‘Serious Play’ まじめな遊び
Berrisford Boothe is an Associate professor of art at Lehigh University and a dedicated, well-established artist in the local, regional, national and international art scene for over 30 years. Outside of his role as professor of art and design, he continues his career as painter, digital artist, printmaker, photographer, installation artist, art / design lecturer & curator.
Boothe’s is a former member of The June Kelly Gallery, NYC where he showed for five years. He was also in the gallery of African-American artists at The Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, which after closing is now an online gallery. He has a studio in the Easton Arts Building, Easton, PA. To date, Boothe has presented fourteen solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 group exhibitions nationwide and internationally. A former member of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Banana Factory / ArtsQuest council, his works are part of collections public and private, nationwide, in South America and the U.K.
Berrisford’s has a significant artist’s bibliography including feature articles in media like American Visions, The New York Times, Art News and these books; The Fine Artist’s Guide to Marketing and Promotion and Halima Taha’s Collecting African American Art. He was one of 100 artists nationwide featured in Robert Wuthnow’s book ‘Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist’ and recently participated in the exhibition ‘In Search of the Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art’ @ The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA. As a printmaker he has been Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, The Brandywine Print Workshop, Pondside Press, and St. Barnabas Press, The Print Studio and The London Print Studio in Cambridge, and London, U.K.
Since 2013, he has been the Principal Curator for The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art from the 20th and 21st century. Boothe himself has used his own body as the subject for art for artist Curlee Raven Holton, photographers, Katherine Rennie (UK), Olaf Starorypinski and internationally renowned artist and photographer Andres Serrano. Most recently he was a featured artist in Luke Wynne’s ‘Artist In Residence’ photo book and two of his large paintings were added to The Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Permanent Collection, Philadelphia, PA.