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.
Come out to see Amy's work in a solo exhibition CONceive conmigo" at the DaVinci Art Alliance in South Philly from January 4th - 15th.
Reception on January 4th, 6-9pm
Show description: "I was 32 years old before I had the money and opportunity to travel overseas. I always fancied myself a traveler growing up in very-rural eastern North Carolina. Seeing and experiencing the world was always an ambition but I regrettably suffer from a (self-diagnosed) social anxiety and paranoia that always kept me from exploring new places alone - the fear of getting lost and/or looking stupid kept me from living a large part of my early years. I got a passport the Christmas after my 30th birthday, sensing that I would need it sometime soon, despite my reservations. In January 2015, I met the love of my life, an Ecuadorian immigrant, in the States earning his PhD in Physics. We traveled to Ecuador together the summer of 2016 to meet his family. He proposed to me in August of 2016…I said yes. This collection is a look at the country of Ecuador, the country that will be my home for three years starting this March. On the walls, you’ll see literal representations of Ecuadorian landscapes/cityscapes as well as renderings of how I felt and cultural differences I observed as an American tourist. This show is a celebration of blending cultures, facing my fears and finally finding a partner with whom I will travel the world. Thank you to DVAA for showing my personal work, something I don’t get the chance to do very often between freelancing and art advocacy gigs. Thank you to Pedro Ducos for giving me enough subject matter to produce hundreds of new works of art."
Amy Scheidegger is a collaborative visual artist, an arts administrator, a teacher & an artist advocate. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from East Carolina University in 2005 and her Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University’s graduate program in 2010.