During my lunch break at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia yesterday, I visited the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts , which is right across the street from the convention center. The museum has a small but impressive collection of works, many from artists associated with the city. Anyone who has read books about American Colonial or Revolutionary history will recognize some original paintings by Gilbert Stuart and Charles Willson Peale of George Washington. There are paintings by many members of the Peale family, as well as by Thomas Eakins, George Bellows, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, and members of the Hudson Valley School. I was able to see the paintings and still had time to get a sandwich in the Academy's cafe. A great small museum.
I am a reference librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. I have worked in public libraries in Texas, Missouri, and Illinois. I am interested in promoting reference services and the reading of good books.