Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Woodmere Art History

The End of Painting 
$110 non-member ($75 members)
Fridays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 
2-3:30 p.m.

Lecturer: Pamela Birmingham,
The Robert L. Mc Neil, Jr. Curator of Education 
In the wake of Abstract Expressionism, a number of painters developed strategies that both extended the life of painting while at the same time pointed to its possible demise. This class will look at a number of those artists including: Jasper Johns and his paintings of flags and targets; Robert Rauschenberg who fused Duchamp's readymades with notions of abstraction; and Frank Stella who created paintings with programmatic arrangements of lines that radiated outward to determine the overall shape of the canvas. 
Art History Course Registration Form:
Please contact the Education Department at
215-247-0948 for more information.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Woodmere Art Museum Director Steps Down


One of Longest-Serving Museum Directors in Region Helped Transform Museum From Volunteer 
Art Center To Fine Art Museum Featuring Works by Philadelphia Artists

Michael Schantz Leaves Museum Poised To Expand, With New Wing Designed by 
Architects Venturi, Scott Brown Associates.

Philadelphia, PA (September 1, 2009) --- After 28 years of distinguished service, Dr. Michael W. Schantz, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodmere Art Museum, has announced he will step down from his position, effective December 31, 2009.

The Board of Trustees will begin a search for his successor.

Under Dr. Schantz’s leadership – one of the longest of any museum director in the region – the Woodmere Art Museum transformed itself from a largely volunteer-run art center into a professionally managed, vital, community-based fine art museum. During Dr. Schantz’s tenure, Woodmere emerged as the region’s only museum dedicated exclusively to Philadelphia artists.

“Michael has done a fabulous job for Woodmere, and, in many ways, Woodmere is Michael Schantz,” said Board president Dianne Meyer. “We will miss him.”

“Having spent nearly three decades at the Woodmere, the decision to step down was not one made lightly,” Dr. Schantz said. “But with the groundwork laid and the Museum poised to begin an important new chapter, this is an opportune time to pass the reins to the Museum’s next leader. The Museum is in capable hands with the stewardship of the Board and the professionalism of the employees.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Call for Entries in Philadelphia

There are many talented artists that work and visit Woodmere Art Museum. We would like to extend information about art shows and Call for Entries that are in and around the Philadelphia area. Click on the links for more information.

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial:
Wind Challenge Exhibitions at Fleisher:
Call for Entries
Deadline for entries: 5:00 PM on March 1, 2010

The Plastic Club:
Black and White
This exhibition is open to all artists. All media including photography. No film or video. Each artist may submit two pieces.
247 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545‐9324 or


*If you have more Call for Entries information, email us and we will add it to our blog!*

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The End of Painting

Yves Klein, seen in the photograph, is pushing the boundaries of art by painting with fire, with a fireman and hose at the ready. Join Pamela Birmingham in this fun look at the changing role of painting in the twentieth century.   Fridays in March.

Gallery Talks

Join Chuck Schmidt this Thursday, February 18 at 2pm for a tour of the Annual Juried Exhibition.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Philadelphia Connection Series


This series explores the history of art in Philadelphia, from the Gilded Age to the present. Each lecture will focus on a specific topic of Philadelphia-based art: the transatlantic enterprise of the Gilded Age, the immediacy of the “Charcoal Club” led by Robert Henri ca. 1900, and the thriving artistic scene in Philadelphia today.

The Lectures:
Matthew Palczynski, Staff Lecturer for Western Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ph.D. candidate, Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Galvanizing an Era: The Gilded Age and Philadelphia Artists –
Monday, February 1, 11am

Immediate Reports: Philadelphia and the Illustrative Tradition –
Monday, February 8, 11am

Philadelphia’s Phoenix: Reawakening an Artistic Epicenter –
Monday, February 22, 11am

Admission: 3 sessions: $45, $15 for individual lecture (Members: $30, $10)
Space limited, reservations recommended; call 215-247-0948 for tickets.

Images: Thomas Eakins The Agnew Clinic (1889), John Sloan McSorley’s (1912)

Visit the Woodmere Art Museum gift shop!


The Museum Store features an array of items by local artists including distinctive jewelry, functional ceramics, and textiles.

The Museum Store is open during regular museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday,
10 am -5 pm;
1 - 5 pm.

Members receive a 10%-15% discount on store purchases.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Art of the Story: Narrative Paintings

January 23-February 21

Narrative paintings tell stories drawn from history, mythology, literature, allegory, and everyday life. Narrative paintings are as old as art itself and often involve complex figurative arrangements that make apparent to the viewer the particular story to be told or virtue to be illustrated. Come see and investigate narrative works from Woodmere’s permanent collection in this modest tribute to some masters of storytelling. Some of the artists included are: Benjamin West, N.C. and Wyeth, Frederick James.

Contemporary Voices: 70th Annual Juried Exhibition

January 23-March 14, 2010

Woodmere Art Museum’s mission to support the arts of Philadelphia is realized, in part, through its annual Juried Exhibition. This, our 70th juried show, highlights a wide variety of contemporary artists in Philadelphia. Our juror, Michael Schantz, the out-going CEO and Director of Woodmere, selected 125 works by 112 artists out of a pool of over 400. A juror, selected as an expert in the arts, reviews all the submissions and decides who is in the exhibit and who is not. Michael has a strong passion for the arts. He has spent decades viewing art, mounting contemporary exhibitions, and immersing himself in the Philadelphia arts community.

Artists have not always been eager to have their work seen and evaluated either by a professional jury or by the public. For several centuries, artists were primarily concerned with pleasing their patrons. Exhibitions, so common an occurrence in today’s world, are actually a fairly new phenomenon and juried exhibitions, even more so. The first juried exhibition was held at the French Academy in the 1730s. Judged by academics, only a select few works were allowed in. The public had a...

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