In the Duke Gallery: Summer Fellows Exhibition – ALL IN: climate conversations

In the Duke Gallery: Summer Fellows Exhibition – ALL IN: climate conversations

In the Duke Gallery: Summer Fellows Exhibition – ALL IN: climate conversations

6/15 to 7/20

Artists Reception: Thursday, June 20, 6pm to 8pm

Exhibiting Artists: Priscilla Bell Lamberty, Tash Billington, Mindy Flexer,  Mei-ling Hom, Eurhi Jones, Rebecca Schultz, Stephanie Van Reit

Priscilla Bell Lamberty was born in North Philadelphia and raised in the Hunting Park section of the city. She attended Moore College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in 2D Fine Arts. In 2010, she graduated with her MFA in Painting from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. As an artist, Priscilla looks towards her family, surroundings, and cultural heritages for guidance and inspiration. She continues to explore the issues that mean the most to her, including Parenthood, Environmental Justice, the centering and uplifting of Black & Brown voices, and Indigenous/Native/Indigenous Caribbean visibility. Priscilla works as a freelance muralist with Mural Arts and is a painting instructor at Fleisher Art Memorial.

Tash Billington is a Philadelphia native who values art as a healing and growth practice that fosters compassionate connections. They are best known for assisting on large-scale public mural projects and being a participant in the Women’s Mobile Museum as a photographer. In 2019, they were one of the 180 photographers selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review out of 3500 applicants worldwide. Tash currently works with Philadelphia Mural Arts, Tilt, and Amber Art and Design.

Mindy Flexer is a professional realist painter, teaching artist, and climate activist. Her live-work loft houses Mindy Flexer Art School, her own painting studio, and a hub for climate justice art builds and other community art projects. She has exhibited her work at venues that include Woodmere Art Museum, Cerulean Arts, Art in City Hall, Artists’ House Gallery, and national painting festivals in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has collaborated on climate activism projects with Earth Quaker Action Team, POWER Interfaith, Sunrise Movement, Kelly School, and Coleman Library. She has taught art at Greene Street Friends School, the Charter High School for Art and Design, and Woodmere Art Museum, where she does annual immersive eco-installations in the Millard Children’s Gallery. Mindy holds a BA from Oberlin College, a BFA from The University of the Arts, and an M.Ed. in Art Education from Tyler School of Art. Mindy loves sharing her passion for art with people of all ages and walks of life, and believes in the power of art to unite and transform people and communities.

Mei-ling Hom received a BA degree from Kirkland College before moving to Philadelphia to pursue an exhibition career and a teaching career at the Community College of Philadelphia. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Her artwork ranges from artists books to works on paper, to installations, to community art projects, and public art commissions. During her graduate school years she became co-owner of a farm which gradually turned her art making practice into an integrated collaboration of art and farming.  Artist residencies have long influenced Mei-ling’s career through exposure to other cultures, and collaborations with artists, musicians, food artists, writers, horticulturalists, and farming communities worldwide. Her environmental art residencies include the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Kentucky, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in North Carolina, the Womens’ Studio Workshop in New York, the Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives in Australia, and the Marble House Project in Vermont. Since 2010 she and David McClelland have worked together as Art2Grow, an ecoart collaborative dedicated to restoring degraded habitat by using biodegradable sculptures and mycorrhizal fungi.

Eurhi Jones is a muralist and mixed media artist. Natural phenomena, biology, and interconnectedness inspire her work. Her work combines art and climate justice and environmental activism. She has created murals for National Geographic, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Philadelphia Airport, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Philadelphia Water Department, as well for many community gardens, schools and libraries. In addition to murals, Eurhi works in a variety of media, making paintings, embroidery and sculpture, often from repurposed materials. Images of her work are currently in an interactive exhibition about climate change at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. Eurhi holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Eurhi is mixed heritage Korean/Welsh and lives in Belmont Hills, just outside of Philadelphia, with her partner, fellow muralist David McShane and their family.

Rebecca Schultz creates mixed media works–including paintings, prints, installations, and public art–that cultivate a sense of wonder for the complex ecosystems surrounding us and reflect on humanity’s precarious relationship with the more-than-human world. She has had solo exhibitions at the Abington Art Center, Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Sandwich, NH, NoBa Artspace, and Da Vinci Art Alliance. Recent group exhibitions include We Are the River at Stockton University and Watershed: Rivers, Streams, Creeks and Sewers at Fairmount Water Works. Rebecca’s public artworks include two mural commissions and two community-engaged projects with Mural Arts; temporary site-specific installations in several public parks and gardens; and Water Table, an installation created in Atlantic City with Nancy Agati for the Coastal Climate Resiliency Art Project. Her project Mapping Our Watershed utilized community science and participatory art-making to connect Cheltenham Township residents with their local watershed. Rebecca’s work with scientists includes a field-based collaboration at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. She has been awarded residencies in Canada, Iceland, Wyoming, Ireland, and California. Rebecca holds a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design, an MA in Community-Based Education from San Francisco State University, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Confluence program at the University of New Mexico. She is also a member of the Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council, a volunteer streamkeeper, and an avid gardener.

Stephanie Van Riet received her BA in Art and Anthropology from Connecticut College in New London, CT. Her work has been exhibited throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania. She was awarded an InLiquid Wind Fellowship and an apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and will be a spring resident at at Da Vinci Art Alliance. Van Riet has worked on public murals throughout Philadelphia and teaches at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.