InLiquid is partnering with Art-Reach on a new program: Art Connection. The goal of this program is to match InLiquid member artists with Art-Reach member organizations for the permanent placement of artwork in their facilities for them to enjoy. Art-Reach currently has an existing network of over 150 human service agencies that value the arts. This is a pilot program similar to a program in Boston, MA, www.theartconnection.org. In this first year (2012), Art-Reach plans to match 5 organizations with various artists from the art bank below.
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Cynthia Back is a printmaker and painter who has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant in 2009 and 2005, a Puffin Foundation grant in 2003, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1996; a residency to Acadia National Park in 2009; fellowships to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1997 and 1999, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain in 2000, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 2000, The Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland in 1999, and The MacDowell Colony in 1994. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and The New-York Historical Society. Ms. Back received her B.F.A. at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England. She currently lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.
I am inspired by eyes, nature, psychology and re-purposing.
Eyes: To me, eyes are the most potentially beautiful, interesting, and gross part of the body: extensions of the brain, made of sensitive membranes, mysterious, functional lines and folds within a smooth, moist internal-organ-like orb that is translucent, exposed, easily strained and damaged.
Nature: Its fractally pattern recurrences within an astounding array of forms challenge the imagination to invent original shapes – I conjure what I think are original flowers, ala Suess’s Truffula trees, only to come upon ones like them on walks and in photos – and one form suggests another: the fish-like shape and texture of an eye or the branch-like progression of veins. I create artwork thematically inspired by nature and also incorporate natural found objects into my artwork.
Psychology: For me, painting is the medium that best allows for psychological exploration – the reactions colors elicit, the experimentation and reworking the process affords; and incorporating repurposed and natural objects adds not just dimension, but also the psychic impact of modernity as it clashes with nature, evoking attendant angst, surprise and humor.
Repurposing: My respect for nature and concern for its future have led me to find ways to repurpose in my life and art. I incorporate throwaway items that suggest natural shapes into my paintings, or paint on and add to these objects to change their identities and extend their lives. As a member of the Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers, I exhibit with fantastically imaginative and environmentally conscious artists who create artistic treasure from what others at first would have deemed trash.
works and large-scale fabric installations. Blurring the lines between fine art and
documentary, my focus is on emblems that compose the everyday, i.e., workers, farmers, and
families. I have photographed for a women’s empowerment organization in Ghana, a
reforestation project in Kenya, and collaborated with artists and organizations alike in
Lithuania, Denmark and the United States.
In 2010 I received the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Travel Grant to work on a
long-term series, entitled Creatives Working. I traveled to Munich, where I was honored with
a visiting artist award at Franz Mayer of Munich. The goal of Creatives Working is to capture
images of artisans at work to exemplify the creative process of innovators, inventors,
scientists, storytellers, architects, craftspeople and artists. I hope to convey true narratives
through visual stories that will display in multi-disciplinary exhibitions, as well as in the
My photographs and installation works are created to raise awareness and foster a
mutual understanding between communities on an international level. I implement this into
a social arts practice by working as a creative partner with non-profits, ethically-minded
businesses, media outlets and educational institutions
Julia Blaukopf has worked as a photographer and creative partner with organizations and businesses
in Copenhagen, Kenya, Ghana, Lithuania, Montreal and throughout the US. In 2005 Blaukopf
worked with a community-run tree reforestation project in Kenya. A year later she traveled to
Ghana to photograph for Women in Progress, a women’s empowerment organization. In the
Summer of 2009 Julia traveled to Lithuania to photograph for the Summer Literary Seminars, a two
week writing workshop. Most recently, Julia photographed creatives at work throughout Germany,
where she was awarded a visiting artist fellowship at Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany. Her
images of intimate moments between families, strangers in the city and local workers are aimed at
creating an alternative documentary.
The photographs have exhibited in Munich and Copenhagen, as well as nationally, in New York,
Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Portland, Oregon. Julia has been honored with the Center for
Emerging Visual Artists’ Travel Grant, the New Courtland Fellowship, the First Person Arts
Fellowship, the Center for Emerging Artists Fellowship, The Camera Club of New York Resident
Artist Award, the Oregon College of Art & Craft Resident Photographer’s Award, Marymount
College Resident Photography Award, and a Transcultural Arts Award. She has spoken about her
international photographic work at The Print Center, School of Visual Arts, The Art Institute,
University of the Arts, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Publications include PDN Magazine,
The Metro Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Weekly, and Philadelphia
Magazine. In 2010, Julia launched Julia Pearl, Imprinted Images, LLC, an arts-products venture that
pushes the boundaries to re-envision the possibilities for social art and photo-based products.
I am essentially self-taught as a photographer. I learned when I was 14 years old from my uncle, a diplomat by profession and an avid photographer. I am a health care professional, but I am drawn to the visual arts and have been fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of incredibly talented artists throughout my life. They have shared with me their insights and provided on-going constructive feedback on my work. I have taken darkroom courses at community arts centers in Philadelphia (Fleisher Art Memorial and the University Arts League) when I needed darkroom space. I now have a darkroom at home and am using a combination of analog and digital technology to present my work.
I have worked independently creating art at a steady pace. I was a Fleischer Challenge artist in 2000-2001 and a member artist of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art from 2006-2011. My work is in numerous private collections.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Daniel attended Sociology as a graduate student
at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil, but soon discovered his willingness to
express himself through the camera. He then attended Photography as a major and graduated
with the technique to create beautiful perspectives about the world that surrounds him. He
is a dynamic published bilingual photographer with extensive experience in publicity and art
Daniel is gifted with a rare sensibility to sense splendor where others don’t see – in inanimate
objects, in empty landscapes, in silence of what is not already whole, complete, alive, useful.
His photographs are filled with biographic information, often difficult for a naïve spectator to
notice, but easy to feel when carefully observed.
Daniel likes to shoot cityscapes and its interaction with nature, architecture, many varieties of
subjects in close-up, and to edit, process, and manipulate photographs using several programs.
He masters processes such as High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDR) and Tone
Sara McCorriston is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of the Arts in 2009. Sara is a fibers and installation artist as well as a costume designer. She is also co-founder of Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia and works as a technical designer for Urban Outfitters Company. Her recent visual works have been displayed at various galleries and venues around Philadelphia including: Trust Gallery, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, URBN Gallery at 543, Broad Street Ministry, Paradigm Gallery, TrickGo Boutique, Masthead Print Studio and WAG. Sara has designed for local theater and dance companies including: Brian Sander’s JUNK, Bright Light Theatre Company, Kun-Yang Lin Dancers, Group Motion Dance Company and MIRO Dance Theatre.
Brenna K. Murphy
Brenna K. Murphy is a Philadelphia based artist and educator. She holds a B.F.A. from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed the Career Development Program
at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in 2010. Among other venues, she has exhibited at
The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the
Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Lump Gallery in Raleigh, the International Art Camp in
Beijing, and at Crane Arts, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Photo West Gallery,
Mt. Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Seraphin Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, and
the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. In 2007 she received the Second Prize in
Photography at the Art of the State exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and she
was the recipient of the Fleisher Memorial Challenge Award in 2010. Her work has been
acquired by The West Collection.
Working primarily with her own hair, she creates works on paper and photographs as well as
site-specific installations. The product of a nomadic upbringing, moving eight times and living
in six states by the age of eighteen, she is interested in the relationship between the ideal of
Home and the body. Her work explores the possibility that the body can be a surrogate Home
for those that don’t have one as is traditionally defined in our culture, while also
acknowledging the temporality of both the body and our collective cultural notion of what
Home means. In this way, her art is a testament to both the necessity and the futility of our
universal need to cultivate a sense of Home, and provides an introspective catalyst for the
examination of what Home means to us culturally, psychologically, and physically. It
encourages the viewer to appreciate how the concept of Home impacts our individual lives as
well as the collective life of our communities.
My work can be categorized as installation, while still including aspects of painting and sculpture. I am much more interested in making “places” than isolated objects and prefer to work with a specific site in mind. The particular characteristics of the site will necessarily affect the completed installation.
I work primarily with cheesecloth that I coat with rabbit skin glue and pigment. The resulting material can be translucent, so light becomes an important element. Everything is sewn together by hand. This refers to the history of women’s handwork- from darning, quilt-making and hooked rugs to needlework samplers and silk embroidery.
I began working with fabric initially because of the many associations it has. It protects, shelters, conceals, decorates, disguises, etc., and is associated with women and their work. (Femaleness with all of its purported attributes- nurturing, yes, but also restraining, entangling, perhaps even smothering.
