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The chosen – 2015 Pew Fellowships and grant winners announced

[Again in 2015, we cheer as artists we’ve worked with and/or championed come into the Pew light, and we applaud the exhibits and events. Congratulations, all!] For ten years we have watched from the sidelines as Pew awarded money to Philadelphia area artists, curators and organizations in the arts — we cheered, we scratched our heads a little, we were happy for the winners and sad for the runners up.  Philadelphia is a small pond and the fact is, Pew’s money — this year, $9.6 million  — is an important economic engine in the Philadelphia arts sector.  As of 2014, Pew has poured $98,819,288 into Philadelphia including fellowship ... More » »

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News — #PaulaScher + #KeithHartwig @TempleContemporary, #NEA Big Read winners, Elisa Soliven and Nicomi Nix Turner shows galore, opportunities and more!

[Congratulations to the local institutions that recently received NEA grant funding! Read on for more about that, along with local art shows and two museum-work opportunities. And heads up: We’ll be covering the Temple Contemporary map show below in an upcoming post. — the artblog editors] News Temple Contemporary’s 2014 – 2015 Distinguished Alumni Mentorship program is ending, with an exhibition of work by Paula Scher (BFA Illustration ’70) and recent graduate Keith Hartwig (B.Arch Architecture ’11) to usher out the season. The immersive experience of Scher’s “Philadelphia Map” and Hartwig’s “Human Visual Field” are on display through July 11. ... More » »

Simeen Farhat, "Thinking."

News post — TandM hosted Roberto Vignoli, Angela McQuillan in “Art or Science,” @PPAC #PhillyPhotoDay on display in #DilworthPlaza, opportunities and more!

[Today in artblog news: Lots of photography shows and opportunities around town, plus things to listen to, watch, and look out for! — the artblog editors] News TandM Arts: Studio, aka Virginia Maksymowicz and Blaise Tobia, hosted their friend, Italian photographer Roberto Vignoli, last weekend for a one-time, Philadelphia showing of his panorama photo of Cuba’s famous sea wall, the Malecon.  We couldn’t make it to the show, but thought the photo was such a wow, we’d link it and tell you about it. Vignoli, who came through Philadelphia as part of an around-the-world tour, is a lifelong resident of Rome.  TandM ... More » »

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News post –- Hilary Jay moving on from @PhilaArchCenter, @FleisherOllman in Tucson, #DavidLynch’s Silencio sets up in South France, opportunities and more!

[Today in art news, events, and opportunities: One of artblog’s own reviewers curates a show! We’ve also got the lowdown on upcoming History Truck events, plus a juried show and a teaching position just for artists. — the artblog editors] News A vibrant welcome to the Brandywine Workshop’s first resident fashion designers, the flamboyantly named Burning Guitars! The Art of Fashion: Corrupted Aesthetic, powered by Showroom77, brings the collective’s designs to BWA from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, June 6 at the BWA space. A 3D exhibit, this show takes place in Brandywine’s Glass Lobby Gallery and the outdoor ... More » »

Work by Matt Green. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – Spruce Harbor afloat again, Stacey Lee Webber at SNAG Boston, Street Art at the PMA, opportunities and more!

News Streets Dept is presenting a panel on The Evolution of Street Art at The Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 6-7 PM. It’s pay what you wish to see this hour-long event, which features some of everybody’s favorite local street artists Gaia, Joe Boruchow, Ishknits, Harlequinade, and Kid Hazo. Chances are, you stumbled upon a certain pop-up oasis last summer, and were sorry to see it go in the final weeks of August before you’d even gotten through the crowd to sample all the boardwalk’s culinary options. You’re in luck this week: Spruce Street Harbor is about to ... More » »

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Winners announced for the New Art Writing Challenge!

The St.Claire and the Artblog are ecstatic to announce the winners of the New Art Writing Challenge. The challenge generated over 70 unique pieces of writing all examining and engaging art in Philadelphia. Look for the writings of these finalists and prize winners to be published soon on the St. Claire and Artblog. While the challenge is over the real task is just beginning: to keep writing; to keep responding; to keep probing, giving, and sharing until the conversation is as complex, multi-tonal, and unblinking as the art it addresses. To that end, CONGRATULATIONS to all the writers, THANK YOU to our judges – ... More » »

Chris Burden, Urban Light. AP Photo/Nick Ut.

News post – Chris Burden passes away, Ken Lum launches Monument Lab, Rebecca Rutstein to set sail, opportunities and more.

News We were saddened to learn of the passing of performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden at age 69, at his home in Topanga Canyon. The cause was malignant melanoma, as reported in the L.A. Times. Ken Lum, integral advisor to the Artblog ASR project, is getting ready to ask an entire city the question: what would a monument that fully captures the identity of Philadelphia look like? Accordingly, he invites everyone to come to the launch of Monument Lab this Friday, with City Hall serving as the research pavilion. Monument Lab comes with a full complement of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, ... More » »

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News post – Penn + Pentimenti’s stellar collaboration, Rebecca Gilbert in New Mexico, Tom Devaney book launch, opportunities and more!

News Pentimenti’s latest, most exciting project is The ARTacama Project, billed as “A Critical Partnership between Science, Technology, Education & the Fine Arts.” Held on Thursday, May 14 from 6-8 PM at Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, ARTacama is a partnership between the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT), led by a team including Prof. Mark Devlin and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow Benjamin Schmitt, (University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and Astronomy), artist and professor Jackie Tileston, (PennDesign Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania), and Christine Pfister, Director, (Pentimenti Gallery). Some background: since its creation in early 2012, The ARTacama Project has ... More » »

Dana Hargrove, (Scottish, b. 1975; active in the United States), The Multis, 2014, Ink and gesso on cardboard, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

News post – new show at @graverslanegallery, SVA Open Studios, Lee Bontecou, Pat Steir + more @rollinscollege, opportunities and more!

News Here’s a peek at Gravers Lane’s first show in their new space!  Featuring the works of Rick Beck, Anne Currier, Daryls Ewoldt, James McNabb, Paula Winokur, Robert Winokur and Joël Urruty, it’s a beautiful welcome into the new home. The show runs April 15-May 30, 2015. On April 27, Slought is hosting “Ghost stories,” a film screening and conversation. Taking on the politics of urban renewal, the program features Keg de Souza’s documentary film “If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighborhood…” and a conversation between de Souza in dialogue with Rahul Mukherjee of Penn Cinema Studies. The entire event runs from 6:30-8pm, and is well worth checking out. For those eager ... More » »

Shanyn Fiske at Street Road. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – New Boon(e) Crit Night, Barbara DeGenevieve @voxpopuliglry, Paul Chan @slought_org, opportunities and more!

News On Saturday, April 18 at 8 pm AUX Performance Space is putting on two performative lectures and a screening of the work of Barbara DeGenevieve. Barbara De Genevieve: To Be Alive is to Move from the Known to the Unknown (1947-2014), an evening of dedications, includes “Mentor to Mentee – Legacy” a lecture on the importance of mentorship and its lasting influence on DeGenevieve; and a performative lecture by Lisa Wainwright and Alan Labb (both of School of the Art Institute of Chicago) entitled “Barbara DeGenevieve and the pornographic sublime–a tribute {or “50 shades of fuck”}.” Exploring DeGenevieve’s writings ... More » »