Researcher in Lyme, NY. needs your assistance; PHL Assembled opens at the Perelman Building; Fabric Row art+history tour, Brandywine Workshop and Archives reopens, plus Opportunities from Cue Art and Artist Campaign School!
We round up some great opportunities -- but the deadlines are quick, so hurry, look, and apply! Also, Artblog was there as Philadelphia Assembled opened; and we took a group on a stroll down Fabric Row with local historian Joel Spivak regaling us with stories of the neighborhood. Along the way we visited Paradigm Gallery and DaVinci Art Alliance to hear about their great programs and artists.

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Artblog stepped out this weekend #1

Betty Leacraft, “Kensington Memories,” Quilt, Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved, 69” Long x 81” ,  Cotton fabric, Dacron broadcloth, cotton batting, cotton/poly thread. Machine sewing, machine quilting (stitching in the ditch), hand stitched finishing. Digital Imaging: Dye sublimation transfer process, Printer - Epson Surecolor F6022.  "What did Kensington look like in the past? And how has it changed? Philadelphia artist Betty Leacraft unveils her latest quilt, commissioned by Philadelphia Assembled, which will display the passage of time through archival images of the Kensington neighborhood."
Betty Leacraft, “Kensington Memories,” Quilt, Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved, 69” Long x 81” , Cotton fabric, Dacron broadcloth, cotton batting, cotton/poly thread. Machine sewing, machine quilting (stitching in the ditch), hand stitched finishing. Digital Imaging: Dye sublimation transfer process, Printer – Epson Surecolor F6022. “What did Kensington look like in the past? And how has it changed? Philadelphia artist Betty Leacraft unveils her latest quilt, commissioned by Philadelphia Assembled, which will display the passage of time through archival images of the Kensington neighborhood.”

…To the Philadelphia Assembled opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building. Congratulations to all the artists, activists and participants! We think the show is best “observed” via conversations. So go to the museum and talk with the artists! Lead artist, Jeanne van Heesvijk told us that she will be there every day until the show’s end, circulating through the space, serving coffee and talking with people. She’s done a fine thing for Philadelphia. Go talk with her about it!


Artblog stepped out this weekend #2

Mr. Baldwin, of Baldwin Leather and Fabric, talks with our group Sept. 9.
Mr. Baldwin, of Baldwin Leather and Fabric, talks with our group Sept. 9.

…The Art+History tour of Fabric Row, in collaboration with our friends at Hidden City happened on Saturday, Sept. 9. We learned from our history guy, Joel Spivak, about the fabric pushcarts back in the day; the Settlement House that helped Jewish immigrants settle in; and we saw the one remaining Colonial-era house on 4th St. We had wonderful conversations with the merchants and talked with our friends, Sara McCorriston and Jason Chen at Paradigm about how they run their space. Jason told us about his nifty woven photographs, up on the walls now. And we walked to DaVinci Art Alliance and saw works by Eamon DeFabbia-Kane and talked with Exhibitions Director, Jessica Jane Julius about the community focus of DaVinci and about their upcoming festival with glass pumpkins from Tyler glass students, on Oct. 7. We hope to do another Fabric Row art+history tour again! Thanks to all who came out and especially to the generous and welcoming gallerists at Paradigm and DaVinci, and shop owners, like Mr. Baldwin of Baldwin Leather and Fabric, who told us about being on the block for 29 years; and Sherie Abrams of Jack B. Fabrics, who told us about the three generations of her family who have been running their store.  By the way!  We ran into Conrad Benner of Streets Department at Paradigm.  He was running a tour of street art with a stop off at Paradigm.  It was great to run into the Philly street art activist!


NEWS

Researcher Margaret Brennan in Lyme, New York, needs your help in locating painting by Peter Caledon Cameron!

I am trying to track down the Philadelphia owner of a painting called “Sunset over the ice, Chaumont Bay,” which was attributed to Frederic Edwin Church. In Simon Winchester’s book “Krakatoa” he says that the painting is in a private collection in Philadelphia. I believe that the painting is not a Church at all, but a much less valuable work by Peter Caledon Cameron. (I’ve written an article about it-download the PDF here) and would be happy to share my research if you’re interested.) The problem is, I have no idea how to figure out who the owners are. -Margaret Brennen

Have a lead for Margaret, send her an email margaretbrennen@yahoo.com.


