Arlene Love takes center stage in (re)FOCUS celebration

The seven-decade career of artist Arlene Love will be the central theme of the upcoming exhibition: Arlene Love: Selections from Seven Decades.

Curated by Amie Potsic, the inaugural exhibit at the new location of the Interactive Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) will highlight Love’s multi-discipline artistic career, which is inspired by feminist portrayals of the feminine form. The exhibit is a featured presentation of the city’s ReFocus: Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts festival.

The festival runs from Feb. 9 to March 10 at iMOCA at 1230 S. Broad St. The opening reception will be held on Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The artist will speak at a reception on March 1.

Love has been a decades-long fixture of the Philadelphia arts scene. Primarily focused on her work as a sculptor, Love has used leather, resin and bronze as her medium to express her vision. Her sculpture exhibits have graced the finest galleries from coast to coast.

A move to Oaxaca, Mexico with her husband marked Love’s 12-year shift to drawings and etchings. During her time south of the border, Love added photography to her portfolio, documenting Mexican villages and market. She has embraced that artistic form since her return to the United States.

As an alumna of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Love is a perfect example artist to represent the citywide (re)FOCUS Celebration, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of 1974’s Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts festival.

Love has been honored by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Temple University and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

Potsic is also participating in the (re)FOCUS celebrations with her own artwork, which will be held at the Space Arts Gallery. Visit and for more information on both artists.