News post – Clint Jukkala made Dean @PAFA, Alice Neel in Belgium, @NMAJH to host Avedon retrospective, opportunities and more!


A change of pace today – check out some picks from our St. Claire guest editors below!

"Good Natured Gentlemen" - 64 Colors. Photo courtesy of Arch Enemy Arts.
“Good Natured Gentlemen” – 64 Colors. Photo courtesy of Arch Enemy Arts.

Arch Enemy got a nice shout out from compadres at Hi-Fructose Magazine, who gave a sneak peek of Imaginary Menagerie: the Arch Enemy Arts Guide to Cryptozoology Vol. 1, in which 22 artists portray a different magical and mythical beast.

via Hidden City –  Calling lovers of the iconic 1960 Visitor’s Center at LOVE Park: Although included in plans for the new LOVE Park, the Visitor’s Center, aka the “Saucer” faces an uncertain future in the redesign. However, Hidden City implores you: “Imagine the Saucer restored to its Mad Men-era gleam and turned into a cocktail bar or a coffee lounge or used even more effectively as a Fairmount Park gateway center. You can dream it. But first, we urge you to write to the folks at the Fairmount Park Conservancy and tell them you support preserving the Saucer. Send your letter today to:”

Clint Jukkala has been named as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ new Dean of the School of Fine Arts! Jukkala, who has been the Chair of Graduate Programs at PAFA since fall 2013, starts effective July 15.

The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia (NMAJH) has just won the honor of being the only US venue to exhibit “Richard Avedon: Family affairs,” a collection of photographs from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.


Due April 20, The Mark On the Wall at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is calling for entries. This is a juried exhibition of small works on paper in conjunction with the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. The exhibition dates June 4-30, 2015 at Bloomsburg. Preference is given to works inspired or broadly influenced by those female artists who were contemporaneous with Virginia Woolf, including but not limited to Berenice Abbott, Anni Albers, Vanessa Bell, Ilse Bing, Romaine Brooks, Claude Cahun, Dora Carrington, Leonora Carrington, Imogen Cunningham, Gisèle Freund, Barbara Hepworth, Hannah Höch, Frida Kahlo, Loïs Mailou Jones, Ergy Landau, Lee Miller, Lucia Moholy, Gabriele Münter, Georgia O’Keeffe, Méret Oppenheim, Grete Stern, Dorothea Tanning, Suzanne Valadon, and Remedios Varo.

 The 65th Annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center, held June 6 – July 26, 2015, is calling for entries, deadline April 24. Co-curated by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killiam, this RFP is open to all media artists living in CT, DE, MA, MD (D.C.), ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or VT. Awards include Best in Show, a $3,000 prize and a solo exhibition at Silvermine Arts Center. The jurors have, at their discretion, an additional $4,000+ in cash awards. To enter, complete the Art of the Northeast entry form on Slideroom.


Artist News


Work by Alice Neel. Photo courtesy of the artist and Hufnel Gallery
Work by Alice Neel. Photo courtesy of the artist and Xavier Hufkens.

Alice Neel‘s expressionistic portraits, collected in a survey of her work spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s, are currently on view at Xavier Hufkens, the first show of Neel’s work in Belgium.

"In Missa Interfectionis, Verum" at Stephen Romano Gallery, where Caitlin McCormack's work is part of the exhibition. Photo courtesy of the gallery.
“In Missa Interfectionis, Verum” at Stephen Romano Gallery, where Caitlin McCormack’s work is part of the exhibition. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

Caitlin McCormack just finished up a show at BRINK: Antler Gallery, Portland OR, and her work is also included in Metro Curates at The Metro Show (with Stephen Romano Gallery) in New York.

Ahmet Ögüt, winner of the Pinchuk Art Centre’s 2012 Special Prize, Future Generation Art Prize, is part of a group show on boycott as a political and cultural strategy. Entailing a year-long cycle of seminars and programs on cultural and academic boycotts and their artistic influence, the program is organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Ögüt is one of the speakers for “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production,” along with Joslyn Barnes, Noura Erakat, Kareem Estefan, Patrick Hebert, Maria Lind, Ahmet , Dread Scott, and Chen Tamir.


News From the St. Claire

Today – Tuesday, April 7 is Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day.  If you can make it down to City Hall  this afternoon – GO! If you can’t get away from your desk or out from behind that counter, remember, it’s always a good time to get in touch with city hall to let them know what they need to do.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8, Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown will be in conversation about their recently published book Octavia’s Brood  at Wooden Shoe Books 7:00-9:00pm. “The visionary tales of Octavia’s Brood span genres—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism—but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.” In related news, the legendary worker run publisher and distribution outlet AK Press is going through hard times; anyone interested in helping them recover from this setback can go to their website.

Thursday, April 9 is the date of our Panel Discussion for the Marcellus Shale documentary project at Philadelphia Photo Arts.