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As Part of its Ongoing Partnership with Fresh Artists, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Displays Artwork by Camden Students

The Philadelphia-based not-for-profit provides art supplies and programs to under-resourced public schools. Camden Students were inspired by the  Judith Joy Ross exhibition currently on view

July 7, 2023 – The Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition Judith Joy Ross (April 24 – August 6, 2023), a retrospective of the work of the preeminent portrait photographer, has inspired an installation of photography by elementary and middle school students from Camden, New Jersey public schools.

Selected work from Fresh Focus: Camden Through Young Eyes, a Fresh Artists designed program that enables children to capture their urban community through digital photography, is featured in large-scale format in the Museum Café and in the pop-up shop for Judith Joy Ross in the Dorrance Galleries.

A segment of the shop is devoted to prints, postcards, puzzles, and tote bags highlighting the children’s photography. While retaining their original work, the student-philanthropists have donated use of their work to Fresh Artists, who provide art materials and innovative art programs, such as Fresh Focus, to underfunded public schools.

“It is a priority for the museum to collaborate with local artists, whatever their age, said Christine Kostyrka, Director of Retail for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Each of the pieces selected reflect the depth, joy and innocence of the photographers, adding a special dimension to the museum’s restaurant and shop.”

Spanning a period from the 1970s through the 2010s, the Judith Joy Ross exhibition features quietly penetrating portraits of Americans with a special focus on eastern Pennsylvania where she was born and raised. Similarly, Fresh Artists’ student work reflects the spirit and warmth of Camden neighborhoods seen through their eyes.

The student work in the Café and the products in the shop will be accessible until the close of the Judith Joy Ross exhibition on August 6, 2023. 10% of net profits from the collection will be donated back to Fresh Artists. Merchandise will be available in the pop-up shop or online

Visitors can now enjoy an exclusive audio tour given by Judith Joy Ross, along with photography experts and exhibition curators, free of charge. The Judith Joy Ross exhibition is on view through August 6. 

Exhibition Support
Judith Joy Ross is organized by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Judith Joy Ross has been made possible through the museum’s endowment with the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, and the Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky Installation and Exhibition Fund, and by additional contributions from Andrea Baldeck, M.D., Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Robert and Julie Jensen Bryan, Julia and David Fleischner, Mr. and Mrs. S. Matthews V. Hamilton, Jr., Sarena Snider, Focus: Friends of Photography, and other generous donors.

Fresh Artists
Fresh Artists is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) that provides art supplies and programs to under-resourced public schools. In exchange for financial contributions, corporations and individuals receive gifts of high-quality reproductions of student-donated art. Since 2008, the talent and generosity of more than 3,300 young artist-philanthropists has delivered the value of more than $2.5M in supplies and programs to schools in nearly every state. Large-scale reproductions have been installed in more than 400 corporate facilities, universities, foundations and nonprofits. Visit www.freshartists.org.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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