Violet Oakley, A Drexel Original: Drawings and Paintings by One of Drexel’s Earliest Art Students
March 21 – May 30, 2014
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
Violet Oakley was one of Drexel’s first students in the field of illustration and one of its most successful. With her training and drive Oakley broke into the predominantly male world of illustration and mural painting, with commissions that were many and varied.
Oakley was the first female artist to be awarded a mural commission for a public building and she was the second female professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She was a believer in world peace, participating in many international peace committees at her own expense. Throughout her life, Oakley would maintain her moral and spiritual beliefs, translating them into her art to inspire and educate future generations.
This exhibition features 24 pieces by Oakley exploring the different areas she worked in including studies of stained glass, murals, altarpieces, portraits and magazine covers. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from March 21 through May 30.
Shades of Gray: Captured Images by Great Photographers
June 9 – August 4, 2014
The Drexel Collection’s exhibition on 19th and 20th century photography boasts influential and pioneering photographers — such as Eugène Atget, Edward Weston and Eadweard Muybridge — thanks to a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ingersoll. Come learn about this fascinating art form as it developed through the 20th century.
COINED: Ancient Coins & Civilizations
August 11 – October 6, 2014
These ancient coins tell the tale of cities and civilizations, not only chronicling the rise and fall of rulers but revealing the lives of everyday people. This exhibition of ancient coins delves into the histories of Greece, Egypt and Rome through the manufacture, symbolism and uses of these coins.
Fired Works: Ceramics from Around the World
October 20 – December 18, 2014
The Drexel Collection contains objects originating from as many as 71 countries around the world. This exhibition of the fascinating ceramics in The Drexel Collection is your passport to the countries and cultures that produced these works.