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PAFA Curator Bob Cozzolino back to Midwest, James Dupree documentary at PAFA, DIY UK Graphic Arts film at Moore, Abounaddara activist videos, tour reForm with Pepon Osorio, auction results, Dufalas, Jesse Krimes, Ruth Scott Blackson plus Opportunities!

Big news today with a beloved PAFA curator moving back to his roots in the Midwest. Fond farewell, Bob Cozzolino! Plus lots of opportunities and other great tidbits. - artblog editor



Congratulations, Bob Cozzolino, we will miss you! PAFA Senior Curator Robert Cozzolino appointed Curator of Paintings at Minneapolis Institute of Art

PAFA Senior Curator, Robert (Bob) Cozzolino. Image courtesy of PAFA
PAFA Senior Curator, Robert (Bob) Cozzolino. Image courtesy of PAFA

Minneapolis, MN, November 2, 2015—The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) today announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Cozzolino as its new Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings. Dr. Cozzolino comes to Mia from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (PAFA) where he has worked since 2004, and is currently Senior Curator and Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Modern Art. He assumes his position at Mia on March 1, 2016.

“My time at PAFA and in Philadelphia, which has a vibrant and supportive arts community, has been truly wonderful,” Dr. Cozzolino noted. “However, I am thrilled to return to the Midwest where I grew up and to collaborate with my new colleagues at Mia. I look forward to emphasizing American art’s connections within Mia’s wider collection, and finding connections for Minneapolis’s diverse and engaged community. I feel fortunate to be leaving one great museum for another.”

If you’ve never heard Bob talk, he’s an amazing intellect, wit, and man of the people, speaking a vernacular all can understand. Below is a 2-part audio from a walk through of the 2014 Peter Blume exhibition at PAFA Curator Cozzolino did with Artblog (Cozzolino curated the exhibition):

Dr. Cozzolino was born, raised, and studied in the Midwest. A native of Chicago, he earned his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation on Ivan Albright. In his work on American art he has emphasized regional diversity, integrating artists of Chicago, Wisconsin, California, and other areas into installations, thematic exhibitions and his scholarship. He has emphasized alternative traditions in American art and in Modernism, an approach he will continue at Mia. Dr. Cozzolino is also a percussionist and has played free-improvised music in Chicago, Madison, and Philadelphia. He hopes to find like-minded musicians in the Twin Cities.

Film news #1 – Via James Dupree – The artist, known most recently for his successful fight to retain his studio in the face of encroaching eminent domain threats from development near Drexel University, has a Documentary film about his struggles as an African American artist in a predominantly white art world. The showing will be Wed. Nov. 4, 6PM at PAFA’s Auditorium. There’s a meet and greet in the Alumni Gallery, 5PM-6PM Register here:

Film news #2 – Via Laris Kreslins, Moore College Graphic Design/Web/Social Media guru…A free movie we’re showing tomorrow at Moore about the current DIY Graphic Arts scene in the UK.-

Video news – Via Slought – Abounaddara – an anonymous collective of self taught artists is posting videos on its Vimeo site ( that deal with the current emergencies in Syria and elsewhere in a way that dignifies life instead of sensationalizing violence. The collective are all volunteers, self-funded, political and activist. Videos are available on Slought here – and people and organizations are encouraged to share the videos and post them to their websites. Abounaddara have been recognized by Human Rights Watch, the Venice Biennale, the Sundance Film Festival (2014 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Award), and many others.

pepon osorio reform installation mixed media temple contemporary
Pepón Osorio, reForm (detail), 2015, mixed media and video installation. Photo by Constance Mensh (for Temple Contemporary)

Rachel Heidenry told you about Pepon Osorio’s reForm at Temple University. Here’s a great opportunity! Sign up to tour the installation with the artist! Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6PM. FREE
Tyler School of Art – 2001 N 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19122
Register here:

Via James Claiborne – OUTCRY – exhibition at Christ ChurchChrist Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American St., Philadelphia) in response to today’s ongoing discussion about race, police violence, government and individual rights and responsibilities. OPENING RECEPTION – Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. Curated by the African American Museum in Philadelphia as part of the 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival.

