Philadelphia Museum of Art's Joseph Rishel
to receive Studio Incamminati Founder's Award

Joseph Rishel, the Philadelphia Museum of Art ‘s distinguished curator, scholar and author, will receive the 2014 Founder’s Award from Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art. The award recognizes an individual for long-time contributions to the arts in Philadelphia. Rishel, the museum’s Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture and the Curator of the Rodin Museum, certainly qualifies.

He has organized and co-organized a series of groundbreaking and internationally acclaimed exhibitions, including “Cezanne” and “Van Gogh: Face to Face.” He has written and edited an array of books including “Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia,” “Cezanne and Beyond” and “Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century.” He served as the chairman of the Barnes Foundation College Assessment Advisory Committee, is a long-time member of the American Federation of Arts Exhibitions Committee and sits on the board of Studio Incamminati.

Rishel, who has been at the art museum since 1972, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was made an officer in the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and has been an editor, author, and contributor to many exhibition catalogs specializing in 18th- and 19th-century art. He received a BA from Hobart College and earned his MA at the University of Chicago.

“Joe is a great scholar with extraordinary wit, and a caring friend to all who know him, said Nelson Shanks, Studio Incamminati founder and artistic director.” He is one of America’s greatest ambassadors and certainly one of Philadelphia’s greatest assets. He is a friend.”

The Founder’s Award will be presented June 22 at Studio Incamminati’s benefit soiree, Celebrate Summer Sostice, on the grounds of the historic Laurier Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA.