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"

Fall 2020–Spring 2021
Ceramics Studio, Murphy Hall

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

Artist in Residence: Polly Apfelbaum

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.

"For the Love of Una Hale"

Title TBA
February–April, 2022
Harrison Gallery

A companion exhibition to "Polly Apfelbaum: For the Love of Una Hale" 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 artist Polly Apfelbaum's childhood home in nearby Abington.

Exhibition of works by David Ellinger

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On Feb. 3, The New York Times reviewed "Downtown 2021" in its "Art Galleries to Shows to See Right Now."

"Downtown 2021" featured by The New York Times

"Downtown 2021", a group exhibition including works by Polly Apfelbaum, was featured in the New Yorker's "Goings on about Town" on Feb. 1.

The New Yorker features "Downtown 2021"

Apfelbaum collaborated with Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Tremblay to create a mural inspired by Tremblay’s time in the oncology ward at Jefferson Hospital.

New Mural in Philadelphia

Apfelbaum's "There are Many Hearts" (2020) is currently on view as part of the exhibition "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Polly Apfelbaum at PAFA

The College Art Association will feature Polly Apfelbaum as part of their Annual Artist's Interviews starting on February 5, 2021. They will host a live online Q&A on Friday, February 12 at 5:30pm EST.

CAA 2021 Artists' Interviews: Polly Apfelbaum interviewed by David Pagel

Two works by current artist-in-residence Polly Apfelbaum "Splendor in the Grass, Glory in the Flower" (1994) and "Flying Graceland" (1999), are included in "Three Women Pioneers of the Nineties" at Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms OVR:20.


"Three Women Pioneers of the Nineties"

Apfelbaum was featured in an article by Harper's Bazaar titled "State of the Art Industry in the Time of Coronavirus: How artists, galleries, and art fairs are weathering the storm of the global pandemic."

Polly Apfelbaum interviewed for Harper's Bazaar

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

Arcadia Exhibitions Receives Grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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.


"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.