Crafts Faculty Member To Be Featured in Debut of WHYY-TV's Magazine Show 'Friday Arts'

Inaugural episode to highlight award-winning Philadelphia-based stained glass artist Judith Schaechter

March 9, 2010

Philadelphia-based stained glass artist Judith Schaechter (below), an adjunct faculty member in the Crafts department at the University of the Arts since 1994, will be featured in the premiere episode of WHYY-TV's "Friday Arts" arts-oriented magazine show on April 2 at 8:30 p.m.

The award-winning Schaechter has received acclaim for her stained glass works that have been called "a paradoxical assemblage of medieval depictions, mediated by contemporary tales of human feeling." The 1983 Rhode Island School of Design graduate is a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship honoree and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. She has exhibited her work worldwide, including in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, the Netherlands, Germany and Korea.

In a field often better known today for abstract design, her imagery relies on painstaking draftsmanship and the human figure. Schaechter balances the techniques of painting on glass that stretch back to the Middle Ages with an unmistakably contemporary style aligned with those of underground comics and political artists.

Her stained glass windows are composed of flash glass: a thin veneer of brilliant color bonded to paler layers of color underneath. Most of the color is contained within the glass itself; Schaechter reveals it by sandblasting and engraving the flash and then often layering several pieces together. She models her images in black enamel, fired on a kiln, and sometimes adds silver stain or cold paint. The windows are then assembled using the copper foil technique and installed in a light box.

A 30-minute monthly arts, culture and entertainment magazine with a strong online component, "Friday Arts" will be broadcast on WHYY-TV (12.1 over air, Comcast 240 and FiOS 512) at 8:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Each episode will be rebroadcast the following Saturday at 11:30 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on WHYY-TV. Each epiosde will also be rebroadcast on WHYY's Y Arts channel (over the air on 12.2, Comcast 257 and FiOS 474) the following Monday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10:30 p.m.

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