Public Art Tour: Hélène Sardeau's Sculpture and the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial

11:00 am
12:00 pm
The Samuel Memorial, located on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River, south of the Girard Avenue Bridge
With Bill Valerio, Director of Woodmere Art Museum and Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Association for Public Art 
Parking is limited. We suggest carpooling if possible. Woodmere will provide limited transportation via Uber to and from the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial for the tour. Registration is required for transportation. See email below.
11 am tour, meet at Woodmere by 10:00 am 
To register, please contact Amanda Monroe at
Bill Valerio and Penny Bach will guide you on a special tour of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial on Kelly Drive and the sculpture of Hélène Sardeau, the accomplished artist and wife of George Biddle.
Hélène Sardeau's powerful sculpture, The Slave (1940) is a limestone rending of an enslaved African American and one of seventeen figures that compose the prominent sculptural ensemble that are part of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. The sculptures were commissioned over a thirty year period to express major ideas and spiritual forces "emblematic of the history of America."
The Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial is located on Kelly Drive between Boathouse Row and the Girard Avenue bridge.
For more information about the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, please click here
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