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December 11, 2008 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jack L. Wolgin, the man who commissioned the iconic Clothespin sculpture across from City Hall, once again is poised to make his mark on the city's arts landscape, this time by endowing an unprecedented fine-arts prize through Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Officials at Tyler said the $3.7 million gift from Wolgin, 92, will create the world's largest prize solely for fine artists, an annual $150,000 juried award to be known as the...
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January 8, 2009 | By Cynthia Henry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lofty goal moved within reach of aspiring South Jersey artists yesterday as the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts agreed to accept Camden County College credits - the first transfer agreement in academy's 204-year history. Upon admission to PAFA, fine-arts graduates of the two-year county college can apply their liberal arts and studio credits toward a bachelor of fine arts degree. The change takes effect immediately. PAFA undergraduates previously were required to earn academic credits at the University of Pennsylvania.
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July 20, 1989 | By Lucinda Fleeson, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which houses the nation's oldest art school and one of the premier collections of American art, is undergoing an ambitious expansion at a time when its operations have fallen deeply into debt. The academy has borrowed $6.5 million from its own endowment funds to cover operating losses accumulated in recent years. The accumulated loss was the largest of 90 U.S. and Canadian museums responding to a recent survey. Although the academy still has substantial reserves - $6.7 million - in its endowment funds, it has consistently lost money on operations in recent years.
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January 27, 1988 | By PAUL BAKER, Daily News Staff Writer
Students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts can gaze around their historic studios with relief today, because academy president Frank Goodyear has decided to keep most of the coveted classrooms just the way they are. Goodyear in September had proposed converting the classrooms to gallery space to expand museum operations at the school, at Broad and Cherry streets. But he announced yesterday he had changed his mind. Students, led by sculptor and teacher Anthony Visco, had protested the plan vigorously in the fall.
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June 17, 1997
Summer is a season to look beyond the problems of the past school year and forward to the possibilities of the next. In that spirit, we celebrate the talent of some students in the Philadelphia public schools. Here is a selection from "Young Artists 1997," the annual districtwide art exhibit. Students from more than 200 schools contributed more than 1,000 works, in media from painting to sculpture and ceramics. The theme - "Creativity & Cognition" - posed a challenge to link imagination with other thought skills.
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September 24, 1992 | by Valerie M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
Last Thursday night was one of those evenings when juggling a family, a full-time job and night classes had Susan Miller ready to throw in her brushes. Miller, a 40-year-old graphic artist who lives in Moorestown, N.J., is married, has three children (ages 17, 10 and 5) and drives to Philadelphia one night a week for a portrait painting class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "I had to throw dinner at them," recalled Miller during her class later that night. "They were crying as I ran out the door.
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July 9, 1986 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
Museum, Tina Howe's satirical play set in an art musuem, will be presented this week in a Philadelphia art museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It will be staged tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the academy's auditorium by the Hedgerow Theater in connection with the museum's current exhibition, "The Vital Gesture: Franz Kline in Retrospect. " Kline, who died in 1962, was in every sense a modern artist, and it is modern art that Howe spoofs in Museum.
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September 15, 1990 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
Nicolas Collins, a performance artist with a mean-looking, thickly wired horn, arrived at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts last night with five of his compositions and Relache. Collins plays a trombone, but not the usual way. His brass instrument is hooked up to a table littered with what he calls "homemade" circuitry. It includes a radio, tape and compact disc player, an audio mixer, guitar, circuit breaker, tapes and CDs. The sounds that erupt from this table proceed through an umbilical cord into the instrument, which is equipped with other gadgetry.
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November 4, 1990 | By Victoria Donohoe, Inquirer Art Critic
A blurring of boundaries between fine art and craft continues to be the hallmark of American handicrafts produced in our day. We see this reflected in the 27th Annual Craft Exhibition now at the Main Line Center of the Arts. Selected from 115 tri-state area entries, the show gives 38 regional artists (including 12 Main Line residents) a welcome opportunity for a high profile. Many of those artists use organic forms derived from nature - shapes in clay, wood, enamel, weaving, handmade paper and metal.
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October 30, 1988 | By Lita Solis-Cohen, Inquirer Antiques Writer
In the new Field-McCormick Galleries of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago becomes the first major American museum to integrate the decorative arts with the fine arts. The galleries survey the 17th through the 19th centuries by showing furniture and silver alongside the paintings and sculpture of the period. The 32 galleries, intimate in scale and all of different sizes, are designed so that objects of domestic proportions can be contemplated, their designs analyzed and their surfaces scrutinized.
