Monday, October 9, 2006 at 3pm
University Student Commons, Richmond Salons; 907 Floyd Ave.
Richard Torchia is director of Arcadia University Art Gallery, a venue housed in late-19th century power station on a suburban campus in Glenside, Pennsylvania, 30-miles north of Philadelphia. Since assuming his position there in 1997, he has presented one-person exhibitions and projects by artists such as Dave Allen, Olafur Eliasson, Amy Hauft, William Larson, Donald Moffett, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Kay Rosen, and Beat Streuli. Torchia is particularly interested in the generative contexts of group exhibitions. Working with a range of regional and international talent, and frequently collaborating with co-curators, Torchia has developed thematic shows addressing issues such as the re-emergence of photorealist painting; the sited gesture; imperceptible installation; the performative figure; the childhood drawings of contemporary artists; and the ocean, atmosphere, and cosmos as subjects for recent art. Prior to his tenure at Arcadia, he was the inaugural curator of the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia. In addition to ongoing independent curatorial, publishing, and editing efforts, since 1996, Torchia has been an adjunct professor on the graduate faculty the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Since 1990 he has maintained an active artistic practice employing live projections generated by the camera obscura.