Artist’s reproductions are available in 8 x 10 matted prints
Icons and Symbols that represent Philly, are my personal memories associated with my past. I created the art exhibition to pay homage to theses special images. I have a powerful connection to each image; as a result, I created a lasting memory. Dr. Seuss stated, “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” As an adult, I realized my memories are precious. In the past twenty years, I took my memories for granted while living in Philadelphia. I remember the sights and vibrant sounds of the downtown created a lasting impression in my life. This art exhibition extends my appreciation for my memories and how they shape my life.
My memories of living in Philadelphia are based on these images. I watched Julius Erving and the 76ers win their first NBA Championship. At Tilden Middle School, I touched the Liberty Bell at Independence Mall; before, they had the tight security. I watched The Legendary Roots perform at Temple University; before, watching them at the Wawa festival. I associate my memories with each collage. As a result, I created a visual timeline of my life. Our memories are the gateways to our souls. In conclusion, we should cherish and share our memories.
Chad is a professional artist and an art educator. He worked with different art institutions in Delaware and Pennsylvania; as a result, Chad exhibited in galleries, craft fairs, and artistic events. Chad has a strong present in the art world, as a result, He is a highly awarded artist. He took part in national and local juried exhibitions throughout the local and regional area. Chad won The Regional Art Exhibition at the Center for Creative Arts in Delaware in 2010 for his narrative style of painting. In 2011, The African American Coalition of Reading, PA named him The Artist of the Year for his contributions to the art community. He got second place in 2019 Delaware State Employees Art Exhibition for his collage work. In addition, Chad took part in a nationwide exhibition, Guardian of the Makerspace, at The Delaware Contemporary in 2018.
He attended The Art Magnet Program at Overbrook High School, and he studied Fine Arts from 1989 until 1992. In the summer of 1990, Chad attended Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, Visual and Performing Arts for acquiring an outstanding art portfolio. He went to Temple University, Tyler School of Architecture, got a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Painting and certification in Arts Education certification in 1997. In 1999, Chad gained a Master Degree in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA). He attended The Hoffberger School of Painting and painted hip hop club scenes in the City of Baltimore. Chad worked with Grace Hartigan. Grace helped Chad on how to become an accomplished painter. In 2007 to 2011, Chad studied at Dupree Studio with James Dupree. James showed Chad how to master oil painting techniques.
Chad Cortez Everett lives in Landenberg, PA. He teaches art and mentors students at McCullough Middle School. Chad worked at The Colonial School District for nineteen years teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. They chose him for Teacher of the Year 2008 for recognition of his exceptional commitment to school and service. Chad continues to create and exhibit in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.