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Artist Talk: Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin Riley

  • The Galleries at Moore 1916 Race Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 United States (map)

Join us for a facilitated conversation around "Narrative Horizons," a show that considers how contemporary revivals of sewing, weaving and embroidery reflect the continuing feminist interest in historical techniques. Featuring exhibiting artists Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin M. Riley and moderated by Imani Roach, Managing Editor This event is FREE and open to the public. 

KAY HEALY uses hand drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric installations to investigate themes of home, displacement, loss and vulnerability. Healy received an MFA from the University of the Arts and a BA from Oberlin College. Her 350 square foot screen printed installation Coming Home, was purchased by the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2016. She was named a West Collects winner, a Fellow in the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ (CFEVA) Career Development Program and most recently was a recipient of the Independence Foundation’s Fellowship in the Arts for a site-specific installation at the Central Free Library of Philadelphia. She was previously the recipient of the Leeway Art and Social Change grant and the NewCourtland Fellowship. Healy has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Septima in Tokyo, Japan, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Windgate Gallery at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, University of Alabama Huntsville, the Philadelphia International Airport and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, among others. Healy lives and works in Philadelphia.

SOPHIA NARRETT’s practice is influenced by popular culture and pushes the boundaries of embroidery through narrative imagery she creates as though she were painting. She received her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. She has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Museum of Artsand Design, Lux Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center. Narrett has had solo exhibitions at Freight + Volume in New York, Space Gallery in Portland, ME and Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Sex, 315 Gallery, Mixed Greens, Cindy Rucker Gallery, Nancy Margolis Gallery and Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art in New York, the Hunterdon Museum in New Jersey, 101/Exhibit in Los Angeles, and Kunstforeningen GL STRAND in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work is included in the collections of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the University of Maryland, and the Brown University Creative Arts Council, and has been featured in New American Paintings, Hyperallergic, and Vice's Creators. Narrative lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

ERIN M. RILEY utilizes social media as a tool for collecting images she then translates into hand woven tapestries exploring voyeuristic perspectives. She received an MFA from Tyler School of Art and BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Riley is a MacDowell Fellow, a past resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center, among others and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Riley's work has been published in magazines such as Juxtapoz magazine, American Craft, the Wall Street Journal and New American Paintings.


"Narrative Horizons" presents the work of three women—Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin M. Riley—whose contemporary studio practices are heavily influenced by traditions steeped in functional craft and the handmade. Presented in conjunction with CraftNOW—a citywide exhibition examining the fluid boundaries that exist around art, design and craft—this show considers how contemporary revivals of sewing, weaving and embroidery reflect the continuing feminist interest in historical technique and play a crucial role in helping these artists understand the past while addressing identity in the present and future