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The Delaware Art Museum’s Centennial juried show is not until October, but the Museum has released the entire list of artists who have been selected, including many from Pennsylvania. Congratulations to all!  The museum used to host biennial regional exhibitions that were much admired.  We hope this juried exhibition revitalizes the regional biennial, which is missed.

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Alan Soffer, “ORIGINS I” will be in the Delaware Art Museum’s centennial juried show

Juror John Ravenal says, of the selection: “The 1,300 artworks submitted online by nearly 450 applicants covered a wide range of media, styles, and abilities. There were accomplished senior artists, emerging talents, and probably some Sunday hobbyists. There was painting, sculpture, installation art, video, drawing, photography, crafts, and things that defy categorization. I accepted around one fifth of the applicants and, for the most part, chose one work from each. I was looking for quality, regardless of the type or approach of the work, thus the selection is eclectic. What ties it together is that each of these works was vital enough to make me, and I think others, be excited to see them in person.”

The list of Pennsylvania-based artists is:
Kocot and Hatton, Philadelphia, PA
Terry Anderson, Unionville, PA
Tom Bendtsen, Philadelphia, PA
Brookes Britcher, Philadelphia, PA
Moe Brooker, Philadellphia, PA
Anne Canfield, Philadelphia, PA
Giovanni Casadei, Philadelphia, PA
Jessica Clark, Philadelphia, PA
Renee Cortese, Philadelphia, PA
John Costanza, Bryn Mawr, PA
Morgan Craig, Philadelphia, PA
Tim Eads, Philadelphia, PA
Christopher Feiro, Philadelphia, PA
Steven Ford, Philadelphia, PA
Richard Gabriele, Langhorne, PA
Kiki Gaffney, Philadelphia, PA
Judy Gelles, Philadelphia, PA
Daniel Gerwin, Philadelphia, PA
Walt Goettman, Lenni, PA
Gregory, Gorrell, Kennett Sq, PA
Yikui Gu, Philadelphia, PA
Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Philadelphia, PA
Paul Hamanaka, Philadelphia, PA
Marilyn Holsing, Merion, PA
Miguel Horn, Philadelphia, PA
Joseph Iacona, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Jackson, Kennett Square, PA
Robert Jenkins, Honeybrook, PA
Michael Kahn, Coatesville, PA
Mary Ann Krutsick, Philadelphia, PA
Laura Ledbetter, Philadelphia, PA
Donna Lovely, Newtown, PA
Sandi Neiman Lovitz, Havertown, PA
Sandra Milner, Narberth, PA
Peter Miraglia, Philadelphia, PA
Mary Murphy, Philadelphia, PA
Erin Murray, Philadelphia, PA
Steve Oliver, Brookhaven, PA
Dan Rios, Center Valley, PA
Debra Rosenblum, Philadelphia, PA
Harold Ross, West Chester, PA
Hiro Sakaguchi, Philadelphia, PA
Dan Schimmel, Penn Valley, PA
Keith Sharp, Media, PA
Buy Shaver, Philadelphia, PA
Alan Soffer, Wallingford, PA
Krista Steinke, Ambler, PA
Freiman Stoltzfus, Barto, PA
Sabina Tichindeleanu, Philadelphia, PA
Donna Usher, West Chester, PA
Tom Wagner, Elizabethtown, PA
Carol Wisker, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Burnell Yow!, Philadelphia, PA

Elisabeth Agro, Curator of Crafts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, whose show “Craft Spoken Here” just opened at the Perelman building is speaking on NPR WHYY’s Radio Times TODAY (Friday, May 11) at 11am EST with Brigitte Martin, founder of Crafthaus. The show’s theme is craft’s importance to the world of art. Listeners are encouraged to call in live. If you are unable to hear the show live, you can catch it later via links on WHYY’s website or their iTunes podcasts.

Coastal Stack V, 2008 Michael J. Peterson, from Craft Spoken Here at the PMA

Speaking of Craft Spoken Here, one component of that craft survey is The Craft Lab, a lounge area installed in the exhibition, with couches, pillows and carpet, that welcomes makers (and non-makers too) to come in and become part of the exhibition and make things in the space (some materials and tools are provided). We love that! The Craft Lab has PMA a full schedule with an exciting variety of activities. The roster includes a homey room within the gallery with basic supplies for DIY activities, as well as events like Art Star Thursdays with experts demonstrating techniques, like Ed Bing Lee on knotting, and PMA Staff Craft Star Wednesdays with Lance Pawling of the Finance Dept, doing embroidery and many others participating. More information and an overview of the events here.

Hannah Johnson, Tyler MFA. Posters for the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, on view at the Tyler MFA show this weekend

The time of massive MFA exhibits in Philly is now. Two MFA shows open at the Crane this week, containing the works of Penn and University of Delaware MFA artists.  Their show runs May 10th – June 17th, 2012 from Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm, with a reception Thursday, May 10 from 6-9 PM.  Also opening is the enormous PAFA Annual Student exhibition, and Tyler’s MFA exhibits, which have been ongoing each weekend at the Gallery at 12th and Norris since March, end this weekend.

No surprise. The members of Fairmount Park Art Association voted May 7 to change their name to the Association for Public Art.

Honorees at this year’s Arts and Business Council Awards, held on May 30 include NextFab/BreadBoard (Business and Arts Partnership Award: Small Business with an Arts and Cultural Organization), and Indy Hall (Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field). WHYY’S Fresh Air host Terry Gross will receive the Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence .

