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Announcement: Community Festival at Pennsylvania Convention Center

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West Wing Art Tours

 
 
In partnership with Wawa Welcome America, the Center is opening its doors for the 1st time to the public this Saturday, June 30th, from 12pm – 5pm for free, self-guided art tours of our newly installed $1.5 million West Wing Art Collection. Enter on Broad Street with last entry at 4:30pm. We are also hosting a Community Festival in our Grand Hall with free, fun-filled activities for all. We hope you can join us & “Make It A Day” by also enjoying Reading Terminal Market’s “Philly Ice Cream Scoop” & PAFA’s “Free Museum Day”. 
 
This will be an exciting afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center tomorrow. I will be set up in front of my permanent installation of the House of Prayer portraits on the ground floor of the west wing from 12:00PM to 5:00 PM. I hope to see you there!
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Upcoming Exhibitions: Stanek Gallery

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Scene of the Crime on Exhibit at Stanek Gallery

 

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A picture entitled, “Scene of the Crime” will be part of a group  exhibit entitled: People, Places & Things at Stanek Gallery, 242 North 3rd Street in Philadelphia. The opening reception is  this coming Friday, May 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  This picture is part of a series of tableaux vivants created by Tony Ward between the years 1993 to 2000.  This will be the first time the artist exhibits this particular body of work in Philadelphia, where the pictures resulted in his second monograph, Tableaux Vivants, Edition Stemmle. Zurich, Switzerland, fpublished in  2000.  There are very limited editions of these vintage silver prints available and are now being offered for the first time to collectors at Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia.  In 2005,  “The Figure” another picture from the series sold (modern print 42″ x 62″) at an exhibit in  Paris to a collector from London for $18,000 dollars, the highest price paid for a single work by Tony Ward to date.

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http://tonyward.com/early-work/tableaux-vivants-1993-2000/

The Figure

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To learn more about Tony Ward’s tableaux vivants, click here: visit this pagehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/tableaux-vivants-1993-2000/

 

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Stanek Gallery: Exhibition Announcement

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Stanek Gallery: People, Places & Things. May 2018.

 

 

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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I am honored to announce my participation in the first inaugural photography exhibition at  Stanek Gallery,  located at 242 North 3rd street in Philadelphia.  The group exhibition was curated by the legendary art gallerist and dealer Sande Webster Brantley, who I came to know during the early 1990’s when she had her first gallery on Locust street near Rittenhouse Square. She would later move to fancier digs at 2008 Walnut Street before closing the gallery in 2011 to pursue curating and art consulting.  Sande was one of the first if not the first female art dealer in American history to embrace African American artists works as equal to their white counter parts.  It is with this distinction that makes Sande Webster’s vision of art free of racism, bigotry, discrimination or prejudice. In celebration of this exhibition I would like to express my deepest appreciation for being included with these most distinguished artists, some of whom I’ve known since the 1970’s.  Shout outs to: Adger Cowans, Willie Williams, Donald Camp, Arlene Love, Robert Reinhardt, Ada Trillo, Ronald Tarver, Andrea Baldeck, Anthony Barbosa and Stanek Gallery.

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Another Place Another Time. Will be on view at Stanek Gallery

Another Place Another Time. Will be on view at Stanek Gallery

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To learn more about the exhibit at Stanek Gallery, click herehttps://www.stanekgallery.com

 

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News: Artwork by 68 Pennsylvania Artists Now on Permanent Display

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Preacher. House of Prayer. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

Preacher. House of Prayer. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

 

 

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is pleased to announce the completion of its $1.5 million Juried Art Competition which resulted in the installation of 127 works of art including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and other mixed media projects by a range of talented Pennsylvania artists.
 
“The artwork that grace the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Expansion give a true appreciation for the multi-faceted talents of artists from every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Gregory J. Fox., Esq., Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA). “These works express great respect and love for the creative talents of the Keystone State. They encourage a connection between the artists and more than 1 million visitors who come to our Center each year.”
 
PCCA formed an all-volunteer Expansion Art Committee comprised of prominent members of the Pennsylvania arts community in late 2014 to oversee the selection and installation of fine art. The Committee included representatives of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA); Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy with the City of Philadelphia; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA); Lafayette College; Office of Public Art: a Public Private Partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning; Demuth Museum; and the Erie Art Museum.
 
The “Open Call” resulted in 1,550 submissions from Pennsylvania-based artists. A blind jury then reviewed the artists’ submissions and made selections based on quality, scale and durability for public viewing. Among the works by acclaimed artists in the collection are commissioned pieces Amazing Grace by Moe Brooker and That Music Always Round Me by Astrid Bowlby.
 
