Newsletter Fall 2018

The Third Dimension

Editor: Holly Smith

Letter from the President, Leslie Kaufman

Happy Holidays to all! Looking back at the year, PS has accomplished a lot. Through a combination of work, luck, and good timing, we have been able to sponsor five shows (two just for PS members) and one sculpture demonstration over the last seven months. Towards the end of last year we discovered a new exhibition space in Bala Cynwyd, the NoBA Artspaces Gallery. In April, thirteen adventurous PS members created works for PS at NoBA, allowing us to be part of the first wave of artists helping to culturally reinvigorate a community ripe for a makeover. (See photos page 7.) Later in April, as our contribution to ISC Day (International Sculpture Day) PS members Gina Michaels and John Phillips opened their studio for a public bronze pour. 25 people took advantage of the opportunity to watch the magic of liquid bronze being poured into an open French Green Sand mold. (See photos page 8.)

Our 19th annual 5 into 1 exhibition of the works of graduating sculpture students from five area colleges took place for the first time at the Charles Addams Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania. This year’s curators, Chenlin Cai, Jacintha Clark, and Aimee Gilmore, did an exceptional job of selecting and displaying the works of eight students. Damary Beltran from Moore was awarded “Best in Show.” (See photos page 4) Over the summer, we traveled south on I-95 and explored the quaint town of Havre de Grace, MD. PS collaborated with the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum for Oars for Art, a show of sculptures created from old wooden oars. 15 artists (including three PS members) displayed 17 artworks first in commercial venues around the town, and later in September at the Museum. 14 works were successfully auctioned off at the closing reception in October. (See photos page 9.)

In September we partnered with Da Vinci Art Alliance for Shelter, which was enthusiastically received and reviewed. Elaine Crivelli chose 21 artists for a very timely show that revealed how artists interpret this topic. (See page 3 for photos and links to reviews.)

Our last show of the year just concluded at City Hall. Taking up five glass cases on the 2nd floor, Philadelphia Sculptors Present was a members’ show that highlighted the exceptional work of our artists. The Art in City Hall program invited us to help celebrate sculpture in conjunction with the International Sculpture Center conference that took place in Philadelphia in October. Amie Potsic selected 20 PS members to represent sculpture in Philadelphia today. (See photos page 10)

We continue moving forward with plans for next year:

  • We are working with the African American Museum of Philadelphia to cosponsor our next presenter in the Dina Wind Lecture Series. Watch for more information.
  • We are looking into being more flexible with the venues for 5 into 1 – possibly going to PAFA or Tyler in 2019.
  • We have big plans for our next major exhibition in fall of 2019. Flow will be a new collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum and will feature floating sculptures in the boat basin at Penn’s Landing. We will be including international artists as well as national ones. More information to follow.

As always, we invite PS members to actively participate in the organization. Anyone who wants to get more involved or join our Steering Committee should contact me at

Leslie Kaufman

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