Alumni, Faculty Selected for West Collection

Kay Healy '08, Tyler Held '11 and faculty members Joe Girandola and Astrid Bowlby will be included in the West Collects exhibit this fall

"Stuffed" by Kay Healy; screenprinted, stuffed and sewn fabric, 2010.

June 7, 2012

Two UArts alumni and two UArts faculty members were among 30 artists selected from an international field to be acquired for the West Collection of Contemporary Art through the 2012 West Collects initiative.

Work from Kay Healy MFA '08 (Book Arts/Printmaking); Tyler Held BFA '11 (Sculpture); Assistant Professor, MFA in Studio Art Program Director and Painting Coordinator Joe Girandola; and Book Arts/Printmaking Senior Lecturer Astrid Bowlby will be included in the West Collects exhibition this fall.

"Limo" by Tyler Held; telescoping metal tube, primer, gold, shopping cart, 2011.

Healy, Girandola and Bowlby will exhibit at Philadelphia's City Hall in a show celebrating Philly-based artists, while Held's work will be included with the national and international finalists at the Collection's corporate headquarters and new warehouse space in Oaks, Pa.

"I Drop Bombs...help is on the way" by Joe Girandola; duct tape drawing, 2012.

The West Collection was established by Alfred P. West, founder and CEO of SEI Investments, and his daughter, Paige, with the goal of meeting young artists who are creating challenging and inventive work and presenting an experience of this new art to the public.

"Dark Garden" (detail) by Astrid Bowlby; ink on paper, 2007.

More than 2,600 artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation submitted work to the 2012 West Collects competition.

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