News post – Review Panel Philly, USC Annenberg Getty fellows announced, Philly artists at CCC, Ginger Lukas in WI, opportunities and more!


The winners of the Leeway Art and Change Grant 2012 have been announced! $44,380 in grants were awarded to 18 women and transgender artists living in the Philadelphia area (including Camden County); four were previous winners but the rest are newcomers. Visual artist and educator Betsy Casañas (LTA ’08), visual and media artist Caroline Savage, and writer, performer and educator Julia Lopez (WOO ’01) sat on the August 2012 grant panel. Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Alie Vidich, Multi-Disciplinary, Fishtown, $2500
  • Alison Crouse, Media Arts, Eastwick, $2500
  • August Tarrier, Literary Arts, Mount Airy, $2500
  • Charlotte Ford, Performance Art, Point Breeze/Newbold, $2500
  • Elliott batTzedek, Literary Arts, Germantown, $2500
  • Emily Satis, Visual Arts, Bella Vista, $2500
  • Jennie Shanker, Multi-Disciplinary, Fishtown, $2500
  • KellyAnne Mifflin, Multi-Disciplinary, West Philadelphia, $2500
  • Lillian Dunn, Media Arts, South Philadelphia, $2500
  • Lorelei Narvaja, Visual Arts, East Kensington, $2500
  • Magira Eue Ross, Performance Art, West Philadelphia, $2500
  • Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Literary Arts, West Philadelphia, $2500
  • Megan Williamson, Media Arts, West Powelton, $2500
  • Nikki López, Media Arts, Center City, $1880
  • Ovid Amorson, Literary Arts, West Philadelphia, $2,500
  • Shelley Spector, Visual Arts, Bella Vista, $2500
  • Wanda A. Dickerson, Crafts/Textiles, Camden, Whitman Park Area, $2500
  • Yowei Shaw, Media Arts, West Philadelphia, $2500


The Philadelphia Art Hotel, our favorite local residency, is on hiatus until 2014. We lack additional info at the moment, but updates are on the way.

The highlight of formal art criticism in Philadelphia comes this year with the Review Panel Philadelphia, hosted by PAfA in conjunction with Beginning this year on Wednesday, October 17, this series of four panel discussions is moderated by New York critic and arts writer David Cohen. Edward Epstein, Edith Newhall and Lilly Wei comprise the rest of the panel. The four exhibitions to be examined are Ann Agee at Locks Gallery; Jeanne Jaffe’s “Four Quartets” at Marginal Utility; Valerio Spada’s “Gomorrah Girl” at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center; and Rose Wylie at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. The dates and featured speakers are as follows: November 28, 2012 featuring our own Andrea Kirsh, K. Malcolm Richards, and Barry Schwabsky; February 6, 2013 with Bobbi Booker, Judith Stein, and Christian Viveros-Faune; April 3, 2013 with Monica Amor, Katherine Rochester, and Robert Storr. The first discussion begins at 6 PM at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Free admission.

Not content with having the tallest LEED-certified building in the country, Philly can now lay claim to the first major cultural institution with this award; the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus has won the LEED Platinum certification. Members can learn more about the greening and certification process at the Members-only lecture “Greening the Barnes” by William McDowell, Senior Building Project Director on Wednesday, November 7; 10:30am. $12. Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Fellows at a previous year’s Engine pop-up newsroom editorial meeting.
Each year, arts journalism receives lifeblood from the USC Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Program. Fifteen distinguished arts journalists, web designers and web developers have been selected as fellows for this year’s project, titled Engine30. Led by  Sasha Anawalt, founder and director, Douglas McLennan, project architect and Edward Lifson, associate director, engine30 is a highly experimental collaboration between the fellows, as well as arts editors and reporters and sixteen students of USC Annenberg’s M.A. in Specialized Journalism (the Arts). It’s our pleasure to note that the 2012 fellows include Hidden City’s own Meredith Broussard, contributing editor of Hidden City Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa – congratulations, Meredith! For more information about the fellows and the program, visit the Annenberg School’s site.
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Buy a pithy t-shirt and support Bodega! Print Liberation Proceed founders Nick Paparone and Jamie Dillon are hoping to convince  potential patrons to lay off the lines and buy a new PL shirt instead, the proceeds of which go towards raising some money for artist-run space Bodega. Check it out and get yours today.


