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In the Media Sharon Butler recently wrote a piece for M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues. Her essay Free Love considers why artists are drawn to social media. There are lots of other topics in the journal–worth checking out! Creative Capital has a new blog called The Lab. Former Philly writer and publisher of the The Philadelphia Independent Mattathias Schwartz has made an appearance in The New Yorker with an article about the origins and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

A demonstrator from Occupy Wall Street is arrested in lower Manhattan on November 17th. Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson.

World AIDS Day
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Over twenty local organizations, including the AIDS Fund, have banded together to create a community even “It Takes a Village”. The event remembers those lost to the disease as well as celebrates those living with HIV/AIDS. The event will be at Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad Street from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Philadelphia FIGHT and the Institute for Contemporary Art are spearheading an effort to revive archived images from the early days of AIDS activism. Publications all over the city – including artblog – will be publishing these images on December 1.


Gallery News
You may have heard that after their current exhibit Bleach Jolie Laide Gallery will be closing. This is sad news, but onward and upward. Make sure to check out their last exhibit and stay tuned for an upcoming article about the show by Chip Schwartz.

Christina Ray
Left: Stephanie Dotson, “Anacapa Bowline”, 2011. Right: Lydia Diemer, “Interstice”, 2011.

In other news, David Kesting and Christina Ray have joined forces for a new project space Kesting/Ray in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They will continue working with the same family of artists and within the next few weeks they will transition into their new website and head to Miami for the PULSE and Fountain art fairs to exhibit under their new name.

Philly representing it in Miami
A bunch of Philly galleries are headed down to the warmer weather to participate in various art fairs in Miami including: Bridgette Mayer, Gallery Joe, Gallery 339, pentimenti, and Projects Gallery.

NEA grants in PA
The National Endowment for the Arts has released its list of Pennsylvania grant recipients. Of the 46 locations in PA that received funds, 29 of them are located in the Philadelphia area. See the full list here.


Bill Walton Studio
Bill Walton’s studio at ICA.

Gifting the Studio – On December 4 at 2:oo PM Institute of Contemporary Art will be gifting materials from the Bill Walton’s Studio to those who stop by. At this closing event for the installation of the late artist’s studio, friends and peers will talk about Walton’s art and life, and those in attendance will be able to take some of Bill Walton’s studio as a remembrance and for further creative uses.

WOOLOO has an open call for entries to their upcoming show in Hong Kong entitled Photo Project: She Blocks the Highway. The project deals with a recent story involving a performance artist blocking a Hong Kong motorway. Visit the open call link above for more details.

Temple University’s Tyler School of Art is seeking an associate professor of photography. MFA and teaching experience required. Experience with digital and traditional techniques preferred. All materials should be submitted to the SlideRoom. Contact for more information.

Artist News

Ditta Hoeber
Some of Ditta Hoeber’s cell phone captures.

Friend of artblog, photographer and poet Ditta Hoeber told us she’s working on a new series with her cellphone camera. Check out the project so far.

Seven Philadelphia artists will have residencies outside of the area to expand their artistic horizons: CAConrad – Ucross Foundation, Kara Crombie – MacDowell Colony, Ken Kalfus – Ucross Foundation, Tina Morton – The Banff Centre, Tim Portlock – 18th Street Arts Center, Matthew Suib – The Banff Centre, Jamaaladeen Tacuma – Headlands Center for the Arts. All of this is courtesy Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Robert Straight will be displaying a group of paintings at Carroll House Gallery in Keene New Hampshire.