Preserving the artist's heritage

Yvonne Bobrowicz

Interviewed in 2003
Sponsored by Drexel University   
Kate Kosarek, Intern
Jeff Bierman, Videographer
Lydia Hunn, Advisor

Artist's Statement:
I am concerned with expressing interconnections – interconnectedness and continuum. My work has been combining natural materials with synthetics, relating opposites, randomness and order – dark, light, reflective, opaque, illumination to dematerialization, exploring cosmic energy fields. I have been knotting clear monofilament, a man-made fiber that transmits light, combining it with natural linen, opaque and light absorbent, incorporating gold leaf, reflective and alchemically symbolic – unifying them in a variety of densities, scale, and configurations. Monofilament is a flexible medium – moves with air currents – changes with various lighting, natural, seasonal, and artificial. I am interested in kinetics – dynamic pattern/resultant forms in space-time.

Selected Commissions:
- Kimball Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas
- Louis I. Kahn, Architect
- University of Pennsylvania
- R.C.A. Corporation
- Sheraton Hotel
- E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.

Selected Finalist: One Percent Philadelphia Program:
- The Kimmel Performing Arts Center
- Philadelphia International Airport
- One Parkway Lobby
- Marriott Hotel

Selected Collections:
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Art Institute of Chicago

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
- Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster PA
- "Randomness & Order," Nesbitt College, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
- "Small Fiber Works - Group Exhibition, Bratislava, Slovakia
- 4th Biennal Fiber Survey Exhibition, Snyderman-Works Galleries,
Philadelphia PA
- 13th Miniartextil International, Como, Italy
- "Small Works in Fiber - Jack Lenor Larsen 10th Anniversary and 75th
Birthday, MDS Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Fiber Installation, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington DE;
- SOFA, Navy Pier, Chicago IL
- Miniatures, Museum of Art & Design, Helsinki, Finland
- Miniatures: 2000, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia PA
- 1st and 2nd International Fiber Art Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
- Fibre Art Synergy 1st Linen Biennale, The Marsil Museum, Quebec, Canada
- The Museum of Textile, Trelon, France; Bibliotheque Forney, Paris,
- Notre-Dame du Bec Hellouin Abbey, Routet, France
- 20th Century Textiles, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago IL
- Three Centuries of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Awards:
- The Leeway Foundation – Bessie Berman Grant
- Pew Fellowship in the Arts
- Who's Who in American Art

Teaching Experience:
- Drexel University, Philadelphia PA 1966-1997
- Workshops at craft schools in United States and Canada

- Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- Studied with Annie Albers, Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art
(The University of the Arts)
- University of Pennsylvania Evening College

Contact Information:
2312 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19103