Kelsey Halliday Johnson, formerly of Vox Populi, is the new Assistant Curator at Locks Gallery. Johnson is thrilled to be at the helm for Locks’ new fall exhibitions, Sarah McEneaney’s Trestletown and Ena Swansea’s Fugitive Scenes, opening today and continuing hough November 23. There’s a reception November 1 from 5:30-7:30pm, where, if you haven’t already seen Johnson at her new digs you can meet and wish her well!
Tom Devaney, excellent poet and artblog contributor, has a reading with Charles Bernstein tonight as part of the 215 Festival tonight at 8:30pm at Steap & Grind on 1619 Frankford Ave. 2 from us –1. Don’t forget, our Unfiltered event is tomorrow evening from 4-6PM at the Green Line Cafe in West Philly. Bring your work and see it on the wall right then and there! Overflow goes into a flatfile on site that visitors can peruse. 2. In the AM, Libby and Roberta are leading a breakout session for Moore College Of Art’s first-ever Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts! The conference is at 10:15-11:15 AM; admission is free for Moore students and $10 for everyone else.
Tonight, the Institute of Contemporary Art is lighting 50 candles. Be there for the launch of their 50th anniversary year with a celebration evening (we’re told there is a Clyfford Still cake involved). Chief Curator Ingrid Schaffner is giving her annual ‘What Is Contemporary’ lecture, with a special focus on the ICA’s own history.
The Studio Art MFA Degree Program at American University’s College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for fall 2014, accepting painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, multimedia, and installation. Students have access to the Katzen Arts Center, home to the Departments of Art and Performing Arts and the American University Museum, plus each MFA student receives a private studio with 24-hour year-round access. Other amenities include a sculpture garden, multimedia studio labs, a woodshop, printmaking studios and a sculpture complex. Washington, D.C. is home to one of the largest concentrations of world class museums anywhere (most of which are free and within 20 minutes of campus), a strong contemporary art scene, and proximity to Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia, and New York City. As an additional factor that sets the program apart, all students have the option of finishing their MFA program in residence in Berlin. Admission is based on academic record, two letters of recommendation, a resume and portfolio of twenty images. Applications and portfolios are due March 1 for consideration for merit awards. The degree requirements and application procedures are available online, and there’s also an informative MFA program video.
Andrea Packard’s show Composite Views is arriving at The Painting Center in NYC onOctober 29, and continuing until November 23, 2013. There’s an opening reception on Thursday, October 31, 6-8 PM.
Njideka Akunyili is one-half of a two-person show called I Always Face You, Even When It Seems Otherwise at Tiwani Contemporary, London. Opening October 10 and running until December 14, there is a conversation between Bisi Silva (Tiwani’s curatorial advisor and the director of CCA Lagos) and the artists on Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 PM, followed by a performance by Simone (in collaboration with Sonya Dyer) at 4:30 PM.