Preserving the artist's heritage
Al Gury

Sponsored by PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Jane Mason, Advisor
Renee Saul, Docent
Richard Weisgrau, Videographer

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239 Chestnut Street, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA l9l06
Telephone: 215-913-1373 (cell)
Web site:
Contributing Editor,           

Master of Fine Arts, in Painting
University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1992

Four Year Certificate, in Painting
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, l976

Bachelor of Arts, in Fine Arts
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO, l973

1980-Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts
Rank- Full Professor
Chairman-Painting Department
    Undergraduate painting, drawing, Museum Education, also,     Director: After School Studio Program for Phila. High School     Students
2015-    Barnes Foundation, Lecturer, Philadelphia, PA
1981-    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Rank- Master Lecturer
    Painting, Drawing, Anatomy, Art Education
1983-    Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
     (Administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
    Painting, Drawing, Anatomy, Art History
1990-1998    Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
    Painting, Drawing
1981-1993    Cabrini College, Radnor, PA
    Art History, Painting, Drawing
1990-1992    The University of Delaware, Newark, DE
     Design and Drawing
1988-1990    The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Lecturer in Anatomy and Drawing, Special Programs in Art     History
1979-1981    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    Painting, Drawing   

2011-2016    Book Contract, Random House, Foundations of Drawing, to be published in 2017
Series, “Artists and illustrators Magazine, London, England    (6 articles).
        Columbia Pictures, film “How Do You Know”, with Jack Nicholson and Reese Witherspoon, paintings featured.
Catalogue, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
“Pennsylvania Impressionism”
        American Artist Magazine, several articles
        Exhibition Reviews: Philadelphia Inquirer, Broad Street Review
Philadelphia Theatre Company, “The Body in Art”, panel discussion.
2009-2011    “Alla Prima”, book, 2009, published by Watson Guptill,
        “Color,’’It’s History and Practice in Painting, 2011, book,                 published by Random House,                                
Numerous book signing events,
        Curated three museum exhibitions,
        Juror a national painting exhibition.
2006-2009    Numerous reviews, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily             News, American Artist Magazine, Arts and Antiques                 Magazine, Episcopal Life
Contributing Editor “”
Article, “Women Painters in the 20th Century”
Interview, Buck County Magazine, “Portrait Painting.
Television, PBS, “The Pennsylvania Academy”
                 Interviews: TV Channels  6 and 12, Philadelphia
 Philadelphia Inquirer-Feature article-Cooperative Studio Program
Percontra Interview-Online Arts and Culture Mag.
2004    American Artist Magazine, “The Pedagogical Works of Arthur DeCosta”, January issue, 2005.   
Television Interview, CN8, Philadelphia, “Newsmakers”
American Artist Magazine, Exhibition Review-“Students of Arthur DeCosta”
Catalogue Essay-“Arthur DeCosta and Pedagogy at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts”.
WHYY-Public Radio, Philadelphia; Interview
ABC TV, Philadelphia, Interview
2003        Exhibition reviews, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News
2002        Philadelphia Inquirer, exhibition reviews
National Portrait Society, article
City Paper, interview
Art News, exhibition listing
2001        Philadelphia Inquirer, review, Edward Sozanski, Exhibition
        Interview-WHYY Public Radio Philadelphia
        Review, Philadelphia Daily News
        Review, Art Matters, Phila., PA
        Publication, Antiques and Art Magazine.
2000        Philadelphia Daily News, exhibition review.       
        Philadelphia Mural Commission, Commission Juror.
        Curated Museum Displays and Essays, Pennsylvania Academy of             the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
        Grant, Venture Fund, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
        Research gr7ant.
        Publication “Antiques and Art Magazine”
1999        Grant: Hazel Award for Painting, Philadelphia Foundation,                 Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial
        Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA, “Oil Studies from             the Collection”, essay and curated museum display.
        Philadelphia Daily News, gallery review.
        Wharton International, Wharton School, University of                 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa; Lectures
        Intra-Med Educational Group, “Art and Medicine-A                     History”.
1998        Philadelphia Inquirer, article and interview.
        Art in America 1998/99 Gallery Guide.
1997        Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phila., PA, guest lecturer       
        Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Exhibition,
        “Small Studies for Large Paintings”
        Philadelphia Weekly, interview
        City Paper, interview
1996        Art in America,  1996 gallery guide       
        Philadelphia Inquirer, article       
Philadelphia Inquirer, interview
        Pennsylvania Arts Council, Arts in Education Grant
Citation For Service, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
        Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Newsletter, interview
1995        Art in America, August , l995 Gallery Guide       
        Philadelphia Inquirer, "Memorials of the Little Ones"
    Profile, PAFA Alumni Publication       
         Guest lecture, PAFA: "Traditions of Art Education "
        Channel 17 News, Phila.-"Lost Dreams on Canvas, interview
    Article, "Eleanor", PAFA Alumni Publication
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts In Education Grant,    Grant Recipient, for personal creative work and special figure drawing lectures for  the Philadelphia Anti-Grafitti Network.    
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Guest Lecturer: Art History; Historic Painting Methods; The Role     of the Artist in Society.
     PennsylvaniaAcademy of the Fine Arts, special lectures on the     history and     philosophy of art education; MFA students.
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA     
    Department of Graduate Studies in Art History
    "Creativity and the Education of Artists", Lecture.
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA,
    "Figure Painting and the Education of Artists in Nineteenth     Century Philadelphia", Lecture.
    Art In America, Annual Gallery and Museum Guide.
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA,
    "Academic Figure Drawings in the Collection of the     Pennsylvania Academy", Curated exhibition and Lecture.
1992    Art In America, Annual Gallery and Museum Guide.
    Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, Review
    The Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia, PA, Review.
    Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA, Review.
1991    The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, Review.
    "Saint Anthony Messenger", Milwaukee, WI, Publication.
1990    University of the Arts Press,
    "Philadelphia Images-People, Places and Pastimes",     Philadelphia, PA, Publication.
    Dene M. Louchheim Fellowship, Samuel Fleisher Art     Memorial, Philadelphia, PA., Grant.
1989    The Venture Fund Grant (a Mellon Foundation Grant),
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA., Grant.
198 7    The Chapel of the Four Chaplins
    Community service award for work with the homeless
    Philadelphia, PA.

