News post — Islamic Design at @TheClayStudio, Ana Mendieta at @UofM, “Leaps of Faith” at the @FleisherArtMemorial Sanctuary, opportunities and more!

[Today in art news: Preview some acrobatic performance art, and look out for a show of Ana Mendieta’s works this fall. And if you’re interested in Islamic design, we’ve got the lowdown on a workshop for you! — the Artblog editors]


Currently on view: Paul Kane, “Macaw,” 50 x 60″ acrylic on canvas.

A photo posted by Rodger LaPelle Galleries (@rodgerlapellegalleries) on


Be sure to welcome Rodger LaPelle to the social-media fold by following the gallery’s new account on Instagram. It’s the perfect place to see current, beautiful works like Paul Kane’s “Macaw,” above!

On Tuesday, June 30 from 6:30 – 8 pm, the Leeway Foundation and Bread & Roses Community Fund are holding the closing reception for RELEASE, an exhibition and program series that’s explored the intersection of gender justice and mass incarceration. Along with a look back at the series, there’s a scheduled letter writing session with members of the People’s Paper Co-op. RSVP for the Closing Reception here.

For a gorgeous and gymnastic evening, head to Fleisher Art Memorial this Thursday, June 25. There, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes opens in the Sanctuary Space, promising a truly special mix of theatre, acrobatics, and performance art with an architectural flair. From June 24-28, there are previews of the performance–each of those days includes an 8 pm performance, and June 27 and 28 have shows at 2 pm.


Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) is seeking applicants for New Materiality, a five-week contemporary art residency. Artists selected for the program have access to BAiR’s extensive on-campus production facilities, plus a community of artists, curators, and creative practitioners. This opportunity is designed for arts professionals with an exhibition record who have completed formal training in visual arts, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Walter Phillips Gallery curator and 2017 Alberta Biennial co-curator Peta Rake is the program’s consultant, on hand for curatorial insights through studio visits. The deadline is September 2; the program itself runs January 11 – February 12, 2016. To apply, you’ll need to use SlideRoom and read the full program guidelines.

If you love Islamic design and are looking for the perfect venue to begin integrating it into your art or home, the Clay Studio is your answer. On Sunday, July 26, it’s hosting an Islamic design workshop for all levels of experience, taught by artist Ibrahim Said. Topics include the use of geometry in Islamic design as the basis for both traditional Islamic design wares and the artist’s own sculptural ceramic work. You’ll move from drawing your designs on paper to translating them onto clay, with Said illustrating how very similar geometric structures can become a variety of patterns in both relief and carving techniques. The class is $40 for members and $50 for non-members, and runs from 10 am – 1 pm.

Artist News

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta is the largest gathering of film works by the acclaimed artist as a full-scale gallery exhibition in the United States, coming to the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, this fall. Running from September 15 – December 12, 2015, the exhibition features 21 film works and 26 related photographs; the corresponding book for the exhibition was created over three intense years by the U of M and Mendieta’s estate.

“Vending Machine 2″ (March 29th, 2015), oil color, acrylic collage, 56″ x 68”. Image courtesy of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), in conjunction with 33 Orchard Gallery, is holding And Many More, an exhibition of work by nine graduating 2015 MFA students. Running June 17 – July 5 at 33 Orchard, the show features painting, video, and sculpture by Nadine Beauharnois, Mingfei Cui, Sara Fry, Sean Hildreth, Morgan R. Hobbs, Mary Claire Ramirez, Marcelle Reinecke, Shane Smith, and Julie Thompson; Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA, is serving as juror.

Image courtesy of Tiffany Bozic.

It’s a ways off, but Tiffany Bozic has scheduled a show at Joshua Liner Gallery in March 2016. Keep an eye out for more updates!