Blockbuster show at Cerulean, New photo gallery-The Halide Project, Philly art in Miami, LISC grants $180,000, Lowe Curatorial Fellowship at PAFA, Paul Laffoley, William Kentridge, Happy and Sad links, and Opportunities

Artblog News today with some good opportunities and good news of curatorial fellowship opportunities! - artblog editor


The More the Merrier group exhibit at Cerulean GalleryBill Scott organized a blockbuster show, aptly titled, The More the Merrier, at Cerulean –  Opens Friday Nov. 27 – The artists include: Lennart Anderson, Brian Boutwell, Quita Brodhead, Michael Ciervo, Patrick Connors, Jacqueline Cotter, Danielle Dimston, Cindi Ettinger, Iona Fromboluti, Evan Fugazzi, Moy Glidden, Eileen Goodman, Sidney Goodman, Barbara Goodstein, Mark Green, Barbara Grossman, Hugh Hamrick, Carol Heft, Sean Hildreth, Clint Jukkala, Alex Kanevsky, Michael Kowbuz, Keith Leitner, Frances Maguire, Ruth Miller Forge, Edith Neff, Mary Nomecos, Janice Nowinski, Benjamin Passione, Jane Piper, Bruce Pollock, Glen Sacks, Karen Segal, Sterling Shaw, Doris Staffel, Kyle Staver, Allison Syvertsen, Ivanco Talevski, Thomas Walton, Justin Richard Webb, John Williams, and Douglas Doug Wirls   More –  and

The new photo gallery, The Halide Project, opens with its inaugural show on Dec. 4.  The exhibit features Vincent Feldman, Bill Armstrong, Josh Marowitz, Tricia Rosenkilde, and Sarah Van Keuren. Halide is located in Gallery 105 at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. The Project is focused on traditional photo processes and has organized educational programming to run during the show, like a larger format camera workshop; a pinhole camera building workshop and a book signing with Vincent Feldman. More information:

Anthony McCall installation with lights and smoke at Margulies Collection, Miami
Anthony McCall, installation Libby and I saw at the Margulies Collection in Miami in 2009. Smokey, nifty

Philly-Miami roundup (incomplete, but it looks like a lot of folks are going)

Rutgers Brodsky Center — UNTITLED, ART –
Bridgette Mayer Gallery — Booth A7 at Art Miami
Paradigm Gallery — Booth A11 at Scope Miami
Dona Nelson featured in Thomas Erben Gallery — Booth 4.20 at NADA Miami Beach
Napoleon — The Satellite Show (event organized by Tiger Strikes Asteroid in partnership with The Satellite Show Miami) with Christina P. Day, Leslie Friedman, Tamsen Wojtanowski
Automat Collective — The Satellite Show Also of note, Automat is putting together a small brochure of Philadelphia artist-run spaces and resources!)
Fjord – The Satellite Show

Digital conservation of interest to you? Bonnet, J L 2015 The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Preserving New Media Art for Posterity. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, 13(1): 9, pp. 1–7, DOI:

LISC grants $180,000 for 10 Creative Placemaking projects totaling $180,000, in North and West Philadelphia These grants are part of a new national Creative Placemaking initiative launched by LISC with an inaugural $3.5 million grant from The Kresge Foundation.

South Kensington Community Partners, in partnership with Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and Spiral Q, will host a dinner with over 300 stakeholders in the middle of American Street and publish a neighborhood memory book inclusive of traditional recipes submitted by neighbors. A Mighty American Street Feast! Collectively Claiming American Street aims to be the inaugural annual event celebrating community strength along the American Street corridor.

Taller Puertorriqueño, using its Cultural Arts Center (slated to open in 2016) as an anchor, will join forces with Philadelphia Public History Truck and Temple Contemporary to collect oral histories from fellow community members, acknowledge place-based memories by erecting artistic markers throughout the community, and create a map and tour of those places and stories. Youth in Taller’s arts programs will be trained as docents of this community cultural tour.

