Visiting Artists Program

Visiting Artists Program

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Mark Gibson, So Slips the Knot, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
September 29, 2016
Visiting Artists Program

September–December 2016

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
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The Visiting Artists Program at PAFA brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists and critics to PAFA each semester for workshops, critiques, and lectures. The program exposes students to a range of artistic approaches and fosters discussion about contemporary art and ideas.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For details, visit

September 22
Steven Montgomery works primarily in clay, transforming his subjects through trompe l’oeil techniques. His work is concerned with the evolution and demise of industrial manufacturing.

October 6
Adam Helms, a Brooklyn-based artist, uses historical photographic portraits and western iconography to investigate archetypes of social and political identity. Helms often appropriates archival imagery in his charcoal drawings, screen prints, assemblages, and installations.

October 13
Josh Reames combines trompe l’oeil techniques to mimic everything from comics to neon signage to objects that seem to hover just off the surface of the canvas. He often addresses topics such as online escapism and our shared cultural image-bank.

October 20
David Schutter’s practice is a form of phenomenological study that discusses the distances and problems encountered when making a painting. He completed his undergraduate studies at PAFA and received his MFA from the University of Chicago.

November 3
Carrie Moyer’s paintings merge abstract aesthetics and political imagery. Her vividly colored and textured biomorphic forms reference Color Field, Social Realist and Surrealist paintings, 1960s and ’70s counterculture graphics, 1970s feminist art, and bodily forms and fluids.

November 10
Elaine Despins, a Montreal-based artist, has exhibited her highly-rendered figures and ethereal videos across the US and Canada. Despins’ professional career in animation has been interspersed with periods of intense passion for drawing and painting.

November 17
Mark Gibson was born in Miami in 1980. He received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale in 2013. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions, and most recently co-curated Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery with William Villalongo.

December 7
Becky Suss places at the center of her practice the inconsistency of memory and the potential for the inaccuracies of recollections to reveal greater emotional truths than even the most meticulously documented accounts of the past.

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