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May 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harris Coles Aller Jr., 87, of Bryn Mawr, a retired banking and trust officer, died Friday, April 17, at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. Mr. Aller retired in the early 1990s as a trust officer with the Fidelity Philadelphia Trust Co. He started in the remittance department and worked in personnel and other areas over the next 35 years. Active in professional and civic organizations, he held numerous leadership positions that drew on his ability to connect with those around him and tell a funny story, his family said in a tribute.
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March 29, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Townshend Trump, 82, formerly of Whitemarsh and Tiverton, R.I., an antiques and fine-arts dealer who restored Society Hill homes in the 1950s and 1960s, died Sunday, March 22, of a stroke at the Quadrangle in Haverford. The son of Robert Williams and Elizabeth Townshend Trump, Mr. Trump grew up in Whitemarsh on a small farm near St. Thomas' Church. He is descended from Quakers who helped found Germantown, he told The Inquirer in 2013. He was an expert in American Federal furniture and a champion of the early Philadelphia cabinetmaker Joseph B. Barry, his family said.
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March 26, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia-based organizations received a total of nearly $1.4 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NEH announced Monday. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts received $300,000 to develop an exhibition, publication, and programs exploring the relationship between World War I and American art. The grant was made through a special endowment program called Standing Together, designed to support projects that explore war and its aftermath, promote discussion of the experience of military service, and support returning veterans and their families, the endowment said.
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March 16, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dorothea Andes, 86, of Villanova and Haverford, an interior designer with a deft touch who used her creative talent to build a company and nurture numerous arts and civic organizations in the city, died Friday, March 6, after a long battle with cancer. Known lovingly to all who knew her as "Dottebob," she was the wife of prominent businessman and civic leader Charles L. Andes, who last served as chief executive officer of the Franklin Mint in Philadelphia. Charles Andes died in 2006.
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February 17, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILLVILLE, N.J. - There is a cycle of inevitability in nature - of birth, growth, evolution, and, eventually, death - that hasn't escaped the eye of Pat Witt. Renowned for capturing the beauty of the changing seasons in the swampy bogs of South Jersey, Witt, 88, is beloved for teaching four generations of children and adults to look deep beyond the mechanics of painting and drawing. Thousands of students have passed through the doors of her Barn Studio of Art since she opened it in 1962, a place that has been called a sanctuary for creativity on the bottom floor of a converted hay barn and florist shop in a wooded glen off Whitaker Avenue.
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January 27, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GENEVIEVE Patricia Holmes endured some of the worst tragedies of recent American history that invaded her own life. Raised during World War I and the Depression, her husband, a Marine pilot, was killed at Iwo Jima in World War II, and her only child, who survived combat in Vietnam, died of cancer at age 41. "All that would be enough to ingrain a person with a perpetually sour approach to life," her nephew William Begley said in a eulogy at...
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January 27, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
After presiding over the historic entrance to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than a year, the giant Day-Glo Gumby fashioned by artist KAWS came down Sunday. And, in a swoop of angling construction cranes, a giant, if less gaudy, Punch was hoisted above Broad Street in its stead. At night, the new work, which the academy commissioned from sculptor Robert Taplin of New Haven, Conn., will glow with light as it faces the Convention Center across Broad Street. Taplin's 16-foot fiberglass-and-steel piece - The Young Punch Juggling - is a contemporary rendering of the classic character of Italian commedia dell'arte Pulcinella, or Punchinello in English.
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January 6, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When administrators at University of the Arts were seeking a new way to prepare students for work after graduation, they didn't have to look far. An answer lay just across Pine Street. They struck a cross-registration deal with Peirce College, a neighboring school that offers classes in finance, e-commerce, marketing, and app development. Kirk Pillow, the university's provost, said it's part of a broader effort to create value for students. "There's really been quite a national conversation going on about the return on investment for higher education," he said.
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January 3, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janet Kaplan, 69, of Rittenhouse Square, an art history professor and international curator and critic, died Friday, Dec. 12, of cardiac arrest at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Kaplan taught at Moore College of Art and Design, where she was also the director of curatorial studies. In 2006, she helped launch the curatorial studies major, which the college calls the first program of its kind for undergraduates in the country. She was a program consultant to the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and was on the arts advisory board of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.
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December 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ann Claire "Acey" Wolgin, 90, of Whitemarsh, a philanthropist and patron of the arts in Philadelphia and Florida, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, of respiratory failure at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Wolgin was a longtime friend and supporter of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As cochair of the Friends of the Museum and a member of the Associates Program, both donor groups, she provided strong leadership for efforts to bolster the museum. In 1974, she was elected to serve as one of the first women trustees.
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