Richard Torchia is director of Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, where, since 1997, he has organized solo exhibitions for Tacita Dean, Ai Weiwei, Dave Allen, Francis Cape, Olafur Eliasson, Amy Hauft, Keith Haring, Candida Höfer, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Donald Moffett, William Larson, and Kay Rosen, among others. Often working in collaboration, he has organized thematic group exhibitions exploring subjects such as the childhood drawings of contemporary artists, nearly imperceptible art works, the sited gesture, photorealist painting, hand-drawn maps, and contemporary images of the sea and sky.
Recent publishing and writing efforts include catalog essays for Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Pandemonium(at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2005), Gabriel Martinez (Samson Gallery, Boston, 2008), and Winifred Lutz (Abington Art Center, 2012). He also edited the first monographs for Philadelphia-based artists Tristin Lowe and Bill Walton, both published by Arcadia in 2007. Working with a team of interns and volunteers, in 2010 he edited an historical index of Philadelphia-based artist-run spaces (from 1969 to the present) that was included in a publication marking the 21st anniversary of Vox Populi, the city’s oldest cooperative.