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Salke Contemporary Art Study Group

The 2020 Salke Contemporary Art Study Group curriculum includes a series of four lectures to be followed by private lunches and discussion sessions with each speaker. This year we are pleased to be able to bring to you the following outstanding presenters and experts in their fields (see below).


  • Art Ignites Change

    Jane Golden, Adjunct Professor
    University of Pennsylvania

    Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 60–100 public art projects each year and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Our core program areas—Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light—yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults. Each year, 15,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”

  • How to Build a Monument

    Paul M. Farber, Ph.D., Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab and lectures in Fine Arts and Urban Studies
    University of Pennsylvania

    Monuments operate as statements of power and presence in public space. No longer bound by static representations, we have lived through a sea change around monuments, in which creative communities respond to both triumph and loss, while challenging the legacy of confederate and other problematic representations of memory. No matter how grand the scale, we understand that full accounts of the past cannot fit into a statue, a plaque, or a marker, especially around matters of stories of struggle, equity, and collective action. For several generations and counting, artists, activists, and students have often led new directions in the field, adding platforms for exchange, accountability, interaction, and catharsis within the monumental form.

  • Designing Museums for Ancient Art

    Thomas Morton, National award-winning architectural educator
    University of Pittsburgh, Department of History of Art and Architecture

    Who owns Antiquity? Who gets to determine how ancient objects are displayed in museums? What is the role of architecture, or more specifically, what is the role of contemporary museum design in how one displays and interprets ancient art? In this illustrated lecture, Thomas Morton will use three case studies (the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, the Neues Museum in Berlin, and the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome) to examine how architects are designing museums and, in the process, are wading into stormy seas concerning ancient art and how it is displayed. In addition, Morton will situate the design of museums for ancient art within the context of new museum construction in the last twenty-five years.

  • Weaving Memory: The Art of Sheila Hicks

    Karin Campbell, Phil Wilson Curator of Contemporary Art
    Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska

    Drawing on global weaving traditions, art history, architecture, and memories of lived experiences, Sheila Hicks (b. 1934, Hastings, Nebraska) has redefined the role of fiber in art. From monumental architectural interventions to her more intimate minimes, Hicks’ singular approach to her medium unites a finely-tuned sensitivity to color, line, and texture with a distinct consciousness of how her work responds to and transforms physical space. Hicks has called Paris home since 1964, but her work has taken her across the world, from South America, to Scandinavia, to Northern Africa, to the Indian subcontinent, and beyond. Through her travels, Hicks has become an acute observer, and weaving is the conduit through which she records and interprets the immense volume of imagery she has encountered over time. Spanning more than sixty years of Hicks’ prolific career, this talk will examine how the artist articulates her views through a lens that is at once global and deeply personal.

Dynamics of Supervision 

The goal is to build, expand, and enrich current skills resulting in a significant increase in effectiveness, growth in interpersonal skills, reduction of stress, and a measurable increase in productivity. This series is designed to help current middle managers, first-line supervisors and potential supervisors expand their supervisory skill set. 

Employees are an organization's most important investment. As your partner in learning, we'll help you protect your investment by developing your human force into a productive TEAM.

Each year our program is modified to meet supervisory demands and work force changes. Participants will increase their self awareness, self esteem, confidence and assertiveness.


Travel & Cruise Programs

Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 40 high-end, intimately sized, concierge-style excursions domestically and abroad.