Perkins Center for the Arts supports working artists through exhibition opportunities in our Moorestown and Collingswood Galleries. Pieces on display at Perkins Center are available for sale unless otherwise noted. For information on how to purchase and receive individual pieces please email Curator, Phillip Carroll at email@example.com.
Michelle Marcuse Bio
The work of Michelle Marcuse mirrors and symbolically chronicles her childhood experiences, dream states, both past and present, and encapsulates commentary on contemporary living. Growing up in apartheid South Africa during the late 1950s – 1970s, her fragmented architectural forms and decayed environments express the remembrances of and issues surrounding society under duress, and relates to problems of today concerning power struggles within the core and peripheries of global societies. Through the merging of industry and art, her work addresses waste colonialism and concentrated ‘single use’ mass consumption.
Receiving a Bachelor of Design at Shenkar College, Israel , she continued to Michaelis School of Art at The University of Cape Town  and completed her BFA at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA . She was invited to exhibit with BLAM Projects Brooklyn, NY , Arte y Amor at Taller Boricua, NYC  and Borderless Caribbean [The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, Miami, FL 2015]. Michelle is a recipient of a 2016 Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge exhibition. Acquisitions of her work can be found in The USA Embassy of Bangkok, Thailand; the University of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD and in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection. Most recently she became a Finalist in CFEVA’s Visual Artist Fellowship. In December 2018 she was invited to Against Gravity: TECTONICS – Imagined Spaces: an exhibition organized by DORAL Contemporary Art Museum in the framework of Art Basel, FL. February, 2019, with a concurrent exhibit at Grizzly Art Space in Philadelphia. Organized by Mount Airy Contemporary [Philadelphia, PA] in collaboration with the INTUITIVE ART SPACE in Manayunk. Marcuse will present her installation Holding Absence, a work portraying the paradoxical fertility of breakdown due to waste colonialism with the aim of highlighting qualities of presence and absence seen in the built, destroyed, or ‘disappeared’ object. In 2020, she is scheduled to exhibit at the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA.
Michelle Marcuse lives and works in Philadelphia where she is Co-Director of HOUSEGallery, a mixed use exhibition space in Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA.
Lisa Matera Bio
American artist, b. 1971, Lisa Matera attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a painting major and received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa taught Fine Art for five years at the Burlington County Institute of Technology. She’s certified through the State of New Jersey as a K-12 art teacher, teaches privately, and at the Perkins Center of the Arts in Moorestown, NJ.
She lives and works in New Jersey, outside of Center City, Philadelphia.
Katherine Stanek Bio
Katherine Stanek was born in Oak Park, Illinois and lived in the Chicago area until her early twenties. Pursuing work and education, Stanek relocated to Philadelphia where she held a full-time corporate management position while attending classes part-time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 2002, Katherine resigned her management position and began her career in art at The Pennsylvania Academy receiving a 4-year merit scholarship for her studies.
At he Academy, Stanek was introduced to the traditional sculptural process during her first year and later received several awards in both sculpture and draftsmanship including the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy Fellowship Trust Award for her body of work. Immediately upon graduation, Stanek was invited by notable Philadelphia galleries to exhibit her bronze works with integrated concrete bases. Intrigued by the versatility of the concrete, she began to explore the medium further. After years of self-study, Stanek developed her own cement formulas designed to manipulate the material in a way that works with her personal aesthetic and is uniquely her own. The result is a sculptural image that reflects the energy of the entire process and the changing characteristics of the material. This marriage of content and craft has gained the attention of collectors and artists alike as she has been invited to exhibit her unique concrete sculptures in many museums, galleries and sculpture gardens.
Katherine’s sculpture has been selected by many important institutions that recognize quality figurative work including the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes for the Figurativas 2015 competition at the European Museum of Modern Art MEAM, Barcelona Spain and most recently, she was invited to exhibit her sculpture alongside the work of Auguste Rodin in the international exhibition “Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition” at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Katherine is the recipient of the George and Helen Segal Foundation Grant and her work has been featured in several publications including The National Sculpture Society’s “Sculpture Review“.
After traveling to Turkey to share her tools and techniques with an international audience, Stanek is now a sought after instructor for sculpting in concrete and her work is collected internationally by universities, museums and important private collectors.