- Creating a unique community that encourages and supports artistic production by both emerging and established artists.
- Assisting the development and growth of Philadelphia’s creative resources, assets, and potential.
- Creating a unique location for certain creativity-based businesses to thrive alongside the vibrant, Crane Arts community.
- Providing unique space for the visual and performing arts to showcase events on a local, regional, and national scale.
Richard Hricko is an Professor of Art at Tyler School of Art of Temple University, where he has held various faculty and administrative positions including the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate Program Director, and Chair of the Art and Art Education Department. He holds a BFA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Art and Design, and a MFA degree from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. He has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and juried competitions including the Glynn Vivian Art Museum in Swansea, Wales, the International Mezzotint Competition at the Pratt Graphics Center in NY, Garton and Cooke Gallery in London, England, and Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work is represented in many public and private, permanent collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, G.E. International Headquarters and The Delaware Art Museum. He is the recipient of a West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council Artist-in-Residence Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, NEA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship, Brandywine Institute Visiting Artist Fellowship and several Temple University Research Grants.
Nicholas Kripal is Professor of Art and Chair of the Crafts Department, Tyler School of Art, of Temple University. He received his M.F.A. degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and his B.F.A. degree from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. His awards and grants include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, 1999, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships 1987,1992,1997. He has been an artist-in-residence at the La Napoule Art Foundation, France, at Art Park, Lewiston, NY, and at the Watershed Center for Contemporary Ceramics, Maine. His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions across the United States and in Mexico, 2003 and Australia, 2004. His most recent work has focused on site related installations, with an emphasis on the architectural iconography of sacred spaces. Group exhibitions include, Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium, the Aldrich Museum, 2000, and Contemplations on the Spiritual: Site Projects, Glasgow, Scotland and Rome, Italy, 2001, Cologne, Germany, and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, 2002. Since 1985 he has managed artist studio buildings in the East Falls and Roxborough areas of Philadelphia.