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Etta Winigrad papers

Ms. Coll. 1273

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Winigrad, Etta, 1936-
Title:
Etta Winigrad papers
Date [inclusive]:
1968-2016
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1273
Extent:
4 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Etta Winigrad (1936- ) is a Philadelphia-based sculptor who works primarily in clay and mixed media. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University Pennsylvania in 1958, and completed postgraduate study at Moore College and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1976. Winigrad's figurative ceramic sculpture combines realistic and fantastical elements, animal-like figures, and humor. This collection, which focuses on Winigrad's life and work as an active artist, includes correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, exhibition records, photographs, and negatives. Each of Winigrad's sculptural works is represented in a number of slides, which comprise the bulk of this collection.
Cite as:
Etta Winigrad papers, 1968-2016, Ms. Coll. 1273, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Etta Winigrad is a sculptor who works primarily in clay and mixed media. She was born on July 25, 1936, the daughter of Herman and Lee (Vernekoff) Zuritsky, in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. On June 25, 1960, she married Dr. Allen J. Winigrad and together they have four sons: Michael A., David J., Jacob S., and Daniel J. Winigrad.

Etta Winigrad attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University Pennsylvania in 1958. She completed postgraduate study at Moore College in 1976 and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also in 1976.

Etta Winigrad served as vice president of the Parkway Corporation, an auto parking and development firm in the Center City area of Philadelphia, with her mother and brother, Joseph S. Zuritsky. She was the treasurer of the Muse Gallery and Foundation from 1990 and was on the board of directors of the Clay Studio in Philadelphia from 2002. She was a member of the American Crafts Council, the International Sculpture Center, and the Woman's Caucus for Arts.

Winigrad's figurative ceramic sculpture combines realistic and fantastical elements, animal-like figures, and humor. Her sculpture is influenced by primitive forms and surrealism, and addresses concerns of the human condition. Winigrad's work reflects her deep connection to Judaism and she created a sculpture addressing the Holocaust for the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, which won first prize among 100 entries submitted from around the world. She exhibits her ceramic sculpture at numerous galleries across the country and has commissioned work at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, among others. Several publications have featured Winigrad's sculpture.

Winigrad has won awards from: the Art Association of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, Pennsylvania; Main Line Art Center, Pennsylvania; Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania; and Pavilion Gallery, Memorial Hospital, Mt. Holly, New Jersey.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Etta Winigrad (1936- ), a Philadelphia-based sculptor who works in clay and mixed media, show her process as an artist and her connection with various galleries and with the art community, as well as the business side of being an active artist.

Etta Winigrad's correspondence includes communications with: art publications for the purchase of advertisements showing her work (the advertisements themselves, in publications such as ARTnews, are also included in this collection), authors and publishers regarding placement of her artwork in publications, collectors purchasing her work, slide registry organizations, and galleries at which she was interested in showing her work. Additionally, the correspondence includes communications regarding Winigrad as a teacher and student, and her connection to the art community. Also included are letters and notifications regarding her Bat Mitzvah, which took place on her 80th birthday in 2016.

This collection also includes a number of notebooks and sketchbooks, which show plans for Winigrad's sculptures, both with regard to execution and details regarding dimensions and materials. A box of index-sized notecards provide information about each one of her pieces and to whom they have been sold. While most of the notebooks feature notes and sketches in pencil or black ink, the largest notebook in the collection features color illustrations as well as inlaid pages detailing plans for sculptures.

There are a number of photographs of Winigrad's sculpture-- both on CD and DVD, as well as color and black-and-white prints and large-format negatives. Each of Winigrad's sculptural works is represented in a number of slides, which comprise the bulk of this collection. Some of the pieces represented are titled: Acrobats, Can't See the Forest for the Trees, Connections, The Dance Step, Easy Rider, Enjoy the Ride, Find Me, From the Top Down, Guardian II, Holocaust Memorial, In One Ear..., Lil' Man, Lost Words, Macho Macho, Meetin' in the Middle, Mom, Nature/Man, Night Flight, Transformation, Travelin' II, Untitled (Totem), Voyage, The Watcher, Whose House...?, Yes and No.

