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Mia Rosenthal

American, born 1977

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Mia Rosenthal received a B.F.A. in illustration from Parsons School of Design (now Parsons The New School for Design) in 1999, and developed an interest in commercial art and graphic design through working in a design and branding firm in New York. She then entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia to study painting, but after determining that her paintings were really drawings, she abandoned painting for drawing, which is now her exclusive medium. Remaining in Philadelphia after graduating from PAFA in 2008, Rosenthal now teaches at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where she focuses on the use of web technology to create fine art projects. Online images, as well as television shows and commercial products, provide the subject matter for Rosenthal’s drawings, which consist of carefully arranged accumulations, or buildups, of miniscule objects accurately drawn and documented. While humor plays a part, she firmly states that the overall theme of her work is documentation: of every single Rice Krispie poured out of a sample box and arranged like a chain or necklace; or of each word transcribed from an episode of The Price is Right forming the iconic wheel spun to determine the program’s winners. Compositions from a recent series of drawings after Hudson River School paintings are buildups of dense accumulations of birds and plants that Rosenthal copies and identifies from online field guides. In these drawings, she is striving to create greater density or spatial depth by piling up the images one on top of the other in thick layers.

During the past three years Rosenthal has exhibited her work at numerous Philadelphia venues. She was awarded the Beaver College Prize at Arcadia University’s Works on Paper 2009, and was included in PAFA’s 2010 exhibition Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits.

Here and Now: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists, 2011

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