the artist

Nicholas Kripal

Photo Credit: Jeff Hurwitz, courtesy of Tyler School of Art

Nicholas Kripal

Philadelphia, PA

Nicholas Kripal

Originally entitled Swarm and commissioned for an installation totaling 66 individual terra cotta sculptures at the Philadelphia International Airport, December 2009 - June 2010.  That installation was sited within three, twenty-two foot long cases.  The installation utilized historical, vintage, and contemporary food molds and serving containers that were slip-cast and assembled to construct numerous individual hybrid terra sculptures.  These sculptures referenced the evolution of industrial design influences, city-planning strategies – or lack thereof – and architectural iconographic ornamentation like that found on historical buildings across Philadelphia, to create an “abstract urban cityscape.”  Twenty-six individual sculptures from that original installation were selected by Kripal and arranged on/within two specifically designed vitrine covered pedestals to create this installation Swarm: Reconfigured No. 2 for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Art Collection.

Fast Facts

Name: Nicholas Kripal


Place of Birth: Sidney, Nebraska

BFA 1975 – University of Nebraska, Kearney
MS Art Education 1977 – University of Nebraska, Kearney
MFA 1979 – Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Robert Winokur
Jon Clark
Adela Akers
Rochelle Toner

Particular field of study or class work:
Site Specific – Site Related Installation/Ceramic and Mixed Media Sculpture

Major influences/admired artists:
The Minimalist movement
Bruce Naumen
Richard Tuttle
Elsworth Kelly
Eva Hesse
Petah Coyne
Too many more to mention...

Favorite materials or media:
Ceramics in all its forms
Mixed media applications 

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
1985 to 2016 – Tyler School of Art, Temple University

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