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and artist Jennie Shanker are collaborating with Norris Homes Resident Council, Inc. to create a Memory Book with Norris residents, documenting the identity of the community prior to the Homes’ demolition. The team will also document its creative, popular education approach as a model to support other neighborhoods in transition.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP)’s Hecho EN Project, led by Anne Harrison and Amber Art and Design, will promote creative enterprise and highlight local craft talent through workshops at NSNP and The Village of Arts and Humanities. Local artists will practice selling upcycled crafts at a new cooperative neighborhood craft market in Norris Square Park.

The Big Sandbox will engage parents and residents in creative ways of reclaiming and activating space on the school grounds at William McKinley Elementary, advancing the longer-term project to renovate the schoolyard and make the space safer and accessible to the community-at-large.

Tiny WPA, through the Play Lancaster program, will activate a once-vacant lot near the intersection of 41st Street and Lancaster Avenue through community-led creative placemaking activities that will improve community safety. Partners include People’s Emergency Center CDC, Mighty Writers, The Bridge Intensive Prevention Services, E3 Youth Opportunity Center, Belmont Academy Charter School, and Community Preschool & Nursery.

Spiral Q‘s SQUAADS program will cultivate the next generation of creative civic leadership through professional arts training, youth leadership development, and creative events on Lancaster Avenue. Partners includeCommunity Education Center and West Powelton Steppers.

The Ralston Center will engage older residents of West Philadelphia, the Mantua Civic Association, students from surrounding schools, and artists from Traction Company and Tiny WPA, in an age-friendly walking audit. The team will then add creative, age-friendly benches where the Mantua community decides they are needed most.

Partners for Sacred Places will bring together the collective choral and music talents of four churches to form a networked hub. Partners Drexel University Dornsife Center and Spiral Q will help them connect with other arts, faith, business, and community partners and perform at events on Lancaster Avenue.

Community Education Center’s Superhero Learning Zone teams up with East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention and Mighty Writers to engage youth and families in documenting the neighborhood’s heroes, stories, and assets through comics, including arts education and events.

Visionary artist Paul Laffoley has died.

Paul Laffoley painting seen at Kohler Art Center in 2006
Paul Laffoley, (detail) Temporality: the Great Within of the Universe (oil, acrylic, ink and vinyl on canvas, 73 1/2″ x 73 1/2″. I saw this in a show at Kohler Art Center in 2006

“The visionary artist and luminary, Paul Laffoley, has died today after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He had an extraordinary grasp of multiple fields of knowledge compulsively pursing interests that often lead him into uncharted territory. His complex theoretical constructs were uniquely presented in highly detailed mandala-like canvases largely scaled to Fibonacci’s golden ratio. While an active participant in numerous speculative organizations including his own Boston Visionary Cell since the early 70s, his work began to attract an increasing following in his late career with shows at the Palais de Tokyo (2009), Hamburger Bahnhof (2011), Hayward Gallery, London, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2013). The first book on Laffoley’s oeuvre was The Phenomenology of Revelationpublished by Kent Fine Art in 1989, followed by several subsequent publications beginning with his first retrospective organized by the Austin Museum of Art (1999). Forthcoming in March of 2016, the University of Chicago Press will be releasing the long awaited book entitled The Essential Paul Laffoley.”

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Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO. curatorial residency opportunity for the fall of 2016.

“Its an 18 month residency with furnished housing and utilities provided, along with a $1,000/month stipend, and a separate working budget for exhibitions and programs. Potential teaching opportunities with partnering academic institutions are an additional possibility….The application deadline is November 30th. More: and WWW.CHARLOTTESTREET.ORG

Open call for the production of an artist’s novel
The Book Lovers: The Novel As Fantasy
Deadline: January 24, 2016
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
2 Jazdów Street
00-467 Warsaw

The Novel As Fantasy open call is an opportunity for visual artists to submit a proposal for the creation of a new artist’s novel. There are many artists who have written novels, but the artist’s novel is something else: it is a medium in the visual arts. It is a contemporary phenomenon in which visual artists employ their novels within their broader projects, as they would employ installation, performance, or video. Here, the creation of a novel doesn’t differ from any other artwork. Both processes, writing and art-making, feed each other as they evolve within the same body of work. In an artist’s novel the reading experience is part of the work, but it does not constitute the entire artistic experience. The narrative expands beyond the space of the page to take place in a body of work that belongs to the same art project.

