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March 18th, 2004
"Visual Poets", A Community Partnerships In The Arts Exhibition, Scheduled For Suzanne Fleisher And Ralph Joel Roberts Gallery, Center For W

The third annual exhibition celebrating the results of Fleisher’s Community Partnerships in the Arts program will present work by students in five elementary schools in South Philadelphia. The exhibition includes projects from Fleisher’s distinctive, arts integrated residencies at the following schools carried out over the Fall 2003 semester: Meredith, Kirkbride, George Washington, McCall and Sharswood.

"Visual Poets", a deliberately chosen title, illustrates both the process and products of student engagement with visual media, and describes literary, personal, actual and symbolic meaning and experiences. The show will include a range of literal and symbolic experiences: Books illustrating a Journey to the Italian Market by Toni O’Karma and Meredith Pincus’s first and second graders at George Washington; Clay Continents created by Ms. Ung’s third graders at Kirkbride; Poetry Vessels inspired by the work of Korean artist, Yoon Kwang Cho and constructed by Dr. Krasick’s fourth grade gifted support students at Meredith, Wall, a collage/construction created by Mrs. Morrison Hall’s fifth graders at Sharswood; and Self- Portrait Shadow Boxes, assemblages by Dr. Barbara Marshall’s seventh graders at McCall.

With an additional focus on process this year, the exhibition highlights the cumulative learning that students undertake through the course of an artist residency. As most of the projects are literacy-based, many of the exhibits will also include ideas expressed in writing, along with plans and exploratory sketches.

An Opening Reception will be held on March 25, 2004 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with student presentations scheduled at 6:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are scheduled: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (When school is in session, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Fleisher’s core teaching artists: Elizabeth Haidle; Amy Herzel; Nancy Sophy; Constantina Zavistanos; and newcomer Deborah Williams have worked in partnership with committed classroom teachers to put together programs that express the diversity and depth of rigorous arts learning experiences, the kind that Fleisher is committed to sustaining in our partnerships with the public schools.

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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