Leslie Pontz: Integration will be on view from November 3, 2018 through February 17, 2019
DOYLESTOWN, PA – Beginning November 3, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present Leslie Pontz: Integration, an exhibition that showcases the fiber sculptures of award-winning artist Leslie Pontz, whose work has been collected and exhibited by museums, galleries, and institutions across the country. A hands-on exhibition that encourages interaction from visitors, Integration considers topics such as community, conflict, and growth by applying the vocabulary of textiles to materials not commonly associated with the medium. The exhibition will be on view to the public through February 17, 2019.
“The word ‘integration’ has a lot of different meanings,” said Pontz. “It is ideas coming together, materials coming together, and the viewer being integrated into the understanding of the piece. What I bring to the piece and where it comes from within me is one thing, but the viewer has a whole different set of ideas, an entirely different background. They integrate their ideas and interpretations into what I have created.”
Integration offers museum visitors the unique experience of interacting directly with the exhibition. Pieces can be moved, rearranged, and handled, allowing visitors to literally shape Pontz’s work according to their own interpretations.
“Visitors will be able to move themselves in and around some of the pieces and, in a way, become a part of the exhibition,” said Pontz. “I’m hoping they get excited about touching the materials, about creating something out of their own sensibilities.”
The sculptures are created by crocheting monofilament and cotton. Small amounts of iron and other fiber elements are also included. The result is a non-traditional fiber sculpture that, said Pontz, is intended to challenge the senses and the mind.
The former owner of Leslie Pontz Design, Pontz has shown internationally in invitational and juried exhibitions in Paris, Brazil, and Venezuela as well as throughout the United States. She is the recipient of several awards, and her work is featured in many private and public collections, including the Kamm, Fuller Craft Museum, Best Western, Chestnut Hill Hotel, and Philadelphia Museum of Art collections. Leslie is a co-founder of Artquilt Elements, a nationally acclaimed east coast venue for the exhibition of art quilts. At present, she is represented by the Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Leslie Pontz: Integration is generously supported by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and Virginia W. Sigety, cabi Fashion Stylist.
For more information about this exhibition and related programming, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.
About the Michener Art Museum
The Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.