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“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” /// Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Space

Adaptation was conceived as an artist-run critical collective in 2003, compiling a talented class of fifteen regional artists, musicians and writers. After numerous exhibitions and activities as a collective, Adaptation evolved into a “museum-model” exhibition venue located in the Walnut Hill section of Philadelphia. From 2007 through 2008 we produced and hosted various exhibitions, featuring over forty national and international artists and performing acts. During this time we created and hosted a short-term exploratory Artist-In-Residence program focused on providing and envisioning creative resources for existing regional creative talent. Our 2007/2008 exhibition series in Walnut Hill was capped off with an invitation from the Philadelphia Inquirer to attend the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s 2008 Awards event.

From 2009/2010 we developed and presented six extensive exhibition projects in Wilmington, De, Braddock, Pa and Philadelphia, Pa (Vanishing PointThe Rules For Staying YoungWanderlustIN/STORELessons and All for One (Photographs 1977-2009) / Peter Capano). During this period we have worked to develop the Chestnut Hill Arts Initiative (CAi) (Philadelphia,Pa), an independent grass-roots arts programming tool activating localized retail vacancies. In 2010 we were selected to participate in the City of Philadelphia’s ReStore Corridors Through the Arts pilot program with our project New Trails, which launched in the Summer of 2011.

Our goal is to provide challenging and dynamic curatorial interventions to traditional and non-traditional art venues. We curate, develop and produce exhibitions and related events at off-site venues ranging from houses, storefronts, parks, backyards, as well as traditional gallery and museum spaces. The activities generated and developed by Adaptation attempt to provide a venue and a context for artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, designers, architects and others of the creative ilk to actively engage in the cross-pollination of ideas, practice and inspiration through the activation of a space.

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BROOKES BRITCHER /// {director}

Brookes Britcher received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BS from Drexel University. Over the last ten years his work has been exhibited around the country in numerous curated and group shows, and exists in various private collections, most notably J.W. Mahoney of Art In America and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and Tim Rollins of Tim Rollins & K.O.S..

Selected exhibitions include the Apparel Center (Chicago, IL),  the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), the White Box (Nyc, NY), the Curators Office (Washington, D.C.), the James Oliver Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), The Gallery Project (Ann Arbor, MI), the Nexus Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), the Museum of New Art – Detroit (Pontiac, MI), the New Wilmington Art Association (Wilmington, DE) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI). He has lectured at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, as well as been a Visiting Critic of Architecture at Lawrence Technical University in Troy, MI. Beyond his activities with Adaptation he acts as the Director of Communication for the New Wilmington Art Association.

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BRYAN RICE /// {programmer}

Bryan Rice received his MAT from the University of the Arts in Arts Education/Teaching and his BFA from the University of the Arts in Painting/Drawing. He continues to paint.

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KATRINA KUNTZ /// {curatorial advisor}

Katrina Kuntz received her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati, her MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her PhD in Art History and Criticism from SUNY-Stony Brook. She has contributed writings to various arts and cultural sources including ArtUS and theArtBlog.

LAURA STORTZ /// {marketing.media}

Laura Stortz received her BA from Temple University in Marketing & Advertising (Cum Laude), with special distinction for creative marketing practices. Currently, she develops client-based social media marketing for Elkman Advertising & Marketing Solutions (Philadelphia, PA).