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Looking to Write, Writing to Look was developed by the Education department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is generously supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc. Thanks to this grant, the Museum is able to provide one free teaching resource to every public and parochial school in Philadelphia.

We are grateful to the many colleagues within and outside the Museum whose expertise benefited this project immensely. Marla Shoemaker, The Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education, and Barbara Bassett, The Constance Williams Curator of Education, School and Teacher Programs, provided thoughtful guidance and valuable feedback throughout the development and production of this teaching resource. Museum educators Jean Woodley and James Stein read the text and gave helpful editorial suggestions. Lesley Wellman, Curator of Education at the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, shared helpful resources on looking at art. Intern Stephanie Sherman provided a student’s perspective on the project and brainstormed writing activities.

A number of curators at the Museum supported the project by recommending possible objects to include, reviewing the text, and clarifying details about the selected works of art. These curators include Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art; Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles; Lloyd DeWitt, Associate Curator of the Johnson Collection; Felice Fischer, The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Curator of East Asian Art; Kathleen Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, and Director of the Center for American Art; Kristina Haugland, The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room; Jack Hinton, Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture; John Ittmann, The Kathy and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints; Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art; Michael Taylor, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art; Yael Rice, Assistant Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art; Joseph Rishel, The Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum; Pierre Terjanian, The J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor; and Hyunsoo Woo, The Maxine and Howard Lewis Associate Curator of Korean Art.

We are grateful to Graydon Wood, Senior Museum Photographer, who expertly photographed several objects especially for this resource. Members of the Editorial and Graphic Design department, including Ruth Abrahams, Director; Amy Hewitt, Associate Editor; Barb Metzger, Graphic Designer; and Janette Krauss, Production Manager, worked diligently to edit, design, and produce a high-quality teaching resource. Finally, members of our Advisory Committee, composed of classroom teachers, school administrators, and Museum educators, provided helpful insight and feedback. They met throughout the project’s development to brainstorm possible objects to include, share ideas and experiences about teaching writing, develop writing activities based on the selected works of art, review the text, and recommend other resources. The success of this teaching resource is in large measure a product of their participation and dedication to the project.

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Looking to Write, Writing to Look is generously supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.

Written by Rebecca Mitchell
Edited by Amy Hewitt
Designed by Barb Metzger
Production by Janette Krauss
Printed by CRW Graphics

Photographs of works of art in the Museum’s collection are by the Photography Studio of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Text and compilation © 2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art

Every attempt has been made to locate the copyright holders of the works reproduced herein. Any omission is unintentional.

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