Philadelphia University will host an opening reception for an exhibit for the city-wide fiber arts festival, FiberPhiladelphia, at the Philadelphia University Research Center on Saturday, March 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit, “Wire Transference,” features the art of six nationally renowned artists who work with wire. The artists include John Garrett, Nancy Koenigsberg, Leslie Pontz, Lindsay Ketterer-Gates, Lanny Bergner and Warren Seelig, an alumnus of PhilaU. The reception also will feature PhilaU student wire artwork.
“Wire Transference is a group show of sculptural forms in woven metal, hosted by Philadelphia University in conjunction with FiberPhiladelphia 2012,” said Sarah Moore, collections curator for The Design Center at Philadelphia University. “Wire Transference seeks to examine the conveyances inherent in the medium of metal: texture and construction.”
Seelig is a two-time fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts whose work has been featured in more than 30 major museum exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Seelig lives in Maine and has taught about fiber, textiles and design at the Rhode Island School of Design and several other institutions.
The work of Seelig and other artists in the exhibit “represents a wonderful range of textile and fiber techniques, exploring and exploiting the possibilities inherent in the media,” said Marcia Weiss, assistant professor of textile design. “The tactile works range from large-scale installations to small-scale intimate statements.”
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through April 22. Regular gallery hours are from 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The Philadelphia University Research Center is located at 4145 Station Road in Manayunk. More information on the exhibit can be found on the Facebook page here.
Wire Transference is one of more than 40 exhibits offered in conjunction with the FiberPhiladelphia festival. FiberPhiladelphia is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber and textile art, including works from both renowned and up-and-coming artists from around the world. Click here to visit FiberPhiladelphia’s website for more information.