Anderson, James McConnell (Mac) – American Artist & Potter

James McConnell “Mac” Anderson (American/Mississippi, 1907 to 1998)

After Mac Anderson completed his studies at Tulane University School of Architecture, he joined his brothers Walter and Peter Anderson in Ocean Springs, MS, developing a series of small figurine sets at Shearwater Pottery. From these early collaborative works, Mac’s mature style emerged: an affinity for the flora, fauna, and people of the Gulf Coast that he beautifully captures through “reticulated floral designs” woven into exquisite [...] Click here to continue reading.

Allis, C. Harry – American Artist

C. Harry Allis, (American, 1870 to 1938)

Born in 1870 in Dayton, Ohio, Harry Allis was a landscape painter in impressionist style and worked in both oil and watercolor. He lived primarily in Michigan and California. He taught at the Detroit Museum Art School, gave private art classes, and was an art critic for the “Detroit Free Press”. He studied at the Detroit Museum of Art, with Harry Eaton in New York City, and [...] Click here to continue reading.

Achenbach, Andreas – German Artist

Andreas Achenbach (German, 1815 to 1910)

Andreas Achenbach, a prolific and steadfast artist known for his crisply executed landscapes in a realistic manner, is widely regarded as the father of the 19th century German landscape painting. Achenbach began his studies at the Dusseldorf Academy of Painting in 1827. Despite its setting in a small town on the Rhine River, the school attracted artists from not only Germany, but from beyond its borders as well. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bernstein, Theresa Ferber – American Artist

Theresa Ferber Bernstein (American, 1890-2002)

Although she studied art at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women in her native Philadelphia, it was after her move to New York with her parents in 1911 that Theresa Bernstein really blossomed as an artist. She briefly attended classes at the Art Students League under the tutelage of William Merritt Chase and twice went to Europe to explore some of the day’s most important modern artists including [...] Click here to continue reading.

Benson, Frank Weston – American Artist

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862 to 1951)

Frank Weston Benson was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1862. He studied at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and the Academie Julian in Paris. Benson was a hunter and often depicted sporting scenes of birds in his artwork. The landscape around his studio on North Haven Island, Maine provided inspiration for his etchings and paintings. Benson taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts [...] Click here to continue reading.

Massey, Willie – African-American Artist

Willie Massey (American, 1906 to 1990)

Willie Massey is a self-taught artist from Kentucky who spent his life as a tenant dairy farmer. He made only utilitarian objects before his wife’s death in 1955. After, he began to make sculptures, which he called “tricks”. He fashioned animals and birds, farm equipment, birdhouses and airplanes from found objects and repurposed material. He would also buy stretched canvases and paint on the backs to create pre-made [...] Click here to continue reading.

Spicer-Crawley, Brandon – American Outsider Artist

Brandon Spider-Crawley (American, born 1980)

Brandon Spicer-Crawley has worked in the studio at the Center for Creative Works since its start in 2011. A versatile and improvisational artist, Spicer-Crawley works with a wide range of materials, including wood, ceramics, calligraphy ink, paper sculpture, and acrylic paint pen. His style is both free-form and carefully crafted, with recurring motifs of letters, police officers, and abstract shapes and lines. A part of many group exhibitions from [...] Click here to continue reading.

Garrity, Jenny – American Outsider Artist

Jenny Garrity (American, born 1979)

On any given day Jenny Garrity can be found drawing at the Center for Creative Works, seated with her nose so close to the surface of the page it seems as if she is emerging from it, part of the family of gnome-like figures she creates. Her forms develop from the accumulation of delicate, hair-thin lines. Each figure is topped with a domed, bald head. Facial features are faint, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bartlett, Bo – American Artist

Bo Bartlett (American, born 1955)

Bo Bartlett is a contemporary American realist painter in the tradition of Thomas Eakins, Andrew Wyeth, and Winslow Homer. Bartlett paints the world around him – his family, friends, and his wife and muse, Betsy Eby – in settings that depict memories, dreams, literary references, and current events. He has received numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and awards including a PEW Fellowship in the Arts. His [...] Click here to continue reading.

Cox, Jenny – American Outsider Artist

Jenny Cox (American, born 1959)

Jenny Cox began working at Lower Merion Vocational Training Center in 1981 as a piece worker and paper shredder. When it became the Center for Creative Works in 2011, the work of her peers inspired her to paint. When Cox discovered markers and pens that her work truly took off. Marks developed into letters, letters into words, and colored cells ordered and demarcated space in compositions that are uniquely [...] Click here to continue reading.

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