© Copyright Sophia Krupsha 2019

About 

Born in Kingston, PA in 1998, Sophia Krupsha currently lives and maintains a studio in State College, Pennsylvania. She is studying for her BFA in Drawing & Painting from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park and is due to graduate in the spring of 2021. Though it is mainly site-specific to her hometown, her work has been represented nationally in gallery exhibitions on both sides of the United States from Portland, OR to New York, NY and internationally in Belfast, Ireland. 

Artist Statement

Having been born in an area mined hollow by coal companies, I was raised to appreciate and develop an understanding of local history as it pertains to my family's traditions and values. Because of this, my curiosities lie in the artificiality of the industrial landscape left behind by coal manufacturing, the loss of the cultural identity of a once-proud people, and the disconnect between the older generation and the ever-growing younger population destined to replace them.

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In my studio practice, I use a variety of media to come to terms with the grief of my own lost heritage and the passage of time. These include painting, photography, performance, and sculpture. Artistically, I look towards contemporary artists such as Nicholas Galanin and Edward Kienholz for inspiration behind both creative uses of medium and motivating ideological factors.

 

As an artist, I hope my work can accomplish bringing the past into a present dialogue so that one day the future can be brighter, not only for the environment but also for a more sustained cultural heritage.

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Education

2017 - PRESENT   The Pennsylvania State University / BFA in Drawing & Painting and Minor in Art History

Solo Exhibitions

2019   Which Way is Home?  Patterson Gallery, State College, PA (forthcoming)

2019   Smoke & Mirrors, by Sarah Parker and Sophia Krupsha, HumpDay Gallery, State College, PA

Group Exhibitions

2019 - 2020   Exploring Identity, Language, and NarrativeKeller Collective Gallery, University Park, PA 

2019   ArtsFest Cityside,  Aimee Magee & Grace Fairley, Belfast, Ireland 

2019   Chasing Ghosts IV, Jessica G Cutshall, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR 

2019   3RD-THURSDAY ed. 09Arts Letters and Numbers, Averill Park, NY 

2019   3RD-THURSDAY ed. 07Arts Letters and Numbers, Averill Park, NY 

2019    Memories  -  Juried Exhibition, Gregg Schlanger, Jon Olsen, Jim Nicholls, Roslyn Arts Fest, Brodine and Brodine  Gallery, Roslyn, WA

2019   On The Rocks, Susan Eley, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York City, NY 

2019   MistakesThe Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA 

2019   Timely Warning, Lindsey Landfriend and Sophia Krupsha, HUB-Robeson Galleries, State College, PA 

2019   The Relative Stretch, HumpDay Gallery, State College, PA

2018   Collective, Lindsey Landfried, HUB-Robeson Galleries, State College, PA

2018   Shadows and Specters, HumpDay Gallery, State College, PA

2018   Spring Fever, HumpDay Gallery, State College, PA

Awards/residencies

2019   Art Letters & Numbers / Residency, Averill Park, NY

Press and Publications

2019   Sophia Krupsha / Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth

RELATED Experience

2019 - PRESENT   Steamtown Street Gallery / Co-Owner & Curator, Scranton, PA

2019 - PRESENT  HUB-Robeson Center Galleries / Gallery Assistant, University Park, PA

2019    Sordoni Art Gallery / Curatorial Internship, Wilkes-Barre, PA

2019   Timely Warning / Curator,  HUB-Robeson Ce Galleries, University Park, PA

2019   Running Tape: Melissa Forkner-Lesher / Gallery Attendant, Factory Works Gallery, Williamsport, PA 

2018   Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery / Curatorial Internship, Greenwich, CT