New News: Comedy at PhilaMOCA, POST studio tours, Campuzano run-in with a snake


Comedy Night @ PhilaMOCA
This Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 PM, PhilaMOCA will be the site of I LOVE MITCH HEDBERG: Art for the Late Great Comedian. A number of comedy acts (including comedy by Andrew Jeffrey Wright), refreshments, and artwork are on tap. Special guest Lynn Shawcroft will screen a video of unreleased Mitch Hedberg comedy footage.

Mitch Hedberg MOCA

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours open this weekend
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) is the largest tour of artist work spaces in the region and it starts this weekend, October 1-2, for studios WEST of Broad Street. On October 15-16 there will be tours of locations EAST of Broad Street. The tours are free and run from 12 – 6 PM. Of particular interest for photo enthusiasts is Light Room Photography Co-op at 1909 Wilcox Street.

Artlog city guides
Artlog, in partnership with Société Perrier just rolled out The Fall Art Guides, featuring listings of all the best shows and events from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Paris. New York and LA already have their guides out, with more to be released soon. The real question is – where is Philadelphia’s guide?

Design Philadelphia guide books ready for kickoff
Design Philly

Guide books for Design Philadelphia are being distributed around the city, but they can’t reach everyone. If you want to lend a hand and help distribute some materials, pick up some guide books, posters, and postcards at their office at University of the Arts, 211 South Broad Street, room 1101, from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. The festival kickoff is on October 13.

New gallery on Lancaster Avenue
There’s a new gallery down at 3820 Lancaster Avenue called Projects Gallery (that’s right, another Philly space named “Projects”). John Phillips and Carolyn Healy have a multimedia installation on display, along with work by other artists. Opening reception is today, Friday, September 30 from 5-9 PM.

Grounds for Sculpture adds new space

Aerial Roots
“Aerial Roots” by Steve Tobin.

New Jersey’s Grounds for Sculpture will open a 7-acre addition, “The Meadow,” on October 1 at 2 PM. With the addition, the Hamilton, NJ sculpture park and arboretum spans 42 acres in all. Featured work includes “Aerial Roots” by Steve Tobin.

24-Hour Comic Challenge
Atomic City Comics hosts the 24-Hour Comic Challenge on October 1 starting at 12 noon. A comic book can take up to three months for one person to produce, but six brave, local comic artists will attempt it in the span of a day! It should be quite the challenge, and it will be very interesting to see the results.

Nexus is not finished – it’s moving!
Formerly located in the Crane Arts Building at 1400 N. American Street, the rumors of Nexus closing are false. The true story is that they are moving. We will provide you with upcoming details when we get them.

PAFA’s Party on the Plaza and new installation

Griska Grumman Greenhouse

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be partying on the new Lenfest plaza this Saturday to celebrate the opening of the new public space. The program starts at noon and includes kid-friendly activities and free art activities until 5 PM. In the evening there will be an unveiling of the new Claes Oldenburg sculpture “Paint Torch”, as well as the unveiling of Jordan Griska’s Grumman Greenhouse installation, a de-comissioned Cold War-era plane that is a greenhouse.


Last call for Institute of Contemporary Art‘s juried open video call. Monday Oct. 3 is the last day to submit. The jury selects from the submissions Monday night. This is a great opportunity to get your work seen by ICA jurors and possibly shown at ICA in their video roundup. Send DVD, CV, and artist statement to: Open Video Call c/o ICA 118 S.36th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Project Basho is seeking photography teachers to lead classes, weekend workshops, and private lessons at their studio. Also stay tuned for the announcement of the artists in ONWARD ’12, Basho’s annual photography competition.

Via WooLoo, Richmond, VA non-profit 1708 Gallery has a call for exhibition proposals.

Murray State University in Kentucky is seeking work that explores the role of new media in performance, photography, installation, and video for the juried exhibition “White Hot Gold“. artblog‘s Roberta is the juror! Deadline is October 28, and the entry fee is $30 for 5 entries.

Artist News

Jury Smith, ceramics professor at St. Joseph’s University, has two upcoming shows in New York. You can find the details for both here.

Judith Schaechter
A work in progress by Judith Schaechter.

Judith Schaechter gives a lecture,”Surviving Your Creativity” at the MIT Glass Lab on October 5 at 6:30 PM.

Phil Jackson is moving to NYC in January with his girlfriend Leigh Metzler who will be at the New School for Social Research. Also moving is Mary Anne Friel who is leaving the Fabric Workshop for a professorship at RISD.

Chris Lawrence has a solo show in Portland, OR, at Appendix Project Space.

Snake Wyoming
The bull snake Anthony Campuzano confronted. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Anthony Campuzano is in a show at Churner and Churner in New York that opens September 30. While at a residency at Ucross in Wyoming the urbanite Campuzano had a close encounter with a big bull snake when he ran it over with his bike. (Both the snake and Anthony are fine, he reports.)

Amir Lyles will be part of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours at the Mt. Airy Art Garage this weekend, October 1 and 2.

Emily Brown is part of a group show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, ME.

Diedra Krieger‘s Plastic Fantastic just made an appearance at Salisbury University in Maryland.

David Carrow has new work in a group show at the Grounds for Sculpture, opening October 15th.  Carrow made the metal door for Marginal Utility as part of Hadassa Goldvicht’s exhibition on view now at the gallery.

Former Philly artist Todd Gilens has made some pretty sweet bus wraps for the transit system in San Francisco.