What Is & What If: 14th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition

March 12 – April 15, 2018

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  • Sotoportego Pisani © James Abbott 2017

What Is & What If, the 14th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition features the 2018 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients. The exhibition is curated by Chelsea Markowitz, Curator of Exhibitions at Main Line Art Center, and features 2018 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients James B. Abbott (Photography | Ardmore, PA), Gregory Brellochs (Drawing | Philadelphia, PA), and Samantha Holmes (Mosaic, Sculpture & Installation | Bronx, New York). Through photography, drawing, and sculpture these artists investigate human perception, interpretation, and conceptual forces, challenging us to examine our environments and the world around us. By means of creative exploration, these artists analyze historical contexts to create new innovative landscapes, leaving us to question what is and what could be.  

Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Friday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | Reception: 6:30-8:00 pm. FREE & open to the public.

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About the Exhibition

As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia. The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.

Main Line Art Center Board of Artistic Advisors

Donald E. Camp Artist & Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Nic Coviello   Artist Tu Huynh Director of the Art in City Hall Program of the City of Philadelphia   Leslie Kaufman Executive Director of Philadelphia Sculptors   Stephen Perloff Artist and Publisher of The Photo Review   Christine Pfister Owner of Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia   Mary Salvante Director of Rowan University Art Gallery   Eileen Tognini Independent Curator, Collaborator, and Innovator   Evan Slepian