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Opening reception: Friday, June 13 2014, 5-7 pm
Exhibition dates: 14 June - 23 August 2014
Location: Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 11-5, Friday 11-8

Links: Moore College Galleries

Art is always an exchange of ideas – between artist and viewer, curator and community, critic and public, past and future – a cycle of call and response. Interchange brings together objects and actions created by artists in an even more direct circle of exchange and includes works that rely on reciprocity, interdependence and communion – as well as conspiracy, codependence and commerce – for their creation and execution.

Participating artists include: Trevor Amery (Detroit), Richard Ankrom (Los Angeles), Sophiel Aurora (UK), Maria Calendra (Brooklyn), Jenelle Covino (Brooklyn), Molly Denisevicz (Philadelphia), Dice Crew (Philadelphia), Casey Droege (Pittsburgh), Yevgeniy Fiks (New York), Matthew Fisher (Brooklyn), Hive76 (Philadelphia), Isauro Huizar (Mexico City), Sarah Koljonen (Philadelphia), Lilly McElroy (Los Angeles), Yelena Popova (UK), Potters for Peace (Bisbee, AZ), Sal Randolph (Brooklyn), James Sham (Washington, DC) and Joanie Turbek (Brooklyn).

Interchange is co-organized by members of the Philadelphia artist-run spaces Grizzly Grizzly and Practice in cooperation with The Galleries at Moore.

The Exchange Project: Chapter 6, 2013


MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Opening reception: 12 July 2013, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 28 June - 13 July 2013
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5. Closed on July 4th holiday.
Location: Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Links: MICA Low-Residency in Studio Art 2013, Hyperallergic Newsletter

The Migration of Memories, Voice and Video Installation, 2013


In Process: MFA in Studio Art, 2nd and 3rd Year Exhibition

Opening reception: 1 July 2011, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 30 June - 9 July 2011
Location: Fox 3rd Floor Gallery, Fox Building, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Figure Writing: Warm Up Session in Five Poses, Video, 2011



Spontaneous La Paz
Museo San Francisco, La Paz, Bolivia

Exhibition opening: 17th June 2011, with film screening at 5:30pm

(view project link for content and pictures)



Creating an Education Initiative in La Paz, Bolivia

This summer of 2011, I will be working with the International Design Clinic (IDC), a non-profit organization that consists of a mix of artists and designers, who use their unique creative talents to design and construct projects for communities in need throughout the world. The nature of many of IDC projects are considered guerilla architecture and humanitarian design work. The work of IDC is unique in its participatory model, where practitioners work with community members to continually reassess their needs and collaboratively design methods to address them.

Nine individuals including myself will be working with Creative Corners- The Global Arts Project, and Espacio Cultural Creativo in Bolivia, to specifically address the children who work and live on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia-- and develop an arts education curriculum in this public setting. From mid May to mid June, I will be partnering with these children to generate a system of micro-schools that are custom tailored to their rigors of life on the streets. This is a continual work-in-progress over the next couple years. The efforts of this group will result in the design and construction of a performing and fine arts learning center in La Paz. During my time there, I will also be working with the IDC founder Scott Shall in curating two exhibitions at the Iglesia San Fransicso (The San Francisco Museum) in La Paz.




NewCourtland Artist Fellowship Program:
Art is Ageless


I had the pleasure to work with the artist Maria Anasazi during her NewCourtland Fellowship year on the inter-generational program, Art is Ageless. Over several months' period, we worked with a group of seniors at the Philadelphia Senior Center to create a project in the theme of 'shoes'.

"Shoes were chosen for this project because of their visual uniqueness as objecs and because of their metaphorical meaning. The students assisted the older adult in the art making and both groups shared shoe memories and stories as they were working together to create meaningful art in this fun experience." -Anasazi

Exhibition opening: May 10th 2011, 4:30-6:30pm
Exhibition period:
May 11-27th 2011



Philadelphia Mural Arts Program:
Journeys South

Journeys South moves public art “off the wall” and invites you to examine the richly layered and evolving immigrant histories of South Philadelphia through four unique interactive community-based public art projects and free public tours that celebrate the stories of immigrants and their descendant—both long-time and new residents—to South Philadelphia.The seven artists (RA Friedman, Amanda Miller & Tobin Rothlein, Michelle Angela Ortiz & Tony Rocco, Frank Sherlock & Erik Ruin) creating each part of Journeys South, five of whom were born and raised and/or currently reside in South Philadelphia, worked with community members, historians, and folklorists to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of South Philadelphia's legendary neighborhoods.These four temporary works of public art will be on exhibition from April 27—June 11, 2011 at various locations along South 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue, bordered by Christian Street to the north and West Moore Street to the south.
-the Mural Arts Program

Artist: RA Friedman, Amanda Miller & Tobin Rothlein, Michelle Angela Ortiz & Tony Rocco, Frank Sherlock & Erik Ruin
Location: South 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue between Christian Street and West Moore Street
Exhibition: April 27—June 11, 2011

I was recently involved in the Journeys South project in Philadelphia, helping two artists Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein from Miro Dance Theatre in their piece Footprints Journey "Start Here".

