Library Staff Recommendation: The UArts Connection
The institutions that went into making the University of the Arts date back to the 19th century and are deeply connected to the history of Philadelphia. These books are on display in the UArts Greenfield Library and may be checked out immediately.
Remaking Race and History: The Sculpture of Meta Warrick Fuller.
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UArts connection: Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) graduated in 1898 from the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design). She stayed for an additional year of study, and returned to the school in 1903-04 to take the pottery classes being offered for the first time. Fuller’s most famous sculpture, “Ethiopia Awakening”, is considered a symbol of the Harlem Renaissance.
Biddle, Daniel R.
Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America.
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Philadelphian Octavius V. Catto (1839-1871) was a civil rights activist, an educator, and a noted athlete. With his fiancee, Caroline Le Count, he protested the segregation of Philadelphia’s mass transit system of the time, horse-drawn streetcars. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYAc6wCUR8k. UArts connection: UArts Professor Helen Shannon is serving on an art jury for a Catto memorial statue to be erected at City Hall.
Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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UArts connection: See the introduction, “A Legacy of Crafts”, p. 14-21, by Darrel Sewell for an excellent introduction to the founding of the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art, now the UArts College of Art, Media and Design.
Of, By, and For the People: Dancing on the Left in the 1930s.
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UArts connection: Go to the index and find Chilkovsky, Nadia. Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, a founding member of the New Dance Group in New York, returned to Philadelphia in the 1940s and founded the Philadelphia Dance Academy, which is now the UArts School of Dance.
MacDonald, Sara Jean, and Eugene A. Bolt, Jr.
The University of the Arts.
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Magaziner, Henry Jonas.
The Golden Age of Ironwork.
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UArts connection: The master of Philadelphia ironwork, Samuel Yellin, attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) in 1905-06 and taught wrought iron at the school from 1907-1919.
H. J. Ward.
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UArts connection: UArts Class of 1930. Hugh J. Ward studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) from 1927-28 through 1929-30 and had a long and successful career as an illustrator, mostly for the pulp magazines. Ward created iconic images of Superman, the Green Hornet, and the Lone Ranger.
Scranton, Philip, and Walter Licht.
Work Sights: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890-1950.
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Once known as the Workshop of the World, Philadelphia’s industrial and manufacturing might was second to none. Instead of being focused only on one industry, such as steel or textiles, Philadelphia truly was made of small workshops and factories that employed highly-skilled workers in a wide variety of trades and industries. Watch the video Workshop of the World (GD1590) and then flip through this book. UArts connection: the UArts College of Art, Media and Design began in 1876 as the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art to turn out designers for industry.
Shaw, Gwendolyn DuBois.
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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UArts connection: This exhibition catalog includes UArts alumni: Samuel J. Brown, Jr. (Class of 1930); Claude Clark (Class of 1939); Allan Randall Freelon (Class of 1916); Paul F. Keene, Jr. (attended 1939-41, faculty member, 1954-68); Jayson Musson (Class of 2002). UArts Professor Helen Shannon contributed research and essays.
Skaler, Robert Morris.
Philadelphia’s Broad Street: South and North.
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Did you know the 500 block of South Broad Street used to be called Millionaire’s Row (p. 21+)? That Broad and Washington was the site of a train station where Union soldiers headed south to fight in the Civil War (p. 18)? UArts connection: That Terra Hall used to be half the size it is now? (See page 43.)
Thomas, George E.
William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design.
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UArts connection: Architect William Lightfoot Price (1861-1916) attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) in at least 1888 if not other years. His siblings Frank, Mary Louisa, Susanna, and Walter also attended PMSIA. Price was a founder of the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts community, and also helped found the Arden community in Delaware.
Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the
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UArts connection: Coleman Sellers (1827–1907) was the first president of the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design). Born into a family of engineers and artists (his grandfather was Charles Willson Peale), he was noted for his design of the hydroelectric dynamos of Niagara Falls, advances in photography and film, and many contributions to engineering. The Sellers family embodied the Enlightenment age, the Industrial Revolution in Philadelphia, the “Workshop of the World” era, and the post-World War II industrial decline.
Woodmere Art Museum.
We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s.
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UArts connection 1: This exhibition features UArts alumni: Samuel J. Brown, Jr. (Class of 1930); Claude Clark (Class of 1939); Allan Randall Freelon (Class of 1916); Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (Class of 1898); Paul F. Keene, Jr. (attended 1939-41, faculty member, 1954-68); Jerry Pinkney (1960); and Deborah Willis (Class of 1975). UArts connection 2: UArts Professor Helen Shannon contributed research and essays.
Workshop of the World.
Greenfield DVD GD1590
Produced by Philadelphia’s major public television affiliate, WHYY, this documentary looks at the great manufacturing history of Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the companies profiled include Henry Disston & Sons, New York Ship, Pennsylvania Railroad, J.B. Lippincott Publisher, Campbell’s Soup Co., and RCA Victor. UArts connection: the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) was founded to train artisans, craftsmen, and designers for Philadelphia industries.