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Artblog on Curate This with Beth Heinly and Tyler Kline, “Due North” Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson in New Yorker, Temple Library panel, Automat panel, Miriam Singer+Thom Lessner at Elixr coffee, Carl Marin at Queens International, plus Opportunities!
Today's news rounds up a couple great opportunities and some good reads for you. - Artblog editor



Publication news 1 – The imaginative team of Julius Ferraro andAmanda Wagner invited me to collaborate with them on content for their savvy online publication, Curate This. I selected two of my favorite artists to showcase, Beth Heinly and Tyler Kline. Tyler created new work – GIF animations that originated as disposable camera pictures. Tyler’s GIF animations will run on Friday, April 8 – Do not miss them! Beth created an essay about performance art in Philadelphia, her role in it, and the Outdoor Guerrilla Performance Art Festival (OCGOPF) coming up this summer. Beth’s piece will run on Wednesday (tomorrow), April 6, with lots of pictures of Philadelphia performers – Also not to be missed! Check out the Curate This site and spread the word about them, and about what we do at Artblog to increase the visibility of great art and artists in our town.

Publication news 2 – Calvin Tomkins’ piece in this week’s issue of The New Yorker examines the life and work of the Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Read it here. (Kjartansson’s work was featured in “Due North” at the Icebox Project Space in 2014. Read Chip Schwartz’s review of that show.

Publication news 3 – Here’s a good jawn about jawn, a linguistic “tic” in the Philly vernacular, on Atlas Obscura.

Construction site in North Philadelphia for new Temple University library
The site of the new Temple University Library, which spans the block from 12th St. to Liacures Walk and from Norris St. to Montgomery.

Panel news 1We love libraries. What is their future? A free public panel at Temple University Wednesday, April 6, 6PM will discuss.


PHILADELPHIA, PA…On Wednesday, April 6, Temple University Libraries and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, are bringing together leading voices in architecture and the arts on one stage to discuss the impacts of architecture on our cities, campuses, and the cultural institutions therein. The program will begin at 6:00 PM at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street.

This panel is part of a series of programs exploring the theoretical constructs and material processes behind Temple’s new library building designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Snøhetta. This structure, set to open in the fall of 2018, will be a groundbreaking manifestation of the 21st century library, which catalyzes learning and intellectual engagement; connects people and ideas; and inspires the discovery, creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge.

Panelists include a cross-section of experts and leaders. From Temple University, Margaret Carney, associate vice president and university architect will lend her first-hand knowledge of the new library project. Peter Conn, executive director of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener director and chief executive officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will contribute crucial viewpoints as leaders of important cultural institutions in the city. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Inga Saffron will share her perspective as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic, and Anne Fadullon, Philadelphia’s first director of planning and development, brings a wealth of professional development experience to the panel. Rounding out the panel is Craig Dykers, founding partner and architect at Snøhetta, who is traveling from their New York office to add his expertise and experience to the discussion. Dykers has led many of Snøhetta’s prominent projects internationally, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion, and has lectured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Joseph Lucia, Dean of Temple University Libraries and a critical voice in the new building project, will introduce the program and provide a brief overview of his vision for the project and the frameworks discussed by the panel.

The program begins at 6:00 PM at the Temple Performing Arts Center, located at 1837 N. Broad Street on Temple’s main campus. Doors will open at 5:00 PM and light refreshments will be served.

Panel news 2 – Cause and Effect: Artist-Run Spaces in Philadelphia

Panel Discussion: Saturday, April 9 at 4:00 pm at Automat, 319 N. 11th St., 2nd floor
Moderators: Abby King & Marie Manski
Panelists: Jacob Feige, Scott Kip, David Dempewolf & Yuka Yokoyama
Inspired by the 319 building, this panel will discuss artist spaces in Philadelphia and their role in the art community. Panelists, Feige, Kip, Dempewolf and Yokoyama will share their thoughts about being a part of this artist building and Philadelphia’s larger art community. They will discuss the pros and cons of becoming involved with artist-run and commercial galleries as well as what they see for the future of Philadelphia art spaces.

