Instructors

Sarah Stolfa · Executive Director

Sarah Stolfa is a working fine-art photographer and educator with over eight years of experience in photography, education, curatorial work and digital lab creation and management. She has an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. In addition to teaching at PPAC, Stolfa has taught at the Yale Univeristy Art Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the University of Delaware, Drexel University and currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. | email

Josh Brilliant · Education Director

Josh Brilliant is an artist and educator originally from New Jersey. He received his BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, his MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, and his MFA in Studio Art from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has taught courses in art history, photography and art criticism. He currently teaches at The College of New Jersey. | email

Keith Yahrling · Master Printer & Lab Manager

Keith Yahrling is an artist who has exhibited work at ClampArt, the Gelman Gallery, the Visual Studies Workshop, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has years of experience digitally printing and producing work for other artists. | email

Genesis Báez

Genesis Báez is an artist and educator working primarily with photography and performance. Baez’s most recent work explores people’s relationship to history, place, and power. Originally from Boston, Báez has spent time living and developing multiple bodies of work in Puerto Rico, and most recently, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, and Greece. Baez has taught in, and worked for, various educational spaces in Boston such as the Institute of Contemporary Art and Hyde Square Task Force, working with and developing curriculums for youth and adults alike. www.genesisbaez.com

 

Rebekah Flake

Rebekah Flake is a lens-based artist and educator. She uses visual arts and curation to investigate nostalgia and tourism at sites where national identities are exhibited in contemporary culture. Her interdisciplinary practice is based in Philadelphia: the location of the Declaration of Independence and the political birthplace of the American Revolution. She grew up in Mississippi, which has had its own struggle with national definitions. She is specifically interested in places contained within the political boundary of a nation or city. Her most recent project “NiagaraFiles” addressed the border between the United States and Canada, and her status as a dual-citizen. Flake received an MFA in 2014 from Tyler School of Art and an MA in 2009 from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She has taught photography and digital media at local college and at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center since 2014. | www.rebekahflake.com

Elisa Gabor

Elisa Gabor is a conceptual artist currently based in Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Photography from Ohio University and an MFA from the Penn Design program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work often involves ideas of process, trauma, narrative, and labor through the use of photography, video, sound, sculpture, performance, and installation. | www.elisagabor.com

Joseph Hocker

Joe Hocker received his BFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta, Canada; Orange Coast College, Mesa, CA; and Parsons School for Design, New York, NY. His work is also held in public and private collections. He has taught at Tyler School of Art and Delaware County Community College. |  www.josephhocker.com

Cally Iden

Cally Iden is a conceptual artist who works with mapping and identity. From aerial photography, to satellite images, to portraits from the ground, her most recent body of work is an investigation of the boundaries and incongruities of the human occupation of the landscape. She received a BFA from The Cooper Union in 2002; and an MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art in 2012. Currently she teaches Digital Imaging at Tyler School of Art, and freelances as a photographer and videographer. | www.callyiden.com

Jessica Kourkounis

Jessica Kourkounis is a Philadelphia-based freelance photographer who is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Getty Images. She specializes in documentary, editorial and portraiture work. She has also had images published in daily newspapers around the country including The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post; as well as magazines such as Time, The Art Economist and ESPN the Magazine. | www.kourkounis.com

 

Erik Montgomery

Erik is the owner and instructor at EJM Photography located in southwest New Jersey. EJM Photography creates personalized portraits, inspirational images, and provides photographic coverage for special events and weddings. Additionally, Erik has showcased his photography at various art galleries, colleges and community events over the past 20 years. www.ejmphoto.com

Charles Mostoller

Charles Mostoller is a freelance photojournalist based in Philadelphia, PA. He is a contributor to Reuters, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR, HBO, Metro Philadelphia, The Guardian, and many others. He specializes in documentary, editorial, and photojournalism. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he attended the 25th Eddie Adams Workshop in 2012 and the prestigious LookBetween gathering for young photographers in June 2014. | www.charlesmostoller.com

Louise O’Rourke

Louise works in the industry of photography as well, documenting the work of professional artists who work in a range of mediums such as ceramics, installation, painting, etc. This career path started when Louise was involved in the arts community at Slippery Rock. Photographing work for friends grew into her passion, a passion to capture art as it is bare to the eye. Louise O’Rourke received her B.F.A. with an emphasis in photography from Slippery Rock University attended graduate school at Ohio University. | www.louiseorourkephotography.com

 

Jill Galloway Sherman

Jill Galloway Sherman, originally from upstate New York, moved to Philadelphia after receiving her M.F.A. in Photography from RIT. For the past ten years, Jill has been working as an educator and artist throughout the Philadelphia area. Over the years Jill has taught many photography classes specializing in digital practice, Lightroom and Photoshop. She received her B.A. from Hartwick College, with a concentration in sculpture and photography. |  www.jillgallowaysherman.com

Julia Staples

Julia Staples, holds a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from Tyler School of Art. Staples has exhibited her work in Iceland, Spain, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia including shows at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, The Nordic House in Iceland and the New York Hall of Science. She was the recipient of the William J. Fulbright Fellowship, The American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship both to pursue projects in Iceland; in 2002 she received the Adobe Design Achievement Award, in addition she has received grants from the Nordic Cultural Council to travel around Scandinavia and the Balkans; most recently she was selected to create a public artwork for The Free Library of Philadelphia and last summer she was awarded a travel grant to attend Ox-Bow summer residency in 2014. |  www.juliastaples.com

Lori Waselchuk

Lori Waselchuk is a documentary photographer whose photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Newsweek, LIFE, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has reproduced photographs for several international aid organizations including CARE, the UN World Food Program, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Vaccine Fund. Waselchuk is a recipient of the 2012 Pew Fellowship for the Arts. |  www.loriwaselchuk.com

Rick Wright

Rick Wright practices and teaches photography as a malleable and sculptural medium. He states, “photography suffers the unfortunate condition of looking like reality and it is the first thing to transcend as a photographer.” Though initially trained as a painter at Princeton and Columbia Universities (BA and MFA), he later studied at ICP in NY with John Loengard, Susan Meiselas, Danny Lyon, and Nan Goldin.  www.wrightartstudio.com

David Weldzius

David Weldzius is an artist based in Philadelphia. His works, which are mainly photographic, examine history through a critical lens in order to reveal the lasting consequences of Westward Expansion and globalization, specifically: the assimilation and repurposing of familiar architectural styles in Southwest landscape, the synchronous dematerializations of newsprint and the photographic print, social welfare’s dissolution under neoliberal policy, and the ideological stakes inherent to land speculation and public planning. Weldzius has mounted recent solo exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography (“Estrada Courts, USA”) and Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles (“News From Nowhere”). He has taught courses in photography on the high school and collegiate levels for over ten years.  | http://davidweldzius.com/

Anthony Wood

Anthony Wood has been a free lance photographer in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary, and fine art. His interests include traditional street photography, portraits of all kinds and photo illustration. Email: prophoto1@icloud.com | www.anthonywoodphotography.com