Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

The Wetherill Mansion gets a face lift!!

Or maybe nose job is more appropriate, but when you’re 104 years old, you need a little nip and tuck every so often…

We’re extremely gracious and proud of the fantastic work Artesano Iron Works has done in completely refabricating the wrought iron front door of the Wetherill Mansion to its original glory. With the historical commision’s approval, we have finally put the finishing touches on the beautiful new door, archway, and lighting. Below is a picture of the finished product, more pictures can be found on our website.

New Door

Our new front door, archway, and refinished lighting!!

Come see it for yourself Thursday, February 11th at 5:00 PM when we celebrate our two new exhibitions with an opening reception.  We hope to see you soon!!


New Exhibits Announced! Opening February 11, 2010!!

Throughout the first and second floor galleries, the Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) will present two exhibitions that explore the medium of ceramics; one focusing on the ceramics as both a functional and creative object; and solo exhibitions that explore the use of ceramic as a sculptural installation.


image, left: Kristine Morich, Bowls, 2009; Porcelain; Manufactured for the Kristine Morich Studio. Right: Johnathan Adler, Platinum Aorta, High Fired Stoneware with Platinum Glaze

The Main Second Floor Galleries will feature Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory, which was organized by Jody Clowes, Director of the Design Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, and is sponsored by The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.  This exhibition will explore how technology and theory have changed the landscape of contemporary ceramics over the past century, focusing on functional pieces that cross, expand, or confuse the boundaries between industrial design and studio production. The works on view will encompass mass-produced and limited edition objects by well-known designers, short-run “boutique” ceramics commissioned for high-end retailers, objects produced on a contract basis by independent designers, and the work of studio potters who embrace industrial techniques and the aesthetic of industrial design.

En Route

image, left: Brooke Hine, Growth & Deterioration, 2004-continuous; 1600 lbs. of porcelain; Credit: William Hubert Ferrell, photographer. Right: Darla Jackson, They Were Scratching..., 2009; Polyurethane Resin (cast from rubber mold made off of unfired clay original), Vanity Bench

The PAA first floor galleries will present two solo exhibitions as part of their on-going En route series, which is organized by Melissa Caldwell, Director of Exhibitions at the PAA.  While the Main second floor exhibition examines the history of ceramics and its relationship to industrial design, the first floor solo exhibitions will explore the relationship of installation and sculpture in this craft-related medium.  Exploring the possibilities of incorporating site with the traditional uses of ceramic-based materials, Philadelphia artists Darla Jackson and Brooke Hine will create two installations on the First Floor Galleries of the Art Alliance. Both interested in biomorphic forms, the artists will respond to the unique domestic features of these galleries, which were originally designed as a reception room and salon for the Wetherill family in 1906.

An opening reception will be held on February 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A special “Meet the Artists” gallery talk with Brooke Hine and Darla Jackson will be held from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. on the same night.

All exhibitions are presented in conjunction with the 44th Annual Conference of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts being held in Philadelphia from March 31 to April 3, 2010. A publication for Convergence will be available during and after the Conference.

For more information on these exhibits, Click Here!

New Year, New Logo!!

new logoHappy New Year!!  We hope you all had a wonderful and joyous holiday season and are ready to tackle the new year.  Here at PAA, we’re feeling rather refreshed and want to let you know about the exciting things that are happening here.  If you have come to a program, visited our galleries, or received any of our literature over the past several weeks, you may have noticed that we are sporting an exciting new logo, and an even more exciting new mission and vision for the future of PAA.

The wonderful team at Parker and Partners Marketing Resources has been working with us for over a year developing our new look and materials.  The new logo above is the first piece in the fruits of their labor, and we are currently working closely with them to further develop a new look for our website, newsletters and promotional materials.  We are eternally thankful for all their help and support during our transition.

With a new logo in place, we are also taking major steps in re-branding the Art Alliance as a pre-eminent presenter of Contemporary Craft and Design.  Our new mission states:

“The Philadelphia Art Alliance is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of innovative contemporary craft—works in ceramic, glass, fiber, metal and wood—and to inspiring dynamic interaction between audiences and artists in a setting of historic and aesthetic significance.”

In the spirit of this new mission, we have some stunning and thought-provoking exhibitions planned for the coming months.  Our new programming streams will also bring highly touted presenters and craftspeople to the Art Alliance to give informative and entertaining lectures, panel discussions and presentations on current issues and practices in Contemporary Craft and Design.  We hope you will join us for our next Gallery Opening Reception on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 PM, when we will celebrate the opening of two fantastic exhibitions.  We’ll cover those in our next post, stay tuned!!