA

    1989
    Teacher Jewish Ritual Arts to Russian Immigrants, Gratz College, Melrose Park, PA

    1988
    Design Consultant and Costumer, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

    Professional Affiliations

    Philadelphia Sculptors, Philadelphia, PA
    Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Artist’s Cultural Exchange, Elkins Park, PA

    Grants

    1999
    Artist in Residence Grant, “ Minority Women in Print,” Ringling School of Design, Sarasota, FL

    Residencies

    2004
    Swarthmore / Rutledge School District, Swarthmore, PA

    1996
    Artist in Residence, Strathhaven High School, Wallingford, PA

    1994
    Artist in Residence, Rose Tree School District, Rose Tree, Media, PA

    Lectures and Talks

    1997
    Invited Speaker, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Invited Speaker, Art Dept, Benares Hindi University, Benares, India

    1996
    Invited Speaker, Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

    Invited Speaker, York College: School of Education, York, PA

    1993
    Invited Speaker, St. Joseph’s University: School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

    1992
    Invited Speaker, St. Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1990
    Invited Panelist, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

    1987
    Guest Speaker, Women’s Conference, Delaware County Community, Media, PA

    Commisions

    2005 – 2006
    Ritual Textiles, Congregation Beth Israel, Media, PA
    2 part project

    Collections

    One –of –a – Kind Gallery, Merion, PA
    Philadelphia Museum of Judaica, Philadelphia, PA
    Bristol Myers/ Squibb/ Purchase Prize, Lawrenceville, NJ
    Delaware County Comm College, Media, PA
    National Museum of Amer Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
    Jan Goldman, Ph.D., Elkins Park, PA
    David Baker, MD, Wallingford, PA
    Len Rothenberg, DDS, Miami, FL
    Edward Einhorn, JD, Philadelphia, PA
    Rabbi Elliot Holin, Philadelphia, PA
    Rabbi Vivian Schirn, Philadelphia, PA
    CEO, Consulting, Philadelphia, PA
    Inlay Product World, Media, PA
    The Development Co, Burbank, CA
    Diversified Investments, Media, PA
    Michael Olszewski, Philadelphia, PA
    Warren and Paula Ladden, Merion, PA
    Dan Fredland, JD, Swarthmore, PA
    Lisa Morein, Ardmore, PA
    Lauri Mansky, Media, PA

    Education

    2004
    Tim Hawkesworth, Norristown, PA

    2003
    Peters Valley Craft School, Peters Valley, NJ

    2000 – 2005
    Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA

    1985
    Bennington College, Bennington, VT

    1980 – 1984
    Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1983
    Parson School of Design, Lake Placid, NY

    1979 – 1980
    Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1977
    Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN