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Arcadia Exhibitions is pleased to present a multifaceted project that will explore identity and the influence of Pennsylvania German art and culture on contemporary artist Polly Apfelbaum's cross-disciplinary practice. Beginning with a residency, “Polly Apfelbaum: For the Love of Una Hale” will culminate in spring 2022 with exhibitions, a series of public programs, and a publication.
During her residency at Arcadia University's Ceramics studio, Apfelbaum will create new works with the assistance of Professor Gregg Moore and Rachel Geisinger '19 to be presented in the Spruance and Rosedale Galleries in February 2022.
Apfelbaum's culminating exhibition, a personal exploration of Pennsylvania German art and culture and its formative influence on her sensibility, will fuse craft traditions and large-scale installation.
A companion exhibition curated by Lisa Minardi—an expert in Pennsylvania German art history and executive director of Historic Trappe, near Collegeville, Pennsylvania—will display works by local artist and antiques dealer David Ellinger (1913–2003) whose paintings hung in Apfelbaum's childhood home in nearby Abington.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in ambitious, imaginative, and catalytic work that showcases the region’s cultural vitality and enhances public life, and engages in an exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners and leaders.