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Scuba meditation by Hope Ginsburg at Temple Contemporary, Common Press turns 10+holds symposium, Renegade+Spirit Forward do Hieronymus Bosch in Queen Village, Deb Willis featured in Black Arts Festival, Great news for Courtney Bowles and Mark A Strandquist, Mark Bradford, RAIR, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Plus Opportunities
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Hope Ginsburg, Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy, still from video
Hope Ginsburg, Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy, still from video
Hope Ginsburg, Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy, still from video
Hope Ginsburg, Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy, still from video

From Temple Contemporary, a new show with great visuals judging from the images –

We’re excited to debut Hope Ginsburg’s largest video production to date, “Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy.” This single channel video with sound takes meditation with scuba gear as a starting point to refocus attention on our bodies, their contexts, and implicitly the health of our atmosphere. Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy will also be shown at Mass MOCA this spring as part of “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder”, which will open at the end of May.

The Distinguished Alumni Program Exhibition also includes new work by Misha Wyllie entitled Out to Lunch. The opening reception is Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8pm.

Hope Ginsburg: Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy
Misha Wyllie: Out to Lunch
May 4 – July 15, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Tyler School of Art, 2001 N 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

​In case you missed it
1. Courtney Bowles and Mark Aloysious Strandquist are 2016 Blade of Grass fellows for their People’s Paper Coop work – Congratulations!
2. Mark Bradford will represent U.S. at Venice Bienale.
3. RAIR gets a fantastic writeup in Wall Street Journal.
4. Common Press turns 10, holds symposium and exhibition at UPenn Library

Common Press at 10:
Printing, Writing, Teaching,
and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
On exhibit April 4-September 2, 2016

The exhibition Common Press at 10 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Common Press and its interdisciplinary approach to printing, teaching, and collaboration at the University of Pennsylvania. Expanding on these themes, the Common Press is hosting a symposium exploring contemporary letterpress printing, writing at the press, and the practice of teaching printing in a university setting. Speakers will discuss the state of printmaking in Philadelphia; the role of small, independent presses in contemporary printmaking and book arts; writing and publishing small editions; and current and future models for interdisciplinary teaching.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Symposium and exhibition reception
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 3420 Walnut Street, 6th floor
Register for the symposium HERE.

With remarks by David Comberg, Fine Arts faculty, and Matt Neff, Fine Arts faculty and director of the Common Press, symposium speakers will include:

Amze Emmons, Associate Professor, Tyler School of Art, co-founder and co-editor of

John Caperton, Jensen Bryan Curator, The Print Center, Philadelphia

Tricia Treacy, founder of Pointed Press, Associate Professor of Design, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania

Henry Steinberg, Special Projects Coordinator, the Robinson Press, Kelly Writers House

Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st Floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)

Hieronymus Bosch in Queen Village, really

The Renegade Company and Spirit Forward present “In The Community Garden of Earthly Delights” a popup cocktail event 3/25/2016 in the Southwark and Queen Village Community Garden, 311 Christian St. Philadelphia PA 19147. Take a promenade through the garden and encounter Hieronymus and his creatures — and cocktails — along the path.

Sunday, May 8th from 5PM – 6:30pm, or 6:30 – 8pm
Monday, May 9th from 5PM – 6:30pm, or 6:30 – 8pm
General Admission tickets: $25, includes performance, cocktail tastings, and food
VIP Admission tickets: $50, includes performance, cocktail tastings, food, a special cocktail and a discussion with the performers about the creative process after the general audience has left.
Reservations are available HERE.

​CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL features exhibit by Deborah Willis.

During the Celebration of Black Arts Festival we’ll host weekly events in our gallery. These events will kickoff with a reception to open the month-long exhibition, featuring the works of Deborah Willis.​ May 3, 6-8PM


Vox Populi is accepting submissions for VOX XII, its annual juried show.

…Our twelfth annual juried exhibition of emerging artists, which will take place July 1st – July 31st 2016. The deadline for the open call is Sunday, May 08, 2016. More information HERE.

To apply, download a prospectus here and follow the instructions. The application is on SlideRoom here.

Vox Populi is particularly interested in highlighting work in all media that pushes boundaries in terms of form and content, is ambitious and timely, and is experimental and risk-taking.

This year’s jurors are Gordon Hall and Brian Droitcour.

Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research, EMPAC, Temple Contemporary, Night Club in Chicago, Kent Fine Art, Foxy Production, The Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, and at Chapter NY, among others. Hall has also organized lecture and performance programs at MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hall is currently visiting faculty in the department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University and part time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Brian Droitcour is an associate editor at Art in America. His writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Artforum,and Spike, among other periodicals, and he has contributed essays to books published by SculptureCenter and Cornerhouse. He edited The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience, a poetry anthology accompanying the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. Curatorial projects include “It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information,” co-organized with Zanna Gilbert at Franklin Street Projects in Stamford, CT, in 2014, and Klaus_eBooks, a series of artists’ digital publications that culminated in “Thanks to Apple, Amazon, and the Mall,” a group exhibition at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, the series’ publisher, in 2015

Applicants may submit up to five works in any media. Application fee is $35.

Questions? Contact: – no phone calls please​

MY PHILADELPHIA STORY seeks your story and a little tiny object to go on display with it.

Submissions may be dropped off at City Hall Visitor’s Center Room 121 (nearest the East Portal) APRIL 12 or 19 between 11am – 2pm Submissions are being reviewed weekly. See image below for mailing your entry.  Or, go to the website for more information.

Next Submission Review: April 29


Two from one of our favorite artists, Andrew Jeffrey Wright!

Andrew Jeffrey Wright comics in Fantagraphics

Fantagraphics! Ever since I was a little squirt I dreamed of being published by Fantagraphics. And now thanks to Kramers Ergot Volume 9 that dream has come true! I have 3 pages in my favorite comics anthology which has been published by Fantagraphics Books! Sometimes it takes 74 years, but dreams really can become reality

Video with Dan Deacon hits half-million views! The video I made for Dan Deacon has reach half a million views! This piece of art has been seen more than anything else I have created, expect for that picture of my butt on my Instagram. It is also, like that picture of my butt on my Instagram, one of my favorite things I have made. Please watch it! If you feel like it that is! Thanks!