News – Arden’s free First Friday shows, Gallery 339 NYC preview, Jeroen Koolhaas and more!


Free First Friday performances and free beer at the Arden

Viewers sip free beer last First Friday at the Arden’s free performance. Photo courtesy of the Arden’s blog

First Friday isn’t just for art anymore. Located in the heart of Old City, the Arden Theatre Company is hosting free performances as their First Friday offering. There’s also free beer — donated by Boxcar Brewing Company (while supplies last, from 5:30-8pm)! Tonight, March 2, 6-7:30pm in Arden’s Independence Foundation Studio, the N Crowd will perform comedic improvisations based on audience suggestions. More free performances lined up on April 6 and May 4.

Gallery 339 previews work at Philly prices pre-New York art fair
We think this is kind of neat and smart.  Gallery 339, our blue chip photo space, is previewing its NY art fair show in the gallery! On March 3 from 1 – 5 PM, 339 will show you works that they’re taking to the AIPAD Photography Show. The preview works will be offered at their current prices. Exhibiting artists include Rita Bernstein, Yuichi Hibi, Amanda Means, Tetsugo Hyakutake and Edward McHugh.

Rem Koolhas’ son Jeroen paints the town

Hahn and Haas worked with young artists in the favelas in Rio to create this colorful street art. We hope they do something similar here.

Jeroen Koolhaas, the son of famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, and collaborator Dre Urhahn (known as Haas and Hahn) are beginning their residence through the Mural Arts program in North Philly. Their project “Philly Painting” will be installed between the 2500 and 2800 blocks of Germantown Avenue.

Carol Cole seeks former 915 residents for curated exhibit
“The View from 915”,  a show that rounds up, well, views actually, from the 915 Spring Garden artists’ studios, opens this May.  Curator Carol Cole needs your help finding artists previously (but not now) ensconced in that formidable building. She is looking for paintings and photos from the building that former tenants may want to include in the exhibit. Contact Carol at

Rosenbach Museum lost and found

Maria Gratz Thomas Sully photo by Douglas A. LockardIn a post on the blog Rebecca Gratz & 19th Century America, the Rosenbach Museum put out a feeler to find a long-missing portrait of Maria Gratz. The missing work is half of a pair of 1831 paintings by Thomas Sully depicting Benjamin Gratz and his wife Maria. The Gratzes were prominent Jewish early Americans who lived in Philadelphia and the portrait of Benjamin was bequeathed to the Rosenbach in 1970 without the missing Maria portrait. In a remarkable turn of events,  Maria’s great-great-great-granddaughter living in Atlanta had the portrait in her parlor for decades. She contacted the museum and decided to donate the portrait to the Rosenbach, along with a pastel copy she owns and a chair of Benjamin’s.  Blog power?!

Craft as Participation – talk by art historian Jennifer Sorkin at PAA
Art historian and University of Houston professor Jennifer Sorkin’s lecture “Live Form: Craft as participation” sounds great.  That talk, March 29 at 7 PM is based on her upcoming book, which examines the legacy of Black Mountain College and craft pedagogy in the post-war period. The event is free and you can register here.


The Laundromat Project in association with the Leeway Foundation, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Asian Arts Initiative, and PhillyCAM is seeking artists of color interested in displaying work at community locations like laundromats, barbershops, or similar spaces. You can find all the application details here.

We know you’re out there and that you read Artblog. Here’s a big opportunity for you: the Tate Modern in London is seeking a Head of Exhibitions. Apply by March 25. You can find this and other opportunities here.

Like to work with communities?  This one’s for you. Garrison Art Center has a call for a community engagement project with teens and their schools that also includes an exhibition in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center.  What’s provided are studio resources, administrative support, and a stipend. Send resume, website address, and related references to Carinda Swann – – by March 17.

Art Comes Alive in Cincinnati has an open call for artists for an exhibit that opens in June (via The deadline to apply is April 20. You can find the details here.

Artist News

Paul DeMuro
Paul DeMuro

Vincent Strijkan and Paul DeMuro are part of an exhibit called “cattywumpus” at 109 Ingraham St #410, Brooklyn, NY which opens on March 2 at 6 PM.

Jenny Drumgoole showed her hilarious Paula Deen cream cheese videos last year at Moore College of Art & Design. Now she’s part of a show at Guest Spot in Baltimore which has its closing reception on March 3 from 1 – 5 PM.

Austin Lee is participating in the Virgins Part 2 show in NYC at Family Business which began on March 1.

Jamie Treadwell, “God Gold and Guns”

Jamie Treadwell has a solo show in Miami opening March 10 at the Zadok Gallery.

Alexandra Clotfelter, “The Beginning is Near”

Former Space 1026 artist Jesse Goldstein is currently part of the Occuprint project producing posters for the worldwide Occupy movement. Check out their site to submit posters!

Ann Northrup was part of an informational panel in Washington, D.C. yesterday at the opening of Windows and Mirrors, the traveling AFSC exhibition of antiwar art related to the war in Afghanistan.