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Philadelphia Museum of Art highlights ten local artists
Starting September 10, the PMA will host Here and Now: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists.

Left: Disco Mosul, from the Amman Portfolio, 2006 by Daniel Heyman. Right: Walking from CVS, West Philly by Hannah Price

The local artists include Astrid Bowlby, Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala (who operate in collaboration), Vincent Feldman, Daniel Heyman, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Virgil Marti, Joshua Mosley, Serena Perrone, Hannah Price, and Mia Rosenthal. They range in age from 25 to 50 and exercise a broad array of pictorial strategies in their work.

Kansas governor eliminate arts funding
Over Memorial Day weekend, Republican governor Sam Brownback of Kansas eliminated state funding for the arts. The move to privatize the arts in Kansas effectively makes it the only state to return to pre-National Endowment for the Arts legislation. The state’s art commission had been established in 1966.

Museums provide free admission for active military personnel, families
From Memorial Day (May 30) until Labor Day (September 5) 2011, Blue Star Museums across the country will provide free admission to active service military personnel and their families. There is a map of all the participating locations. The PA list can be found here.

Faux taxidermy makes its way to Art Star!

Jordan Elise Perme
Jordan with some of her not-quite-taxidermy

Instead of stuffing and mounting real animals, artist Jordan Elise Perme creates creatures of her own called Horrible Adorables. The one-of-a-kind foam and felt animals (with real glass taxidermy eyes) are often mounted like actual hunting trophies, but with colorful, patterned exteriors. Read more in Jordan’s interview with Art Star!

Enlivening abandoned buildings and Reading Viaduct
The long empty Goldtex on 12th St. just north of Vine is showing signs of new life. The south face of the building is now dominated by a giant, fluttering green arrow, and plans to include a nighttime video projection on the east face of the structure are right around the corner. An arrow is always intended to point something out, and in this case that something is the Reading Viaduct – the abandoned elevated train track nearby. The groups Reading Viaduct Project and VIADUCTgreene are working to draw attention to this disused urban gem with the goal of renovating it.

Art + Soul Food in Brewerytown
On June 11th in Brewerytown there will be a celebration entitled Art + Soul Food from 5 – 8 PM.


DesignPhiladelphia – the largest design celebration of its kind nationwide – has opened a call for submissions. The festivities will take place October 13 – 23 2011, and submissions are due by July 15.

To coincide with her April 2012 show at the PMA, artist Zoe Strauss is seeking 10 Philadelphia teachers who would be interested in having her speak to their students. Email Zoe at

Zoe Strauss

On Saturday July 30 from 12-6, Arts Garage will host its first Art in Your Junk flea market. Registration for this indoor/outdoor event is $20 and they are seeking trinkets and art items of all types and mediums.

The theme of Projects Gallery‘s September show Máscara (Mask) juried by Henry Bermudez is the use of masks in contemporary society. The deadline for applications is July 25 and the full prospectus can be found here.

Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh is seeking short films for its 2-Minute Film Festival whose theme is The Labor Party. The deadline is June 20. If you have any questions, contact

FLUXspace will host an Art Swap on Saturday, June 18 from 2-6 PM (setup starts at 1). Have extra stuff in your studio that you don’t use? Come join the swap meet for some beer and art haggling! To register (for free!), contact


Caleb Weintraub‘s show entitled The Good Old Bad Old Days is up now at Eggman & Walrus in Santa Fe.

Caleb Weintraub
From Caleb’s show in Santa Fe

Kip Deeds is part of a group print exhibition at IPCNY from June 9 – July 29.

Stephen Talasnick will be showing his works at the Katonah Museum of Art from June 5 – September 18.

Justyna Badach is part of a group photography show at the Center for Photography at Woodstock from June 11 – August 28.

Diedra Krieger will be displaying Plastic Fantastic at Figment NYC on Governor’s Island from June 10 – 12.

Alex da Corte is part of the Nicole Klagsbrun show Spirit of the Signal from June 9 – July 28 as well as Team Gallery exhibition Re: Empire from June 30 – August 5, both in NYC.

Ditta Baron Hoeber has nine poems that were selected to be part of the May/June issue of The American Poetry Review.

Ditta Baron Hoeber
Drawing by Ditta Baron Hoeber

Henry Bermudez has a painting on display at the Dick Blick art supply store on Chestnut St. and a print in the Philagrafika 2011 invitational portfolio. He is also hanging a cut paper assemblage at the airport on June 10!

Lesley Mitchell and 31 artists in the Guild of Book Workers participate in a show at the Athenaeum from June 3 – 30. The show travels to Venice in the fall to the Scuola Internationale di Grafica, Oct 5-28.