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Welcome the Stranger Exhibit
March 9 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
Welcome the Stranger, a one-woman exhibit of cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media by artist Micaela Amateau Amato, will be on display in the Museum’s GlassAccess Gallery from Saturday, March 9, through Sunday, June 9, 2019. In this exhibit, Amato interprets the likeness of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty. This unique collection includes images of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai, and many others.
Through these works, Welcome the Stranger reinforces the Museum’s central themes regarding the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity.
Micaela explains her motivation for this series of work as follows:
“As a first-generation American, I was brought up with an acute appreciation of America’s unique heritage of liberty for all, learning Emma Lazarus’ Lady Liberty poem [“The New Colossus”] as a young child… Seeing myself in others, I learned to cherish social justice and my civic responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens through education and dialogue.”
Micaela Amateau Amato is professor emerita of art and women’s studies at Penn State University. She is inspired by her Mediterranean ancestry from Iberia, Morocco, Turkey, and Rhodes. Her work is a reflection of her multiple personal and political influences resulting from her family’s history.
Temporary glass exhibitions, such as this, are displayed in our GlassAccess Gallery on the Museum’s lower level. They are always accompanied by a special installation in what we call our “Project Space,” which is the stairway and vestibule leading to this gallery. These installations, created by local artists, are designed both to fit the architectural space in which they are located and reflect the exhibit themes. Our Project Space artists for this show are Jessica Curtaz and Eve Hoyt. Jessica is known for her crocheted street art of large-scale animals, insects, weeds, and flowers. She was recently featured in an exhibition at the Philadelphia Airport. Eve is a neon artist. After years of working in the neon sign industry, she set up her own neon studio to explore the possibilities of neon as an art form. Her artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the country since 2001, and has won several awards. Her neon studio, Evening Neon, is located in Philadelphia.