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News post – Maksymowicz sculpture gets some press, Barefoot Artist debuts, Rebecca Rutstein in LA, opportunities and more!



We’re saddened to note that among the victims of the apparent building collapse at 22nd and Market streets in Philadelphia was eighteen-year-old first year PAFA student Anne Bryan. Anne started as a full-time student in the Certificate program in fall 2012 after participating in the High School Summer Academy in 2006, and enrolled in Continuing Education classes as well. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. A memorial service is planned for Anne at PAFA at a date yet to be determined.

Artist Lily Yeh, subject of The Barefoot Artist.
Artist Lily Yeh, subject of The Barefoot Artist.

After many years in the making, on June 19 you can attend a special preview screening of the new feature-length documentary film The Barefoot Artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The film, directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub and edited by Ann Tegnell, is about the Philadelphia based artist Lily Yeh. The screening begins at 7PM in the Van Pelt Auditorium, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Lily Yeh.

Now a published author, Becky Huff Hunter has a book chapter in “Philadelphia Social Art” about contemporary art in Philadelphia that deals with site and social specificity. Along with her work, you’ll find lots of Philly artists, many of whom had input on her contribution.

Can’t keep a good idea down.  First the PMA, and now the National Museum of American Jewish History has pay-what-you wish Wednesday nights after 5 PM!


Matthew Rose has extended an open invitation to all artists, writers, photographers and lovers of all stripes to send him….love letters? It’s not as conceited as it sounds, we promise. He’s asking for love letters, to anyone about anything in anyway you like, in sealed and stamped envelopes in any language and of any length – using pictures, photos, cutouts, etc –  from any time from now until August 25, 2013. You can send as many as you like. Matthew’s then going to collect and display them all at Converge Gallery, distributing them to visitors during the exhibition MATTHEW ROSE : THE LETTERS (July 5 – August 31 2013).  The mysterious love letters can be picked up for free to anyone who would like one, but won’t be opened during the exhibition. Anyone can send a love letter, and you don’t have to sign it but you can, if you’d like whoever leaves the gallery with your letter to know the writer. Love letter envelopes are going to be posted on the exhibition web site, rubber stamped with a special logo for the exhibition.Please send your love letters to Matthew Rose, Converge Gallery, 140 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 17701  United States of America.

Better late than never, especially if you’re good at cranking out applications with alacrity. Philly Stake is now accepting project proposals for their June 23 event, and they’re due at noon on Sunday June 9. Eep! Get on it.

For all the bee lovers out there – and you should be, since our ecosystem loves them –  the upcoming XXXXIII Apimondia International Apicultural Congress is coming to Kyiv, capital of Ukraine  from September 29 till October 4, 2013. This Congress is going to be the biggest global beekeeping event in the history of the Apimondia International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, with fruitful (heh) combinations from leading experts and specialists in related areas, such as crop production; ecology; environmental protection; food quality control; development of modern mechanization, advanced equipment and containers, etc. The Scientific Program Concept covers subjects ranging from Beekeeping Economy, Bee Biology, Bee Health, Pollination and Bee Flora, Beekeeping Technology and Quality, Apitherapy and Beekeeping for Rural Development.  Registration to the Apimondia Congress has begun, so consider signing up.

Artist News

UCSD graduate student Virginia Maksymowicz installing her anonymous sculpture "Thirty Blocks" in 1976. Photo by Blaise Tobia.
UCSD graduate student Virginia Maksymowicz installing her anonymous sculpture “Thirty Blocks” in 1976. Photo by Blaise Tobia.

A sculpture made by Virginia Maksymowicz as a graduate student in 1976 and installed without permission got some recent attention when photos were used for an article on KPBS. Better late than never, we suppose?

Rebecca Rutstein, “galvanized love”, 36 x 36”, acrylic on canvas, 2013.
Rebecca Rutstein, “galvanized love”, 36 x 36”, acrylic on canvas, 2013.

Rebecca Rutstein has a current exhibition at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles. Open since June 1, it continues until June July 7, 2013.

Paul Swenbeck and Joy Feasley’s show Moons of a Dewdrop opens tonight at Adams and Ollman, on view from June 7 through July 20, 2013. We are told that geology, magic, science fiction, and fringe belief systems are the subjects at hand for this collaborative exhibition – sounds like it’s not to be missed.