Artist Paul DuSold, August 24x36
Artist Carrie Blivice, Untitled 12x12
Piece by Carrie Blivice, Untitled 12x12

Visions of the Wissahickon

Art Inspired by the Wissahickon Valley

September 5 - December 3, 2024

The 2024 Fall Barbara Crawford Gallery Exhibition: Visions of the Wissahickon: Art Inspired by the Wissahickon Valley will include works by artists who call the Wissahickon Valley home. Curator, Judy McCabe Jarvis, and Assistant Curator, Aimee Rush King, will showcase the beauty of the Wissahickon Valley, highlighting the landscape, historic structures, and scenic views. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy will make curricular ties to the exhibition with a focus on the environmental and historical significance of the Wissahickon Valley and watershed. By fostering a deeper understanding of and reverence for local natural resources, this exhibition aspires to cultivate a community dedicated to their preservation.

Exhibition Dates: September 5, 2024 – December 3, 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 2024 | 5:00-6:30 PM

Artist Mary Jarvis, Touch Gras 65x65

Mary Jarvis, Touch Grass

Artist Joe Castle, Relationship Series 4

Joe Castle, Relationship Series 4

Curator Statement

The 2024 Fall Barbara Crawford Gallery Show: Visions of the Wissahickon: Art Inspired by the Wissahickon Valley is part of a celebration of the centennial of Friends of the Wissahickon, an organization founded in 1924 to conserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley.

The show is comprised of a collection of artwork from multiple artists, carefully chosen to reflect the beauty of the Wissahickon Valley Park. The park‘s jagged topography boasts of creeks, schist, walls, and bridges that transform throughout the year with the changing seasons. I was inspired to organize a show focused on the Wissahickon while reflecting on a speech by the Reverend Russell Conwell, the founder and first president of Temple University. In the speech, Conwell exhorted his listeners to find fame and fortune where they were, rather than look far afield, famously concluding his speech, “Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig.”  

As I reflected on his words in recent years, I saw them in a new light. I had searched the world for great scenes to paint, largely ignoring the beauty in my (and SCH’s!) own backyard—the Wissahickon Valley. I realized that Wissahickon Valley Park‘s 1800 acres and 50 miles of trails were her diamonds—the beauty of which will be on display in the works of these selected artists.

Judy McCabe Jarvis | Exhibition Curator

SCH Educational Planning with Visions of the Wissahickon

Educational planning includes connections into the visual arts, sciences, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and English curricula with connections to community partnerships and Friends of the Wissahickon. In addition, special events for each division and the SCH community are noted below.

Artists Include: 

SCH Alumnae 

Judy McCabe Jarvis ‘77
Kathryn Lynch ‘78
Maggie Hodges ‘79
Patricia Ingersoll '66
Trudi Green Smith '86
Joe Castle ‘79 

SCH Parents

Chris Ward P’10, P’12
Carrie Blivice P’26, P’29 

Artists from the Larger Community

Radhika Srinivas
Douglas Martenson
Paul DuSold
Lara Cantu-Hertzler
Mary Jarvis
Robert Porter

Artwork includes sculpture, paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces showcasing the landscape, historic structures, and scenic views of the Wissahickon Valley and watershed. We hope this show encourages a new generation of artists and conservationists by showing the Wissahickon through the eyes of accomplished artists.

Artist Kathryn Lynch, Woods 14x11

Artist: Kathryn Lynch
Woods, 2024

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS AND HAPPENINGS

at SCH's Barbara Crawford Gallery

PERSPECTIVE ON THE PAST (Winter 2024)

The Other Life: Faculty Art Show (fall 2023)

MARK MY WORDS: Dawn Kramlich (spring 2023)

Chronic Creativity: Jessie Jane Lewis (2022-2023)

Sam Feinstein (2020-2021)


ARTS & NEW MEDIA ProgramS

Music, performing arts, visual arts, and new media—SCH provides an extensive and ever-growing list of creative opportunities throughout all divisions. Beginning with Pre-K, students are taught skills woven around artistic principles, concepts, and habits that grow in complexity from year to year. 

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Questions? Email our Director of Arts, Megan Monaghan, at mmonaghan@sch.org