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Exhibit opens February 2 in Rosemont College’s Lawrence Gallery 

Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the works of John Formicola. The show, titled “Breakfast on the Fault Line,” will be on display February 2, 2017 through March 9, 2017. The opening reception is on February 2 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.

formicola“Breakfast on the Fault Line,” John Formicola’s second solo exhibit at Rosemont College, is of his digital work created from 2005 to 2010. An artist who has never shied away from experimenting with new media, Formicola started working with digital art on an Apple computer and a very early version of Adobe Photoshop. This exhibition will comprise work that thematically explores the juxtaposition of “inside/outside” space employing “performers” that have held his interest for a long time—coffee pot, toaster, butter, butter knives, shutters, plates, and eggs. Formicola escorts the viewer through the proscenium, the plane portal, and the drapery, to engage with his performers.

For more than 50 years, well-known and respected Philadelphia artist, John Formicola has been making art. He started painting at a young age, but it was a mentor in high school saw promise and encouraged Formicola to work with a variety of diversified media like linoleum, wood, and oil paints. At the urging of this mentor, he assembled a portfolio and applied for a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded a four-year scholarship and quickly made a name for himself while there.

Formicola’s participated in over 30 group exhibits throughout the years and has had more than 20 solo shows, his first in 1964 at the Galleria D’Arte Internazionale in Florence, Italy, where he was living at the time. He has won numerous awards, the most recent, First Prize of the Stella Drabkin Memorial Award for a digital work Space Time from the American Color Print Society. His work is part of many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Noyes Museum in Oceanville, New Jersey, PAFA, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Formicola has been part of the faculty at Drexel University since 1968 and has taught at other institutions like Moore College of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Rosemont College.

Formicola pursued working in digital because it was a new and exciting medium. In this exhibit through intense and joyful colors and his “performers,” he hopes the viewer will find a bit humor in this work.

 Image: Homage to J. G., 37" x 28," inkjet on archival paper, 2009.


Lawrence Gallery is located in Lawrence Hall on Rosemont College’s campus at 1400 Montgomery Avenue in Rosemont, PA. The gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational Catholic institution. For more information, visit