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News post – Haas & Hahn celebration, Walter Plotnick’s World Fair visions, Hidden City kicks off, opportunities and more!



Haas & Hahn and friends, on Germantown Ave. Photo by Neal Santos.
Haas & Hahn and friends, on Germantown Ave. Photo by Neal Santos.

Faveladelphia, the (you guessed it) Philadelphian contingent of Favela Painting is having a kick-off party for their Back to Rio campaign at 161 West on May 31. The night promises food, drink, dancing and an auction, not to mention paintings, documentary footage, photos and other artworks of past, present and future projects by the duo Haas & Hahn of Germantown-beautification-renown.

Allergies, proms and grant announcements: how you know it’s springtime. PNC Arts Alive, now in its fifth year of funding, announced on May 1, 2013 the winners for the PNC Arts Alive program in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Winners include the likes of FringeArts, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble, and the James A. Michener Art Museum. To see the full list of new grantees and their programs, click on Grantees. The funding cycle for year five is June 2013 to December 2014.

Another harbinger of spring, and one we’ve been avidly awaiting all year, is finally upon us: Hidden City Festival 2013 festival passes are available now. All sites are open Thursday to Sunday from 12 noon – 7PM, May 23-June 30. Passes give you unlimited access to all nine Festival sites and art projects – entrance into all events, such as talks and tours, scheduled during Festival hours, with special tickets available for evening performances and programs. $30 general admission/$25  for Hidden City Philadelphia members. Events fill up fast, so get over to the Festival website to ensure your spot. Learn more about the Festival sites, artist projects, and how to volunteer.

Another arts and culture birthday bash: the Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP) celebrates its 26th year on Saturday, June 1, 2013  at 6:30 PM at the Painted Bride Art Center. Expect performances, awards, delectable food, and drink. Tickets, sponsorships and ads are now available; tickets are $35 general admission, and $30 for PFP members.



The 2013 Photo Review Photography Competition’s 29th edition is taking a bit of a different tack. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review is reproducing accepted entries in its 2013 competition issue and on its website, broadcasting winning photographs to thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition. Prize-winners, whose swag includes photography equipment and gift certificates, are also chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts and numerous Editor’s Selections in several Photo Review web galleries. An entry fee of $35 for up to three images and $8 for each additional image entitles all entrants to a copy of the full-color catalogue. In addition, all entrants can subscribe to The Photo Review for $36, a 20% discount. All entries must be received by June 30, 2013. You can download contest rules and submit images at For further information call The Photo Review at 215/891-0214, 140 East Richardson Avenue, Suite 301, Langhorne, PA 19047,

University City District is seeking partners to provide cultural programming for The Porch though a Partnership Programming Fund. For more information, visit

Artist News

Work from Dennis Congdon's upcoming Cue Art Foundation show.
Work from Dennis Congdon’s upcoming Cue Art Foundation show.

Dennis Congdon’s first solo exhibition in New York City, curated by artist Stanley Whitney, opens on June 1 at Cue Art Foundation. Featuring his hand-cut stencils on large-scale canvases to depict Rome’s dual identities, the exhibition is part of a series begun while Congdon was a fellow at the American Academy of Rome over twenty years ago.

Photography by Walter Plotnick.

Walter Plotnick has a solo exhibition at Voor Kunst Galerie in Belgium this summer, focusing on his series based on the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Philadelphia, PA. The dazzling show is titled “Re-Imagining the World of Tomorrow,” and the exhibition culminates with a forthcoming book of Plotnick’s artwork.