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Local artists launch Title Magazine online
Welcome, to Title Magazine! This new local online publication aims to contribute to the critical analysis of the dynamic Philly art scene. The first issue includes articles by Daniel Gerwin, Edward Carey, Avi Alpert, Jeffrey Bussmann, Andrew Gbur, and Elyse Derosia.

Free Library opens digital resource database
The Free Library of Philadelphia has just opened its “Free Library of the 21st Century” online.


Now cardholders can download eBooks and audiobooks, check out podcasts, study with language software, read from their digital collections, use Freegal music service, and more — all for free!

Huge new installation by street artist Swoon for Boston ICA’s 75th
Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art commissioned street artist Swoon to wheat paste a 40-foot-tall installation in its lobby.

Swoon in front of one of her artworks

The Boston ICA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. This artwork is the fifth and largest one installed on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall.

CAC joins French street artist JR’s Inside Out Project
Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center has gotten on board with French artist JR, winner of the TED international art prize,  to create murals as part of the Inside Out Project, a global, participatory art project. Individuals or groups wheat paste giant black-and-white photos of people on the wall to share their stories and connect with each other. Instead of just one project at one location, CAC has provided the opportunity for a variety of groups to get involved individually around the region.


Asian Arts Initiative is searching for artists to teach after school programs at the Taggart School, Southwark School, and South Philadelphia High Starting in the 2011-12 school year. For more information visit this page.

Amplify Action has put out a call for artists for an exhibit in Brooklyn on sustainability and art. The work should examine any aspect of sustainability including ecology, pollution, agriculture, health, and related fields. You can find the application here.   The exhibit is part of the Arts Implementation Fund of the Pratt Center for Community Development.   It will be at the Skylight Gallery, part of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Center for Arts and Culture.  Deadline to apply is Sept. 9.  “There is no cost to apply, and we are definitely open to site-specific works. The gallery floor plan is referenced on the application page, and there is an outdoor plaza space which may be a possible site for installation, depending on the proposal,” said Rasu Jilani, the project manager.

Extra Extra is seeking submissions for its front page as part of its ongoing series of Web Releases. Anything is possible! The deadline is October 1. Send your ideas and supporting materials to subject line: WEB.

Breadboard has a very fun project in which it is asking Philadelphians to rethink the way they put out objects to save parking spaces. The intent of the Space Savers Project is to retain the ubiquitous (if illegal) custom of saving street parking, while also beautifying it! The deadline for ideas is September 4 and you can find all the details here.

Tribeca Film Institute has opened four of its grant programs for documentary filmmakers. $10,000 award to each winner and year-long guidance support. Deadline is Oct. 10. To learn more about the various grants available and the application process, visit the RFP page.

Artist News

Lindsay Wraga

Artist Lindsay Wraga‘s installation Before the Fall sits on a specially-made 8×12 ft. billboard in Northern Liberties at 6th and Green Street now until September 5. The billboard is a prequel to a disaster depicted in her other work After the Fall (on view recently in the Vox VII exhibit).

Nami Yamamoto, “Radiant Flux (detail),” 2008.

Nami Yamamoto is working on a new project entitled “Fog Catcher” for the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden.

Esther Klein Gallery

It may seem like Breadboard is on our radar a lot recently, but that’s because they’ve been up to some very interesting things! Ben Volta, along with students from a local school through the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) and Breadboard, have an exhibit highlighting the art and science projects at the Esther Klein Gallery in the Science Center.

Blazic Ulmer
Mary Blazic and Marie Ulmer

September First Friday, that’s Sept 2, the Fishtown community will come together to honor  long-time Philadelphia artists Marie Ulmer and Mary Blazic. The two ladies will be honored in a ceremony and one day only exhibit, “The First Ladies of Fishtown/Kensington,” all taking place at the former site of Goldfish gallery (now Michael’s Decorators), 2214 Frankford Ave (between Susquehanna and Dauphin). 5-9pm

Ulmer and Blazic will receive a citation for lifetime dedication to the arts, drawn up by Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell Clarke. Pennsylvania State Representative Mike O’Brien will present the citation. Other dignitaries expected to attend are Barbara Morehead, Founder and Vice President, Friends of Penn Treaty Park, and Board Member Carol Davis.