Some pieces are decades old. Photographer Tony Ward submitted five portraits, taken between 1976 and 1980, of congregants at the United House of Prayer for All People, a nondenominational church at 16th and Fitzwater Sts. It’s where Ward’s grandmother worshipped at the time.
 
The project was financed by allocations made when the building was expanded in 2011. The final installations were completed this fall and already are winning praise. “We receive calls and emails from around the globe about our art collection. Photo opportunities with our expansion art pieces become part of social media memories for convention attendees,” said John J. McNichol, President & CEO of PCCA. “We look forward to our year-long 25th Anniversary celebration throughout 2018 when we will showcase the collection and offer opportunities for public art tours.”
 
The 68 artists who were selected to display their work are eager to share their creations with the Center’s many visitors and are thrilled to be part of such an extensive collection. “I was humbled that my artwork was selected for the Center’s one-of-a-kind art collection,” said artist Bradley Schmehl who resides in York County.  “When I read the ‘Open Call for Art’ from the Center, I determined to take the risk to create and offer a piece specifically for the Center, one that hopefully would speak to the heart of Pennsylvania. I am honored my work will be displayed for generations to come and am highly impressed with the Center’s dedication and support for our Pennsylvania art community.” 
 
The names of the Blind Jury had not been previously released. Now that the process is complete, we are pleased to share the names of the jury and thank them for their service: Bruce Katsiff, former Director & CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown (Bucks County); Jacque Liu, Percent for Art Project Manager, Office of Arts, Culture, & Creative Economy with the City of Philadelphia; Judith O’Toole, Director & CEO, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg (Westmoreland County); M. Cecile Shellman, independent Art Consultant & Curator, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County); Ann Shields, Gallery Director, HUB-Robeson Galleries at Pennsylvania State University at University Park (Centre County); Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia; John Vanco, Director, Erie Art Museum, Erie (Erie County); and Ricardo Viera, Professor of Art and Director/Curator, Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) – Museum Operation, Bethlehem (Northampton County).
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To access additional pictures from Tony Ward’s House of Prayer portfolio, click herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/house-prayer-1976-1980/
 
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Milt Ward: The Alphabet Series

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Milt_Ward_graphic_paintings_family_legacy_project_acrylic_africa_american_artist_designer_modernist_alphabet_lower_case_bold Milt Ward: The Alphabet Series     Milt Ward was born on July 30th, 1917 in Savannah, Georgia. As a teenager Milt was intrigued by the signage that appeared on various shop windows during his youth. He was particularly intrigued by point of purchase displays that were used to market and sell merchandize by shop owners in his neighborhood, and began to practice the art of hand lettering that would later become his vocation and specialty as a graphic artist.  As a young man he moved from the segregated South in search of more freedom and opportunities to explore his interest in art and settled in Philadelphia with his mother, Eva and younger brother Bennie. The young artist with steady hand enrolled in drawing classes at the Fleisher School of Art in South Philadelphia and  was one of the first African Americans to join the Philadelphia Art Directors club where he met like minded artists and life long friends including the distinguished watercolorist, Michael P. Rocco. For most of his career Milt was employed by the Diversified Marketing Group in Philadelphia, and he also freelanced for the Mel Richman Advertising Group in Bala Cynywd, Pa. Milt Ward passed away on October 31, 2003 at the age of 86. The Alphabet Series was produced between 1989 and 1993.  .  To access more paintings from The Alphabet Series, go here: http://tonywardstudio.com/gallery/milt-ward-painter/

Milt Ward: The Alphabet Series

 

Milt Ward was born on July 30th, 1917 in Savannah, Georgia. As a teenager Milt was intrigued by the signage that appeared on various shop windows during his youth. He was particularly intrigued by point of purchase displays that were used to market and sell merchandize by shop owners in his neighborhood, and began to practice the art of hand lettering that would later become his vocation and specialty as a graphic artist.  As a young man he moved from the segregated South in search of more freedom and opportunities to explore his interest in art and settled in Philadelphia with his mother, Eva and younger brother Bennie. The young artist with steady hand enrolled in drawing classes at the Fleisher School of Art in South Philadelphia and  was one of the first African Americans to join the Philadelphia Art Directors club where he met like minded artists and life long friends including the distinguished watercolorist, Michael P. Rocco. For most of his career Milt was employed by the Diversified Marketing Group in Philadelphia, and he also freelanced for the Mel Richman Advertising Group in Bala Cynywd, Pa. Milt Ward passed away on October 31, 2003 at the age of 86. The Alphabet Series was produced between 1989 and 1993.

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To access more paintings from The Alphabet Series, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/gallery/milt-ward-painter/

 

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