10th Annual Open Exhibition
A juried international exhibition of contemporary fine art
Cerulean Arts Gallery
1355 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
June 15 – July 17, 2022
Exhibited Work: Aesthetic Intoxication
The 10th Annual Juried Exhibition at Cerulean Arts features original works created in the past two years by thirty contemporary artists. The show includes painting in oil and acrylic, and works on paper including charcoal, ink, and graphite, in addition to photography, sculpture and mixed media.
Cerulean Arts was founded in 2006 by Tina Rocha and Michael Kowbuz. Having come together during their tenures at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Michael as an MFA and Tina as a part-time Museum Shop worker, the couple envisioned a gallery to bring together good art and good people sharing a common enthusiasm for the creative spirit. As their community of artists grew, they expanded their space into their neighboring property to become the Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio. With essentially eight separate gallery spaces plus a classroom, they are now positioned to really make a difference in the Callowhill community of Philadelphia.
Jill A. Rupinski
Jill A. Rupinski is a Professor and Interim Chair of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). She holds a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, 1981, and a Certificate from PAFA, 1977. She is equally an accomplished painter in oil as well as in soft pastel and creates narrative works from observed forms of the human portrait and nature. In the 1980s she developed mixed media and wet pastel techniques, which she continues to promote in workshops and lecture.
Among her awards she is a 1997 recipient of the Percy Owens Memorial Award for a Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist from the Fellowship of the PAFA, and a 1976 William Emlen Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship from PAFA. Her work is in the collections of the Fellowship of the PAFA, Arcadia, Colgate, Villanova Universities, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania. A longtime instructor at PAFA and at the Wayne Art Center, for the past decade Jill has participated as an instructor demonstrating her innovative techniques of pastel painting in the Maurice River School at the Barn Studio, Millville, NJ. In 2013 and 2014 she taught in overseas venues of Seillans, France, and the Isle of Arran, Scotland through No Boundaries Art Workshops. In 2014 Jill was selected to participate in the Senior Artists Initiative Oral History Project. She is a member of the French Creek Art Colony, in Pennsylvania, which is a group of plein-air painters. Her work is represented by Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio in Philadelphia, PA.