Join us for Super-Human Philadelphia a conversation exploring portraiture in the city featuring artists Susan Hagen, Wit López, and RA Friedman. We’ll hear about the work they create and tie their portraiture to our current exhibition Extra-Human: The Art of Michael Ferris.
RA Friedman is a Philadelphia-based visual artist whose work involves the interplay between the objectivity of the camera and the subjectivity of the hand made. Adept at photography, drawing, and re-crafting older technologies, Friedman’s work melds the human figure’s ability to convey intimate and complex states of being with the expressiveness of markmaking and time-based discovery. Deeply introspective as well as collaborative, his work gives voice to our personal, artistic, and collective histories.
Susan Hagen is a Philadelphia artist, writer and educator engaged in social and environmental issues. Ms. Hagen received a BFA in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Over the years, Ms. Hagen’s distinctive carved-wood sculptures and drawings have been exhibited in numerous venues throughout the U.S. Her work was recently highlighted in a one-person show at The Drawing Room, an art project space in Philadelphia, and it has also been featured at Adventureland Gallery in Chicago, and at the Center for Art in Wood and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Ms. Hagen is a fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland, where she has been in residence three times. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC and the Ragdale Foundation, Chicago. Other honors include artist’s grants from the George Sugarman Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, and the Independence Fellowships in the Arts.
Ms. Hagen is a Professor at the Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA, and has taught workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Anderson Ranch in Colorado and Penland in North Carolina. She has curated numerous exhibitions and written hundreds of articles about art for publications and blogs, including the Philadelphia City Paper, Woodwork magazine, Turning Points, and the Artblog.
Wit López is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning multidisciplinary maker, performance artist,
and cultural advocate based in Philadelphia, Pa.
Wit is the Founder and Artistic Director of Till Arts Project, a grassroots arts services organization serving LGBTQ+ artists in the Greater Philadelphia Area. They serve as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Stockton-Rush Bartol Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors for Vox Populi, and a Core Assemblymember of the Philadelphia Assembly.
This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.
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