September 8, 2013
Corbett administration fails kids The Kaiser Family Foundation's national report on Medicaid shows the world what Pennsylvania's doctors and nurses already know: Pennsylvania is doing an abysmal job in caring for its youngest and most vulnerable citizens ("Medicaid numbers plummet in Pa.," Aug. 28). As a family doctor working in safety-net clinics in Philadelphia for more than a decade, I have seen far too many children put at risk by delayed care because Medicaid was cut off or unfairly denied.
July 8, 2013 |
Everyone in Lili Guo's family expected her to follow the family tradition and become an artist, but she felt drawn instead to a career in science. Now, like a latter-day Leonardo, she has figured out a way to do both. While earning her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, Guo is earning acclaim for vivid illustrations that she creates to accompany colleagues' research articles. In the hands of Guo, 29, an obscure molecular interaction turns into a metaphorical battle between swashbuckling knights and spear-wielding Vikings, or perhaps a group of mice warily eyeing a cat's paw. Other illustrations are more literal, depicting the actual molecules and cell biology involved.
June 10, 2013 |
As Haddonfield celebrates its 300th anniversary, the quiet Quaker borough on Saturday welcomed a new resident wearing only her birthday suit. "Today, we celebrate Uno ," Stuart Harting, chair of the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust, announced beside the life-size bronze female statue during an unveiling ceremony at Mechanic Street and Haddon Avenue. Word that a nude would be added to Haddonfield's streetscape prompted speculation about whether it would stir controversy.
June 8, 2013 |
Anne Bryan's accomplishments were many and varied. She was a talented artist, majoring in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She spoke fluent Spanish. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and moonlighted as a vegetarian cook. On Thursday, her family was reeling from her death. Ms. Bryan, 24, of Lower Merion, was killed Wednesday, June 5, while shopping at the Center City Salvation Army thrift store crushed when the building next door collapsed during demolition work.
May 20, 2013 |
Two Philadelphia artists who created entirely different bodies of work in their careers but whose art displayed a similarly strong desire for personal expression are being remembered in memorial exhibitions this month and next. Charles Searles (1937- 2004), a West Philadelphia-born African American artist who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and taught at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) is the subject of four shows. Two of them - at the La Salle University Art Museum and Temple University's Tyler School of Art - grew out of exhibition seminars taught last fall at both colleges and were largely developed by undergraduate and graduate students who took the courses.
May 19, 2013
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was one of the first American-born Impressionist painters. Though we often associate her with Philadelphia, she was born in 1844 in Allegheny City, Pa. (now part of Pittsburgh), and lived most of her life in Paris. Cassatt spent much of her youth in Europe. Her Philadelphia connection began in the 1860s, when she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She was one of a group of female students who helped to introduce "life" classes - those dedicated to drawing from live models - by posing for one another.
May 12, 2013 |
Contemporary art has always had a home at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, but the gallery's reputation for bringing self-taught artists to art-world attention was clearly the deciding factor behind "Outsiderism," the group exhibition inaugurating the gallery's new quarters on Arch Street in a building next to the Fabric Workshop and Museum. (The show was also unapologetically timed to run concurrently with the Philadephia Museum of Art's "Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.
May 1, 2013 |
The city's first film festival aimed at children and a family art-making festival run in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts are among the 21 projects funded through the PNC Arts Alive initiative, which is concluding the $5 million program's five-year life with this round of grants. Over the course of the five years, Arts Alive has awarded 122 grants to 55 arts organizations in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region. "The creativity of Philadelphia's arts sector is clearly evident in the innovative programs by PNC Arts Alive grantees," Bill Mills, PNC regional president for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, said in a statement.
April 15, 2013 |
Sidney Goodman, 77, one of the most acclaimed, influential, and respected artists Philadelphia has produced since the end of World War II, died Thursday, April 11. He suffered for the better part of a year from Parkinson's disease. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Goodman graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts, in 1958. By the early 1960s, his boldly imaginative style of figurative painting had brought him national attention. When he was 27, Time magazine described him as "one of the most respected and sought-after of the new figure painters.
April 10, 2013
NOW THAT YOU see how easy it is to collect art, here's a rundown of upcoming opportunities to support local talent and pick up some cool stuff. * The 2013 Art Unleashed Exhibition and Sale raises funds to support the University of the Arts' Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund. A preview party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St. Tickets are $150. The public sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.