Judith Schaechter+Justin Tyner’s contemporary stained glass excellence, Gallery shout outs, Penn Humanities Forum hosts Rebecca Solnit, Plus opportunities!

News from the stained glass world and some notable items from the galleries. Plus a couple great opportunities. All yours in today's News post. -- Artblog Editor


It’s on the far horizon, Rebecca Solnit is coming to town for Penn Humanities Forum next April.

Penn Humanities Forum each year has surprising and wonderful topics that they plan their program of lectures, movies and events around. This year’s theme is Translation, broadly construed.
Here’s the website that explains the topic. And here’s the lineup of events.

In conjunction with the Penn Humanities events, writer, activist, artist, environmentalist, walker, thought leader Rebecca Solnit gives the Keynote Address for the two-day conference, “An Ectopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene,” April 13-15, 2017. Her Keynote Address, “Art, Disaster, Utopia,” is April 13, 5:00-6:30 PM, Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum. Click here for more information and to register. And if you have an idea for an Ectopian Toolkit, you can submit to their call for ideas by Oct. 10 to See the call for proposals here.



photo of child with flag, Dread Scott
Dread Scott, Newspeak: Ignorance is Strength, from the Newspeak installation

1. PROPELLING HISTORY FORWARD – Dread Scott’s work surveyed at Rowan University

GLASSBORO, NJ – Renowned for making “revolutionary art to propel history forward,” acclaimed American artist Dread Scott, in his first New Jersey one person exhibition, opens the Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street’s new season with A Sharp Divide, an exhibition that tackle the racial and cultural disparities within our criminal justice system.The exhibit is on display from September 6 – November 5, 2016. The exhibit serves as a survey of Dread Scott’s public engagement, performance-based, and multi media based works, completed from 1987 – 2014. Admission to the gallery, lecture, and reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday,10 am to 5 pm; Thursday – Saturday, 10 to 7 pm. Directions can be found on the gallery website. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit the Rowan University Gallery website.

artist with plants and chair
Photo: Yvonne Leinfelder
Molly Haslund, ASYMMETRIC GARDEN; Gallerie FOE — Munich, Germany; 2015.

2. Villus – International art plus food roundup at Little Berlin

Artist, curator and Little Berlin member Will Owen alerted us to his new show, opening in September at the gallery. Owen, known for organizing the Fung Wah Biennial, an art biennial on a Chinatown bus between New York and Philadelphia (and between NY and Baltimore) has a lot of fun with his shows. Next up after Villus, he’s organizing a show “in a self storage unit” in 2017.

Villus is an international group exhibition featuring multi media artists from Denmark, Baltimore, Canada, and Philadelphia with a focus on food and boundary. The four artists participating in the show are exploring the subject through installation, clothing, and video. Additional to the opening and normal gallery hours each artist will also co-host a meal during each Saturday of the month.


3. From John Thompson, Napoleon Gallery will host a one-night only light sculpture by Scott Pennington this First Friday, Sept. 2, from 6 – 10 PM. The sculpture will be outside on the old Reading Viaduct (some day soon to be an elevated park) across from 319 N. 11th Street.


Judith Schaechter, stained glass, The Life Ecstatic
Judith Schaechter, The Life Ecstatic, from her show by the same name at Claire Oliver, NY

1. Judith Schaechter’s solo show at Claire Oliver Gallery, NY, Sept. 8 and lecture Sept. 7 at UrbanGlass  
From Judith:

Hooray! I have a one-person exhibition opening at Claire Oliver Gallery September 8th. The opening reception will be September 8, 6-8 pm. Please join me if you are in the area!

“The Life Ecstatic”
September 8th, 2014 – October 15th, 2016
Claire Oliver Gallery
513 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.929.5949 /

Judith is also giving a lecture at UrbanGlass at the Brooklyn Bainery on Sept. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. From the UrbanGlass website:
Judith Schaechter will give a brief lecture on the design and technical aspects of her groundbreaking stained glass work in this Brooklyn Brainery collaboration. How do ideas become artworks anyway? Judith will discuss how she wrestles the immaterial into physical matter and how she often goes through multiple iterations before coming to any sort of resolution.