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Becca Albee, from On a Person’s Person at Possible Projects

Our loss, Atlanta’s gain. After Possible Projects’ final show, Becca Albee’s On a Person’s Person 1, the gallery (that would be Rachel and Trevor Reese and family) is packing up and moving to Georgia, where they hope to continue their project-based collective activity in similarly nomadic style as their compatriots at Extra Extra. The final show is tomorrow, May 12 4-7pm. Title Magazine has an in-depth article about it that explains what this means for not only the gallery’s future, but the implications of art being produced in one location.

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The work of Robert Glebe, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen member.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s spring fair opens today, Friday, May 11, in Rittenhouse Square. Hours this weekend are Friday 11 am to 7 pm,  Saturday: 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday: 11 am to 5 pM. There’s also an upcoming fair August 4th and 5th, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Admission is $8. For more info go to their site.

Art in the Open opens next weekend, May 18 to May 20, along the banks of the Schuykill. Artists create works in the open, and hopefully in good weather, from Locust Street to the Waterworks Grand Pavilion. More info at

This year’s gala Photo Review Garden Party is Saturday, June 9, 2012, 3-7 p.m, rain or shine. One of Fishtown’s restored churches plays host to the day. Special guests include photographer Marilyn Bridges, Tsuyoshi Ito, Director of Project Basho, Sarah Stolfa, Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center; and Al Wachlin, Jr., and Josh Marowitz, Directors of The Light Room, Stephen Perloff, editor of The Photo Review and The Photograph Collector, and many more. The event includes a book signing by the special guests and others. Download an invitation here.

This surely wins the award for “best use of low culture themes” of the year: the 2012 Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo is coming to the Crane Arts Building’s Icebox on June 2nd, 6-10 pm, curated by Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney. In addition to the opening Saturday, June 2nd, several supplementary truck themed events are planned, including movie nights and a “motor oil/ transmission fluid leak monoprint show” — details forthcoming. Participants include the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Ben Will, Katrina Chamberlin, Matt Giel, Rebecca Saylor Sack and many more.

A $500,000 gift from Irvin Borowsky and his wife Laurie Wagman has established the Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Art and the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts at University of the Arts. The annual prize is meant for an artist who is advancing the practice of glass works, while the new center includes a space for exhibitions and installations as well as hot and cold shops with multiple furnaces and work areas. Alexander Rosenberg has been selected to lead the glass program and create the University’s first Glass major. We anticipate Rosenberg’s leadership and Borowsky’s rigorous support of glass artistry will lead to tremendous future accomplishments.

The final Wind Challenge event of Fleisher Art Memorial’s 2012 season, by Nora Salzman, is entirely booked, but its novelty bears mention. Salzman presents a walking tour of the PMA with an eye toward pointing out the Museum’s different modes of display. This event is on Sunday, May 27 from 11 AM to 12 PM. Although the tour is sold out, the gallery welcomes guests to the Wind Challenge 3 Exhibition


via Len Davis – Graduation nears, and internships abound. Some of them include: Summer Photographs Department Internship at Phillips de Pury & Company (email resume and cover letter to Sarah Krueger at; and a paid internship at Peter Blum Gallery (please send your resume and brief cover letter to

VAN (Visual Artists Network) invites you autobiographical types to join the 3rd annual Self 2012 competition, a juried, open call for art and photography with the ultimate goal of launching one artist’s story on the world stage. Share your work here today for a chance to earn $25,000 in prizes, including a $10,000 grant and a New York City gallery exhibition.

Fresh off winning a Knight Grant for its Fairgrounds project, Little Berlin is cooking.  The group is seeking new members and now would be a particularly special time to be a part of it. For a $50 monthly fee, you are given not only the chance to learn how to curate a show, but also access to Little Berlin’s supply of resources, not to mention a one-of-a-kind community. Learn more from their site’s call for members.

Iowa collective Grin City, started by Extra Extra member Joe Lacina, is hosting a residency on its farm in Iowa. They seek applications from artists to  join the collective from September 17 to October 19 for 2 to 5 weeks of art-making and community work.  Residents perform social outreach in the heartland of rural Iowa for 3 afternoons a week and receive creative space, housing, and a collaborative working atmosphere, at $50 a week. Applications are due July 1, 2012.  To apply visit

The Wexler Gallery in Old City is currently seeking summer and fall interns, a great way to get fine art and gallery experience. For more information visit their site, and for consideration email a resume, cover letter and three references to

Going head to head with the pickup truck show for the intrigue factor, The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Arts is bringing you an Art Show of Horrors. Curated by the perfectly named Jenny Dreadful, this macabre event happens Friday June 15th – Tuesday June 19th, featuring local artists and leading into The Mausoleum Horror Convention that is being held the following day, Saturday, June 16th.  The deadline for submissions is May 18th. Please send digital files or photos of submissions, as well as additional questions about the guidelines, to curator Jenny Dreadful at  For 6 or more entries, links are preferred. No more than 4 pieces per artist will be selected, but feel free to submit as many as you like.

Artist News

2012 PAFA MFA Samantha Mitchell has a show at the International Print Center in New York. Read here for the press release. This juried exhibition of 78 prints, curated by Shahziah Sikhander, includes one of Mitchell’s woodblock prints. The opening reception is Thursday, May 31, from 6pm to 8pm, and the show is up until July 27th. Mitchell is also part of the 111th PAFA Annual Student Exhibition MFA Thesis Show, where she is exhibiting all new prints and drawings.  The opening reception is Friday, May 11, from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, and the show is up until June 3rd. Mitchell’s paintings can also be seen at the Triumph Brewing Company in Old City.

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Jackie Tileston, “El Dorado Depot.”

Jackie Tileston’s show Freefall opens at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas on May 12. Tileston has previously shown at Pentimenti and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.