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News post – Bluestone throws in with Amazon Art, Nam June Paik show in Edinburgh, Alaina Mabaso on HuffPo, Patricia Goodrich at the UN, opportunities and more!



However you may feel about the advent of Amazon Art (hint: it’s either a hallmark of our society’s continued decay or a potentially great platform), Bluestone Fine Art has taken the leap and is now one of the site’s featured galleries, for which they deserve some trendsetter points. Here’s a link to Bluestone on Amazon Art – see for yourself.

The School of Visual Arts  has announced a couple of very big appointments:  Steven Henry Madoff is the chair of a new MA Curatorial Practice Department, and Rhizome founder and artist Mark Tribe is chairing the MFA Fine Arts Department. Madoff and Tribe both taught in the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA before; we are quite excited to see what they do with their new positions.

Byungjun Kwon (1971, Korea), one of the performers at this weekend's Edinburgh International Festival [Transmitted Live:Nam June Paik Resounds] Opening Event. Photo: NJP Art Center.
Byungjun Kwon (1971, Korea), one of the performers at this weekend’s Edinburgh International Festival [Transmitted Live:Nam June Paik Resounds] Opening Event. Photo: NJP Art Center.
With recent attention given to Nam June Paik’s Philly installation, it’s welcome news to hear that the Nam June Paik Art Center is coming to Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh in honor of Paik’s practice. Transmitted Live, featuring videos, sculptures, photographs and archival materials from the Center’s collections, finds the first Paik exhibition in Scotland coalescing in Edinburgh, the birthplace of electromagnetic theory and television. The exhibition runs August 8-10.


The Silver Eye Center for Photography is calling for entries for Fellowship 14, their international photography competition; judged this year by Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the deadline is Monday, October 21, 2013, at 11:59 PM EST. Awards include a solo exhibition at Silver Eye opening late-January 2014, a cash prize, an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website, and media outreach and promotion. All U.S. and international amateur and professional photographers, age 18 and older are eligible to apply; Silver Eye staff and their relatives, board members, current interns, and past Fellowship winners, however, are not. To enter, send a one-page Artist’s Statement in PDF format, your biography or CV in PDF format, and a work sample. You can submit up to ten images, no larger than 1,500 pixels wide and saved as a JPEG size 8, from a recent (within the last 3 years) exhibition-ready body of work or, if from an ongoing project, images created within the past three years. If chosen, artists must provide work that is already printed, matted, if necessary, framed, and exhibition-ready. Submitted work may not have been previously exhibited at Silver Eye or in the Greater Pittsburgh region. For any technical assistance, applicants may access JotForm, the form host. The fee is $15 for current Silver Eye members at the $40 level and above, and $60 for non-Silver Eye members. Questions about membership should be directed to Juliana Zipay at 412.431.1810, ext. 12. Artists are not required to cover the cost of exhibition expenses. The artist pays for one-way shipping, Silver Eye for return shipping. For further information about the competition’s rules and regulations, awards, and exhibitions, please visit

Liz Afif Gallery is seeking submissions for Devotion, a national juried show concerning art’s place as an act of devotion. All media is eligible, although it must not be larger than 48” in any dimension. Please indicate if your art weighs more than 50 lbs. Art will be juried by jpgs. Each image must be no larger than 5 MB. The recommended size is 10” in the longest dimension 300dpi.   Minimum file size is 500kb. Please save your jpgs as your name (first and last) followed by the entry number.  For example: “sandrobotticelli1.jpg” Liz Afif-Fisher and James Fisher evaluate and select the winners, notifying everyone on or by Monday, August 26, 2013; the People’s Choice Award is chosen by secret ballot by attendees at the opening reception. The entry fee is $35 for 1 – 4 entries ($5 each additional entry); you can email entries billed by Paypal or through the gallery’s Devotion page. If you’d like to deliver by post or hand, check or Paypal work, payable to Liz Afif. For mailed and hand delivered entries you may use a CD/DVD or color photographs. Please use “Devotion” and your last name as the subject of your email to If you’re hand delivering or mailing your entries, the address is Liz Afif Gallery, 53 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. The drop off dates are Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 12 – 5pm. For shipping, art must be received by September 3, 2013, and a prepaid return shipping label must be provided. The pick up for unsold work is Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 12 – 5pm. The entry deadline is Saturday, August 24, 2013. The exhibition is up from September 6 – 20, 2013, with an opening reception Friday, September 6, 2013.

Artist News

Alaina Mabaso, Artblog correspondent on the Fringe Festival, had a HuffPost Live appearance last night at 9pm ET, concerning the terrors of turning 30. She originally pitched the segment to an L.A. host based on her recent blog post about turning thirty; in addition to reading that post, look for her work with us this fall!

Patricia Goodrich at work. Photo: Leeway Foundation.
Patricia Goodrich at work. Photo: Leeway Foundation.

World traveler Patricia Goodrich, in addition to her litany of international outings, has work in Nations – Water – Cultures, the 20th anniversary exhibition of Intercontinental Mail Art, in conjunction with the UN-declared year of water cooperation. Inter-Art Foundation Aiud Romania, where Goodrich has been doing all manner of symposia and festivals, is coming to the United Nations Headquarters in September 2013. Even closer to home, Goodrich is also an exhibitor in Sculpture & Video, Meditations on Nature at the Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College, from August 28-Oct. 16, 2013.

Erin Riley in this summer's Surface Design Association Journal.
Erin Riley in this summer’s Surface Design Association Journal.

This summer’s Surface Design Magazine, titled Body Gazing Through the Eye of a Needle, features Erin Riley in an article by Lois Martin. Her work is held up to those contemporary artist Pinar Yolacan and Louise Bourgeois by the author – quite the compliment.