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“A song well sung keeps going into other songs, other pictures, other life. It has no end.” 

– Wharton Esherick

Join us in a celebration of collaboration and community as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wharton Esherick Museum! Fifty years in, Esherick’s studio is as much a source of joy, inspiration, and a call to get busy as ever, and we invite you to join us at this fundraising event and be part of the next fifty years! 

The day includes two separately ticketed events. Learn more below and let us know how you want to celebrate!



12 – 4 pm: Open House with Home as Stage Artists 

Honoring the artistic friendships whose conversation, collaboration, and connection made Esherick’s life that much richer and more profound, we invite you to meet the artists from our fall exhibition Home as Stage, and explore their works on view in the Studio. Guests will also enjoy woodworking and printmaking activities, light refreshments, and a commemorative 50th anniversary gift.


$50 per person

$40 for members – Join or renew today to receive your ticket at this special member price!

Space is limited and reservations are required. Reserve your tickets to drop in between either 12-2 pm or 2-4 pm. The event will be held rain or shine.



5 – 8 pm: Dinner in the 1956 Workshop

Experience the Studio at twilight for cocktails and conversation with the artists featured in Home as Stage, followed by a catered dinner in the 1956 Workshop. Over dinner, we’ll hear insights on Esherick’s collaboration with architect Louis Kahn from William Whitaker, Curator and Collections Manager of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, and personal recollections of Esherick from craft legend Helen Drutt, who is internationally renowned for her contributions to the field of craft. Guests will take home an exclusive restrike of an Esherick woodcut print.


$500 per person

Space is limited and reservations are required. The final day to reserve your dinner tickets is 9/28/22!



Proceeds from this event will support our future collaborations with contemporary artists.

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