News: Pew Fellows, new Art Alliance director, Lancaster Ave. storefront opportunity and more!


2011 Pew Fellows announced-Congratulations!
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has announced its Pew Fellowships in the Arts recipients for 2011:

  • Charles Cohen (electronic musician and composer)
  • CAConrad (poet)
  • Jorge Cousineau (set designer)
  • Joy Feasley (visual artist)
  • Chris Forsyth (guitarist and composer)
  • Jane Irish (visual artist)
  • Tania Isaac (choreographer)
  • Pattie McCarthy (poet)
  • Brian Philips (architect)
  • Tim Portlock (visual artist)
  • Matthew Suib (visual artist)
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma (visual artist free-jazz bassist, composer, and band leader)

New Philadelphia Art Alliance director-Congratulations!
The Philadelphia Art Alliance has appointed former leader of Foundation STAART, Molly Dougherty, as its new director.

Miss Rockaway Armada
Miss Rockaway Armada under construction

One of their new upcoming projects is Miss Rockaway Armada, an exhibit and parade of recycled materials from the Schuylkill River to various locations in the city before being deconstructed into an exhibit at PAA.

Leipzig documentary parallels Philly-see it at Bodega
This Friday, July 22 at 7:30 PM, Bodega will be screening the documentary HAUST by Loretta Fahrenholz. It follows recent art grads in Leipzig, Germany where the art and work landscapes mirror that of Philadelphia. The screening is free!

Nexus closes gallery @ Crane Arts
Nexus, founded in 1975,  is one of the oldest member galleries in the city. They have just closed their gallery in the Crane Arts Building. We are waiting for news to hear what comes next.

Vox AUX opens July 29-new performance space
AUX performance space, an extension of Vox Populi will be launching this month. (AUX is next to the gallery on the third floor in the 319 N. 11th St. building.)


The opening weekend, July 29-31, will be host to a variety of performances presented by local arts collectives including Bodega, Little Berlin, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid. The performances begin every night of that weekend at 8 PM.

Knight Arts beefs up Philly art coverage
Writer Chip Schwartz (ahem, that’s me) is now helping to provide additional Philadelphia arts and culture coverage for Having started in July, Chip has already written about a few local artists and shows including these reviews of Extra Extra and Grizzly Grizzly, among others.

NEA grants to reinvestment fund and UPenn
Gary Steuer announced on his blog that the the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy has partnered with The Reinvestment Fund and the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project to receive one of the largest NEA grants awarded in the “51 Cities” initiative, $250,000, to build a Creative Assests Mapping Database. This will further research on the link between cultural and economic development as well as provide a web tool to aid in planning, marketing, and policy development.

New gallery in Chestnut Hill
Seeking to crank up the artmosphere in Chestnut Hill, a new gallery has just opened its doors.

Gravers Lane Gallery

Gravers Lane Gallery will showcase established and emerging artists and has a few upcoming events planned for autumn. Check out their website for more details.

Libby and Roberta chosen as Commonwealth Speakers
Roberta and Libby were selected to be part of the 2012-13 roster for PA Commonwealth Speakers!  They will be giving their popular power point lectures about contemporary art in venues that sign up for them (libraries, community centers).  More information when the 2012 info is up on the PA Humanities Council website.


Lancaster Avenue Arts has an open call for proposals involving art in or on vacant storefronts. The deadline is August 8. Visit their guidelines PDF for more info.  Honorarium of $500 for each artist selected and some help with production costs!

Blow Magazine, an international photography publication based in Dublin, Ireland has regular photo competitions. Send them a CD/DVD of your work (there is no limit to subject matter) and get on their radar! See the rules for the competition here.

Special deal until September 1 at Fireball Printing: get 125 two-sided 4×6 postcards for $25!

Utrecht Art Supply is hosting its 3rd Annual Art Competition. There are three categories for painting, sculpture, and drawing and over $16,000 in prize money available.

Artist News

SCOPE London announces its winner of the Art Takes London 2011 contest.  Two Philly artists – Mike Ellyson from Grizzly Grizzly and Jesse Greenberg (of the late, lamented Pifas) –  are among the top-100 finalists, which SCOPE says are artists to watch.

At the Times Museum in China, Roxana Perez Mendez and Adam Parker Smith are part of an on-site residency program/exhibit entitled Shift (click the “English” on the top of the page to get the translation).