Local artist Shelley Spector has created a very inventive and “must-see” exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that is opening soon to the public. Keep the Home Fires Burning is a walk-through artistic experience. Filled with wood and textile-based sculptures, the exhibition is meant to reflect the universal quest for connectedness, hope, and the feeling of home.
The inspiration behind Shelley Spector’s work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an embroidered piece designed by Fances M. Lichten of Allentown, PA, which dates back to 1889. The vibrant embroidery will be on display at the exhibition, so all the flowers, trees, animals, and other images will be there for the public to examine. This will be the first time the piece is exhibited at the Museum. After Licten passed, the piece was donated by Licten’s companion, artist Katherine Milhous to the Museum. The name of the exhibit Keep the Home Fires Burning, is a phrase that Spector found in a letter from Katherine Milhous to her partner.
Spector’s intent was to bring the piece to life in a 3D manner. She suspended large sculptures with the same vibrant colors as the piece. She created the objects from second-hand clothing and furniture. The project is a family project, as Spector’s mother, Anita, cleaned and organized all of the material.
Spector is a Philadelphia-native; she was born here and is a graduate of both Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The University of the Arts, where she now teaches. For years, she has been a leader in the Philadelphia art scene, engaging other arts by starting discussions and creating opportunities for artists.
After you walk through Shelley Spector’s exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we are positive you will look at the world a little differently.
What: Shelley Spector at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Joan Spain Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
When: March 7th – September 7th, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6-8
Free and opening to the public