Now at the beginning of its second century, the Fleisher Art Memorial is pleased to showcase the artwork of its teaching staff with the Annual Fleisher Faculty Exhibition, May 6th through July 14th, 2006. Each artist in the exhibition will show works selected from his or her current studio investigations—including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and installation. An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, May 6th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours at Fleisher are: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), and—when classes are in session through May 15th and after June 7th—6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Monday through Thursday). The Fleisher Art Memorial is located in South Philadelphia at 719 Catharine Street.
The sixty-seven members of the Fleisher Art Memorial’s teaching staff are dedicated to the high standards of art education that have characterized the Memorial's 108-year history. The active pursuit of dual professions in art and art education are evident in the busy teaching and exhibition schedules kept by the instructors, many of whom serve on the faculties of area universities, colleges, and art centers.
Fleisher offers a full range of tuition-free open-enrollment fine art instruction in drawing, painting, and sculpture and special-enrollment classes in printmaking, photography, and ceramics. In addition to the free evening classes held Tuesday through Thursday, Fleisher offers low-tuition advanced workshops which provide the student body extended access to the full range of skills and ideas offered by this talented gathering of artists/teachers.
The Fleisher faculty members included in the Annual Faculty Exhibition come from all areas of the greater Philadelphia region: Warren Angle, William Auge, Tom Beckett, David Berger, Alyse C. Bernstein, Stanley Bielen, Christine Blair, Laura Borneman, Karen Brown, Joanne Bryant, Jeff Carpineta, Giovanni Casadei, Maria Christopher, Louise Clement-Hoff, Ben Cohen, James Dupree, Paul DuSold, Elaine M. Erne, Megan Fentzloff, Frances Galante, Fran Gallun, Kimberly Gavin, Elissa Glassgold, Al Gury, Celeste Hanlon, Sharon L. Hildebrand, Matthew Hollerbush, Cathy Hopkins, Beth Ann Johnson, Julieann Julia, Don Kaiser, Lucartha Kohler, Stephen Layne, Shawna Lisa, Emily Brett Lukens, Joyce Mansfield-Divine, Kathryn McFadden, Ruth McGee, Carolynne McNeel, Kate Kern Mundie, Lauren Parker, Liz Price, Carolyn Pyfrom, Douglas Randall, Robert Reinhardt, Nathan Rutkowski, Ahmed Salvador, May Sam, Clarissa Shanahan, Linda Conley Soffer, Nancy Sophy, Carol Stirton-Broad, Tom Thomas, Geri Harkin Tuckett, James Victor, A.M. Weaver, Janice Wilke, Lee Wilkinson, Douglas Takeshi Wolfe, Wendy Woloson, Joni Woods, and Charlotte R. Yudis.
Community Partnerships in the Arts: Emily Atterbury, Lisa Murch, Michael Schwartz, Chamroeun Yin, and Constantina Zavitsanos.
The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is best known as the country’s oldest and largest 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, exhibitions, concerts, and interpretation of its historic buildings and permanent collection. The Fleisher Art Memorial has been administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art since the death of Samuel S. Fleisher in 1945.
Fleisher exhibition programs are supported in part by Dina and Jerry Wind and from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and donations from more than 2,000 student members and friends.