Pamela Flynn


Facing Time
always trying to understand

Facing Time is about life and life is about death and life/death is about time. The fourteen 12 x 12 and two 24x 24 mixed media paintings represent the progression of time. I am using the black beaded circle to represent the ever present looming nature of death. The flowers are blooming and alive in all the paintings- they are life- but they are being edged out and finally gone from the final canvas.

I do not read these  sixteen paintings as sad or morbid-I read them as life-and the beauty of life-the gift of life.

The small works that complete Facing Time are a bit different in that as I looked back on the completed sixteen paintings, I started to personally indentify the black circle as being fear. These pieces that followed, are darker and less joyful, and the final sculpture is an attempt to make fear an object-not a two dimensional rending, but an actual object. I elevated the objet fear onto a plinth to give fear the respect that it deserves.

 In this series I ponder the fact that hovering amidst the beauty of life, is a darkness, and that darkness is death. Unlike most memento mori art works, I am not interested in the traditional symbols that are usually used to remind us that death is part of the living. The black circle does not have the narrative aspect of a skull or hour glass-the black circle is beautiful but ominous. There is no narrative related to it-the black circle belongs to the viewer.

I give no answers in my work. I share the act of the contemplation of life.

Pamela Flynn
412 Wildwood Place, Lake Como, NJ 07719


MFA Painting and Drawing, New Jersey City University, NJ 1996
MA Fine Arts Education, Kean College, Union, NJ 1995
MA Fine Arts Education, Kean College, Union, NJ 1995


Professor of Art/Coordinator of Fine Arts, Holy Family University, Philadelphia 1999-present


Presentation: Virus of Violence, Virtual discussion on gun violence, Camden Fireworks, NJ
Presentation: Considering Harm: The Exhibit, 10/13 Holy Family University, PA
Selected Participant- College Art Association, 2/07, NYC.
Paper: Going Beyond the Studio Walls/A Liberal Arts Partnership
Selected Participant-International Symposium on the Arts and Society  2/07, NYC.
Paper: The Making of an Artist: Building On Past Practices While Looking to the Future.  
Published inThe International Journal of the Arts in Society
Selected Participant- Holy Family University Scholarship Conference 2010
Paper: Uncovering the Process
Work Included In: Best of America: Mixed Media, Kennedy Publishing, 2007


2006Puffin Foundation Grant -Project: Road Shrines: A Peripheral Blur


Three Green Rocks, Distributed- Printed Matter, NY, NY
duel duty, T 3, Distributed Printed Matter, NY, NY


2021Look Forward Juried, Carter Burden Gallery, NYC
132nd Annual Members Exhibition National Association of
Women Artists, 
One Art Space. NYC
Deadlocked and Loaded: group exhibit, Art Rage Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Resilience of Grief, National Association of Women Artists, group virtual exhibit, honorable mention
Black and White, ArtRoom Gallery, virtual exhibit
Outside my Oeuvre, Group exhibit, Ceres Gallery, NYC
2020Life as it is Now, group Member Exhibit, Ceres Gallery, NYC
Virus of Violence, Virtual Covid-19 Exhibit, Camden Fireworks, Camden , NJ
 Three Women group exhibit, The National Association of Women Artists, NYC. 
Abstractions/Metaphors five artists, DACIA Gallery, NYC.
2019A Something in a Summer’s Day, Group Exhibit Pleiades Gallery, NYC
State of the Arts 2019, Group Member Exhibit, Studio Montclair Gallery, NJ
Bud Studies, Windows at Studio Montclair, NJ
Balance, one person exhibit, Ceres Gallery, NYC
2018Floral Entities, one person exhibit, Up Stairs Gallery, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, CT
Shelter, Group Exhibit, Da Vinci Art Alliance / Philadelphia Sculptors, Philadelphia, PA
Lazy Susan Gallery, NYC group exhibit NYC Phoenix Art Collective
One person exhibit Basil Yoga Gallery, Ridgefield, CT
Dirty Little TRUMP Group Show, IMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
Out of Context, one person exhibit, Arts Center East, Vernon, CT
2017Considering Harm, one person exhibit, Hudson Pride, Jersey City, NJ
Gritty in Pink Group Exhibit, Bailey Contemporary Art, Pompano Beach, FL
Bud Studies, one person exhibit, Tiny Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT     
2016Considering Harm, one person exhibit , ArtWorks Trenton, NJ
Considering Harm, one person exhibit , Kelli Copeland Lofts, Orange, NJ
Impending After, one person exhibit , Phoenix Gallery, NYC
2015Considering Harm, one person exhibit , Convergence Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Voices: An Artist’s Perspective, online gallery
2014Forget-Me-Not, one person exhibit, Phoenix Gallery, NYC
Best of 2014 WCA National, ARC Gallery, Chicago
Visual AIDS Postcards From the Edge, NYC
2013Considering Harm/Maryland, one person exhibit , The Delaplaine Visual Arts, MD
Small Shrines, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA
Violence, SPP Galleries, Conshohocken, PA
Invitational, Monmouth University, NJ
Considering Harm, one person exhibit , A Seed on Diamond Gallery, Philadelphia
Demarcation, one person exhibit, Jed Williams Studio, Philadelphia
2012There’s No Racism in America, The Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia
Woman + Body Exhibition, Kepco Plaza Gallery Museum, Gwangju Cultural Foundation’s MediaCube Gwangju, South Korea,
Considering Harm, one person exhibit, Phoenix Gallery, NYC
Gender Issues, International House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Making HerStory, Center for Green Urbanism, Washington DC
In Liquid Benefit V.12, Philadelphia, PA
2011Stretching the Medium, Arizona State University School of Art
Impact, Swing Space Gallery, Ohio State University
Women and Water, International House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Demarcation, one person exhibit , Phoenix Gallery, NYC


Ceres Gallery, NYC
The National Association of Women Artists-exhibiting member
NYC Phoenix Art Collective
Philadelphia Chapter –Women’s Caucus For Art
College Art Association
International Sculpture Center