Philadelphia Sketch Club Small OilsMaria Kurtzman, Winter Quadriptyck, oil on board 152nd Annual Small Oils Exhibitions First Award

The Philadelphia Sketch Club’s 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings

The Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings will run April 8 – 30, 2016 in the Sketch Club’s historic main gallery located on 235 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings affords an opportunity for today’s artists to connect with many of the great artists of the past. Artists can have their work exhibited in this prestigious exhibition, just as Eakins, Anshutz and N.C. Wyeth did.

The 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, presented by The Philadelphia Sketch Club, represents one of the longest running and most prestigious juried exhibitions in the country. This year’s show runs from April 8 through April 30 with a free public reception with awards presentation on April 17 from 2 to 4 PM. The exhibition will feature over 150 works by prominent and emerging artists.

The exhibition awards are not just certificates and cash, but also the R. Tait McKenzie Small Oils Medal. Dr. McKenzie was not only an artist who created Olympic medals, he was also a physician who developed many of the modern theories of physical therapy. He designed a medal specifically for this exhibition. In addition to the three Best in Show awards, there will also be special awards for the best landscape, still life, portrait and abstract. Traditionally, the exhibition also features a work by each of the three jurors.

Philadelphia Sketch Club Small OilsR. Tait McKenzie, Small Oils Medal, bronze, 3″ diameter

This year’s Jurors are Alex Kanevsky, Alice Oh and Bill Scott. Originally, in 1863, this show was established to enable artists to display a number of small examples of their works, with the hope that a patron would order a larger painting. The size limitation on the paintings is no larger than 20” x 20”. Prior medal winners in this exhibition have included Paulette Van Roekens, John Folinsbee, Alice Kent Stoddard, Arthur Meltzer, Antonio Martino, Dorothy Van Loan, John Redmond, Doris Silk and Al Gury.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club is a volunteer driven organization, with local artists contributing time and resources toward its mission since 1860. Gallery hours are 1pm to 5pm Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free for the general public.

Founded in 1860, The Philadelphia Sketch Club is America’s oldest artists’ club. The mission of the Club is to support and nurture working visual artists, the appreciation of the visual arts, visual arts education, and the historical value of the visual arts community.

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