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'The Prints of Jules Heller' on View at the Palmer Museum of Art through August 14

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Print by Jules Heller

The Prints of Jules Heller, a retrospective exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art through August 14, 2016, was organized to mark the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ fiftieth year and celebrates six decades of Dr. Heller’s printmaking efforts.

In 1963, Penn State President Eric Walker enlisted Jules Heller, then the director of the University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts, to serve as the founding dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. One of Dr. Heller’s crowning achievements during his tenure as head of the college was the role he played in 1967 as general chairman of the planning committee for the first Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. “This year we only scratched the surface,” he announced at the close of the festivities, “in years to come, when people want to know what is going on in all the arts, they will come to Central Pennsylvania to find out.” Prescient words for an event that now attracts well over 125,000 visitors per year.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Dr. Heller taught for fifteen years at the University of Southern California, where he developed an international reputation for printmaking. His text, Printmaking Today, issued in 1958, was the first studio-oriented book on the graphic arts ever published, and the Jules Heller Print Study Room in the Art Museum at Arizona State University, where he served as dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1976 through 1985, is named in his honor.

Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Curator, and Nancy Heller, professor of art history, University of the Arts, will lead a Gallery Talk titled The Prints of Jules Heller, on Friday, June 24, at 12:10 p.m. in the exhibition gallery located on the museum’s first floor.

Michele Randall, artist and printmaking instructor, will instruct a Workshop for Adults titled Gelli Plate Monotypes, on Saturday, June 25, noon to 3:00 p.m. Be inspired by more than six decades of printmaking in The Prints of Jules Heller and create your own painterly monotype using a Gelli printing plate, a reference photo, and ink or paint. Participants should meet in the lobby and wear appropriate clothing for working with materials. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu. Space is limited, so register early!

Sue Uhlig, art educator and graduate student, art education, will instruct a Workshop for Children and Youth titled Celebrate the Arts through Printmaking, on Saturday, July 9, 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants will view The Prints of Jules Heller exhibition and discuss Heller's prints in addition to his role as one of the founding members of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Then they will design their own series of prints to commemorate the fiftieth Festival of the Arts using a variety of printmaking techniques, such as screenprinting and gel printing. Ages 8–12. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should meet in the lobby and wear appropriate clothing for working with materials. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu. Space is limited, so register early!

Natalia Pilato, artist and graduate student, art education, will instruct a Workshop for Children and Youth titled Arts Festival Mini-Banners, on Saturday, July 16, 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Celebrate the fiftieth Festival of the Arts by making a family banner using printmaking and fabric transfer techniques. All ages are encouraged to participate and each family will take home a banner like the ones you see displayed over the festival route each year. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should meet in the lobby and wear appropriate clothing for working with materials. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu. Space is limited, so register early!  

Children’s and family programs are partially funded by the James E. Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for Art Education in the Palmer Museum of Art and the Ruth Anne and Ralph Papa Endowment. All other programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.

Also on view at the Palmer Museum of Art this summer are American Art in the Shadow of World War I, May 17 through August 7, and Still Moving: Photographs by Steve McCurry, June 14 through September 18.

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

The Palmer Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.