The Phoenix Village Art Center periodically invites you to participate in scheduled group tours to local museums and special exhibits. It is especially rewarding to travel as a group and discuss/review the art work we have seen.
Below is an organized list of tours and their dates.
We Have A Date!!! Friday January 11th, 2013
Tour time is 11:30
We will be leaving the art center at 10:15
call or e-mail to register
Art Teacher In-service Program
Tuesday (November 6, 2012) at 8am.
We are going to be touring the SEI West Collection, and hosting four hands-on art workshops. Stroll downtown Phoenixville for lunch at a restaurant of your convenience. Although this program is run by Chester County, art teachers from neighboring counties are invited to register.
More information and registration will be available after September 1st.
June 21, 2012
Administrator Community Outreach Day
Local Arts and Artists Tour
Spend the afternoon exploring four Phoenixville venues that applaud the work of local artists. Starting at the Franklin Commons Campus Walk we will explore the six groups of sculpture and various exhibiting painters throughout the halls. Next stop will be the Barnstone Gallery where we will learn about a new non-profit initiative, Art for Kids, to promote the benefits of art interaction with children in need in our communities. Then we are on to the Phoenix Village Art Center, to see a gallery exhibit titled ARTsisters, summer camp in session and a tour of the working art studios. Last stop shopping at the Diving Cat Studio where all merchandise is hand made.
The Wharton Escherick Museum tour
Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood, readily extending his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors and buildings, creating sculptural environments. His motto, “if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing,” is evident in the joyful expression of his work, inviting the eye and the hand. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 200 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there, and is open to the public through guided tours for which reservations are required.
For more on the Wharton Escherick museum, click here.
The West Collection at SEI
The art works from the West Collection are on long-term loan to SEI, the financial services firm Al West founded 40 years ago. Al West and his daughter Paige have built the collection in a 15 year period with SEI's audience in mind, but also with the sole mission of finding the most compelling contemporary works available by leading international artists. The foremost goal of the West Collection is to meet young artists who are creating challenging and inventive work and to present an experience of this new art to the public. At any given time 1,200 works from the West Collection are installed at the SEI Corporate Campus. Additional loans are made back to artists for exhibitions as well as to various museums and universities internationally as well as in the Philadelphia area. Loans have been made in recent years to the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, just to name a few.
For more on the West Collection, click here.