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Honors for Philly-ites

a mixed media collage by Deborah Gross-Zuchman, part of her Windows Into War series
a mixed media collage by Deborah Gross-Zuchman, part of her Windows Into War series

A Puffin Foundation award went to Deborah Gross-Zuchman to continue getting into more hands her book of poetry and paintings, “Windows Into War.” The book is a response to the Iraq invasion at a time when her son Alex was an officer in the Marines. (He’s back in Philly, having survived the Marines and gone on to other things). One of the images related to this project–a mixed media collage/painting– is currently up at the Eakins House as part of the Mural Arts Program‘s Creative Capital exhibit of work by MAP staff. Zuchman herself is a project manager for MAP.

Puffin‘s mission is “providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.”

(The MAP staff exhibit at 1727-29 Mt. Vernon Street runs to August 25, Gallery hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

Gary L. Moore

Gary Moore
Gary L. Moore, Pharaoh’s Dance Plaza at the opera house in Miami

New–or I should say returned–Philadelphian Gary L. Moore recently arrived in town, with a couple honors in tow for his public art work in high-key colors. The city of Delray Beach, Fla., received an award for Moore’s paving design for three full blocks, with an African heritage theme.

Two of Moore’ public art works in Miami were also included in the publication “Selections from the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Collection.” The book featured two of his works, Afromatic, and Pharaoh’s Dance Plaza.

I recently met Moore at a dinner and it’s exciting to see all these great artists moving to town!

Philly’s Art of the State award winners

Kip Deeds
Kip Deeds award-winning print, Alaskan Cruise, relief print, ink, color pencil & collage, 19 x 24 inches

The annual Art of the State exhibit in Harrisburg is still up, and a number of Philadelphia-area artists included in the exhibit won awards.

First prize in painting went to Alex Cohen.

First in photograph went to Rosalind Sutkowski and 2nd to Jeffrey Stockbridge.

First in sculpture went to Cheryl Harper.

First and second in works on paper went to Frank Hyder and Kip Deeds, respectively. Hyder’s piece also won the the Rose Roy Memorial Award Honoring Volunteerism.

The exhibit, a group show including work by 160 Pennsylvania artists is up until Sept. 21 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.