Exploring abstract art can be a lot of fun! Abstract art is a type of artwork that doesn’t look realistic. You might be able to find objects that you can recognize in an abstract work of art, but not all the time. Everyone sees something different when looking at abstract art, and that’s part of what makes looking at artwork exciting!
Connecting art and science can be a lot of fun! Artists and scientists share many of the same skills in how they approach their work - whether it is by creating an artwork (like a painting, drawing or sculpture) or doing scientific research - they both use the techniques of observation and experimentation.
Catherine Jansen has been inventing, exploring and creating photographic processes that merge state of the art technology with traditional photography since the late 1960s. From the late 1990s until today, Jansen has been working with a digital camera and Adobe Photoshop to create a visual vocabulary that builds photographs into a long format that can express psychological and emotional time and space within the image.
M. Elizabeth Price was best known for her compositions of flowers on canvas and on decorative screens. She created close up images of peonies, poppies, hollyhocks, and delphiniums, set in backgrounds of silver and gold leaf.
Although best known for her lush floral still lifes, M. Elizabeth Price also created scenes of village and farm life like "The Wine Shop, Quimperle, Brittany". During her artistic career, Price had taken a trip to France and Italy with fellow members of The Philadelphia Ten and created paintings inspired by her travels.
This painting is recognized as Joseph Pearson’s greatest work. It was painted in his home in Germantown, Pennsylvania. In this unique portrait, Pearson shows his twins, Virginia and Jane.
Selma Burke was an important African American woman who defied stereotypes and made a name for herself through her love of art. She was not only an accomplished nurse and teacher; she was also a world-renowned sculptor and painter whose bust of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appears on the dime.
Paul Evans was among the community of mid-century modern studio furniture craftsmen like Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima who helped make the greater Philadelphia region a prominent center for studio craft in the late 1960s. Today his highly experimental approaches to metal attract an international following.