|James Mundie, "J. R. Bass, The Ossified Man", ink drawing on paper, 14 x 3.75 inches|
Monday, August 13, 2012
James Mundie's drawing J. R. Bass, The Ossified Man has received the Mary Butler Trust Purchase Award as a result of its inclusion in the 113th Fellowship of PAFA Exhibition in the Alumni Gallery of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 29 July through 9 September 2012. The drawing is now part of the prestigious collection of The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition was juried by Martha Mayer Erlebacher and features works by thirty-one PAFA alumni.
The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in April 1897. Earlier that year, a notice was sent out to several thousand PAFA alums stating the intention to create an organization devoted to "the welfare of the Academy and the benefits to be derived from a common purpose and close union." Cecilia Beaux was one of the prominent artists elected to serve among the Fellowship's first officers.
Since that time, the Fellowship has been devoted to celebrating the accomplishments of its members by exhibiting and collecting their works and directly supporting young PAFA artists through cash awards. The Fellowship Trust has grown through donations and the occasional sale of works from the collection at auction. All proceeds from theses sales are returned to the trust to further augment the Fellowship' mission and continue the tradition of "artists helping artists."