Violet Oakley—muralist, portraitist, stained glass designer, and illustrator—gained international fame for her prestigious government commissions for the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
Oakley, a Chestnut Hill resident, had a close connection with GFS, and was the creator of the GFS school seal, which she made at the request of the GFS Class of 1924 while working on the Harrisburg capital building murals (from 1902 to 1927).
She also selected the motto "Behold I set before thee an open door," which is now fundamental to the school's philosophy and mission. This seal continues to be in use today, 93 years later.
GFS students maintained a relationship with Oakley and recreated her capital murals with tableaux in 1933; Oakley attended the performance.
GFS shared the photo of Oakley's original sketch of the seal, and of the GFS students in tableaux, with an upcoming exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum called "A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance."
The exhibit opens on September 30, 2017 and runs through January 21, 2018.