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.
Leroy Johnson, Mixed-Media Artist
July – September 2019
Leroy Johnson is a mixed-media artist whose work incorporates painting, collage, and assemblage. His complex and poetic compositions draw on memories of growing up in Philadelphia and document the ever-changing landscape of the city. Johnson has exhibited at regional venues, including Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Gloucester County College, and the Camden County Historical Society, as well as internationally at Tirza Yalon Kolton Ceramic Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Open Studio Hours
July 7, August 4, September 1
12 – 2pm
5 – 8pm
July – September 2018
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.
October – December 2018
King is a reverse glass painter and muralist living in Southwest Philadelphia. She attended St. John's College in Santa Fe and holds a BA in the humanities from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. Her art background is in experience and practice. She recently took a four-year hiatus from art to focus on mental health recovery. She was diagnosed with PTSD related to a sexual assault in 2014. She was recently declared well by Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). This is her first painting in years.
January – March 2019
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
April – June 2019
Jonathan D. Pinkett studied filmmaking at the Philadelphia College of Art before enrolling at Grand Central Atelier in New York to practice drawing and painting. A realist painter, he is influenced by the old masters, whose techniques are less common in contemporary art. His work is an effort to preserve the tradition. During his residency here, Pinkett will work on life-size portraits, primarily using sitting models. Most of his subjects are his friends.
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.
Photos by Steve Weinik
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.