Moore Alumna Named a 'Heavy Hitter' Artist in Philadelphia

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    Portrait by Lendl Tellington @lendltellington
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    Photo by Billy Cress @billycress
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    Photo by Conrad Benner
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Aubrie Costello ’07, 2D Fine Arts, is one of 18 artists selected for the latest Who’s Next: Arts list put together by billypenn.com.

“I’m honored to be mentioned in that group,” Aubrie said. “There are cool people on that list, a lot of incredible up-and-coming artists and people who’ve been in the game for a while. I’m excited, for sure.”

Billypenn.com describes the artists and arts professionals chosen out of 125 nominations as ‘heavy hitters in the city’s arts scenes.’ The list highlights some of the most dynamic people under 40 who make up the next generation of leaders and influencers.

Aubrie became a street artist one hot summer day about 10 years ago when she took a few strands of her favorite fabric – silk – a hammer and some dirty nails, and spelled out the word ‘LUST’ in black silk block letters on the wall outside her studio door. The words she uses in her installations are ones she’s collected by eavesdropping on the outside world. She recently had a silk graffiti piece on Spring Garden Street that was highly visible during the Democratic National Convention.

The artist has been cranking out a lot of works lately, including for a show opening October 14 called Philadelphia, Goddamn at Little Berlin on Coral Street in Kensington, curated by Conrad Benner and Eric Preisandanz.

“It’s a group show with incredible street artists and artists with a background of activism,” she said. “It’s a show that will be speaking on a lot of social issues, and it’s timely, coming right before the election.”

Next on her plate is a solo show coming up on the first Friday in November at Select Shop 215 in Old City. She’s also doing some work for fashion brands, and will be doing some window dressing for Boyd’s Philadelphia clothing store for the holidays.

Aubrie says she also gets to flex her art muscles at her day job as the buyer and creative director at Bus Stop boutique in Queen Village. It’s near historic Fabric Row, and Moore fashion students have stopped in to say hello on their field trips.

“I started as a Fashion major at Moore, so fashion is near and dear to my heart, too,” she said.

Meanwhile, she’s enjoying the accolades from appearing on the Who’s Next: Arts list.

“For me, it’s just incredible to be considered an artist that is worth mentioning,” she said. “It’s a way to get my work out there. I do a lot of street art, and it’s a way for more people to see my work and connect the dots when they see my pieces on the street.”

Published on September 26th, 2016