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Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration

The Pyle exhibition will be closed Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.


©2017 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI
Photo courtesy American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY

April 3-June 17
Paul Peck Alumni Center
3142 Market Street
Open Monday-Friday, 9-4 p.m. & Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration is an exhibition featuring oil paintings, works on paper, and accompanying artifacts that highlight the work of Howard Pyle, the father of American illustration, and the generation of celebrated illustrators he taught. Pyle was an instructor at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University) from 1894 to 1900. During his time at Drexel, Pyle taught many notable illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish, Frank E. Schoonover, and Harvey Dunn. He was also a pioneer in educating female illustrators, most notably “the Red Rose Girls”:  Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley.

The Pennoni Honors College of Drexel University is proud to bring this exhibit to the Paul Peck Alumni Center, where students, alumni, and the community can explore the University’s history, of which Howard Pyle plays a significant role. Through Pyle’s work, and that of his fellow storytellers, we are privileged to exhibit an exceptional collection of American illustration.

This exhibition was organized and curated by Judy Goffman Cutler, Laurence S. Cutler and the National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, along with the American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY. For more information on the Museum and its exhibitions, please visit www.AmericanIllustration.org.

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  • Public Tour of Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    10:30 AM-11:30 AM

    Paul Peck Alumni Center 3142 Market Street

    • Everyone

    Take a guided tour of the exhibition Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration with Lynn Clouser, assistant director of The Drexel Collection. See oil paintings, works on paper, and accompanying artifacts that highlight the work of Howard Pyle, the father of American illustration, and the generation of celebrated illustrators he taught. Pyle was an instructor at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University) from 1894 to 1900. During his time at Drexel, Pyle taught many notable illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish and Frank E. Schoonover. He was also a pioneer in educating female illustrators, most notably “the Red Rose Girls”: Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley. 

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  • Final Day of Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    9:00 AM-1:00 PM

    3142 Market Street (Paul Peck Alumni Center Building) * Proceed south away from Market toward Chestnut. Entrance is on the left.

    • Everyone

    Lynn Clouser, assistant director of The Drexel Collection, will be on hand to answer any questions about the exhibition Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration. See oil paintings, works on paper, and accompanying artifacts that highlight the work of Howard Pyle, the father of American illustration, and the generation of celebrated illustrators he taught. Pyle was an instructor at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University) from 1894 to 1900. During his time at Drexel, Pyle taught many notable illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish and Frank E. Schoonover. He was also a pioneer in educating female illustrators, most notably “the Red Rose Girls”: Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley.

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