One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Philippus S. Sollman. Here is his statement:
Philippus S. Sollman was born in The Netherlands. Immigrating to the United States in 1952, he became a naturalized citizen and a Pennsylvania resident in 1953. He earned a Baccalaureate degree in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University in 1971 and completed his studies in Florence, Italy.
Using only Pennsylvania hardwoods, I find inspiration for my furniture in forms in nature.
Sollman received a 1991-92 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship and a l981-82 visual arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has exhibited his work in several of the Southern Alleghenies Museum’s previous Triennial exhibitions, as well as throughout the region. Constructed of only in Pennsylvania hardwoods Phil’s hand-crafted furniture has received numerous awards and is owned by many private collectors. Phil’s handcrafted work, home and articles are featured in many of the Taunton Press editions of Fine Homebuilding and Fine Furniture.
Phil lives in Central Pennsylvania with his wife, Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, g’72, MFA, and their two dogs.
The Bellefonte Art Museum celebrates the human spirit through the arts, recognizing the importance of art in our lives. In 2011, the museum experienced a large increase in attendance, private donations and membership and completed refurbishing the historic Linn House. The museum opened three new galleries: the Children’s Creativity Center, the Anna Wagner Keichline Gallery and the new Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery. The museum is opened Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Phone 814.355.4280.