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You and your alumnae colleagues are invited to Woodmere Art Museum on Saturday, April 27, 3-4:30 pm, for a panel discussion and reception topped off by a private tour of the exhibition No Apologies: Ethel V. Ashton, Rhoda Myers Medary, and Alice Neel. You will also receive a complimentary exhibition catalog. Please RSVP by April 17 to
The panel will examine the art and career of three artists—Ethel V. Ashton, Rhoda Myers Medary, and Alice Neel—who were friends and classmates at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art & Design) in the early 1920s. The discussion will focus on the challenges facing women artists in Philadelphia and the nation at that time, and the decidedly different choices each artist made regarding career, marriage, and family.
Panelists: Nina de Angeli Walls, scholar and author of Art, Industry, and Women’s Education in Philadelphia; Phoebe Hoban, author of Alice Neel, The Art of Not Sitting Pretty, and art historian Rachel McKay.
Moderator: Moore alumna Pamela Birmingham ’00, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Curator of Education and director of Public Programs
Private Artist/Public Life: Ethel V. Ashton
April 6–June 30, 2013
Modernist painter Ethel V. Ashton (1896–1975) studied, worked, and exhibited in Philadelphia, participating fully in the city’s vibrant art scene. This exhibition surveys her career through some forty paintings and works on paper.
Ashton attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design) in the early 1920s. She worked for many years as a research librarian at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she mentored young artists and was instrumental in the success of the Fellowship program. Ashton’s work can be found in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.