Featured Artist: Al Johnson

  Name: Al Johnson Hometown:  Hollis, NY Current town:  Philadelphia, PA Job description:  Fine Artist Bio: Al Johnson, illustrator, fine artist, educator and mentor has developed an artistic style that captures the classical, weaves it with the contemporary to create bodies of work that exemplifies his individual style. Spiritually connected to his work, his mix… Read More Featured Artist: Al Johnson

Featured Artist: Jingsi Li

Age: 24 Hometown: Changsha  in China   Current town:  Philadelphia Job description:   MFA student in PAFA Describe your work.    Several cityscapes which include many people. Through various observations or view points. What themes and concepts does your work generally revolve around? I’m trying to show the multiple world which is inclusive of space, dimensionality,… Read More Featured Artist: Jingsi Li

Featured Artist: Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

You’re also a musician. Tell us more about this. I do an experimental
noise / soundscape project with my husband called Astral Knife. I mostly
do violin and vocalization. He does percussive stuff and distorted
sound sculpture. I like putting these things together, I mean you can
go from these very martial war drums and shrieking glossalalia to something quiet and sparse to being very dark ambient. … Read More Featured Artist: Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

Featured Artist: Nicole Hope Matthews

When I began working with light painting, I could not have predicted it would lead me to the self-portrait narratives through which I express myself today. I began using this technique on still lifes until the spring of 2006 when my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After I returned home from the hospital, I found myself alone in my West Philadelphia apartment and this time when I took out my camera, I decided to turn it on myself. I have continued to create self-portraits to portray various stages in my life over the years.
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Featured Artist: Scott Bickmore

For the last 4 or 5 years Scott Bickmore has generated and organized several conceptually and collaboratively driven projects like The Monochromes Project, Bifocal Magazine, Braille-Embroidered Bracelets, The Bluebird of Happiness, ll Lincoln-Line ll, recordbooks, The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia, and PET. He is a teaching artist and works with outreach based organizations including the Mural Arts Program, Fleisher Art Memorial and Art Sanctuary. He recently directed the painting of props and backdrops for the Mummers Fancy Brigade Group, The South Philly Vikings, which were featured on channel 17 at the Convention Center. This Spring he will be starting a project in collaboration with the Philadelphia Opera, repurposing the musical Show Boat into a contemporary hip hop opera.… Read More Featured Artist: Scott Bickmore