Arcadia alumni, students, and friends are invited to attend an evening at the Living Rocks: Benton Spruance and the Lithographic Process exhibition in the Arcadia University Art Gallery located in the Benton Spruance Art Center, during which Shelley Langdale, associate curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will present an engaging lecture about the art of lithography, a unique method for generating prints. Afterward, guests will enjoy a special reception in the Thrall Art Gallery.
Curated by Exhibitions Coordinator Matthew Borgen, Living Rocks celebrates the long and prolific career of Benton Spruance (1904-1967), an internationally recognized printmaker, educator and leading figure in the Philadelphia art community. Known during his lifetime as the "Dean of Philadelphia Lithographers," his pioneering work in color lithography brought forth innumerable accolades, including two Guggenheim Fellowships. Beginning his career at Beaver College in 1926 as a part-time instructor while still a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Spruance was made a full professor and chair of the Art Department in 1933, a position he held for 34 years. He remains the only active Beaver College professor to have also served on the school's Board of Trustees.
This complimentary reception includes the lecture, hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine.
SHELLEY R. LANGDALE
Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings Philadelphia Museum of Art
Shelley Langdale held curatorial positions at the Fogg Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art before coming to Philadelphia in 2002. Over the years, she has organized a wide variety of exhibitions, including shows of Renaissance prints and drawings, American Folk Art drawings, Japanese prints, and contemporary works on paper. In 2010, she was a member of the curatorial team for the international contemporary art festival, Philagrafika held throughout the city of Philadelphia. She has lectured and published on topics ranging from the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to the video installations of the Japanese artist Tabaimo. She is the President of the Print Council of America, a member of the board and former Chair of the Program Committee at The Print Center, serves as an advisor to The Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Council and the Collection Committee of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Although her interests are wide-ranging, she has always held a particular fascination for the history and development of materials and techniques and the insights into artistic practice and intent that can be gained from a greater understanding of how art objects are made.
Langdale recently completed an essay on the interrelationship between John Marin’s drawings and prints for an upcoming exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center. And her current projects include an installation of the work of contemporary artist Varujan Boghosian and an exhibition of the work of the color woodcuts of the Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1992).
She previously served on the board of The Lower East Side Printshop in New York, and as an advisor to the Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia and has juried numerous exhibitions across the country.