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April 29th, 1998
Museum Presents Hunt Art Futures Exhibition

Hunt Corporation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art announce the opening of an exhibition of works by high-school students. Hunt Art Futures Program, a collaboration between the Museum, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Office of Catholic Education at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, paired high-school art teachers from Philadelphia's public and archdiocesan schools with Philadelphia-area artists. Each artist/teacher pair designed a studio experience for students that was augmented by Museum visits. The works in the exhibition, which will be on view in the Museum's Education Corridor from April 24 through May 8, are samples of the results of this collaboration. Hunt Art Futures Program is sponsored by Hunt Corporation.

A panel of judges, including Darrel Sewell, the Museum's Curator of American Art, Julie Courtney, a freelance curator of 20th-century art, and Bay Hallowell, former Director of the Children's Room at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and currently a teacher on staff at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will award prizes for outstanding work. One work will be selected for the corporate collection of Hunt Corporation.

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 1998. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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