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Fern Gookin


Fern Gookin and Billy Blaise Dufala are the co-founders of RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency), an art program housed within a 3.5-acre construction and demolition waste recycling facility. Fern and Billy are inspiring passion about the value of waste and driving RAIR's mission to create awareness about sustainability issues through art and design. Fern is the Director of Sustainability for Revolution Recovery, a board member for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and an adjunct faculty member for Philadelphia University's Masters of Science in Sustainable Design program. Billy is a Philadelphia-based artist and musician best known for his collaborative practice with his brother Steven as the Dufala Brothers; he is co-founder of the Traction Company, an artist run work space in west Philadelphia, and a professor of sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Together, their vision to bridge art, sustainability and industry is creating opportunities for artists experiment with materials and reach across disciplines.

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