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


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

April 3-June 18
Paul Peck Alumni Center
3142 Market Street
Open Monday-Friday, 9-4 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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  • Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration

    Beginning April 3, 2017

    9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Paul Peck Alumni Center 3142 Market Street

    • Everyone

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

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    1:30 PM-2:30 PM

    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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  • Lecture on the Red Rose Girls (Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration)

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Paul Peck Alumni Center 3142 Market Street

    • Everyone

    Dr. Danielle Rice, program director of the Museum Leadership Program at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will lecture on the Red Rose Girls in conjunction with Pennoni Honors College's exhibition, Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration.

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

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    2:00 PM-2:45 PM

    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 Dr. Danielle Rice, program director of the Museum Leadership Program in Westphal School of Media Arts & Design. 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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  • "Why is Modern Art So Weird?": A Talk with Richard Vine, managing editor of Art in America

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    4:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Paul Peck Alumni Center 3142 Market Street

    • Everyone

    In conjunction with the exhibition Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration, Richard Vine, the managing editor of Art in America, will speak about "Why is Modern Art So Weird."

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  • Violet Oakley Unveiled

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    2:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Paul Peck Alumni Center 3142 Market Street

    • Everyone

    In conjunction with the exhibition, Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration, Pennoni Honors College presents Violet Oakley Unveiled, a one-woman show based on Pyle's student and artist Violet Oakley, the first American female to receive a public mural commission.

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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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