Winigrad exhibited her work regularly and kept detailed exhibition records, which are included here. Exhibition records include correspondence with the galleries, as well as postcards and flyers for the exhibitions. Winigrad exhibited at a number of galleries in Philadelphia and across the US, including: The Clay Studio, Muse Gallery, the National Liberty Museum, and The Galleries of Texas Tech Art School.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2017 March 6

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Alexandra M. Wilder

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Etta Winigrad, 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At the Kislak Center: Allen J. Winigrad photographs of performing artists, Ms. Coll. 110

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Color slides
  • Correspondence
  • Exhibition records
  • Photographs
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches
Personal Name(s)
  • Winigrad, Etta, 1936-
Subject(s)
  • Art
  • Jewish art
  • Jews--United States
  • Women artists--United States
  • Women in the arts

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Collection Inventory

I. Correspondence.

Box Folder

Advertisement purchases and publicity placements, 1992-2013.

1 1

Artwork vandalized (includes newspaper article), 2007 March-June.

1 2

Authors and publishers (Best Artists in America, Lark Books, Leon Nigrosh, Susan Peterson, Scholastic), 2003-2008.

1 3

Bat Mitzvah and 80th birthday, 2016.

1 4

Collectors (John Bacon, Sigmund Balka, Sandy Besser, Joseph Blank, Randy Carfagno, Saul Levi, Paula Mandel, Klaus Sellheyer, Anne Wollman), 1997-2012.

1 5

Galleries (Art/Space Virginia Miller, John Elder Gallery, John Natsoulas Gallery, Lacoste Gallery, LewAllen Contemporary, Period Gallery, Rhonda Schaller Studio), 2001-2008.

1 6

Slide registries (International Sculpture Center, Jewish Community Museum, Levy Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art), 1987-2002.

1 7

Teaching and community arts (includes photos), 1979-2016.

1 8

II. Notebooks and sketchbooks.

Box Folder

Two small sketchbooks, six medium notebooks numbered 1-6, circa 1970-2015.

1 9

One small sketchbook, six medium notebooks numbered 7-13, circa 1970-2015.

1 10

One small sketchbook, one medium sketchbook, circa 1970-2015.

1 11

One large sketchbook, circa 1970-2015.

1 12

One large sketchbook, circa 1970-2015.

1 13

One large sketchbook, one large notebook of binder paper, circa 1970-2015.

1 14

One medium notebook of binder paper, circa 1970-2015.

1 15
Drawer Folder

One extra-large notebook (color sketches), undated.

107
Box Folder

Box of notecards detailing artwork dimensions and sale information, 1968-2016.

10

III. Images of sculptures.

Box Folder

CDs and Photos: ten CDs, six photos, circa 2006, 2011.

1 16

DVDs: images of 234 pieces from 1970-2007, with accompanying list of images; and 2011 sculpture (two DVDs), 2007 December 23, 2011.

1 17

Slide sheets (six sheets with 120 slides), circa 1987, 1990-2000.

1 18

Slide sheets (six sheets with 117 slides), 1996-2005.

1 19

Slide sheets (six sheets with 120 slides), 1976-2007.

1 20

Slide sheets (six sheets with 105 slides), 1976-2007.

1 21

Slide box, 1991-1993.

2

Slide box, 1992-1997.

3

Slide box, 1995-2000.

4

Slide box, 1997-2000.

5

Slide box, 2002-2003.

6

Slide box, 2004.

7

Photographs: Acrobats, Can't See the Forest for the Trees, Connections, The Dance Step, Easy Rider, Enjoy the Ride, Find Me, From the Top Down, Guardian II, Holocaust Memorial, In One Ear..., Lil' Man, Lost Words, Macho Macho, Meetin' in the Middle, Mom, Nature/Man, Night Flight, Transformation, Travelin' II, Untitled (Totem), Voyage, The Watcher, Whose House...?, Yes and No, 1985-2006.

9 27

Photographs: Acrobats, Can't See the Forest for the Trees, Connections, The Dance Step, Easy Rider, Enjoy the Ride, Find Me, From the Top Down, Guardian II, Holocaust Memorial, In One Ear..., Lil' Man, Lost Words, Macho Macho, Meetin' in the Middle, Mom, Nature/Man, Night Flight, Transformation, Travelin' II, Untitled (Totem), Voyage, The Watcher, Whose House...?, Yes and No, 1985-2006.

