Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
Renowned for her soak-stain abstract paintings, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) played a seminal role in both Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. With a career spanning six decades, she is considered one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition, Frankenthaler: On Paper, presents ten unique paintings on paper and fourteen prints that date from the 1970s to the 1990s.
January 16, 2020
“I Have A Dream…” Martin Luther King Jr. 1963 Archived Dream Speech
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames o[ withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later the Negro still is not free..." (Copyright 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.)
January 16, 2020
History on How Martin Luther King Jr. Day Become a Federal Holiday?
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Christian minister and important leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. On the third Monday of January every year, the federal government closes up shop for a day to honor this civil rights hero. Let us not forget his dream and continue to stand and work towards equality and justice for all.
January 14, 2020
Ken Lum Wins Art Gallery of Ontario’s 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize
Many congratulations are in order for the the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Ken Lum. The 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Born in Vancouver, Lum is a multidisciplinary artist known for his conceptual and representational work in painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his practice, Lum draws attention to issues of identity in relation to language, portraiture, and spatial politics.
With the exception of Ben Art Bucks, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2020 Grant Cycle is now closed. We will announce the 2020 grant recipients in April. The 2021 grant cycle will open in September. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of important deadlines.
The Sachs Program’s grantmaking supports innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers. Our vision is that the arts at Penn are valued and embraced as a creative catalyst, driving innovation, inspiration, and action.
Friday January 17Penn Art Collection Presents Study Center Fridays
Explore our collection: Cindy Sherman, Dürer, Betye Saar, Rauschenberg, Motherwell, Nevelson, Helmut Newton, Ruth Asawa, Matisse, Von Rydingsvard, Shirin Neshat, Eakins and many many many more... Doing research? Need inspiration? Just want to hang out with artwork? BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT for a viewing!
Friday January 17Music in the Pavilion with Jasper String Quartet and Friends
The Jasper String Quartet is a professional string quartet based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2004 while its members were in school at Oberlin Conservatory, the quartet completed string quartet master's programs at Rice University (2006-2008) and Yale University (2008-2010). Their songs are hailed as "sonically delightful and expressively compelling."
Friday January 17‘We Shall Overcome’ A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Damien Sneed and Talented Band
Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. King, We Shall Overcome features repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders. Led by the talented Damien Sneed, this performance weaves spoken word from Dr. King’s speeches with a musical lineage of gospel, jazz, classical and Broadway to reinvigorate and inspire future generations at the Zellerbach Theatre.
Saturday January 18Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports & Wellness Event
This event will feature sports, wellness and service activities in celebration and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. ALL YQCA Lacrosse & Track students in 4th-8th grade from Comegys, Mitchell, Lea and Hamilton Schools are invited. The mission of Penn's Martin Luther King Symposium is to honor Dr. King and the principles he espoused through learning, service, and community engagement.
The ICA presents a solo exhibition of large-scale sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist Karyn Olivier. Everything That’s Alive Moves offers the rare opportunity to examine the recent trajectories of Olivier’s investigation into scale, public memory, and their relation to issues of inclusivity and acceptance. A new obelisk sculpture, a fully-functioning carousel for one rider, a large car made entirely of repurposed shoes —gathered for export to poor countries—and a brick wall built using discarded clothing as mortar, are among the works selected to be reimagined and constructed on-site at the ICA.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2019 SHIP Intern, Tias Volker (C ’21), developed a map that highlights arts resources and centers across Penn’s campus. While not every resource could be included, The Sachs Program encourages you to use this map to explore the breadth of arts offerings at Penn.