Celebrating Mural Arts Month in University City:
MAP of Community Treasures
(See larger version of this map, below).
Mural Arts Month, now in its third year, is "an opportunity to celebrate
and bring awareness to the City's collection of outdoor
paintings, the spirit and vitality of Philadelphia's communities, the extraordinary
talent and artistic diversity of local artists and the power of art on the
lives of our young people," said Jane Golden who founded Philadelphia's
Mural Arts Program (MAP) in 1984, as part of the City's Anti-Graffiti Network.
Since 1986 MAP has been part of the Department of Recreation where the program
also offers art instruction throughout the City.
Gateway to University City mural dedication: Left to right:
Omar Bialk, Tony Caneris (Drexel; UCD Vice Chair), Jannie L. Blackwell (City
Council), Max Mason (Artist), Jim Goldstein (GMAC), Jane Golden, MAP.
Photo credit: Allison Kelsey
Ms. Golden is the artistic director of the program that has facilitated
the creation of 2000 murals throughout the City--giving Philadelphia more
murals per square mile than anywhere else in the country. Most of these
murals were conceived and made by Philadelphians. The 2000th mural, located
at 1421 Arch Street, is being dedicated October 30 at the closing festivities
of Mural Arts Month. It was painted by Peter Pagast, the same muralist who
painted a mural inside the UCHS in conjunction with Penn's Center for Community
Partnerships. Mr. Pagast also painted Paul Robeson in University
City last year. That was the first mural co-sponsored by University City
District, in an effort to "highlight cultural, historical and social
diversity in University City through public art."
The second mural co-sponsored by UCD was dedicated last week--A Gateway
to University City, created by Max Mason with the assistance of Brian
Senft--it is a colorful tableau of an animated University City street inspired
by Max Mason's 10-year residence in the neighborhood. The house depicted
is based on that of Omar Blaik, who lives on 46th Street. The wall space
was donated by property owners Amy Orr and John Woodin. Last November, the
painting upon which the mural is based was among the paintings exhibited
at the Faculty Club's Burrison Gallery.
Other Max Mason murals --which include panoramic views of Blanche Levy
Park, Franklin Field and Boathouse Row hang in the New York City Penn Club.
They also had their campus debut in the Burrison Gallery, in March 1994,
a decade after the artist took his MFA at Penn. Max Mason is currently working
on the next UCD and MAP collaboration at 4909 Market Street, a mural that
will depict the El subway stop.
Gateway to University City Mural Dedication: Left to
right: Omar Blaik, Jim GoldStein (GMAC), Jannie L. Blackwell (City Council),
Tony Caneris (Drekel; UCD Vice Chair, Jane Gorden, MAP.
Photo credit Allison Kelsey
(CLICK ON THUMBNAILS TO SEE LARGER VERSIONS OF THE IMAGES
(1898-1976): Citizen of the World, 1999; artist: Peter Pagast; location:
4502 Chestnut Street; sponsors: University City District (UCD) and Sovereign
Celebration of Community, 1997; artist: Jane Degenhardt-Kutzer; location:
44th & Market Streets; sponsors: West Philadelphia Enterprise Center
and Hunt Manufacturing Corporation.|
Phenomenon of Soaring, 1999; artist: Peter Pagast; location: inside
University City High School, 36th & Filbert Streets; sponsor: University
Drexel, 1999; artist: Burt Dodge; location: 33rd & Race Streets;
sponsor: Drexel University.|
with Raised Arm, 1992; artist: Sidney Goodman; location: 40th &
Powelton Avenue; sponsor: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.|
1994; artist: Patricia B. Ingersoll; location: 32nd & Spring Garden
Streets; sponsor: Anti-Grafffiti Network.|
Front Porch, 1999; artist: Jon Page; location: 49th & Florence Avenue;
sponsor: City of Philadelphia.|
|Passion Flower, 1998; artist: Paul Santoleri; location: 4221
Powelton Avenue; sponsors: Philadelphia Museum of Art and City of Philadelphia.|
|A Gateway to University City, 2000; artist; Max Mason; location:
4008 Chestnut Street; sponsors: University City District and GMAC Mortgage
For information about MAP mural tours call (215) 568-5245.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 9, October 24, 2000
PAGE | CONTENTS
Mural Arts Month | GOVERNMENT
AFFAIRS UPDATE | SAFETY
AFTER DARK | TALK
ABOUT TEACHING ARCHIVE | BETWEEN
ISSUES | OCTOBER at PENN