Creative Tension

Urban Ocean Series  Blue Fade by Lisa Imperiale

Urban Ocean Series Blue Fade by Lisa Imperiale

Lesa Chittendem Lim

Lesa Chittendem Lim

Erin Endicott

Erin Endicott


October 4th – December 6th

Opening Reception:

Sunday, October 4th 1-4pm


This year’s juror is

Kirsten M. Jensen, PhD

Senior Curator of Exhibitions

James A. Michener Art Museum


“The Gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy …We call this gap creative tension”. -Peter Senge-

In October, 2013 Perkins Center launched a new fall exhibition series called Creative Tension. Creative Tension explores the artist’s vision and the self-motivation and disciplined behavior needed to achieve that vision. Our intent is to create an exhibition that generates a dialog between the artist(s) and the viewer(s), celebrating the commitment and skill used in making art while building awareness and audience understanding.

In the past the focus of our annual juried exhibitions has been to highlight a particular material such as watercolor or photography. In the spirit of innovation and change we are opening this exhibition to work in all media. Granting the artists an opportunity to submit work not previously seen in our exhibition series creates a new and exciting chapter in the exhibition tradition of the Perkins Center for the Arts.


2015 Creative Tension Prospectus

2015 Delivery & Pick-up


Hand Delivery Only

Tuesday, September 15 10am- 4pm

Wednesday, September 16 10am-4pm

Thursday, September 17 10am-4pm

Friday, September 18 10am-4pm

Sunday, September 19 12-4pm
All entries must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Pickup of Unaccepted Work

Friday, September 18 10:00 AM–3:30 PM

Sunday, September 20 12:00 –4:00 PM

Pickup of Accepted Work

Sunday, December 6, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Monday, December 7, 10:00 AM–3:30 PM
Work left after pick-up date(s) will not be insured. Perkins Center is not responsible for work left after the pickup date(s).

2014 Observations & Acknowledgements

The 2014 Creative Tension open media exhibition features 53 works of art by 30 outstanding artists selected from  a field 81 entrants and 163 works of art submitted for consideration. The artists who submitted work were from 4 different states and those chosen for this year’s exhibition are  from  the Philadelphia and the New Jersey region. We wish to thank each and every artist who entered their work to be juried as your participation makes this exhibition  possible.

Special thanks to our juror Maiza Hixson, the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Maiza was impressed and thrilled with the work submitted for her consideration she thoughtfully and thoroughly analyzed each entrants work as she selected an exhibition that expresses the true nature of “Creative Tension”, an imaginative body of work which is bountiful in its overall use of color, composition and  emotion.

A special thanks from Perkins Center to our Ginny Kintzing, Margie Gorman, Dennis Hunt, Kaylin Niroda, Marianne Schell, Maunie Sgobbo, Kevin Storms and Heather Vanriper .You make the job of running the exhibition an effortless task which is always greatly appreciated.

2014 Awards

[two_thirds]The 2014 Creative Tension Jurors Awards are dedicated to the memory of Carol Ann Mastran. Carol was a Moorestown resident, a talented artist and champion of open space. She owned and operated an art gallery in Moorestown for fifteen years, and was a Signature Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.


Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners

Erin Endicott / Port Republic, NJ

Lesa Chittenden Lim / Gulph Mills, PA

William Schnug / Mt. Laurel, NJ

Lisa Imperiale / Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Hamilton Philadelphia, PA


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This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional  support is provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Holman Automotive group, The Bunbury Company and the Township of Moorestown. 

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