Summer Yates

Contact Information

Phone: (215) 668-4233

Studio & Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

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Recent Works

Archived Works

Artist's Biography

A childhood spent studying and performing ballet informs Summers somatic approach to her tactile paintings and spontaneous sculptures. The material dexterity she employs, hint at her years of experience working as a scenic and decorative artist. Summer was awarded scholarships to study fine art at Moore College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in 2000 and The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts where she received her MFA in 2007. Summers vibrant paintings and mirror mobile installations have been exhibited at prominent institutions in the Philadelphia area including, The Independence Seaport Museum, Rowan University, and The Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts. In 2015 she was invited to exhibit her work in the UK as the only American artist to be part of a curated exhibition, “A Moving Identity” in response to the ongoing refugee crisis. In October 2019, Summers installation of mirror mobiles appeared on the cover of the publication, American Psychologist. Currently, Summer works out of her barn studio in Bucks County PA where she lives with her husband who is a pianist, and her children Viola Rose and Indigo Sky. Her most recent work reflects her journey as a mother and her inquiry into female identity.

Artist's Statement

Mixed Media Artist Statement:
Growing up as a dancer, movement has always been a vital source of comfort for me. When things are in flux I feel safe. Physically jumping from piece to piece I place contrasting colors next to each other. Their close proximity provokes their potency and evokes a sense of movement and rhythm. I layer materials that are light, flexible, strong and versatile, as they are emblematic of my entwined experiences as a woman, artist and mother. I use bright and attention-grabbing materials, colors or shapes that both suggest caution and simultaneously invite the viewer in. Upon closer looking, the subtle layering of colors and textures reveals deeper images, showing how experiences evolve as they are perceived over time and reflecting the possibility of the connectedness of all things.

Mirror Mobile Statement:
I grew up as a dancer and movement was and is a vital source of comfort for me.When things are in flux I feel safe. The mirror mobiles embody that inherent motion. They also honor and track my journey and relationship with my body. Instead of breaking down my body through critical analysis in a mirror, I sever the mirror itself. Using mirrors I find in the trash, I break the mirror with abandon into fragments and sand down the edges so they are safe to handle. Steel fishing wire is embedded between two pieces of mirror that are joined with mirror adhesive.

Selected Exhibitions

Summer Yates, Room 244, Philadelphia, PA

ConsonanceDissonance, The Project Rooms at Canal Studios, Lambertville, NJ

Houston and Bowery, The Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Phillips Mills 89th Annual Juried Exhibition, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

Seeds+Soul, Menier Gallery, London, UK

Countryside Gallery, Newtown, PA

Greenwich Art Gala, Greenwich, CT

A Moving Identity, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK

Celebrating Color, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Phillips Mill 84th Annual Juried Exhibition, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

WHYY Creative Connectors Festival, WHYY Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Oxford Mills Factory, Philadelphia, PA

Art In The Open, Schuylkill River Banks, Philadelphia, PA

Art In The Open: The Exhibit, The Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Repetition: Repetition, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Wide Open, Red Hook Pier, Brooklyn, NY

Outdoor Sculpture Show, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, DUMBO, NY

Philadelphia Fringe Festival: Soundhouse, MBN Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Alumnae Exhibition, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

Thesis Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Group Show, JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA


American Psychologist, October Issue
Cover Image and Essay

Professional Experience

Educator, Childrens Flourishing House, Doylestown, PA

Art Educator, Princeton Junior School, Princeton, NJ

Instructor Youth Arts Program, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Instructor Youth Programs, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

Decorative Artist, H Design, Philadelphia, PA

Decorative Artist, Les Artistes, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Yates: Decorative Artist/Color Consultant, Philadelphia, PA

Artist facilitator/Teacher, Multicultural Youth Exchange, Philadelphia, PA

Scenic Artist, Artists@Work, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

Critella Award Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Watercolor Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Peters Award, Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

"Career in the Arts Day”, Germantown Academy, Philadelphia, PA


Mundipharma International , Cambridge, UK


Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Sculpture/Installation

Moore College Of Art And Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting