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News Roundup: Knight Arts Challenge, LOOK! Lancaster Ave, new Barnes logo



Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Year 2
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is opening up their second year of applications for the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge. They are investing $9 million over three years in ideas that engage and enrich Philadelphia arts and culture. In the first year, 36 ideas were awarded a total of $2.7 million… including Artblog’s own Art Safaris! Applications for the Knight Arts Challenge will be accepted from October 3 – 31, 2011. Be sure to visit the Knight Arts website on October 3 to find out how to submit your idea!


LOOK! Lancaster Avenue  installations

Joe Boruchow Pistons
Joe Boruchow

You may remember us telling you about the competition to put art in the windows on Lancaster Ave, well here are the selections: Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) and Positive Minds, Claire Marcus, Erin Murray, Jesse Kudler, Russell Mahoney and Emil Crystal, Nicole Herbert, Kay Healy and George Apotsos, Paul Schultz, Valerie Huhn and Karen Smith, Melissa J. Frost, Trevor Reese, Ava Blitz, Derrick Wesley McNew, Joe Boruchow, and Jack Sloss. More than 200 artists competed for window space as part of LOOK! on Lancaster Avenue.

PAFA’s modern art curator holds Surrealism lecture at LaSalle

Dorothea Tanning
Dorothea Tanning, “The Temptation of St. Anthony”, 1945.

Robert Cozzolino, PAFA‘s senior curator, will speak at LaSalle University about the relationship between surrealist art and 20th century film. The lecture is on October 13 at 3:30 pm and there will be a screening of the film “The Private Affairs of Bel Ami” afterward.

Artblog’s Libby and Roberta receive The Photo Review Award 2011
Libby and Roberta have been recognized by The Photo Review for their services to the photography and art communities in the Philadelphia region. The 22nd annual award will be will be presented at a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at Freeman’s Auctioneers, 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. All are welcome!

Philly Live Arts/Fringe Fest and The Reinvestment Fund grant recipients
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe along with The Reinvestment Fund have been awarded a total of $600,000 in grants via ArtPlace which aims to revitalize America’s cities and towns. ArtPlace awarded Live Arts/Philly Fringe $350,00 for a new permanent contemporary performing arts center. The Reinvestment Fund received $250,000 to create a Creative Assets Mapping Database for the city.

New logo for the Barnes Foundation?
Barnes Logo

The Barnes Foundation, being in major flux, has also just updated its logo to a series of hard-edged, fragmented boxes. This is certainly a big adjustment in the face of the new building which is set to open by May. What do you think of it?

Museum News: Michener and PMA
The longtime director of the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Bruce Katsiff, has announced his plans to step down. Meanwhile, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, they have just announced the appointment of Hiromi Kinoshita as their new Associate Curator of Chinese Art. Kinoshita is currently Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Red Hook on Knight Arts
Recently, I stopped by Red Hook Coffee and Tea in South Philly, and then did a little write-up about their show for Knight Arts. Colored canvases and coffee – can’t get much better than that!

Williams-Sonoma Marvel Comics cookies
Marvel Cookies

The big home wares retailer Williams-Sonoma has a new series of Marvel Comics cookie cutters.  We just wanted to run the picture.  We know artists don’t need a commercial cookie cutter to make arty cookies.

IDEA Store at (e)merge art fair in D.C.
Back in 2009 we told you about the Free Store in lower Manhattan, where you could get stuff for free. Now the same two artists – Athena Robles and Anna Stein – are back with the IDEA Store at the (e)merge art fair in Washington D.C. The concept is the sale and exchange of ideas (although it’s only a penny for your thoughts). The fair runs from September 22 – 25.

Vivant Art Collection talks
Vivant Art Collection holds its next Black and Jewish Conversation Series talk on October 11. The last talk was at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, but the October 11 conversation will take place at the gallery.

Sculpture Saturdays for kids
The Fairmount Park Art Association will be hosting free family art events along Kelly Drive as part of Sculpture Saturdays. There will be workshops, outdoor sculpture guides and art kits, iPod tours, and live music. The next events will be on September 24 and October 15 & 22 from 10 am – 2 pm between Boathouse Row and the Girard Avenue bridge.

Peter Crimmins rides for MS
Peter Crimmins

WHYY journalist Peter Crimmins (he’s also artblog‘s podcast recordist/editor) will be biking 100 miles from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City as part of a ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. You can follow the progress on or at his Twitter feed @petercrimmins.

African Diaspora in Philly show

Frito Bastien
Frito Bastien

There’s a new show of folk art by four local black artists including Rashie Abdul Samad and Sharif Abdur-Rahim (African Cultural Arts Forum), Frito Bastien, and Isaac Maefield at the Philadelphia Folklore project. The exhibit runs from September 17 – December 17 at the PFP, 735 S. 50th Street, in West Philadelphia.


Mono No Aware – international film project founded by former Philly artist Steve Cossman – has a call for submissions in film or altered light projections. Visit the website for details. Deadline is November 9 and there is no entry fee.

myGallerist is a new Philly-based website and app, which aims to bring artists, gallerists, curators and collectors together. The idea is to put a portfolio in every artist’s pocket and allow them to present their work via mobile technology. An artist membership costs $25 (a $15 sign-up fee and a $10 annual access fee).

Bartol hosts a marketing workshop for teaching artists putting together artist statements on October 17 from 9:30 am – 12 pm and there are only ten spots so sign up quick.

Artist News

Former Artblog writer and installation artist Colette Copeland is now in Plano, Texas and has just started contributing to Glasstire.

Tim Gough Twitter Ghost
Tim Gough on Tweets from Beyond the Grave

Tim Gough has been busy with illustrations for publications including Wired, the New York Times, and Harvard Business Review.

Josh in Prayer
“Josh in Prayer” by Eoin Burke and Jim Dessicino

UArts graduate Eoin Burke and Jim Dessicino have made a sculpture of a regular human being (not a saint) that’s on display in St. John’s Episcopal in New Haven, CT.

Candy Depew’s Candy Coated Center organized “Printed Matters” — student prints made in her educational program — which will be on display in the Comcast Center from September 28 – October 1 with a closing reception on October 1 from 12 – 3 pm.

Steven Earl Weber has a solo show entitled “Comfort and Security” at New York’s Hunter College in the Thomas Hunter Project Room. The show will run from October 2 – 22 with a reception on October 7 from 6 – 8 pm.

Bo Bartlett will have paintings in PAFA’s USArtists show at Sommerville Manning Gallery’s booth.  Man Bartlett (Bo’s son)  just did a performance in New York that was featured on ArtInfo’s top picks page.  Libby and Roberta did a podcast interview with Man last summer.