9 28

Photographs: Acrobats, Can't See the Forest for the Trees, Connections, The Dance Step, Easy Rider, Enjoy the Ride, Find Me, From the Top Down, Guardian II, Holocaust Memorial, In One Ear..., Lil' Man, Lost Words, Macho Macho, Meetin' in the Middle, Mom, Nature/Man, Night Flight, Transformation, Travelin' II, Untitled (Totem), Voyage, The Watcher, Whose House...?, Yes and No.

9 29

Negatives: Acrobats, Can't See the Forest for the Trees, Connections, The Dance Step, Easy Rider, Enjoy the Ride, Find Me, From the Top Down, Guardian II, Holocaust Memorial, In One Ear..., Lil' Man, Lost Words, Macho Macho, Meetin' in the Middle, Mom, Nature/Man, Night Flight, Transformation, Travelin' II, Untitled (Totem), Voyage, The Watcher, Whose House...?, Yes and No, 1993-2006.

8 2

Reprographic copies: Carry Me, Cat's Cradle, The Family, Find Me-- Brother, Fly Away, From the Top Down, The Gathering, Hold Tight, Lil' Man, My island, My Way, Under My Wing, Voices,, circa 1993-2006.

8 3

Magazine advertisements: Art in America (2 issues, May 2011 and April 2013), 2011 May-2013 April.

8 4

Magazine advertisements: ARTnews (2 issues, December 2001 and December 2002), 2001 December-2002 December.

8 5

Magazine advertisements: ARTnews (2 issues, March 2003 and Summer 2003), 2003.

11 1

Magazine advertisements: ARTnews (2 issues, March 2004 and December 2004), 2004 March-2004 December.

11 2

Magazine advertisements: ARTnews (2 issues, March 2006 and December 2006), 2006 March-2006 December.

11 3

Magazine advertisements: ARTnews (2 issues, May 2011 and April 2013), 2011 May-2013 April.

11 4

Magazine advertisements: Ceramics Monthly (2 issues, March 2006 and October 2007), 2006 March-2007 October.

11 5

Magazine advertisements: Ceramics: Arts and Perception (December 2002), Inside: Jewish Life and Style in Greater Philadelphia (Winter 2007), 2002 December-2007.

11 6

Magazine advertisements: Sculpture (2 issues, October 2005 and May 2013), 2005 October-2013 May.

11 7

Magazine advertisements: Sculpture (2 issues, September 2013 and December 2013), 2013 September-2013 December.

11 8

Magazine advertisements: Sculpture (December 2013),  SouthwestArt (July 2013), 2013 July-2013 December.

11 9

Magazine essay: "Singularities" by Etta Winigrad, Ceramics Monthly (February 2001), 2001 February.

8 1

IV. Exhibition records.

Box Folder

Articles and reviews, 1981-2012.

9 1

Blank exhibition postcards, undated.

9 2

Artcnet online, 1999.

9 3

Artforms Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, 2003-2011.

9 4

Artspace, 1997.

9 5

Cheltenham Art Center, 2006.

9 6

Clay Studio, 2003-2011.

9 7

Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware County Community College, 2004-2010.

9 8

The Galleries of Texas Tech Art School, 2005.

9 9

Gloria Kennedy Gallery, 2007-2009.

9 10

Howard County Center for the Arts, Guilford Handcraft Center, 2003-2006.

9 11

Hunterton Art Museum and Arts Guild New Jersey, 2008-2012.

9 12

Main Line Art Center, 2005-2016.

9 13

Muse Gallery (1992-1996), 1992-1996.

9 14

Muse Gallery (2005-2015), 2005-2015.

9 15

National Liberty Museum, 2004-2013.

9 16

New Hope Arts Center, 2005-2014.

9 17

Old City Jewish Arts Center, Jewish Community Center, Holocaust Awareness Museum, 2001-2011.

9 18

Philadelphia Sculptors, 2005-2008.

9 19

Rutgers University - Camden, 2010.

9 20

State Museum of Pennsylvania, Artist's House Gallery, Community Arts Center, 2004-2006.

9 21

Support Center for Child Advocates, 2006-2007.

9 22

Target Gallery, Lancaster Museum of Art, 2003-2008.

9 23

Thomas R. Riley Galleries, 2002.

9 24

Wayne Art Center, 2004-2008.

9 25

Widener University, 2008-2009.

9 26