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November 30, 2017 to January 7, 2018




Curated by Julie Courtney

November 30, 2017 to January 7, 2018

Opening Reception November 30, 6 pm to 8 pm


The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present the work of the celebrated and beloved Philadelphia artist Vaughn Stubbs (1946-2016). Known to work in a variety of media, Stubbs produced a variety of paintings, sculptures, quilts, bags and jewelry. His paintings reflect an interest in numerous subjects, ranging from Greek mythology and European Impressionism to pop culture iconography. His jewelry and sculptures, including a series of large-scale urns, incorporate common materials such as plastic beads, feathers, and children's toys, to create intricate and playful objects that also reflect a sophisticated attention to detail.

Stubbs is also remembered for his generous spirit and his close ties to friends, family, and the community in Philadelphia. For decades, he taught both children and seniors, was central to Form in Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's long standing program for the visually impaired, tirelessly sharing his talents and skills with others. The exhibition, curated by Julie Courtney, includes a selectionof work from the collections of Jessica Berwind, Erik Bonovitz, Julie Courtney, Helen Drutt, John Favreau, Raquel Higgins, Kocot and Hatton, Nancy Lisagor and Frank Lipsius, Cynthia Stubbs Hill, Carol Wisker and Howard Brunner, and the Stubbs Family. Generous support has been provided by Jessica Berwind, the Fleisher Foundation, Nancy Hellebrand Blood, Nancy Lisagor and Frank Lipsius. A publication on his life and work will accompany the exhibit.

Vaughn Stubbs attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received his certificate in painting in 1972. His solo exhibitions include Some Recent, Some Not So: Works by Vaughn Stubbs, Goggle Works Center For The Arts, Reading, PA (2008); Gods, Myths, Legends, Icons, Wilson Art Gallery, Rowan College of New Jersey (1994);Vaughn Stubbs at the North Star, Philadelphia, PA (1992);Vaughn Stubbs: New Jewelry, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (1989);Creativity, North Side Bank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (1988);50 Friends, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA (1986);Persistence of Memory, Kling Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (1984);and Wildflowers Gallery Space, Philadelphia, PA. He has been in several prominent group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Abington Art Center, Sande Webster Gallery, and Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, among many others. Stubbs work is in the public collections of The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Paul Robeson House, the Library for the Blind, Philadelphia, Afro-American Cultural and Historical Museum, Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Convention Center. Private collectors include Helen Williams Drutt English, Janet Fleisher, Joan Baez, Lily Tomlin, Mark Graves, Jessica Berwind, Carol Rutenburg, and Samuel Hopkins.


Stubbs was a notable instructor at institutions throughout the Philadelphia region, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Senior Adult Activity Center, Norristown; Rowan University; St. Rita's Senior Center; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; Church Down the Way; the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education.


Images: Vaughn Stubbs, Urn, clay, mixed media and found objects, Collection of Jessica Berwind; Vaughn Stubbs, Brooch, mixed media and found objects, Collection of the Stubbs Family; Vaughn Stubbs, Untitled, papier mache and found objects, Collection of Nancy Lisagor and Frank Lipsius. All photos: Constance Mensh Photography

Tags: glass, painting, sculpture