Seraphin Gallery is pleased to announce that Madeline Peckenpaugh’s work Upon So Still (pictured above) has been collected by The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (FPAFA). Her work is among prominent PAFA alumni artists that have also been purchased with funds from the Mary Butler Trust. Peckenpaugh has had two solo shows at Seraphin Gallery. Three of her available works are currently on view: Of Ruin, Of Youth, and Into Being. (see below).
In 2016, Peckenpaugh received a travel grant from FPAFA for an artist residency in Patan, Nepal. While abroad, she created a series of studies and paintings influenced by the different pace of life in the Himalayas, the landscape, and the culture, as compared to living in Philadelphia. Her color palette and use of texture evolved throughout her painting process in a renewed investigation of her core concepts, and 19 of her works were exhibited at Seraphin Gallery in her 2017 show, Inhabit.
Peckenpaugh was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2011 before earning a Certificate and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2015. Her work was shown at Seraphin Gallery’s 2015 Emerging Talent Exhibition, followed by a solo exhibition later that year. More recently, her work has been exhibited at Seraphin Gallery and the Woodmere Art Museum. One of her pieces, Neither Can I (shown below), was acquired in 2014 as part of their permanent collection, and was on display in their 2016 exhibition Look Both Ways, Art at the Crossroads of Abstraction and Representation .
FPAFA was founded in 1897 by Robert Vonnoh, an instructor and graduate of the Academy. The Fellowship provides support for both current students and alumni of PAFA, both through awards and prizes, and the purchase of artwork.