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Thursday, June 21, 2018

NY/PA | Mixed Media Women Artists in Philadelphia: A Summer Day- trip with Ursula von Rydingsvard, Gerri Spilka and Lyn Godley

Start Date: 6/21/2018 11:00 AM EDT
End Date: 6/21/2018 4:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: The Fabric Workshop and Museum

1214 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia, PA  United States  19107

Organization Name: ArtTable NY

Imogen Fairbairn
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13



Members I $35
Guests | $45

Join ArtTable NY and PA for a fantastic look at the groundbreaking efforts of women artists currently in Philadelphia. Cedar, leather, bronze, fabric and light are among the mediums used by Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jean Shin (July's Artist Breakfast host), Gerri Spilka and Lyn Godley, who will lead us through their current exhibitions and installations around Philadelphia.

The day will feature an artist led walk-through of, Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling, with Von Rydingsvard, followed by an intimate lunch at the Fabric Workshop Museum, a following visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see Von Rydinsvard's sculptures there, as well as a curatorial walk-through of Jean Shin: Collections, and finally a visit to Inliquid@Park Towne Place for an informal reception and walk-through with artists, Gerri Spilka and Lyn Godley. 

Day-trip Schedule: 
11:00 AM: Arrive at the Fabric Workshop Museum 
11:15 AM: Walk-through of Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling with Ursula von Rydingsvard 
12:30 PM: Lunch at the Fabric Workshop and Museum with Ursula and Susan Talbott, Executive Director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum
1:30 PM: Depart to see Ursula’s Now, She at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as a curatorial overview by Hyunsoo Woo, The Maxine and Howard Lewis Associate Curator of Korean Art, of Jean Shin's exhibition, Collections.
3:00 PM: Depart PMA for Inliquid@ Park Towne Place
3:30 PM: Walk-through of Park Towne exhibitions and collection with artists, Gerri Spilka and Lyn Godley, and InLiquid founder and director, Rachel Zimmerman
4:15 PM: Reception at Park Towne Place
5:30 PM: Depart home 

Please note transportation to Philadelphia is not included in the price of registration. If you plan on driving, please email

Greyhound bus booking: https://www.greyhound.com/north

Amtrak Train schedule: 
Getting to PA: Train #643 | NY Penn Station to Philadelphia 
Departs at 9:30 AM; Arrives at 10:50 AM
Getting back to NY: Train #653 Philadelphia to Penn Station
Departs at 5:57 PM; Arrives at 7:23 PM


Ursula von Rydingsvard:
Ursula von Rydingsvard was born in 1942 in Deensen, Germany. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including the traveling exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: 1991-2001 organized by the SculptureCenter, New York, and her 2015 presentation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. Her work is part of over thirty museum collections, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI. Her sculptures are in such collections as the Microsoft Corporation, Bloomberg Corporation, and Barclays Center. In 2015, Princeton University permanently installed her first monumental work in hand-pounded copper. She has received honors including the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, three awards from the American section of the International Association of Art Critics, the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The artist lives and works in New York.

Jean Shin
The artist was raised in the suburbs of Maryland where her parents owned a grocery store. Her art is informed, in part, by her experience as an immigrant, with its emphasis on extreme hard work, utilizing materials close at hand, and the celebration of potential.

Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute, where she is adjunct professor of fine arts. She was trained as a painter, and her early study of life drawing and anatomy became the source of her interest in the human body. Her work is deeply attuned to global currents in contemporary art and important precedents in 20th century art, the tradition of adapting daily ephemera and found objects into works of art tracing back to Marcel Duchamp’s (1887-1968) readymades. Shin also names as her sources of inspiration the artists Yoko Ono (born1933), Eva Hesse (1936-1970) Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), and Félix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996), as well as the Arte Povera movement.

Her works have been shown at more than 150 museums and cultural institutions, including in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. She recently completed a landmark commission, Elevated, for New York City’s new Second Avenue subway.

Lyn Godley
Lyn Godley began her career working with Light in Fine Arts. Since then her work has crossed the borders of interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Her designs, done both individually and as partner of Godley-Schwan (1984-1998) have been exhibited internationally. The Crinkle Lamp, the last piece designed jointly by Godley-Schwan, was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998. Her work is in numerous museum and private collections.

Of her design work, it is lighting on which she has focused her attention for the last twenty-five years. Her design practice, Lyn Godley Design Studio LLC, has explored a wide range of light sources, applications and effects in the merging of art and light. From highly detailed pixels of light embedded into drawings to large scale public art installations, she explores the many moods of lighting and its ability to calm or excite. Her work, merging digital printing, drawing+painting, fiber optics and light reflecting films has led her explorations in light and color refraction, as well as research in the calming abilities of specific light wavelengths. She is regularly chosen for public art projects that explore the intersection of Light and Art in public spaces.

In addition to her studio work, she is a fulltime Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Jefferson – Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University. There, in collaboration with the Industrial Design, Architecture, and Interior Design Departments, she is developing a Cross-Disciplinary concentration in Lighting Design. 

She has spoken on the topics of Light and Health, and Cross-Disciplinary Lighting Design Education at both National and International conferences.

Gerri Spilka
Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained as an artist, social scientist, and architect and urban planner, it is not surprising that Spilka’s fabric work continues to investigate themes grounded in these ways of knowing the world. The interactions and ambiguities of people and place underpin all of her work, and are expressed through bold shape and color.
She has been making pieced fabric, and dye painted and printed constructions for over ten years. The quick mediums of digital and paper collage simultaneously allow her to work through ideas quickly, which in turn inform her fabric work. 

Spilka became a full time studio artist after a rich career advising some of the most inspiring people leading social change throughout the US. She was a founding director of Equal Measure, a strategy and evaluation firm based in Philadelphia with a foundation and non-profit practice across the US. While leading a 30-person organization, her equity-focused portfolio was largely in arts and culture institutional advancement, community development, and education. The Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts were among her clients. 

Spilka studied with Nancy Crow, legendary quilt artist, and with Dianne Hricko, Claire Benn and Carol Soderland, all surface design artists.  Gerri has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in Psychology from Temple University; and an M. Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a studio and lives with her family in the Italian Market area of Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you to Elisabeth Rochau-Shalem, Susan Talbott, Christina Roberts and Rachel Zimmerman for helping organize this program.

Image: Ursula with Babel Bowl. Photo credit: Etienne Brossard
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