Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern

In Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern’s work, the traditional “fine-art” image is altered by the insertion of more contemporary elements; man-made objects of fashion and technology, that occupy everyday life, and constitute our material humanity. While some of these objects may become a passing trend or obsolete tool, they are part of what defines our culture, and will be left behind as historical vestiges. Describing the coexistence of the new with the familiar, and the successful blending of incongruent elements is part of her intent.

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern is a New Jersey based artist and educator. She received her BFA in surface design from Parsons the New School of Design, and earned her MFA in painting from New Jersey City University. Prior to receiving her graduate degree in fine art, Lisa served as an executive designer for the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, overseeing all areas of home design, with particular emphasis on textile products.  Her expertise and affinity for pattern is a consistent, conceptual thread in her paintings and prints.
Ficarelli-Halpern has widely exhibited in numerous solo and group juried exhibitions, in venues including The Visual Arts Center, The George Segal Gallery and The Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey, the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery in New York. She was voted artist of the month by the Arts Guild of New Jersey in June of 2013. Her work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine Vol.10 and she has won numerous awards, including a 2006 Geraldine Dodge Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor of painting and drawing at New Jersey City University and Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey.

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