The Alber Gallery

Suspended in Nature - Nancy Agati & Nicole Donnelly

November 5 - December 2

The exhibition explores the artists’ deep creative connection to natural materials and the environment. Nancy Agati and Nicole Donnelly collect, transform, and reimagine organic matter through a practice rooted in careful observation and thoughtful manipulation of their materials. Agati’s paintings in inks derived from her garden and sculptures from found natural materials are visual explorations that fluctuate between presenting the beauty and order in nature to revealing chaos and decay, as well as an endangerment to the natural world. Donnelly’s paper pulp paintings and sculptures that utilize invasive vines and reconfigured pulp paintings reflect ways of conserving her materials and building a visual vocabulary that mirrors her environmental focus. Both artists’ work helps us to notice the subtlety of the natural world and reminds us of our fundamental connection to it. Today, this work feels urgent, as it reimagines the possibilities of our relationship to and stewardship of our environment.

About the Artists:

Nancy Agati

Nancy Agati is a Philadelphia artist whose multidisciplinary work includes painting and works on paper, sculpture, site-specific installation, and public art. Agati holds a BFA from Alfred University, School of Art & Design, NY, and an MFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work widely throughout Philadelphia and nationally, with exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia, PA; Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC; Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY; and The Calandra Italian American Institute, NY. Recent sculptural installations about nature and the environment were created for the New Jersey Coastal Climate Resilience Project in Atlantic City, the FLOW exhibit at The Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia; and We All Fall Down at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia. Agati’s work is in several public collections, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Temple University, Fox School of Business. In 2022, Agati received the Ecotopian Toolmaker Award from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and an Illuminate the Arts Grant from the City of Philadelphia. She has been a recipient of a Windows of Opportunity Award From the Leeway Foundation and has been awarded artist residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; Lo Studio dei Nipoti, Calabria, Italy; Main & Station, Nova Scotia; and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Center at Meadowbrook Farm. In 2014, as a Hemera Foundation Tending Space Artist Fellow, Agati began investigating mindfulness meditation in relation to her art-making practice.


Nicole Donnelly

Nicole Donnelly is a Philadelphia-based hand papermaker, painter, and installation artist focused on the environment and specializing in the use of invasive plants for sculptural paper artworks. A professional collaborator, she also assists other artists in creating original works in handmade paper at her studio paperTHINKtank, at Brandywine Workshop, and at the Brodsky Center at PAFA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and BA from Bennington College. She has received grants and fellowships to complete residencies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Morgan Conservatory of Paper, Goldwell Open Air Museum, Vermont Studio Center, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Temporary outdoor installations have been commissioned by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She exhibits throughout the United States and internationally, and her artworks are in the collection of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia, as well as abroad at the Obara Museum in Japan and AMATERAS Foundation in Bulgaria, among others.

The Satellite Gallery at Settlement Music School

Located in the Settlement Music School's Lieberman Gallery,
6128 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA, 19119.

Alphonso Lassiter - September 6 - December 22, 2022

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ALAC is looking for exhibition proposals for our 2022-23 season for our main Alber Gallery and satellite gallery at Settlement Music School in Germantown. Would you like to exhibit with us, or do you have an exhibition idea? Please email us at with details and some images of key works, or link to your website.