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16th Annual 5 into 1 Exhibition

May 29 - July 25, 2015

The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

For the 16th year, PS will celebrate the talents of emerging artists from five Philadelphia arts colleges and universities in our annual “5 into 1” exhibition. Graduating students from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Moore College of Art & Design, and Tyler School of Art will be exhibiting their art in The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design from May 29 - July 25, 2015. A free public program including a presentation by Christina Catanese, Art Director at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and an opening reception, will take place on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Continuing our commitment to both emerging arts professionals and emerging artists, Philadelphia Sculptors has selected Jacintha Clark and Samantha Lynch to curate the exhibition, with support by the 2013 5 into 1 Project Manager, Adam Mazur. Jacintha Clark is a prolific practicing artist whose work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including 2013’s 5 into 1. Samantha Lynch is a practicing artist who has also been a 5 into 1 participant. Adam Mazur returns to Philadelphia Sculptors to serve as this year’s Project Manager to continue and expand upon the improvements he initiated in 2013.

This exhibition celebrates the strengths of young artists as credits to their individual institutions as it also reveals the value of the statement made by a unified show. The selected artists are: 

Moore College of Art & Design: Victoria Lattanzi has been focusing on the idea of beautiful decay through the process of Tibetan papermaking. Her works are composed of multiple handmade sheets that are torn, punctured and stained. They are then assembled together to create temporary soft sculptures that are meant to emulate a sense of simultaneous growth and deterioration. Jessica Lawrence is based in Philadelphia and is interested in digital image making and installation based art.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Nadine Baeuharnois creates works that merge the common notions of sculpture and painting. Emily Elliott works in between painting and sculpture to mimic conditions of atmospheric spectacle bonded with emotional response. Zach Zecha has had work published in various artist catalogs and has been featured once on Saatchi’s artist website. Zecha’s work incorporates painting, video, and installation as a form of artistic language.

Tyler School of Art:  Alicia McCloskey creates work that is constructed through glass objects that evoke nostalgia through their history in the home environment. Casey Poehlein uses found objects, often from thrift stores, or discarded items, along with photographs often taken from her phone or her point and shoot 35mmn to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional collages.

The University of the Arts: Abby Davailus combines found or thrifted furniture with human hair, creating an attraction-repulsion experience for her audience. Krystal Gorman uses figure modeling as a basis for her sculptures and incorporates themes of nurturing and decay with her use of unconventional materials and concepts. Natalie Reichman frequently involves social engagements and interactive theatrical objects in her work. Recent works include mask making for Carlo Gozzi's The Green Bird directed by Aaron Cromie and a show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society.

University of Pennsylvania: Natessa Amin is a co-director of FJORD, an artist-run space located in Kensington. Her works incorporate various unconventional materials, including cardboard, inkjet prints, pigments, and wood. Michelle Wang forms intuitive interactions and communications between subjects in her pieces by arranging sequences of activities involving sculpted objects, sound, still and moving images.

Continuing the sustainable art theme initiated in April at the inaugural event of the PS Dina Wind Lecture Series, Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art for the Schuylkill Center, will begin the evening’s program with a presentation, “Novel Ecologies: Exploring Art, Environment, and Community”.

Christina Catanese is the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA. She oversees all aspects of supporting art investigations and exhibitions in gallery spaces and on the nature center's 340 acres of forests and fields, as a complement to other educational programs to inspire meaningful connections with nature. She has identified environmental art engagements and exhibitions and advanced a range of innovative art projects, including LandLab, a new artist residency program where artists explore remediation of environmental issues on the Center’s property in collaboration with scientists, staff, and other experts. Christina brings a strong grounding in both art and science with experience in environmental studies, hydrogeology, experiential education, arts management, and modern dance. Christina has a Masters in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA at Penn in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Prior to the Schuylkill Center, she was a physical scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an instructor at the Brown University Environmental Leadership Lab summer program. Christina has over a decade of experience in creating and managing the performing arts in many contexts. She is the creator and choreographer of many modern dance works, and has performed extensively in the Philadelphia region. She independently produced a modern dance performance in the Philadelphia Fringe festival in 2009 inspired by avant-garde visual art movements, and is also a founding member of Nova Dance Company (Wilmington, DE).

 Catanese will also present a “Best in Show” award to one of the exhibiting artists during the opening reception. All artists will receive a student membership in Philadelphia Sculptors, as well as a membership from the International Sculpture Center.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Sculptors, and the International Sculpture Center.