Sad news of Randy Dalton’s passing, Also, PAFA Free Sundays for “Procession,” Life’s a Beach at Icebox, Personal Space Talk at Snyderman-Works, Daniel Traub in San Francisco, The Hacktory, Mutter coloring book, Plus Loads of Opportunities

News today includes sad news of Randy Dalton's passing at 67, but also many other newsy items and a great bunch of opportunities. - Artblog editor


Randy Dalton, artist and activist
Randy Dalton, who made a mark with his “Do Blue” campaign.

Sad News of the passing of artist and “Do Blue” art activist, Randy Dalton, who suffered a fatal stroke at age 67. Read more here.

The Hacktory moves to a new West Philly space.

Smihsonian Museum opens African American History Museum in September.

The Mutter Museum Coloring Book – Take a look here.

Norman Lewis
Carnival, by Norman Lewis, on view at PAFA until April 3.

From PAFA – In honor of “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis,” (See Andrea Kirsh’s review) PAFA is offering FREE admission on Sundays for the duration of the exhibition, now through April 3! ‪

From our friends at the Icebox Project Space
Life’s a Beach at the Icebox
Thurs. Feb. 11, 6-10PM

Can you think of anything you’d rather do in the middle of February then cooling off and chilling out in a pool? We can’t either. That’s why this February’s Second Thursday, the Icebox Project Space will be transformed into a heated tropical oasis, complete with a DJ, coat check, towel check, flamingos, and an above-ground pool. Put on those trunks, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the sounds of POISON!!!

PLUS enter to win a private pool party on either Saturday February 13th or Valentine’s day February 14th! Tickets will be sold at the event.

Poison is an experimental rock band comprised of artists Joanna Belletiere, Teresa Cervantes, Filipe de Sousa, Jorge Galvan, Lisi Raskin and Kelsey Skaroff. The group formed after the spring semester of an Advanced Painting course taught by Raskin at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Together they create improvised and composed songs using a variety of instruments like the keytar, stand-up bass, pizza, smartphones, and whatever else they can find at the second hand store in the children’s section. Recent performances include Infinite Rehearsal, at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville.


The curated show, “Personal Space,” at Snyderman-Works takes the gallery in a new direction. And check the gallery talk on Saturday, Feb. 13, moderated by Artblog favorite, David Dempewolf, co-founder of Marginal Utility and featuring Stuart Shils and Tiffany Tate. Artist talk at Snyderman-Works – Feb 13, 4:15PM


PAFA has many job openings. Check the employment page on their website.

Via Dominic Mercier of Fleisher Art Memorial – The newly created Dina Wind Art as Catalyst Fellowship. It’s a great opportunity for social practice artists.

Applications will be accepted through March 31. Here’s More information and a link to the application. Here’s an excerpt from the call for submissions:

The biennial fellowship would offer a six to nine month live/work residency program for artists interested in developing and mounting a socially-engaged, socially-relevant, and participatory public art project within Southeast Philadelphia and Fleisher’s community.
The fellow should expect to spend as much time building relationships with the local community as they will to realize their project.
Fellows should expect to commit the time and attention to developing and presenting their fellowship. They should expect to spend at least 300 hours over six to nine months working on their fellowship project.


Via Beth Heinly, Member of Vox Populi – Vox Populi is currently seeking applications for new members.

Visual and performing artists, writers, and curators that are engaged in experimental methods are encouraged to apply. Vox Populi is looking for individuals that are committed to their personal practices and are interested in working collaboratively to run an alternative art space.

Vox Populi is a collaboratively-run, non-profit artist space: our rotating collective of members is the backbone to our ethos. Vox members are committed to actively engaging in an ongoing dialogue of experimental artistic practice through producing and curating exhibitions, performance events, artist lectures and discussions.

Vox Populi is particularly interested in applicants whose practices are not currently represented in the artist collective.

Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2016

Information and to apply click here.


This one’s for the youngsters: Young Writers’ Workshop with Mala Iqbal and Sameena Mughal at Twelve Gates Gallery, Old City

Saturday February 13, 2016
1130am – 2pm
Registration: 1130am, Workshop: 12-2pm
$30. includes Mala Iqbal’s book ‘Be Home Here’
Twelve Gates Arts
51 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

An immersive workshop for young minds (ages 10-13) for writing from art. Be inspired by the art of Mala Iqbal under the guidance of novelist and teacher Sameena Mughal.

A selection of original works from Be Home Here, a 140-page book of images by Mala Iqbal is currently on view at Twelve Gates Arts, and that is the exhibition around which we’re interested in organizing a writing workshop. Mala’s own work is inspired by her daily life and musings. The viewer is encouraged to create their own stories about the repeated figures and sometimes mysterious scenarios throughout the collection, we’ll be adding a new dimension by having the viewers write down their stories under guidance from a writer.

Sameena Mughal is a novelist (“The Siddiqui Brothers in Cairo” and “Shaherazade’s Daughters”), and a teacher with a passion for literature and 1001 Arabian Nights, especially. As an English and ESL teacher, she designed units where her students either retold these stories or wrote one of their own.

