|When:||Back to Calendar January 26, 2013 (all-day)|
|Repeats:||Daily until June 10, 2013||Where:||Asheville Art Museum
2 North Pack Square
Click to view map
Asheville Art Museum Debuts The Philadelphia Story: Contemporary Figurative Work Drawn from the Academy
Exhibition Opens Saturday, January 26
Opening Reception Sunday, February 3 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
ASHEVILLE, NC— The Philadelphia Story: Contemporary Figurative Work Drawn from the Academy debuts at the Asheville Art Museum on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The exhibition will be celebrated with an Opening Reception on the afternoon of Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (free with membership or regular Museum admission). The Philadelphia Story remains on view in the Museum’s North Wing through Sunday, June 9, 2013. This exhibition celebrates figurative contemporary works produced over the past three decades by alumni of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a Lunchtime Art Break with visiting UNCA Artist and Academy-Alumnus, Clarence Morgan, at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 8, 2013. The 1940 film The Philadelphia Story will also be screened in conjunction with the exhibition on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. daily.
In addition to its fine museums, the city of Philadelphia, PA is home to no less than five major art schools. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art school and museum in the country, founded 1805. Like the Asheville Art Museum, the Academy’s focus is on American art. The Academy also focuses on teaching traditional methods of working from life, such as classes in cast drawing and the use of live models for classes in drawing. Painting and sculpture dominate the school’s curriculum, both in past and present. Academy faculty were most often Academy students first, affording many artists the ability to trace their artistic lineage back to noteworthy faculty and students such as Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Cecilia Beaux, Henry O. Tanner, Robert Henri, Alexander Calder and others.
Academy-trained artists have enjoyed a reputation for excellence in portraiture and figurative work in all media. In the past three decades the school has produced many artists whose figurative work, while rooted in tradition, is compositionally and conceptually dynamic. Artists in the exhibition include Bo Bartlett, Christina Bothwell, James Brantley, Joe Brenman, Michael Ciervo, Vincent Desiderio, Beth Foley, Roger Geier, Sidney Goodman, Orit Hofshi, Edgar Jerins, Alex Kanevsky, Daniel Kornrumpf, Jessica Levine, Nancy Bea Miller, Bruce Samuelson, Julia Stratton, Chuck Tisa, Justin Webb and Elizabeth Wilson.
This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.