Germantown High School * Philadelphia, PA. * Class of 1957


Ann Mottershead

Memories of GHS

***I remember crushes and working at Rowell's on weekends and Wednesday nights. I think the song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" describes my attitude in those days. I covered up my insecurities by dancing well at Tumble Inn and laughing at nothing and everything and being "witty”. I remember my good buddies, my sorority sisters, including my best friend from first grade, Doris Beck Wittkorn,( we still keep in touch). I had a " love/hate relationship" with Ms. Sklar, three years with the same Art teacher was enough to stunt anyone's creativity. However, I met Gail Glynn Meckling in that class. We survived it together, (we still keep in touch).

***I also devoured books, wrote very bad poetry that had to rhyme, made drawings constantly, and daydreamed I would become a famous artist. .I admired Ms. Glassberg, who was sensitive enough to encourage my imagination and my writing. Somehow, I got through Germantown (despite being caught smoking in the stairwell the last day of class with those who shall be nameless)! I was surprised when I attended Tyler School Of Fine Arts at Temple U., that I had received a great education at Germantown in spite of myself! I did not become a "famous artist", but I am a "big fish in a little pond" and I swim quite contently through a rainbow sea.

Life After GHS

***I married my soul mate of forty-two years, my husband Henry who is also an artist and retired art professor. We presently live in Northport, Alabama. We have one son, David, who is an artist and designer and resides in the Big Apple.

***Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Ceramics The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Fellowship: Hambidge Fellow, The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA

Artist statement:
***My work is oriented toward natural phenomena. My approach is romantic whether I am focusing on the fragility of a sunset or the nobility of a common houseplant. I try to dramatize the mystery and elegance of my subject matter. I attempt in my paintings to express the disturbing aspects of beauty and therefore signify a larger presence. In true romantic fashion I celebrate my independence as reflected in my choice of genre.

***I have had twelve solo exhibitions primarily in the Southeast and have been chosen for twenty-six juried exhibitions such as the 31st MAG Museum exhibition, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama; Delaware Museum Annual, Wilmington, DE (first prize); Ten Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, University Art Gallery, State University of New York in Albany; Cape May National Midsummer Competition, Cape May, New Jersey and The Wiregrass Biennial Art Competition, Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama. I have participated in thirteen invitational exhibitions at such places as Philadelphia Women in Fine Arts, Moore Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Seventh Annual Cheaha Exhibition, Jemison Carnegie Heritage Hall in Talledega, Alabama; Women s Invitational Exhibition, Skidmore College, Hawthorn Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York; Diversity of Style in a Diverse Alabama, Partner’s Gallery, The Business Center of Alabama in Montgomery and website exhibition.

***The following public and corporate collections include: Phifer Wire Corp., Tuscaloosa, AL; Southern Progress Corp., Birmingham, AL; The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa in Alabama; The University of Alabama Permanent Art Collection, Moody Gallery of Art, Tuscaloosa, AL and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE.; Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama campus ( stained glass window design).
I am also included in numerous private art collections throughout the United States.

***My teaching experience has included The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa as adjunct faculty teaching Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design. I also originated the course Visual Journaling as part of the University of Alabama Summer Arts Program in Florence, Italy. I have also taught Ceramics at Skidmore College in their Six:Summer Art Program in Saratoga Springs, New York. In addition I have served as an art lecturer at the Kentuck Art Museum and Gallery in Northport, Alabama.

Galleries / art consultants:
***My work is represented by the following: Kentuck Art Gallery, Northport, AL; Barkin Leeds Ltd., Atlanta, GA.; Consult Art, Atlanta, GA.; CAS Gallery, Montgomery, AL and, an international internet consulting service.

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Special Thanks to Lois Addison for Scanning Yearbook Photos &
Special Thanks to Katherina Kripl Bonner for sending Lois Her Copy of the June 1957 Yearbook
& to George Palmer for sending Lois His Copy of the January 1957 Yearbook.

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