News post – Penn MFAs in Vienna, ForceField grows closer, the fight to save Dot Art, opportunities and more!

Upcoming ForceField work by Tyler Kline. Photo courtesy of the artist.


ForceField is a familiar presence for us, but might not be for anyone others who will be around June 21-22. This vivid two-day art/music/performance experience, boasting 45 multi-disciplinary artists from 7 states, and brought to Philly by Tim Eads and Joe Bartram, is bound to dazzle. They have an amazing lineup of musicians to soundtrack the event – King Britt, Alex Burkat, Hiro Kone, Telequanta, Ryan Todd, Ben Warfield, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. With plant-generated visuals designed by NoCarrier and Enso, there’s also the chance to learn what a plantable album is. We can’t say for sure. It is, however, guaranteed to be insanely cool. If you are planning to attend, a $25 donation gives you a free ticket, cool poster, and one of the aforementioned plantable albums from Data Garden.

via Erin Boyle – A major change rolls around on June 1, when Erin Boyle steps down from her temporary post as Director of MFA Programs, Book Arts, Printmaking and Studio Art, passing the position to Cynthia Nourse Thompson. Welcome and congrats, Cynthia!

The emergent Internet struggle of the week: e-flux and DeviantArt versus the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Since its 2012 launch of the “New gTLD Program,” which allows any company or organization to apply for one or more generic top-level domains, e-flux and DeviantArt have been torchbearers for the art world’s use of .art. That all changed recently when eight other, purely commercial, entities and individuals applied for the same generic top-level domain, opening the door for a commercial exploitation of the string. e-flux, with a network of over 100,000 art institutions and professional artists, curators, and practitioners, combined with DeviantArt’s 30 million-plus registered members, are taking up the cause of .ART gTLD by planning to establish standards for the use of the .ART address; they’re asking the ICANN Board to recognize the .ART gTLD’s as solely a domain for trusted, proven organizations in the arts. With all this entails, you can learn more about how you can help at e-flux, and by exploring the #savedotart hashtag on social media.

Kelly Kozma’s solo exhibition “Chattersphere” has opened at Paradigm Gallery + Studio! If you didn’t make the opening, you can stop by to take in her hand embroidered works on paper as well as some larger scale paintings. the gallery is open on Saturdays from 12 – 6pm and by appointment 7 days a week.

via Phil Jackson – Phil Jackson is having an industrious month so far: in addition to a big show of his most recent work coming up at Marginal Utility (June 6), he’s been printmaking, frame making, website redesigning, and producing tons of highly entertaining video projects.


Art In City Hall’s deadline is around the corner, so this is either a reminder for those working on applications or those who are good at rapid turnaround; artists who plan on submitting have until Friday, May 30 at 4 PM. AICH is specifically in need of artists who are members of a community visual art center neighboring Philadelphia. There is no entry fee. For full eligibility guidelines, please download the Call for Artists. Outer Limits: Art Beyond Philly’s Borders debuts June 23 – August 29, 2014, with the usual exhibition sites: the Art Gallery at City Hall and display cases on the 1st and 2nd Floors, NE corner. Submit your files to Art Gallery at City Hall, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, 116 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For any questions, call (215) 686-9912 or email

As part of its On-The-Move initiative, Eyebeam just announced its Open Call for 2014 Fall / Winter Residencies. Chosen residents join continuing Fellows and Residents in September 2014 at Eyebeam’s shared design, research, and fabrication labs in its transitional home, Industry City, Brooklyn. Eyebeam Residents are selected semi-annually and, when chosen, receive a 5-month residency with a stipend. If you’re applying, the deadline is June 30, 12PM (noon) EST. For full information and how to apply, please refer to the RFP.

Artist News

A sampling of Jackie Tileston’s sumptuous 2014 work. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jackie Tileston is one of the artists featured in the group show Heart’s Gymnastics at Outpost in Ridgewood, Queens from May 31 – June 29, 2014. Curated by Yevgeniya Baras, the opening reception is on Thursday, May 29, from 6-8:30 pm.

Work by Laura Bernstein, Penn MFA. Photo: Penn MFA Program.


There’s a hot Philadelphia Connection in Vienna right now: Franz Josefskai 3 in Vienna is hosting the Penn MFA thesis exhibition this year from May 28–June 25, 2014. Opening today from 6–10pm, the show wraps up a six-month exchange between the graduate students and curator Roland Schoeny. This year’s artists are Marie Alarcon, Laura Bernstein, Scotty Menesini, Daniel O’Neill, Paz Ortúzar and Gordon Stillman.

via Elizabeth Johnson – Easton, PA is hosting BOOM, an exhibition of Lehigh Valley artists in a giant space on Centre Square, right in the middle of town. Organized by Tom D’Angelo and Minni Santilli, curators of Our Garage Space Gallery, it opens this Saturday May 31 at 6-10pm, continuing until June 21 and deliciously coinciding with the Easton Farmers’ Market.

Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London is readying for a new Frank Hyder show, with a private view opening June 5 from 6:30-8:30 PM.