January 15, 2016 |
Harry Philbrick, head of the museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will step down next month to explore establishing a nonprofit organization to study the multiple relationships between contemporary visual art and performance, the academy announced Wednesday. "It's really something I've been thinking about for a long time," Philbrick said. "I've accomplished a lot of what I set out to do [at PAFA] . . . and it seems that now it is time to move on. " His resignation is effective Feb. 11. "Harry Philbrick has been a great champion of PAFA's museum and has advanced every aspect of its mission," said PAFA president and chief executive David R. Brigham.
September 28, 2015 |
Rowena R. Stewart, 83, of Jacksonville, Fla., a nationally known director of African American museums in Philadelphia and elsewhere, died Saturday, Sept. 19, of complications from a stroke at home. Between 1975 and 2002, when she retired to Florida, Dr. Stewart led four major African American historical museum societies - the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo. She was one of the most sought-after African American museum directors in the country, according to a profile posted on TheHistoryMakers.com.
December 5, 2014 |
The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford has landed the first plums from the bequest of billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, who died in July and left his collection of more than 500 artworks to the Brandywine and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. The two museums began selecting paintings Wednesday as if choosing sides for a pickup ball game: They made alternating picks. Team Brandywine, led by museum director Thomas Padon, chose five oil paintings: Martin Johnson Heade's New Jersey Salt Marsh (no date)
August 11, 2014 |
That an expansive exhibition of work by painter Charles Burchfield is about to open at a Philadelphia-area museum is not an everyday event. Burchfield, who died in 1967, may not be well known here - he lived in Ohio and upstate New York - but he is considered one of the finest watercolorists ever to ply the trade in North America. "Breathtaking," wrote critic Christopher Knight of a 2009 Burchfield exhibition in Los Angeles. For Philadelphia, the exhibition is certainly welcome because it is unusual.
April 23, 2014 |
She was an art history major at Penn. He was a student of business at Wharton. One thing led to another, as it goes, and soon she gave him an old print of the university as a graduation gift. Then she bestowed a colorful Miro print on paper. And wouldn't you know? Next up was a print of Harvard, where he entered law school, as an engagement gift. So it was that Katherine and Keith Sachs began acquiring art, back in the 1960s. Needless to say, engagement led to a wedding.
December 14, 2013 |
John J. Craft, 77, of Devon, a former museum director and educator, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of lung disease at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A Civil War history buff, Mr. Craft was drawn to the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia, where he was executive director from 1995 to 1999. He started with the museum in 1983, organizing exhibits and doing research. Later, he helped establish a volunteer board of governors, on which he served. Mr. Craft's first career was in public education.
December 2, 2013 |
For 15 years, John Seitter's business has been about attracting, entertaining, and educating patrons of historic sites and tourist destinations. Before that, he tended bar and held other service jobs at the old Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. In his new post as executive director of the Roebling Museum in Burlington County, he's using two careers' worth of skills - and learning new ones. "This is the first real museum I've ever run," says Seitter, 56, of Brigantine, who previously ran the Camden County Historical Society and South Jersey Tourism Corp., both in Camden.
August 30, 2013 |
WILMINGTON, Del. - When Danielle Rice was appointed executive director of the Delaware Art Museum in 2005, she says she embraced the job because of "the challenge. " After 19 years as head of educational programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the last eight years as associate director of programs under museum director Anne d'Harnoncourt, Rice was eager to strike out on her own. "I thought I had a pretty good idea about what a museum director did," Rice recalled as she sat in her office Tuesday.
August 24, 2013 |
Gillian Wakely, 67, of Center City, the longtime head of education programming at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of colon cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Wakely worked at the museum for 40 years, most of which she spent as head of its education department. She managed nearly 80 volunteer guides. A native of London, Ms. Wakely grew up viewing collections at the British Museum. When she moved to Philadelphia at 26 and visited the Penn museum for the first time, she was immediately captivated by the collections, she wrote in a letter published in the museum's magazine.
March 4, 2013 |
Without fanfare, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has opened its new two-floor art-handling facility - 62,000 square feet hewn from schist and granite deep beneath the museum's Fairmount knoll. Begun in November 2010 at the base of the facade facing the Schuylkill, the $81 million facility was substantially completed by October 2012, about $5 million below budget. Though not everything is quite finished, it has been increasingly busy in recent months. This bit of practical engineering - the workaday heart that pumps life through the museum's public spaces - represents the complicated, all but invisible answer to a difficult question: How to add to the existing 600,000 square feet of self-contained neoclassical stone set atop a hill?