Galleries: The deep Philly talent pool takes over the season

If any art trend stands out this spring, it is that the city’s commercial galleries and college and university galleries

If any art trend stands out this spring, it is that the city’s commercial galleries and college and university galleries (the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts, the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, and the Rowan University Art Gallery, for starters) are becoming increasingly aware of – and dipping into – the quirky and remarkably diverse talent pool in Philadelphia. Here are some examples of exhibits coming up.
Anne Minich: Boat Series (Feb. 15-April 16, Alumni Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts). A survey of the Philadelphia artist’s mixed-media paintings on wood, with a boat shape as a solitary central image, running concurrently with “The Truth of Being Both/And,” her exhibition of drawings and painted constructions exploring human duality, in the museum’s Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery. (215-972-7600,
Ellen Brooks: Screens (Feb. 25-April 1, Lord Ludd). The New York artist’s first solo show in Philadelphia, of photographs from her Screen series of 1986-94, highlights society’s increasing acceptance of artificial nature. (814-808-5833,
After Now (Through Feb. 28, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts). New works by six contemporary artists based in Philadelphia: Gideon Barnett, Michael Ciervo, Micah Danges, Samuel Hindolo, Peter Allen Hoffmann, and Kelsey Halliday Johnson. (215-717-6480,
Jay Walker: Archetype (Through March 4, Rowan University Art Gallery). Clothed, but empty, human forms made with colored tape and stencils on wood panels, from the Philadelphia artist’s Theotokos (Greek for “mother of god”) series. (856-256-4520,
Former Forever (March 4-April 8, James Oliver Gallery). Colorful, graphic works by Ryan Beck, Miriam Singer, and Jason Andrew Turner. (215-923-1242,
Richard Hricko: Urban Growth (March 4-April 14, C.R. Ettinger Studio). Photogravures depicting nature in transformation, by the program head of the Tyler School of Art’s printmaking department. (610-585-4084,
RAIR: Filthy Rich – Projects Made Possible by the Waste Stream (Through March 11, the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design). Sculptural objects, photography, and videos by Philadelphia artists, facilitated by RAIR, a Philadelphia nonprofit that interrupts the waste stream to promote sustainable practices in art and design. (215-965-4027,
Alexis Petroff: Floating Drawings (Through March 12, List Gallery, Swarthmore College). Linear wall pieces inspired by junk mail, newsprint, personal photographs, and the art of the Venezuelan geometric abstractionist Gego (Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt). (610-733-9771,
Painters Sculpting/Sculptors Painting (Through March 25, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery). Works that blur the line between painting and sculpture, by Nadine Beauharnois, Matt Jacobs, Dona Nelson, and Marc Zajack. (215-545-7562,
Paper Work (Through March 25, Snyderman-Works Galleries). A first-time curatorial effort by Philadelphia artist Alex Conner, featuring works on paper by 17 Philadelphia artists, among them Stuart M. Buehler, Anne Canfield, Mariel Cappana, Terri Saulin Frock, Adam Lovitz, Lucia Thomé, and Ashley Wick. (215-238-9576,
Edward Eberle Retrospective (March 31-May 28, Clay Studio). Porcelain vessels and deconstructed sculptures from the mid-1980s to the present, by the Pittsburgh ceramic artist known for his dreamlike imagery. (215-925-3453,
Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib: Writing History with Lightning (April 7-May 13, Locks Gallery). The Philadelphia artist team’s latest video installation projects, including Writing History with Lightning, a single-screen work composed of altered and looped scenes from D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film The Birth of a Nation projected onto the interior of Baltimore’s abandoned Parkway Theatre. (215-629-1000,
Willie Cole: On Site (April 8-July 2, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania). Artworks, a video, and a massive chandelier fashioned from recycled water bottles by the New Jersey artist. (215-898-1479,
Andy Warhol: The Pop Image Subverted (Through April 23, Atrium Gallery, Marshall Fine Arts Center, Haverford College). Fifteen silk-screen prints from Haverford College’s collection, including works from Warhol’s Flowers and Marilyn series, as well as photographs and related ephemera. (610-896-1267,
Lynne Clibanoff/Amze Emmons (April 27-Aug. 27, Gershman Y). Paintings of mysterious room interiors inside boxes by the former, magic realist-style paintings inspired by architectural illustration, cartoon language, and how-to manuals by the latter. (215-545-4400,

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