Please feel free to consult our website for further information:

Via Roses Madrigale and Hyperallergic

Tulsa Artist Fellowship Expands Program to Include Writers
In its second year, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship has announced the expansion of the program by providing fellowships in two categories: Visual Arts and Writing.

A Tulsa-based artist recruitment and retention program, the TAF offers a generous incentive package to artists in all stages. In 2017, selected artists will receive a stipend of $20,000 and in most cases, free housing and studio work space. The program seeks talented and diverse voices to support Tulsa’s expanding arts scene. The 2017 fellowship will begin on January 9, 2017.

TAF:Visual Arts will continue to focus on Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Arts while TAF:Writing will focus on creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry, and play/screenwriting.

Artists and writers at any stage are strongly encouraged to apply. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants with a one year term for TAF:Visual Arts and a two year term for TAF:Writing.

Applications will remain open until March 4, 2016 with the Fellowship to begin January 9, 2017.

Via Roses Madrigale 2 – The Rotunda & Vision Driven Consulting team up for FREE workshops to bring resources and capacity-building workshops to self-producing artists/musicians and event curators/arts admins in all disciplines. Sign up here.

Workshops will be held:
2nd Monday of each month beginning in November 2015 and running through October 2016,
6:00 – 8:00pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia)

Workshop Schedule

February 8: Grant Writing – Beginner
March 14: Grant Writing – Intermediate
April 11: Real Budgeting for Real Work
May 9: Crowdfunding 101
June 13: Getting New Projects Off the Ground
July 11: Getting People to Show Up
August 8: Balancing Your Practice
September 12: Developing Campus/Community Collaborations
October 10: Goal Identification & Measurement

All workshops in the series are FREE and OPEN to the public, but space is limited so we recommend signing up in advance to secure your spot.

Light refreshments

Via PHENND – Asian Arts Initiative – Call for Artists: Summer Youth Arts Workshop
Priority Deadline: February 26, 2016

Asian Arts Initiative is seeking experienced visual and/or performing artists to join our Youth Arts Workshop (YAW) Summer Program staff team. Teaching artists will work with approximately 30 youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 at our home location in Chinatown North – 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The program will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 5th to August 12th. We are looking to hire lead teaching artists to work full-time (approx. 30-35 hours/week) with additional training and planning meetings prior to program start date.

About this summer:
Students will be exploring multi-disciplinary art techniques to define what health for their mind, body, and soul looks like visually and/or physically. Teaching artists will work collaboratively in constructing a curriculum that will allow our students of various skill levels to create/perform the theme of health to present at the end of the summer.

• Previous teaching experience working with youth
• A state and federal criminal record check and PA Child Abuse Clearance must be provided within 30 days of hire

To apply, submit the following documents:
1. Letter of interest, 1 page maximum
2. Current Resume
3. Work Samples: Submit up to 20 images and/or to 10 minutes of video footage, with written description of the work and the context in which it was created and/or seen. Media can be sent online or mailed to Asian Arts Initiative.

Additional information about Asian Arts Initiative and the Youth Arts Workshop can be found here.

For additional details, please contact: Thao Tran, Youth Programs Manager | | 215-557-0455 ext. 228

Via PHENND 2 – Executive Director, Neighborhood Bike Works

Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), a nonprofit organization, seeks a full time Executive Director to oversee, develop, and inspire a collaborative vision for NBW’s youth and adult programs while also managing NBW’s fundraising and administrative systems.

In 2016, NBW will build on recent growth and a successful relocation to a new community shop and bike education hub. NBW will also celebrate 20 years of using bikes as the hook to engage youth in positive out of school time activities. By learning bike mechanics and exploring the city by bike, young people at NBW build life skills and healthy habits, and gain leadership experience. Based in West Philadelphia, we primarily serve youth of color from low-income communities. In addition to our youth programs, NBW provides a DIY bicycle workshop space for adults as well as community outreach programs to promote cycling.

View the full job description and information on how to apply here.

More information regarding NBW can be found here.

Also at Neighborhood BikeWorks – Kinetic Sculpture Artist – APPLICATION DUE TOMORROW (FEB. 10, 2016)

NBW and 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) are seeking an artist to teach the Kinetic Sculpture Class at NBW from March through May 2016. The Kinetic Sculpture Class is a program that brings together artists from AIR and youth from NBW to discover kinetic sculpture. Using recycled bike parts, found objects, and creativity, youth participants will conceptualize and build small kinetic sculpture projects. The Kinetic Sculpture Crew will also collaborate on a theme, create costumes, and build and decorate a sculpture for a special bike ride to enter into the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in May. More information here.


daniel traub photograph little road north slought foundation
Image courtesy of Daniel Traub

Artblog favorite, Daniel Traub’s LITTLE NORTH ROAD will be in a three person exhibition together with work by Thomas Sauvin and Kurt Tong at San Francisco Camera Works. RETRIEVED opens February 19th at SF Camerawork and Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco, 6-8pm. See Michael Lieberman’s review of Little North Road, which was on view at Slought last October.