New Deputy Director at Barnes, Temple Media and Film grads movie, Casual Business Photo Collective, Femme Collective, New York Public Library public GIF’s project, plus Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Jury Smith, Talia Greene and mega-heaps of Opportunities


Via Evan Laudenslager… The NY Public Library has a very fun public project that allows you to interact with stereoscopic photographs from their collection, which have been turned into Stereoscopic gifs from the NY public library and other collections. And the big news is that if you are a Flickr user, you can make an animated GIF of one of your own Flickr photos.

FID Prize announced. FID finalists include Alex Paik and Sharka Hyland. Congratulations to all!

New Deputy Director for Advancement at Barnes Foundation – Nina McNeely Diefenbach formerly of the Met Museum. From the release:

Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of Nina McNeely Diefenbach as Deputy Director for Advancement. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Diefenbach joins the Barnes Foundation following 34 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has held the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement since 2004. She will begin working at the Barnes in April.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Nina to the Barnes Foundation. With her proven track record of advancement leadership, expertise in audience and membership development, and extensive experience planning and executing capital initiatives, she is the ideal person to lead the Barnes Foundation’s new advancement division,” said Thom Collins. “Nina is a deeply respected colleague and I look forward to introducing her to the Barnes community.”

In the newly created position of Deputy Director for Advancement, which was designed to maximize and expand the Barnes Foundation’s public profile, membership, and visitorship, Diefenbach will lead a strategic, innovative and creative advancement program. Her appointment follows the recent hires of Sylvie Patry as Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator, and Dr. Martha Lucy as Deputy Director for Education & Public Programs and Curator.

…After growing up in Philadelphia, where she graduated from Germantown Friends School, Diefenbach earned her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.A. in Arts Management from New York University. She now serves as a Trustee at Trinity College, where she is also a Founding Member of the Women’s Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the Annual Fund.


Via Nora Alter – Two Temple Media and Film graduates, Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, debut a film about the tough lives of students in the Mojave desert. Alter, a Temple professor in the Media and Film Department, says Fulton and Lou Pepe worked with several of Temple undergrads who were out in Los Angeles for Temple’s Study Away internship program. Student intern Bill Hilferly edited the”teaser” linked below that ran last week at the NY TImes Op/Docs section. Teaser for the the film, Summer’s Choice, is here. ALter says she is planning to bring the film to Philadelphia.

New photo collective in Philadelphia – Casual Business

Casual Business is a photography collective based out of Philadelphia. Founders Joseph Amsel, Gab Bonghi, and Ryan Strand Greenberg curate one night only exhibitions in rotating art spaces that feature Philadelphia based photographers. Taking place during ‘most’ seasons throughout the year, prints are offered to the public directly off the wall starting at $5. A limited edition zine with the artists’ work accompanies each show through our friends at Brickman Publications. Casual Business will be at Space 1026 on Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:00 PM.



Boston Biennial 4 – Open to artists anywhere in the world. It comes with a snarky write up but sounds like it could be a good opportunity!

Via Artblog favorite, Beth Heinly – OCGOPF: Lunch Series

Hello Fellow Dear Guerrilla Performance Artists! The call for action has again come upon us…that is…to perform for the public citizens of the city of brotherly love at the most of opportune times, LUNCH.

This is an open call for the Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival happening the week of June 20th – June 24th 2016 from noon – 2pm, that’s Monday thru Friday at lunchtime in TWO parks just blocks away from each other: Rittenhouse Square (18th & Walnut) & John F. Collins Park (between 17th & 18th on Chestnut). Each park offers a unique opportunity for performers to interact with our beloved public audience (w/o permission).

Some suggestions for performance include … studying these areas to best perform for your audience. In Rittenhouse Square performance artists will be mingling with many already established public performers. Whereas John F. Collins park seeks the more subversive performance artists to test the boundries & entertain the guarded, precious, intimate square feet of space.

All around, we at the birth of summer, perform to salute the Center City employees of Philadelphia while on their lunch breaks. The demographics are everyone from the retailer at Foot Locker to the Insurance Agent trying to escape their desk. From the patrons at Rouge after a shopping spree at Banana Republic to the Bike Messengers awaiting dispatch at the gates of Rittenhouse Square. Please remember that none of these people are on vacation (hey, shopping is hard work).

Send me your proposals. Yes, everyone gets in. With the exception that your proposal does not harm anyone either physically or is disrespectful as a whole to the human race & animal kingdom.

RULES: There are no rules!

1. You must make yourself available to meet in person with everyone. The meet-up will be in one of the parks to be announced at a later date. I want to meet you.

2. Be respectfulish of the public space.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL IS MAY 1st at midnight, so kind of like May 2nd. Proposal is just your idea, you can send images along with it if you like. Nothing too long please. Send proposals to

Please forward this OPEN CALL to all your friends! Share this event, send an email, post on your website, tumblr, twitter or instagram. This OCGOPF marks the 3rd OCGOPF – I’m practically a professional at this point. For inspiration check out our past OCGOPF’s at Love ♥


Facebook event page is here.

PNC ARTS ALIVE CONTINUED FOR ANOTHER 3 YEARScheck their website on Feb. 8 for application guidelines.

PNC Arts Alive continues to challenge visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. On January 25, 2016 PNC Arts Alive announced that the program would be extended for three additional years, expanding the program into a ten-year, $10 million initiative.

