News — #PaulaScher + #KeithHartwig @TempleContemporary, #NEA Big Read winners, Elisa Soliven and Nicomi Nix Turner shows galore, opportunities and more!

[Congratulations to the local institutions that recently received NEA grant funding! Read on for more about that, along with local art shows and two museum-work opportunities. And heads up: We’ll be covering the Temple Contemporary map show below in an upcoming post. — the Artblog editors]


Courtesy of Sam Fritch.
Courtesy of Sam Fritch.

Temple Contemporary’s 2014 – 2015 Distinguished Alumni Mentorship program is ending, with an exhibition of work by Paula Scher (BFA Illustration ’70) and recent graduate Keith Hartwig (B.Arch Architecture ’11) to usher out the season. The immersive experience of Scher’s “Philadelphia Map” and Hartwig’s “Human Visual Field” are on display through July 11.

The Clay Studio got a major boost when it received a grant of $25,000 from PNC Arts Alive, and is using the gift for Hands On Clay, a program open to all ages and levels of experience. It kicked off this First Friday, June 5, and continues through the summer and fall. Check out their site for the full list of Hands On Clay events all summer long.

Congratulations to the two NJ winners and one PA recipient of the NEA Big Read Project–the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Grounds for Sculpture, and Philadelphia Community College, respectively! These three were among only 75 organizations to make the cut nationwide.


The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) in New York is seeking applicants for its training program for senior museum curators, beginning in January 2016. Every year, CCL chooses 10 to 12 fellows, all full-time curators working in art museums in the United States and abroad; the program for next year runs from January to May 2016 and includes a two-week intensive program in January in New York, a five-day residency with a museum director in March or April, and a final training week in May in a location to be determined.

The tuition is 2,500 USD per fellow to cover a portion of the program expenses. Tuition assistance is available to all accepted candidates on an as-needed basis; it is strongly encouraged, however, that museums support the professional development of their curators and underwrite the tuition fee. To apply, you’ll need to submit three short essays, a biography, resume, and two professional recommendations. One recommendation should come from the applicant’s museum director or, if that is not possible, the most senior person you report to at your institution. The second recommendation should come from a professional colleague outside your museum. This can be a trustee, a peer in the field, a former supervisor, etc. Applicants will be notified of selections on October 1, 2015.

Via Kari K. Scott–Located near Rittenhouse Square, the Louise Nevelson Foundation is looking for an art history, arts administration or media communications major to join their team. This is a generalized position, involving working closely with the founder in sourcing artwork and exhibition documentation; communicating with private collectors, art galleries, and museums, and doing personal work related to Louise Nevelson and the Foundation’s mission. This is a fantastic experience for those building a career in conservation, and who also want to be involved with development, fundraising, grant-sourcing, and educational outreach aspects. Candidates must be proficient with Macs, and familiarity with Filemaker Pro is preferred. To apply, please provide a letter stating your applicable experience, program of interest, and how this position benefits you, as well as a resume and two references with telephone numbers.

Submit applications to Kari Scott, Assistant Director, Student Life, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, at Undergrad internships require a minimum of four hours per week and receive course credit. Graduate Students and International Studies are welcomed to provide a thesis description and projected number of hours within a set time frame.

Artist News

After years of great work together, Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago (one of our favorites outside of Philly) is undergoing a major transition, with Aron Packer departing to become a private dealer/art consultant as of July 15, 2015. The last day of the gallery’s current show, Saturday, June 27, also features a gallery talk by Brian Dettmer at 4 pm, followed by a reception from 5-7 pm.

Courtesy of the artist and Grizzly Grizzly.

Up in Brooklyn, Elisa Soliven (who exhibited at Grizzly Grizzly a few years ago) has a round of shows coming up. There’s Particular Migrations at 716 Bushwick Ave., Making History at StoreFront Ten Eyck Gallery, and Momenta Art at New Work City, all happening this summer; keep an eye on her site for dates and times.

Courtesy of Nicomi Nix Turner.

If Nicomi Nix Turner’s recent show at Paradigm whetted your appetite for more of her mysticism-infused illustrations, you’re in luck. She’s got endless group shows coming up–there’s the ArtNowNY exhibition Into the Wild; a group show at Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark; another NYC show at Gristle Gallery in Brooklyn; and La Luz De Jesus Gallery’s Coaster Show in Los Angeles in September.