Jason Slowik: Artist’s Statement

My personal studio practice is primarily driven by an interest in the people and places that I encounter which evoke a sense of transcendence towards a place of comfort and peace.

When working in the public realm, I am interested in bringing about a sense of comfort and peace for others through my work and the process involved. Tribute portraits for lost loved ones may comfort individual families, collaborative work with victims and offenders groups can facilitate healthy and healing dialogue, and public murals can catalyze positive change in a community.

 

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Jason Slowik

born 1979 in Philadelphia, PA

 

Education

MFA University of Pennsylvania 2005

University of Pennsylvania/Royal College of Art, London’s Student Exchange Program 2005

BFA and Teaching Certification, Tyler School of Art, Temple University 2003

Temple Rome Program 1999-2000

Central High School of Philadelphia, Class of 256 (1997)

 

Exhibitions & Honors

“Jason Slowik: Recent Work”, Solo Exhibit Penn State Abington’s Woodland Gallery 2012

Student/Mentor Exhibition, Invitational Group Exhibit, Penn State Abington’s Woodland Gallery 2012

African American Museum’s “Iconic Image Collection” and Tour 2011

Jenkintown Festival of the Arts Participant 2010, 2011, 2012

Fall Art Festival at St John’s Episcopal Church of Huntingdon Valley, “Best In Show” 2006, 2007

University of Pennsylvania  MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia 2005

 

In Print

“Gung Ho! A Dragon Boat Story” written by Susan Hughes, Illustrated by Jason Slowik 2011

“Here and There. Young People in Chile and the USA: A Video Course to Develop Language Skills

and Cultural Knowledge ” by Pereira, Ramos, Gee (Jason Slowik is Featured in one chapter) 2011

“More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories they Tell” Golden, Rice, Graham, Ramsdale, Pompilio.

Temple University Press. 2006

“Philadelphia Murals and the Stories they Tell” Golden, Rice, Kinney, Graham, Ramsdale.

Temple University Press. 2002

 

Employment

Freelance Artist (studio works and commissioned public or private projects) ongoing

Art Teacher, grades 7-12, Jenkintown Middle and High School 2006-present

Student Exhibition Coordinator, Jenkintown Festival of the Arts 2010, 2011, 2012

Full Time Muralist and Educational Outreach Coordinator, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

(Coordinating programs for adjudicated youth and adults) 2003-2006

Muralist with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program seasonally 1997-2003