Personally Speaking,      DVAA @ IHP
A juried art presentation of International House Philadelphia and Da Vinci Art Alliance

1/23/18 - 3/17/18
Opening Reception: Jan 23rd, 6pm

This exhibition will take place in the East Alcove Gallery, located in the public lobby of the International House building at 3701 Chestnut Street.

Katherine Kurtz is both a psychotherapist and a painter. She holds Master’s degrees in art and social service from Lehigh University and Bryn Mawr College respectively. She is a veteran member and former co-director of 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia as well as a consultant to the Director of Arts and Music at St Asaph's Church, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Her work can be found in collections through the US, Switzerland, and the UK. 
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      From January through March, Lightbox Film Center will screen a collection of classic Hollywood and independent features, documentaries, and television work from the mid 20th century as part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation. To coincide with this program, International House Philadelphia will also be hosting an exhibition in their gallery space, organized and presented by Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA).
      This year’s UCLA Festival of Preservation will feature a variety of films connected by the underrepresented experiences of marginalized communities and social injustices they endured. The collection includes: the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Donna Deitch’s tender portrayal of lesbian romance in the 1950’s, a small town murder mystery surrounding antisemitism in the post-war period, and Juleen Compton’s radical assertions of female independence and sexuality, to name a few.
      To parallel this artistic endeavor, DVAA presents Personally Speaking. This exhibition will encompass the experiences of our artists as they explore aspects of their lifetime and/or creative practice that reflect social turmoil or in some way respond to a life well lived. While submissions do not have to be overtly political we encourage artists to meditate on how a problematic cultural history (or present) has shaped their lives. What was the first artwork you made after 9/11?  Did the recent election season motivate a change in your life? Have you made art that inspires peace and unity? Or is the act of creating cathartic during dark times? Tell us and submit your work!
      Lightbox Film Center is Philadelphia’s premier exhibitor of film and moving image art. The signature public arts program of International House Philadelphia, an independent nonprofit organization.