May Brings Change

May Brings Change

We say goodbye to two beloved NAPOLEON members, Jordan Rockford and Christina P. Day, and hello to three new members, Tamara Suber, James Maurelle, and Nichola Kinch.

We have bittersweet news to share about some important changes to NAPOLEON’s roster. Two of our most active and beloved members are ending their tenure with our small collective.

chad_states_st_clareJordan Rockford joined NAPOLEON as a founding member in 2011. Jordan has curated some amazingly strong shows including Ryan Wilson Kelly’s The Sleep of Reason and Chad State’s Night Sweats. Jordan is also a very talented writer, often penning essays that accompanied the work shown inside our gallery as well as when we exhibited elsewhere. His eloquence, leadership, and top-notch professional outlook will be missed, not to mention his amazing editing skills. Jordan has many curatorial irons in the fire and we look forward to seeing what he does next.

Christina P. Day
joined NAPOLEON in the summer of 2012. Since joining NAPOLEON, Christina’s enthusiasm and energy pervaded everything the group did. She initiated the Exhibition Essay Series, where an outside writer is paired with every exhibition we do as a means of giving context to the work in our gallery, but also to broaden the dialogue. Christina has shows at the Art Alliance and the Woodmere since joining NAPOLEON and has a big show in New York on her agenda for the Fall. We will miss collaborating with this powerhouse and being so up-close with her intricate and masterfully created sculptures.

But as we say good-bye to these dear friends, we also welcome with wide open arms three new members!

tamara_suberTamara Suber
is an artist whose work is performance, photography, and painting. A graduate of the UPenn’s MFA in Studio Art and Time-based Media, Tamara has shown all over the country and has done residencies at places like Skowhegan and the Vermont Studio Center. She has a pet sheep.

James Maurelle is sculptor and video artist who credits his childhood experience as a plumbers assistant as the basis for his work ethic and perhaps even the content of his work. According to his artist statement on his website, “The intention in my practice is to break the cultural rules that separate “work” from “art”, with the hope of ushering in new esthetic vernacular using ephemera, reclaimed layman and trade materials.” Born in Los Angeles, Maurelle came to Philadelphia to get his MFA at the University of Pennsylvania.

nichola_kinchNichola Kinch
is an installation artist and sculptor. Her research is focused on image mediation, in particular, the historic and contemporary modes of moving images. This year, Nichola was a winner of the Fleisher Wind Challenge and also has solo shows at Cabrini College, Arlington Art Center, and the University of Rochester. Nichola is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art.


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