Mourning the loss of Cathy Hopkins

It is with great sadness that we share news of the recent passing of Cathy Hopkins, a highly accomplished sculptor and beloved member of Fleisher’s faculty since 1977.⁠

For over four decades, Cathy supported and mentored many aspiring artists at Fleisher, also teaching at the Wayne Art Center and Perkins Center for the Arts. ⁠

Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she worked in a variety of materials including bronze, clay, and polyester resin – her prolific output included everything from large sculptures for public commissions to commemorative coins for the Franklin Mint.⁠

Cathy also taught martial arts classes for decades, speaking of how karate informed her sculpture practice, and vice versa: “Sculpture, karate, they’re all about forms in space. And there’s a need to keep practicing, perfecting. It’s a process.”⁠

UPDATE: The memorial service for Cathy Hopkins, previously scheduled for Sunday, December 17 at Fleisher Art Memorial, is being rescheduled for 2024. We will share confirmed details as soon as they are available.

Read more about Cathy’s life and work here.⁠

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