Faculty & Staff Exhibition
The Pearlstein Gallery is pleased to announce its first ever open-call Faculty and Staff exhibition. The show will be guest judged and curated by Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery. Applications are open now through October 22, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. All Westphal employees including adjuncts, all administrative positions, facilities workers, full and part time faculty and staff are encouraged to apply with up to 10 slides on their application via https://westphalfacultyandstaff.artcall.org/. Artists will be notified of their selection status by the end of the Fall term.
This exhibition will focus on the personal studio work of Westphal faculty & staff. We kindly request that you do not submit contracted or commercial projects that lay outside of an independent fine art practice. We also request that artists refrain from applying with project proposals / unfinished work. We understand this may be prohibitive to many incredible bodies of work, and we hope to host a future exhibition that includes the more industry forward approach with the right project team. Apply through this link.
About the curator:
Alex Baker was appointed Director, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, in
June 2012, where he has organized over thirty exhibitions including Outsiderism;
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Time Produced Non Better; Department of
Neighborhood Services: Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Barry McGee, and Dan Murphy, and
Mending and Repair in Response: Jesse Harrod and Lisi Raskin. Before that, he
was Senior Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV),
Melbourne, Australia, 2008-2012. Formerly Curator of Contemporary Art at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and associate curator at the Institute of
Contemporary Art, he has organized exhibitions at those venues with artists
including Robert Ryman, Ellen Harvey, Eamon Ore-Giron, Barry McGee, Steve
Powers, Todd James, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, and Laylah Ali, among
others. At the NGV, he curated Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine (2011),
Harrell Fletcher: The Sound We Make Together (Melbourne) (2010), and Ricky
Swallow: The Bricoleur (2009). Baker has a Ph.D. in visual anthropology from
Temple University, Philadelphia.
About Fleicher Ollman:
In 1952 Janet Fleisher and her former classmate, Eunice Leopold, opened the Little Gallery on Manning Street in Philadelphia, where they showed work by both prominent and little-known artists. In 1958 they opened Galerie Philadelphie in Paris, fostering an interchange of European and American avant-garde art between the two cities. By the mid 1960s, Fleisher had assumed sole ownership of the gallery, which she directed until hiring John Ollman in 1970. The two shared an enthusiasm for art outside of the mainstream, and the gallery’s program expanded to include folk, African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and Native American art, in addition to the European and American avant-garde.
Over the next four decades, the gallery established a reputation as one of the world’s premiere sources for self-taught art, helping to define the field and to develop major public and private collections. Fleisher/Ollman was among the first to mount major exhibitions of work by Henry Darger, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Bill Traylor, and Martín Ramírez, and published early catalogues on James Castle, William Edmondson, and Joseph Yoakum. The gallery continues to represent significant American vernacular artists of the 20th century, including Felipe Jesus Consalvos and the Philadelphia Wireman, for whom the gallery acts as the primary representative.
Since 1997, when John Ollman became the gallery's sole owner, we have endeavored to re-contextualize the self-taught, showcasing this work alongside our contemporary program, which features both Philadelphia-based artists and those from further afield. We strive to keep boundaries permeable by not overly emphasizing categorical differences. In recent years we have made efforts to broaden the view of what self-taught art might mean in a contemporary context by exhibiting work by living artists from developmentally disabled studio programs. In this regard, the gallery is the exclusive representative of Julian Martin (from Arts Project Australia, a program in Melbourne) and has mounted group and solo exhibitions of Philadelphia-area disability studio artists.
Fleisher/Ollman has contributed toward building comprehensive self-taught collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; and the Milwaukee Museum of Art. We have also been involved in the acquisition of works by the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the American Folk Art Museum, NY; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. The gallery has participated in a variety of art fairs, including The Armory Show, Art Basel (Basel), Expo Chicago, Frieze New York, Frieze Masters London, Köln Art Fair, Independent New York, and The Outsider Fair (New York and Paris).