News: Vollis Simpson ArtPlace grant, Dilworth + Occupy, Cannonball Press and opportunities


Vollis Simpson Park receives ArtPlace grant
We told you back in September that Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe received grants from ArtPlace, well here is another great use of the money from that organization.

Vollis Simpson

Vollis Simpson Park in North Carolina was named as a grant recipient to create a park around the large-scale whirligig sculptures of local 92-year-old artist Vollis Simpson. The art park will not only draw visitors but will anchor a new Industrial Artisan District, with everything from furniture restorers to glassmakers.  You may have seen one of Simpson’s whirligigs outside the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

Institute for the Animated Gif


There is a new home for all of those kitschy animated gif images from the 90s until present day… and where else but Tumblr? Institute for the Animated Gif tells visitors “altho founded in 1996, [it] has remained a private collection… UNTIL NOW :)” Good to know. Free gifs for all!

Transforming Dilworth Plaza discussion
Imagine Dilworth Plaza.  Now imagine how it could be with some lush green space and a fun water feature.  Interested?  Attend tonight’s panel discussion about the future of Dilworth Plaza  — Friday, October 21 6 PM. This should be an interesting discussion considering the OCCUPY PHILLY campers who would like to stay in Dilworth indefinitely. The landscape architecture group OLIN will be there as well as members of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The meeting takes place in City Hall Room 653.

Drexel and Academy of Natural Sciences join hands

From the in case you haven’t heard department.  The Academy of Natural Sciences is joining forces with Drexel University. We always knew Dragons and Dinosaurs were related.

Cannonball Prints Gone Wild!
Brooklyn’s Cannonball Press‘s annual Prints Gone Wild will surely please with its menagerie of prints at affordable prices — $50 or less!  Two days only, November 4 – 5, at Secret Project Robot‘s new location at 389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn, NY.  We love these guys.  They were a part of Philagrafika and before that showed their great, full-bodied prints at Space 1026.


Moore College of Art and Design is seeking a Web and Interactive Media Specialist and a number of Youth Programs Instructors. Find details for both positions on this page.

Project Basho is holding its annual photo competition ONWARD. Submit your best photos by November 28 for a chance at cash prizes and a two-person show at Basho.

Charles Frech Mummer
Charles Frech of the Gallagher Club – Mummers Parade 1938 (Courtesy of Historical Society of Philadelphia).

Art in City Hall has an open call for “Fancy Folks – Art and Mummery.” Submit any work – costumes, photos, drawings – that deal with the Mummers. For a full prospectus, e-mail for more info. The deadline is November 18.


Artist News

Mark Skwarek has organized some events in NYC in affiliation with Occupy Wall Street including an augmented reality occupation of the Wall Street area (where real protesters are prohibited).

Caroline Furr
Caroline Furr, Blossom Time (they blur their exhausted limbs), 22×30, gouache, metallic paint, pencil on rag paper

Caroline Furr has work in the SHFT Pop Up Fall 2011 exhibition in LA which begins today, October 21.


Thousand Words
Len Davis, “A Thousand Words #9″, 8″ x 5” Collage & Graphite on Newsprint & Panel

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has acquired a painting by Len Davis entitled “A Thousand Words #9” for its permanent collection.

Tyler Held, who currently has work at Temple Gallery, has been working on a collaboration at Andrea Zittel‘s Hi-Desert  Test Series.

Paris-based artblog contributor Max Mulhern has received a grant from the French government for his dice project Aqua Dice.