John Caperton has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucas Foglia, Katie Grinnan, Demetrius Oliver, Justine Kurland, Gabriel Martinez, Hirsch Perlman, Emma Wilcox and Bill Walton. Recent publications include Emma Wilcox: Where it Falls, Edna Andrade: Color Motion. He was on the curatorial team and in the publication of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide contemporary art festival. Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International. Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff and Clare Rojas. He has also held positions at the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.
Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals.
Emmons received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions in, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among other locations. His work has been included in group exhibitions in innovative commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, and museums. Emmons has received numerous awards including a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation; an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council; and a Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. His work has received critical attention in Art in Print magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Itsnicethat.com, Coolhunting.com, New American Paintings, as well as many other publications. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Emmons is also a co-founder of the popular art group, Printeresting.org.
Karen Lightner will be retiring from the Free Library of Philadelphia in January of 2018. She has had several positions there during her 35 year career, including Head of the Art Department (2008 – 2018), Curator of the Print and Picture Collection (2005 – 2009), and librarian/curator/assistant department head in the Rare Book Department (1988 – 2005). She earned an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1981 from Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) and SUNY at Buffalo. She also serves on the board of Philadelphia Center for the Book and is a member of The Guild of Book Workers. Her main goals for retirement are actively making art again and crossing some items off her bucket list.
Rockie Toner was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa as an undergraduate and received her MFA from the University of Illinois.
In 1972 Toner began teaching at Tyler School of Art/Temple University where she taught drawing and printmaking for thirty years. From 1976 to 1979 she taught in Tyler’s study abroad program in Rome Italy. The last thirteen years at Tyler, Toner served as Dean of the School. Toner retired from full time teaching and administrative work in 2002.
Toner’s studio work has always been related to and inspired by her interest in and fascination by the forces of nature and an exploration of the dynamics of gender and sexuality.
Her work has been exhibited widely and is held in numerous public and private collections. In 2010 she was honored by the SouthernGraphics Council International as Printmaker Emeritus.
Jenifer Trachtman has over 25 years of experience doing fundraising for nonprofit organizations for a range of organizations from Tyler School of Art to the Philadelphia Education Fund to the Monell Chemical Senses Center where she is currently Director of Development. She has a BA in Art History, an MBA with a major in Marketing and is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE). Jenifer is a native Philadelphian, lives in Northern Liberties and has two children, both of whom have taken part in Second State Press's children's programs.
Eva Wylie holds an MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art (2003) and is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant (2006). She has exhibited at Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA; and, most recently, Spacecamp, Baltimore, MD. Wylie has held residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Graff Ateliers, Montreal, Canada; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Wylie currently teaches Printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. A unique graphic dance that juxtaposes organic and synthetic imagery, her work features a signature iconography that intimates how humanity and its detritus merge in both familiar and unexpected encounters.