Faculty Member, Alumnae Named 'Emerging Visual Artists' Fellows

Fine Arts Lecturer Daniel Gerwin and Book Arts/Printmaking grads Rebecca Gilbert MFA '02 and Kay Healy MFA '08 selected for prestigious 2-year program

February 9, 2012

Fine Arts Lecturer Daniel Gerwin and alumnae Rebecca Gilbert MFA '02 (Book Arts/Printmaking) and Kay Healy MFA '08 (Book Arts/Printmaking) were among the six fellows selected out of this year's applicant pool of 352 artists for the Center for Emerging Visual Artists' (CFEVA) two-year Career Development Fellowship.

CFEVA's Career Development Program is a highly selective fellowship with only a two percent acceptance rate. While active in the program, the artists have a full exhibition schedule, career counseling and mentorship, earn money from the sale of their work, and teach in the community.

"Passage" by Daniel Gerwin.

Daniel Gerwin artist statement: Wood grain speaks of intimate interior spaces: it's visible in our floors, doors, windows and furnishings, all of which are both functional objects and signifiers whose referents extend through and beyond our dwellings. We haunt our own houses, and they haunt us in return. My work alludes to or directly incorporates elements of dwellings, including paintings made on salvaged joists, dresser drawers, and mirrors, all of which I have found on the streets of South Philadelphia where I live.

"Building The Perfect Worm House" by Rebecca Gilbert.

Rebecca Gilbert is a printmaker who works primarily in woodcut and intaglio. She has been an artist in residence at Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyo., and is an alumnus of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art in Philadelphia, where she presented two solo exhibitions and curated the Extra-Dimensional Printmaking Invitational. Rebecca teaches Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.

"Stuffed" by Kay Healy.

Kay Healy investigates themes of home, transience and the search for stability in an ever-changing world, working in many media including silkscreen and woodblock printing, books, fibers, installation, ceramics and web-based art. She is currently working on a 40-foot installation for the Philadelphia International Airport supported by the University of the Arts Faculty Enrichment Grant. Healy was also the recipient of the Leeway Art and Social Change grant, which funded a yearlong body of work based on interviews of refugees from Southeast Asia.

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