Footprint Journeys: “Start Here”: Miro Dance Theatre’s series of five footprint journeys installed on the sidewalks of the 1700 block of East Passyunk Avenue trace choreographies of immigration to South Philadelphia and are accompanied by a video and audio installation at Monastero Barbershop, 1722 East Passyunk Avenue. The barbershop will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10 am 4 pm.
-Amanda Miller, choreographer; Tobin Rothlein, video artist.

Visit: Mural Arts Journeys South website
Watch: Youtube clip on Mural Arts Philadelphia: Journeys South "Start Here" by MIRO




Exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance:
Kickin' Back: Design for Leisure

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, January 27th, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The International Design Clinic's work, fencePOCKET is returning to Philadelphia!!! The work has recently been selected to be a part of an upcoming exhibition, Kickin' Back, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Kickin’ Back is a juried and invitational exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in collaboration with Andrew Dahlgren. Designers and architects from the Mid-Atlantic region were selected based upon their interpretations of the concept of leisure that either complement and/or comment upon what constitutes contemporary states of rest or play. From public spaces such as retail environments and parks, to objects that provide comfort or promote interaction in private environments, the work featured in the exhibition provokes questions about what surrounds us in our daily lives, and elaborates on how design impacts our downtime.
Based on four interpretations of the term leisure, the works featured in the exhibition reflect how we as a culture enjoy objects and spaces meant for enjoyment. From prototypes and one of kind or custom objects to small batch productions, the themes of play, entertainment, relaxation and leisurewear are featured throughout the second floor galleries.
Participating designers include: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Patrick Barendt, Carrot Grant, Chris Wright Cycles, Cutesy but not Cutesy, Design Circle, Inc., Fabric Horse, Friday Architects/Planners, Greenleaf Steel Rule Die Corporation, Haley Tricycles, Holgate Toys, International Design Clinic, La Colombe Torrefaction, le Corbeau, Michael J. Patterson, Paul K. Guillow, Inc., P.I.M.P. (Party in my Pocket Spandex Designs), R.E.Load Baggage, Inc. Shift Space Design, Something’s Hiding in Here, Tectonic Toys, and TrickGo.

Check Art Alliance link for further details.





Heartstrings Print Exhibition

Exhibition date: 14th to 20th June, 26th June to 23rd July 2010

Metro Daily news paper press release

Driftwood: Scores, Sarah Koljonen



Exhibition Opening, Art Loop Reception

Date: Friday, April 9, 2010
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison Street, Harlan and Hollingsworth building, Wilmington, DE.
Gallery hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday. (302) 656-6466

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010 (Register online)
Time: 6 pm Lecture (Registration table opens at 5:30 pm)
Gretchen Hupfel Distinguished Lecture with Roberta Fallon, followed by discussion moderated by Dr. J. Susan Isaacs, Curator of Special Projects.

7:15 – 8:30 pm Cocktail Reception:
DCCA Members $35
Non Members $40

In conjunction with the 2010 Members’ Juried exhibition, Guest Juror and Gretchen Hupfel Distinguished Lecturer Roberta Fallon will explore the exhibition theme which examines the possibilities of, experimentations on, and flirtations with what is NEW. Roberta Fallon is a Philadelphia-based artist and critic whose Artblog was twice named one of the top art blogs by Art in America. Fallon writes, “The NEW signals something that is fresh and risk-taking, perhaps not completely worked out yet but forward-moving.” In an art age rife with appropriation, references, as well as exploded and satirized notions of what is novel, the NEW is about fresh courage, bold analysis, burning curiosity, and stubborn will to chart new territory.

Xound, Sarah Koljonen (



An Odyssey
Opening Reception
Date: April 16th, 7 - 9 pm

Exhibition runs from 16th to the 30th April, 2010
Venue: St Paul's Chapel, Columbia University,
2980 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

"The exhibition showcases a broad variety of modern Hong Kong artworks and explores the dynamic relationship between fine arts in Hong Kong and the local culture. While aiming to vividly depict the culture from the perspectives of a group of talented artists from Hong Kong, An Odyssey also hopes to create a journey experience for the audience and bring to them some of the most exciting and innovative pieces of the current Hong Kong art world."

