News post – Philebrity vs. Streets Dept, Arch Enemy Arts gets fantastic, the PMA’s endowment win, see Sze for free, opportunities and more!



This could be your holiday haul, if you get to the AIGA Space in time. Photo: AIGA Philly
This could be your holiday haul, if you get to the AIGA Space in time. Photo: AIGA Philly

This year, as you enjoy the holiday season, you can bedeck your halls with sweet and original artwork while supporting the Philly creative community. From now until December 30, the AIGA Philadelphia SPACE is putting on their Holiday Pop-Up-Shop, where you’ll be able to find everything from t-shirts, stickers, gift wrap, and, of course, prints by: Steve DeCusatis, Peter Camburn, Brigette Indelicato, Matt Cavanaugh, Kaitlyn Ryan, Kevin Kernan, Alana Seggman, Allan Espiritu, Robb Leef, Marybeth Kradel-Weitzel, Josh Carter, Thieves & Beggars, and AIGA. The SPACE Pop-Up Shop is open Thursdays 3–7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 1–7 PM, and other times as announced, through December.

Philebrity and Streets Dept put their art-critiquing dukes up this week in a Twitter debate over “street art vs. Art Art” that had many either rolling their eyes or jumping in to defend one or the other. For those of you who don’t live for Twitter beefs (it’s OK if you don’t, really), it all began when Conrad Benner of Streets Dept. asked Philebrity to re-tweet his Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2013; upon examination, editorial opinion concluded that the list wasn’t all that impressive. A debate over legitimacy – essentially street art versus what’s in museums – between Benner and editor Joey Sweeney ensued. If you have a weak spot for silly Internet arguments, there’s a thread on Twitter with your name on it.

Sarah Sze’s show at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, mentioned in last week’s roundup, has an additional perk: it’s now totally free! The Museum is waiving their admission fee so that everyone can have a chance to see this incredible exhibit. You win at holiday cheer-spreading, FWM.

via – A monumental fundraising push at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was rewarded this week with a $54 million, five-year endowment campaign for 29 staff roles. This means tremendous things for various museum areas that have been in need, including art, education, publishing and outreach, curators of Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Himalayan art, and a new senior scientist position. 


Papermill Studios in Kensington currently has 4 studios available now or on January 1, and they are pretty solid deals.  The lease terms are 6 months with utilities and wifi included. The options are as follows: a 150sf unit with no windows for $120 per month (available January 1);  a 180sf unit with no windows for $140 per month (available January 1); a 275sf unit with balcony doors (note: needs TLC) for $190 per month, available immediately; and a 200sf unit with windows for $160 per month (available January 1). If you have any questions, such as times for walkthroughs, you can contact Papermill’s Karyn Vetter at

Arch Enemy Arts is letting their fantasy geek flag fly high with their new call for entries. Seeking fantasy-themed art and artists for a juried group exhibition scheduled to hang February 21 – March 30, 2014. There are no size or price restrictions, and entry is offered to all artists ages 18+, emerging or established, regardless of location. They’ll take anything in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, digital painting and sculpture. You can submit up to five pieces of available (for sale) current work, with images in JPEG format resized to 72 dpi with the shortest side measuring at least 500 pixels (images sized around 1000 pixels are best); label them lastname.title.jpeg. High res images are not needed at this time. Include each of these four required documents in either .doc, PDF or Mac .pages format: Artist Bio, Artist Resume/CVPiece Description/Statement, and Inventory List – an itemization of each piece submitted including title, medium, dimensions, date, frame/display size and retail price (must include AEA’s 40% commission). Also, please include each piece’s price & exhibition history (if it’s been shown before), A $15 non-refundable curatorial fee is due with your submission package. You have three payment options: for credit card payments, call the gallery at 215.717.7774. For PayPal, send your payment to To pay by check, simply send it “Arch Enemy Arts”, or email your submission package to Work must be ready to hang. The submission deadline is January 31, 2014, and notification of accepted artwork goes out via email on February 3, after which you’ve got until February 14 to drop off any accepted work. The exhibition’s opening reception is on February 21, from 6-10 PM at Arch Enemy Arts, and runs until March 30.

Artist News

New work at Thinkspace by NoseGo.
New work at Thinkspace by NoseGo. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

“Unknown Elements,” a two-person exhibition featuring Nosego, is at Culver City’s Thinkspace for another day. Nosego’s wild, mystical offerings can be seen until tomorrow, December 21.

Julia Blaukopf needs your help! She’s seeking project support for Cannonball, a great artist community in Miami that previously hosted her in 2011. If she wins the most votes, she’ll be able to continue working with them as an alumnus. You can help very easily by voting via SurveyMonkey, as long as it’s before midnight on December 25.

Bonnie McAllister's "Fins of Fury" (2012). Photo courtesy of the artist and Les Femmes Folles.
Bonnie McAllister’s “Fins of Fury” (2012). Photo courtesy of the artist and Les Femmes Folles.

Bonnie MacAllister is to be included in the 2013 anthology of Les Femmes Folles, a journal out of Nebraska that supports women artists. Congratulations, Bonnie! LFF is quite the read and is doing amazing work besides.

In case you missed it….

The Libertas have landed! We’ve dealt out our honors to those who have triumphed and toiled this year.

Maegan on Astrid Bowlby at Gallery Joe.

Leah pondered the anonymous Shiva Linga paintings in Arcadia U’s art gallery.

Rachel was on hand to take in Soun-Gui Kim’s discussion of Cage, Derrida and Nancy at the Slought Foundation.

A purse rat gets the boot in Beth’s 3:00 Book.

Fitness tips from AJW on this week’s Bananazz.