To date, the PNC Foundation has supported more than 160 programs and invested $7 million in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region through PNC Arts Alive.
This commitment builds upon the success of PNC Grow Up Great, an early childhood education initiative, and advances PNC’s mission of strengthening and enriching the communities in which it operates. (For more information on PNC Grow Up Great and Community Development, visit Philanthropy at PNC).

2017-2018 Wind Challenge Call for Entries – Open January 11 to Midnight, March 1, 2016

Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art.
Inquiries should be directed to:
José Ortiz-Pagán
Exhibitions Manager
(215) 922-3456 ext.333

This year’s jurors are:

Painting & Works on Paper
Shelley Thorstensen, artist
Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photography & Time Based Work
Colette Fu, artist
Sarah Stolfa, Founder & Executive Director of the Philadelphia Photo Art Center

3D (Sculpture), Installation & Craft
Mark Shetabi, artist
Mary Salvante, Gallery Director at Rowan University

Artists must live within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia.
Artists must not be showing the same major body of work in a local gallery or alternative space in the same year as the Wind Challenge exhibit.
Students enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate granting program during the year of the exhibition are ineligible.
Previous Challenge artists are ineligible.

Emerging Curator Program at NY Art Residency and Studio Foundation

I am writing from New York Art Residency & Studio Foundation (NARS) to introduce our Emerging Curator Program. We want to get the word out to as many young curators as possible. We would greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your network or passing this email along to a contact person who can do so.

The Emerging Curator Program offers an opportunity for an individual or two person collaboration to organize a conceptually cohesive group show at the NARS Foundation Gallery. The aim of the program is to encourage new dialogue and to create a platform for emerging curators and artists to experiment and exchange ideas.

The curator will be responsible for organizing and installing/de-installing an exhibition in a timely manner including arranging all artwork delivery to and from the gallery and writing a short essay to accompany the exhibition. The curator is required to attend the opening reception and present a Curator Talk as part of the program.

No prior curatorial experience is necessary. An experienced curator on staff will be available to provide guidance and support during the program.

We are accepting applications until March 1st, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

You can find more information and application requirements here.

If you have any further questions, please contact


Throughout history, art has depicted the observable, natural, scientific world, as well as the ecstatic mysteries of religion, mythology, and folklore. These two seemingly disparate means of experiencing reality have often been at odds, especially as the slow forward march of scientific progress threatens the structures of power built by religious institutions. One such intellectual and ideological struggle centers around our very beginnings: the birth of the universe, abiogenesis, and evolutionary biology versus the mythology of creation.

The gallery at New Boone (253 N. 3rd Street) seeks artists working in any medium to submit work to be exhibited from May 6-8, 2016. Press Start will explore and contextualize the intersection of scientific theories regarding the origin of Us and creation mythologies (from any culture or religion) in contemporary art, and whether or not artists are able or willing to reconcile these schools of thought.

To be considered, please email Maureen at with the subject line MAY EXHIBITION SUBMISSION

Please include the following information:

Artist Info:

Artwork Info:
High quality image/s of the work being submitted
Installation requirements
A short statement about the work/s, describing how they relate to understandings of the origins and evolutions of life and the universe.
Any outside sources that provide context to the work eg. religious texts, peer reviewed scientific papers, folklore, popular science blogs, etc. (optional)

The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2016.


Nelson-Atwell Museum in Kansas City discovers it has a real true Hieronymus Bosch painting.

Via Libby – Virtual reality for artists

Art shipper becomes dealer for Russian oligarch and bilks him of millions by inflating sales prices and pocketing the difference. It’s not illegal, apparently.

Bradley Maule’s National No More piece in Hidden City


Via Gee Wesley Tyler MFA exhibits are beginning – on your mark, set, go!

Via a posting on Artblog’s Facebook page – New Femme collective seeks art – Make a donation at their Indiegogo and you’re eligible.  “Hi! I wanted to share a new female-centric artists’ organization with you guys. Please take a look at femme. collective (on facebook and web address is ”

And in more Women Artists News: FREE – Films by and about women artists at Moore College

Moore College of Art & Design continues to honor its legacy as the first and only women’s visual arts college in the United States for undergraduates by establishing itself as a thought-leader in its industry. First came, an online destination for ALL women visual artists, launched during last year’s Women’s History Month, and now comes the MooreWomenArtistsFilm Festival, scheduled for Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, 2016. The Festival will include six films about women artists, five directed by women, with introductory talks by women who are esteemed professionals in their fields. Films being screened are: Conjure Women by Demetria Royals, Guerillas in Our Midst by Amy Harrison, The Heretics by Joan Braderman, Artist by Tracey Moffatt, Learning to Swallow by Danielle Beverly and Alice Neel by Andrew Neel (please see descriptions and show dates and times below). All films are free and open to the public and will be held in the College’s Stewart Auditorium, 20th Street and The Parkway. Admission is free. For further information and tickets, visit


Andrew Jeffrey Wright mural in Brooklyn
Photo from Andrew’s Facebook page posting about his 120 ft. mural in Brooklyn!

Artblog favorite Andrew Jeffrey Wright paints a big mural in Brooklyn. “This will be the largest piece I have created to date. It is over 120 feet in total length and 7 feet high. I have had a lot of help,” says Andrew. I love the look of this mural.

Friend of Artblog Jury Smith has new work in a solo show at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. Great-looking ceramic sculpture — check out images at her website.

Via Andrea KirshTalia Greene has an installation at the historic house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in NYC, the oldest house in Manhattan. Of the installation, Andrea says: “She (Talia) incorporates the history of the site and changes in New York City’s natural history as part of an installation done with wallpaper she created.”  Sounds great!