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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Caitlin Fennelly

Caitlin Fennelly -  Cait Fennelly

My work is centered on the relationship between the human body and his/her psychological environment. The paintings store an energy and imprint of the moments in which it was made, a physical manifestation of the urge to create. The images serve as a mirror for the psyche of the viewer. Art as a viewing and making process can raise awareness and restore the unconscious struggle for internal/external union. In understanding our inner components that give way to the whole of ourselves, the better we can empathize, accept, and co-exist with our fellow man.
I prefer to paint the female form to establish the contemporary female point of view. As a society, we are trapped in our categories,our stereotypical and historical perception of woman. Institutionalized religion acts as a major catalyst and arbiter of women’s’ roles and continues to influence them today. My current work is made as a reaction to these confines. By detaching ourselves from capitalist drives to get ahead and paying more attention to the principles of unconscious guidance, inclusion, patience and instinctive action towards compassion, we can find balance in a destructive patriarchal system. Painting allows me to explore the human condition and gives way to a new world of symbolic refuge.

Caitlin Fennelly


2012 MFA, University of Delaware
2010 Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


2012 Continuing Education Instructor, Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington, DE
Fine Art Instructor, Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, DE
Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Figure Drawing, [Instructor of Record]
2011 Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Drawing 1, [Instructor of Record]
Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Drawing 2, [Instructor of Record]


-Responsible for in-class demos and lecturing in drawing/painting
-Provided examples of drawing and painting from early art history to present.
-Responsible for final grading /assigning home work and major projects
-Designed and implemented a syllabus for each term
-Led in-class critiques and offered individual help and support
-Worked with students ranging from beginner to advanced in skill level
-Maintained and prepared in-class still life and live-model set-ups
-Instructed classes of 12 to 20 students


2010 The Sylvia Wexler Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2009 The Fellowship Juried Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Violette De Mazia Memorial Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
2 Thouron Prizes, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Charles Toppan Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Artur De Costa Painting Prize. Special Notice, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
The Earl T. Donelson Figure Painting Award. First Place, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
The Benjamin Lanard Memorial Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
st Place Winner Philadelphia Zoo Poster Competition, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Honorable Mention, Fellowship juried exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
Honorable Mention juried exhibition Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Mindel Caplan Kleinbard Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Suzanne Schireson

Suzanne Schireson

2008 Indiana University, Master of Fine Arts
2004 University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude
2004 New York Studio School, Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson
2003 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Certificate in Painting

2012- Current Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing, CVPA, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA
2009- 2012 Full Time Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2006-08 Associate Instructor, Painting Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal QC, Canada 2007, 2009
Associate Instructor Full Term Scholarship, IU, Bloomington, IN 2006-8
Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2005
Juror’s Choice Award, Wayne Art Center National Juried Exhibition, Wayne, PA 2004
The Faculty Award, PAFA, Philadelphia PA 2003
Scheidt Traveling Scholarship, PAFA, Philadelphia PA 2002
Charles Toppan Prize for Drawing, PAFA, Philadelphia PA 2002

Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter is a Philadelphia based artist. Her work follows in the tradition of still life and narrative painting, here interpreted to evoke a diorama-like feel. The specific source object is as important to her as the way in which the paint is handled or the composition is developed. Hunter's inspirations include artists such as Giotto, Philip Guston and Honore Sharrer, images and writings pertaining to the natural sciences, and the history and landscape of her home city. She currently shows with Rodger Lapelle Galleries and A Square Deal in Philadelphia.

Born Philadelphia, PA 1983

2006 BFA, University of Pennsylvania
2005 Certificate in Painting, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Selected Honors and Talks
Panel Discussion, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, February 10, 2013
Artist Talk, Sarah Hunter: Collected Curiosities, Lasalle University Art Museum, November 11, 2011
Residency/VSC Grant, Vermont Studio Center, October 2010
Heicklen and Bogash Award, Mainline Art Center, 2006
The Lance Roy Laufer Memorial Award, PAFA, 2005
The William Emlin Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship, PAFA, 2004

I gravitate towards things. I am a collector of the useless almost trash that has been taken to the thrift store or abandoned by a child in a grocery store shopping cart. The objects I have found over the years have created the world depicted in my still life oil paintings. As they are arranged, objects transition from thing to character. Plastic animals congregate in paper cut out ruins, and soon an obscure narrative begins to form. In short, I play.

It is within the safety of this playful form of depiction that I feel most at ease working out my concerns. In these collage-like landscapes devoid of humans, though perhaps indicating a former presence, I attempt to address themes of uncertainty, displacement, and the drive to survive. The paintings don’t tend to offer many answers, often presenting the moment right before or right after something has occurred. It is the stillness and ambiguity of these moments that I hope can lead to a realm of individual interpretation and connection.

Sarah Hunter, 2013

Peter Paone

Peter Paone

PETER PAONE was born in Philadelphia and educated at the Philadelphia College of Art. He has taught at Pratt Institute in New York, The National Academy of Design in New York and since 1978 The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The artist has received a number of grants and awards such as two Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grants, a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant, A Mid- Atlantic Foundation grant, the first Print Club Award of Merit, The 172nd Annual Painting Prize from The National Academy of Design and three years in London on a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
His work has been featured in fifty two one person exhibitions in New York, Houston, Fort Worth, Philadelphia, as well as in London, Vienna and Germany. Since 1960, his work has joined that of other artists in sixty national and international group exhibitions. A selected list of public collections in which paintings, drawings and prints are represented include The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum, in London England, The National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Academy of Design, Yale University Art Gallery, The Jersey City Museum, The Arkansas Art Center and The National Portrait Gallery.

He has been affiliated with the exhibitions committee of the National Academy of Design, the Visual Arts panel of The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and is a board member of the Appraisers of Fine Arts Society and a member of The National Academy of Design.

His most recent one person museum exhibitions include, “Poets” in conjunction with his photography collection “ The Artist Revealed” at the National Academy of Design, “The Italians” at The Jersey City Museum, “Imaginary Watercolors” at the James A. Michener Museum.

Also listed in:
Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Art,
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute and Google online


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