Congratulations, Brandywine Workshop, on your reopening! – We’ve long admired the work Brandywine does to support artists and we’re thrilled they are re-opening the gallery. Brandywine Gallery is where we first were introduced to the work of Belkis Ayon, in the late 1990s, who was an artist in residence. (See Ilana Napoli’s recent post about Ayon’s show at Museo del Barrio.)

Brandywine Workshop and Archives is sponsoring the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala on October 21, 2017. We are honoring artists El Anatsui, Sonya Clark, and Ruth E. Fine. (More information coming on the gala. Stay tuned.)

Brandywine Workshop and Archives
728 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
PH: 215.546.3675 FX: 215.545.2825
Email: prints@brandywineworkshop.com


OPPORTUNITIES

Via Andrea Kirsh…Artists! Want to run for office? APPLY BY SEPT. 15, 2017

Artist Campaign School: Groups Launch Effort to Recruit/Train Artists for Elected Office

Ten Social Impact Non-Profits Will Host First in a Series of Non-Partisan Trainings This Fall to Teach Creative Professionals the Tools Needed to Campaign and Get Elected

New York, NY – August 8, 2017 – The first-ever “Artist Campaign School” will be held in late October 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. This is the inaugural event in a series of all-expenses-paid trainings, to be held semi-annually across the United States over the next few years to recruit, train, and mentor artists and those in the cultural community for elected office. Applications for Artist Campaign School Detroit are currently being accepted until September 15, 2017 the group’s website. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and those selected will be notified in mid-September 2017.

Fractured Atlas – the country’s largest arts service organization with a reach of 600,000+ creative individuals and groups providing tools for artists to run the business side of their practice more efficiently – along with the eight other community impact organizations want to see greater representation in the political process from artists.

Lauren Ruffin, Vice President, External Relations of Fractured Atlas explained, “artists tend to be an active and passionate bunch. When they see something wrong in the world, they want to get involved and fix it. But when that something is politics, it’s hard to figure out where to begin. So, we decided to join with other dedicated partners to launch ‘Artist Campaign School’ to reach those who may have never considered holding an elected position, but who could impact policy decisions which have direct implications for the arts and cultural community—and shape the kinds of neighborhoods they live in.”

Joining Fractured Atlas in this effort are Alternate Roots (Atlanta), Art Up (Memphis), Creative Capital (New York), Creative Many (Detroit), For Freedoms (DC), The Laundromat Project (New York), National Performance Network (New Orleans) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco). Additional partners are also expected to join the effort.

Artist Campaign School Detroit will bring in top-tier campaign veterans from across political parties and ideology as trainers for approximately 100 accepted applicants. The intense 2-day session will cover topics including voter targeting, message and policy development, media training, fundraising and social media strategies. Travel, hotel accommodations and meals for the trainees will all be funded through a massive fundraising effort which the event partners have undertaken.

To learn more and to apply visit their website.


Cue Foundation emerging writers mentorship program seeks your applications! Deadline Sept.
12, 2017

CUE is currently seeking applications from emerging writers from Delaware/Philadelphia/Baltimore area to participate in the Art Critic Mentoring Program, a partnership with AICA USA (US section of International Association of Art Critics).

Here’s a little more information:

The Art Critic Mentoring Program pairs emerging writers with established art critics appointed by AICA to compose a long-form critical essay on one of CUE’s exhibiting artists.
One applicant will be chosen from the Delaware/Philadelphia/Baltimore region. Over the course of two months, the writer will conduct studio visits with CUE exhibiting artist, Peter Williams (based in Delaware), and compose an essay for publication in a printed exhibition catalogue and online.
The program is open to writers of any age in the early stages of their careers. Writers are awarded a $300 honorarium.

The deadline for applicants based in or near Delaware/Philadelphia/Baltimore is September 12, 2017

To apply for the program, please submit three arts-related writing samples and a CV, combined into in a single PDF document to shona@cueartfoundation.org with the subject line “ACMP application – Your Name – Location.”

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