News post – Goodbye to Gary Steuer, Bridgette Mayer benefit, University City District heats up, opportunities and more!,


Welcome to 2013, Artblog – we now have a tumblr! Great BIG pictures from Artblog stories and from other artsy tumblrs around the web, all curated by Maeve Coudrelle. Better late than never, we suppose…

Departing Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer, from the vaults.

2 from the OACCE – 1. Big news from Gary Steuer this week. Our beloved cultural emissary is departing the OACCE to become the new President and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver, Colorado, assuming the position in early October. Although we lament that the Philly art world is now one man down, we are very excited for Denver! Best of luck, Gary. 2. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is partnering with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in a search for design proposals for bike racks to be installed in Center City Philadelphia and other potential locations in the city. Of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the most bicycle commuters per capita; between that and our incomparable number of public artworks, a creative solution to the need for bicycle parking and the city’s collection of outdoor public art is just what we need. For full competition details, head down to Opportunities.

The 40th Street Summer Series in action. Photo: University City District.
The 40th Street Summer Series in action. Photo: University City District.

It’s 40th Street Summer Series time once again. This year’s attractions at University City’s free outdoor performance series, scheduled for the last Saturdays in June to September, include the Heavens Atheist Gospel Trombone Choir, the Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, the Millennial Territory Orchestra (performing the music of Sly and The Family Stone), Spaceship Aloha (featuring Man Man’s Chris Powell), and The Heavens. All concerts are held behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets, beginning at 6pm. If you need further inducement, complimentary (first come, first served) Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and pretzels are given out during the performances.

via Lauren Whearty – This July, Bridgette Mayer’s annual benefit show is different than before – she has done benefits every summer, but this is the first one for Philadelphia dance company BalletX; it was formerly for Back on my Feet. The show is on view July 9– August 9, 2013 with an opening reception Friday, July 12 from 6 – 8:30 PM. It seems like about half of the population of Philly is in the show – not really, a mere 200+ artists – with 400 paintings, photographs, collages, and sculptures by the likes of Frank Bramblett, Odili Odita, Micah Daw, Catherine Hagerty, Kati Gegenheimer, Rebekah Callaghan, David Staniunes, Rebecca Saylor Sack,  Christopher Davison and Adam Lovitz. Each work is on sale for either $500 or $1,000, with proceeds benefitting BalletX. In addition to the exhibition, the gallery is launching, a hub and destination website to experience all of the unique and exclusive art events going on in Philadelphia.

Artists on the Lam has been named the “Best Local Visual Arts Blog” in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago issue! Congratulations, Jenny!  You can view the issue online and / or pick up a copy at newsstands.


If you haven’t already applied, look alive about it: The deadline for the Paul Roth-juried 2013 Photo Review Photography Competition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is essentially here. All entries must be received by June 30, 2013; you can download contest rules and submit images, as well as find additional information at The Photo Review, or call 215-891-0214, or email 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 may  subscribe to The Photo Review for $36, a 20% discount.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia/Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, as mentioned before, is looking for design proposals for bike racks to be installed throughout Philadelphia. As part of a comprehensive plan for pedestrians and cyclists, it’s already a fantastic idea, and when you consider that it ups our already staggering number of outdoor artworks, it’s very awesome indeed. Open to all artists and design professionals, the deadline for submissions is September 4, 2013. For full competition details, including the project budget, selection process, submission procedures and design guidelines, check out the official RFP.

Artist News

Emily Brown, "Shuffle." Photo: Waterfall Arts, Maine.
Emily Brown, “Shuffle.” Photo: Waterfall Arts, Maine.

Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor, ME  is currently running a show featuring Philadelphia artist Emily Brown. The show opened Thursday June 27.

Kevin Finklea has a few shows coming up this summer, and if you’re in Paris, New York or Laguna Beach you’ll be able to stop in for one. Poste Concret at Paris Concret opens July 20 and runs till August 3; Parallel Art Space in Bushwick holds Doppler Stop from July 13-August 18, and Laguna Beach’s Peter Blake Gallery features Twentieth Anniversary, open from June 29 to August 31.