Resident artists of Philadelphia: yes, you are being tracked by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Resident artists is one of 50 cultural data sets mapped out in “CultureBlocks,” an interactive map of Philadelphia’s cultural assets that the city officially launched on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The purpose of CultureBlocks Based on data from the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP), CultureBlocks is a map of cultural institutions and assets throughout Philadelphia. It’s not aimed at tourists or the art-viewing audience looking for a good show on a First Friday; CultureBlocks is actually intended as a ... More » »
It’s a different kind of silence than the refined quiet of an art gallery. Here at City Hall, the gentle ‘tap-tap’ of keyboards and the quiet shuffle of feet hurrying across carpeted floors reminds you, even as you take in Mark Stockton’s ludicrous charcoal portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Portlock’s hellish depiction of Philadelphia’s badlands, that you’re in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Though I felt at first inhibited, I then reminded myself that the display of work by the Philadelphia artists chosen for the West Collection exemplifies the OACCE’s mission of furthering the arts ... More » »
News Three Philadelphia organizations engaged in creative placemaking projects have received ArtPlace Grants: The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has won $200,000 for a project on the Delaware Waterfront; the University City District has won $375,000 for design upgrades and art installations at the Porch; and the Asian Arts Initiative has been awarded $450,000 to commission work in the Chinatown area. More information about the ArtPlace Grants can be found here. The new executive director of the Main Line Art Center is photographer Amie Potsic, long time Director of Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. ... More » »
Ever wonder just what it is that Gary Steuer is doing in City Hall? Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Steuer to a cabinet position, thereby making good on a campaign promise to restore an art czar to the city government. Steuer, who has to work with a slim budget, in hard times, has to find ways to live up to his ten-gallon title as Chief Cultural Officer and director of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Notice for our loyal RSS feed readers: Our regular full-length artblog podcasts will no longer be part of your feeds as of ... More » »
News In the Media Iain Ball‘s show Pangea: Rare Earth Sculptures at Extra Extra is featured in this month’s issue of Art Papers. Joe Girandola‘s duct tape paintings look great in a Stylelist.com article. Zoe Strauss‘s photo-billboards appear in an editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News that compares them favorably to the city’s many murals. Amber Dorko Stopper is named Craft Editor at InCultureParent Magazine.
News (Inaccurate information has been removed from this post). ICA appoints new curator The Institute of Contemporary Art has appointed Anthony Elms as a new Associate Curator. Elms has worked as an independent curator and writer, and he was Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years. He replaces Jenelle Porter who has taken a position at ICA Boston.
News Vollis Simpson Park receives ArtPlace grant We told you back in September that Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe received grants from ArtPlace, well here is another great use of the money from that organization.
The house was packed as Mayor Nutter kicked-off a press conference on Monday announcing the findings of a Three-Year index of Creative Vitality in Philadelphia. The results of the the report show that Philadelphia’s Creative Vitality Index (CVI) score is 70% stronger than the national benchmark, and our CVI growth from 2006 to 2008 ranks among the top 5 in the nation. Additionally, our Nonprofit Arts Organization revenue is 5 times the national benchmark.
Now in its 75th year, the Whitney Biennial is still the big kahuna—the show every American artist wants to be in and every art lover wants to see. This year, the career-boosting show includes no Philadelphia artists. Instead, the curators of this national show sought talent in Chicago, Oregon, Los Angeles and, of course, New York. They rounded up 55 artists and, for the first time, more than half were women. Reflecting our times of war and global recession, the show is a somber parade, sometimes tedious, sometimes achingly beautiful, with a surprising number of photographers and video artists channeling ... More » »
Post by our man in City Hall, Dustin Metz: [We’ve been waiting for this for six months–the re-establishment of the Office of Arts and Culture and the appointment of its head. Then, neither of us could make it to Mayor Nutter’s announcement. So we asked Dustin Metz to go. Here’s his report. (If you want to skip to the all important who, it’s down after the subhead “Drum roll please…”).] As I entered the Reception Room for the Mayor in City Hall the TV cameras were in the process of setting up and there were still a few seats open, ... More » »