Artblog+The St. Claire, Penn State Abington+gallery, Free Library+Corzo Center get entrepreneurial, plus Carl Marin+public art, Austin Lee+virtual reality app for a book, Martha McDonald, Peter Nesbett, Jennifer Levonian, OOF and Opportunities!

Today's News Post brings you some great opportunities, news about new public art, some upcoming shows to watch out for, a virtual reality app for a book and some upcoming artblog/St. Claire programs! - artblog editor


Do not miss these great Artblog/St. Claire programs, both within the next 6 days!

Artblog and St. Claire Audience at Panel April 2015
Artblog/St. Claire are doing Live Review Panels!!! This picture is from 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

Thursday, October 22, 6-7:00PM, Artblog and The St. Claire debut our series of Live Review Panels! Come to Aux and hear the panelists talk about these exhibits:
Becky Suss at ICA
People’s Paper Coop at the Village of Arts and Humanities
Gabriel Martinez: Bayside Revisited at the Print Center

Panelists – Suzanne Seesman, Moderator, Tim Portlock, Amze Emmons, Annette Monnier, Erik Abaca
FREE AUX Space, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd floor
In conjunction with The Print Center 100!

Monday, October 26, 7PM, Live at Kelly Writers House – Join the audience to hear Andrea Kirsh, Evan Paul Laudenslager, Roberta Fallon of Artblog and Matt Kalasky, Suzanne Seesman, Zach Rawe of The St. Claire read from art commentary on their websites. The show will be broadcast on WXPN at a later date!
Hosted by: ALLI KATZ
Featuring ARTBLOG and THE ST. CLAIRE contributors:
Andrea Kirsh, Evan Paul Laudenslager, Roberta Fallon, Matt Kalasky, Suzanne Seesman, and Zachary Rawe
With musical guest: CITY LOVE
Monday, Oct. 26th | 7:00pm | Arts Café
Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk
No registration required – this event is free and open to the public

Fond farewell and all best wishes, Peter Nesbett! Nesbett, former Associate Director of Programs at Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, takes over on Nov. 2 as Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts. Peter pledges to meet 100 DC artists in his first 100 days.

For you bikers/walkers out there, The ribbon cutting for the Manayunk Trail Bridge has been scheduled for Friday, October 30th at 11:00 a.m. This bridge is the old Septa railroad bridge that goes over the Schuylkill River and hasn’t been used for trains or anything in many many years. A project with many partners including the City of Philadelphia, Montgomery County, PennDOT, SEPTA, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and others has rehabbed the bridge as a pedestrian/bike bridge connecting the Cynwyd Heritage Trail with the Schuylkill River Trail in Manayunk. Very exciting! The ribbon cutting Oct. 30 will be a modest ceremony and the real carnival/celebration is still being planned. Meanwhile, bikers/walkers will have access to the bridge after 11AM the day before Halloween.

Thanks for the mention, Hellenic News! This story has a picture of the 3 prize jurors – me, Deirdre Murphy and Anthony Vega (along with Curator, Sherman Fleming) for the Art Ability exhibition at Bryn Mawr Rehab. Also, I didn’t do that math at the time but the story tells of $7,000 of prizes given out!

Jaime Alvarez installation of lights in warehouse for Forcefield Festival
Jaime Alvarez, Farthese From Earth, installation would have been in Forcefield, will now be seen at the new Penn State Abington Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist website.

Via John Thompson…New gallery alert! Thompson is the new Gallery Director of the new gallery at Penn State Abington’s campus. Their first exhibit is an installation by Jaime Alvarez, Farthest from Earth, which would have been shown at the Forcefield festival, but for that festival being shut down by L&I. The show runs December 18th. Congrats!  Alvarez’s website is here.

Jennifer Levonian, The Oven Sky, 2011 Cut-out animation using watercolor and collage, with music by Rachel Mason, Video, Running time: 4 min. 45 sec.; one of the new hipsters gentrifying the neighborhood
Jennifer Levonian, The Oven Sky, 2011 Cut-out animation using watercolor and collage, with music by Rachel Mason, Video, Running time: 4 min. 45 sec.; one of the new hipsters gentrifying the neighborhood

Via Jennifer Levonian. OOF collective has organized a multi-artist screening of animated shorts Sat. Oct. 24, 7PM at the Gershman Y, University of the Arts, 401 S. Broad St. The screening is free and will project the work of 19 animators from around the world.The theme of the showing, titled Invisible Ink, is the small and overlooked inner lives of things. The screening lasts around one hour.

