Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

The University of the Arts presents an exhibition by late artist Lenore Tawney (1907–2007), a leading figure in the contemporary fiber arts movement. Presented in conjunction with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, the exhibition will feature her paper-focused pieces. The Maryland Institute College of Art, Tawney's alma mater, is hosting a complementary exhibition under the same title featuring her line-based objects.

Opening Reception: January 24, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: The Legacy of Lenore Tawney
January 24, 2 - 4 p.m.
CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall

  •   Jack Lenor Larsen: dean of Modern Textile Design, founder of LongHouse, Honory Doctorate, University of the Arts
  •   Kathleen Nugent Mangan: director of the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation
  •   Dr. Suzanne Hudson: assistant professor, University of Southern California
  •   Warren Seelig: artist, distinguished visiting professor, University of the Arts


  •   Sid Sachs: director of exhibitions, University of the Arts

MFA Book Arts and Crafts/Fibers Exhibition
January 22 - February 8
Gallery 224 & President's Office
This exhibit features work by UArts students in the MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking and Crafts/Fibers programs, who have each created a piece in response to Tawney's work. The students researched an extraordinary collection of objects from the Tawney Foundation, including old books and parts of old books, wood containers, small bottles and thread, which they incorporated and used as inspiration for their exhibition pieces.

Photo: Lenore Tawney with "Vespers," South Street, New York, 1961. Photo: Ferdinand Boesch.

Lenore Tawney Bio
Born in Ohio, Tawney was an American artist whose pioneering work revolutionized fiber arts and who became well known for her collage and assemblage work. She attended the Institute of Design, Chicago, and later studied tapestry with Finnish weaver Martta Taipale at Penland School of Crafts, N.C. In 1957, she moved to New York and established her first studio at Coenties Slip.

Tawney's work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, all in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Montréal; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among other museums, universities and private collections.

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333 South Broad Street
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