Jennifer Frudakis-Petry -- Sculptor
Bronze bas-relief of Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain (left) by Jennifer Frudakis Petry (right), unveiled October 2019 at the Culinary Institute of America, in honor of its famous alum.
Jennifer Frudakis-Petry has been an active participant in the world of sculpture since the 1980s. In her early years, she assisted her uncle, Zenos Frudakis, in creating the famed 10' bronzes of the Four Phillies Greats - Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn, that resides at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, as well a bronze of Joe DiMaggio and Child commissioned by the DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood FL.
Jennifer received her sculptural education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied with her father EvAngelos at the Frudakis Academy of Fine Arts from 1980-84. She also attended the University of the Arts from 1984-85, and attended Montgomery County Community College, Women-Owned Business Course, Certificate Program, Certified, 2006.
She has received numerous awards throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for her work.
Allied Artists Juried National Exhibition, Gold Medal of Honor, NYC, 1984
Helen Foster Barnett Youth Award, Best in Show, National Academy of Design, NYC, 1986
Women Artists of Atlantic County, First Prize Sculpture, Atlantic Community College, 1993
Great Norristown Arts League, Juried Sculpture Show, Best in Show, Norristown PA, 2006
Audubon Juried Group Show Award, Audubon PA, 2006
Cheltenham Township Main Street Award, for contributing time and talent to develop public art in town, Glenside PA, 2007
41st Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show. 1st Place; Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 2018
Unveiling of the Emlen Tunnell Statue - June 2, 2018
In addition to the 7 foot tall bronze monument of Radnor’s own Emlen Tunnell, her other noted personal works include a 6 foot by 8 foot bas-relief of the History of Negro League Baseball at the entrance of the athletic department at the Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. 2014. She competed and won a state-wide competition for the commission of a life size bronze bust of NJ state commissioner the honorable Horace J. Bryant for the Carnegie Library in Atlantic City, NJ. 2005
Jennifer is now currently working on a 6 foot bronze monument of the World Champion Woman Kickboxer from Chester PA. Fredia ”The Cheetah” Gibbs, to be unveiled in 2020.
In 2010 she was asked to sculpt a life size bronze portrait bust of Reverend Sean M. Sullivan, founder of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Permanent Collection in Loretto PA.
Jennifer was commissioned by the Philadelphia Flyers to sculpt six Hall of Fame inductees for the Wells Fargo Centers Hall of Fame from 2004-2015
She sculpted half life-size portraits and 8 inch uniformed figures in bronze of: Dave Poulin, Ron Hextal, Dave Schultz, Eric Lindros, Eric DesJardins and Dave LeClaire, for the Wells Fargo Center Hall of Fame display and each Flyer got their own personal copy.
March 2021 Press Release: Jim Vankoski, Curator of the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, announced that Jennifer Frudakis Petry has been named its “Sculptor in Residence”. Frudakis Petry, the long-time Wayne Arts Center Teacher sculpted the 7’Bronze Statue of Radnor Township’s own Emlen Tunnell that welcomes visitors to the Museum's home at the Radnor Township Building. Jennifer is currently completing a Commission of the first Bronze Statue of a female athlete in Pennsylvania. The Delaware County subject Fredia Gibbs has become an International Sports personality. Most recently, Jennifer has begun work on a sculpture of Delaware County football legend Billy White Shoes Johnson.
SLDC Board Member Phil Damiani considers his organization's great fortune to be working with Jennifer Frudakis Petry. “Jennifer is a world-class Sculptor who works in tandem with Delaware County’s Laran Bronze, one of our nation’s most respected Foundries. It is only fitting that we make this Announcement during Women’s History Month”.