Levonian, an OOF member, is preparing for a February, 2016, 2-person exhibit (with Sarah Gamble) at Fleisher Ollman Gallery.  The artist makes intriguing narrative stop action animations. We did a studio visit and podcast with Levonian in 2011.

Here are the artists included in the animation festival:

Karen Aqua | Taxonomy | 4:08 | (2014)
Jim Trainor | The Bats | 8:00 | (1999)
Tim Beckhardt | Pellet Gunn | 2:29 | (2008)
Lori Damiano | Lady Secrets | 1:56 | (2015)
Stefan Gruber | Edible Rocks | 2:49 | (2012)
Ben Aqua | Masculine NRG | 1:01 | (2011)
Becky James| Drainer | 5:20 | (2014)
Lale Westvind | Organism Test | 3:50 | (2009)
Matt Reynolds | Bottom Feeders | 2:48 | (2015)
Jacob Rivkin | Flats and Wagons | 1:54 | (2015)
Kristina Centore | White Painted | 2:15 | (2012)
Nicole Rodrigues | Quake Remains | 2:07 | (2014)
Joshua Catalano | Poulicroc | 3:01 | (2014)
Peter McKenna | Her Hair | 1:14 | (2015)
Caleb Wood | Dumb Run | 1:40 | (2014)
Lei Lei | Big Hands | 6:00 | (2012)
Sijia Ke | Aye | 2:27 | (2014)
Yu Yu | U U | 4:47 | (2013)


Via Karen Lightner Free Entrepreneurship Seminar at the Free Library beginning January, 2016, taught by members of the Corzo Center team.
Apply on line: Application deadline of November 20th. There is an informational session on October 27th at the Parkway Central Library.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship
January 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Parkway Central Library, Skyline Room (Fourth Floor)
1901 Vine Street, 19103

What does it take to start and sustain a business?

The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts, with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Business, Science and Industry Department presents an interactive, two-week course designed for artists, makers, performers, and videographers.

Admission is free. Application must be submitted by Friday, November 20, 5:00 p.m. Apply here.

Participants must plan to attend all classes.

The program introduces the principles of entrepreneurship–how to plan, budget, market, identify and attract customers, and manage finances.

Free consulting and opportunities for competitively awarded grants are available upon completion of the program. For more details, visit

Made possible through the generous support of the Knight Foundation and supported by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy and StartUp PHL.
Presented by Empowered Programming.

Presented by the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Business, Science and Industry Department.


Via Kelsey Halliday Johnson, who just took a new job as Curatorial Fellow of Photography and New Media at the Michener Museum says her full time position at Locks Gallery is now available:

Director of Programs and Marketing at Locks Gallery.

Position Requirements:

Applicants should have a strong background in art and familiarity with the art world. Minimum of 5 years working in an art context. The qualified candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong follow-through. Must be organized and detail-oriented. Knowledge of art publications and institutions, and experience working with curators, artists, and collectors is essential.



Congratulations, Martha McDonald, who performed Hospital Hymn: Elegy for Lost Soldiers at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last Saturday, October 17, 2015.

McDonald released thousands of handmade felt flowers, drawing on the language of Victorian mourning handcrafts to suggest the enormity of loss. Accompanied by Craig Woodward on fiddle and concertina, she sang 19th-century hymns that poet Walt Whitman recalled hearing nurses sing to dying soldiers.

Hospital Hymn: Elegy for Lost Soldiers is a companion piece to the exhibition Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872. The piece was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery as part of its Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture series. More about Martha at her website.

Artblog favorite AUSTIN LEE’s second solo show with Postmasters opens this week!

Nothing Personal
54 Franklin Street, New York City, 10013
October 24 – December 5, 2015
opening reception Saturday, October 24, 2015 5:30-8:00pm

ALSO! Lee has a new book of paintings by Spheres Publication for which you can get a FREE app that animates the paintings.

Carl Marin, plan for deer fence, a Percent for Art public art piece at Sturgis Playground in Olney
Carl Marin, plan for deer fence, a Percent for Art public art piece at Sturgis Playground in Olney

Another Artblog favorite, Carl Marin’s new public art piece, Home Range, got the ribbon cutting last weekend by The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s
Percent for Art Program. Home Range, a $30,000 commission of a fence with motion-activated shadow images of wild deer that once lived on the former hunting grounds. The piece is at the Sturgis Playground in the East Oak Lane neighborhood, 200 65th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19126 We did a podcast with Carl in 2011. Hear him talk about his relationship to nature. It’s a good interview.