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FOREWORD As both an artist whose work is sought after by

This exhibition evolved out a desire to highlight a

collectors and an anchor among the teaching

part of Osborne’s practice that would both surprise

staff of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine

and delight the public—hence, our narrow focus

Arts, Elizabeth Osborne has been a central voice

on the subject of domestic animals. As revealed

in Philadelphia’s art community for many years.

in the conversation in these pages, animals are

Whether she chooses watercolor on paper or oil on

actors in her tableaus of everyday life—they are

canvas as her medium, Osborne seamlessly marries

living, breathing creatures with whom we share our

color, light, and form through gesture. It is surely not

homes. They are metaphors for unconditional love

the case, but I imagine a process of effortless flow,

within the intimate realms we build for ourselves.

as if she turns on a tap and the work pours out of

The exhibition is about the habitation of personal

her brush. When we show her work at Woodmere, it

spaces and the dogs and cats that help us on our

is always a visitor favorite.

journeys. Woodmere is especially grateful to the artist for her participation in this exhibition and in so many projects over the years. We extend our appreciation to Dr. Janice Gordon for lending Doggie Daycare, and we thank the Locks Gallery, especially Sueyun Locks and Doug Schaller, for generously facilitating the loan of works and for supporting the endeavor. And I am, as ever, grateful to Woodmere’s staff, particularly Assistant Curator Rachel McCay, who conceived of and organized the exhibition, and Deputy Director for Collections Rick Ortwein, who shaped the exhibition design. Thank you all. WILLIAM R. VALERIO, PHD

The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO

Cat, 2014, by Elizabeth Osborne (Courtesy of the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia)

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Elizabeth Osborne  

One of Philadelphia’s most respected artists, Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936) is often drawn to the beauty and special personalities of househ...

Elizabeth Osborne  

One of Philadelphia’s most respected artists, Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936) is often drawn to the beauty and special personalities of househ...