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Gallery Joe is back! PMA appointments, Rebecca Rutstein, Diane Burko, Caroline Santa and Great Opportunities!

Gallery Joe is back! Plus artists Rebecca Rutstein, Diane Burko and Caroline Santa, and a couple great opportunities! - Artblog editor



The return of Gallery Joe! This just in from our favorite gallery for drawings: “Gallery Joe is now open by appointment at our new location, 2 Saint James Court near Washington Square.”

We applaud the return of this excellent gallery committed to showing local, national and international artists!

Gallery Joe at St James Court. Photo courtesy of the gallery
Gallery Joe at St James Court, detail of the 2-floor space. Photo courtesy of the gallery

Everything has finally come together, and the new space is now open by appointment. Our opening show, New Space New Work includes some artists whose names you may recognize along with a few new faces. Please give us a call at 215.592.7752 or stop by. If we are here we will be happy to open up for you. As always, you will find a selection of images from the show on our website.

We will also be participating in two art fairs this spring, Art on Paper in New York, March 3– 6th, and Drawing Now Paris, March 30th – April 3rd, formal announcements to follow via email soon.

New Space New Work: Jill Baroff, Astrid Bowlby, Katrin Bremermann, Emily Brown, Marilyn Holsing, Sharka Hyland, Gloria Ortiz-Hernández, Alex Paik, Mia Rosenthal.

For additional information please see our website

From the PMA, new curatorial appointments..

The Museum Announces Curatorial Promotions and Appointment
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today two promotions and a new appointment to key curatorial positions.

Jennifer Thompson has been promoted to head the Museum’s Department of European Paintings, succeeding Joseph J. Rishel, who retired in 2015 and is now serving as Curator Emeritus.

Jessica Todd Smith, currently Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, will become Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art, effective July 1.

Alexandra Kirtley, the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, has also been promoted to full curator.


She’s shipping out again! Rebecca Rutstein, who Was an Artist on Board the Nautilus scientific research ship (see post) writes that she is “on my way to join the research vessel Falkor as an Artist at Sea for the expedition off the coast of Tahiti! More here.

I’ll be posting blog entries on the ship’s website and will be doing some ship to shore communications with Moore College of Art, Cynwyd Elementary, and possibly some other art venues in Philadelphia while I am at sea!

Friend of Artblog, Diane Burko, gets a great write-up in Grist for her photos and paintings of melting glacial ice. Congrats, Diane!

Caroline Santa in Brooklyn

I am honored to be showing my work with Jen Schwarting at TSA NY. “Conversation Space” opens this Friday, February 19. If you are in the Brooklyn area, I hope you can check out the show. It runs through March 20.


Via Philanthropy News Digest

Leeway Accepting Applications for Transformation Awards

FEBRUARY 14, 2016
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2016

The Leeway Foundation is accepting applications for its Transformation Award, an annual program that provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for at least the past five years.

The award is unrestricted (not project-based) and open to women and trans people working in any art form, traditional or non-traditional. (The foundation uses the term “trans” as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and more generally anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is non-conforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.)

The foundation encourages applications from women or trans artists who create art for social change that impacts a larger group, audience, or community; have been creating art for social change for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to this work; have financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources; and have lived for at least the past two years in the Delaware Valley region (i.e., Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia county).

The application process involves two stages.

Stage 1: Open to all eligible participants, applications are due no later than May 15, 2016. A panel of community-based artists will review applications and make a decision to invite select applicants to submit work samples for Stage 2.

Stage 2: By invitation only. All invited applicants from Stage 1 will receive an application stipend to help cover the costs of preparing work samples. In addition to the stipend, the foundation will offer each applicant support through in-person meetings and application feedback, as needed. The Stage 2 deadline will be announced to finalists only.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Leeway Foundation website.

Link to Complete RFP

Via Kelsey Halliday Johnson

Vox Populi has an open call for new members- including curators and writers this time around (as we have had more curatorial efforts initiated by members and want to continue them). Most importantly, we have dropped Slideroom and the obligatory application fee, which we hope will show the financially supportive model we hope to move towards.

Via Belinda Haikes

OUT OF FRAME is a curated online exhibition showcasing work defined as Disruptive Tech.
* dis-rup-tive (adj.) troublesome, unruly, badly behaved, rowdy, disorderly, undisciplined, wild

As part of Philly Tech Week 2016 (April 29th – May 7th), this project is seeking artists whose technology-based works disrupt systems. Websites, software, apps, twitter feeds, any tech-based works that disrupt with tech, through tech or in contrast to tech. Open to all artists!

Submission Guidelines:
A one-page description including an explanation on how this project demonstrates Disruptive Tech, with a link to the project live. Include your website and a one-page CV. Please use PDF format for all documents. NO submission fee. There will be a $10 participation fee for selected artists. Complete submissions are due Tuesday, March 15, to