Caitlin T. McCormack

Inspired by the cycle of life and a family tradition of crochet, Caitlin T. McCormack takes string and transforms it into an appreciation for nature, the passage of time, and the interconnectedness of our world. University of the Arts trained, her solo show, Interhaven, opened at Paradigm Gallery + Studio on August 22, 2014.

To see more of her amazing artwork, visit

Michael Norcross

Michael Norcross can often be found designing and screen printing posters at Old City’s Indy Hall. Michael’s career as an artist started in high school, designing posters and t-shirts for local punk bands.

In his first solo show, Dark Matter, Michael which illustrated obscure entries from the recesses of Wikipedia, portraying each with a single screen print.

He doesn’t just inspire with his art. He does good with it. Which is also pretty inspiring. Michael is currently working on turning Dark Matter is monthly newspaper with writer Adam Teterus. He also runs the Indy Hall Print Shop.

To see more of his work, visit his Instagram

Cory J. Popp

Filmmaker and journalist, this native Philadelphian is known for his three video series, “Philly Makers”, “Wastelands” and “Uncover Philly.” South Philly local, Cory J. Popp has used his passion for storytelling to create visually stunning videos focusing on the fascinating people and places of his hometown. Cory began shooting video for real estate companies, which transitioned into the production of his own videos, including his first Philly seasonal video in 2014, the massively popular “A Philly Christmas”.

While some of his videos involved planning, a majority of Cory’s videos are filmed spontaneously while walking throughout different Philadelphia neighborhoods. Whether it’s to draw new attention to the city’s hidden gems, reigniting interest in city spaces, or remind us why we all love Philadlephia, Cory J. Popp’s work has helped highlight our city in a way that Philadelphian’s young and old can admire. In his latest “Undercover Philly” installment, Cory’s largest project to date “Philadelphia from Above” is the result of 4 weeks, 70 hours, 230 GB, 204 video clips, and 40 timelapses made form 16,288. photographs.

To see more of Cory’s remarkable stories, visit his official website.

Hawk Krall

The artist behind Hot Diggity, a geek favorite hangout, Krall created unique, beautiful pieces inspired by delicious hot dogs. This year his work brought attention from Serious Eats (where he writes about hot dogs), Eater, Foobooz, and other great outlets. He even created a large, intricate mural behind Fishtown’s Pizza Brain. Depicted within are more than 150 (mostly) famous Philadelphians consuming slice upon slice of glorious ‘za. This year you could also spot his work in galleries at Art in the Age, along East Passyunk, and HOME.

Sean Martorana

The artist behind Indy Hall’s numerous galleries and events, Sean Martorana has done a lot for the Philly art community, giving it a new space and a place to receive the attention it deserves. His exquisite line art drawings have been featured in FAB and in several local media outlets.

Kid Hazo

The charming, witty, and playful work of Kid Hazo surprises and delights Philadelphians whenever it appears. Real-looking street signs that are actually warnings against vampire squirrels or reserved parking for Ghostbusters; gigantic faux Philadelphia Parking Authority tickets on top of cars; playful satire on Visit Philadelphia’s With Love campaign. Hazo is everywhere, making us smile and brightening up Philadelphia’s streets in unexpected ways.

Kyle Cassidy

During the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, Kyle Cassidy photographed librarians in an attempt to shed stereotypes of what librarians look like. The result? The most popular photo essay Slate has ever published and a traveling exhibit / documentary narrated by Neil Gaiman, fully funded on Kickstarter. A beautifully photographed project, Cassidy’s project brought attention to libraries and librarians all over.

Benjamin Volta

A Philadelphia muralist and teacher who works with the city’s Mural Arts program, Benjamin Volta’s art blends together a serious love of art and science. His piece with Mural Arts’ LEAP program, We Are All Neurons, explored brain mapping with a bright, beautiful public art display, created with local students.