News post – Opera under the Liberty Bell, a new PAFA Curator, Alex Losett at St. Joe’s, new Bodega-in-NYC show, opportunities and more!


Dominic Mercier.
Dominic Mercier.

For the fourth year running, Opera Philadelphia is treating the city to a free HD broadcast, this time of the comedic classic The Barber of Seville. Last year was a smash hit, drawing almost 4,000 to a presentation of Verdi’s Nabucco. With free tickets available to the public starting tomorrow, September 3 beginning at 10 a.m at, everyone who registers is automatically entered to win an Opera Philadelphia subscription for two to the entire 2014-2015 Season. The broadcast is on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:00 p.m at Independence National Historical Park.

PAFA's new curator, Jodi Throckmorton, in conversation. Photo courtesy of Mark Gordon.
PAFA’s new curator, Jodi Throckmorton, in conversation. Photo courtesy of Mark Gordon.


After a lengthy search, Jodi Throckmorton is filling PAFA’s vacant seat for Curator of Contemporary Art, effective in October. Throckmorton comes to PAFA and Philly from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, where she’s been Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art since June 2013, and prior to that, Associate Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art (2007-2013).

Promising some early fall enlightenment and alumni offerings, the Temple Art Market is approaching in the first part of October. Led by Tiffany Taverez, our friend and a Tyler alum, there’s a panel discussion on successfully presenting your work taking place on Friday, October 10 at 4 p.m at Temple Contemporary. The panelists are the lovely Megan Brewster of Art Star, Debra Adelson, artist, and Jason Kernevich of Heads of State. For your happy hour needs, there’s a Crafts & Drafts Happy Hour immediately after the panel, from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Artists Palette Café at Tyler School of Art; the “Crafts” part comes courtesy of a glassblowing demonstration by Jessica Jane Julius. Register for the happy hour here.



Fieldwork: Marfa 2015 is calling for applications from emerging artists, curators and researchers whose projects require immersion into Marfa in particular and Texas in general. With a deadline of September 14, 2014, they’ll be making a decision by the end of the month. The application must be submitted in English, and a drivers’ license is strongly recommended. Among the six chosen candidates, two are alumni of HEAD-Genève and/or Les beaux-arts de Nantes. Both of these schools, who are co-partners in the program, are the basis of each art both of whose curricula are crucial to each artist’s direction. The program comes with a $2,000 grant for the residents to stay in Marfa for a two-month period while conducting research. The Fieldwork: Marfa research program is based on the idea that the residents develop their own research projects in relation to academic programs and curriculum of the two art schools involved. For more information about the program and application procedures, please visit their site and read on.

New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sharon Arts Center Campus is calling for entries to Looking Outa national juried photography exhibition. The submissions – open to anything concerning natural and manmade worlds – are juried by Andrew Lucas, BFA ’07, and are due September 30. 

Artist News

Alex Losett, "Cobble Creek," 2013. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Alex Losett, “Cobble Creek,” 2013. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Minimal Landscapes, a series of paintings by Alex Losett, is opening this Thursday at Saint Joseph’s University Gallery. With the opening from 6-8 PM, the free show is an intimate look at the Delaware Water Gap and its hidden secrets.

Vincent Cianni, who we’re always down to see on the walls of any gallery, is speaking at a free public event at the Library of Congress to commemorate the third anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Vincent’s terrific collection Gays in the Military was published both as a book and a digital series not too long ago, plus Roberta wrote about a previous book and show at UArts in 2005. This event is happening at noon in the West Dining Room, on the 6th Floor of the James Madison Building on September 23, 2014, where Vincent’s going to be signing copies of the book after the discussion.

Andy Meerow’s Blackberries, The Bones of One Chicken, a “show about voice” opens at Bodega’s new New York location on September 6, running until October 5. The reception is 6-9 PM.

In case you missed it….

Brad Maule’s tumultous photographic saga at Gravy Gallery got a nod from Michael.

Joshua saw hints of play in “Ruins” by Jen Brown at Yell Gallery. 

Roberta marvels at a generous range of Philly art at the Icebox’s “Begin Where You Are.”