We believe the discussion of art, centered on beauty, truth, value, and power, makes the world a better place.Artblog is an independent online publication that fosters dialog and community through commentary and discussion about art and culture. We focus primarily on the Philadelphia region and educate our community about the importance of art to civil society. We raise the profile of marginalized artists—the young, minorities and women—who have been left out of the conversation. We do all this through our online publication and with programs in the community.
Art can be difficult at times; art can be challenging. Artblog writes in a manner that tries to make it accessible to a lot of people.
— Dave Kyu, artist, Manager of Neighborhood Time Projects for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
HistoryIn 2003, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof launched Artblog with a mission to share their intimate knowledge of Philadelphia's cutting edge art, and to educate and support a community of artists, art lovers, gallerists, critics and academics. Artblog was recognized for excellence twice by Art in America (2005, 2007) and has received grants from the Knight Foundation and elsewhere. In 2010 Artblog incorporated and became a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We now provide a variety of services. Working as a team of writers and support staff, Artblog today is an educational laboratory and online archive generating ideas to connect the public with art. Through Artblog's work with students and emerging writers, we are mentoring the next generation of arts entrepreneurs and cultural journalists. Through work with established writers we are raising the bar on art criticism and steering the discussion into important topics for today.
Editor in Chief—Roberta Fallon
Content Editor—Flora Ward
Photo Editor—Evan Paul Laudenslager
Website Design and Management—Jeremiah Misfeldt
Website Graphic Design—Jason Killinger
Sponsorship and Newsletter Coordinator—Stephanie Bursese
Gilda Kramer, Esq.
Kathryn Hughes Maguire
Michael Snyder, Esq.
William M. Madway
Artblog's two major strengths are its inclusiveness and independence. Because of that inclusiveness and independence the organization can exist as an inviting and open "neutral territory" amidst a cultural landscape that is fragmented and partitioned by school affiliation, artistic difference, generation, and especially the heinous forms of social stratification that disenfranchise communities along racial, cultural, and socio-economic lines.
— Gee Wesley, Curatorial and Research Fellow, Slought
About Our Programs
Artists and Social Responsibility
We inaugurated the Artist and Social Responsibility Class in 2015 with help from a Knight Foundation grant. The college seminar/community laboratory focuses on the role of the artist in society and meets on-site at the Village of Arts and Humanities. Students from local colleges and high school students from North Philadelphia learn together and create projects directed at bettering the social environment in the North Philadelphia neighborhood.
Guest Editor Project
We began the Guest Editor project in 2015, and our first Guest Editor was The St. Claire, an online arts magazine spearheaded by artist/writers. The project involved new content for Artblog's publication plus a city-wide New Art Writing festival to create awareness of the importance of art writing to the community at large. During the month-long festival, we held free writing workshops; public discussions; and an art writing contest with prizes that received more than 70 submissions!
We received a Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge award in 2011 for our experimental Artblog Art Safaris. Art Safaris are guided tours to connect the public with Philadelphia's alternative gallery scene. Art Safaris continue today and have been responsible for sales of art by local artists to Philadelphia collectors.
At Knight Foundation, we believe the arts are one of the most effective ways to bring people together and challenge them to build a better community. Artblog's class will instill that mission in artists as they begin to form their practice, fostering a commitment to strengthen the community through the arts.
— Dennis Scholl, Former VP for arts at Knight Foundation