Women Artists at Penn

Fall 2016

Charlotte Hodes

Charlotte Hodes is an artist currently based in London. She began her training as a painter and now works in many mediums including collage, ceramics and glass. She is a professor in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her website is

Charlotte Hodes

Spring 2016

Fradele: Beautiful Fabrics

Fradele is a fiber artist who currently lives and works in southern New Jersey, but spends a good deal of time in Philadelphia. She studied fashion design originally, and then taught art at various levels while she raised her family. Currently, Fradele designs wearables, quilts, and embroidery work. She is often commissioned by synagogues to create fabric Judaica such as Torah covers. She is retired, and volunteers at various organizations including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.


Holly Brigham: Counterbalancing the Objectified Images of Women throughout Art History


Quinn McNichol

Quinn McNichol grew up outside of Philly in Glenside and attended school at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. She is chiefly a painter, but also draws, and is known for her figure work and landscapes. She cites her aunt, Jane McNichol, as her introduction to art and biggest influence on her work. Her website is and her instagram is @quinnmcnichol


Fall 2015

Marianna Williams: Tangible Evidence of Thinking

Marianna Williams is a graduate student currently studying in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate education was at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University. Marianna is originally from Augusta, Georgia, but she lived in multiple locations growing up. She has spent time in France and Italy, and has worked in the Arctic Circle. Her website is:


Sharka Hyland: If You Don't Have Any Other Choice

Sharka Hyland is an artist currently based in Philadelphia. She is known for her text-based drawings. She is also an adjunct professor in fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and teaches Visual Studies 102: Two Dimensions: Form and Meaning, Typography, and a Benjamin Franklin Seminar: Open Book. Her website is

Gogol, Mertvye dushi (12), detail, 2013
pencil on paper, 12x18

Jes Gamble

Jessica Gamble's work is drawn from life experience and focuses on invoking personal connections. Much of her artwork is about searching, memories and mending while exploring the human form. She examines topics including feminism, psychology, and organic systems of the internal workings of the body. Jessica currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, creating works that span mediums of painting, photography, installation, sculpture, textiles, video and wearable embodiments. You can find her work at


Spring 2015

Kat Buckley: Book Artist

As a book artist and museum professional, Kat Buckley works at the Barnes Foundation as Membership Services Assistant, where she works on tasks including outreach, membership tracking, prospect research, reporting, and programming. She has also interned for many museums and institutions, including The Walters Art Museum and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Buckley has a wide range of expertise in such topics as modern and contemporary art and contemporary collecting practices. She is the Membership Chair of Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and also a member of Museum Council of Philadelphia and American Alliance of Museums, among others. You can find her works at and


Katherine Fraser: A Storyteller

Katherine Fraser is a Philadelphia-based artist who graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Her paintings have been shown recently at the James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia, the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as the Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach. Her website is .


Deirdre Murphy: Looking Closely

Deirdre Murphy earned her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches as an adjunct professor, and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Deirdre is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia and Zinc Art + Interiors in Edmonds, WA. Her website is

Deirdre Murphy

Wendy White: Take Up More Space

Wendy White is a Brooklyn-based artist with exhibitions all around the world, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Gifu, Japan and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012, White gave a lecture at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in a Fine Arts Lecture Series presented by PennDesign. She is represented by David Castillo Gallery in Miami, FL. Her website is

Wendy White
47 Madison, 2012
acrylic on canvas, acrylic sheet, shatter ball
96 x 60 x 4 inches

Gabrielle Russomagno: Being Relentless

Gabrielle Russomagno is a Philadelphia-based photographer. She graduated from Yale University in 1989 with an MFA in Photography but her work has been exhibited since 1985. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, among others. In 2008 she founded TangenT, an art collaborative with sculptors Yvonne Love and William Cromar, dedicated to mixed media, project based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. Her website is and you can also find her handmade artisan jewelry at

Gabrielle Russomagno
Untitled No. 9, 2010

Robyn O'Neil: I Know I Deserve It

Robyn O’Neil is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Her work is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York City, Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas and Western Exhibitions in Chicago. Her prints are available through Graphicstudio, Electric Works and Susan Inglett Gallery. Her website is

Robyn O'Neil

Joan Wadleigh Curran: Voracious Visual Appetite

Joan Wadleigh Curran is a Philadelphia-based artist who features detritus as the theme in most of her works. She primarily makes paintings, drawings and some printmaking, and currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of Pennsylvania. She sells her work at Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her website is

Joan Curran
Opposition, 2013
gouache on black paper, 23" x 30"

Gizem Saka: An Artist & Economist

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Gizem Saka is an artist and Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her academic interests are in Behavioral Economics (why people make mistakes in judgment) and Art Markets (how do we decide how much to pay for art). Saka had more than 15 national and international exhibitions, including New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal and Istanbul. She is the recipient of two Turkish Cultural Foundation Awards and is a reviewer for the Journal of Cultural Economics. She also received the Ernest Liu Family Teaching Award while at Cornell University, where she completed her PhD in economics in 2007. Her website is

Gizem Saka
Part of Tiles collection