News post — TandM hosted Roberto Vignoli, Angela McQuillan in “Art or Science,” @PPAC #PhillyPhotoDay on display in #DilworthPlaza, opportunities and more!

[Today in Artblog news: Lots of photography shows and opportunities around town, plus things to listen to, watch, and look out for! — the Artblog editors]


Roberto Vignoli.
Roberto Vignoli.

TandM Arts: Studio, aka Virginia Maksymowicz and Blaise Tobia, hosted their friend, Italian photographer Roberto Vignoli, last weekend for a one-time, Philadelphia showing of his panorama photo of Cuba’s famous sea wall, the Malecon.  We couldn’t make it to the show, but thought the photo was such a wow, we’d link it and tell you about it. Vignoli, who came through Philadelphia as part of an around-the-world tour, is a lifelong resident of Rome.  TandM met the artist during their last residency at the American Academy. A smaller version of his Malecon pano was on display at TandM Arts.  Here’s the full  19-meter panoramic photo of the Malecón on L’Espresso.

The “Philly Photo Day” exhibition that Philadelphia Photo Arts Center has on display at Dilworth Park is a remarkable centerpiece for a place that’s seeing a lot of foot traffic these days. With close to 2,000 photographs captured by Philadelphians from Philly Photo Day 2014, the exhibition is supplemented by this Wednesday’s presentation by PPAC executive director Sarah Stolfa. She’s leading a walkthrough of the work, highlighting some of the most inspirational photographs on display as well as the annual project’s plans for 2015.

The audio podcast for the Artist and Social Responsibility panel discussion that took place on March 23, 2015, is up on the Slought website! Featuring Pepon Osorio, Amy Sadao, Ken Lum, and Aaron Levy, this talk covers art, responsibility, Philadelphia, and what it all means personally, as well as the civic life of the community. This panel, a collaboration between Artblog and Slought, was attended by more than 100 eager listeners.


The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) is now accepting submissions for the 2015 installment of their now-annual art exhibition ‘MURICA! As before, they are looking for art of all kinds, patriotic or not, celebratory or critical, as long as the subject matter is the USA. Art in all 2D media is acceptable, but unfortunately not 3D.

The exhibit’s opening reception/celebration is scheduled for Friday, July 3, and the show runs through Tuesday, July 28. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 24. Accepted art must be delivered on June 30 between noon and 6 pm, or beforehand by appointment. Art must be ready to hang via wire or sawtooth hook at the time of installation. There’s a $20 hanging fee per selected work; 100% of the sales go to the artists. Submit photographs of your entries in .jpg or .png format to Stacey at All submissions must be made to this email; in-person submissions are not accepted. According to Programming, they are working on making the July 3 opening reception extra special…that could mean a lot of things!

If you’re still considering applying, it’s certainly a good time to send in materials for The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s 2015-2016 Artist Residency program–the deadline for applications is July 24, 2015, 11:59 pm. Accepted artists receive a $3,000 honorarium, a waiver for printer and scanner hourly rental fees, and a $3,000 credit to be applied to ink usage fees in the Digital Artist Lab. Travel, housing, and living costs are the responsibility of the artist. The length of each individual residency is restricted to a month, but the timing is flexible. Artists should propose a project that fits within the residency term of August 2015 to July 2016.

Two artists are selected for the 2015-2016 residency term. One of the selections is reserved for a regional artist who resides within a 150-mile radius of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. The second residency is awarded regardless of location.

Artist News

Tim McFarlane is going to be featured on the next episode of The Maggy Thump Show, a “wonderfully unhinged” bit of Internet radio created by London ex-pat and DJ extraordinaire Lorne. The show goes live on Tuesday, June 6, around lunchtime.

Simeen Farhat, "Thinking."
Simeen Farhat, “Thinking”.

Simeen Farhat is presenting at the 56th Venice Biennale, which opened last month and continues until November 15, 2015. In the Eye of the Thunderstorm: Effervescent Practices from the Arab World & South Asia finds Farhat joining a cohort of mainly 40- to 50-year-old artists. Farhat is represented by Pentimenti Gallery.

Angela McQuillan, "Cluster of Beguiling Wits."
Angela McQuillan, “Cluster of Beguiling Wits”.
Angela McQuillan is one of 40 national and international artists in a show at MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, running from July 1 – Sept. 30, 2015. The show, called Is it Art or is it Science?, is curated by Annette Carvajal from Art in Public Spaces. This is the fourth annual exhibit, mounted by the Art Meets Science Initiative of the MDI Biological Laboratory. McQuillan, by the way, is curator of the Esther Klein Gallery at the University City Science Center! [Ed note: This paragraph has been corrected. Angela McQuillan is not the organizer of the exhibit, but she is in the exhibit.  We regret the error.]