About 

Born in Kingston, PA in 1998, Sophia Krupsha currently lives and maintains a studio in her hometown. She completed her BFA in Drawing & Painting from the Pennsylvania State University in 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 curiosity lies in the artificiality of the industrial landscape left behind by coal manufacturing and the loss of the cultural identity of a once-proud people.

In my studio practice, I look at both the old masters such as Jean-Baptiste Corot and newer influences such as Peter Doig to inspire my work. My paintings are created using a variety of methods that are both traditional and unconventional. Techniques such as layering, color blending, and keeping the canvas wet with a spray bottle to make intricate patterns keep the painting mercurial while also anticipating a specified layout for the final view of the landscape.
 

As an artist, my work brings 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 - 2021  The Pennsylvania State University / BFA in Drawing & Painting and Minor in Art History

Solo Exhibitions

2019   Smoke & Mirrors, HumpDay Gallery, State College, PA

Group Exhibitions

2021   Sustainability in SovA: Students Lead the WayZoller Gallery, University Park, PA 

2021   2020/2021 BFA ShowZoller Gallery, University Park, PA 

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

2020  Undergraduate Juried Exhibition 2020, Penn State School of Visual Arts, Sharon Butler, State College, PA 

2020   Creative Resolutions, Palmer Museum of Art, Tess Dubler, 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

2020   Kara D. Berggren Best in Show Award  / Undergraduate Juried Exhibition 2020, Penn State School of Visual Arts, State College, PA

residencies

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

Press and Publications

2019   Sophia Krupsha / Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth

RELATED Experience

2019 - 2020  HUB-Robeson Center Galleries / Gallery Assistant, University Park, PA

2019, 2021   Sordoni Art Gallery / Curatorial and Archival Internship, Wilkes-Barre, PA

2019   Timely Warning / Curator,  HUB-Robeson Center 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