The Beaver College Art Gallery opens its annual, juried "Works on Paper" exhibition on Wednesday February 8, 1989 with a public reception, 7:00–9:00 PM, in the Gallery on the College's campus at Easton and Church Roads. Supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the show includes 38 works by 30 area artists and runs through March 1, 1989.
"This exhibition, which originated in the mid-seventies, has become an important forum for local artists, both emerging and established," noted Gallery Director Paula Marincola. "It offers artists the opportunity for curatorial assessment by major curators and critics and also showcases their work in a credible and respected exhibition space. The response to our call for entries was enormously gratifying," she concluded.
Ned Rifkin, chief curator for exhibitions at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., juried the "Works on Paper" exhibition. Rifkin is a nationally recognized curator who has organized several major exhibitions, including the upcoming "Robert Moskowitz" show at the Hirshhorn, and has written extensively about contemporary art. Prior to arriving at the Hirshhorn, he held curatorial positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City. Rifkin selected the 38 works from over 420 submitted, choosing a wide range of mediums, techniques, and subject matter. The works in the show range from magic marker drawings derived from video stills to etchings, gouaches, black and white electrostatic prints, and oils on bark paper, with the subject matter varying from gender politics to highly refined abstractions.
The majority of the artists selected for the exhibition are from Philadelphia and include: Sandra Lerner, David Goerk, Charlotte Schatz, Linda Stoudt, Betsey Batchelor, V. Susan Fisher, David K. A. Mohallatee, Lanny Bergner, Joan Wadleigh Curran, Steven Donegan, Louis Brawley, Isabelle Farnsworth, Jessie Jane Lewis, Connie Coleman and Alan Powell, Martha Masiello, Colleen Joy, Lydia Hunn, and Mary J. Kerr.
Also from Philadelphia, and courtesy of Marion Locks Gallery are Diane Burko, Alexandra Kleinbard, and Judy Pinto. From Philadelphia, courtesy of Dolan Maxwell Gallery are Anthony Gorney and Hester Stinnet, as well as Michael Mcfeat, courtesy of McNeil Gallery.
Other area artists include Merle Spandorfer, Cheltenham; Patricia O'Malley, Elkins Park; Pat Nelson, Bethlehem; Bruce Halpin, Allentown; and Neila Kun, Villanova.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award
Beaver College Permanent Collection Purchase Award
Mildred Bougher Award
Friends of Beaver College Art Gallery Emerging Artist Award
Marry J. Kerr
February 8, 1989
February 16, 1989
Artist Jeanne Jaffe will lecture at 4:00 PM in the Little Theatre
"Collecting Works on Paper"
February 19, 1989
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery is sponsoring a free, public symposium on "Collecting Works on Paper," with panelists Ellen Jacobowitz, research curator of the Berman Gift of European Prints, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Rachel Robertson Maxwell, director, Dolan Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia; and Marion Boulton Stroud, artistic director, The Fabric Workshop. Each of the participants will address the issue from a different viewpoint: that of the museum, of the commercial gallery, and of the private collector. The symposium will be held from 3:00–5:00 PM at the Little Theatre on campus.