The Pope + the Phanatic, Artblog + The St. Claire, Jason Rusnock + Open Source, Grizzly Grizzly+Alternative Currencies, Plus Rowena R. Stewart, Maiza Hixson, Dona Nelson, Alison Stigora and The Moon!

Today's news is a roundup with a national flavor - California, New York, Michigan and of course Philadelphia. And yes there is a Pope item but we think you'll like it. - Artblog editor


Matt Kalasky Suzanne Seesman and people respond to art Vox Populi Gallery
Artblog/St. Claire Art Writing Workshop, APril, 2015, at Vox Populi Gallery

Two from Artblog and The St. Claire! 
We are partnering with The Print Center as part of their 100th birthday celebration. We’re producing two events–an art writing workshop and a Live Review Panel, the debut of a new program in which we convene artists and writers to talk about shows and issues in the community.

Artblog St. Claire Art Writing Symposium Panel at Aux Space
Panelists at the April, 2015, Art Writing Symposium Panel at AUX. L-R, Sid Sachs, Bree Pickering, Jacob Feige, Kat Buckley, Edith Newhall and Suzanne Seesman, Moderator

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1PM-3PM.The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St.  Artblog/St. Claire Art Writing Workshop. Join Matt Kalasky and Suzanne Seesman as they show you how to look at art and react in a new way. FREE Sign up here – Eventbrite – More information

Thursday, Oct. 22, 6PM-7:00PM, AUX Space, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd floor – Artblog/St. Claire Inaugural Live Review Panel about the relevance of prints in the digital age! Moderator Suzanne Seesman (Co-Director, The St. Claire) will be joined by Tim Portlock (Artist), Amze Emmons (Artist), Annette Monnier (Artist, Writer), and Eric Abaka (Artist). In conjunction with The Print Center 100! FREE – More information

Open Source is open this October. If you haven’t heard — check out the link for more information.  Mural Arts commissioned Swoon, Shepard Fairey, JR, Jennie Shanker and others to create community projects. Here’s one skateboarder, Jason Rusnock‘s response to the Open Source intervention in Paine’s Park along the Schuylkill River. More information about Jason.

BTW!  We welcome your commentary.  Send an email to


Free Symposium at The Galleries at Moore in conjunction with the Alternative Currencies Exhibit.  The Symposium was organized by alternative gallery, Grizzly Grizzly!

Alternative Currencies: Tactics for Staying Relevant and Radical
Saturday, October 3, 12-4pm: Reception Following
The Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race St, Philadelphia
Free and Open to the Public

INCA (Detroit / Seattle) /// Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas
Threewalls (Chicago) /// Abigail Satinsky and Danny Orendorff
Possible Projects/Press (Atlanta) /// Rachel and Trevor Reese
Data Garden (Philadelphia) /// Jon Shapiro
The Luminary (St. Louis) /// James McAnally
KCHUNG Radio (Los Angeles) /// Luke Fischbeck
Galeria Perdida (Mexico / Brooklyn)
The Suburban (Milkwaukee) /// Alexander Herzog

Manifesto about curating art by Maiza Hixson and Jessica Berlanga Taylor
Curatorial Manifesto conceived of by Jessica Berlanga Taylor and Maiza Hixson, drafted during ICI Curatorial Intensive, NYC, 2015.

Maiza Hixson has moved to the West Coast, where she is Curator of Collections/Visual Arts Coordinator, Santa Barbara County, CA, Arts Commission.  She just posted this Manifesto on Facebook that I have to share because it’s so Maiza and so great. Congratulations, Maiza!

Pope washes feet of Philly Phanatic
One of The Onion’s best Pope commentaries. Truly funny.

In case you missed it #1 The Pope Washes the Feet of the Philly Phanatic (via The Onion)


In case you missed it #2 – The blood moon, seen in the GIF on Trending Gifs:

2015 MacArthur Genius awards announced
Among the 24 awardees – mostly academics working on brainy issues of technology, science and human concerns – are two deserving artists of note: Nicole Eisenman, New York artist, whose 2014 retrospective at ICA was a real winner – See Michael Lieberman’s review  and LaToya Ruby Frazier, Chicago artist, whose photo-activist Campaign for Braddock Hospital we admired in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Full list of the 24 new MacArthur Fellows here:

Rowena R. Stewart, 83, former head of AAMP, passes

Rowena R. Stewart, 83, of Jacksonville, Fla., a nationally known director of African American museums in Philadelphia and elsewhere, died Saturday, Sept. 19, of complications from a stroke at home.

Between 1975 and 2002, when she retired to Florida, Dr. Stewart led four major African American historical museum societies – the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

She was one of the most sought-after African American museum directors in the country, according to a profile posted on

Born in Jacksonville, Dr. Stewart was the only child of Essie Brazle Rhodes and Oliver Rhodes.

