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From blogger Aimee Gilmore:

Ahoy art lovers! Welcome to the official blog for the upcoming Philadelphia Sculptors exhibition, Artship Olympia. Follow along as we introduce several artists participating in this unique exhibition that will take place on the U.S.S. Olympia. Each post will highlight a selected artist and will include some process details, insights into the conceptualization of the work and a brief interview describing the work in general. We can’t wait to see you all for our kick-off fundraiser event for the Artship Olympia exhibition, Sailors Delight on Friday, May 13th.

Kevin Sampson

Kevin Sampson blog post

I have been a gallery artist with Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York for over 24 years, yet I still consider myself a community-based artist. I am also a retired police detective and police composite sketch-artist with over 1,000 sketches to my credit– this has afforded me a wonderful sense of discipline and order with a unique perspective on the human condition.

My work is found object assemblage that I construct by collecting materials found throughout my community. I meet some of the most amazing people as I travel the streets of Newark looking for objects that others have discarded. My community and the stories they tell of their lives is a continued inspiration to my work and me. I believe that found objects hold the residual memory of their previous owners. This allows my creations to take on a life force of their own, powered by these collective dreams and memories.

I have been making work professionally for over 30 years and constructing boats/vessels for over twenty years. I have taught and worked with communities all over the country, as well as being slated to construct a thirty-five foot boat during the 2011 Venice Biennale (American Folk Art Museum Show was canceled one week before departure).

“Arc of Renewal”

When selecting a title for this installation I immediately thought of spiritual energy, which led me to think about an electrical arc, which can form a luminous bridge over the gap that lies between two electrodes. Thus the title “Arc of Renewal” describes an installation which will seek to form a spiritual and/or emotional bridge, between prayer, art and remembrance.  I intend on creating an emotional call and response between the viewer and this installation. Spiritual restoration and renewal will be a recurring theme. Kevin_Sampson3 Kevin_Sampson4

mini arts day camp

mini arts day camp


Opening Reception – June 24th

Opening Reception

Friday, June 24: 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Cruiser Olympia

Be one of the first to see the 16 site specific art installations throughout the decks of Cruiser Olympia. 

Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments as you tour the artworks.

Explore Olympia in her summer transformation into an “Artship.”

At dusk, see the premiere production of Nadia Hironaka’s and Matthew Suib’s Splendid Little War projected onto Olympia’s hull.

Please RSVP for two (2) complimentary tickets to Meggan Kucinskas, Membership and Grants Manager at Independence Seaport Museum, at

mkucinskas@phillyseaport.org or 215-413-8626 by June 17.

Respond early ——-limited number of spaces available!

The Opening Reception takes place aboard Cruiser Olympia which is a short walk from the Museum’s galleries, located at 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Artship Olympia will remain open through October 2, 2016 and access to the exhibition is free for Independence Seaport Museum members and included with regular Museum admission.

Sailors Delight – Friday, May 13th

Sailors Delight Fundraiser
Friday, May 13: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cruiser Olympia
Spruce Street Harbor Boat Basin, Penn’s Landing
211 S. Columbus Blvd.

Help support “Artship Olympia” by joining us for a fun-filled evening as we party on historic Cruiser Olympia. Meet “Artship” artists and enjoy music, light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and the Sailor Jerry signature cocktail “Old Ironsides.”

This is a special opportunity to interact with some of our “Artship” artists and get a sneak preview of their upcoming projects. You can also show your lasting support by wearing an exclusive “Artship Olympia” T-shirt with a pair of our unique, artist-designed “Artship Olympia” novelty glasses.

Bring your curiosity and your sea legs and don’t miss this chance to explore historic Cruiser Olympia with your adventure-loving friends.

Tickets are $75 advance, and $85 at the door. Click HERE for tickets (link: http://philadelphia-sculptors.ticketleap.com/sailors-delight/) Olympia has limited visitor capacity, so sign up early!