Students and faculty from the Fleisher Art Memorial’s free tuition etching and lithography classes will exhibit their work at the Friends of 705 print exhibition. The opening reception is January 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Fleisher’s Center for Works on Paper and will run through April 26, 2008.
The Friends of 705 Exhibition was first started by the late artist and beloved teacher Charlotte R. Yudis who was an instructor of printmaking, bookmaking, and papermaking at the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1991 through 2006. She had been a staff member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education Department since 1994. Yudis felt the stimulating studio environment at Fleisher fueled her creativity, and thus supported her overall success as an artist. She organized annual, off-site exhibitions for students and faculty to show the work they created at Fleisher as a way of expressing the larger impact of how ideas and influences flow between people working in a common studio.
This year’s show is the first Friends of 705 Exhibition to be held at Fleisher in the 705 Christian Street site. It will include work by instructors Alyse C. Bernstein, Christine Blair, Megan Fentzloff, and Emily Brett Lukens, along with prints from more than 25 of their students. The etching and lithography classes represent two of the free-tuition programs that have been a Fleisher Art Memorial tradition throughout the institution’s 110 year history. Fleisher’s programming continues to foster accessibility to the arts while providing high quality educational experiences to people from all backgrounds. This exhibition will offer a dramatic overview of etching and lithographic styles and techniques, exemplified by the high caliber of student work produced at Fleisher.
Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; when school is in session Monday through Thursday, 6:30- 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is widely known as the country’s oldest free and low-tuition visual arts program for adults and children. Founded as the Graphic Sketch Club in 1898, Fleisher has been a vital educational resource that includes instruction in the visual arts, a vibrant exhibitions program, and youth outreach programming at public schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia. Visit www.fleisher.org to learn more.
Fleisher Art Memorial exhibition programs are supported in part by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.