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17th Annual 5 into 1 Exhibition

June 3 - July 23, 2016

The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Sculptors is proud to announce the seventeenth year of 5 into 1, its annual exhibition showcasing the works of emerging sculptors from five Philadelphia colleges and universities: Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition will be on display in The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and the Parkway, from Friday, June 3 - Saturday, July 23, 2016. The opening reception is on Friday, June 3, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, with a special presentation by the Penn Museum's Director of Learning Programs, Ellen Owens, preceding the reception from 6:00 - 6:30 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.

Continuing its commitment to both emerging arts professionals and emerging artists, Philadelphia Sculptors has selected Jacintha Clark, Natalie Reichman, and Adam Mazur to curate the exhibition. Jacintha Clark is a sculptor and architectural conservator, and has worked as the Staff Supervisor for the Armory Show in New York. Clark also has worked as part of the production team for the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Natalie Reichman is a Philadelphia based sculptor and creates sets for theaters. Her work can be seen in various productions, including in the University of the Arts' Hamilton Hall Public Arts Initiative this summer. Adam Mazur is the Exhibitions Coordinator at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens and serves on the Board and Events Committee of Emerging Arts Leaders of Philadelphia. Each curator serves as a Committee Member for Philadelphia Sculptors and values the organization's mission of creating opportunities for sculptors in Philadelphia.

Individual works are juxtaposed with one another to illuminate contrasting ideals, concepts, and materials that then coalesce into a brightly stimulating exhibition. 5 into 1 provides soon-to- be graduates with a special opportunity to exhibit their art in a professional gallery, and presents the public with a way to enhance the experience of visiting the art destinations along the Parkway. This exhibition celebrates the strengths of young artists as credits to their individual institutions as it also reveals the value of the statement made by a unified show.

Selected Artists:

Moore College of Art and Design: Savannah Hudika creates sculptures that are light and whimsical to combat her personal struggles within her childhood.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Jerome Michael McLaughlin considers himself an object maker who discovers new uses for things that used to function in today's modern, technological world.

Tyler School of Art: Amy Cousins uses printmaking, fabric, and sculpture to investigate queerness and society's ideas of what is normal. Her works revolve around constructions of identity, desire, and societal pressure. Abigail Severino makes sculptures that resemble miniature and larger scale interpretations of geography.

The University of the Arts: Jessica Nora examines personal troubles and creates installations that induce feelings of comfort.

University of Pennsylvania: Doah Lee creates installations that challenge self-identity and confront universal perspectives with daily life. Gwendolyn Comings replicates memories of her home. The materials in her art reflect the memories she constantly faces from the struggling she experienced during her upbringing.

Before the opening reception, Ellen Owens will present "Creative Survival: Success Secrets from Philly Artists," focusing on the stories of five working Philadelphia artists. Topics will include the artists' triumphs and personal obstacles, and an exploration of how each has made his/her artistic practice a career. Along with serving as the Penn Museum Director of Learning Programs, Owens is also an adjunct Museum Studies professor at UArts, and a practicing artist and writer. Owens will also present a "Best in Show" award to one of the exhibiting artists during the opening reception. All artists will receive a student membership in Philadelphia Sculptors, as well as a membership from the Emerging Arts Leaders of Philadelphia to encourage their practice.

The public is invited to attend the free presentation at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 3, and the opening reception, which follows from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Complimentary refreshments and light fare will be served.

Moore College of Art & Design is located at 20th Street and the Parkway in Philadelphia. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 3 - July 23, 2016. Gallery hours during the exhibition are Monday - Saturday at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Galleries are closed on Sundays and during all academic and regular holidays, including Saturday, July 2 - Tuesday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day weekend.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Sculptors, and the Emerging Arts Leaders of Philadelphia.