Philadelphia has welcomed and nurtured the arts since its earliest
years. The names Eakins, Calder and Cassat are tightly woven into
the cultural history of this city, and it continues this tradition
through its great museums and public art, including lively mural
projects which inspire Philadelphians daily. Thomas Jefferson University
also has a long and proud tradition of supporting the arts and artists.
The most visible tradition is seen in the hundreds of faculty portraits displayed around campus, many of which are chosen and sponsored by Jefferson medical students. The Eakins Gallery, housed in Alumni Hall, displays original art as well as replicas of works by Thomas Eakins once owned by the University.
Scott Memorial Library has followed in the tradition of both Philadelphia
and the University. In its collections may be found rare books of
great beauty dating to the 15th century as well as other 'art on
paper,' such as the playing cards of Salvador Dali. In recent years
the Library has more actively promoted art by assembling exhibitions
of local artists on its premises. The first of these was an exhibit of the work of Mary Anne Bartley, "Aerobics
of the Spirit," which included the poetry of Dr. Emanuel Garcia
and a complementary exhibit of "healing kites" hanging
from the atrium of Jefferson Alumni Hall. Subsequent exhibits have featured paintings, photographs, jewelry, and other art forms.
Our goal is simple: to allow our students, faculty and staff to
experience the artistic expressions of local artists; whether that
provides for relaxation, inspiration, solace, joy, or any of the
other responses great art can elicit. For the benefit of those who
might visit our campus virtually we have assembled complementary
online exhibits that we hope will provide a similar or even different
experience of these works. And, we will preserve these in our JEFFLINE website, so that they become a part of the permanent archive
of this University.
We invite you to enjoy this growing online exhibition.
Edward W. Tawyea
Director: Academic and Instructional Support and Resources