August 29, 2015 |
Karl O. Karhumaa, 90, a sculptor who taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than 20 years, exerting a quiet but powerful influence on a generation of Philadelphia sculptors, died Monday at Wyndmoor Hills Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. He was recovering from a broken hip, friends said, when he died in his sleep. "He had a dry sense of humor, and his sculpture has humor - it's a lot like him," said friend and fellow sculptor Jerry Klein. Klein said Mr. Karhumaa was a figurative artist but saw figures "in a different way" than others at the academy.
July 19, 2015 |
The owner of the Electric Factory concert venue is part of a plan to renovate a mostly vacant structure in center city next to a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building into a mid-rise residential tower. The Logan Square Neighborhood Association held a vote Tuesday on owner Convention Center Parking LP's proposal to add four stories to the dilapidated six-story building at 142 N. Broad St. and to convert it into apartments or condo units, association President Drew Murray said.
July 17, 2015 |
Trudy Cohen, 83, a photographer and longtime Center City resident, died Wednesday, July 8, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage. Born in New York City, Mrs. Cohen graduated from Hunter High School there. She attended classes for three years at the University of Richmond in Virginia in 1952. In 1976, after marrying and moving to Philadelphia, Mrs. Cohen completed a bachelor's degree in photography from Moore College of Art and Design. From 1977 to 1994, she was the official photographer for the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
July 11, 2015 |
Frederic Howard Toone Bacon, 88, of Pottsville, Pa., former director of art education for the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, June 30, at his home. Though he had no children of his own, he was "the father I never had," said his sister Evie Barnwell, whose father died when she was 3. She recalls Pottsville winters when she was a child, when she and Mr. Bacon's three other siblings would trudge through fallen snow to school. "He would go first and break the trail," Barnwell said.
May 10, 2015 |
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.
March 29, 2015 |
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.
March 26, 2015 |
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.
March 16, 2015 |
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.
February 17, 2015 |
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.
January 27, 2015 |
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.