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A quick roundup of a couple good events at ICA, Philly Free Streets info, plus Opportunities at Dirty Franks and in the Artblog and The St. Claire New Art Writing Challenge contest and public discussion! - Artblog Editor



We’re Number 38!!! For what it’s worth, Artblog made it into the top 50 on this list of top 100 art blogs. We’re in good company, even though it’s unclear why we are 38th (and not in the top 10, say). I’m sure there’s an algorithm. See the complete list here.

Via Plan Philly – OK, so Philly Free Streets is not closing all of Center City to vehicle traffic the way the Pope’s visit did, but it’s a start. The walking/biking route mapped out on the website’s About page shows the city will prohibit vehicles on South Street from river to river and in some other places within Fairmount Park.  Take advantage of this half day of pedestrian/biker heaven: Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 8am – 1pm.

The Freedom Principle at ICA is great. Libby and I did an walk though of the sprawling show accompanied by the bubbly Linda Harris, one of ICA’s biggest assets. The show has energy, historic importance and brilliant moving and non-moving imagery — and glorious music! Artblog will be covering the show in the future. Meanwhile, here is a shout out to a couple of the many events that are part of the Freedom Principle’s ancillary programming, Endless Shout.

George Lewis
George Lewis, musician, artist, featured in The Freedom Principle and Endless Shout. Image courtesy of ICA/Endless Shout website

Sept. 28, 6:30PM – 9PM – Free for All: Black Quantum Futurism
We saw them in Vox Populi’s annual juried exhibition. We’re reading their manifesto. Now let’s go see them in action! With music, giveaways and prophetesses reading tarot cards.

Wed. Oct. 12, 8PM, George Lewis’s A Recital for Terry Adkins by Ensemble Pemplemousse Fringe Arts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA. $15 General Admission


This bubbly call for entries came from Dirty Frank’s Togo Travalia. 

While we’d like to see everyone drop by OFF THE WALL/Dirty Frank’s, it’s not always possible. That’s why our JURIED EXHIBITION ENTRY FORMS, which are available at our physical location (please come by and visit us!), also go up on our ISSUU library. In this case, the show in question is UNDER $100, which closes for entries in just 31 days, ON OCTOBER 20.

You can download, print and share from (the ISSUU library linked above) — as well as sharing the entry form on one or more of your social media feeds. (PLEASE DO if you’re so inspired!)

…Off the Wall Gallery’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, UNDER $100, seeks outstanding artwork across all possible media that is priced at $95 or less. (Let’s try to avoid $99.99!) That’s right: instead of the complex themes we often suggest for juried exhibitions, we’re aiming for a show featuring high-quality art that is highly affordable — just in time for the holidays!

By “all possible media,” we mean anything at all, encompassing 2D, 3D and multimedia. This includes paintings, drawings and photographs; work in textile and assemblage; sculpture of all kinds; work sourced from fine art materials and found objects; and digital creations, too.

By asking for “outstanding artwork,” we hope to inspire you to showcase your talents and strong suits with entries of the first order.

The jury will accept artists based on the quality of the work as presented electronically and a brief, two-sentence statement to the jury.

ENTRIES ARE DUE, either on disc or on flash drive, BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20. The show runs from November 13 to December 27, with a dropoff of accepted work to OFF THE WALL/Dirty Frank’s on Saturday, November 12.

It’s a $5 ENTRY FEE for each work submitted, and our jury will be awarding AT LEAST $500 IN CASH PRIZES. So visit your existing body of work, look around your studio and/or think about creating something new. We look forward to witnessing your creativity, enjoying your talents and originality (anew or for the first time), and considering your entries.

Togo Travalia
at Dirty Frank’s
NE Corner, 13th & Pine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Meanwhile, we’re not as bubbly, but we are enthusiastic! Artblog and The St. Claire exhort you to participate in our 2016 New Art Writing Challenge project. 

New Art Writing Challenge Contest 2016! Submissions open to all. Due date is midnight, Oct. 1, 2016.

New Art Writing Challenge Public Discussion about Art Criticism! Wednesday, September 28, 6PM – 7:30 PM, Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd floor, Philadelphia 19107