Spotlight on Invitational Portfolio Artist
Edition of 50
Candy Coated, (formerly Candy Depew) is known internationally for working in a broad expanse of genres: from sculpture and printmaking to film and installations. Her primary passions, however, are silkscreen printing and decorating. She is interested in the decorative uses of art, and the effect of material beauty on its environment. Through this study, which she calls “candycoateding”, she aspires to elevate decoration to a fine art.
Candy received an Edna Andrade Grant for Emerging Artists, exhibited at the Borowsky Gallery, the Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge, and the Tyler School of Art, all in Philadelphia, before participating in Philagrafika’s 2002 Invitational Portfolio. In 2002 she received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the Tyler School of Art. Since her involvement with Philagrafika, she has continued to exhibit in Philadelphia: at the University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Gallery, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Penn Charter School Biennial, The Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Leonard Pearlman Gallery. Additionally, Depew has since shown at the International Print Center, New York, NY; the European Ceramic Work Centre, the Netherlands. More recently her work has been featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with CandyCoated Wonderland and a 2014 Commission from the Association of Public Art titled Magic Carpet to be installed at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
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