JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey has spent much of her adult life engaged in the visual arts as a practitioner, patron, friend, and advocate. While amassing a considerable portfolio of contemporary art through the years, she never thought of herself as a collector. Employing no formal approach, she purchased work as interests, opportunities, life circumstances, and space allowed. In 2005, having gained clarity and vision after moving to New York state and visiting with private collectors, she set out to formally build a collection focused entirely on unique contemporary abstract works on paper. Today, she owns more than 1,300 of these works by more than 240 international early- to mid-career artists. At this talk sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, Gonzalez-Hickey will speak about her experiences.

Panel discussion: “Is Art Collector a Career with a Future?” With Gil Bronner, JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey, Sjarel Ex, Richard Massey, Ignasi Miró, Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Moderator: Robert Punkenhofer.

Rock crushes scissors, paper covers rock, and scissors cut paper, making some losers if they play that childhood game. But in the “Rock, Paper, Scissors: Drawn from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection” exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), everybody’s a winner. That’s so because the exhibit gave student curators a taste of what the art world is like outside the confines of their classroom walls. It showed them what the art world they’ll enter after school can look like, giving them a glimpse of what their artistic futures may be...

PAFA MFA Student Elizabeth Ayerle describes a visit to the SYZYGY studio. "We were asked to formulate a written and visual response to the piece we chose. We each made a 10 pieces series as a reaction. I chose The Cartoon Network & From the Center by Lori Ellison. CLICK IMAGE TO READ MORE"