Arcadia Exhibitions

Beginning Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Spruance Gallery will be open by appointment for this year's Senior Thesis Exhibition. To properly arrange staffing, we request that you book your appointment online at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Please contact borgenm@arcadia.edu for questions regarding appointments.

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Installation view, "Senior Thesis Exhibition" 2021, Spruance Gallery, photo: Sam Fritch

Senior Thesis Exhibition
May 18 – July 30, 2021
Spruance Gallery

Arcadia University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, in conjunction with Arcadia Exhibitions, is pleased to present the Senior Thesis Exhibition, online beginning May 10, and in person by appointment from May 18 through July 30, 2021. An end of year exhibition highlighting the work of Arcadia’s graduating art seniors is a tradition that dates back to the Department’s move to the Glenside campus from Jenkintown in 1935. Over time, the opening of the exhibition has evolved into a celebration for the entire campus community, marking the end of Arcadia’s Thesis Week, which includes presentations and displays from every major.

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Pati Hill: Pioneer, A Groundbreaking Collection Comes to Arcadia

Arcadia University welcomes the remarkable gift of 70 years of work by the maverick artist and writer, Pati Hill (1921-2014), whose centenary is being honored this year.

Graphic Design major Mya Brown ’21 found inspiration for her capstone project from her brother’s fatal battle with Hydrocephalus, which is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the cavities of the brain. This spring, she worked with the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) to redevelop their website and marketing materials in order to bring awareness about the disease.

Brown ’21 Works With Hydrocephalus Association for Capstone

Art History major Kat Bleiweiss ’21 has worked to uncover the history behind the original purchase of Arcadia University’s Grey Towers Castle and the surrounding property. Her fascination with the Castle’s history began as a first-year student and grew with her first visit to the archives in Landman Library during her sophomore year. Bleiweiss has collaborated with Matt Borgen, exhibitions coordinator at Arcadia University, for two years to uncover the history of the campus.

Bleiweiss ’21 Explores History of Grey Towers Castle

Join Arcadia Exhibitions at 12:00PM on Friday, February 26 for a virtual studio visit with artist Polly Apfelbaum, who is creating new work during a residency at Arcadia with the assistance of Gregg Moore, professor of Art & Design, and Rachel Geisinger '19, production assistant. Apfelbaum’s residency will culminate with exhibitions, public programs and a publication in Spring 2022.

This webinar was recorded and is available to watch online.

Virtual Studio Visit with Polly Apfelbaum, Arcadia Artist-in-Residence

In a podcast with Pine|Copper|Lime, independent scholar, curator, and writer Christina Weyl discusses her upcoming exhibition at Arcadia University, prompted by the Feminist Art Coalition.

Christina Weyl, Guest Curator, on Upcoming Exhibition

Zina Davis, the first official director of the Beaver College Art Gallery (which became the Arcadia University Art Gallery, now Arcadia Exhibitions) died on Aug. 18, 2020 at her home in New York City after a long illness. She was born on Oct. 6, 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island.

In Memoriam: Zina Davis, first official director of Beaver College Art Gallery

The exhibition “Pati Hill: Something other than either” was recently featured by Vogue Germany. Titled “Model, Artist, and Way Ahead of Her Time: Who Was Pati Hill?", the article surveys the life of a writer and pioneer of xerography who started her career as a successful model in the 1940s.

"Vogue Germany" Features Pati Hill Exhibition

Pati Hill’s Letters to Jill: a catalogue and some notes on copying (1979) has been reprinted in an addition of 1,000 on the occasion of “Something other than either” at Kunstverein München, the first solo European exhibition of her work since her death in 2014 at the age of 93.

Pati Hill's "Letters to Jill" Reprinted for European Solo Exhibition

The 33rd annual Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) juried exhibition, “Touch the Future,” will be held in Arcadia’s Harrison and Rosedale galleries from Sunday, March 1 through Friday, March 27. The exhibition will feature submissions from 26 high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Arcadia Hosts 33rd Annual “Touch the Future” Art Show

“Spencer Finch: As Lightning on Landscape” was reviewed by The Broad Street Review Art Critic Pamela J. Forsythe on Oct. 7. On display at the Spruance Gallery until Dec. 15, the exhibition showcases works of the New York-based artist...

Spencer Finch Exhibition Featured in 'The Broad Street Review'

Arcadia Exhibitions received a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage that will support "For the Love of Una Hale" a multifaceted project by the award-winning visual artist Polly Apfelbaum, who has accepted a residency with the University’s Ceramics program.

Arcadia Receives Grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Broad Street Review art critic Pamela J. Forsythe lauded Jennifer Manzella, adjunct professor of Art and Design, for her ability to find beauty in unlikely places in an Aug. 12 review. Manzella’s exhibition, “City Blocks,” includes copper etchings that reflect the cityscape of Philadelphia and explore...

‘Broad Street Review’ Praises ‘Jennifer Manzella: City Blocks’

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Philadelphia announced that Laurie Churchman, designer of the catalogue for “Pati Hill: Photocopier—A Survey of Prints and Books (1974-83)”, was one of 27 awardees at the Philadelphia Design Awards on June 3.

“Pati Hill: Photocopier" Catalogue Designer Wins AIGA Award

On June 3, Arcadia Exhibitions celebrated the opening of the exhibition, “Spencer Finch: As Lightning on a Landscape,” with a discussion between panelists Richard Torchia, director of Arcadia Exhibitions; Judith Tannenbaum, artistic director of the Whitman at 200; and Finch...

'Spencer Finch: As Lightning on a Landscape'

Arcadia’s “Writers Making Books” exhibit—a collection of literature designs inspired by Walt Whitman’s methodology of physically producing his poetry—was featured in an Artblog podcast on March 29. On display in...

‘Writers Making Books’ Gallery Featured in 'Artblog' Podcast

In Memoriam

The staff of Arcadia Exhibitions is saddened to hear of the passing of Zina Davis, who in 1979 became Beaver College's first official gallery director.

For information on her life and career we provide the following links:

Zina Davis (1943–2020), A tribute by Bonnie Hayes

The Richard E. Fuller Gallery (1962–85): A History of Arcadia University's First Exhibition Space (Online Version)

The Richard E. Fuller Gallery (1962–85): A History of Arcadia University's First Exhibition Space
April 20–October 11, 2015
Great Room Lobby

Coordinates: Drawings and Prints Marking Five Exhibitions at Beaver College (1977-84)
April 8–21, 2015
Arcadia University Art Gallery

Threading the Maze
August 27–October 18, 2015
Arcadia University Art Gallery

Zina Davis at the entrance to the Beaver College Art Gallery (now Spruance Gallery), c.1985, photo: University Archive