Community Leaders Arrive at Outsider Art Exhibition Opening

Sen. Constance Williams (left), Museum chair of the board, happily greeted Mary Hurtig (center) & Judge Phyllis Beck (right)

— article and all photos by Bonnie Squires, Society Editor

The Philadelphia Museum of Art held the opening reception for the Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection exhibit, but a lot of “insiders” were there. The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz fabulous collection of self-taught artists attracted lawyers, politicians, corporate leaders and art-lovers. The Bonovitzes have pledged the collection as a gift to the art museum, making this one of the pre-eminent outsider art collections in the country. More than two dozen artists, from painters to carvers to ceramicists, are represented in the exhibition, and 200 pieces are on display. The Bonovitzes have spent thirty years collecting pieces of outsider art and Black folk art.

More photos after the jump.


Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who recently announced her intention to run for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party nomination for governor,and her husband Dr. David Schwartz were among the first to arrive


Joe Boardman, Esq., was happy to see the Hon. Joan Specter


Dr. Beverly Emanuel (left) with friends Charlotte (center) and Carroll Weingarten (right) were impressed with the collection and the hundreds of art-lovers who attended the reception


Comcast is a major sponsor of the exhibit, and Brian Roberts (left) was on hand to greet collector Sheldon Bonovitz

Among the hundreds of friends of the Bonovitzes and the art museum were Carole Saline and her husband Paul Rothblatt