She was reared in New Berlin, Fla., and graduated in 1960 from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 1983, she was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree by the University of Rhode Island.

After graduation, Dr. Stewart started out as a social worker in settlement houses and reform-minded community centers in Jacksonville and Boston.

In 1975, she moved to Providence, R.I., where she became the first director of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. From 1985 to 1992, Dr. Stewart served as director and curator of Philadelphia’s Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum.

She is credited with bringing a sense of purpose and stability to the museum and turning a visit there into a lively, interactive experience.

Under her guidance, the museum’s collection grew from 5,000 items to more than 400,000. Attendance rose from 67,000 to 350,000 annually.

But as she departed from Philadelphia, she worried aloud that funding African American museums was an uphill battle because few had large endowments or steady philanthropic support.

“It’s tough for us,” she told The Inquirer in 1992. “We are in a fight for our very lives.”

In late 1992, Dr. Stewart moved to Detroit as head of the Motown Historical Museum, according to Three years later, she was recruited to Kansas City to supervise development of the American Jazz Museum. She was named executive director in 1997.

In 2002, Dr. Stewart retired and moved back home to Jacksonville. She served for a time as president of the A.L. Lewis Historical Society Board and coordinator of the American Beach Community Center and Museum on Amelia Island, north of Jacksonville.

She continued working as a consultant to museums on programs involving historical preservation and public education, the website said.

“My mom was an amazing woman,” said her son Clarence D. Johnson, a retired Army colonel.

Besides her son, she is survived by daughter Gwendolyn Brittian; another son, retired Army Lt. Col. Alvie Johnson; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Her first husband, Ester “Tyrone” Stewart, from whom she was divorced, survives. Her second husband, Clarence Dale Johnson, died in 1972. A daughter, Wannetta Johnson, died in 2004.

Services were Friday, Sept. 25, in Jacksonville. Burial was private.

Donations may be made to the American Stroke Foundation via, or to the National Breast Cancer Foundation via



From The St. Claire: Submit your writing for possible inclusion in their next issue!

Full Time Business Operations Coordinator
CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia ( seeks a full-time Business Operations Coordinator to support the finance, analysis, and operations functions of the organization, with an emphasis on our TRUST Program (CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia –

Education Level: Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, and/or Nonprofit Management, or equivalent training and/or work experience.
Deadline: 10/15/2015

Please send a resume and two references electronically to Associate Director, Liz Sytsma, at Do not send hard copy or fax materials. CultureWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, gender, or sexual identity. This is a full-time W2 salaried position. Fully paid health benefits, salary in the mid-30s, and paid time off.  More information


Silver Eye Center for Photography Call for Entries: Fellowship 16 International Photography Competition
Submissions Accepted through Monday, October 26, 2015
JUROR: Jon Feinstein, Co-Founder, Humble Arts Foundation

Silver Eye Center for Photography continues a Call for Entries for Fellowship 16, our international photography competition. Now in its 16th year, this competition recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.

This year’s juror is Jon Feinstein, Co-Founder, Humble Arts Foundation.

Deadline for submissions via Silver Eye’s website is Monday, October 26, 2015, 11:59:59 pm EST.

One (1) International Award Winner receives a solo exhibition at Silver Eyeopening January 2016; $3,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
One (1) Keystone Award Winner, reserved for a Pennsylvania artist, receives a spotlight exhibition in January 2016; $1,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
Five (5) Juror’s Commendation Winners will be named on Silver Eye’s website and press releases.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – Pentimenti Gallery 

Deadline: October 15, 2015
Exhibit Dates: December 4, 2015 – February 6, 2016
Title: “Carte Blanche”
Venue: Pentimenti Gallery

Eligibility: Open to all artists.
The group exhibition “Carte Blanche” will feature works on paper only in which white is the dominant shade. All works accepted must be presented in a white frame.

Submission: No submission fee required. Resume, statement, 3 – 6 images on a CD-Rom. Send a SASE (for return of materials). Mail to: Pentimenti Gallery (Group show), 145 North Second St.Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Phone: 215.625.9990


Donal Nelson paintings at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Dona Nelson, from her solo show at Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

The wonderful paintings of Dona Nelson are on view at Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC,  through Oct. 31. The gallery sent us some installation photos.  I can’t wait to see the show.

Dona Nelson paintings at Thomas Erben Gallery New York
Donal Nelson paintings on view at Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC, through Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

526 West 26th Street, floor 4
New York, NY 10001

Alison Stigora is featured at ArtPrize7! Congratulations, Alison!

Film #2 in our 10×10 series of videos of artists at ArtPrize7 focuses on Alison Stigora‘s work “Phoenix” in the Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design. Shared in association with The Rapidian on their ArtPrize 2015 blog: