The Pros of Confluence Part III

Jessica Jane Julius

Though Jessica Jane Julius has experience in a wide variety of visual media, her focus has always been on glasswork. She received her BFA in Glass at Tyler School of Art and her MFA in Glass at Rochester Institute of Technology. Since then she has co-founded the artists’ collected and performance group The Burnt Asphalt Family that has performed at venues across the country. She has returned to Tyler to be an Assistant Professor in Glass. Her work is inspired by fear and the culture that surrounds it; it’s haunting yet explores the depth which the human psyche can reach. Her work is not merely about fear, it’s how we view it, interpret it, and cope with it. Most of her work is dark and jagged, but the pieces she has in Confluence are golden and majestic because they have transcended the initial shock of fear to the place of enlightenment. They are celebratory, in harmony with the “ideation and innovation” theme of Confluence.

Dianne Koppisch Hricko

Printmaking and textile artist, InLiquid member Dianne Koppisch Hricko has been in school since the mid-’60s, both as a student and teacher. She received her BS in Art Education at SUNY Buffalo in 1969 and then became a full-time art teacher at public schools in New York and Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1980. After her stints at these schools, Ms. Koppisch Hricko got her Masters Equivalent Certification at SUNY Buffalo and Albany, the Philadelphia College of Art, Tyler School of Art, and Temple University. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts. Her fabric collages stand as examples of all the different dyeing techniques she uses: deconstructed silk screening, direct painting, discharge, and shibori. Layering these fabrics allows for an air of ambiguity: where do these layers lie on the surface and how do they interact with one another? Though her fabric collages have a degree of transparency to them, Dianne Koppisch-Hricko still utilizes bold and vibrant colors to create depth and intensity to these pieces.

Wendy Osterweil

Receiving her BS in Art Education at Temple University, Wendy Osterweil went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her MFA in printmaking. During her 30-year teaching career, Osterweil taught at Germantown Academy for 14 years, as well as performing workshops at Kutztown University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Long Beach Island Art Foundation, and The Cooperative of Artisans Santa Elena Monteverde in Costa Rica. Wendy is a former faculty member at Tyler School of Art, where was an Associate Professor in Art Education. She is now dedicating herself to being a full-time textile artist. Her clothes are wearable collages, and she painstakingly makes each one, focusing on making each individual piece completely unique rather than quickly pumping out multiple copies of the same design. For Osterweil, quantity is not nearly as important as quality. She wants these clothes/collages to be apart of an actual wardrobe and not just static pieces of art; when they are brought out into the world they become more impactful. This decision is especially fitting, considering a lot of her designs are strongly inspired by nature and the patterns it presents.

Thora Jacobson

Thora Jacobson has been involved in the Philadelphia art scene for decades, which is how she is personally familiar with each artist featured in Confluence. After she got her BA in Art History at Trinity Washington University she spread her influence throughout Philadelphia’s art organizations. She ran the Student Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was Executive Director at the Fleisher Art Memorial, and the C.O.O. at Philagrafika. In addition, she was an Adjunct Instructor at Drexel and the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, while simultaneously running her own visual arts consulting firm. She balanced curating Confluence with her position at Mural Arts Philadelphia, where she is the Director of Design Review.

Confluence is part of CrafNOW’s 2018 Craft Month, with the theme “Making a Difference.” Be sure to join InLiquid on December 13th for the exhibition’s closing reception

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of my practice and as such there is a diverse range of subject matter and on some occasions style.  Majority of my works are oil paintings, created in series, in a representational style,. Some of note are “Buddhas on Handmade Paper”, “Bicycles in Snow” “#Savetheelephants”. The common thread in my diverse art is the feeling of serenity and tranquility, with the ultimate objective in every painting to capture the harmonious existence of different elements in nature, that evidences life is strong, calm and beautiful.
Bhavisha Patel

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of…

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of my practice and as such there is a diverse range of subject matter and on some occasions…

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of my practice and as such there is a diverse range of subject matter and on some occasions style. Majority…

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings and the complexity of everyday life that inspires the artwork of Jodi Cachia.
Jodi Cachia

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings…

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings and the complexity of everyday life that inspires the artwork of Jodi Cachia. …

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings and the complexity of everyday life that inspires the artwork of Jodi Cachia. …

City Landscapes that bring illuminated images of the past buildings and invisible history and juxtaposed them with the current images of the city and the new developments to create mystified urban environments.
Maria R. Schneider

City Landscapes that bring illuminated images of the past buildings and invisible history and juxtaposed them with the current…

City Landscapes that bring illuminated images of the past buildings and invisible history and juxtaposed them with the current images of the city and the new developments to create mystified urban environments.…

City Landscapes that bring illuminated images of the past buildings and invisible history and juxtaposed them with the current images of the city and the new developments to create mystified urban environments.…

Stephanie Rogers is an InLiquid artist member.
Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers is an InLiquid artist member.…

Stephanie Rogers is an InLiquid artist member.…

Stephanie Rogers is an InLiquid artist member.…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Erne’s drawings and prints have been featured in numerous invitational and juried national exhibitions. The Lives and Traumas of Stuffed Animals is a series of comically disturbing depictions of Mr. Bunny and his friends under siege. The series is made up of very large graphite pencil drawings, woodblocks, etchings, and lithographs. Although there is a playful side, the underlining theme is fear, cruelty, and survival.  In recurring distressful situations people often become like dolls, presenting a steady happy personae no matter what is happening.  Though the circumstances represented in the work are not real, no stuffed animals were hurt in the making of the work, they capture the aura that surrounds a person who has no control but will not give in.
Elaine M. Erne

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia,…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Erne’s drawings…

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