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Free workshops at black comix convention

The 10th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention is back! Philadelphia will again host the convention on May 21 at The Crown Plaza Hotel on 1800 Market Street from 10 am – 7 pm.



Tim Greene


The world’s youngest award-winning animators – the Baba sisters – will be hosting two free animation workshops at 10:45 – 11:15 AM and 1:45 – 2:15 PM in the Kid’s Library. Also appearing will be Philly native and independent filmmaker Tim Greene, who will host a free workshop about producing feature films. There will also be a give-away of cell phones and art kits for children.

Celebrate Mikey Wild’s music and art

Mikey Wild
Punk rocker and artist Mikey Wild

Come join the celebration of the music and outsider art of Philadelphia punk rock icon and South Street personality Mikey Wild on June 18 from 5 to 8 pm. Amber Dorko Stopper is organizing the event at Pageant : Soloveev Gallery, which has shown Mikey’s eccentric drawings in the past, at 607 Bainbridge St. Here’s a documentary video that will give you a good idea of Mikey if you don’t know him: Mikey Wild The Living Legend.

Philadelphia Cultural Fund announces grant recipients

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund has announced this year’s visual/media arts grant recipients as follows:

Big Picture Alliance
Brandywine Workshop, Inc.
Clay Studio
Fabric Workshop and Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art at U of P
Paley /Levy Galleries at Moore
Philadelphia Community Access Media (Philly Cam)
Phila Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA)
Philadelphia Sculptors
Philadelphia Sketch Club
Print Center
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
Scribe Video Center, Inc.
Termite TV Collective
Vox Populi
WHYY, Inc.
WYBE-TV35 (Independence Public Media of Phila., Inc.)

More grants -The National Endowment for the Arts awards grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has released its list of 2011 grant recipients. The winning Pennsylvania organizations can be found here.

Artist Opportunities

Carbon14, the funky gallery that had its first half-life in Old City, has risen from the ashes in Port Richmond and is seeking new projects. They’re looking for installations, video projections, or performances in their new location – a re-purposed garment factory. Send proposals to:

Brainstormers is hoping “to portray as broad a cross-section of the contemporary art world as possible” in a show at Rutgers University. They are looking for lots of artists to participate in their Fall 2011 show.

SCOPE Art Show in London has an open call. To be a part of the Art Takes London event, you’d better hurry because the deadline is May 27! $10,000 in grant money and international publicity is up for grabs. Take a chance!

MoMA snags the American Folk Art Museum


American Folk Art Museum building
Photo: Michael Moran

You may be wondering why we’re interested in this. Well, probably because the architects are the same ones constructing the new Barnes Museum in Philly! In New York, the American Folk Art Museum is relocating due to a deep financial hole, and MoMA has bought the building. Jerry Saltz claims this is due to the architecture of the building, which is less than suitable for displaying AFAM’s art collections. Is this bad for the Barnes? Saltz colleague Justin Davidson, however, cites poor financial decisions as the primary misstep – plunging into $32 million of debt for the project.

Shows, shows, shows!

Zoe Strauss had a photography workshop and exhibit on May 12, 2011 in Bogota, Colombia at Fotomuseo.

Bill McRight shows off his handmade weapons at THIS Los Angeles on May 20, 2011 from 7-10 PM. One night only!

Night of the Hunter, one of Bill McRight’s handmade weapons

Daniel Oliva is part of Artronomy at Brooklyn’s About Glamour from May 6 until June 26.

Taxidermist Beth Beverly had one of her hats auctioned off last week at the Kentucky Derby!