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Pew announces 2014 grants for Philadelphia artists and organizations!

Congratulations to the 2014 Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Grantees! It looks like 2014 will be a great year for arts and culture in Philadelphia. Read about the artists and their projects here. PEW Fellowships – $60,000 each  Laynie Browne, Poet Thomas Devaney, Poet Michael Djupstrom, Pianist and composer Fatu Gayflor, Vocalist and folk artist Leroy Johnson, Visual artist Mary Lattimore, Harpist and performer Travis Macdonald, Poet Ted Passon, Filmmaker Susan Rethorst, Choreographer Matt Saunders, Theater artist and scenic designer J.C. Todd, Poet Brent Wahl, Visual artist Project Grants Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, $240,000 Arcadia University, $94,200 Asian Arts Initiative, $60,000 Bryn ... More » »

A panoramic view of Isaac Tin Wei Lin and Alex Lukas' "Absent Design." Photo courtesy of the artists.

News post – Absent Design from Space 1026 alumni, Philly Stake 2014’s first news, Cloud Prize winners, opportunities and more!

News Little Berlin member Erin Bernard (of the Philadelphia Public History Truck) is doing a three-month Summer Reading series, made even more summery by its BYOB potluck element. Focusing on Community Arts and Aesthetics, the free series sessions meet at Little Berlin’s Annex space. Everyone’s meant to bring a dish to share and/or a drink of choice, an open mind, and some relevant textual interpretations; all genres and disciplines are welcome. All genres and disciplines are welcome to attend; a small donation is suggested toward the Annex, and RSVP is encouraged. The first session is next Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m, and ... More » »

Yoko Yuki, Barikan, 2011, part of Lyrical Hysterical. Photo courtesy of Oof.

News post – Plato’s Porno Cave open for biz, Bait’s Open Meeting on working artists, Nancy Agati goes to Boulder, opportunities and more!

News   This year’s Plato’s Porno Cave is coming up fast, with a whole new retinue of events taking place in, around and about the titular cave. Among the highlights is a small standalone interactive piece by Julius Ferraro, whose coverage of last year’s PPC we quite enjoyed. The Fairgrounds’ 4th Plato’s Porno Cave is the 3rd at Little Berlin, and the 2nd with a month of programming. There’s a partial calendar of events, and the remaining events to be determined include a series of film nights. More information is available on each Facebook event page, so check them out ... More » »

Underneath by MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix), part of Street Road's Arterial Motives. Photo: Street Road Artists Space.

News post – RIP Lewis Katz, DAM’s performance art first, Street Road hits traffic, Butch Cordora gets a TV boost, opportunities and more.

News   Along with much of Philadelphia and the surrounding regions, we were shocked and saddened this weekend to learn that Lewis Katz had lost his life in a plane crash. Known across the region as a builder of schools, founder of charitable organizations, owner of two sports teams, passionate Temple alum, and in general an exceptionally kind human being, Katz died four days after he and fellow investor H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest won control of The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com. Jeff Gammage and Melissa Dribben’s obituary on Philly.com is an elegant reminder of the acts of generosity ... More » »

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News post – Penn MFAs in Vienna, ForceField grows closer, the fight to save Dot Art, opportunities and more!

News ForceField is a familiar presence for us, but might not be for anyone others who will be around June 21-22. This vivid two-day art/music/performance experience, boasting 45 multi-disciplinary artists from 7 states, and brought to Philly by Tim Eads and Joe Bartram, is bound to dazzle. They have an amazing lineup of musicians to soundtrack the event – King Britt, Alex Burkat, Hiro Kone, Telequanta, Ryan Todd, Ben Warfield, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. With plant-generated visuals designed by NoCarrier and Enso, there’s also the chance to learn what a plantable album is. We can’t say for sure. It ... More » »

The Project HOME endeavor of Meg Saligman, Bon Jovia and more. Photo courtesy of Mural Arts.

News post – PSYCHYLUSTRO launches in style, 3rd Street in flux, Caitlin McCormack’s wolfish work, opportunities and more!

News Fellow muralist Meg Saligman saw an equally major premiere recently with the April 22 opening of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Homes, a Project HOME mixed-used development that showcases her art installations. Totaling four pieces, Meg’s made a 2-story exterior mural with an “illuminated light sculpture”;  a multimedia work comprised of stained glass, a water feature, “intention cubbies” and a mosaic floor medallion in the lobby; and a printed glass storefront on the second floor. There’s a lot to take in, not surprising for a project helmed by this group of people! Although it’s been delighting rail passengers since ... More » »

New work by Douglas Witmer. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post — Dual UDel shows, Abigail DeVille lands at Michel Rein, BAM Auction shows Artsy’s chops, opportunities and more!

News   A shot Roberta took of the Gee’s Bend Girls at the PMA got a second life recently when Craft in America were captivated enough to use it in an episode, which aired this week, focusing on the topic of industry. The picture in question, showing the Gees Bend quilters singing at the PMA in their quilt exhibit a number of years back, was spotted by a sharp-eyed artist who saw the Gee’s Bend ladies singing at an exhibition and thought it would fit the episode perfectly.   Good tidings from former Philadelphia Art Alliance curator Sarah Archer, who’s ... More » »

Matthew Mazzotta’s "Open House" in motion. Photo: Architizer.com.

News – Goodbye to DODGE with Ellen Harvey, Little Berlin grows an Annex, CFEVA brings placemakers to the table, opportunities and more!

News   Jules Ferraro’s new show is one of those things that doesn’t beat around the bush, title-wise: MICROMANIA, opening as part of Collage Festival from May 8-10, 2014 at the The Community Education Center in West Philly, is billed as “an absurd reduction of tense interoffice relationships to a single issue, picking into the weird, wiggly world of the strangers we work with.” Described by Jules as a shoestring, high-concept spectacle, it’s also a breakout of sorts; it’s his first show production since graduating college. You can find more information at the Facebook event. Entrance to the festival is $5. Little Berlin marches on: ... More » »

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Still from Reifying Desire 5 (detail), 2013
HD digital video, color 3-D animation, 8:45 mins. Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery

News post – Recess toasts to 5 years, Rutgers goes to Red Hook, Amze Emmons in print, opportunities and more!

News   Gregory Walker brings us word that as part of the Henry Box Brown Festival, the Brothers’ Network is hosting a conversation and tour of Yinka Shonibare’s work. The Henry Box Brown Festival celebrates the artistic and social contributions of African men, so this is a wonderful companion to Shonibare’s exhibition currently on display at The Barnes Foundation, and we anticipate that it’s going to create a lot of great conversations around race, culture, gender and class. Recent podcast subject Amze Emmons is one of the featured artists at Stonefox Editions, a professional print studio in Philadelphia, who have just rolled ... More » »

Dona Nelson at Thomas Erben. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – Slought sloughs its Foundation, Carl Marin rides the MTA, “Imaginary Reality” on the Main Line, opportunities and more!

News   Jennie Thwing, Nic Coviello and Tim Portlock are displaying the fruits of their recent Meyer Family awards at the Main Line Art Center’s Imaginary Reality this month.  Celebrating the creation of this new award (full name: the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art), the show opens April 1, and on the same day MLAC is open to applications for next year’s Meyer Family Award. Imaginary Reality not only caps off ten years for  Main Line Art Center’s Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition series, but it also coincides with the Center’s new Digital Media Programs. Theaster Gates has been invited to this year’s Culture Lab ... More » »