Jacob Feige is an artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Stockton University. His recent solo exhibition Cutaways was at Rule Gallery in Denver through December 2015.

Scott Kip is an artist and the restoration woodworker for the nonprofit Friends of the Wanamaker Organ. His studio is located in Callowhill/Chinatown North, on the sixth floor of the artist collective at 319 N. 11th St.

David Dempewolf and Yuka Yokoyama co-founded and run Marginal Utility gallery, a non-profit gallery that presents the work of locally and internationally recognized emerging and established artists. More information about Automat is at their website.

Meet the new chief cultural office of Philadelphia, Kelly Lee – in this very nice article by Stephan Salisbury, in


Miriam Singer mural at Elixr coffee

Stop by this month to see Miriam Singer and Thom Lessner’s murals at Elixr coffee, then consider applying to put your mural up!

Elixr Coffee, 207 S. Sydenham St. Phila 19102 Elixr Coffee organizes public events and art installations on the interior and exterior of our Center City location. We commission six mural installations annually that encourage an open and active dialogue between Elixr, the artists, and the community at large.

Are you interested in installing your work at Elixr? To be considered for the next installation follow the link here to apply

Open call for Residency at Zygote in Cleveland, Ohio

Zygote accepts applications for two 14-day residencies per year, one in summer and one in winter. Qualified artist residents should be established printmakers in the U.S. or abroad with the aim to work on a special project in Zygote’s Northeast Ohio facilities.

These residencies include free housing in the Zygote Press Artist Share Space (ZPASS) loft apartment — a live-work accommodation above the E. 30th St. studio — as well as a stipend and full access to the shop for two weeks. In exchange, residents give a lecture or demonstration and donate one work created at Zygote to the archive. Additional Zygote funding is not available for travel costs.

Zygote’s program is geared towards providing short-term communal studio space to emerging and established artists. (Find details about the Zygote shop here.)

The next deadline for Zygote’s residency (winter 2017) is June 15, 2016. Full information here.


Shaking things up in 2016, The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) announces an Open Call for Entries for their Annual Contemporary Photography Competition and Exhibition, an event which draws a compelling range of photographic practices and genres from emerging and established artists all over the world. While previous exhibitions displayed one piece from each winner, this year’s gallery component will award solo exhibitions to two winning artists, who each will receive a $5,000 honorarium for production and shipping costs. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on December 8, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at PPAC (1400 N. American St.)

In addition, 25 artists will be selected to appear in a printed pamphlet and online exhibition will run concurrently with the gallery exhibition counterpart on PPAC’s website. Both gallery and online exhibitions will run from December 8, 2016 to February 25, 2017.

Submissions are being accepted from March 1 to May 15, 2016. Two jurors Shane Lavalette, Director of Light Work and Sarah Stolfa, Executive Director of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, will make the winning selections.

To enter, artists can submit up to 10 images representing any subject matter, photographic technique or process, along with a non-refundable entry fee of $50. More information here.


Artblog favorite, Carl Marin, has videos in the Queens International 2016! Congratulaltions! Listen to our podcast with Carl from 2011.

Queens International 2016 is organized by guest curator Lindsey Berfond and Queens Museum Director of Exhibitions Hitomi Iwasaki. Full information here.


Manal Abu-Shaheen
Vahap Avşar
Jesus Benavente and Felipe Castelblanco
Brian Caverly
Kerry Downey
Magali Duzant
Golnaz Esmaili
Mohammed Fayaz
Kate Gilmore
Jonah Groeneboer
Bang Geul Han and Minna Pöllänen
Dave Hardy
Sylvia Hardy
Shadi Harouni
Janks Archive
Robin Kang
Kristin Lucas
Carl Marin
Eileen Maxson
Melanie McLain
Shane Mecklenburger
Lawrence Mesich
Freya Powell
Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin
Alan Ruiz
Samita Sinha and Brian Chase
Barb Smith
Monika Sziladi
Alina Tenser
Trans-Pecos (with 8 Ball Community, ESP TV, and Chillin Island)
Mark Tribe
Sam Vernon
Max Warsh
Jennifer Williams