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News: Krampus, Stanley Whitney, Masters of the Visual Universe, and more!



A very Krampus Christmas
We heard about Krampuslauf from Amber Dorko Stopper and also on WHYY. Who is Krampus? Why is he having a Christmas parade? Well, Krampus represents the opposite of Jolly Old St. Nick. He’s a Christmas devil that punishes naughty children during the holidays. It’s an alternative to the ‘everything is so sweet and lovely’ Christmas attitude; ‘a little salt to go with the sugar’ says Krampuslauf celebrator Janet Finegar. There will be Krampuslauf parade and festivities in Northern Liberties tomorrow, Sat. December 10, 4pm at Libery Lands Park, 913-961 north 3rd Street.


Stanley Whitney receives first Robert De Niro Sr. Prize

Stanley Whitney
Stanley Whitney

The first annual Robert De Niro Sr. Prize for achievement in painting will be awarded to former Tyler School of Art painting teacher Stanley Whitney. Whitney will receive the $25,000 award, administered by the Tribeca Film Institute, for his considerable contribution to the field of painting.

Masters of the Visual Universe
In contrast to an exhibition that seeks to find the next art star, Masters of the Visual Universe at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts explores the constellation of artistic mediums, concepts, and practices rotating around the region’s MFA programs. Five local artists were selected for the show: Emily Erb (PAFA), Elizabeth Hamilton (PAFA), Guy Lorraine (UArts), Erica Prince (Tyler), and Ted Walsh (PAFA). The exhibit runs through February 5. Also check out their blog here.

Murals Set in Motion
Organized by Sean Stoops and presented by InLiquid in cooperation with the Mural Arts Program, Murals Set in Motion is an exhibition of videos and on recent mural projects created in Philadelphia and other cities. Artist Christopher Davison’s Brawler video — from his recent University of the Arts exhibition — is in the mix and not to be missed. The opening reception is December 14 at 6:00 PM at International House.

Space #1 – What’s your favorite public space?
Hidden City’s Nathaniel Popkin published an article Dec. 5 asking Philadelphians what their favorite public space is. Public spaces are crucial to urban and social life, and Hidden City wants to know anything you have to say about your favorite haunts. Post a comment on the article or send an e-mail to

Space #2- Space Savers are here this weekend


We told you before about the Space Savers Project – an initiative to make saving parking spots in the city more artistic and fun – well the winners have been announced and tomorrow, Sat. December 10 from 10 AM – 4 PM, 10 space savers will be holding down the fort in public parking spaces around the city. Check the map for the a location near you! Here’s who’s participating:
Piper Brett 
Thomas Buildmore
Michael Konrad
Chris Landau
Jebney Lewis and Maria Möller
Isaac Tin Wei Lin
Christopher P. McManus
Benjamin Monette
Brent Wahl and Oscar Wahl
Linda Yun

Pool art fair shut down
The Miami Herald reports that the Pool Art Fair in conjunction with Miami’s famous Art Basel was shut down for unscrupulous dealings by the hotel owner. Apparently he did not get a special events permit, and was also running the hotel illegally as well. Artists showing at the hotel really got the short end of the deal, as they traveled from all around the globe to participate in the events.  Thanks Joanne Mattera for the tip.

You voted and Grizzly Grizzly heard you!

Samantha Mitchell

The results are in! Grizzly Grizzly announced Samantha Mitchell as the winner of the popular vote in its juried show,”Other Possible Titles.” Mitchell’s “Old Wood Butte” was the viewers’ choice and she will be awarded a solo show at the gallery in 2012.


Art in the Open is seeking submissions for its May 18 – 20 2012 event along the banks of the Schuylkill River. The works can be in any medium, but must be able to be made outside, on site.  More information about applying here.  The jury this year includes Molly Dougherty (of Philadelphia Art Alliance), Jong Kyu Kim (of Fleisher Art Memorial) and Eileen Tognini (independent curator).

Crane Arts Old School has studios available! Fill out the application on the site (click link in this post) and return it to if interested.

Artist News

Philadelphia fibers artist Gail Cunningham was a 2010 resident artist for ten weeks at Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland and also participated in an exhibit at Monster Truck Studios in Dublin.

Philip Zuchman and Deborah Gross-Zuchman are in the Art in a Box Benefit Holiday Art Exhibition for Children at Risk at New York’s Masters & Pelavin Gallery.

Philadelphia design guru Jenny Sabin (you can see her space-age greenhouse at the Jefferson Garden of the APS Museum) and regional fiber artist extraordinaire Sonya Clark (who just finished an exhibit at Snyderman Gallery) are among this year’s USA Fellows. Other Philly fellows from previous years’ selections include: Kukuli Velardi, Terry Adkins, Judith Schaechter, and Zoe Strauss.

Eduardo Calmon’s Free2Fly app

UArts Student Eduardo Calmon received the 2011 Collab Student Design Competition award for his Free2Fly app which suggests garments based on the weather forecast at a traveler’s destination and then transmits files to a knitting machine near the traveler’s hotel, which produces garments that are available on arrival.

Kevin Finklea is in a group show at Conny Dietzschold Gallery in Sydney, Australia.

Zoe Strauss
Zoe Strauss, “4th of July BBQ”, 2011.

Thomas Devaney paired one of his poems with a photo by Zoe Strauss on BOMBLOG.