The art world needs a grapevine. We provide one each week in our news roundups.
We curate the news each week to reveal the best of what’s going on in Philadelphia. We find the latest job/exhibition/funding opportunities and important tidbits about Philadelphia art and artists and keep you up to date with what’s cooking.
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage spreads $10 million in 53 grants to individuals and organizations. We’re especially happy for these strong women in the mix – Sharon Hayes and Tiona McClodden, who are new Pew fellows; Erin Bernard and The History Truck and Kelsey Halliday Johnson for her exhibition about women’s art and technology from 1970-85 – yay! Congratulations, all!Read More
Allen’s Lane Art Center’s Second Annual “Night of the Arts” This Saturday, 6PM – Immerse yourself in this vibrant community art center in Mt. Airy – and spend time with their gallery exhibition by photographer Harvey Finkle, whose socially-activist works Artblog has long admired.Read More
In movie news — TONIGHT – Film screening of the biopic, “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” at the AAMP as the finale to the Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts. Philadelphia Poet Laureate emeritus Sanchez will attend for a Q+A with filmmaker Barbara Attie after the screening.Read More
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will debut a new program beginning June 5 titled Philly Free Week.The program gives Philadelphians free access to the outdoor labyrinth, the Isaiah and Julia Zagar exhibition “Dear Julia” and daily gallery talks. On the kick-off date, there will be music by Bridgeset Sound and a photo booth.Read More
NEA awards $807,000 to local arts organizations to foster learning and engagement. Congratulations, all!Read More
Museum News 1 – Public Sculpture by the late Dina Wind debuts at Woodmere Art Museum – It’s big!
From Woodmere’s Gabrielle Turgoose, the piece by Dina Wind is a 30-foot steel sculpture, titled, Spring & Triangle. “…this is a fabrication based on a maquette of 1986 and the realization of the artist’s dream to see her work made on a public scale, interacting with trees, the sky, and the grandeur of nature,” said Turgoose, Director of Communications at the Museum.Read More
I caught up with ASR student Gabrielle Patterson, who graduated from University of Pennsylvania a year ago with a BFA in Fine Arts, and some wizardly animation skills. After graduation, Gabrielle decided to stay in Philadelphia where she has been working part time for an educational media production company, Fabian-Baber, Inc. in Media, PA. She’s also working at the Lea school’s after-school program. And this summer, she will be teaching an animation workshop for high school students at the Brandywine Workshop.Read More
Friend of Artblog Bruce Hoffman, who is director of Gravers Lane Gallery, wrote to say the gallery was organizing a special program and poetry event, Saturday, May 7, 1PM-5PM, honoring slain aspiring poet, Tyrone Alexander Tillman. Tillman was a high school student and active in the Philadelphia Youth Poetry movement. Gallery artist, Rachel Bliss, has a connection with the youth and facilitated the event in conjunction with her exhibit at the gallery in May.Read More
In case you missed it
1. Courtney Bowles and Mark Aloysious Strandquist are 2016 Blade of Grass fellows for their People’s Paper Coop work – Congratulations!
2. Mark Bradford will represent U.S. at Venice Bienale.
3. RAIR gets a fantastic writeup in Wall Street Journal.
4. Common Press turns 10, holds symposium and exhibition at UPenn Library
Publication News #1 – Congratulations to the 3 galleries and 4 museums who appeared in Artnet.com’s recent article “7 Reasons Why Philadelphia Is the Best Place for Your Next Art Getaway!”Read More
The imaginative team of Julius Ferraro andAmanda Wagner invited me to collaborate with them on content for their savvy online publication, Curate This. I selected two of my favorite artists to showcase, Beth Heinly and Tyler KlineRead More
In other Temple news, business school student Faiza Samreen wrote to say she and some fellow students are organizing an art show/fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on April 3, 3-7PM at Hubbub Coffee on Spruce Street, near the University of Pennsylvania. They’re charging admission to the show and all funds raised will go the Habitat for Humanity.Read More
After welcoming more than 1,300 visitors and 50 exhibitors in 2015, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) and The Print Center are pleased to announce the line-up of signings, appearances, and talks for the 2016 Philadelphia Art Book Fair, taking place on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at The Annex on Filbert (830 Filbert St). Moving beyond one medium, the inclusive, metropolitan art fair features new releases from art and photo book publishers, small and large, as well as zines and publications from both art institutions and independent artists.Read More
Live at the Dump, a new series of programs by our friends at RAIR (RECYCLED ARTIST IN RESIDENCY)! RAIR has two movie nights planned, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and Wall-E! I can’t think of better movies to watch at the recycling center.Read More