Community-Curated Exhibit Showcases 17 Women Artists

See “Assemblage” at the Delaware Art Museum through Sept. 3.


Begun as an informal group of a few young art school graduates in 1985, “Assemblage” has grown into a group of 17 female artists from the greater Philadelphia area whose commitment to art and each another has endured for more than 30 years now. Their work is now showcased in “Assemblage: A Regional Collective of Women Artists,” the next community-curated Outlooks exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum, on view through Sept. 3.

“Assemblage” presents more than 50 works by 17 artists who use various media and include the figure, animals, architecture, nature, and both realistic and abstract forms in their designs. Painting, printmaking and drawing, bright colors and monochrome designs, three-dimensional pieces, and found objects contribute to the diversity of the artists’ styles. The group originally gathered to relieve the isolation many artists experience when working alone in their studios. Today they meet regularly to share ideas and discuss the ongoing art scene in a supportive group that remains small enough to sustain intimacy and exchange. The first “Assemblage” group exhibition launched in 1991 and members have participated in more than 14 exhibitions throughout the region. These exhibitions have become an important focus for the artists, even while members maintain their own individual careers.

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“The group’s mutual respect and meaningful friendships have played a major role in their development as artists,” says Dr. Mary F. Holahan, curator of illustration and the Outlooks Exhibition Series. “We are pleased that Assemblage’s 2017 group exhibition is part of the museum’s Outlooks series.” Several members have been teachers in colleges and universities, prison art classes, and regional art centers and museums. Their art is collected and seen nationally and internationally, in private and public collections, and in galleries and museums.

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