News post – Farewell to the Slingluffs, Print Center fall events, Jenny Sabin’s FlyKnit, Tim Eads at DUMBO, opportunities and more!


The Delaware Art Museum  began its outstanding centennial celebration in November 2011, and is now preparing to conclude with the 2012 Centenniel Juried Exhibition on October 20. Including a vast number of artists artists living either in Delaware or within 100 miles of the Museum, the Centennial is guest-juried by John B. Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Opening Reception takes place  on October 19 from 5-7pm, and the show continues until January 13, 2013. Check the site for a full list of artists.

In keeping with the Data Garden’s recent PMA project, Philadelphia could be home to a burgeoning scene of artists who work with nature: The Switched-on Garden 002, a one-day-only happening at Bartram’s Garden on October 14 is a collaboration between Austen Brown and Tim Eads.This kinetically driven exploration of nature sounds, incorporating musical samples, sculpture, and audience participation, promises to be weird and wonderful.

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Murray Dessner in the 50s. Photo courtesy of

Painter Murray Dessner, PAFA alum and professor, has passed away at the age of 77. The Inquirer has published an obituary and overview of his achievements. (photo courtesy of

Sad news for us, but happy news for upstate New York: The Slingluff Gallery is packing up shop and moving to the small town of Callicoon, located in the Catskills. Of their time in Philly, Jonathan and Leigh leave us with this memorable assessment: “From being spit on by a police officer to seeing muggings, from flowers popping up from the sidewalks to flower boxes being setup, from buildings like the one next to Frankford Hall and behind the gallery going up with no permits posted to all of the great times spent at Egg,  it has felt like a life time.” Their official farewell was last Saturday.

News from the Print Center – Legendary Philadelphia artist Edna Andrade’s retrospective at the Print Center coincides with several Design Philadelphia 2012 events.  One we are looking forward to is the talk between photo critic Vince Aletti and photographer Andrea Modica, focused on the male nude, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7pm, FREE.  Modica debuts some of her new photos of male nudes at the talk.

There are no scheduled screenings at the moment, but this week saw the digital release of “A Love Letter to You,” Anthony Smyrski’s film about two graffiti artists (one of whom being Stephen Powers) and their impact on Philadelphia. Here is the film’s trailer.

Artist Ryann Casey is curating a charity show, along with fellow Philadelphia artist Josh Robeson, next month at B2 in South Philadelphia, Countdown to (En)Danger: A Show to Benefit the World Wildlife Fund focuses on the growing need for exposure and education concerning endangered species.  The show opens on October 13 and runs to November 7.


Open Video Call is back at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and just in time for Halloween! All artists and filmmakers are invited to submit videos for a chance to have work on view at ICA this winter. The screening, held on Wednesday October 31 at 6:30 PM, is juried by local curators, and hosted by Billy Blaise and Steven Dufala. Hurry up and submit by September 30 to be considered. Send DVD, CV, and artist statement to Open Video Call, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Kate Kraczon, Assistant Curator. The deadline is September 30.

2 via Leeway  – 1. Ezra Berkley Nepon (ACG ’07) and Yaba Amgborale Blay (ACG ’10) are leading a workshop on online fundraising on September 30. from 2:00pm-4:30pm at the Leeway office. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. RSVP here.  2. The Leeway Foundation is looking for fall interns in the following fields–special events, public relations, grantmaking, and exhibits. The internships are part-time, unpaid. Click here for application details. Rolling deadline.

The Fluxspace site lives on: the Hope St. Social Club has commandeered the spot, offering studios and a beautiful gallery to rent. They currently have about 5 studios available, ranging from $230-300/month, as well as 25 other studios in rotation between tenants (prices range from $150-300/month). They do both month-to-month and year leases, tenants pay no electricity, and the the gallery space is available for events, with wood floors and track lighting. Contact or for more info.

Artist News

Tim Eads’ bubble machine is a rather festive part of the Dumbo Arts Fest | Monster Drawing Rally this weekend (September 29-30), filling the event with millions of bubbles, and accompanied by a sale of his bubble drawings.

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Bruce Campbell, from “The Future Will Solve All Problems.”

Opening Saturday, October 6 at Fountain Studios in Brooklyn, from 7-10 PM, Bruce Campbell’s show The Future Will Solve All Problems features his large-scale work Space Frame Device (Hack Space) (above). The show is up until November 3.

Jenny Sabin's myThread Pavilion.

Jenny Sabin, designer, graduate of architecture at UPenn, professor, and owner of Jenny Sabin Studios in the Crane Arts Old School Building, has created one of the most eclectic multidisciplinary practices imaginable: melding performance, art, architecture, design and science for the myThread Pavilion (above) at the Nike Flyknit Collective. Located at Nike Stadium, 276 Bowery, this project involves using Nike+ FuelBand technology to collect motion data from runners and then transforming their biological data into knitted, formfitted performance gear. the installation is open to the public Thursday-Sunday, 12-7pm, through November 4 Visit Sabin’s website to learn more about both this initiative and the rest of her stunning work.

Paul Stankard, local glass paperweight craftsman, is a central figure in The Art Institute of Chicago’s dedication of its new Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Collection gallery. Open to the public on September 28, 2012, Stankard’s new piece “Honeybee Swarm with Flowers and Fruit” (2012) produced especially for the gallery reopening, is one of the highlights.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education has recently opened its own gallery. Its inaugural show, and part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Rescue: Scenes from a Wildlife Clinic, is a photographic essay of the Center’s wildlife clinic by Jennifer Hynes, who spent dozens of hours photographing the animals, people, spaces and landscapes there. There is a public reception on Saturday, October 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Schuylkill Center.