An award-winning Philadelphia area alliance of women visual artists.

“We are a tessellation – each single member made stronger by our combined power.” 

Apart:Together

2021 Biennial Show at Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

Artessa Alliance artists explore how they connect to each other during a pandemic that keeps us all apart.

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My Joy, Teresa Shields

My Joy, Teresa Shields

My Joy, Teresa Shields   When my 1st daughter was born, more often than not she would seek out Dad. Jokingly, I said, “The next one is mine.” And she was. Of my three daughters, Mia Joy resembles me the most and we share the strongest connection. Mia means...

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Varied Works, Brenda Howell

Varied Works, Brenda Howell

Varied Works, Brenda HowellMy fellow Artessa artists have held me up Made me laugh (a lot) AND Made me get my butt in the studio They’ve really helped me stay sane I hope that everyone has had one special person or better yet a group of special someone’s to help them...

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Apart:Together, Karen Hunter McLaughlin

Apart:Together, Karen Hunter McLaughlin

“The Ripple Effect is based on the understanding that we are all connected. These connections stretch like an incredibly interwoven and complicated tapestry. Each of us exists within this tapestry. Thoughts and actions are like stones dropped in a pond and they create ripples that travel outward.”

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My Joy, Teresa Shields

My Joy, Teresa Shields

My Joy, Teresa Shields   When my 1st daughter was born, more often than not she would seek out Dad. Jokingly, I said, “The next one is mine.” And she was. Of my three daughters, Mia Joy resembles me the most and we share the strongest connection. Mia means...

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Varied Works, Brenda Howell

Varied Works, Brenda Howell

Varied Works, Brenda HowellMy fellow Artessa artists have held me up Made me laugh (a lot) AND Made me get my butt in the studio They’ve really helped me stay sane I hope that everyone has had one special person or better yet a group of special someone’s to help them...

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Apart:Together, Karen Hunter McLaughlin

Apart:Together, Karen Hunter McLaughlin

“The Ripple Effect is based on the understanding that we are all connected. These connections stretch like an incredibly interwoven and complicated tapestry. Each of us exists within this tapestry. Thoughts and actions are like stones dropped in a pond and they create ripples that travel outward.”

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Ouroboros, Julie Mann

Ouroboros, Julie Mann

Ouroboros, Julie Mann  The human brain has an uncanny ability to see patterns and make connections based on the world we've experienced. That is one reason optical illusions work, and why we see digital images and Pointillist paintings as something more than mere...

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About Artessa Alliance

 

Artessa Alliance is collective of women artists centered in Philadelphia and  its surrounding counties. We evolved naturally from a local area women’s art cooperative established in 2006.

Our members have achieved numerous honors including:
Grants: Leeway Foundation for Art and Change, Cultural Alliance/PA Council on the Arts, Delaware Division of the Arts, Rivers Merging, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Carnegie Institute, University of Hartford Graduate Thesis Grant to Paris, France
Fellowships: Fulbright Fellowship, Temple University Fellowship, Yale University Summer School of Music and Art Fellowship
Awards include: Philadelphia’s Mothers in Charge Peacemaker Award, Best in Show at Abington Art Center & Best of Philly, Cheltenham Center for the Arts Linda Brener Award, Mural Arts of Philadelphia commissions.