Selected Exhibitions



2014 | "Passionate Gesture," Santa Bannon Fine Art, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

2011 | "Hidden Stories," Fine Arts Center, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

2005 | "Landscapes: 1989 – 2004," Stockton Art Gallery [brochure], Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

2003 | "Conversations," University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA traveling to

            Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art [catalog], Collegeville, PA

1999 | "Through the Looking Glass," Claude Howell Gallery, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

1998 | "Pennlyn Series," Walter Wickiser Gallery [catalog], New York, NY


2020 | "Smithsonian Water/Ways" Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach, NC

2018 | “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018,” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

2018 | “Beyond Words: Six Artists Speak,” Senior Artists Initiative and Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA
2017 | “The Death of Impressionism? Disruption and Innovation in Art,” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
2017 | "Assemblage: A Regional Collective of Women Artists," Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2017 | "FAME 2017 Juried Exhibition," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Gallery, P. A. F. A., Philadelphia, PA

2015 | "Assemblage: A Collective of Women Artists Celebrating 30 Years," Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ

2015 | "Soaring," (two person show), Santa Bannon Fine Art, Bethlehem, PA

2015 | "Portraying Kinship," (two person show) Painted Bride Café, Philadelphia, PA. Curators: Jennifer Schick and Sean Stoops

2013 | "74th National Midyear Show," Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2011 | "Ecstatic Landscape," Borofsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA, Curator: Miriam Seidel

2009 | "73rd National Midyear Show," Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2001 | "Four Pennsylvanians," Blount-Bridgers House/Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery, Tarboro, NC

2001 | "Veritas to Vanitas," Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1999 | "Moving into the Millennium: Darkness," Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

1988 | "15 Philadelphia Artists," Juror: Marcia Tucker, Curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY - Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Publications & Reviews


2013 | Sower on the Cliffs, poems and drawings, Helen Mirkil, BookArts Press

2013 | “Sower on the Cliffs, poems and drawings,” Burt Wasserman, Art From Near and Far [radio] 

2011 | “Ecstatic Landscape at the Gershman Y,” Andrew Mangravite, Broad Street Review

2011 | “Personal Vision,” Victoria Donohoe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA

2007 | “Helen Mirkil,” Jane Biberman, Montgomery County Town & Country Magazine

2003 | "Conversations," [catalog] Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art 

2002 | Dream Symbols, Running Press, pp. 66, 110

2000 | Quotable Women, Running Press, pp. 111, 123

1998 | "Pennlyn Series," [catalog] Walter Wickiser Gallery

Grants & Residencies


1999 | Valerie Lamb Smith Painting Residency, awarded by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1990 | British/American Arts Association Travel Grant, in conjunction with the Wales/Philadelphia Exchange     

1990 | Fellowship in Wales, awarded by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Wales/Philadelphia Exchange


Panels & Lectures

2005 | “How’s the Weather? or...Is Landscape Just Landscape?”,  Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey

2000 | “Phyllis Ridderhof Martin and Women’s Self-Portraiture,” Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington,
  Fredericksburg, VA

1999 | “Self-Portraits by Women,” University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

1998 | “Art and the Spirit” & “Residency in Wales”, Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA

1992 | “Artistic Expression and the Power of Politics,” panel, Nightingale Bamford School, New York, NY

1991 | “Co-Ops and Zone One Gallery," Comcast cable interview, August/September

1991 | “A Philadelphia Artist in Wales,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila., PA


2006 | Invited Critic, portfolio review, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2005-07 | Volunteer, St. Mary’s Villa, Ambler, PA

2002 | Self-portrait/Oil Pastel Workshops, University of  Mary  Washington,  Fredericksburg, VA

1999 | Oil Pastel Workshop, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

1995-96 | Painting & Drawing Instructor/Lecturer, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

1995 | Painting Instructor/Visual Arts Coordinator, New Jersey Summer Arts Institute, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

1990 | Sculpture Instructor/Lecturer, Monmouth Comprehensive School,  Monmouth, Wales, UK


Curatorial Projects

2004 | “The Expressionist Gesture,”  Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA [catalog]

2002 | “Seeking the Real,”  Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College,
Newtown, PA
1998-99 | “In Her Voice: Self-Portraits by Women,”  Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA


Public Collections

American Academy of Arts & Letters, Hall of Academicians, (reproduction of drawing of George Rochberg), New York, NY
Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, Bryn Mawr, PA
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Monmouth Comprehensive School, Monmouth, Wales, UK
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA
Villanova University Art Collection, Villanova, PA
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA



Interrupted Painting by Helen Mirkil

Composition and Theory, Barnstone Studios, Coplay, PA, 1994-5

MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1994

BFA, University of Pennsylvania & P.A.F.A., 1988