Artist in Residence

Arcadia Exhibitions is pleased to present "For the Love of Una Hale", a multifaceted project by contemporary artist Polly Apfelbaum. Exploring identity and the influence of Pennsylvania German craft and culture on Apfelbaum's cross-disciplinary practice, the project will culminate with a publication, public programs and exhibitions opening in February 2022.

"Polly Apfelbaum: For the Love of Una Hale"

Artist in Residence: Polly Apfelbaum
Spring 2020–Fall 2021
Ceramics Studio, Murphy Hall


During her residency at Arcadia University's Ceramics studio, Apfelbaum will create new works with the assistance of Professor Gregg Moore and Rachel Geisinger '19 to be presented in the Spruance and Rosedale Galleries in February 2022.

"For the Love of Una Hale"
February–April, 2022
Spruance and Rosedale Galleries


Apfelbaum's culminating exhibition, a personal exploration of Pennsylvania German art and culture and its formative influence on her sensibility, will fuse craft traditions and large-scale installation.

David Ellinger (title to be announced)
February–April, 2022
Harrison Gallery


A companion exhibition curated by Lisa Minardi—an expert in Pennsylvania German art history and executive director of Historic Trappe, near Collegeville, Pennsylvania—will display works by local artist and antiques dealer David Ellinger (1913–2003) whose paintings hung in Apfelbaum's childhood home in nearby Abington.

About Polly Apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum (b. 1955) has cultivated a practice that fuses traditions of painting, craft, and installation. Active since the mid-1980s, she employs references associated with art history and popular culture to create sculptural objects and sprawling floor-based installations. Produced with a wide variety of media—including fabric, paint, dyes, wallpaper, plasticine, and ceramics—Apfelbaum’s work conveys her fascination of color, craft, and the everyday.

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"Polly Apfelbaum: For the Love of Una Hale" is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in ambitious, imaginative, and catalytic work that showcases the region’s cultural vitality and enhances public life, and engages in an exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners and leaders.