Richard Torchia and Aaron Igler, Study for Live Tree, 2013, photographic mural, 28' x 25', Hilton Garden Inn, Philadelphia. Photo by Aaron Igler.
Richard Torchia has been the director of Arcadia University Art Gallery since 1997, where he has organized solo exhibitions for Ai Weiwei, Francis Cape, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Moffett, William Larson and Kay Rosen, among many others. In addition to ongoing publishing and writing projects, since 1990 he has maintained an artistic practice employing the camera obscura as a means to develop site-specific installations, most recently at Wave Hill (Bronx, New York) and Evergreen House (Johns Hopkins University). Torchia's works are included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the library of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Marquee, a permanent public work realized in collaboration with Greenhouse Media (Aaron Igler and Matt Suib) opened in the fall of 2011. At Arcadia, Torchia organized the Center-funded exhibition, Pati Hill: Photocopier—the first comprehensive survey of Hill's works on paper, on view February 25 - April 24, 2016. Torchia's interest in the photocopier as an artist's tool goes back to his first curatorial project, a 1983 group survey for the Princeton Art Museum.