My works on paper are intuitive maps and abstract cityscapes. They are collages where imagery,
color, and stencils are stacked and pressed into the paper. My process includes a piece of folded
paper in my bag that I work on obsessively for a period of time (week to a month) while going from
place to place.
The accumulated imagery becomes layered and busy with impressions of the cityscape, similar to the
density of a changing city. Often the paper is ragged and worn, showing time and history in the folds.
In the majority of my works on paper, imagery and colors are enhanced and layers added by the use
of printmaking processes, such as lithography, silkscreen, woodblock, and monotype. I use an etching
press to further flatten, add, or reduce each drawing.
Miriam Singer received her BA from Brandeis University in 2000, and her MFA from Massachusetts
College of Art in 2003. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004 she has exhibited at LG Tripp Gallery,
Art in the Airport, James Oliver Gallery, Gallery Siano, Inliquid at Painted Bride, Art in City Hall,
Topstitch, Gallery at Minnow, and The Padlock Gallery. Singer uses a combination of printmaking and
drawing media to create her unique works on paper. Her accumulated imagery becomes layered and
busy with impressions of the cityscape.
Tremain Smith has four works in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her work is in corporate and private collections across the country. She has had dozens of solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Maine, Delaware, Florida and Hawaii. Group exhibitions include SOFA Chicago, Art Miami, the Painted Bride, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the USArtists American Fine Art Show. She was an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in 2004 and was an instructor in encaustic painting at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC in 2006.
Smith has been reviewed extensively including coverage by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune and the LA Weekly. Her work is included in The Art of Encaustic Painting Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax published by Watson-Guptill, and in the art journal New American Paintings. Smith studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Alongside her studio work, Tremain is also a teaching artist. She lectures, leads workshops and teaches art through various venues, particularly in the Philadelphia area. She is in the first group of artists to receive a Teaching Artist Certificate through the University of the Arts. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Penn Alexander School in West Philadelphia, teaching weekly art classes.
She also conducts workshops through the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ (CFEVA) Hand-in-Hand program. Through CFEVA, she has designed art programs at People’s Emergency Center, an agency serving homeless families, Lutheran Settlement House, and Northern Home for Children. In 2008, Tremain developed an intergenerational encaustic project with middle school students and residents at the Kearsley Retirement Community in West Philadelphia through New Courtland Elder Services and CFEVA. She was one of five artists awarded the New Courtland Fellowship again in 2011. She is a teaching artist with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth in Arabic language, arts, and culture, where she does residencies both in the Philadelphia School District and at Al-Bustan’s annual summer camp.
Tremain engaged in a two-year study of the visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance with students at Jubilee School which culminated in an outdoor mural funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in the spring of 2004. In 2003 she participated in an Art Futures residency, a joint project of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She worked with high school students at the Parkway Program Center City to develop both individual encaustic pieces and two large collaborative panels. These panels were awarded grand prize at the Art Futures reception at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Art-Reach enriches lives by connecting underserved audiences with cultural experiences so that they may enjoy and benefit from the transformative powers of the arts. Art Reach’s primary activities to make the arts more accessible to those we serve are:
• Distributing discounted tickets for admission to museums, cultural institutions and arts performances that are pledged by arts partners
• Bringing the arts to our constituents directly, through in-facility events at participating
agencies and schools
• Serving as a resource for information on accessibility of area arts venues
• Partnering with both the arts and human service communities to develop ongoing
programs intended to enhance individuals’ quality of life.
Founded in 1986, Art-Reach increases access to the arts for traditionally underserved audiences, including people with disabilities, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, and the elderly in need. Art-Reach partners with over 125 arts and cultural organizations and 175 human service agencies throughout the Delaware Valley, including southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and southern New Jersey, including Camden. Each year Art-Reach provides arts and cultural opportunities to over 15,000 individuals who would not normally have access to the arts. Through Art-Reach’s unique programs, people of all ages, economic backgrounds, and physical capabilities can enjoy cultural events and benefit from the richness of the arts. We are the only organization in the region solely devoted to increasing cultural participation among all underserved audiences. In addition, Art-Reach serves as a public resource and advocate for cultural accessibility while also helping cultural organizations to increase their outreach to underserved communities, fill empty seats, and diversify audiences.