Second State Press Studio Hours
Tuesday – Sunday 12PM-10PM
SSP is closed to members on Mondays.
Fob Holder Schedule
Second State Press Fob Holders are knowledgeable printmakers who work 12 hours a week in exchange for 24 hour studio access. Please feel free to stop in and ask our Fob Holders questions or advice about their work or favorite medium.
Current Fob Holders
Artist, Musician, Rock Climber, Skateboarder, Golfer, Lawnmower, and Political Theorist, the twenty-something year old Benjamin J. Dasher is a jack of all trades, and master of none. Indebted to Temple University, he received his BFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in 2012 along with an Art Education Certification for K-12. He usually travels to Central America during the winter months but has made an exception this year in order to make epic prints at Second State Press.
Aubrey Marie DiDonato (c. 1990s) is a Philadelphia based artist who recently received her BFA from the University of the Arts with a focus in Printmaking and Book Arts. DiDonato works primarily in lithography, using bodily fluids as her mark making material.
Leslie was born and raised in Midwest America. She received her Printmaking BFA from Western Michigan University in 2008 and her MFA in Printmaking from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012. For over 3 years, Leslie was a curator and member of Exquisite Corpse Artist Collective and Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI, which she co-founded in 2005. After moving to Knoxville, she remained active in curatorial practices as the Associate Director and Director of UTK’s Gallery 1010. Following this, she held the position as Gallery Director and Campus Curator at St. Ambrose University in Davenport IA. Leslie has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at such venues as the International Print Center New York in New York City; Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, MI; Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, GA; and Grafiki Warsztatowej in Poznan, Poland, and her prints and books can be found in multiple university and private collections. Currently she resides in Philadelphia, PA as an independent artist.
Bonnie first heard about SSP during her time at Tyler and was happy to hear that she wouldn’t have to be without a studio after graduation. This is round two of her Fob-Holdership and she’s excited to be back. It’s likely that you’ve seen her knitting away the time whilst monitoring the shop, but on her own time she prints (believe it or not) in monotype, relief, and intaglio. She wishesshe had a little more litho under her belt, but hasn’t gotten around to it yet. She also dabbles in lettering, watercolors, and woodworking, and anything else to keep her hand and eyes busy.
Heather McMordie is the Fob Fellow for the Spring 2015 Fob Session. She is a graduate of the PA Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, and a long-time resident of Philadelphia. Her work is influenced by geological processes and their similarities to the art-making process. Recently, the rich geological history of dirt in Philadelphia and the Wissahickon Valley has led her to make intricately layered prints and drawings that pair recognizable representations of plant-life and human-debris with abstractions of soil and stone. Her work has been shown at various venues including the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, PA, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Old Print Gallery in Washington, DC.
In May of 2014 Carlee obtained her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. After graduating she has continued to use printmaking as a Way or Do. The author of The Japanese Way of the Artist, H.E. Davey, describes a Do as “an art that allows us to understand the ultimate nature of the whole of life by closely examining ourselves through a singular activity of life: to arrive at the universal through studying the particular.” For her, printmaking is defined as the process of transferring an image whether it is image to paper or light to a surface. That being said, she explores the concept of traditional printmaking with intaglio, relief and installation. In 2013, she participated in Second State Press’ Annual Member Print Exchange where she began to cultivate a relationship with the studio.
Caitlin Palmer is a recent transplant to Philadelphia from Durham, North Carolina. With a B.A. in Science in Society and honors in Printmaking from Wesleyan University, she approaches woodblock printing with a scientific eye, finding inspiration in brain function and memory. In seeking to capture exactly the inexactness of what is lost between a final image and its context, Palmer crafts portraiture without being overly personal, using repetition of form to create open-ended images that mimic the process of remembering.
Her work has been displayed in several exhibitions, and is held in the permanent collection of Wesleyan University. She also has upcoming exhibitions planned for the Fall of 2015.