News – Cecelia Fitzgibbon to Moore, Tim Miller performance canceled by Villanova, and more!


Cecelia Fitzgibbon named Moore President

Cecelia Fitzgibbon
Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Moore College of Art & Design has selected Cecelia Fitzgibbon as the school’s new president. Fitzgibbon, Director of Drexel’s Graduate Arts Administration Program, will succeed Dr. Happy Fernandez who has been president at Moore since 1999.  Fitzgibbon steps in at Moore in July.

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Tim Miller performance canceled at Villanova
You probably heard about gay performance artist Tim Miller, who had his upcoming event at Villanova University abruptly canceled by President Rev. Peter M. Donahue without cause. Rumors on blogs of Miller’s anti-Catholic sentiments, which he says are lies, are the likely cause. Andrew Suggs of Vox Populi told us he will be extending an invitation to Miller to perform at their AUX performance space.

ICA People’s Conference
In conjunction with the People’s Biennial, Haverford College and the Institute of Contemporary Art are hosting the People’s Conference this weekend.  Friday’s session (that’s today) is at Haverford College’s Sharpless Auditorium at 4:30 PM and Saturday’s session is at ICA from 11 AM – 5 PM. Curators Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher will be there along with participants from ICI, PEW and Creative Time curator Nato Thompson — who told us, maybe in jest (we’re not sure) that he’ll be talking about Republican political operative Carl Rove as an artist!

Kehinde Wiley at the Jewish Museum

Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley, “Leviathan Zodiac (The World Stage: Israel)”, 2011.

Renowned new school portrait painter Kehinde Wiley has 14 large-scale paintings on display at the Jewish Museum from March 9 – July 29. Wiley’s usual focus is on young, black males, but he was commissioned by the Jewish Museum to extend his scope for this exhibit to depict Israeli youth. Roughly two-thirds of the portraits in the Israel series are of Ethiopian Jews, others are of native-born Jews and Arab Israelis.

Inscrutable mix of artists and show title
An upcoming show at Sugar – 12 W. Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill – features Philadelphia abstract painter Douglas Witmer and West Coast cartoon and word artist Timothy Buckwalter with local conceptual phenom Michael Macfeat. This show of an intriguing group of artists has an equally intriguing title: “Crystal Days”. The reception is March 3 from 5 – 7 PM. For additional information call (267) 312-2686.

GPTMC meetings With Art
With Art Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s campaign to get the word out on the wonders of the local art scene, has some public meetings coming up in which you can get your two cents worth in about how to market Philly as the next art destination.  If you heard about the meetings before, make note that today’s meeting at the Crane at 8:30am is cancelled. Here’s the list of the rest of the With Art Philadelphia community meetings as follows, and you can RSVP here.

  • Wednesday, February 29: 10:00 – 11:30am, Institute of Contemporary Art • 118 S. 36th St.
  • Monday, March 12: 2:00 – 3:30pm, Brandywine Workshop • 728 S. Broad St.
  • Friday, March 16: 10:00 – 11:30am, The Clay Studio • 139 N. 2nd St.
  • Monday, March 19: 2:00 – 3:30pm, The Leeway Foundation • 1315 Walnut St. #832
  • Friday, March 23: 10:00 – 11:30am, Fleisher Art Memorial • 719 Catharine St.
Possible Projects video storefront
You’ve heard of drive-in movies, well what about drive by movies? Possible Projects at 873 East Thompson Street is having a storefront video display nightly from 6 – 9 PM until March 17. The first week’s video There is This House by Nanna Debois Buhl ends on February 25. Other films to be shown are by Anne Eastman, Derek Frech, and Oliver Laric.
Art Loft PA
Art Loft PA is holding a salon Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6 – 9 PM. RSVP here (it’s mandatory!) There will be a variety of figurative art by Jeff Wallin, Rogelio Manzo, and Sienna Freeman as well as music by Brendan Burke and a performance by Laura Ann Samuelson.



Kutztown University thought its residency program was over, but voila, but they pulled it out for one more year and pumped up the stipend! This is very new news and additional information will be forthcoming. The residency includes a $10,000 stipend, plus housing and travel expenses.

Independent Curators International is offering an intensive course called Contemporary Curatorial Practice from July 8 – 17 2012 in New York. It costs $1,900 but there are generous scholarships available to four participants.  They are looking for outside the box thinking, all you DIY curators.

Artist News

Rob Matthews‘ solo show,”The Vanishing Middle Ground,” opens March 1 in Chelsea at Daniel Cooney Fine Art.

Dona Nelson
Dona Nelson, “Spacey Characters”

Dona Nelson is featured in the 3rd edition of Salon Zürcher‘s mini art fair starting March 5 in New York.  Nelson is the featured artist of Thomas Erben gallery.

Kevin Finklea has an upcoming solo show at Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT opening on April 20 and Everything Nothing Projects in Canberra, Australia  (dates TBA) with Louise Blyton.

Andrew Jeffrey Wright Fashion Week 2012
Andrew Jeffrey Wright Fashion Week 2012 – “Gnarfield”

Andrew Jeffrey Wright introduces Fashion Week 2012! For the next 4 days Store 1026 will release 6 new t-shirts silk screened by AJW himself. We want to see catwalk videos!

Peter Rose has lots going on out of town. There is a juror screening March 28 at 12:30 at Ann Arbor Film Festival; “Conflation”, a video installation made with Mark Campbell and Anthony Angelicola at the Rowan University Art Gallery opening on March 26; and a two-part retrospective at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.

The Painting Center has an upcoming 3-person show with Arden Bendler Browning, Rebecca Rutstein, and Charles Burwell, all represented by Bridgette Mayer gallery.  That show opens February 28.

Tim Eads just launched the website for The Taxonomy of Trash, a project to turn trash into cash.  We like the enterprising spirit! Tim is also in the group show Contraptions, a show at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts that has a lot of good people in it.

Alison Stigora created a ceiling-hung installation as part of the set for an upcoming performance at Painted Bride Art Center.  As the dance moves out into the audience, so does Stigora’s piece, to create a total environment.

Marta Sanchez, "Retablo for the Women of Juarez"
Marta Sanchez, “Retablo for the Women of Juarez”

Marta Sanchez is showing in NYC as part of the We Are You Project which has an opening on March 18  from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

Dan Papa is currently organizing and shooting his upcoming independent film MAYA which is being filmed in West Philly and elsewhere around the city.

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