News post – CSA hits the NYT, Ivette Spradlin on the walls in Pittsburgh, happy 20th to Leeway, opportunities and more!


A recent CSA haul, including work by Kim Beck. Photo: CSA PGH.

As always, our commie pinko hippie tastes are catching on elsewhere: modeling themselves after community-supported agriculture (C.S.A.) programs, reports the New York Times, more and more people are now venturing into art co-ops. The NYTimes article notes that one $350 share in Pittsburgh included “a Surrealistic aluminum sculpture (of a pig’s jawbone, by William Kofmehl III), a print (a deadpan image appropriated from a lawn-care book, by Kim Beck) and a ceramic piece (partly about slavery, by Alexi Morrissey).” For the intrepid and community-oriented!

The Leeway Foundation turns 20 on October 5, so to celebrate, they’re hosting Revolve, a daylong symposium featuring a huge array of artists, culture workers, organizers and community leaders. A discussion of the past two decades’ arts, culture and social movements is a perfect way to honor this milestone anniversary. Keep checking for more information, and you can RSVP in the meantime. Click here to RSVP.



The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) just announced LandLab, a new artist residency program, centered around local environmental issues. A joint project of SCEE and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, plus a winner of the KnightArts Challenge, LandLab brings artists and environmental scientists together to design real solutions to local environmental problems, such as rainwater runoff or habitat loss. Each art project is also meant to have a public component, either through actively involving the public in the scientific and creative process, or with a final project that provides education. Four artists are selected for these six-month paid residencies, running April-October 2014. That includes all the time necessary to explore the Schuylkill Center’s property, conduct research, and develop and create installations. The final results are shown to the public at the Schuylkill Center free of charge, and all four projects get presented at the 2015 Science Festival. CFEVA is overseeing the recruitment and selection of artists, plus additional exhibition opportunities.

To our UK resident readers: The Nina Stewart Artist Residency is accepting submissions for a 6-month residency opportunity, open to artists completing a postgraduate MA, MFA, PGDip or MRes from a UK institution between October 2012 and September 2013. Between November 2013 and April 2014, the resident lives in rent-free accommodations in the South London Gallery’s Outset Artists’ Flat, a rent-free studio space, a £5,000 stipend towards living expenses and production costs, monthly mentoring sessions with invited artists, curators and writers and the Director and staff of the South London Gallery, and an exhibition in the SLG’s first floor galleries, plus an opportunity to produce a companion publication. In order to apply, you must have completed a postgraduate MA, MFA, PGDip or MRes in an arts discipline from a UK institution between October 2012 and September 2013, not previously applied for the Nina Stewart Artist Residency, and be a UK resident or hold a valid work visa with right to stay in the UK during the stated period of residency. To apply, please email your application to by 10am Friday, September 6, 2013. Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview at the South London Gallery during the week of 30 September.

Artist News

The 13th edition of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, running September 5–October 5, 2013. With 25 exhibition, 14 site outing, the biennale, whose theme this year is Drone: The Automated Image, features 25 free exhibitions in 14 sites across Montreal. Jon Rafman, a former Extra Extra collaborator, is one of the participating artists. On the evening of September 26, he joins artists Michel Campeau, Pascal Dufaux, Jana Sterbak and curator Paul Wombell in a discussion on the camera and its many developments over the last hundred years.

Sean Robert FitzGerald, Untitled, 2013, Oil on canvas, 46 x 46".
Sean Robert FitzGerald, Untitled, 2013, Oil on canvas, 46 x 46″.

Rebecca Saylor Sack, Darla Jackson, Sean Robert FitzGerald and others currently showing at Seraphin Gallery were given a nice nod by Fine Art Connoisseur this week.

Recent work by Ivette Spradlin.

Ivette Spradlin has a couple of ongoing exhibitions this summer and fall. Carbon first, then light is currently on exhibit at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council as part of its Art on the Walls program. Begun in April, the program includes a wrap-up storytelling session on Cuba photographs sometime in September. Also, Spradlin’s piece Ashley by The Carrie Furnace, part of her Everything Changed, Then Changed Again series, is currently on view in a group exhibition at the Silver Eye Center for Photography from August 2-24.