News post – $1M for Philly from ArtPlace, spandex outfits for buildings


Three Philadelphia organizations engaged in creative placemaking projects have received ArtPlace Grants: The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has won $200,000 for a project on the Delaware Waterfront; the University City District has won $375,000 for design upgrades and art installations at the Porch; and the Asian Arts Initiative has been awarded $450,000 to commission work in the Chinatown area. More information about the ArtPlace Grants can be found here.

The new executive director of the Main Line Art Center is photographer Amie Potsic, long time Director of Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. She joins the staff on July 30. Congratulations Amie!

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David Palumbo, “Terrible Weakness.”

The largest fantasy art show ever mounted in a museum setting, At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic, is up at the Allentown Museum through September 9, 2012. Featuring more than 160 paintings, illustrations, and sculptures, you can get a glimpse of the show’s offerings at the Allentown Museum site.

ArtJaz Gallery, formerly a stalwart of Old City, has moved to Glenside, upstairs from African indigenous art gallery Galerie Hamid. It’s grand opening is on Saturday, June 23 at 115 New Street in Glenside from 12 to 6 PM. A welcome and Collector’s Dialogue is scheduled, along with guided tours!  Find more info in their press release.

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Leeza Meksin, “House Coat.” Courtesy of the artist’s site.

Tyler professor Leeza Meksin, with support from an NEA grant, is preparing “Flossing the Lot,” an exhibition in which she dresses buildings in spandex at Artspace in New Haven. The opening is today from 5 to 8:30 PM. This work is a spirited commentary on role reversal and exploration of urban spaces, with a performance by Mira Stroika. Visit Artspace for more details!

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Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka’s installation, courtesy of Attitude Cinema.

Matt Suib and Nadia Hironaka are participants in “Attitude Cinema” at the Festival of the Cinema of Pesaro in Italy, curated by Camilla Boemio. The show runs from June 18 to July 2, with an opening on June 19th and the duo’s work from “1967” on display. More information on the artists at their site.

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Dustin Metz, “Philip’s Hands.” Courtesy of Joe’s Wallet

It’s usually not considered run-of-the-mill behavior to walk up to a person on the street and ask to see some art, but that’s what Joe’s Wallet is there for. Dedicated to pocket-size, moveable art carried on someone’s person, Joe’s Wallet is displaying Dustin Metz‘ short film “Philip’s Hands” on an iTouch this month. Find whoever’s carrying Joe’s Wallet by clicking the on view @ button on (location only visible during gallery hours) to find the “gallery.” Two times on the books: Thursday 6/21  at Frankford Hall in the beer graden.  From about 7pm to 8:30pm, and on Saturday 6/23/  @ 2463 Martha Street  from 12:00pm to 5pm.

Isaac Lin’s Last Words, a solo show, is at Park Life Gallery, San Francisco from July 20 to August 17. He also has Portrait of a Generation at The Hole in NYC through August 10. Visit those sites for more info.
Tristin Lowe, “Jean-Gnome.” Courtesy of the West Collection.
Tristin Lowe’s installation Under the Influence is housed at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida from July 21 to October 28, and his Everyday Disturbances is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through July 11.

Highwire Gallery in Fishtown has put out an open call for submissions of art about public issues and politics for its First Amendment Show. They’re looking for meaningful work accompanied by a brief written statement, where applicable. Guidelines are $20 for one submission, $30 for 2, $40 for 3, and the size maximum is 6′ linear feet per artist. The drop-off period is noon to 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday June 30th and July 1st. Submission forms are available at the Gallery during drop-off. Contact

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The 2012 Fall/Winter Residency at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York is calling for submissions. The deadline is Friday, June 22 at noon, and more details can be found here.

The International Grant Programme of the Lepsien Art Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany is open for submissions. The deadline is Wednesday, July 1. Visit their site for guidelines and info.

The Florence Artist in Residence  (F_AIR) at FUA School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy is open as well. Sunday, July 15 is their deadline; visit their site for guidelines.

Closer to home, the In Practice Project Series at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, NY has put out a request for proposals, with Sunday, June 24 as the deadline. Go to the Sculpture Center for more details.

The Whitney is looking for a Coordinator of Family Programs. Find out more info about this and the other openings at the Whitney here.

Another New York opportunity – the International Print Center is looking for an Exhibitions Administrator. Details on the NYFA site.

The University of Delaware in Newark, DE, is seeking a Curator of Education (University Museums). The  applications review begins July 5, and more info as well as a full listing of openings can be seen here.

Fine arts advisory Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts in Tribeca is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant. The position will be for three (3) days a week with the possibility of added days. Compensation begins at $20 per hour and based upon experience. Please send cover letter and resume to with subject line “Administrative Assistant.”