Infinite Message, Sarah Koljonen

To view pictures from the opening reception, click here.



small architecture BIG LANDSCAPE

Opening reception
Date: Friday, February 5, 2010 in conjunction with First Friday
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Haslem & Hodge Galleries
Exhibition from February 12 through March 13, 2010

Date: Feb 6, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Mary Fendrich Hulman Gallery

Wes Janz, Associate Professor of Architecture from Ball State University, follows a practice directed by a special concern for no and low-cost housing solutions for an international population. Mr. Janz travels in the United States and across the globe with students and other architects to help build shelters; find inspiration through indigenous techniques and materials; and consider the ingenious solutions devised out of necessity by those in desperate situations caused by cataclysm and catastrophe.
Comprised of large scale installations and models by Janz and other like-minded architects (and aspiring architects), writings about the development of housing, photographs and related works of art including select works from the Swope collection, this exhibition aspires to present a multifaceted perspective on the development of residences for an ever-changing world.
Mr. Janz was the recipient of the Ball State University’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006; an Indiana arts Commission, Individual Arts Project Grant in 2007; and was a finalist for the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2008 which is awarded to breakthrough projects that have the “power and potential to improve our lives and the world we live in.”

International Design Clinic
Design Altruism Project
Fence Pocket, International Design Clinic



Carrying Across
Opening Reception

First Friday, March 5th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Exhibitition date: February 19 - April 30, 2010
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Venue: Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
, 1219 Vine Street (Chinatown North)

Curated by local artist Yvonne Lung, CARRYING ACROSS is a multi-media group exhibition that explores the nature, processes, and products of interpretation and translation. The findings range from morbidly beautiful to elegantly understated, hysterical to heartfelt. Featuring artwork by Sama Alshaibi, Midori Harima, Tomiko Jones, Jong Kyu Kim, Sarah Koljonen, Larry Lee, Yvonne Lung, Shanjana Mahmud, Rana Sindhikara and I Gusti Putu Hardana Putra, and James Sham.

Refreshments will be provided!
The reception will be followed by readings from Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Linh Dinh.

Staircase Audio Tour, Sarah Koljonen



I Don't Watch the Internet
Opening reception
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fleisher/Ollman is pleased to present I Don't Watch the Internet, the gallery's 7th annual survey of Philadelphia artists.

The first exhibition in this series, The New Acropolis, opened in late 2003 and served to "highlight young and unrepresented talent." The works that were in the original show were described by the curators as "defin[ing] or counter[ing] vernacular visual culture through intuitive practice. The artists [we]re responding to their city's intimate scale and vibrant art scene abundant in collaboration, mutual respect, and awareness."

Some combination of "early career" and "working from the margins" has guided Fleisher/Ollman's selections throughout the years, though the landscape of the Philadelphia art scene has changed fairly dramatically from the New Acropolis days, making each of these dictates ideal, but moving targets. With the proliferation of new exhibition venues and access to numerous other opportunities, many of the artists in this show have shown in one or many of the city's non-profit galleries, artist-run spaces or even living room venues. Others, however, have never exhibited in Philadelphia before and we are happy to give you a first look.
All of the work is tied together, simply by the fact, that we at the gallery find it to be engaging, relevant, representative of art being made in this city and in line with the gallery's long-standing aesthetic interests. Other than that, it is a free-for-all, a raucous visual experience, a grab bag of talent and the chance for a quick, if momentary break, from all that do-it-yourselfing.

Radical Computer Music
Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 pm
Radical Computer Music is a performance and talk by Goodiepal, a renowned yet controversial Scandinavian electronic musician and professor of music composition. Goodiepal is currently touring the states, spreading his new theories.

