Anne R. Fabbri


BSR Contributor Since March 29, 2006

Anne R. Fabbri ([email protected]) is a writer and art critic. She has also worked as a museum director, curator and lecturer on art history. She lives in Strafford. For more details, see her resume below.
Anne R. Fabbri

Telephone: 610-989-0588
Fax: 610-989-9293
Email: [email protected]


M.A., History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, 1971
A.B., cum laude, Radcliffe College, Harvard University
Winter Institute, Winterthur Museum, Delaware. American decorative arts from the
Seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. January – February 1997.
Princeton University, Visiting NEH Fellow, Art History, 1980
University of California, Berkeley, Visiting NEH Fellow, Journalism, 1979

Professional Experience:

Art Critic and Writer:
Philadelphia Style Magazine, 2003- .
Art in America, 2002- .
American Artist, 2002- .
The Art Newspaper, 2000- .
Philadelphia Daily News, 1999- .
Art Matters, Philadelphia, 1996- .
Ambassador Magazine, 1996- .
Philadelphia Bulletin, 1977-1979
The Drummer, Philadelphia, 1974-1979

Art Curator:
Philadelphia Annual Furniture Exhibition, New Visions, 1997-2004
Art in City Hall Exhibition, Wild Life, February – May 2000
Art in City Hall Exhibition, 1 Screen, 2 Souls, 4 Hands, Oct-Dec. 1996.
Curator for exhibitions at the Paley Design Center of Philadelphia University (1991-2001), the Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ (1982-1991), and the Alfred O. Deshong Museum, Widener University (1980-1982).

Educator and Lecturer:

Rosemont College with Moore College of Art and Design, Graduate Program in Arts Management, 2000-2003
Drexel University, History of Art I and II, 20th Century Art. 1973 - 1975.
Villanova University, History of Art I and II, Modern Art, Renaissance Art, 1971-1973. Acting chair, 1972 - 1973.
Freelance lecturer, 1964-.
Director, The Paley Design Center, Philadelphia University, 1991 – 2000.
Founding Director, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ, 1982 – 1991.
Director, Alfred O. Deshong Museum of Widener University, Chester, PA, 1979-1982.

Professional Activities and Awards:

Speaker, Tri State Artists Equity Association Annual Meeting, May 2004, "What Can An Artist Do?"
Project Evaluator, Pennsylvania Humanities Council. 2000- .
Speaker, Contacts and Contracts for Artists, 2000- .
Artists Equity, Main Line Art Center
Art Advisory Council, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, 1996- , chairperson, 1999-2003.
Institutional Assessment MAP I Surveyor, American Association of Museums, 1997- .
Panelist, Philadelphia, Tri State Artists Equity Association, Art Institutions and How They Work, June 1999.
Panelist, Art Selection Panel, General Service Administration, USA, 1991 - .
Panelist and Professional Evaluator for Public Art Commissions, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Juror: Regional, Pennsylvania and New Jersey art exhibitions, 1980- .

John Cotton Dana Award, Museums Council of New Jersey, 1992 for advancing the service of museums to the region, demonstrating visionary and innovative leadership and exemplifying the highest standards of professional commitment.


Who’s Who in America, 53rd Edition, 1999 to present.
Who’s Who in American Art, 14th Edition to present.
Who’s Who of American Women, Thirteenth Edition to present.


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Sarah McEneaney's 'Hunters, Gatherers.' (Photo courtesy of the Locks Gallery)

The Locks Gallery presents Sarah McEneaney's When You Wish

Dreaming and living in full color

Anne Fabbri reviews When You Wish, Philadelphia painter Sarah McEneaney's new exhibition at the Locks gallery and finds the artist being the change she wants to see in the world.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
The colors surround you: Moe Brooker’s “Present Futures” (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at PMA

The tip of the iceberg

Selections from the Art Museum's permanent collection highlight both well-known and anonymous African-American artists.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 3 minute read
Theresa Rose, “Washington Avenue” (2012, mixed media collage)

Wind Challenge 2 at Fleisher Art Memorial

A preview of the future of art

The 37th annual juried Wind Challenge at Fleisher Art Memorial features the work of Philadelphia area artists.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
Inspired by Hitler Youth: “South of Scranton.” (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York)

Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis, at PAFA

Being in with the In Crowd

This retrospective exhibition of works by Peter Blume (1906-1992), American modernist, gives us a good indication of American art from the first half of the 20th century, pre-Abstract Expressionism.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 3 minute read
“Lauren and Marilyn” (detail) © Mark Khaisman 2014

Face Value at the Main Line Art Center

21st-century portraiture

Face Value should wake up all those galleries in Philadelphia that are still showing 20th-century art as if it is contemporary.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
“Garnet Realm,” Richard Pousette-Dart, © Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Richard Pousette-Dart at the Art Museum (1st review)

Coming Full Circle

From cubism to abstract expressionism — Pousette-Dart’s career mirrors the range of 20th-century art.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read

Rick Buttari, Deborah Fine, Miriam Singer, Katherine Stanek, Donna Usher

A gallery stroll in Old City

Three shows in Old City galleries are worth a visit.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 4 minute read

Philadelphia Historical Artifacts by Jon Manteau

A hometown boy's tribute to Philly

There is something strange about Jon Manteau’s art exhibition at the LGTripp Gallery in Old City. It is an homage to Philadelphia, yet it feels more like a New York show in Chelsea or Dumbo.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
Quita Brodhead, "Vase with Tulips"

Quita Brodhead: Bold Strokes at the Woodmere Art Museum

These 56 paintings illustrate Quita Brodhead's life journey through the 20th century: her visual reactions to traditional subject matter and her embrace of the new, especially the visual arts that originated in Europe.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
A place to gather, sans marshmallows.

Native American Voices at Penn Museum

A few things my gym teacher never taught me

Native Americans are living in our midst, as a wonderful combination of artistry and technology at the Penn Museum makes abundantly clear.

Anne R. Fabbri

Essays 2 minute read
“Magister Inn” by William Daley. 1993, unglazed stoneware; collection of Liam Daley.

William Daley: 14 for 7

More art than craft

William Daley might refer to himself as a “mud man,” but he is a sculptor with the three-dimensional vision of an architect.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
"The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle"

The art of the Kimmel Center

You call this a welcome?

Originally, the Kimmel Center had aspirations of becoming the Center City “meet and greet” location for all cultural-minded urbanites from Philadelphia and beyond. That hasn't happened — and the off-putting car crash ("The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle") currently on display does nothing to help.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 3 minute read
Zimmerman's Chateau de Beynac: Light and fog.

Abstract photography at LG Tripp Gallery

Who can explain it, who can tell you why?

LGTripp Gallery’s Sixth Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition raises basic questions: How can a photograph be about nothing? How can an artist take a picture of a feeling, as in Abstract Expressionist paintings?

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
Scott's 'Yvon's Garden': Quick brushstrokes, gentle breezes.

‘Color Wars’ (or gender wars?) at Schmidt Dean

Oh, men! Oh, women!

Do men and women use color differently in abstract art? Chris Schmidt thinks so, but I’m not so sure.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 2 minute read
McEneaney's 'Reading Viaduct': An observer who wants to change her city.

Sarah McEneaney’s ‘Trestletown’ at Locks

An artist, a woman and an urban activist

Sarah McEneaney’s unique voice invites viewers to experience the life of an artist who happens to be a woman living in Philadelphia and envisioning a future positive addition to the urban landscape: Trestletown.

Anne R. Fabbri

Articles 1 minute read