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News – FiberPhiladelphia, new Woodmere curator, art replaces nightclubs, and more!



FiberPhiladelphia gets underway
March is fast approaching, and so are a number of events as part of FiberPhiladelphia, the annual Philadelphia textile and fiber arts festival. In fact, Mayor Nutter will kick off the March 2 ceremony at Moore College of Art and Design by proclaiming March 2012 as Fiber Arts Month. The first event is the opening of In Material: Fiber 2012 on Friday, January 27 at Arthur Ross Gallery.

Mi-Kyoung Lee
Mi-Kyoung Lee, “Untitled”, 2011 (detail) Twist ties, wire

New curator at Woodmere
Matthew U. Palczynski is the new curator at the Woodmere Art Museum. Palczynski was most recently the Staff Lecturer for Western Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and specializes in 20th and 21st Century art, which he continues to teach at Temple’s Tyler School of Art.

In the Media has an intriguing article entitled “How the Art Scene Replaced the Nightclub” which recounts how art locales in NYC are replacing clubs as the new nightlife destination.

Curbed Philly just launched as a go to hub for all things urban and Philadelphian. The editor is Liz Spikol, the long time Philly Weekly blogger who runs a page about mental health issues.

Title Magazine put out its latest issue, and artblog is also pleased to announce we are running their RSS feed on our front page.

Temple Gallery silence

Temple Silence

The sound of silence this month at the Temple Gallery is that of tape 342 from the White House office complex under Richard Nixon. Occurring on June 20, 1972 – just days after the Watergate break-in – the discussion in Nixon’s office is suddenly and dubiously replaced by electronic clicks and hissing. Nixon’s secretary took the blame for apparently pressing the wrong button at the most convenient of times.

Fourth Friday on South Street

Arts on SouthArts on South does Fourth Friday from 5 – 8 PM on January 27 (via Flying Kite).  Most of the action takes place between the 500 – 700 blocks where a number of unrented retail storefronts have been turned into spaces for art.

Student show season
Tis the season for MFA and BFA shows, starting with the opening of Safeword at UPenn. The show highlights work from PennDesign MFA Class of 2013.


Ceramics Monthly plans to feature the works of emerging clay artists. Submit up to (no more than) five 300 ppi images, a color print of each image, descriptions of the work, and contact info to:  Emerging Artists, Ceramics Monthly, 600 N. Cleveland Ave., Ste. 210, Westerville, OH 43082. E-mail materials or questions to: The deadline is February 21.

Triple Canopy has an open call for artists in six project areas (which are detailed on the proposals page). The staff will work closely with contributors as they develop the best approach to realizing their projects on the Web. The deadline is February 13.

Xanadu Gallery has a virtual book club–why not?  Everything else is online. Registration is free. The next book up is the Pulitzer Prize-winning de Kooning: An American Master. Visit the registration page to become a part of the book club.

Artist News

Bruce Wilhelm
Bruce Wilhelm

Bruce Wilhelm, one of the Grizzly Grizzly founders currently completing his MFA at RISD is having a February 3 opening at Mulherin and Pollard in NYC.

Mark Price
Mark Price

Mark Price, a member of Space 1026, has an upcoming show at Kesting/Ray in New York entitled “Hyper 20XX”. The opening is February 9.

Celia Reisman will teach landscape painting for two sessions of the summer program at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy.

Stuart Lorimer, Tyler MFA 2011 graduate now living in Brooklyn has been working to install art for collectors and contribute paintings to a show in Paris. Most recently he helped decorate Tommy Hilfiger’s mansion in Connecticut.