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Anchorage Art Museum, where Diedra Krieger is now. Photo courtesy of the AAR.

News post – ICA counts down to 50, Mia Rosenthal in Little Rock, “Rescue or Destroy” saves/scourges, opportunities and more!

News ICA@50 is wrapping up its anniversary celebration on August 17 with a reverse countdown, a reflection, and a musical celebration. A film by Korean artist Jeamin Cha, the Group ZERO exhibition, and a serenade by Bardo Pond and DJ LIGHTHEAT all come together for the closing celebration on ICA’s terrace. Lil’ Pop Shop popsicles, a variety of snacks, and beer are amongst the edible offerings. The Pew Foundation’s Friday web feature is a weekly spotlight on what’s going on in the lives of their Fellows. On deck this week is 2012 Pew Fellow Dan Murphy, who runs Megawords with Anthony Smyrski. If you want ... More » »

Some collected work by Alex Lukas, now on view at Guerrero Gallery. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – Lukas+Powers+Riley at Guerrero Gallery, the ICA’s “Miranda” calls it a day, FJORD’s summer show opens, opportunities and more!

News FJORD is soon to be a source of collaborative goodness, thanks to Ted Gahl and Gregory Kalliche. Joining together once again for this summer’s “Lines Like Legs,” the two artists present installations of their works, all of which were conceived and assembled separately as part of Gahl and Kalliche’s ongoing PAT project. The show opens August 1 from 6-9 PM. Rachel Pastan, writer of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Miranda blog is departing for greener pastures. Since masterminding Miranda in 2010 as ICA’s Staff Writer, Rachel’s served as Editor-at-Large since 2012 and authored three novels, most recently Alena. Now, she’s taking ... More » »

Patti Smith's eerie installation for MoMA's "Rockaway!" series. Photo: Cait Munro.

News post – Betty Leacraft’s South Africa voyage, urban braille at Slought, MoMA’s Rockaways tribute, opportunities and more!

News   This weekend brings a new Slought presentation on land vacancy, with “turf tagging” by David Stephens as one of its remedies. His creations, using urban braille gardens to call attention to land vacancy in Philadelphia, form a large floor mantra (“act knowledge”). The exhibition features prototypes, templates and a mold for forming outdoor braille gardens; each template is in the shape of braille bumps and approximately six feet in width. They are accompanied by “Peel turf” (2013-2014), a series of wall constructions, which also use the same technique. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 25 from 6:30-8:30pm, with brief ... More » »

Katharina Grosse's "psychylustro," by now a familiar sight. Photo credit: Philebrity.com.

News post – A Candy Coated Eakins Oval, ART21 2014 stars Katharina Grosse, Pine Barrens on film, opportunities and more!

News Magic Carpet, a total environment created by Candy Coated that the Association for Public Art commissioned for The Oval, kicks off tomorrow and is on view until August 17. It’s much as you’d expect for a work served up by Candy Coated; representatives from the City and Fairmount Park Conservancy, artists and an interpretative dance team are cutting the ribbon on the “Magic Carpet” theme and 3-D illusion public art display. Plus, let’s see who can turn down a beer garden! Big old list ahead: The 2014 Grantees of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation have been chosen, and some super-deserving organizations have gotten a boost. ... More » »

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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 » »