Amy Scheidegger Artist & Activist


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Amy Scheidegger Artist & Activist


On a mission to create opportunities for public discourse about the importance of art as a civic lesson.

I am a collaborative visual artist, an arts administrator, a teacher & an artist advocate.

I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from East Carolina University in 2005 and my Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University’s graduate program in 2010. 

Since graduating from Drexel, I remained in Philadelphia and have established a loyal clientele of organizations and individuals with graphic design and illustration needs. In January 2011, I founded the Artistic Rebuttal Project – a grassroots art advocacy initiative that strives to re-enforce and enlighten about the power of the arts.  In October 2011, I was nominated a Creative Connector, a recognition pioneered by Leadership Philadelphia. Creative Connectors are “hubs of trust, seen as trustworthy and credible who use art and design to mobilize people around an issue.”

On the project’s behalf, I periodically travel around the country speaking with university students, adults and kids, imploring them to become active in their communities in order to better serve the places in which they are rooted. 

Only when the public knows the importance of art, can the arts act as a civic lesson to citizens everywhere.

Art and storytelling is in my genes. Art and storytelling was what convinced me to get out of a town that was suffocating me. Art and storytelling is what I advocate for now. I am on a mission to keep art where it belongs — at the center of a society and economy that requires ideas and imagination.

 

Design Portfolio


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Design Portfolio


Need something designed? An annual report or promo image? 

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Logo Designs


Design work for organizations and creative individuals in Philadelphia, PA.


Freelance design work for the Chemical Heritage Foundation



Design work for Theatre Horizon

Illustration Portfolio


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Illustration Portfolio


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Illustrations commissioned by individuals and Philadelphia organizations. 2011-2015.


Nursery mural for a friend, 2014.


Murals created in collaboration with Artistic Rebuttal & Mural Arts. 2013.


Illustrations for Monster Math Club, 2014 - current.


Illustrations commissioned by Philip Poczik for his book, "A Trip to the Zoo." Summer 2010.


Personal illustration projects. 2010-2013.

Advocacy Portfolio


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Advocacy Portfolio


Designs made for Artistic Rebuttal Project pursuits and a list of past art advocacy events.


CO-ORGANIZER FOR THE GO FORTH BY PHONE ARTS ADVOCACY DAY PHONE DRIVE

March 2015

Came up with the phone drive concept. Worked with Groundswell PA and the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy to do national arts advocating from City Hall.


NATIONAL ARTS ADVOCACY DAY KICK-OFF EALS SYMPOSIUM

March 2015 in Washington, DC

participated on a panel called "Putting Artists First" during the AAD2015 kick-off event, the Emerging Arts Leader's Symposium.


ORGANIZER FOR THE GO FORTH BY PHONE ARTS ADVOCACY DAY PHONE DRIVE

March 2014

Came up with the phone drive concept. Worked with GroundswellPA to organize the phone drive in 4 locations in Philadelphia and the suburbs.


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"CONUNDRUMS IN ART ADVOCACY: DISCUSSION AND DEBATE FOR THOSE INVESTED IN THE ARTS"  DEBATE MODERATOR

October 2013

Organized and led a discussion about art advocacy in the face of extremist politics. In partnership with Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia.

 


ADVOCACY IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD  

August 2013 

Moderator in a discussion about de-mystifying the perception of advocacy being intimidating. In partnership with Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia.

 


April 2013                        BEING AN ARTIST AND ADMINISTRATOR IN PHILLY  

Co-Panelist with Jane Golden of Mural Arts during  panel discussion presented by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

 

November 2012              VISITING VISUAL ARTISTS RIGHTS LECTURER  

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY IN BOONE, NC.

Students at Appalachian had done a Call for Artistic Rebuttals and selected entries were displayed in an exhibition by the time I arrived. I selected the Artistic Rebuttals that would be printed in an Appalachian State University Edition of the Artistic Rebuttal Project. I also gave a lecture and made several visits to painting and graphic design classes.

 

October 2012                ARTS AND EDUCATION SPEAKER

Moderator for an "Art as Social Equity" panel during the EPLC Arts and Education Symposium in Harrisburg, PA. 

 

May 2013                         ARTS ADVOCACY GUEST SPEAKER for   

April 2012                     DREXEL ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS MANAGEMENT

May 2011

April 2010    

 

2009 - 2010                   ARTS ADVOCACY DIRECTOR for the ARTS ADMINISTRATION

GRADUATE ASSOCIATION

Kept all graduate students up to date on local, state and federal art advocacy news. Organized seminars in preparation for federal arts advocating and led a group of 15 graduate students in meeting with their congressional district leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC during Art Advocacy Day, April, 2010.