Alice Norman Mandel


alicenormanmandel [at] gmail [dot] com

Mill Studio. 123 Leverington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19127

*entrance on Baker street



A little about me: I was born in Washington D.C. and have lived in Philadelphia for over 40 years. I work in The Mill, a large Civil War clothing factory that once manufactured uniforms for the Union Army but has been converted into studios for 50 artists. I have a B.A. from the University of Chicago in History of Art and an M.A. from Harvard University in Fine Arts.

As you look through my work, you may be struck by the range of artists who have inspired and influenced me.  From Matisse and the Lascaux cave paintings to Red Grooms and Sepik River sculpture– from Cezanne and Giotto to Utamaro and Manet– and from ancient Greek vase paintings and Picasso to Degas and Pre-Columbian Nayarit clay figures.   

Whatever the subject matter– in my environment or from my mind–  I enjoy the particular challenge of creating a series of works that revolve around the same subject, but vary in composition, line, color, perspective and media. Examples of works from a series is shown here: “Rain Forest Foliage.”

I am enticed by the possibilities in a blank sheet of paper, and cherish my freedom to create art that embodies my visual and emotional experience. The journey captivates me – the trials, errors, and variations along the way and how they integrate into the work, until it says to me, “Enough. I am complete.”

Among the venues where I have exhibited my work are:

Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibit)

Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA (two person exhibit)

ArtForms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibits)

University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibit)

Art Gallery of Fells Point, Baltimore, MD

Dyansen Gallery, New York, NY

Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Maryland Federation of Art Gallery on the Circle, Annapolis, MD

Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ

Paley Design Center, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)

Philadelphia Water Color Society : Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

1996-1997 Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship – Works on Paper