- Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity
- Arts in Healthcare
- The Patient-Artist Experience
- Hope & Memory
February 22 - May 10, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 5:30-7:00pm
Curator's Talk: Scott Schweigert, Curator, Reading Public Museum, 4:00-5:15pm.
Misericordia University will open the exhibition “Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity,” in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 22. On display through May 10, this acclaimed exhibition examines works on paper – etchings, engravings, lithographs, drawings, watercolors, woodblock prints, and photographs – by some of the most important women artists of the last four centuries.
“Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity” is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pa. The exhibit features 37 works from the museum’s permanent collection. The show chronicles the emergence of women as professionals in the field of art and records noteworthy creative contributions made over the centuries.
Historical works by (or after) Elisabetta Sirani (Italian, 1638 – 1665) and Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French, 1755 – 1842), outstanding nineteenth-century works by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822 – 1899), Anna Lea Merritt (American, 1844 – 1930), and Eliza Greatorex (American, 1819 – 1897), and examples by icons of twentieth century art like Sonia Delaunay (French, 1885 – 1979), Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867 – 1945), Louise Nevelson (1899 – 1988), and Françoise Gilot (French, b. 1921), are featured in the exhibition.
Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) era works by Clara Skinner (American, 1902 –1976), Peggy Bacon (American, 1895 –1987), and Isabel Bishop (American, 1902 – 1988) capture contemporary life on the streets of New York, theaters, and rural America.
Works by more contemporary artists such as Lee Bontecou (American, b. 1931), Elizabeth Osborne (American, b. 1936), Ida Applebroog (American, b. 1929), and Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), among others, explore meaningful trends in the current world of art.
Support for this exhibition comes from the Sandra Dyczewski Maffei Endowment.
Stefana McClure & Johana Moscoso
November 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Click-clack! Crack! Percussion! features the works of New York-based artist Stefana McClure, who grew up in Northern Ireland, and Colombian artist Johana Moscoso. Both artists use movement, pressure, and striking motions in their art to represent their experiences with conflict and change.
In McClure’s Protest Jackets, rocks that have been wrapped in poetry and hurled at a wall fill the pockets of schoolchildren’s jackets to show innocence interrupted by violence. Moscoso’s ceramic tiles, imprinted with the shoeprints of dancers, show traces of the salsa and Colombia’s traditional folk dance, the cumbia. The encounter of two contrasting styles will engage audiences in an analysis how we negotiate divisions and transitions in society.
The public had an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception held in conjunction with Family Weekend on November 2, 2019, from 5:30-7:00pm. The evening also included live performances and demonstrations. Light refreshments were served. The event was free and open to the public of all ages.
August 23, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Arts in Healthcare is a group exhibition of two- and three dimensional artworks that reflects on the benefits of an arts enriched healthcare environment. These benefits include alleviating workplace stress, reducing reliance on pharmaceutical medications, and accelerating recovery. This exhibition will encourage audiences to build observational, diagnostic, and empathic skills to increase competence in addressing diverse attitudes toward the healing process. This exhibition is in conjunction with Misericordia University’s 10th Annual Health Care Symposium.
Alexi Rutsch Brock, Connecticut
Joseph Cohen, Texas
Xiuwen Cui, Beijing, China*
Sandra Fernandez, New Jersey
Holland Houdek, New York
Jeff Lichtman, Joshua Sanes, and Jean Livet, Massachusetts
Curtis Salonick, Wilkes-Barre
Marta Sanchez, Philadelphia
Fan Shen, Shanghai, China*
Jinsong Shi, Beijing, China*
Melanie Yazzie, Colorado**
Dali Zhang, Beijing, China*
Stefan Zoller, New York
*works on loan courtesy of Eli Klein Gallery
**works on loan courtesy of Glenn Green Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
August 26, 2019-May 31, 2020
Co-curated with California-based artist and patient advocate, Ted Meyer, this exhibit features artists whose work stems from their experiences as patients. These paintings, prints, and photographs will be on display in the lobby and public areas of the Trocaire Building for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Michael K. Arata, California
Alexi Rutsch Brock, Connecticut
Jada Fabrizio, New Jersey
Laura Ferguson, New York
Daphne Hill, Tennessee
Elizabeth Jameson, California
Daniel Leighton, California
Corinne Lightweaver, California
J Frederic May
Ted Meyer, California
Dominic Quagliozzi, California
Jen Raven, California
Launa D. Romoff, California
Susan Trachman, New York
Marta Sánchez, Retablo for Ray, 2005, Oil and enamel on aluminum
June 28, 2019 - August 9, 2019
In this exhibition San Antonio native Marta Sánchez, draws from her Mexican-American heritage to paint in the retablo style, which means that her work uses images and writing to memorialize people from her life. Retablos can be found in churches throughout North and South America that date back to the Spanish colonial era. Sánchez is currently based in Philadelphia and is active in revitalizing neighborhoods around the trainyards of northeast Philadelphia.
Featured also in this exhibition are guitars from the Blazing Chicano Guitars series commissioned by actor and activist Cheech Marin. Marin's has built a substantial private collection of Chicano, or Mexican American art over the last twenty years and will soon open The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry, also known as "The Cheech," in Riverside, California.