OAKS, PA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - The West Collection and SEI (
The contemporary artists chosen for the exhibition work with photography, painting, and drawing, but create their work in surprising and innovative ways: gaming software, duct tape, painting on crushed aluminum cans, and making trompe l'oeil trash, to name a few.
"Philadelphia has an exciting art culture and it's our hope that the West Collects Philadelphia exhibition will add to it -- becoming a discussion-starter and inspiration for visitors," said Paige West, Founder and Collection Curator of the West Collection. "We thank the Philadelphia Office of Arts and Culture for helping us bring this initiative to life."
West Collects Philadelphia is a subset of the West Collection's 2012 West Collects art acquisition initiative, which awarded $300,000 to 30 artists selected from a pool of 2,650 applicants from 80 countries. Of that, $100,000 was awarded to the 10 artists from the Philadelphia area, $100,000 was set aside for 10 artists from the United States, and the remaining $100,000 was presented to 10 international artists. Works of art from the 20 U.S. and international artists will be on display in the main gallery at SEI's headquarters in Oaks, PA for the next 12 months.
"We couldn't be happier to display artwork from the West Collection in Philadelphia," said Al West, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEI. "It's not only a great opportunity to expose Philadelphians to contemporary artwork, but it also gives these promising local artists the chance to have their art presented in a major metropolitan landmark."
The West Collection, founded in 1996 by Al West and his daughter Paige, currently has more than 3,000 pieces of contemporary art in its collection. Al is also the founder, chairman, and CEO of SEI, a leading global provider of outsourced investment processing, fund processing, and investment management solutions. The primary goal of the West Collection is to promote young artists who are creating challenging and inventive work and to present this avant-garde work to the public. In addition to being on display at SEI's offices globally, many works from the collection have been loaned to museums in the U.K., Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.
The 10 Philadelphia artists featured in this year's West Collects Philadelphia are: Astrid Bowlby, Joe Girandola, Colette Fu, Erin Murray, Kay Healy, Tim Eads, Kim Alsbrooks, Mark Stockton, Brian Richmond, and Tim Portlock. Each featured work of art is accompanied by a biography of the artist, an explanation of his or her work, and the artist's inspiration behind it. The 17 pieces will become part of the West Collection lending library at SEI after West Collects Philadelphia ends.
The West Collection
The art works from the West Collection are on long-term loan to SEI, the financial services company Al West founded 40 years ago. Al West and his daughter Paige have built the collection in a 15-year period with SEI's audience in mind, but also with the sole mission of finding the most compelling contemporary works available by leading international artists. The foremost goal of the West Collection is to meet young artists who are creating challenging and inventive work and to present an experience of this new art to the public. At any given time 1,200 works from the West Collection are installed at SEI corporate headquarters in Oaks, PA. Additional loans are made back to artists for exhibitions as well as to various museums and universities internationally. Loans have been made in recent years to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tate Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
The mission of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information, visit us at www.creativephl.org, www.facebook.com/creativephl, www.facebook.com/artincityhall.