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The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to present Framing Fraktur, a three-month celebration of the delightfully detailed manuscript art known as fraktur, made by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania beginning in 1683. In addition to a bevy of interactive programs for all ages, Framing Fraktur explores the relationship between traditional fraktur and contemporary art through two simultaneous exhibitions presented this spring at the Parkway Central Library. Quill & Brush features original fraktur works held by the Library's Rare Book Department. Word & Image features the works of seven international, contemporary artists: Marian Bantjes (Canada), Anthony Campuzano (United States), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), Elaine Reichek (United States), Bob and Roberta Smith (United Kingdom), and Gert and Uwe Tobias (Romania/Germany). Additional major exhibitions focusing on fraktur and Pennsylvania German arts will be hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library during this special period.

Major support for Framing Fraktur has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, American Airlines Cargo, Christie's, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation.

The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage American Airlines Cargo Christie's The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

We are offering group tours of the Framing Fraktur exhibit. For more information please call 215-814-3520 or email

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