News post – Leslie Grossman @GR_Art_Museum, Yael @Bartana @UNCG, the influence of Pennsylvania Dutch art today, opportunities and more!



 Gert and Uwe Tobias, Ohne Titel (untitled). Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Gert and Uwe Tobias, Ohne Titel (untitled). Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Framing Fraktur, an exhibition opening March 2 at the Free Library of Philadelphia features seven contemporary artists (dubbed Word & Image) whose works are infused with the influence of traditional Pennsylvania German fraktur (called Quill & Brush). Including drawings, paintings, woodblock prints, and embroideries by Marian Bantjes (Canada), Anthony Campuzano (United States), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), Elaine Reichek (United States), Bob and Roberta Smith (England), and Gert and Uwe Tobias (Romania/Germany), the Judith Tannenbaum-curated show Quill & Brush provides current research and interpretation of major examples of historic fraktur and related objects. Word & Image launches with an artist panel,  free and open to the public, as well as a Tannenbaum-led conversation with Marian Bantjes, Anthony Campuzano, and Bob and Roberta Smith.

via e-flux – Here’s a crucial tool for those of us who deal with fair use in our everyday work: The College Art Association (CAA) has just published the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed for the use of artists, art historians, museum professionals, and editors. This work is the product of a multi-year effort by American University professors Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, and addresses a large number of issues professionals run into in the course of analytic writing, teaching about art, making art, museum uses, and online access to archival and special collections. A very good thing to have in your virtual bookshelf if you’re in any of these fields.


The Tyler School of Art is now accepting applications for SPI/SSI, a seven-week immersive program. Developed by the Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, SPI/SSI is a non-credit, post-baccalaureate-style residency for BA and BFA seniors and recent graduates, as well as professional artists honing their talents. Four scholarships of $1000 each are available, and housing for SPI/SSI students is available on Temple campus. The three major program components are intensive studio time (each student gets a private studio space, free use of Tyler’s large new studios, and 24-hour access to the fine arts building), field studies including weekly visits to major art centers in New York and Philadelphia, and critical studies in the form of weekly group discussions of contemporary ideas, theory and issues based on readings and current events. All applications must include a  cover letter discussing your interest in the program, your work, and artistic goals (no more than 2 pages), a résumé or C.V. including name, address, and telephone number (school and/or permanent), two letters of recommendation, and 15 examples/images of your recent work. Digital images, letters of recommendation, your resume and letter must be submitted via Slideroom. This year’s Summer Intensive dates are June 8,2015-July 24, 2015; applications are due April 16, 2015 and include a $10 entry fee. For all inquiries and questions please contact Matthew Sepielli at or call (215) 777-9176.

Every Second Saturday from 12 – 2pm, PECO Second Saturdays at Second State Press give families and students one-on-one support in creating work, and are a fantastic way to get your hands dirty and meet new folks. February 14’s workshop is, predictably, All About Love; this one is focused on screen printing cards and prints reflecting what you love.  Suitable for ages 6 & up, if you and/or your family are interested, RSVP to 215-232-2120 or email


Artist News

Yael Bartana, "A Declaration", 2006, video still, Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.
Yael Bartana, “A Declaration”, 2006, video still, Courtesy of Annet
Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is currently showing Zones of Contention: After the Green Line (February 8–May 3), an exhibition of artworks concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yael Bartana, who showed at Marginal Utility in 2012, is among the artists on display; her A Declaration (2006) examines the changing symbolism of the olive tree.

Leslie A. Grossman, Gusts (and lack thereof). Photo courtesy of the artist.
Leslie A. Grossman, Gusts (and lack thereof). Photo courtesy of the artist.

Leslie Grossman of Second State Press is part of GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore, which opened November 28, 2014 and runs until Oct 11, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2014: Encore! curators select 10–15 works to be announced at the conclusion of ArtPrize, and install rotating displays within the Museum in October and November, to be available for viewing by Thanksgiving weekend.


anthony campuzano, bob and roberta smith, College Art Association (CAA), elaine reichek, free library of philadelphia, gert and uwe tobias, leslie grossman, second state press, tyler school of art, yael bartana



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