The Print Center, Philadelphia

Artists-in-Schools Program

Youth Art Gallery, Terminal A-East Baggage Claim

(open to the public)


The Print Center, Philadelphia, was founded in 1915 and was one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to support printmaking and photography as a vital form of artistic expression and to encourage the appreciation of the printed image.

 

To accomplish this mission, The Print Center presents exhibitions featuring work by young professional artists and those who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to printmaking and photography. The exhibits are also known to identify new trends as a means to introduce the public to a variety of interpretations and the evolving creativity of contemporary art. The Center’s Annual International Competition is renowned as the oldest of its kind in the United States with entrants from around the world. The award-winning artists are eligible for prizes that include a solo exhibition at The Print Center and inclusion in the permanent collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

The Print Center also offers a variety of educational programs such as artist lectures, critiques and conversations with arts professionals, and the Artists-in-Schools Program (AISP) – an educational community outreach that brings visual arts education to students in underserved, disadvantaged schools and community centers.

 

AISP offers a full year of art education focused on printmaking and photography to Philadelphia high school students. Since its beginning in 2002, the program has worked with thousands of students in neighborhoods throughout the city. In describing the program, The Print Center states: “Each semester teaching artists develop projects inspired by The Center’s exhibitions. The projects are designed to teach the fundamentals of printmaking and photography while also learning art theory, art history, and issues related to the contemporary use of the printed image.”

 

In 2013, projects ranged from collages, letterpress, and screen printing to stop-motion animations. This exhibition features prints and photographs from The Attic Youth Center, High School of the Future, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, and South Philadelphia High School.

 

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