This spring the Philadelphia Museum of Art collaborates with one of the region’s most vital artist organizations to present Emerging to Established: Twenty-Five Years of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Organized in conjunction with the CFEVA in celebration of this milestone anniversary, the exhibition includes works on paper by 25 artists, including current and former Fellows from CFEVA’s Career Development Program, as well as members of its Board of Artistic Advisors, who select the Fellows. It will be on view through July 6 in the Director’s Gallery.
The artists featured in Emerging to Established range from well-known names with international reputations to new talents who are currently serving their two-year Fellowships with CFEVA and working toward greater recognition. The organization, originally known as Creative Artists Network, has long provided a launching pad for artists ready to move to the next phase of their careers. CFEVA provides numerous exhibition opportunities for its Fellows, many of whom have later shown work in juried exhibitions at the Woodmere Museum of Art, the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge program, or have received grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Leeway Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Several from the group have gone on to train future generations of artists, including Elaine Erne at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Kate Moran at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Judith Taylor at Arcadia University. For a few, recognition has come in the form of gallery representation, while eleven of the artists have works in the Museum’s permanent collection, including Rita Bernstein, Vincent Feldman, and Charlotte Yudis.
While the CFEVA program encourages work in all mediums, this exhibition concentrates solely on those making works on paper: drawings, prints, photographs, and mixed-media. The impressive range of styles, methods and concerns in the works on view demonstrates the breadth and richness of creativity in the region.
“One of my greatest delights in coming to Philadelphia many years ago was to discover the tremendously rich community of artists living here,” said Katherine Ware, Curator of Photographs. “CFEVA’s 25th anniversary provides us with a wonderful opportunity to underscore the Museum’s interest in the artists working around the city and to salute this organization that does so much to support them.”
Current Fellows included in the exhibition -- Anne Canfield, John Karpinski, Matthew Neff, Serena Perrone, and Jeffrey Stockbridge – offer a broad spectrum of ideas and approaches but are perhaps united by a common interest in ambiguity and fantasy. John Karpinski, a current CFEVA Fellow, is represented in the show by two drawings that use the sequential format of comics and a limited color palette to convey brief and unresolved narratives and a powerful sense of mood.
CFEVA alumna Kate Baldwin exemplifies the talented group of artists who have emerged from the Fellowship program to become central figures in the artistic life of Philadelphia. Trained as a printmaker and book artist at the University of the Arts, Baldwin has since shown her work in the U.S. and abroad – including France, Japan, Poland, and China. Baldwin was selected by the Philadelphia Print Collaborative to contribute a print to its 2005 portfolio and she is a recent recipient of an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. Her recent “Liberty” series blends contemporary subject matter with traditional Japanese printmaking techniques.
Photographer Don Camp, who devised his own printmaking technique for the photographic series “Dust Shaped Hearts,” has been an adviser to the CFEVA fellowship program for 12 years. A graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Camp uses photosensitized earth pigments (essentially dust) in a unique adaptation of early photographic development processes. The resulting works have a material quality that underscores the dignity and nobility of his portraits. Camp has received the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His work is included in collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He teaches at Ursinus College.H
Kate Moran, a Philadelphia native and a former CFEVA fellow, has produced a large body of multimedia work that includes photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics that has been widely exhibited. After completing her two-year fellowship at CFEVA, Moran was chosen for a Fleisher Challenge exhibition in 1992 and received awards including the Leeway Foundation for Excellence in Photography and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Moran teaches at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art and now serves as an Artistic Advisor at CFEVA. Her work is represented here with two silver gelatin prints from her 2001 “lipsync” series. These blurry, ambiguous images present truncated views of bodies, forcing the viewer to confront questions of scale, orientation and context.
About The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)
The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, formerly Creative Artists Network, was founded in 1983 by Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel to encourage the career development of emerging visual artists. Since then, the organization has worked steadily harder to provide the support essential to talented individuals building careers in the visual arts. The Center dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community. Visit CFEVA’s website at www.cfeva.org for more information.