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Early America Family Event, Sunday, December 7

This fun-filled day of activities celebrates the special exhibition Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter. Highlights include early American dancing in period costumes and local artists demonstrating wool spinning and chair making.

This event is partially sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m: Make and Take Workshop
11 a.m. – 2 p.m: Artist demonstrations
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m: Performance by the Germantown Country Dancers
12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m: Drawing Together in the American galleries


Alternative American Art Worlds, Saturday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Van Pelt Auditorium
$50 ($40 for members, $25 for students) includes a box lunch

An exploration of issues and themes that link artists James Castle and Thomas Chambers with the quilters of Gee’s Bend (also the subjects of special exhibitions this fall). All these self-taught artists, who have existed outside the mainstream art word, are seen in a new light at the Museum.


Gotta Make It! Van Pelt Auditorium
$100 ($80 members)

Presented to coincide with exhibitions on Thomas Chambers, James Castle and the quilters of Gee’s Bend, this course explores issues relating to art produced outside the mainstream.

Thursdays: 4 sessions, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 2 sessions, November 8 and December 6, 9:30-11:45 a.m.


To learn more or register for the Museum’s adult programs, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469) or visit the museum website at

To learn more about family and children's programs contact the Division of Education at (215) 684-7580 or

Members of the press who would like additional information and assistance should call the Media Relations department at 215-684-7864.

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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