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Congratulations Jessica Todd Harper, Tyler Kline, Nick Cassway and Catherine Byers! Martin Puryear’s “Big Bling” in Philly, free admission to Magic Gardens June 5-10, the last Art Safari of the season June 3, Dave and Illysa Kyu’s Campfire Stories, Abigail DeVille, Quentin Morris, Nancy Davidson write-ups, and a teen Opportunity

We have a teen opportunity today, along with many congratulations and other newsy items. - Artblog editor



Via Philly Voice — Free admission at the Magic Gardens from June 5-10

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will debut a new program beginning June 5 titled Philly Free Week.The program gives Philadelphians free access to the outdoor labyrinth, the Isaiah and Julia Zagar exhibition “Dear Julia” and daily gallery talks. On the kick-off date, there will be music by Bridgeset Sound and a photo booth.

To enter for free, bring a PA drivers license, a piece of mail verifying a Philly address or a Philadelphia school ID. The museum’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays when Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is closed.

Philly Free Week
Sunday, June 5 to Friday, June 10
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Free
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South St.
(215) 733-0390

Artblog News

Artblog Art Safari, people looking at art
Artblog Art Safari to West Collection this Spring.

It’s the last Art Safari of the season! Come with us First Friday, June 3, 5:30PM. We will visit Locks Gallery and Space 1026, and time and weather permitting, the galleries at 319 N. 11th St. Suggested donation for Artblog – $25 ($10-student, $5-Artblog donor). Bring cash or check and meet at Locks Gallery, 5:30PM, 601 Washington Square South, Philadelphia 19106. See you there! More at the Facebook event page.

Coming to Philadelphia in 2017, “Big Bling,” a Martin Puryear sculpture!

In May 2017, in collaboration with Madison Square Park Conservancy, the Association for Public Art (aPA) will present Big Bling, a temporary monumental work by acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear. More information and picture at the APA website.

The largest outdoor sculpture Puryear has created, “Big Bling” is part animal form, part abstract sculpture, and part intellectual meditation.

Big Bling was commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York and first will be exhibited from May 16, 2016 – January 8, 2017 by Mad. Sq. Art, the contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.


Artblog favorite, Abigail Deville gets a terrific write up by Bret McCabe in BMoreArt for her installation for Baltimore’s The Contemporary.

Fine articles about Quentin Morris keep on coming! This one in the Inquirer by curator and Artblog contributor A.M. Weaver goes into great detail about the artist’s process.

Nancy Davidson’s inflatable sculptures at Lord Ludd get a nice writeup in Hyperallergic by Meredith Sellers.


Via Roses Madrigale — Paid internship opp for teens at The Attic Youth Center

We still have some slots open for our summer internship program for high school youth in Philadelphia.

Interns get paid to work for 20 hours a week here at The Attic on a service learning project using media, theater, and the arts that focuses on making the city a better place for young people. Click the link below for more details, and come to The Attic to apply. LGBTQ youth and allies welcome. More at their Facebook page and eligibility information at the Attic Youth Center website.


Follow Dave and Illysa Kyu as they visit six National Parks this summer, searching for people and stories. The anthropology/community art project, Campfire Stories, has postings with gorgeous pictures for all of us armchair travelers. So, see the National Parks this summer with Dave and Ilyssa. They’ve just been to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and are heading to Rocky Mountain National Park. More at their Campfire Stories website and at their Facebook page.

Congratulations Nick Cassway and Catherine Byers! From Nick…

My colleague Catherine Byers and I oversee the production of the Design and Merchandising magazine every year at Drexel. We’re happy to announce we’ve won an international award for magazine design. (More at the Muse Award)

Congratulations Jessica Todd Harper on being a finalist for the Outwin Prize at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. More on Harper’s winning entry here, more on the exhibition here. And in our time of surprising populist interventions in the art world, vote for your favorite portrait at the SI’s website. The Peoples Choice willer will be announced Sept. 30.

Congratulations, Tyler Kline, for being selected for the June edition of Fresh Paint Magazine, in a group of works curated by Rebecca Wilson.