Featuring local artists: Ameerah Khabir, April Martin, Avtomat, Brian Gaither, Chris Taylor. Eca Eps, Jademan Baker, Janet Braun Reinitz, Jennifer Young, Josh Graupera, Leroy Johnson, Marco Hill, Michael Wiley, Michelle Flamer, Sarah Coston, Theodore Harris, Tieshka Smith, Tiff Davis, Tiffany Ike, William Wallace. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. RSVP for the reception here:

Happy Birthday, Philly Cam! 6 Years Old! Watch for it in2016 – the community cable network debuts an FM radio station! More at

Lynn Chadwick sculpture Winged Figure II
Lynn Chadwick, Winged Figures Version II, Stamp signed and numbered 2/6, bronze with black and polished patina. Executed in 1973. height: 26 3/4 in. (67.9cm) [Farr & Chadwick, 660S] Image courtesy of Freeman’s
Auction news – via Freeman’s – Freeman’s Contemporary and Modern Auction on Nov 1 of British artists’ works had excellent outcomes, with pieces sold at higher amounts than expected. From the local auction house, (like many things Philly, the oldest in the country): “More than 500 bidders from 30 countries competed for the 159 lot sale, which achieved a sale total of nearly $1.4 million. Top seller was Lynn Chadwick’s Winged Figures Version II, Stamp signed and numbered 2/6, bronze with black and polished patina. Executed in 1973. height: 26 3/4 in. (67.9cm) [Farr & Chadwick, 660S] Estimate $80,000-100,000 Sold for $137,000”


poster for FID call for entries 2016Via Gallery Joe’s Rebecca Kerlin – Gallery Joe owner and director Kerlin is one of the jurors for the prestigious FID Prize. More here –

Kerlin says:

This is an excellent opportunity to have your work reviewed by some notable jurors, and potentially additional exposure for you and your work. Here are some of the specifics:
Registration opens December 1st and closes December 4th at 12pm Eastern time.
Submission size is 4 images.
Fee is $50.
Grand Prize is $3000 and all Grand Prize Finalists receive a written analysis of his or her work by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York City.

Via PHENND – Moonstone Preschool seeking Director. Moonstone Preschool is part of Moonstone Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1983 with a mission to stimulate education through the arts. Moonstone Inc. consists of a childcentered division, Moonstone Preschool, and an adult-centered division, Moonstone Arts Center. Together, these divisions strive to create unique arts-based opportunities in Philadelphia and reflect Moonstone’s core belief that education is a process that begins in childhood and continues throughout adulthood. Moonstone Preschool provides arts-based early childhood education for children 18 months old through Pre-Kindergarten. Deadline for applications Nov. 15. For more information about the job here –

Via Kelly Writers House – Writing Art and Life Workshop

Register for a two-part weekend workshop: WRITING ART AND LIFE, led by Becky Huff Hunter, art critic and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) staff member, for November 21 (2:00 – 3:00 PM) and November 22 (6:15 – 9:00 PM).

This (free!) two-part non-credit class will use meditation, visualization, and free-writing to unearth the memories and stories evoked by viewing works of art. Through a visit to the ICA to view Becky Suss’s exhibition and write in the galleries, followed by brief, assigned readings, writing exercises, and in-class discussions, participants will consider how the personal essay merges with art writing to create a new form. (Readings and exercises will be new, so if you signed up for this workshop in October, feel free to take the workshop again!)

Anyone can join, but spots are limited, so reserve your spot by email to or call (215) 573-9748.


Ruth Scott Blackson has work in group show bound/unbound – unique and small edition artists’ books at dm contemporary in New York. Show runs November 6 – December 19, 2015. Artist’s Reception: FRIDAY, November 6, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Jesse Krimes has his “first solo exhibition of new work since returning home from prison. “17 hours” opens January 12 at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery! Reception and artist talk January 14th.

Dufala Brothers get a very nice write up at Hyperallergic of their show at Fleisher-Ollman Gallery.