Proposals should describe an art project in which the creation of a novel occupies a central position. Project proposals that employ this medium in unexpected, creative ways will be given preference. For example, the artist must not necessarily sit down and write her novel on a piece of paper. Instead, she can opt for using artistic tools, such as performance, public events, installation, collaborative strategies, appropriation, in order to produce the narrative fiction text, to generate innovative conditions of readership, and/or to alter conventional notions of authorship.

The selected project will start in April 2016 and will finish in December 2017, with the final presentation in CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and the publication of the artist’s novel. Proposals are encouraged to engage with the process and not only with the final result, and to include a plan to render such a process visible to an audience. The selected artist should develop the project primarily in CCA, always in communication with The Book Lovers curators. For this, CCA’s residency program will be available to host the artist during the necessary production periods.

We offer
–Production budget for the art project
–Final presentation of the art project in CCA
–Assistance and accompaniment through the process
–Publication of the artist’s novel
–Artist’s fee
–Temporary residencies in CCA throughout the project, with individual living and working space
–The use of CCA’s facilities upon discussion with the curators

How to apply
Please send a PDF document (one file in English) with:
–Your proposal for the art project and artist’s novel in one A4 (max. 500 words) + 1 image
–Description of your art practice with any relevant background in one A4 (max. 500 words) + 1 image
–Your contact details (country of residence, website, phone number, Skype address)

Please label the document “your surname_your name_title of your project.pdf,” and send it in an e-mail attachment to before January 24, 2016 (11:59pm CET).

The selection procedure consists of two rounds that take place in February–March 2016. All applications are considered in the first round, during which a shortlist from the submitted proposals are selected. In the second round, the selection committee (consisting of The Book Lovers and CCA’s internal advisors) invites the shortlisted candidates for an interview in March. After that, the selected project will be announced. Applicants who do not receive communication after February 20, 2016 are not shortlisted. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond with each unsuccessful applicant.

About The Book Lovers
Since 2011, The Book Lovers is the name of the collaboration between curator Joanna Zielinska and artist David Maroto. It is focused on the research of the artist’s novel employed as a medium in the visual arts. Its base is the creation of a collection of artist’s novels with a parallel online database, which is complemented by a series of exhibitions and public programs and pop-up bookstores. In 2015 they edited Artist Novels(Sternberg Press, Cricoteka).

Supported by Mondriaan Fund, The Netherlands.
CCA’s Partner: REGENT Warsaw Hotel.
CCA’s Media Patronage: Gazeta Wyborcza, Warszawa, Gazeta Co Jest Grane, TOK FM, ELLE, Elle Decoration, Esquire Polska, Aktivist,, Stolica.



The Winston & Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Fine Arts (Lowe Curatorial Fellowship) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA offers the opportunity for a highly qualified candidate with outstanding credentials to gain professional curatorial experience at a nationally renowned museum of American Art affiliated with a degree-granting fine arts art school. One of the main goals of the Fellowship is to enhance diversity by focusing recruitment efforts on under-represented groups in America in the curatorial profession.

The Lowe Curatorial Fellowship will be a full-time, two-year term position offering a highly mentored and structured curatorial experience at PAFA…

Winston and Carolyn Lowe are active members of the PAFA community and have provided an initial gift of $250,000 to fully fund the fellowship. Winston serves on the Board of Trustees of PAFA and Carolyn is a member of the Board’s Human Resources Committee and the School Committee.


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Sad – June 5th Memorial committee is hosting a benefit to help fund the Memorial at 22nd and Market streets dedicated to remembering the six innocent lives that were needlessly lost on June 5, 2013 when a neighboring building being demolished collapsed on the Salvation Army Thrift Store. AIA Philadelphia is sponsoring this project.
Benefit Details:
When: December 1, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: The Hub at Commerce Square – Hadron Room | 2001 Market St, Ste 210
To RSVP for the benefit, please email Katie Pytel at or call 610.832.7703.

Happy – William Kentridge video about art and drawing – in case you missed it like we did. He gave the Charles Norton lecture at Harvard and there’s a book “6 Drawing Lessons” available here –