Cue the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack: Ascot Studios, our banner sponsor from the UK, recently saw one of their artists ascend to fame in a way that can only be described as pure Hollywood, or perhaps Dickensian. A painting of New York by British artist Angela Wakefield on the front cover of national art magazine Art of England was spotted by film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), who was so taken that he asked Wakefield for permission for this image to be used in his upcoming film Trance. Since the news, Angela has achieved a record sale of $12,500 for one of her New York paintings.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art was recently on the receiving end of an Antiques Roadshow-style revelation when GlaxoSmithKline donated The Trial of the Bow by N.C. Wyeth to them after realizing, while moving to new quarters at the Navy Yard, that they were sitting on a landmark work. They obtained the piece in the 1980’s, but only found out recently that it’s one of a series of paintings presumed missing since 1930. Now, Wyeth lovers can see The Trial of the Bow publicly, in the city where it was painted; it’s hung in Gallery 124 at the Art Museum.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Executive Director Michael Royce made waves recently, when he returned from a one-of-a-kind trip to Guatemala. There, he and his team collaborated with Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA) on an intensive 3-day training educational and community-building project for over 50 Guatemalan artists. Other Guatemalan partner institutions also participated, including Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), and La Fototeca. This program was based on NYFA’s popular “Artist as Entrepreneur: Boot Camp” program, and core topics included strategic planning, marketing and use of social media, fundraising strategies and international legal issues. Royce and NYFA have plans to continue this unique work in other countries.
Jayson Musson made The Huffington Post‘s list of “30 Black Artists Under 40 You Should Know,” compiled in honor of Black History Month. Be sure to check out the entire list, because every name on there belongs to a phenomenal talent. Fun pop-culture fact: Musson is the voice sampled in the “Harlem Shake” viral video-meme dance craze sensation.
Portland, Oregon has rallied in the war of attrition on the arts in America, with their new annual income tax of a flat $35 fee for the arts. Although it feels like a dispatch from opposite-land it’s true: In November of last year, Portland decided to implement this tax that goes directly to supporting local arts organizations. Maybe we’re not living in the dark ages anymore?
The Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is offering an upcoming residency, as they have for the last two years in partnership with the New Wilmington Art Association. The residency concludes with an exhibition of Winterthur-inspired art at a downtown Wilmington gallery. The Opening Reception of the exhibition scheduled for April 5 (Art Loop night in Wilmington), and a lunchtime lecture at Winterthur by each of our two current artists. These events are also serving as the kick-off for the 2013 search for artists, who are also invited to sign up for free tours of Winterthur’s museum and library on a few dates in April. To apply, email Lois Stoehr (firstname.lastname@example.org) a resume, a statement for interest and images for three recent works by May 1.
Transart Institute Berlin is seeking Artist Teachers for their low-residency MFA and PhD program. Artist Teachers conduct two five day and several one day interdisciplinary creative workshops/seminars/tours (especially innovative format instructions, all topically driven), and give critiques in Transart’s Low Residency MFA & PhD Program, held summer 2013 in Berlin, Germany. This position also presents the additional possibility of mentor students with their independent projects during the year. To apply, please submit your CV and a brief (100 words) proposal by March 30, 2013 to email@example.com; please indicate your availability between July 19 and August 9, 2013 in Berlin. For more information please visit: http://www.transart.org/teaching. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts has put the word out for entrants to the 2013 Members’ Juried Group Exhibition. For this year’s exhibition, which runs July 6 – October 6, 2013, the postmark deadline for submissions is Friday May 3, 2013. Download PDF requirements here: download now. For more info contact J Gordon, Curatorial Associate at email@example.com or 302-656-6466 x 7112.
Kelani Nichole, of Little Berlin and artblog tech magic fame, is now making things happen in Bushwick, namely a new net art space. Transfer Gallery opens with a show by new media artist Alexandra Gorczynski, running from March 16 to April 6. Best of all, Kelani and the gallery have gotten some rave early press in Animal New York and the L Magazine!
Isaac Lin and Dan Murphy are featured in the group show D.F. Double Universe, by D.F.W. at Family Bookstore in LA, February 26-March 26.
Visit Fleisher/Ollman at the Armory Show-Modern this week at Pier 92; they’re exhibiting from March 7-10 at booth #246. The featured artists are Peter Attie Besharo, James Castle, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, William Edmondson, William Hawkins, Alfred Jensen, Jayson Musson, Jim Nutt, Philadelphia Wireman, Martìn Ramìrez, Luis Romero, Bill Traylor, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Bill Walton, and Joseph Yoakum. If you’ve visited or plan to visit Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, you’ll see several artists from Fleisher/Ollman’s ranks, including Edmondson and Ramirez.