Prints in Progress

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PiP Quilt
Quilt created at Prints in Progress, c. 1980s, Screenprinted fabric; Collection of Diane Pieri

In 1960 Prints in Progress, a program to bring together practicing artists and children through printmaking, was launched by Board member Walther “Billy” Wolf. Prints in Progress was always taught by artists, and began with a portable press that visited area schools.  Directed by Marion “Kippy” Boulton Stroud and funded by a prestigious grant from the Ford Foundation, it eventually grew to include numerous workshop locations throughout the city. A number of significant Philadelphia artists taught for Prints in Progress and both the Brandywine Workshop and The Fabric Workshop & Museum grew out of this celebrated program. Prints in Progress was famous for its student created Christmas cards, but their pot holders, quilts and other fabric-based projects were also very popular.

“The mission is to bring art to children with limited access to creative experiences.  We want kids to learn that art isn’t something you do just in art class, It’s in your neighborhood. It’s part of your heritage.  It’s part of how you understand other people.”  Walther L. Wolf, Founder