PHILADELPHIA -- PECO and the Exelon Foundation, the independent, non-profit philanthropic organization funded by PECO parent company Exelon, have sponsored an exhibition of works by the influential African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner. The exhibition will appear at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from Jan. 28 to Apr. 15, 2012.
Showcasing Tanner's paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, watercolors, and drawings, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit has been organized by PAFA, where the artist studied from 1879 to 1885. After the show closes in Philadelphia, the exhibit will travel to the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
In addition to the artwork, the exhibition delves into Tanner's life and career, from his upbringing in Philadelphia in the years after the Civil War, through the artist's training at PAFA, his success as an American artist at the highest levels of the international art world at the turn of the 20th century, and his modernist invigoration of religious painting deeply rooted in his faith.
"PECO and the Exelon Foundation are outstanding corporate citizens, committed to making educational and cultural opportunity accessible to the entire community. It is a great pleasure collaborating with them," said David R. Brigham, PAFA President & CEO.
The PECO and Exelon Foundation sponsorship allows PAFA to promote the Tanner exhibit through advertising, signage and targeted outreach to the community and to educators.
"We believe that this amazing collection of beautiful and spiritual paintings will not only revive interest in Tanner, but also inspire pride in our community that this is the masterwork of a Philadelphia native," said PECO President and CEO and Exelon Foundation Board Member Denis O'Brien. "Our support of this exhibition will broaden our efforts to increase access to the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds."
"Henry O. Tanner's contribution to American art since the late 20th century cannot be overstated," said Steven Solomon, president of the Exelon Foundation. "As part of our efforts to advance understanding of diversity and tolerance, the Exelon Foundation is pleased to help spotlight the work of this significant figure in African-American history."