Open Portfolio Event 2007 - Participating Philagrafika Member Artists

Bobbie Adams
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, BA Studio Arts, cum laude, Elizabeth Anderson Award for Achievement in Studio Arts. Her work is represented in the collections of the Newark Museum, Women's Studio Workship and the Print Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Julia Blaukopf
Julia Blaukopf has photographed throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. Most recently, she traveled to Ghana to photograph Women in Progress, an organization that empowers women through sustainable business. She has been honored with the First Person Arts Fellowship, a Center for Emerging Arts Fellowship, and The Camera Club of New York Resident Artist Award.

Ellie Brown
Ellie Brown is a native of Boston, MA where she attended Massachusetts College of Art. She received her B.F.A. in photography in 1997 and her M.F.A. in Photography from San Jose State University in 2002. Ellie has received numerous awards including: a Leeway Foundation grant, first prize from the Fraser Gallery's International photo competition in Bethesda, MD, a featured artist from women in photography international, the Calumet Award from the Print Centerís International Photography Competition. Ellie debuted her Loverís Book in Philadelphia in September and spoke about it at the regional Society for Photographic Education conference in November 2006.

Stephanie Bursese
Stephanie Bursese is fascinated with the exact distance between You and I. Using photography, printmaking, and textiles as her medium she chips away at the vulnerability of interpersonal relationships. Bursese approaches her work from the inside, and by planting herself in the audience, she toys with the effect control and expectations have on public and private spaces.

Fran Crum
Fran Crum earned her BFA from Rutgers University and is currently studying printmaking at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She creates woodcuts, lithographs, intaglio and mono prints.

Mikel Elam
Mikel Elam is primarily a painter with a very specific interest in using the figure and face as a way of conveying ideas about gender, identity, race and art history. He has shown his work in the 2003 Florence Biennale, Nerlino Gallery in Soho (NYC) and Gallery 5 in Santa Monica, CA.

Lisa Hamilton
Lisa Hamilton teaches printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she is also the print shop manager. She works in various printmaking techniques and three-dimensionally with paper, print and ceramics. M.Ed. Tyler School of Art, B.F.A. University of the Arts, certificate in printmaking, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Mitch Lyons
Mitch Lyons holds a BFA in Graphics from the University of the Arts, and an MFA in Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art. Lyons developed a technique of printing with clay in 1968. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Noyes Museum of Art.

Kathleen Metaxas
Kathleen Metaxasís focus on print and paper has facilitated an exploration in techniques, color and tactile effects. Metaxas works with non-toxic printmaking techniques and continually explores new ways of creating interest and depth in her work without the use of acids and resists. Metaxas draws inspiration from nature, organic forms of all types, the human figure and condition.

Richard Metz
Richard Metz received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and a MFA from the Maine College of Art, and currently teaches art at Abington Sr. High School. He is a politically active artist working in a variety of mediums including printmaking, paintings on trees, installation work, sculpture, performances and collaborative work. He seeks to inspire wildness and fun with his art.

Justin Myer Staller
Justin Myer Staller is an artist and printer. He studied traditional printmaking at Penn State University before completing an MFA in Contemporary Non-toxic Printmaking at Rochester Institute of Technology. Justin is currently a member of Space 1026, a Philadelphia based artist collective that has shown nationally and internationally. In the past year he co-founded another collective in Western Massachusetts, Tiny Media Empire, with his wife, artist Linda Suzanne Price, and illustrator Dan Danger.

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