BIO

Claudia Eckel is an artist, writer, and educator from southeast Pennsylvania. Claudia is currently a public school art teacher in the suburbs of Philadelphia as well as a mixed media painter. Claudia is melding her interests in juvenile narratives and textural painting into a unique visual language. She recently received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.    Claudia has shown works in solo and group shows throughout Pennsylvania, including exhibitions curated by the Speer Gallery, the State Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, the Wayne Art Center, The Mainline Art Center, and The Plastic Club.    

Claudia received the O'Neill/Rubin award for the "Outstanding Thesis Presentation" at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. She has also been recognized as an art educator, receiving the SunEast Federal Credit Union’s “Best Teacher Under the Sun” award in 2016. This award acknowledged her work with high school students in Delaware County, as well as her numerous contributions to high school art exhibitions, lectures, and panel discussions addressing arts advocacy and the post modern art curriculum. She has presented at numerous Pennsylvania Art Education Association conferences, as well as Penn State @ 50, the 50th Anniversary of the historic Pennsylvania State University Arts Education Conference.    Claudia received her BS in Art Education with a Minor in Literature from Penn State University (2007), her M.Ed from Gratz College (2013), and her MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2017). She currently lives, works, advocates for the arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   

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Solo Exhibitions

2019

  • What Your Heart is For, The Speer Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA

Group Exhibitions 

2018

  • Reunion, Bishop Stock, Snow Hill, MD

  • Outside the White Cube, New Hope, PA

2017

  • Tales From Otherware, The Buggy Factory, Brooklyn, NY

  • PRESENCE: Thesis Exhibition

  •  UNITY Philly Art Schools Juried Exhibition, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA 

  • Outside the Box, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia PA   

2016 

  • Life, Liberty, Happiness, Gallery 128, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 

  • LINKED: Philly Art Schools Juried Exhibition Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • Prallsville Mills Holiday Pop Up Show, Stockton, NJ 

  • Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia PA   

2015 

  • Art of the State Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA 

  • First/SHIFT/Third, Milk Crate Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ 

  • Chester County Studio Tour, Guest artist in Robin Brewer’s studio, Chester County, PA 

  • The 5 Bs: Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Bats, and Bugs Juried Exhibition, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 

  • PAFA Low-Res MFA Group Show, The New Leaf Gallery, Wayne, PA   

 

2014 

  • Creatures Juried Exhibition, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia PA 

  • Teaching Artists Exhibition, Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA 

  • Reigning Cats and Dogs Juried Exhibition, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Animal Art Exhibition, Beauty Art Gallery, Paoli, PA

 © 2020 by Claudia Eckel

Claudia Eckel
Artist + Art Educator