September 15 – November 14, 2016
A series of free programs is held to engage the community about a public art project at the Glenside Station underpass. To be completed in the summer of 2017 by Philadelphia-based muralist David Guinn in conjunction with a class at Arcadia, the project’s final form and theme will be determined through meetings with community stakeholders.
Public Art in Philadelphia: Origins, Twists and Trajectories
September 15, 2016
Penny Balkin Bach, the executive director and chief curator of the Association for Public Art (APA) will offer an illustrated history of the public art in Philadelphia, home of one of the largest and most significant collections of public art in America. The lecture will take place at 6:30 PM in the University Commons Great Room.
Exploring Public Art: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
September 23, 2016
Michelle Angela Ortiz, visual artist, muralist, and community arts educator presents her documentary Aqui y Alla (2012), which highlights the stories of undocumented Mexican teen immigrants living in Philadelphia and in the border town of Juarez City and Chihuahua City, Mexico. A discussion with Ortiz will follow the screening of the film. The event will take place in the Stiteler Auditorium beginning at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
What Makes a Successful Mural?
October 10, 2016
Elizabeth Ferrell, assistant professor of art history will moderate this panel discussion with Philadelphia-based artists David Guinn, Keir Johnston of Amber Art and Design, Jon Laidacker, and Meg Saligman.
The Infrastructure That is People: Public Art and its Social Dimensions
November 14, 2016
Nato Thompson, artistic director of Creative Time will address the function of public art by focusing on the relationships that determine community, including the political, economic, and cultural dynamics that distinguish a given location. Employing examples from his years of work with artists and activists, Thompson will address how the concerns of a population invested in the character of a particular site can be represented by public art. The lecture begins at 6:30 PM in the University Commons Great Room with a reception to follow in the Stein Fireplace Lounge.