News – Hennessy Youngman’s found art discourse, Isaac Lin & Leah Bailis in Austin, Doug Witmer curates at TSA, opportunities and more!



In the vein of similar endeavors by Rauschenberg, Hammons and Orozco, posted an amusing item about Hennessy Youngman (aka Jayson Musson) selling found objects on the street via his twitter feed. The resulting tweets are predictably priceless,

Athena Barat, long known to us as a powerhouse of art and social practice, was recently honored when the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation jointly awarded her and her mother Chandri Woman of the Year. Athena, a former Philly resident, created The South Philly Biennial in 2008, and has been supporting her family’s foundation at their home base in Newark.

Douglas Witmer is curating a show at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in August, called ICE WATER FLYSWATTER. We’re told it’s “Abstract painting on holiday in the Philadelphia summer,” and the lineup includes Alain Biltereyst (Belgium), Mary Bucci McCoy (MA), Donald Martiny (NC), Cary Smith (CT), Mark Wethli (ME), Paige Williams (OH), with a special poem/drawing by Ian White Williams commissioned for the show. curated by Douglas Witmer, the show runs August 2 — September 1, 2013 with a reception Friday August 2, 6-10pm.



The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship is offering a $25,000 award to encourage and support a “young in career” furniture artist. Administered by The Society of Arts and Crafts, they ask  Selection guidelines, criteria & application instructions will be available by May 12, 2013 at  Completed applications are due July 1, 2013.

The Clay Studio (TCS) seeks a Studio Technician to provide technical and administrative support to our Education Department and building maintenance as needed. They’re particularly interested in candidates with strong customer focus and effective communication, planning and organizing abilities, occupational knowledge and skills, and above all a great attitude. Job responsibilities run the gamut from supervising interns and volunteers, updating and monitoring schedules, tracking inventory, firing reduction and oxidation kilns, and maintaining safety of facilities and studios. The application requirements include a bachelors degree in Arts, Arts Education or related field, 1+years studio technician experience in a studio. The position, which reports to the Vice President, entails a salary of $25K for 40+ hours a week (depending upon qualifications, experience, and performance), as well as studio space. The Studio Technician is expected to be present for all scheduled gas firings for the School and special events, including First Fridays. To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to with Studio Technician in the subject heading by June 1, 2013.


Artist News

Mariposa, wood and wool, 24½ ’ x 13½’, 2010 - 2012.
Mariposa, wood and wool, 24½ ’ x 13½’, 2010 – 2012.

Shelley Spector’s latest exhibition at Bridgette Mayer, “But Not as Much as Tomorrow,” garnered accolades in Art in America this month.

Isaac Lin and Leah Bailis are two of the exhibiting artists in Wally at MASS Gallery, a presentation of works in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. Wally runs from May 18 to June 22, with a full-day opening in coordination with other East Austin galleries as part of Frame. If you’re in the area, there is a free public event at the gallery on Saturday, May 18 from 12 pm to 10 pm, boasting art, live music, lawn games, refreshments and more.

Work from the upcoming "Nature's Mark" show at the Hunterdon Art Museum.
Work from the upcoming “Nature’s Mark” show at the Hunterdon Art Museum.

Dianne Koppisch Hricko and Richard Hricko are two of the artists showing work in Nature’s Mark: Printing on Fiber, opening at the Hunterdon Art Museum on Sunday, May 19 with a reception from 2-4 PM. Curated by Gravers Lane director Bruce Hoffman, it’s up until Sept. 8, 2013.

Judith Schaechter’s Battle of Carnival and Lent arrives at Claire Oliver Gallery in NYC on May 23, with a reception from 6-8 PM. If you’ve visited Eastern State Penitentiary in the last year, you’ll recognize this as the beautifully-macabre work custom made for the site. The show runs until June 29.