Sunday, April 26, 2015

Your WCA: Meet Simone Spicer!


Your WCA: Simone Spicer

Simone Spicer is a long time Philadelphia WCA member and is currently serving on our by laws committee. Simone is just a joy to be around; she is so humble about her work- which is truly remarkable! Simone has graciously offered to host a studio visit in 2016. 

"Simone Spicer's sculptures in trash comment on our culture's precarious relationship with the natural world.  She re- combines familiar objects, post consumer goods, in unexpected ways; playfully revealing the innocence of humanity, while addressing our dire need for collective awareness and vision for change. She has shown her recent works in trash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Seaport Museum and the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia."  -Marcia Annenberg, Flomenhaft Gallery NY, NY

"I choose trash because it is so pervasive now and such a big problem to solve.  It also has so much rich information about our culture, our intelligence and our stupidity.  And it just feels good to repurpose.  So many artists are doing this now, creating beautiful things from waste.  Closing the waste loop, creating a zero waste environment as nature does, just feels good. “  






 Biography  Simone Spicer   2015


Simone Spicer is a sculptor who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Simone’s education includes a BFA awarded 1986, in Sculpture from The Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, and an MFA in 1988, in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina.  Simone also attended the residency program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan Maine on full scholarship.
Since 2008 Simone has been working primarily at her studio practice transforming trash into art.  This was preceded by many years of teaching part time at Holy Family University and various art centers in the Philadelphia region, and by many more years owning a small decorative painting and design business in Philadelphia.
Since diving into studio practice in 2008,  ‘emerging’ and in ‘mid career’, Simone’s highlights include, ‘featured artist’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012, representing POST for the Center of Emerging Artists, in the museum’s ‘Art After 5’ series;  ‘Featured Artist’, in December of 2012 in the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts newsletter, and voted ‘Best of 2012’ by members online at the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts.

She received the Amelia Walker sculpture prize from the Woodmere Museum of Art in Philadelphia in 2013, and was awarded honorarium by New Hope Art Center for sculpture and was invited into the exhibition, ‘New Media’ there.  Simone was included in a national travelling exhibit organized by the NYC Chapter of WCA, juried by Eleanor Heartney, titled ‘The Petroleum Paradox’, which traveled from Denise Bibro Fine Arts in NYC to Narrows Art Center in Fall River Massachusetts.  Simone has exhibited her works in trash at The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland, and Porter Contemporary Gallery in NYC.

In addition to participating in numerous juried exhibitions in galleries, educational institutions and alternative spaces, Simone recently spoke on a panel at Flomenhaft Gallery in NYC, titled ‘Art, Activism, and Global Warming’.  The discussion was organized by the NYC Chapter of the WCA, and speakers included four artists and chief climatologist of NASA’s Goddard Space Institute on Climate Change, Dr. Gavin Schmidt.
Simone is also happy to receive the honor AGAIN of being a ‘Featured Artist’ in August of 2015 on the National Women’s Caucus for Art website homepage.  She is very grateful for the WCA!



Would YOU like to be a featured member? Send your biography, artists statement and photos of you and your work to me at wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com.

Thanks!
Kristin Osgood Lamelas
President, WCA Philadelphia Chapter 

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