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January 23, 2014 to March 9, 2014

William Daley: “14 for 7”

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present “William Daley: 14 for 7,” an exhibition featuring a select group of Daley’s works made between 1954 and 2013. This exhibition comes on the heels of the publication of William Daley: Ceramic Artist, a career retrospective published by Schiffer Publishing. This exhibition unites 14 works from 7 extraordinary decades, celebrating Daley’s achievements both past and present. In addition to the works on view, the installation will feature a recent short film about Daley and his work, Mud Architect, by Thomas Porett, as well as images, drawings, and sketches from Daley’s studio, providing an intriguing glimpse of his studio. Famous for his intricate drawings and library of forms molds and ingenious handmade tools, Daley draws inspiration from natural and man-made structures from cultures and regions across the globe.

In 1969, Philadelphia Art Alliance presented an exhibition of Daley’s work sponsored by the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen, a professional group established in 1967 by Helen Drutt. Daley was at the forefront of a group of Philadelphia artists working in various craft media whose creations were complex and sculptural, and whose studio practice was both passionate and scholarly. In the decades since his last exhibition at the PAA, Daley has become an internationally renowned artist whose work may be found in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His site-specific installations are to be found throughout Philadelphia, including the ceramic screen he created for the Ritz Theater in 1978. As an influential and beloved educator, he has trained and inspired generations of artists and designers, and has trained the eyes of students in a wide array of disciplines. Daley is still making new work at age 88 in his Elkins Park studio.

Mud Architect from Thomas Porett on Vimeo.

William Daley was born in Hastings-on-Hudson New York on March 7th, 1925. His father, a house painter and avid lover of poetry and the arts, fostered William's creative appetite. After surviving prison camp during World War II, Daley went on to attend The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where, under the G.I. Bill, he received his Bachelors Degree in 1950. After graduation, William married his college classmate, Catherine Stennes. They relocated to New York where Daley completed his Graduate Degree from Columbia University Teachers College in 1952. Daley went on to teach ceramics at State Colleges in Iowa and later New York but spent the vast majority of his educational career, nearly forty years, at the Philadelphia College of Art (now The University of the Arts).

Daley has been given numerous awards and accolades for his career as an educator and ceramic artist: Honorary doctorates from both The Maine College of Art and University of the Arts, Awards from the College Art Association, American Craft Council, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Northern Clay Center, and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.

This exhibition will travel to The Boston Society of Arts and Crafts, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in September of 2014.

Tags: ceramics, sculpture