Contact Information
phone: 215.545.7562
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery | 1616 Walnut Street | Suite 100 | Philadelphia | PA | 19103

(Left) Scaffold Tie: In remembrance of a writing system, (Right) Comma Scroll, Sarah Koljonen



A brief interview with Erin Riley



Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV: Heartstrings
Print Exhibition 2009 by the Hong Kong Graphics Society

The Hong Kong Graphics Society, which was established in 1976, has a long history in Hong Kong. There are now about 30 members and the majority of them received training in art and printmaking in Hong Kong or Mainland China, U.K., U.S.A., Canada and Australia. Some members have gained international awards. Their print works were selected by the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, the National Print Exhibitions of China, and other important international print exhibitions. In the past 33 years, the Society has introduced printmaking to the general public through activities like exhibitions, talks, artist-in-residence programmes and printmaking demonstrations. The Society has also held exchange exhibitions together with graphic art organisations of Taiwan, Malaysia and Chinese cities including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Heilongjiang and Anhui in order to broaden the creative horizons of local graphic artists and promote printmaking creation and art exchange.
This exhibition features the works of 26 members of the Society, including the senior, the active and the budding printmaking artists. Besides the four main types of print like lithography, intaglio, relief, and serigraphy, the exhibits also include mixed media, digital prints and gum bichromate prints. This exhibition is a large showcase of the wonderful works by the Society members.
In addition to the exhibition, members of the Society has organised various education activities which include guided tours, talk and printmaking demonstration. In hope of introducing this distinctive graphic art to the public, a video on the development of the Society and the demonstration of various printmaking skills will be played at both exhibition venues. Supported by The Link Management Limited, a selection of the exhibits shown at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre continue to be displayed at the Homantin Plaza. We hope that the works of local artists can reach audiences from every district and achieve our goal of bringing art into the community.

Exhibition Opening Ceremony and Preview
Date: 15.10.2009 (Thur)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
Address: 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong

Date: 16 – 28.10.2009
Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
Address: 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong
Free admission

Date: 1 – 17.11.2009
Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm daily
Venue: 1/F, Homantin Plaza
Address: 80 Fat Kwong Street, Homantin, Kowloon
Free admission

Education and Public Activities
1) Talk: Types and Techniques of Printmaking (in Cantonese)
2) Demonstration on Colour Relief Printing (in Cantonese)
3) Free Guided Tour for Groups / Schools (in Cantonese / English)*
Docent will guide the visitors through the exhibition, elaborating on the concepts and media characteristics of the exhibits.
Artist: Ms Lee Siu-woon, Rona



Mobart Exhibition Opening Reception
Date: 30th April 2009
Time: 6.00- 9.00pm

Venue: The Drawing Room, 1/F JIA Boutique Hotel, 1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Gallery opening hours: 2.30pm — 6pm or by appointment
(Exhibition from April through September 2009)

Art & Wine Appreciation
Featuring: Artists — Sarah Koljonen / Wine — Prosecco
Date: 23rd May 2009 (Sat)
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Venue: The Drawing Room,
1/F JIA boutique hotel, 1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Limited Spaces: 10

MobArt Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Transcendence, a group exhibition featuring three Hong Kong-based female artists — Cornelia Erdmann, Sarah Koljonen and Man Fung-yi. This is MobArt's inaugural presentation and will be held at The Drawing Room from 30th April through September, 2009.

The exhibition brings together three artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds who currently live and work in Hong Kong. The 17 selected pieces in the show unveil the artists' endeavor to rise beyond the limits of nature and human experience. Through a range of media and forms, they aspire to transport the viewer to a moment of transcendence — a state of elevation above the presumed and accepted truth towards the unknowable and immeasurable. This mutual quest to supersede laws of the material universe is embodied in Man Fung-yi's flowing dresses woven from cold hard metal; in Cornelia Erdmann's silhouettes of butterflies fluttering out of mirrors; and in Sarah Koljonen's meticulous hand-made prints exploring the uncertainties and embedded secrets within nature. Together, they transform The Drawing Room into somewhere more than a place to entertain guests with art and cuisine. The space metamorphoses into a sanctuary where one can ponder with the artists on traditions, spirituality and the life and death of beings, moments and places.

(Left painting) Airplane Window to Japan Sea, Sarah Koljonen



Printmakers in Residence Scheme 2009

Hong Kong Graphics Society and Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
May 09 - Dec 09

To promote the development of the art of printmaking, strengthen cultural interflows in the regions, and enhance the public's interest in and understanding of the art, the Hong Kong Graphics Society has partnered with the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre to organize this print art residency project from May to December 2009. A series of public programmes including demonstrations and open studio sessions by printmakers from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macau are arranged at the printmaking studio of the Visual Arts Centre to facilitate communications among artists and visitors. Printmakers completed their residencies included Shan Dan and Wu Enqi from China, Sou Pui-kun from Macau, Chen Hua-chun from Taiwan, Patrick Ford and Liu Cheng-mui from Hong Kong. Those interested are most welcome to attend. Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Number of participants for each session is limited to 20.

Hong Kong Graphics Society with Printmaker Loo Foh Sang