News – Jason Lazarus, Knapp Gallery closing, Richard Torchia at CENTERpieces, and curators, curators, curators


Jason Lazarus will take your unwanted photos
Do you have photos that are too painful to keep around? If so, Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus will take them.  He’s collecting unwanted photos for an art installation. There’s no need to provide the background for the photos, and if you feel they are too private to be shown, the artist will display them face down. Lazarus can pick them up on Sunday February 5 from 10 AM – 7 PM. E-mail him at or call 312-953-2885.

Knapp Gallery closing
Old City’s Knapp Gallery is closing up shop at the end of February. A rough economic climate and a need for income generating and career boosting opportunities in Philadelphia are among the reasons director Karl Slocum listed for the gallery’s decision to shut down. The final show runs from February 3 – 26 with work by painter Bryan Guglielmi.

CENTERpieces — Julie Courtney and Jennie Shanker curate the Catskills

Harris Observatory
Dome building under construction, The Center for Discovery, Harris, New York, 1984.

CENTERpieces, a cultural initiative co-curated by Julie Courtney and Jennie Shanker at the Center for Discovery in Harris NY, this month debuts The Harris Observatory, a temporary project  by Richard Torchia, in which a disused geodesic dome is converted into a sunlight-powered chart of the stars. The Harris Observatory is on view February 18 – March 3 by appointment: Grand opening day is February 25 and requires an RSVP at the Eventbrite page.

Network sessions at Moore
February 17 kicks off Moore College of Art & Design’s first networking opportunity this year, Launch into Fashion. The event goes from 6 – 8 PM in the Great Hall and includes a local DJ, cocktails, and a chance to meet Philly’s top fashion and design experts.  While this network session is about fashion, others will focus on the visual arts.

In the Media

Bonnie Brenda Scott
Bonnie Brenda Scott.

Sarah McEneaney’s current show at Tibor de Nagy in New York is featured on Huffington Post as one of the 10 must-see painting exhibits this year–congratulations! Via Franklin Einspruch, Bill Scott’s exhibition at Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York appears in the Jan. 2012 issue of Art in America. Also via, via an artnet tweet,  photo blog Boxes of Blight documents Philadelphia’s graffiti and sticker-covered newspaper honor boxes — a great obsession, don’t we all hate these eyesores? Bonnie Brenda Scott’s work appears in a recent post on Beautiful/Decay (also catch her opening at Benna’s Cafe on February 10).

Philadelphia Barnes Campus hours and ticket prices
The Barnes Foundation has released its new set of hours and pricing for the upcoming opening of its new museum on the Parkway.  Members can buy tickets now.  Tickets will be timed to manage the flow through the small galleries that replicate the rooms at the Merion Barnes.  We don’t see an artist price on the list, but we hope they might consider it.  Or a pay what you wish Sunday like the PMA has. Amazingly, the Barnes will be open 7 days a week!

In Activism
Still juiced from Occupy Wall Street — check out the OWS Arts & Labor Teach-in in Brooklyn at 300 Nevins St., Brooklyn on February 19 from 3 – 6 PM, for discussions of alternative economies and creative prosperity. Contact for more information. On the home front, Nicola Midnight St. Claire is hosting an event at ICA this Sunday, Feb 5, 2pm.  Lead from Somewhere examines the relationship between art and civic action.

PHLocal exhibit and event listings
A new site – – is set to fill the niche for listing art events and exhibits all around the city. The site is currently in beta and it’s definitely worth checking out for all you artists, organizers, and venues!  We miss our own maps&listings, but this looks like it may be a great resource.

In Curatorial
Bryn Mawr College appointed Brian Wallace as Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifacts. Wallace formerly put on some great programming for Moore College when he was head of the galleries there, and we’re glad he is back in the area. Tyler School of Art alumn Dean Daderko was named Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Daderko ran an influential apartment gallery in Brooklyn, Parlour Projects from 2000-2005 and also did some freelance curating at Vox Populi. Sarah Schultz has been named Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She has been leading the way in experimental programming in museum education.


The International Migration Art Festival is seeking work for its Art Your Food competition to be held in Milan, New York, and London. The theme is “Food and Migration” and mediums include film, literature, music, and visual art. The deadline is April 15.

Via inLiquid, the NARS Foundation has announced its second annual Emerging Curator Open Call, which offers an opportunity for a young-in-career curator to present a group show at the NARS Foundation Gallery. You can find all the details here. The deadline is March 2.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is seeking photographers for its 3rd annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibit. The deadline is May 29.

Artist News

Judith Schaechter has her first solo show in Philly in 10 years this May at Eastern State Penitentiary. Can you believe that – 10 years and no solo show in her own town? The opening reception is May 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Always in demand, the queen of glass is also exhibiting at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York — among many other things — check her website for more.

Becky Suss
Becky Suss, “Hope St”, Sumi ink on paper.

Becky Suss, a new Vox Populi member, has a week long show, Feb. 3-10 at Snyderman-Works. Her show at Snyderman looks like the work she showed in her Vox solo exhibit last year — that seems a great strategy, join a coop, show work there, then get a gig at a commercial gallery so you can (maybe, we hope) sell something.

Daniel Hoffman – a former artblog contributor – has started a new animation business Laundryboat Media. Check out his music video for ManMan!

Out of town shows: Bonnie MacAllister and Rachel Blythe Udell have a two person show at et al projects in NYC. Rebecca Gilbert will be part of the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Paper show at Boise State University.

Maureen Drdak
Maureen Drdak, from the Prakriti Project: “The Flying Naga”, detail Collection of Berthe and John Ford.

Maureen Drdak culminates her Fulbright in Nepal with a show at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu, opening February 9.