About Helen Mirkil – Guest Artist & Painter

“…Mirkil is never satisfied until she captures a lasting inner truth.”
                                     –Jane Biberman, Montgomery County Town & Country Living

Helen Mirkil moved from the Philadelphia suburbs to Wilmington in 2019. Along with their spacious studios at theArtWorks she and her husband are sinking down roots in North Carolina and enjoying being near her children and their families. Helen is a Certificate/BFA recipient from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Pafa) and the University of Pennsylvania. At Pafa she also completed an MFA.

Helen was awarded a British American Travel Grant from the Wales/Philadelphia Exchange for a two-month residency. Her Penllyn Series landscapes were exhibited at Walter Wickiser Gallery in NYC. Landscape painting also earned her the Valerie Lamb Smith Painting Residency as well as being twice awarded first prize in the Scenes of the Schuylkill Exhibition.

The large figurative works, Helen’s “Conversations” series, were shown in a solo exhibition starting at the University of Mary Washington Galleries in Fredericksburg VA, and traveling to the Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville PA. Her works in oil and on paper have been juried into the National Midyear Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art.

Works by Helen can be seen at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, James A. Michener Art Museum, Villanova University Art Collection, University of Mary Washington Galleries, Monmouth Comprehensive School in Wales, U.K., Teaching Collection of PAFA, and Woodmere Art Museum.

Helen Mirkil was guest curator/originator of two major museum exhibitions, “In Her Voice: Self-Portraits by Women” and “The Expressionist Gesture”. Helen is also a poet. Her collection of poems entitled Sower on the Cliffs: poems and drawings is published by BookArts Press.

Artist Statement

My creativity is a gift, in part, driven by a childhood need to be heard. With art or poetry, I’m able to express things that inspire and/or weigh on my soul. Whether I am sitting inside a grove of trees, looking into the eyes of a friend, or admiring the grace of dying tulips, beauty and depth are there to be found. When I’m painting or writing, an internal music comes alive in me, a sort of dance with the Holy Spirit. It’s a form of prayer, the dance, giving from a well of deep gratitude to Christ, the Lord of my soul.

More of Helen’s work can be viewed on her website at: helenmirkil.com