Justin Tyner stained glass
Justin Tyner’s work on view at PHL. Photograph courtesy of Philadelphia International Airport

2. Justin Tyner, Philadelphia stained glass artist (and one-time assistant to Judith Schaechter) featured at Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A  From Justin’s email:

… (His work) is made from recycled glass bottle bottoms and historic scraps of stained glass from closed down churches in Philadelphia.

I’ve collected hundreds of discarded broken glass bottle bottoms, being aware of the potential this glass can have. A location in Dead Horse Bay, New York known as ‘Bottle Beach’ is where thousands upon thousands of bottles, broken and intact, many over 100 years old, litter the shore. There is a rich history to this place. I make a trip there a few times a year to collect the glass I use in my art. I also use historic painted stained glass remnants and scraps from closed down churches in and around Philadelphia. I restore stained glass as a day job at Beyer Studio Inc. in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. These glass fragments I use have heard thousands of prayers and have been witness to countless worshippers. I’ve learned that light shining through colored glass can have profound effects. When you work with stained glass, really the meaning is not the actual materials, it is the light shining through it.

I’ve participated in a number of different public art projects. Art in the Open in Philadelphia is a great program that puts the artist in direct interaction with the public. I built the Psychedelic Stained Glass Kaleidoscope. See Justin Tyner’s website for more information.


Intro to Entrepreneurship: Basic – from the Corzo Center and the Free Library

Are you ready to start a business or do you need a refresher course? Join us for an interactive, two-week course providing a chance to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur – understanding motivation, ideation, value proposition, market assessment, goal setting, cash flow, taxes, and incorporation.

September 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 │6:00 – 8:30 pm
Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St, BRIC, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Limited full scholarships available for all accepted
The deadline to register/apply is Tuesday, September 6 at 5pm
Registration is for all six sessions. Coursework is cumulative, participants must plan on attending all classes. Two hours of one-on-one consulting also available. APPLY THROUGH THE GOOGLE FORM LINKED HERE.

Al-Bustan seeks Program Assistant and Art Assistant for after school program.

Paid Art Assistant Expectations/Time Commitment: The art class meets every Monday and Tuesday from 3:15pm-5:45pm at Moffet Elementary School.The position requires a commitment of 6 hrs/wk hours on average/week, depending on public sharing of student work. The Art Assistant would be present for the duration of the art class with time before and after for setting and cleaning up and is expected to help manage students behavior in addition to supplementing the teaching-artist’s art instruction. Additionally, the Art Assistant is expected to attend the students’ public sharings. Applicants should be responsible, flexible, and passionate about youth, arts, and cultural education. More Information here.

Program Assistant Expectations/Time commitment: The after school program meets every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 3pm-6pm at Moffet Elementary School. The position requires a commitment of 12 hours on average/week, depending on public sharing of student work. The Program Assistant would be present for the duration of the program time (9 hrs/wk) and expected to float between classes supporting teaching artists programs and be engaged and encouraging of student participation, while documenting and observing to support evaluation. An additional 3 hrs/wk are required outside of the program time for administrative tasks and community outreach with Moffet parents and neighborhood residents/businesses. Additionally, the Program Assistant should attend the students’ out-of-program performances and art exhibits. Applicants should be responsible, flexible, and passionate about youth, arts, and cultural education. More Information here.

To apply: Send your application package (requirements listed below) or any inquiries you have to the Program Coordinator – Max Dugan at 1) Statement of interest in this program and how you will contribute to the program 2) Resume. Applications due: September 2 | Training: week of September 12 | Start: September 19| End: June (8/25) (via This Week Here at Tyler)

Call for Artists: West Girard Avenue – Art on the Street Pilot Showcase

Fairmount Community Development Corporation (CDC) with support from Brewerytown Social is seeking submissions from local artists to feature original work (reprints) on the side of 11 new Big Belly trash receptacles recently installed along West Girard Avenue. A curated group of artists (two – three) will be selected to display seven to eight unique prints of their work. In addition to dotting the West Girard corridor with unique pieces of art, the artist’s preferred contact information will also be included to deliver increased exposure. Selected artists will also receive a $100 token of appreciation.

As the first showcase, the initial rollout of this program is considered a pilot. As such, we expect (but request flexibility in execution) that the program will be unveiled in tandem with a Brewerytown Social event or gathering on Friday, October 7. We expect the showcase to last about three months, but will ultimately depend on external factors such as weather and fading. Complete information here. (Via Hussian College)