Blake Bradford heads collaborative Lincoln University/Barnes Foundation Museum Studies Program, 76th Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibit artists announced, Cassils gets Guggenheim, Plus Opportunities and Artblog News!
Many congratulations in today's News Post, plus some great opportunities for grants, exhibitions and awards.

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NEWS

Blake Bradford to lead new Museum Studies Program with Barnes Foundation at Lincoln University

Blake Bradford, new head of the Museum Studies Program at Lincoln University
Blake Bradford, new head of the Museum Studies Program at Lincoln University in collaboration with Barnes Foundation

Lincoln University, the historically Black educational institution in Pennsylvania, has entered into a partnership with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia to create a museum studies program. The Barnes Foundation holds one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings.

Only 4 percent of the nation’s museum leadership is African American, according to a study by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The new Lincoln University Museum Studies program has the goal of increasing the number of African Americans who pursue careers in museum management.

…“This program will offer students rich courses that are complemented by hands-on, project-based learning. Students’ unique opportunities will include access to staff, collections, and other resources at Lincoln and the Barnes Foundation,” said Blake Bradford, the newly appointed director of the museum studies program and former Bernard C. Watson Director of Education at the Barnes Foundation. “The new museum studies major will provide students the tools that are critical to begin careers or pursue graduate studies in the museum field.” Read more here.

Congratulations, artists of the 76th Woodmere Annual Juried Show!

LINDA LEE ALTER
EMILY BELSHAW
MARIEL CAPANNA
JACINTHA CLARK
FRANCESCA COSTANZO
EMILY ERB
TERRENCE GORE
SUSAN HAGEN
CHARLES HALL JR.
THEODORE A. HARRIS
NISHAT HOSSAIN
ALEXANDRA HUGHES-CALEY
JANE IRISH
LIZ GOLDBERG-JOHNSON AND WARREN BASS
MELISSA JOSEPH
MELISSA MADDONNI HAIMS
SYLVIA MAIER
TILDA MANN
MARIE MANSKI
ANNE MINICH
OSCAR PAGE
TIM PORTLOCK
MATTHEW PRING
JACK RAMSDALE
ANA VIZCARRA RANKIN
MIA ROSENTHAL
TIM RUSTERHOLZ
ROSALIND SUTKOWSKI
JACQUES-JEAN TIZIOU
MAT TOMEZSKO
KUKULI VELARDE
HILARY WANG
VIRGINIA LEIGH WERRELL
ASHLEY WICK
RACHEL WINSLOW
MEG WOLENSKY
RACHEL ZIMMERMAN

The 76th Annual Woodmere Juried Exhibition runs June 3 – September 4, 2017 and was juried by Harry Philbrick. More information here

Congratulations, Cassils, on your 2017 Guggenheim Award. Here is the artist’s statement of what they hope to do (courtesy of their gallery, Ronald Feldman Gallery). Read Flora Ward’s review of the recent Cassils performance at PAFA.

Cassils performance
Cassils, performance at PAFA, Dec. 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

“A Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant at this pivotal career juncture will allow me to present highly­ developed, cohesive bodies of work while fostering the opportunity to take important risks working with new materials, forms, and modes of public engagement. The projects proposed for development exemplify my unique perspective as a non­binary trans artist and will advance my multidisciplinary practice that combines physical culture, body art, sculpture, performance, film, and new media.” Says Cassils
Cassils has been represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts since 2013, when the gallery presented Cassils’ first solo exhibition, Body of Work. RFFA is pleased to present Cassils’ new one person exhibition, Monumental in September 2017, funded in part with their new Guggenheim award. This exhibition will include Cassils’ Creative Capital Funded project Premiere of Resiliencesculptures made from precious metals and bodily waste and three visceral video installations. See the artist’s website for more about the artist.

Sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz dies at age 86. Read the obituary here.

OPPORTUNITIES

Leeway Transformation Award application due May 15

The Transformation Award celebrates women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in the Delaware Valley who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to art for social change work. The LTA is a $15,000 unrestricted award (not project-based) open to artists working in traditional and non-traditional art forms. Full information here.

Open call for 2018 Site-Specific Artist Installations at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2018 season of site-specific artist installations. We’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project. Current students (at the time of application) are not eligible. For guidelines and to apply. Complete information here.


2017 William H. Johnson Prize for early career African American artists

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre. The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, “early-career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2005 is eligible to apply in 2017, but not in 2018. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years. The 2017 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2017. Details here. Application due Nov. 16, 2017.

Cerulean Arts 5th Annual Juried Exhibition

Cerulean Arts seeks entries for it’s Juried Exhibition to be held June 21 – July 29, 2017. This year’s juror is Rachel McCay, art historian and Assistant Curator at Woodmere Art Museum. Entry deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017. Modest entry fee and awards given! More information here. Deadline is Friday, April 28.

Open call for emerging and established artists at The University City Arts League Gallery

University City Arts League (UCAL) exhibits emerging and established artists to inspire, educate and engage the West Philadelphia community in the visual arts. The UCAL Gallery provides a contemporary exhibition space for regional artists, striving to be a cultural gathering place and active participant in the Philadelphia arts network. The UCAL Gallery Committee accepts artist submissions year-round. The selection committee meets twice a year to select artists for exhibition (April and October). Submissions are due for the April meeting March 15th and for the October meeting September 30. Artists who are offered a show will be asked to sign an exhibition contract. You can view/download the exhibition contract on the University City Arts League Gallery website. More information here.

Maker Arts Technician and Coordinator, Haverford College

Haverford College seeks to hire a full-time, exempt, fully benefits eligible Maker Arts Technician and Coordinator to help the college envision, develop, and run a new Maker Arts space that will be based within the Visual Culture Arts and Media (VCAM) facility.

The position is full time with an initial three-year term and reports to the VCAM Director. This person will maintain all equipment in the space, support curricular activities and develop co-curricular programs, create and teach workshops, coordinating with faculty, student, and IT groups, pioneer new maker technologies, and train student technicians to serve as lab assistants. More information here.

Artblog News

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Artblog Look/Draw/Write workshop at Taller Puertorriqueño on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 3PM.

Join us for a Look/Draw/Write workshop at Taller Puertorriqueño Saturday, April 29, 3PM – 4PM. In conjunction with the solo exhibition by Michelle Angela Ortiz. FREE More information here.

Artblog and Hidden City joint tour/Art Safari on First Friday, May 5, 2017, 6PM

Come along with us on an Art Safari and neighborhood tour of Callowhill and galleries in the Vox building, Friday, May 5, 6-8:30 PM. FREE More information and register here.

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