Barnes Foundation-Community College Partner, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Temple Contemporary get money, Ann-Marie Lequesne, Daniel Heyman, Brandywine Workshop, Leslie Rogers, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Opportunities and More!

Roberta gets hyperlocal with today's News Post. - Artblog editors


bike race in park
Pump track in West Fairmount Park

FAIRMOUNT PARKVia the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance – Art Place announces $18M in grants to 6 organizations, including $3M to Fairmount Park Conservancy for creative placemaking, i.e. art in places, about places, and with people in those places to make the places better! Congratulations! From the Art Place website announcing the awards:

Fairmount Park Conservancy (Philadelphia, PA), a public parks stewardship organization that champions the role parks play in strengthening civic life and economic development.  Attend the Community Forum: Oct. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. ET at the Please Touch Museum (4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA)

Brandywine Workshop at Printed Image Gallery

SOUTH BROAD STREETParty, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 5:30-7:30 PM, is an evening of celebration on South Broad St. Brandywine Workshop, at 728 S. Broad St., is commemorating its transition into a mixed use commercial, cultural and residential facility; and Engine 1/Ladder 5, at 711 South Broad, is turning 50 years old! To honor the Father of Printing Presses and Fire Fighting, Ben Franklin, the two eminent establishments are throwing a party on the Grass Plaza at 728 Broad! Food, a commemorative wearable design by Burning Guitars, Frank Hyder’s inflatables and live music by the Clef Club Jazz Ensemble. Free and open to the public. Registration required at

THE PARKWAYVia Annette John HallCommunity College of Philadelphia (CCP) and the Barnes Foundation partner for a new CCP class, Art 101, a three-credit, transferable Humanities course, which will be held at the Barnes Foundation. Open to college students from CCP and other colleges (the credits are transferable!). “Essentially, students get to use one of the world’s finest art collections as their textbooks!” says the CCP release. The 4-hours/week 10-week class will begin TUESDAY Oct. 6 and run on following MONDAYS through Dec. 19, taught by CCP associate professor of Art History Brian Seymour.

Ann-Marie Lequesne Fanfare Philadelphia
Ann-Marie Lequesne’s Fanfare musicians for a different performance. In Philly, they will have red, white and black uniforms and will look like Buckingham Palace Guards! The project has been done in Helsinki, New York, Lisbon, London, Cardiff and now Philadelphia!

WEST PHILADELPHIA – Tomorrow! Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, 2PM-3PM. Come cross the road in grand style and with musical accompaniment in Ann-Marie Lequesne‘s Fanfare for Crossing the Road!  There will be flutes and speaking performers at attention saluting you while you happily walk the zebra stripes. It will be filmed! Here’s the location: South 38th Street and Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Just steps south of the WAWA on the corner of 38th and Spruce. Look for the intersection with what looks like Buckingham Palace Beefeaters on duty! The Fanfare video will screen at the Crane Arts Icebox on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. See other Fanfares here They’re brilliant, as the London-based artist would say.

NORTH PHILADELPHIA – Congratulations, Temple Contemporary! One of 15 grantees nationwide to receive the Surdna Foundation‘s Artists Engaging in Social Change award.  Our $57,000 grant will go towards building community-based educational programing for our reForm project undertaken with Pepón Osorio.

LANSDOWNE – Lansdowne Arts Board debuts its new Juried Solo Exhibition Series. The two year exhibit series — juried by gallerist Bridgette Meyer — will create solo shows for 8 established or emerging regional artists. The first show is photographs by Izaak Schlossman and will be on view Sept. 12-Oct. 31 at the newly renovated 20*20 House, a new art and music event center in Lansdowne borough.  Here’s the list of artists through Spring, 2017 — some excellent names in this list, Lansdowne!:

Show #1: September 2015 – Izaak Schlossman

Show #2: March 2016 – Jacque Liu

Show #3: September 2016 – Elizabeth Nickels

Show #4: September 2016 – Leanne Grimes & Lisa Haskell

Show #5: Spring 2017 – Anne Canfield & Jeff Carpenter

Show #6: Spring 2017 – Gerard Brown


THREE Via PHENND (don’t know PHENND?  Check them out–they’re great!)

1. Innovating with Impact: Turning Ideas Into Actions and Outcomes – Lecture at the Constitution Center

Join Roy Rosin, MBA, Chief Innovation Officer from Penn Medicine’s Center for Innovation as he discusses the path of taking an idea and seeing it come to fruition. Previously, Roy served as the first vice president of innovation for Intuit, a leading software company best known for Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax. In this role, he led changes in how Intuit manages new business creation, allowing small teams pursuing new opportunities to get to market and experiment rapidly.


