PHILADELPHIA OPEN STUDIO TOUR FEATURED EXHIBITION
Exhibition Runs: October 4 - November 13, 2015
Public Reception: Thursday, October 8 from 5-7pm
Artist talk at 6pm
CFEVA Fellow Lydia Panas draws from the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, creating this series of psychological portraits that speaks to expectations and uncertainty in relationships. Inspired by 17th and 18th century Dutch paintings, with their simple backgrounds and concentration on expression, the photographs in this series present a feast: fruit, vegetable, meat, fish cake. Straddling an old world sensibility with a contemporary awareness, these portraits explore notions of expectation and uncertainty within relationships.
Lydia Panas’ photographs have been exhibited widely in the US and internationally. Her work has garnered many prestigious awards, been featured in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, Photo District News and Popular Photography and is held in numerous public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego among others. She has degrees from Boston College , School of Visual Arts and New York University / International Center of Photography. Panas is the recipient of a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship and is currently a Fellow with the Center of Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. Her first monograph “The Mark of Abel” (Kehrer Verlag), was named a Photo District News Book of 2012, as well as a best coffee table book by the Daily Beast.
Exhibition support provided by the Independence Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the William Penn Foundation.