Students and Alumni Participate in Community Initiative “Project Sketchbook” 

College Students to Display Art Work on the Avenue 

Release Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College art students and alumni will showcase their talents in “Project Sketchbook,” an initiative created by the Chestnut Hill Community Association and the Chestnut Hill Business Association to feature artwork from local student artists while creating colorful spaces in the vacant storefronts along Germantown Avenue.
The new initiative aims to provide opportunities for student artists to showcase their art work in the Chestnut Hill shopping district in addition to highlighting the role that artists play in promoting economic and community vibrancy. Chestnut Hill College student artwork was chosen for the project, along with student art from Springside School, Chestnut Hill Academy, Mount St. Joseph Academy, and other local schools.

Artwork from students enrolled in the College’s watercolor, oil painting, and Art by Heart course is displayed in the storefront at 7916-18 Germantown Avenue and features bright colorful art using multiple artistic techniques and mediums. Chestnut Hill students Erica Nix and Caitlin Shuker helped alumna and adjunct art instructor Andrea O’Driscoll ’97 and Associate Professor of Art Margaret Thompson, SSJ, M.F.A. to install the art exhibit in the windows and in the background of the shop.




 The four windows display different themes from the classes. Two windows show the mystical and spiritual nature of the Art by Heart course where students learn about art and artifacts from diverse cultures and create their own pieces. The art displays present handmade walking sticks and masks suspended from the ceiling and other artifacts. Other window displays boast colorful handmade and altered shoes and books with fashion watercolors and watercolor sunsets and sunrises. In the background are selections of watercolor paintings and modern Fayum self portraits- a type of painting made in ancient Egypt to celebrate the dead.

“The youthful expression of ‘Project Sketchbook’ simply aims to move our community towards prosperity,” says Rob Lamb, co-founder of “Project Sketchbook.” “This is a wonderful idea to connect schools and the community,” says Sister Margaret Thompson, associate professor of art at Chestnut Hill College. “We are thrilled with the location and are excited to be able to show the multicultural and spiritual nature of the artwork that our students make.”

“Project Sketchbook” runs through May 2010. For more details and information about the College’s storefront exhibit, please contact Margaret Thompson, SSJ, M.F.A. at 215.248.7042 or e-mail