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Craig Holden Feinberg, poster design for Freedom of Press Campaign, Reporters Without Borders. Courtesy of Feinberg’s site.

Renowned graphic designer and UArts alum Craig Holden Feinberg is partnering with the Pearlstein Gallery for an exhibition on the social impact of design and imagery. The programming begins with Holden Feinberg’s two-day residency at Drexel University as a Rankin Scholar of the Graphic Design program.  On May 14, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery begins an exhibition of Holden Feinberg’s work, displayed until Friday, June 8.  The opening reception on Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. features a panel discussion on raising awareness of local and global social issues, as well as displays of Holden Feinberg’s shocking, funny and forceful design work.

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Matthew Cox’s Playboy 3, “Jefferson With Nipple Piercing,” part of Pentimenti’s PULSE Fair display.

Gallery news – After a terrific run, it’s with mixed sadness and hope that we announce Extra Extra‘s closing. The gallery shuts its doors at the end of May, but this is far from the end: all of its collaborators are involved in new adventures. More details on their May 26th sendoff to come. Gallery Joe and Pentimenti are both presenting at PULSE Art Fair in NYC, located at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 125 West 18th St, from May 2-6; for dates, ticket info and more check Pulse’s site. In the wake of its successful new location opening last month, Gallery ML is opening a second gallery, with its inaugural show West Looking East by Gabe Tiberino on First Friday, May 4 from 5 to 10 PM. The new gallery, called Arch Enemy, shares the same core management team and is at 109 Arch Street (fittingly).

Congratulations to Julie Courtney and Jennie Shanker! The two curators are recipients of a $70,000 NEA grant to support CENTERpieces, a series of Catskills-based site-specific artworks. In this project, Courtney and Shanker work with artists Allan Wexler, Richard Torchia, Shay Church, and Ann Hamilton to develop each site. This wonderful video gives you an idea of what CENTERpieces sets out to do.

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Interface Studio Architects’ 100K Houses. Courtesy of Photo: Sam Oberter.

In the media – Interface Studio Architects, whose instantly-recognizable structures can be seen throughout Northern Liberties and Fishtown, is featured in Architecture for Humanity’s publication “Design Like You Give a Damn 2.” We are proud to see their work honored in such a prestigious publication!

In arts online – Anticipating the wealth of sunny-weather arts events to come (once this gloomy spring is over with of course), Arts America Online is launching a summer arts guide. SummerArts is a compendium of cultural arts activities taking place throughout the summer, and is the perfect tool for those seeking to find everything they need in one place. In a similar fashion, Mural Locator is a newly-launched guide for research and information on murals across the world.

California artists Greg and Brandi Glenn’s plans for a 25-ton sand sculpture on the Porch in front of Amtrak 30th Street Station have been scuttled due to concerns over getting approvals from PennDOT. Intended to draw visitors to the Penn Museum for the world premiere of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a new exhibition opening May 5, this feat would have been attention-grabbing for sure, but it was a bit too ambitious for its time. Perhaps a possible project for the future?

John Cage.

The Slought Foundation, together with the John Cage Trust and the PEN Festival, is helping revive Cage’s 1989 work How To Get Started for the first time ever. This groundbreaking collaborative experiment that explores improvisation and the origin of ideas is taking place in a daylong ‘happening’ on Friday, May 4th, from 11:00am-9:00pm, and audiences are invited to add their contributions here. More information can be found at, and check out the permanent installation housed at Slought. Purchase tickets for the events at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street) in New York City here.

The Fairmount Park Art Association is changing its name to the Association for Public Art.  The name change will be voted on by members at its 140th Annual Meeting, 5 PM May 7 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


For the budding performance artist, Actorfest is happening Saturday, May 5 at the PA Convention Center and features open-castings from MTV and NBC. Workshops, panel discussions and classes are included. Actorfest is free to attend, and registration info can be found at

Via Len Davis – Summer internships are available at the Rubin Museum, including a number in Education in addition to other museum departments, such as Curatorial, Communications, and Programming. Check out the Museum’s Jobs and Internships page to find out what they have to offer. And the Village of Arts and Humanities seeks a Board Liaison Intern. To find out more, email

Via Leeway Foundation – Gender Reel, a queer multimedia experimental film festival to be held in September 2012, is seeking submissions. The deadline is June 15; for more details go to Leeway’s website.

Grizzly Grizzly is calling for proposals for Hot! August! Night!, their one-night-only performance event to be held on First Friday August 3. The deadline to apply is May 15, and welcomes performance, time-based, sound, dance, intervention, durational, and interdisciplinary submissions, but they must have a live element. For more info, contact 

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Shelby Donnelly, winner of the 2011 Cindi Royce Ettinger Scholarship.

It’s not too late to submit your application for this year’s Cindi Royce Ettinger Scholarship at Second State Press! Submissions are being accepted until May 8th. Visit Second State’s scholarship page, above, for instructions on how to apply.

Artist News

Philadelphia-raised abstract artist Barbara Bullock is having a solo show of collage and acrylic constructs at Essie Greene Galleries in Harlem, NYC, from May 12-June 16.  Opening reception with the artist, Sat, May 12, 4-7pm. Gallery talk with the artist, May 26, 4-6:30pm. More information can be found on their site.

Gina Michaels, ”Blue Fingers.”

“Hybrids,” a show of Gina Michaels’ bronze sculptures, is at the Rose Tree Sculpture Garden of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA from April 16 to June 17, 2012, with a reception on Sunday, May 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Bonnie Brenda Scott’s new exhibition Burn The Water has arrived at the cuARTorial Lab @ the Malkovich, in The Crane Old School. Recently accepted into Cranbrook Acamdemy of Art’s MFA Sculpture Program  and a 2012 selection for the Wind Challenge Series at Fleisher Memorial presents, Scott’s work in Burn the Water is up from May 9th – June 30th 2012 (gallery visits by appointment only). The Second Thursday reception is May 10th, 6 – 9pm, and the closing reception is Friday June 1st, 5 – 9pm.