1982    Alumni Painting Award, The Pennsylvania Academy of the     Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
1980    Best of Show Award and Medal, The Philadelphia Sketch Club,     Philadelphia, PA.
1976    Bicentennial Commission, The Franklin Institute of Science,     Philadelphia, PA.
1975    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Student Awards and     Scholarships:
    The Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship

Community Service
2006-2012, PAWS, The Philadelphia animal Welfare Society
Outreach programs for homeless people, Old Saint Joseph’s Church, Phila., Program coordinator, street outreach, program educator, program counselor, coordinator between community and city homeless programs.
Anti-Grafitti Network, Phila., PA; recipient-PA Arts Council Arts in Education Grant for Anti Grafitti Network education project
Chapel of the Four Chaplins, Phila., PA, Award for Community Service
“Lost Dreams on Canvas”, Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society , Phila., PA
2005-2011, PAWS the Philadelphia Animal Rescue Society, volunteer, foster parent

Selected Exhibitions 2000-2012
Woodmere Art Museum
Gallery C, Raleigh, North Carolina
F.A.N. Gallery, Twelve One Person Exhibitions, Philadelphia, PA
David Klein Gallery, four person show, Detroit, MI
Washington and Lee University, One Person Exhibition
The Philadelphia Fund, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Fitzsimmons Gallery, Chicago, IL
F.A.N. Gallery, Summer and Winter Group Exhibitions
Boston International Art Exposition, Group Exhibition, Boston, MA
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, One person exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Faculty show, Philadelphia, PA
U.S. Artists Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Studio 11, Lexington, VA, one person exhibition

Selected Exhibitions Prior to 2000
F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The United States Capitol, Washington D.C.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
The National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
The Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA
City Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA.
The Philadelphia Convention Center
Pearl Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Museum of the University of Delaware, Newark, DE
US Artists-Exposition of American Art, Philadelphia, PA.
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Midlantic Bank, Philadelphia, PA
Core States Bank, Philadelphia, PA
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
Villanova University, Villanova, PA.
The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA.
Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.
The Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
DeLigny-Regul Gallery, Chicago, IL
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
The Chilton Publishing Company, Radnor, PA.
Mellon Bank, Philadelphia, PA.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.
The Philadelphia Sketch Club
The Free Library of Philadelphia; Main Branch; Philadelphia, PA

Currently represented by:

F.A.N. Gallery
Philadelphia, PA

Gallery C
Raleigh, North Carolina

Random House, New York

Courses Taught (PAFA and elsewhere)
Painting-Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced
Drawing-Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced
Historic Painting Methods and Techniques
2 and 3  Dimensional Design
Color Theory
Studio Anatomy
Gross Anatomy lectures
Figure Drawing
Still-life Painting
Portrait Painting
Introduction to Studio Methods
Figure Painting
Cast Drawing
Interiors Drawing

Art History, Seminars, etc.
Artist as Educator
Senior Thesis seminars
Graduate Teaching seminars
American Art and Multiculturalism
Western Art History Surveys, I and II
Renaissance Art History
Twentieth Century Art History
American Art History
Visual Communication
The History of Color
Religious Imagery in Art
The Figure in Art
The History of Classic Painting Methods
Related Service
Numerous Academic Committees
Supervision of Graduate Art Education Majors
Supervision of Graduate Teaching Assistants
Supervision of Undergraduate Art Majors Thesis Exhibitions
Curriculum Committees
Program Design and Coordination
Faculty Representative to Board of Directors
Faculty representative to the School Committee
Chair, Assessment committee
Department Chair, Painting
Applied Arts Program
Admissions Committee
Chair’s Committee
Faculty Committee
Director, After School Studio Program for Philadelphia High School Students

PAFA Service
Chair, Painting Department
Co Chair, Middle States Accreditation
Cast Committee
Faculty Representative to PAFA Board of Directors
Drawing Committee
Exhibitions Committee
Faculty Committee
Health and Safety Committee
Curriculum Committee
School Committee Representative
Student Exhibition juror
Student Fellowship juror
Internship mentor
Student Advisor
WOBO Gallery Exhibition Committee