Adam Lovitz, a maker and resident of Philadelphia, utilizes the solitary act of painting and the collaborative component of performance to nurture daily creativity. The flickering between the familiar and the strange, a tension often found in the city, is the driving force behind Adam’s practice. His performative rituals are explored within the collective !!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT UP, a cross-breed of Philly makers. Adam received his BFA from University of Delaware and his MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Alex Walcroft received a BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Art History from Tyler School of Art in 2012. While painting has been a lifelong practice of his, Walcroft is not tied to any one medium and will often utilize video, photography, music, writing, and performance in his work. His output has explored and continues to be engaged with the constraints of identity, social transactions, and the blurry relationship between storytelling and experience. In addition to being a visual artist, he is an active musician and currently recording material for a solo album. He lives and works in Philadelphia.
Angela McQuillan received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Tyler School of Art in 2011. Angela’s current body of work consists of mixed-media paintings that focus on biomorphic abstraction and the visual language of living organisms. Recently she has become increasingly interested in community outreach and development. Her art practice as a whole is an study of various ways that art and science intersect and inform one another. Her ideas involve experiencing the living world with infinite curiosity and appreciation, while coming up with unique solutions to problems through artistic and scientific investigation. Angela currently works as a scientist at Merck in vaccine manufacturing.
Eileen Lillian Doyle graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. She completed most of her degree between 2005 and 2009 on campus then finished her remaining course off campus at Temple University. She is a multi-media artist who works with: fabric, installations, sculpture, and performance art. Her projects include organizing a performance art series titled Garbage World and developing her solo work titled “The Heavy Maximalist Aesthetic of Garbage World.” She currently lives in Philadelphia and works at the creative re-use center The Resource Exchange.
Lee Tusman received a BA from Brandeis University with a focus on Art and Social Change. Tusman has curated dozens of exhibitions and public projects for a diverse group of universities, galleries, institutions, alternative spaces and public interventions including Riverside Art Museum; California State University, Northridge; University of California, Riverside; Division 9 Gallery; Space 1026; Little Berlin; J & J’s gas station, and his now-retired mobile Volkswagen Vanagon artspace Vanagallery. He is the Creative Director of Hidden City Philadelphia and works on projects that straddle the intersection of ideas that are socially-based, urban in nature and that combine unconventional practices with contemporary visual arts and internet media.
Marshall James Kavanaugh is Philadelphia based writer and entrepreneur. His works contain both the surreal and the absurd in a culture driven attempt at documenting the ongoing creativity of his peers. Inventing characters and language with often illusory connotations he is able to create a world that exaggerates the extraordinary. As a member of Little Berlin he is responsible for the music showcases and dream exhibitions that take place monthly. Outside of Little Berlin he lives by himself with two cats in The Dream Oven, a performance space and production group distributing forgotten dreams and ethereal vibes through every grand salon that is held above its embers. His mind is sometimes overwhelmed with crazy ideas of fantastic merit, but it is his goal to merely make sure Philadelphia’s creative culture movement continues to expand and influence the world.
Patrick Koziol received a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 and an M.F.A. from the University in Delaware. His work emphasizes material investigation and experimentation to explore how form is created through repetition and iteration. Examining the aesthetic possibilities of processes such as dripping, seeping, layering, congealing and accumulating, he uses a variety of media to imply loose narratives centered on notions of entropy and its manifestations in contemporary environments. He has a strong interest in artist-run non-profit organizations and how they can create welcoming, exciting, and thought-provoking experiences in their communities. He was involved previously as a volunteer at The Soap Factory in his hometown of Minneapolis. He currently resides in Philadelphia and works in a stone sculpture studio.
Peter Erickson is a Philadelphia based artist who is interested in social media, open source technologies, and relational aesthetics. He currently works in the large format printing industry, where he uses available equipment to produce objects from digital files. Some of Peter’s favorite activities include social gatherings, bicycling, and browsing for nsfw content at work.
Tyler Kline received his BA in Anthropology and Sculpture from Portland State University in 2003 and a MFA in Installation and Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts in 2011. He has curated shows at: Atlanta’s Moving Spirits Gallery, Portland’s Martial Arts Gallery, Zeitgeist and Disjecta, as well as Philadelphia’s Little Berlin. A Strong believer in the power of Art to revitalize communities and bring about social change; he is fascinated by playing with the porous boundaries between painting, video, sculpture, performance, and printmaking. Kline’s work at Little Berlin braids Visual Anthropology with New Media, forging bonds to make the future solid enough to Bloom.
Erin Bernard calls herself a Conceptual Museumist because she considers where and how people interact with the arts, history, and environment in terms of economics, education and social power structures. She is a current M.A. Public History student at Temple University with a B.A. Journalism. Her heartwork is as the Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Philadelphia Public History Truck, a mobile museum devoted to making culture accessible and connecting neighbors through community history exchanges. Erin spends her days listening to experimental world and local jazz as the Publicity, Engagement and Outreach Associate of the Painted Bride Art Center. She’s also an eco-conscious Mom of two.