Jane Ingram Allen

Sculptor/Installation Artist

Artist-in-Residency, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA

April 2-22, May 15-June 30 and October 1-31, 2001

Jane has been awarded a grant for a three month artist in residency project at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA. This grant is from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist as Catalyst 2001 program. Artist as Catalyst, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is made possible by major funding from The Vira I. Heinz Endowment, The William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The Schuylkill Center is a non-profit nature preserve and education center along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

This photo shows the installation Jane created with some Philadelphia area school students for Earth Day. Jane and the students worked on the "Earth Quilt" project at the Schuylkill Center during the two weeks in April that Jane was in residence at the Center. .Students in Ms. Forston's 4th grade class at Heston School as well as students from Lankenau Motivation and Presbyterian Children's Village worked with Jane to make the handmade recycled paper for the quilt and paint an image of the earth with foold coloring on the assembled paper quilt. On Earth Day the students planted seeds in the appropriate colors so that by mid-summer, there will be a blooming image of the earth. The Earth Quilt is made with all bio-degradable materials and will shelter and nourish the growing seeds as it decomposes as mulch. This picture shows the growth of the "Earth Quilt"

Jane returned to the Schuylkill Center to continue the residency from May 15 - June 30. During this time she will be creating outdoor installations in harmony with the environment using handmade paper and other materials. A workshop with papermaking artists is planned for the first week in June to create a collaborative installation work, Habitats. For more information about this workshop and the residency contact Mary Salvante, Director of Art Programs at the Center at 215-482-7300. Jane will also be in residence at the Schuylkill Center for the month of October 2001 to continue working on outdoor installations http://vardenafilotc.net/.

"Bird Watching at The Schuylkill Center" - an indoor and outdoor installation

Jane had made a site-specific indoor and outdoor installation of her bird sculptures at the Schuylkill Center. This installation features handmade paper and wire sculptures that are interpretations of common bird species found in the Philadelphia area and at the Schuylkill Center.

Handmade Paper Window Coverings

This photo shows the handmade paper window coverings Jane designed and made for the lobby windows at the Schuylkill Center. The hanging panels are made using handmade paper with tree bark patterns from trees at the Center and contain leaves from the most common trees at the Center. The handmade paper contains fibers gathered and prepared at the Center by Jane during her residency. The plant fibers used include willow leaves, deer's tongue grass and common reed.

Updated July 8, 2001

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