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