8/22/2019 Peter Durantine

Phillips Museum Celebrates, Freshens and Stitches Art

In fall 1969, 125 women arrived at Franklin & Marshall College, joining 1,850 male students in class. To mark the 50th anniversary of coeducation at F&M, the Phillips Museum of Art is presenting the works of alumnae artists. 

The exhibit, “50 Years: A Celebration of F&M’s Alumnae Artists,” joins two other exhibits this fall. “FRESH!” is the Department of Art and Art History’s biennial exhibition of works by F&M faculty, staff and emeriti. Also featured will be “Stitched Stories: Women’s Narratives in Regional Textiles.” 

“This is a series of significant college and community milestones and anniversaries that we are celebrating at the Phillips,” said Amy Moorefield, the museum’s director. 

  • A mixed media piece from Conrad Nelson '81. A mixed media piece from Conrad Nelson '81. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • F&M Professor of Art Jun-Cheng Liu's 2019 mixed media piece. F&M Professor of Art Jun-Cheng Liu's 2019 mixed media piece. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • A child's bedcover, circa 1900, made of wool, silks, velvet, and knits. The maker is unknown. A gift from Robert Schaeffer. A child's bedcover, circa 1900, made of wool, silks, velvet, and knits. The maker is unknown. A gift from Robert Schaeffer. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • "Twisted," a ceramic, cloth and acrylic sculpture from Rebecca Frantz '13. "Twisted," a ceramic, cloth and acrylic sculpture from Rebecca Frantz '13. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Abstract painting Abstract painting Image Credit: Frances Donnelly Wolf ‘96, Unrepeatable as a cloud, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the Artist
  • "Drop Shadows 2," a 2017 rope handmade from black denim jeans made by Sharon Koeblinger. "Drop Shadows 2," a 2017 rope handmade from black denim jeans made by Sharon Koeblinger. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Neon art by Stephanie Lifshutz '13. Neon art by Stephanie Lifshutz '13. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Watercolor painting by Jennie de Mello e Souza '92. Watercolor painting by Jennie de Mello e Souza '92. Image Credit: Deb Grove

The alumnae celebration exhibit features two artists from each decade: Beverly Ryan ’73 and Michele Colburn ’76; Cindy Clements ’85 and Conrad Nelson ’81; Jennie de Mello e Souza ’92 and Frances Wolf ’96; Christy Batta ’09 and Rachel Scharf ’09; and Rebecca Frantz ’13 and Stephanie Lifshutz ’13.

Their works – sculptures, pottery, paintings, neon signs and textiles – showcase perspectives from political to social as well as the purposeful. 

This Rothman Gallery exhibit runs Sept. 3 to Dec. 6 with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. At 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall, a panel discussion is scheduled with three of the alumnae artists, moderated by Sue Washburn ’73, chair of F&M’s Board of Trustees.  

In the Gibson Gallery, the exhibit “Stitched Stories” runs during the same period with a 5:30 opening reception Sept. 19. From the museum’s permanent collection are quilts, fabrics and clothing crafted by women from the 19th through the 20th centuries. 

“FRESH!” runs Aug. 27 to Dec. 6 in the Dana Gallery with a 5:30 reception on opening day. A panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Stahr Auditorium will feature F&M photography technician Salina Almanzar ’13, and three Department of Art faculty: Assistant Professor Kevin Brady, Assistant Professor Magnolia Laurie and Professor Jun-Cheng Liu.  

For more information on the exhibitions and programming planned for the fall season, please visit: https://www.fandm.edu/phillips-museum.

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