C. Grant Cox III

C. Grant Cox III received his MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture from the University of Delaware, his BFA in painting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and his AA from Southeastern Illinois College. Cox has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Illinois, Delaware, and Philadelphia, including the DCCA’s 2011 satellite exhibition, Young County. Cox has also had several solo exhibitions in Illinois.

Tim Eads 

Tim Eads grew up in a small town in West Texas. He received his MFA from Cranbook Academy of Art and his BFA from Texas Tech University. Known for his Rube Goldberg-like machines, Eads has participated in solo and group exhibitions at Forum Gallery in Bloomfield Hills, MI, Vox Populi, FLUXspace, the Chris White Gallery in Wilmington, and the Dan Granham Gallery in Los Angeles, among others. Eads currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

Tracy Featherstone 

Tracy Featherstone received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona and her BFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati. Featherstone is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Miami University. Her current work focuses on mixed media sculpture and wearable sculpture. Featherstone’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and The Institute of Art and Design at the University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic, among others. Featherstone has been award numerous teaching and research grants.

Tyler Held 

Tyler Held is a sculpture who lives in Philadelphia and works in New York as Head Painter of Sculpture for Jeff Koons. He received a Certificate in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing from Lanier Technical Institute and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of the Arts. Held has worked as an assistant fabricator for numerous artists, including Michael Grothusen, Shay Church, Tim Eads, and Jordan Griska. He has participated in exhibitions at My House Gallery, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Temple Gallery and more. Held responds to the waste and urgency of contemporary society  by re-purposing and reworking discarded objects.

Cynthia Norton

A Kentucky native, Cynthia Norton received her MFA in Time Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from The University of Kentucky. After living and working in Chicago and New York, Norton returned to Kentucky in 2001. Much of Norton’s work is influenced by folk aesthetics and Kentucky culture. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and worldwide. Norton received an Illinois Art Council Grant in 1996 and a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artists Enrichment Grant in 2004. She is currently working on her first solo museum show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut, both slated to open in 2012.

Lauren Ruth 

Lauren Ruth was born and raised in the California Bay Area and works in a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, video and performance. She received a MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Studio Art with Honors from Dartmouth College. Ruth is Director and Founder of The SHAFT
Gallery in Philadelphia with Maiza Hixson and member of the Ruthless Animals Artist Collaborative with Ann Gaziano. Ruth’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; the Corcoran College of Art & Design Gallery 31 in Washington, DC; the Receiver Time Based Media Festival in Charleston, SC;
ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI; The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY; and Grizzly Grizzly Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. In 2011 Ruth was a Resident Artist at the Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) in Philadelphia and Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Ruth lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Joanie Turbek

Joanie Turbek received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from Alfred University. She often utilizes humor, perceived functionality and poultry in her work. She is currently a resident at The Clay Studio.