Artwork in various media by sculptors in the DVAA, PS, and greater Philadelphia communities
Free Public Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 6-8 pm
– Shelter is part of the 2018 FringeArts Festival –
DVAA is proud to host Shelter, a collaborative exhibition with Philadelphia Sculptors. An
institution long known for its support of artists and the arts community, DVAA opened its doors to PS members, DVAA members, and all artists interested in submitting sculptural work for this exhibition, juried by Elaine Crivelli.
The artworks address the theme of “shelter,” and submitting artists were free to communicate their
intent with any three-dimensional media of their own choosing. Points of view range from the personal to the political – and everything in between – within the works that Crivelli selected for the exhibition. The theme of refugees and immigration resonated with many of the artists, and a number of them use their work to present a shared desire to create a safe haven for people fleeing unsafe environments. A bathrobe, teddy bear, and woven childrens’ toys reflect some of the artists’ personal experiences, adding poignancy to the works. Other artists focus on friends and family as a way of providing a refuge or place to heal. The nurturing and protective side of the natural world is represented by nests and trees, while its destructive side is shown through allusions to climate-driven calamities. Damage caused by floods and hurricanes inspired some of the artists to present work that comments on issues of environmental justice. Hope and inspiration also appear throughout the show, but no matter what the perspective, the art in Shelter draws attention to many urgent issues confronting us today.