Rather than settle for your run-of-the-mill preview party, the Allentown Art Museum has gone for the more posh option of having a Black and White Party for the openings of its three new shows – Walker Evans, Franz Kline and the Lerner Contemporary Glass Collection. Come between 6 and 8 PM Saturday, October 6, in black, white, or black and white. Free to members; nonmember tickets are $15. Call 610-432-4333 X129 or visit to RSVP.



via e-flux – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is seeking an Associate Curator/Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art. This position encompasses research, development and active management of the Collection; initiation of collection displays, major special exhibitions, publications and interpretation; and participation in all activities of the Department. Send your cover letter, indicating position of interest, resume, and salary history to: as a Word attachment only with “Assoc Curator/ Curator Modern and Contemporary Art” in the subject line, or mail to: ATTN: HR-MW-AC/C, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028. The application deadline is October 16, 2012, 10am, and the interview date is October 24.

The 2013 Application Guidelines for the Heritage program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage have been announced and are now available on their website.  In addition, applicants can begin their Letter of Intent here. This year, the grant cycle is as follows: Letters of Intent are due November 7, 2012, 4 p.m.; the invitation to apply is issued the week of December 10, 2012, grant applications are due February 8, 2013, 4 p.m., and grant awards are announced in late May 2013 . They are strongly supportive of any wish to discuss projects with them. If you’d like to do so, contact Jacque Liu at or 267 350 4950 to schedule a conversation with Heritage Philadelphia Program senior staff.

The one-day-only Art Without Ego Exhibition, hosted by Caliper Guild LLC, is scheduled for Saturday November 3 from 3-9 PM at the Amber Street Collective (3233 Amber St). They’re accepting submissions until October 12. The rundown: artists receive a share of 8,000+ feet of exhibition space for custom display and installation (everyone’s responsible for their own hanging and display), artist friendly 20% commission rate on sales, display cards provided, a catalogue of works for sale, and access to a live web feed covering the event, featuring interviews with artists. Artists should send portfolio samples/proposals with dimensions and prices for exhibition space to; there’s a $30 entry fee and no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. It goes without saying that additional gifts to the event, i.e; food, drink, donations, imagination are encouraged but not required.send submission and any inquiries to

Transart, a practice-based research and written three-year degree, validated by the University of Plymouth, UK, offers the first US-based low-residency PhD program for advanced studio art. Transart seeks proposals related to its research clusters: Language/Image; Land and Sea; Liminality, Space/Place, Temporary Architecture; Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Role of Art in Peace, Meditation, Performance Activism; and Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.  The admissions process is explained online.  The deadline for the Transart Winter Residency in New York in December is November 1, 2012.

Artist News

via Robert Straight – Camden County College’s show “Surface as Signifier,” opening at Lincoln Hall, Marlin Gallery on October 10, is a Philadelphia-studded showing: Donna Czapiga, James Erikson, Nicole Donnelly, Leslie Wayne, Margery Amdur, Anne Seidman, Robert Straight, and Douglas Witmer. October 10, 5-7 PM, reading by Michael W. Pollock 5:30-6:30. Curated by Peg Curtin and Bruce Garrity. Until November 1.

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Michele C. Kishita, Big Sky Morning, 2011.

If you’re in Greenwich, CT this month, there’s still time to see some stunning work by UArts faculty member and alumna Michele Kishita; six of her paintings and her installation “Jacquard Falls” are in the group exhibition “Water, Water Everywhere” at the Flinn Gallery until October 17.

Fjord Gallery member Ginger Lukas has a show opening tonight at the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN) Gallery. “FREE MONEY” runs from 6-8 PM; the gallery is located on 5th and Vliet.