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Widener University Art Gallery Hosts Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity 64th Anniversary Juried Exhibition

The Widener University Art Gallery will host the Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity Association 64th Anniversary Members Juried Exhibition from April 3 through June 22.

According to Molly Light, anniversary exhibition chair, this year's show reflects the great variety of professional artists who comprise the membership of Artists Equity. Abstract paintings of all sizes and various mediums, realistic and impressionistic landscapes, still lifes, photography, sculpture, prints and collage are all included. "From contemporary to traditional styles, there is a little bit of something to appeal to everyone," Light said.

The juror for the exhibition is Ellen Priest, an abstract painter who creates multi-layered works with brilliant color and movement inspire by jazz music. Her solo show include: Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, Berman Museum, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Berklee College of Music. She has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. For more information, visit

"When I first arrived to jury the artworks put randomly in the gallery, I was struck by an uncanny similarity in the strengths of the strong work and the weaknesses of the less compelling work," Priest said. "Certain themes like contrast, the structure of forms and subject matter ran through the whole batch. Those will be the focus of my talk at the opening, especially as they relate to prize-winning works."

The gallery will host a reception for the exhibition from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6 including a curatorial talk by Priest and the presentation of awards.

The Widener University Art Gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is open on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and. The gallery will be closed Saturday, May 25 for Memorial Day weekend.

The gallery is located in UniversityCenter on the Chester Campus of Widener University, on 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue. For more information, contact the Widener University Art Gallery at 610-499-1189 or visit the gallery website at

Founded in 1949, the Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity Association is a non-profit organization for professional visual artists that advances and serves the profession of the visual fine artist. The nearly 200 member artists practice their art in the greater Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware regions. For more information on Artists Equity, visit the web site at

WidenerUniversity is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university's website,


Artists Equity

Clockwise: Layers of Light, oil on linen, by Ruth Fakenthal; Writer's Table, oil on linen, by Maryeileen D. Perri; Suspended, digital color print, by Keith Sharp; Salute, acrylic on canvas, by Lori Banks; Buffulo Ford, callagraph printed handmade paper collage, by Betsy Miraglia; Hangin' Out on Central, pastels, by Sandra Sigley