Abington Art Center to Host Opening Reception for Artist in Residence, Winifred Lutz

Top Quote Between Perception and Definition: The Work of Winifred Lutz is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is the first time Abington Art Center has dedicated a project of this magnitude to a single artist. End Quote
  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) June 07, 2012 - Abington Art Center invites the public to an opening reception that will celebrate Between Perception and Definition, the completed outdoor installation and companion indoor exhibition by Philadelphia sculptor and papermaker, Winifred Lutz. The reception will be held this fall on Thursday, September 27, 2012 beginning at 6:30pm in Abington Art Center's Sculpture Park. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a presentation by Winifred Lutz and curator, Janet Koplos. Invited guests will also include Susan Corbett, Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Senator Casey, and Congresswoman Schwartz. For tickets to the opening reception, visit

    Lutz's ambitious project, which began in April, involves unearthing a 2,000 sq ft pool and cabana site once belonging to Lessing J. Rosenwald, former Chairman of Sears Roebuck and Co. The site, abandoned 40 years ago, is located within the Art Center's Sculpture Park. The companion exhibition will highlight Lutz's complete range of work and will be open to the public from September 8 through November 25, 2012.

    Lutz is internationally known for her expertise in papermaking and site-specific environmental installations, occupying a unique position among artists working with nature. Examining themes of discovery, perception, framing, and change, Lutz's sculptural work captures the melting point between found organic objects and artifacts of her own construction. This will be the first time Abington Art Center dedicates a project of this magnitude to a single artist, made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    The guest curator for the exhibition is Janet Koplos, a New York City-based critic and author. Koplos is the author of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture and co-author of The Unexpected: Artists' Ceramics of the 20th Century. For 18 years she was a staff editor at Art in America magazine and her broad expertise encompasses architecture, design, American craft and folk art, contemporary Japanese art, Japanese folk art, and contemporary Dutch art. In addition to assisting with the organization of the exhibition, Koplos will write and edit the first catalogue to document the major artistic contributions of Winifred Lutz. The catalogue is made possible by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. For more information on Winifred Lutz visit

    About Abington Art Center:
    Abington Art Center (515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown PA 19046) is a nonprofit cultural center in suburban Philadelphia. AAC is dedicated to providing opportunities for its many audiences to experience, appreciate and participate in the arts at whatever level they choose. AAC engages visitors, artists and students with its sculpture park and gallery exhibitions of today's artists, studio art classes, and public programs. The Center, located in Jenkintown at the intersection of Meetinghouse and Jenkintown Roads, receives exhibition support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For more information visit

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