Resident Critic in Graduate Program, MFA
Richard Torchia is director of Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, where, since 1997, he has organized solo exhibitions for Ai Weiwei, Francis Cape, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Moffett, William Larson and Kay Rosen, among many others. He has also curated thematic group exhibitions exploring subjects such as the childhood drawings of contemporary artists, nearly imperceptible works and contemporary images of the sea and the sky. In addition to ongoing publishing and writing projects, since 1990 he has maintained an artistic practice employing the camera obscura as a means to develop site-specific installations, most recently at Wave Hill (Bronx, New York) and Evergreen House (Johns Hopkins University).
Torchia’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the library of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. *Marquee*, a permanent public work realized in collaboration with Greenhouse Media (Aaron Igler and Matt Suib) opened in the fall of 2011. Torchia received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1994), grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (1995), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1997).
Torchia teaches a seminar course on Aesthetics and Criticism in the Graduate program.
Click here to watch a video on Richard Torchia's Harris Observatory Project.