The Plastic Club

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The Plastic Club is an art organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1897 as an art organization for women to promote collaboration and members' works, and is one of the oldest such organizations in the United States. Since 1991, its membership also includes men.[1]

It was founded by Emily Sartain and other artists and its early members included Elenore Plaisted Abbott, Paula Himmelsbach Balano, Cecilia Beaux, Fern Coppedge, Blanche Dillaye, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Charlotte Harding, Frances Tipton Hunter, Violet Oakley, Emily and Harriet Sartain, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Alice Barber Stephens, many of whom had been students of Howard Pyle. The club offered art classes, social events and exhibitions. Its annual masquerade party was "the Rabbit."[1][2]

In 1991 the organization opened its membership to include men and during the 1990s sought to attract art students.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Plastic Club. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Jill P. May; Robert E. May; Howard Pyle. Howard Pyle: Imagining an American School of Art. University of Illinois Press; 2011. ISBN 978-0-252-03626-2. p. 89.

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