February is American Heart/Women & Heart Disease month. Markeim Arts Center is hosting the exhibition “The Heart of Art”. Special guests from the American Heart Association will make a brief presentation on healthy heart lifestyles. Artists are encouraged to submit entries that symbolically represent what they love, including persons, places and things as well as feelings and emotions about love. Artists are encouraged to submit new and challenging perspectives of love in any variety of media, including paintings, photography, textiles, mosaic and sculpture.
The curator of this exhibition is Stuart Harting. Harting has served with distinction as a member of the Haddonfield Borough Planning Board and is singularly responsible for the creation of the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST). He conceived the Trust as the vehicle through which to transform Haddonfield’s walkable and historically important Borough into a significant center for rotational, juried outdoor sculpture in the great tradition of public art. In cooperation with the Borough, the Trust has developed a public/private outdoor art initiative that is populating downtown locations in Haddonfield with contemporary outdoor sculpture.
Since its inception in 2013, the Trust has placed more than 30 pieces with an estimated value well in excess of $1,000,000.
Although Stuart financed much of the initial work of the Trust work out of his own pocket, he has also spearheaded a fund raising effort that resulted in donations from more than 110 individuals and foundations.
In recognition of this effort, the Trust board has created (over Stuart’s objection) the Stuart Harting Endowment Fund as a vehicle through which to solicit the funds necessary to maintain both the loaned and owned pieces for which the Trust is the artistic and financial steward.
A long time collector, Stuart has personally forged working relationships with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Seward Johnson’s Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, and the Fine Arts Department at Rutgers-Camden.
For example, the Trust has taken advantage of opportunities to supplement the works it is displaying with exhibits such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Inside Out” project, which brings high quality replicas of artworks from the Museum’s collection to neighborhoods throughout the region.
The next phase of the Trust operation is projected to bring a collegiate sculptor-in-residence program to the site of the historically significant carriage house on the former Bancroft campus.
HOST is a 501c3 tax exempt non- profit and is funded exclusively by donations from the public. The Trust works in cooperation with the Borough but receives no taxpayer funds from it.
Most pieces that are on placed in the Borough are loaned to the Trust by their creators and are intended for temporary display. However, more than half a dozen are now permanently owned by the Trust as a result of contributions by both benefactors and artists.
Stuart is a well-known and long-time resident of the Borough and has spent his entire career as a regional real estate developer with a primary focus on Center City Philadelphia.
He was responsible for the legislation to allow the first Condominium in Pennsylvania and then developing Green Tree Run, developing the first Historic Rehab of a warehouse to loft apartments in the US under the 1976 Tax Reform Act (Sugar Refinery apartments in Old City Philadelphia), and developing the first apartments on the Philadelphia waterfront (The Piers at Penn’s Landing-Pier 5, Marina and Pier 7).
Stuart was one of the two Founders of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, is on the Advisory Board of a national energy company and has also served on a broad cross section of NPOs, including the Advisory Board of the Temple University Business School, the advisory Board of the Non Profit Development Center, and the boards of Family Services (Oaks), The Delaware River Ferry Commission, and the West Shipyard Preservation Trust, which he chaired.
He has received numerous awards and commendations for his work, including recognition from the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the State of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia—for both Historic Preservation and Ecology.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Non Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey (NPDC).
Stuart was the recipient of the 2019 Driscoll Award from the Haddonfield Civic Association as well as the 2019 NPO Community Partner of the Year Award from the Non Profit Development Center.
Stuart is a graduate of the Temple University School of Business, is a Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and has lectured at Temple, Drexel, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Images may include any subject so long as such subject is appropriate for display during our children’s classes and camps.Prospectus
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