Contributors

Liz Ayerle: (Site Publisher/ Coordinator and Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

IMG_6549Artist, Proximity Arts founder and former fashion entrepreneur, Liz works as a mixed media painter and printmaker. She holds a Bachelors degree in Art History from Bucknell University, an Associates degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and spent two semesters studying abroad, first in Florence (Syracuse University) and then in London  (UCL). She is currently pursuing her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), where she continues to mine and distill her artistic goals.

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Leslie Belloso: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

lesliebLeslie Belloso is an aesthete, however unstylish it is to admit that today. She looks for the essential and natural beauty in her surroundings and in people, preferring grace and personal truth to idealization or conventional notions of beauty. An internal medicine physician, she has been painting full time since 2009. Recent solo shows include, the Best and Brightest in Scottsdale Artists School, and the American Impressionist Society. In June 2015 she began the Low Residency MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Beth Cody: (Contributing Member)
Member since fall 2016

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Elizabeth Cody is a painter living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. Her paintings are loose and rhythmic. She says, “I speak with paint. My most recent interest is sound, rhythm and words as the subject for a painting.” Abstracting from live models and scenes, Beth’s works radiate physical energy with uninhibited applications of paint.

C. Eckel: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

IMG_0006.jpgEckel is a Philadelphia based artist and storyteller whose work focuses conceptually on accessibility and barriers. She is currently working toward an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and advocates for art education as a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.  Her work was recently accepted into The Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum in Harrisburg, and has been included in group shows throughout Philadelphia.  Eckel is currently working on an illustrated novel about the horrors of dependence for adolescents. She thinks it’s going to be pretty good.

Bárbara Díaz-Tapia: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

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Bárbara Díaz-Tapia is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator who is interested in her country’s history. In 2006 she got her BFA at Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan. Living in Puerto Rico her socially critical work centers on the political and ethical problems facing that community. She utilizes Caribbean myth, bodily deformity, the abject and the esoteric to lend her works an aura of the unknown. Diaz-Tapia’s three solo shows, Esperpentos y otros divertimentos familiares (Scraps and Other Family Divertimentos, 2008), Historia de la sangre y otros dibujos (History of Blood and Other Drawings, 2010) and most recently Espacios Íntimos (Intimate Spaces, 2015) all focus on aspects of the family dynamic and the enigmatic side of the domestic sphere. Diaz-Tapia’s work has been included in the most recent Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico and in the Vargas Gallery in Florida, among others. She is currently pursuing her MFA through the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

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Kelley Hagemes: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

KelleyReviving past traditions, Kelley Hagemes is an artist flirting with the sublime. Working primarily in oil paint and graphite, she examines her world, visible and invisible, through allegory, symbolism. Using her own children, geometric shapes, halos, fleshy beings, patterns, various beasts and creatures, she is creating an otherworldly realm with its own set of emblems, mythology and superstitions. Kelley graduated with a BFA from the Hartford Art School and has since kept busy participating in gallery exhibitions (most recently being accepted to the 2015 Brooklyn Biennial in NYC), completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and has been featured in assorted publications including Beautiful/ Decay, You’re Welcome Savannah, and the Savannah Morning News. After years of restless meandering, she and her husband traded Brooklyn, NY for Savannah, GA where they raise their two children and work on various creative endeavors. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Tania O’Donnell: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

tania4Greater-Philadelphia area artist and educator Tania O’Donnell approaches her work conceptually, using materials ranging from traditional oil on canvas to installation and video. O’Donnell holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of the Arts where she was recipient of the Sylvia G. Wexler Award for Excellence in Graduate Study. She is a Corzo Center for the Creative Economy Incubator Grant recipient and Wells Fargo Fellow. O’Donnell is currently pursuing her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and teaching at Shipley School.

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Jessica Padilla: (Contributing Member)
Member starting spring 2016

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Jessica Padilla is a New Jersey visual arts educator and artist. She believes art takes people into the world in different ways. It provides us with the opportunity to learn about diverse cultures, values and identities through time. The artist approaches this understanding through the process of making using various media, tools and techniques. Jessica received her B.A. from Rowan University in Fine Art: Studio Art and Art Education. She earned a full travel scholarship to attend a semester abroad at SACI an international art school located in Florence, Italy. Currently, she is attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to earn her Masters of Fine Art.

Sarah Rene: (Contributing Member)
Member starting spring 2016

sarah-reneSarah Rene is a visual artist and educator from the Philadelphia area. Her artistic practice surrounds ideas of nature vs. nurture, usually one taking precedent on a 2-dimensional surfaces overall. She has been teaching in a public school system for over 10 years, starting a career right out of undergraduate school. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting, a degree in photography and currently teaches the Advanced Placement course at Upper Darby High School. She is a Donors Choose recipient, honored for June 2015 Teacher of the Month and is currently a committee member of The University of Arts Alumni Council. Her approach to teaching art heavily relies in history to support current application of materials and lesson objectives. As a mentor and lecturer her current initiative is supporting reading and writing, based in art criticism, within the all-inclusive elective classroom.

Beverly Ryan: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

ryan-picBeverly Ryan began painting in 1994 in a search for a more direct and spontaneous expression of her ideas. She has worked in acrylic on paper and canvas, and for the last 15 years in oil on canvas and wooden panels. She holds an M.S. degree from Columbia University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College. She has studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design with William Christenberry, William Willis and Steven Cushner. Throughout the 1980’s Ryan was involved in textile industry as a weaver and art to wear designer developing prints, machine embroidery and attire. Ryan maintains a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, teaches at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA and is an adjunct professor in the Art Department at Montgomery College in Germantown, MD.

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Megan Segre: (Editor & Contributing Member)
Member starting fall 2016

megan2.jpgMegan Segre finds inspiration in creating 3D objects that embody her thoughts, memories and emotions.  She fabricates larger or smaller scale works in order to emphasize an object’s unexampled character.  Varied mediums including corrugated cardboard, books, clay, wood or found objects are used to keep her process thought-provoking and technically challenging. She received her B.A. in Political Science from University of California at Los Angeles and recently earned an A.A. in Studio Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College.  Megan is currently working on her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts and whenever possible is found in her studio in Sonoma, California.

Ilene Spiewak: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

IleneOriginally from Philadelphia, PA, Ilene currently resides in rural West Stockbridge, MA.Throughout her career, which is steeped in first-hand observation and study, Ilene Spiewak has investigated the physical relationships between color and visual space. Ilene Spiewak received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Art Therapy from Hahnemann University Hospital.  Ilene studied at the University of the Arts, Fleisher Museum of Art, the Provincetown Art Museum and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She is currently enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she will receive her MFA in Painting. Her work has been exhibited in various group and solo shows and is held in private collections.

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Robyn Stone: (Contributing Member)
Founding member, fall 2015

robynRobyn Stone’s figurative paintings confront us with difficult yet darkly beautiful images of adolescent vulnerability and fragility. A multi-generational New Yorker, Stone studied art at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She holds an undergraduate biochemistry degree from Middlebury College, graduate studies in English literature at Oxford University, and graphic design training at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She founded the Yellow Dog Design Group, a boutique graphic design firm in Philadelphia, and served as adjunct professor in advertising and design at Villanova University, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill College. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where she lives with her family.

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Mark White: (Contributing Member)
Member starting fall 2016

mark-white-head-shotMark White lives in North Carolina and has been married to the most beautiful woman in the world for more than half of his life. He spent 22 years in the Army and has been there and done that. His son is a paramedic and his daughter is a king cobra wrangler. His dogs are Plott hound, pug and miniature pinscher, respectively.

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