Upcoming Exhibitions at the Berman Museum of Art


April 1 to June 3
Lenfest Gallery

Untitled Work by Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978); Untitled, 49 c. 1940’s; Ink on rice paper 10 x 21”; Image courtesy of Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) was a resident of the Barto, Pennsylvania area where he created his well-known Tonal sounding sculptures and designed furniture for Knoll, International.  His early studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art was in printmaking and metalworking which informed his work throughout his career.  This exhibition, curated and traveled by Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, consists of 30 framed drawings from 1940-1978 and several Bertoia sculptures from the permanent collection of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College.




April 18 – May 11
Main Gallery
Upper Gallery
Opening Reception:  Wednesday April 18, 3 to 5 p.m.

Student Artist Kelly Connors 2012

Student Artist Kelly Connors 2012

Annual showcase for works by studio art majors in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.  Students are recognized for excellence in a medium and awarded book prizes, cash purchase awards funded by Winnifred Cutler ‘73, juried cash prizes, Director’s and Popular Choice recognition.  Special funded awards include the Rinde Award for Environmental Awareness, The Beadle Marple Award for Creativity, and the Richard Goldberg’58 Award for the sensitive interpretation of an artistic vision.

Additional purchase prizes are offered by the Myrin Library.   Studio Art Majors will be featured in the Main and Upper Galleries of the Berman Museum of Art; work by students participating in a studio art course will be on display in Ritter Art Studio.



June 1 to August 12
Upper Gallery
Reception:  Thursday July 12 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Collage Workshop led by Gretchen Bierbaum, President, National Collage Society: Saturday July 14; pre-registration required

The National Collage Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of collage in 2012 and we are delighted to collaborate once again with the NCS on their annual juried exhibition.  The installation was rigorously reviewed by the Jury of Selection: Christine Poggi, Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Miller, artist and Chair of the Graduate Programs, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Carol Wisker, collage artist and administrator.

Collage existed in many craft forms before Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso incorporated it into their art in 1912, elevating it to a fine art.  The genre evolved through the 20th century using contemporary media and new dimensions.  The National Collage Society was founded to educate the public about this art medium through exhibitions, lectures, publications and workshops.


Main Gallery
June 1 to Sept. 23
Curated by Mel Yoakum, Ph.D.
Preview Reception:  Thursday May 31,4 to 6 p.m.
Opening Reception: Sunday June 3, 1 to 3 p.m.

Screening:  The Shot Felt ‘Round the World , with special guest Peter Salk M.D., President, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, Friday Sept. 21

Gilot Self Portrait

Self Portrait by Francoise Gilot

Transitions: Works by Francoise Gilot focuses on the evolution of Gilot’s approach to composition and color beginning with her seminal Labyrinth Series and including key works into the 21st century.  Rich abstraction in a bold, powerful palette, a mainstay of her work, transitions to references to the figure, botanicals, and still life.  Iconic images such as orbs, birds, water and earth elements are investigated in tandem with color juxtapositions that are built up from layers and layers of pigment. 

The exhibition is curated by Mel Yoakum, Ph.D., author of Stone Echoes: Original Prints by Francoise Gilot and a scholar of her work.

He began his association with Gilot in 1987, organizing exhibitions and cataloguing her extensive oeuvre of oil paintings and works on paper.  He has authored numerous essays and catalogues for the artist and he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Berman Museum of Art.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and  noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays.  The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled and admission is free. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and annual support from Epps Advertising.

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  1. I would like to attend the receiption for the Francoise Gilot exhibit. How does one purchase tickets for this event. I look forward to your reply.

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