About the Studio
The Barnes is collaborating with Mural Arts Philadelphia to creatively reuse our former guest services center. The small structure, uniquely situated at the edge of our site, is an ideal place for art activations that function as a critical bridge to communities near us.
Let's Connect: Philly's Artists Take on the Barnes
Over the next year, five Philadelphia artists will hold residencies at the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes. These artists were selected by the public and a team of curators as part of Let's Connect, a project that challenged the city's artists to create a work of their own in response to a single work of art in the Barnes collection. You can drop by to learn about the artists and their work during open studio hours.
King is a reverse glass painter from Cleveland who learned her craft from the late Robert Ritchie before moving to Philadelphia in 2000. This rare technique—where the image is painted backward—has its roots in Asia and is found in the US in old clocks and mirrors. King's technique incorporates transparency and layering, adding depth to her work. Her paintings tell stories that re-create the casual drama of life.
Goldberg was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He studied at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, New York University, and New Mexico University. He taught painting, printmaking, and drawing at colleges and universities for over 30 years. Goldberg's prints and paintings have been extensively exhibited in the US and abroad. His work is held by many private, corporate, and public collections.
Jonathan D. Pinkett
Pinkett studied filmmaking at the Philadelphia College of Art and drawing and painting at the Grand Central Atelier in New York. His work represents an effort to deconstruct the diverse world around him. He uses a variety of materials and processes in each project that relate to specific themes or personalities. As an artist, he seeks to immerse himself in the conditions around him, not escape them. His works are included in public, private, and corporate collections.
Johnson is a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. Johnson is a native of Philadelphia, and his work is poetic and reflective of his many experiences in the inner city. Johnson has exhibited widely, with past solo shows at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens; Tirza Yalon Kolton Ceramic Gallery in Tel Aviv; Gloucester County College in Sewell, New Jersey; and the Camden County Historical Society.
Held is a Philadelphia-based children's book illustrator who has been working professionally for over ten years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Held attended the University of the Arts. After living in Brooklyn for several years, Maryann returned to Philadelphia to work as assistant illustrator for the Berenstain Bears. Held now works full-time as a freelance illustrator, where she pursues her passion for classic children's illustration.
Love Across the USA
New York-based artist Olek used the studio as part of her 50-state community public art project, Love Across the USA, "with the goal of celebrating positive women's voices throughout US history." Olek and her team worked with participants throughout the city to create a crochet mural of opera singer Marian Anderson. Many of the workshops took place in the studio, and the piece now hangs at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia.
Mural Arts' Restorative Justice program engages individuals who are incarcerated, on probation, or on work release. The program provides opportunities for these individuals to reconnect with society in productive ways through community engagement, skill-building, and collaborative mural projects.
In January and February, the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes hosted classes for the Guild, Mural Arts' paid apprenticeship program, which helps formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation forge bonds with their community while developing job skills. Artists who worked with the program—muralist Ben Volta and former Guild participant and rising star Russell Craig—also used the space as a studio.
Classes for the Guild, part of Mural Arts' Restorative Justice program.
What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? That was the question posed by Monument Lab, a citywide public art and history project produced by Mural Arts in 2017. Our studio was used to host the Monument Lab field research office, where idea-gathering sessions, open houses, and artist activations were held over a number of months.