Essential Work

Essential Work brings together a diverse group of international artists to examine questions of labor and value. Together, they posit artwork as essential to our society as it seeks new ways to connect, communicate, and understand our world.


Lydia Ricci

Some Things Last a Long Time

Lydia Ricci’s constructions and animated vignettes playfully glorify life in the interstices, transforming the mundane into tributes to the rich messiness of daily rituals.


Michael Dela Dika

Shaping Rhapsody

In Dika’s mixed-media assemblages, the apparent fragility of ceramic, rigidity of metal, and buoyancy of found materials cohere in rhythmic forms that seem to belie stability.


José Ortiz-Pagán


José Ortiz-Pagán will engage a cohort of Ursinus students to help research, conceive, and install a site-specific installation in the museum’s Baldeck/Hollis Gallery.