PAFA Faculty Exhibition Showcases Drawings by Philadelphia Sculptors

PHILADELPHIA – Drawn to Sculpture is an exhibition of drawings by PAFA sculpture faculty members on view from January 28 to April 15 in the School of Fine Arts /Gift of the Women’s Board Gallery in the Hamilton Building at the Pennsylvania School of the Fine Arts (PAFA).  

Curated by Robert Roesch, Chair of the Sculpture Department, the exhibition demonstrates how drawing often uncovers a sculptor’s creative process. “When an artist is identified as a sculptor, the source of his work is sometimes forgotten. Drawing often reveals that source,” says Roesch.

The exhibit features the work of selected sculpture department faculty, including Linda Brenner, Kate Brockman, Billy Dufala, Steven Dufala, John Greig, John Horn, Steven Nocella, Sarah Peters, Jody Pinto, Robert Roesch, Shane Stratton, and Gary Weisman. Ranging from Contemporary Realism to Conceptual Sculpture, the work on exhibit is individually unique, but unified by each artist’s free thinking and dedication to the vocation of teaching.  

Two drawings on display, both entitled Untitled one minute sketch (2011) by John Horn, demonstrate the connection between art and teaching, classroom exercises that, with experience and perceptual skill, can lead to an intuitive understanding of the human form.  Steven Nocella playfully created representations of pizza in a delivery box, made with materials both found at hand and in the studio, surprises the viewer and leaves him wondering what else might be routinely overlooked. In Wissahickon (2011), Linda Brenner used salvaged pieces of the Paulownia trees formerly surrounding the Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Circle to carve graceful forms that echo the figures by Calder of the historic fountain. Wissahickon is a comprehensive lesson that combines a rigorous conceptual framework, knowledge of local history and preservation, an appreciation and understanding of nature, formidable artistic skill, and sensitivity for materials.  

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Sculpture Department is a close knit group, responsible for the education and nurturing of between 40 and 50 sculpture students annually. PAFA offers unrivaled fine arts training in technical skills, artistic abilities and studio practice. Advanced students of all disciplines receive personal studio space and are invited to exhibit their work in PAFA’s ground-breaking Annual Student Exhibition, the nation’s oldest and largest student show.

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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum.  A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at the Academy. The institution's world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.

HOURS
Tuesday  through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION
(includes the Historic Landmark Building)
Adults $15; Senior (60+) and Students with I.D. $12;
Youth ages (13 - 18) $10; Child (12 and under, excluding groups) FREE.

Sunday admission to Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit is FREE throughout the run of the exhibition.

ADMISSION TO HISTORIC LANDMARK BUILDING
Adults $10; Senior (60+) and Students with I.D. $8;
Youth ages (13 - 18) $6; Child (12 and under, excluding groups) FREE