When: Friday, September 18, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th Street
*Refreshments will be provided

FREE Register here:

2. Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism – Cass Sunstein talk

The Opening Event for our 2015-16 Theme Year on Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy – Polarization 2.0: Democracy and Extremism in the Age of Digital Media with Cass Sunstein, 
Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School / Coauthor of Nudge and Wiser and author of Republic[dot]com 2.0 and Going to Extremes
Moderated by Jeffrey Rosen
, National Constitution Center President and CEO
Tuesday, September 8 / 6:30 pm
 National Constitution Center, 
535 Arch Street, F.M. Kirby Auditorium

REGISTER for the FREE event here:

3. PART TIME Development Director, Weavers Way Community Programs

Weavers Way Community Programs – the non-profit arm of Weavers Way Co-op – is hiring a PT Development Director who has experience with building an individual giving program, particularly major gifts. We’re a small organization (~$300k/year in FY15), but we’ve had tremendous YOY growth and have much potential. While the position will start at 20 hrs/week there’s an opportunity (and hope) that it will steadily grow and will be full-time by this time next year. As such, the job description is very broad and written as if it were already a full–time position. We currently have a grant writing consultant, but I anticipate bringing this function in–house once the Development Director gets settled in the role (thereby expanding the number of hours per week).



Andrew Jeffrey Wright X-Wave painting
Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s painting, X-Wave is the basis for the X-Wave scarf
Andrew Jeffrey Wright X-Wave Scarf
Former Space 1026 member, Crystal Kovacs modeling Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s new X-Wave scarf!

Creator of the wonderful Bananazz comic and long-time Artblog favorite Andrew Jeffrey Wright is taking off like a rocket ship or a Bolt Bus to NYC! He and his works are in demand all over the place.

1. Flash Sale – Sale Ends Sept. 2! Get it while you can – special edition custom X-Wave scarf made in collaboration with Annabelle NYC! Based on an X-Wave painting Andrew made, the scarf is swanky, colorful, jazzy psychedelic, 100% silk, 36×36.”  Need I say more? This great scarf is only available until Sept. 2, 2015! That means buy it quick!

2. Andrew is artist in residence at the Ace Hotel in NYC for one night – September 8, 2015! He’ll be making art. More:

3. Andrew will be selling his ever-popular zines at Comic Arts Brooklyn on Nov. 7.  More: on Nov. 7 and

4.  Andrew will be selling his ever-popular zines in Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, September 18-20 at MoMA PS1


5. Andrew will be a resident in the Living Stewdios Program at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn from September through November.  


Artist Leslie Rogers wearing nude man suit
Leslie Rogers, in body suit, with flag. Her installation/performance at Practice opens Friday!

The return of Leslie Rogers! A favorite of ours, Leslie did memorable performances, many of them chronicled on Artblog — there’s also a podcast with her. Leslie’s back with an installation and performance at

Practice Gallery, opening Friday, Sept. 4, 6-10PM.


An installation and performance series by Leslie Rogers

Practice Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4th, 6-10pm
Performance: Wednesday, September 23rd 8pm
Closing Reception/Performance: Thursday, September 24th, 8pm

Based on the 9000 mile ‘Merikan Merkintile performance tour taken just this July with musician Nelly Kate, Leslie Rogers’ PLAY/THINGS invites you to Chase Freedom by swiping the jumbo credit card flag staged atop a wooden puzzle map of the continental U.S., and to conflate sculpture, prop, memento, and regional potato chip. Return for the performances to find potato chip healing crystals, a cop who is sorry, a tiny tour van, western wear, and possible tea bagging.

Leslie Rogers is a sculptor, video, and performance artist with roots in puppetry and fibers. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in The Michigan Society of Fellows, holds an MFA in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work draws from slapstick entertainment, collaborative relationships, and gender tropes to hide or disregard perceived hierarchies amongst art forms and social groups, and between performer and object.

Daniel Heyman woodcut in progress
Image of woodcut in progress by Daniel Heyman. Courtesy of Daniel Heyman.

Daniel Heyman, another beloved Artblog artist, and who recently moved from Philadelphia to Rhode Island, to an 1840s house with 1875 barn(!), wrote about his new art-documentary-storytelling project with Native Americans in North Dakota. Be sure to check out the video at the link.

Today I am out in North Dakota working with a small group of dedicated print-makers on an exciting new series of portrait prints of 13 Native American Indians, people I visited with this summer on 4 Indian Reservations in North Dakota. Each sitter generously shared stories from their life with me…