News post – Claes Oldenburg at the ABC Awards, Erin Murray’s solo NYC show, Judy Pfaff honored, Hidden City updates, opportunities and more!


A special reception with Claes Oldenburg has been added to the schedule of events at the Arts and Business Council’s May 8 Awards Celebration. Join a small group of guests at Route 6 (next-door to Vie) for a meet-and-greet with Mr. Oldenburg from 4:30-5:30, before the celebration proper. The cost to attend includes admission to the VIP event as well as the Awards Celebration. Additionally, Oldenburg is having a show of his early street and store sculptures at MoMA — must see viewing.  

Judy Pfaff, who among many other marvelous works has a major public art piece at the Convention Center, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pfaff, the codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, is one of those to receive this honor at the induction ceremony of the new class on October 12, 2013, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Kelly Natatorium. Phot credits: Joseph E.B. Elliott.
The Kelly Natatorium. Phot credits: Joseph E.B. Elliott.

Where there’s a will there’s a way for our diligent friends at Hidden City Philadelphia: they announced yesterday that it has added the Kelly Natatorium at the Fairmount Water Works as a featured site for its second summer festival. Arts collective Camp Little Hope is planning a “Bibotorium” at the site, an educational saloon based on an unrealized 1920s design to convert part of the Fairmount Water Works. Visitors can while the day away in the Bibotorium’s poolside café. Tickets for Hidden City Festival 2013 are available starting May 1 and can be purchased online at or over the phone at 267-428 0575.


Pageant: Soloveev’s summer 2013 Open Invitational for PSYCHEDELPHIA is now in effect. Submissions are due by May 26, and notifications of acceptance go out by June 1.Delivery times of accepted work are scheduled from June 22 – 23, with the show opening June 28. To enter, submit up to 3 images of works on paper / sculpture, along with an entry fee of $10, PayPal or cash. Entries accepted via email to, or delivered to the gallery at 607 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA.See Pageant: Soloveev’s website for more information.

Artist News

Sean Robert FitzGerald, Mass, 2012 Graphite on board, 18 x 24 1/4 inches.
Sean Robert FitzGerald, Mass, 2012
Graphite on board, 18 x 24 1/4 inches.

New space and Philly artist alert: Sean Robert FitzGerald, one of the founders of FJORD Gallery, has works included in a show at the newly-opened Fort Worth Drawing Center in Dallas, TX. Drawing You In opens this Sunday from 2-5 and continues until May 26.

Napoleon member Chrissy Day is participating in the first Open Studio Residency Program as a Resident Artist at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine this summer – congratulations! Should be picturesque and productive.

Erin Murray, Settling (breast cancer awareness), 2013, oil on panel, 24"x24".
Erin Murray, Settling (breast cancer awareness), 2013, oil on panel, 24″x24″.

Erin Murray’s upcoming exhibition Settling the artist’s first solo show in New York. Open on May 9 and on view through June 15, 2013, the artist’s reception takes place May 9 from 6-8 pm; the work features her signature haunting architectural photos as well as some striking new forays into color and form.