Philadelphia Art Alliance Lecture Series Features University of the Arts Faculty, Alumni

The Commonwealth! explores issues relating to the modern craft movement

October 12, 2010

Curated by University of the Arts alumnus and MID faculty member Doug Bucci, the Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) presents its newest program, The Commonwealth!, a series of lectures and panel discussions exploring issues relating to the modern craft movement. The series kicks off October 14 and will continue each month (excluding January) until the series wraps up on May 12, 2011.

The selection of critically acclaimed speakers represents the next generation of craft artists and curators, who will seek to provide a clearer understanding of the place of craft and design in the larger context of modern fine art.

Speakers include Svenja John (November 11, 2010), a current visiting artist in the University's Jewelry/Metals program; Candy Depew (December 9, 2010), a former faculty member in Crafts/Fibers; 2010 Pew Fellow Melanie Bilenker (February 10, 2011), a 2000 Crafts alumna; Crafts Professor Judith Schaechter (March 10, 2011); and Rama Chorpash (May 12, 2011), a former Industrial Design faculty member, who will wrap up the series with a panel discussion featuring many of the speakers from the previous six lectures.

All lectures take place at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, located at 251 South 18th Street. $5 general admission; free for PAA members and students (w/current ID). Purchase tickets online or call PAA at 215-545-4302.

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. Having successfully navigated through a transition from a multi-disciplinary art center to one focused on contemporary craft and design, PAA is poised to embrace its new mission and position itself as a pre-eminent presenter of thought-provoking craft and design exhibitions and programs in the Philadelphia region and beyond.

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