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News – Craft fair on Rittenhouse Square, 3rd Ward seeks restaurant, Leeway awards and more!



First ever PA Guild of Craftsmen fair at Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse Square is the location of a fine arts fair every year but it’s never (to our knowledge) held a fine crafts fair.  This Spring (May 11-13), Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will host their fine craft fair in the park. More than 140 fine craftsmen and artisans from around the state and nation will show and sell handmade jewelry, furniture, pottery, clothing and other crafted items.

Ryan Greenheck
Philadelphia clay artist Ryan Greenheck

3rd Ward seeks restaurant
We told you about 3rd Ward coming to Philly.  They’re seeking a restaurant for the space, which will open this summer.  Aspiring restauranteurs, send your letters of intent TODAY at the latest (that’s Jan. 6 2012). Final proposals due February 3. Visit their open call page for details.

P’unk Avenue web classes – special $10 off coupon for artblog readers!
Want to learn how to build your own website, artists?  P’unk Avenue‘s new class will teach you how. The class is January 17, and you can find more info here. If you read about it here, punch in the code “artblog” to get a $10-off coupon!

Leeway Transformation Award 2011
The Leeway Foundation awarded $150,000 to 11 women artists for their transformative art work. Congratulations to all the winners:

Betty Leacraft of West Philadelphia, Crafts/Textiles and Visual Arts
Janet Goldwater of Fairmount and Barbara Attie of Bala Cynwyd, Media Arts
Kathryn Pannepacker of North Philadelphia, Crafts/Textiles and Visual Arts
Kukuli Velarde of West Kensington, Visual Arts
Lynn Blackwell Denton of Bella Vista, Media Arts and Visual Arts
Mia McKenzie of West Philadelphia, Literary Arts and Visual Arts
Monnette Sudler of Huntington Valley, Music and Performance Art
Vera Nakonechny of Oxford Circle, Folk Arts
Viji Rao of Northeast Philadelphia, Folk Arts
Vivian Green of Cheltenham, Literary Arts


Open call for Message & Medium: the interplay of type and art to be held at PhilaMOCA. The show seems to be about type faces, etc. The deadline is February 9, and the show will open on March 1.

Open call from the Delaware Art Museum for its Centennial Juried Exhibition.  John Ravenal is the juror.  Application details here. Artists age 18 and up who live within 100 miles of the museum are eligible. The deadline is March 18.

Open call from the Frieze Foundation for the Emdash Award 2012. Applicants must live outside of the UK, and be up to five years out from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (or under 35 years of age). Winner gets featured in the 2012 Frieze Art Fair in London. The deadline is January 9. For further information, visit the Emdash Award page.

For all you out of town artists: Open call from Philadelphia Art Hotel for its 4th annual residency program. The Residency Season Dates are May 1 – September 30 2012. The residency provides room and work space for artists who come to Philadelphia (along with an exhibition and artist’s talk opportunity), and the application deadline is January 31.

Professional Women Photographers has a call for entries for its spring 2012 juried competition. Women artists working in the field of photography are eligible, and the deadline is January 31.

Via Paddy Johnson and Rhizome: Open call from the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences for the National Juried Competition: Digital Works. The deadline is April 7.

Artist News




Diane Pieri received an Independence Foundation Grant to travel to India to do a suite of etchings with Cindi Ettinger.

Alice Oh
Alice Oh, “Biota (life) PC. no.02.09”

Alice Oh will be part of the upcoming exhibition Re-Generation at The Painting Center in New York.

Marilyn Holsing
Marilyn Holsing, “Flattery”

In media: Marilyn Holsing’s show “Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette at Gallery Joe gets a review in the Huffington Post.