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Many congratulations! Judy Gelles for 4th Grade Project; 2016 US Artists Fellows Roberto Lugo, Jacolby Satterwhite, Stanley Whitney and others; PPAC for Teen Program grant; Wharton students for activist art+auction; and USPS for new Hanukkah Stamp!

Feel better, everybody. Today's news rounds up some activist actions! a bunch of congratulations! and an activist zine event on the horizon that you should know about. - Artblog Editor



Wharton undergrads mix art and activism in new exhibition and silent auction to support service provider, CareLink’s work with disabled.

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Carelink artist, Jesse, featured in the exhibition at Fox Gallery on the UPenn campus

Wharton student, Charles Li, got in touch to let us know he and nine other Wharton students in a undergrad management class had organized an art exhibit and silent auction for CareLink Community Support Services, to raise awareness of behavioral health issues and to support the clients CareLink serves. CareLink provides services and support to independently-living adults with disabilities in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

The exhibition, at Fox Art Gallery in Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St., Philadelphia 19104, showcases works by CareLink’s clients and opens tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 16, with a reception, 5PM – 7PM. Speakers from UPenn and CareLink will be there to speak about behavioral health issues in the community. The exhibit will be on view Nov. 16-23. From Li’s email:

The artists are either past or present residents of CareLink Community Support Services, our partner organization. Approximately 25 of the 50 pieces of art there will be auctioned off through a silent auction. The event will be both a fundraiser and exhibition. The silent auction will be on the opening night, November 16, and for the rest of the week, all of the art pieces will be on display in the Fox Art Gallery of Claudia Cohen Hall. Everyone who purchased artwork will be able to pick it up on November 23rd.

Our group is called Alcocer and Art Associates (AAA). We are made up of 10 Wharton freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania. Our team was formed through our Management 100 class. Although our team was randomly chosen, we bonded quickly and planned out an entire art show in less than three months.

Team Member Names: Charles Li, Arnav Jagasia, Bailey Reed, Harrison He, Jammil Telfort, Jesse Cui, Nicole Vaiani, Oluwafeyikemi Makinde, Rachel Leong, Ryan Betley

Many folks with Philly ties on the list of 2016 USA artist grantees!

Full list is below: Cutting to the chase, this year’s USA artists grantees include Artblog favorite, Roberto Lugo, ceramic artist and activist; Annabeth Rosen, ceramic artist and former teacher, Tyler School of Art; Stanley Whitney, painter and former teacher, Tyler School of Art; Jacolby Satterwhite, multi-media artist from Pennsylvania and UPenn MFA; Janet Echelman, creator of the much-loved fountain/ice rink in Dilworth Park; and dancer, Raphael Xavier. Congrats, all! From US Artists:

CHICAGO -November 16, 2016- United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. The awards honor their creative accomplishments and support their ongoing artistic and professional development. The 2016 Fellowships mark a decade of support from USA, which with this new class will have given out almost $25 million since its inception in 2006. USA Fellowships are awarded to artists at all stages of their careers and from all areas of the country through a rigorous nomination and panel selection process. Fellowships are given in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts.

USA’s 2016 Fellows were selected from over 500 artists nominated by their peers, and chosen by panels of experts in each discipline. The Fellowships allow artists to use the unrestricted funds for whatever they need most, and so to take risks and push their careers forward. Among past awardees are film director Barry Jenkins, composer David Lang, novelist Annie Proulx, playwright David Henry Hwang, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and visual artist Kara Walker.

…The 2016 USA Fellows will be celebrated in Chicago at USA’s annual Artist Assembly March 27-29, 2017. The Assembly includes performances, artist presentations and opportunities for artists to give back by partnering with local not-for-profit organizations, community arts organizations, and schools that serve young art students.

USA’s 2016 Fellows are:

Janet Echelman, USA Barr Fellow (Brookline, MA)
Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee (Johnston Marklee), USA Oliver Fellows (Los Angeles, CA)

Vivian Beer, USA Windgate Fellow (Manchester, NH)
Lauren Fensterstock, USA Barr Fellow (Portland, ME)
Anna Hepler, USA Barr Fellow (Eastport, ME)
Roberto Lugo, USA Barr Fellow (Marlboro, VT)
Annabeth Rosen, USA Distinguished Fellow (Davis, CA)
Piper Shepard, USA Distinguished Fellow (Baltimore, MD)
April Surgent, USA Ford Fellow (Port Townsend, WA)

Michelle Dorrance, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY)
Faye Driscoll, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY)
Donna Uchizono, USA Doris Duke Fellow (New York, NY)
Rosie Herrera, USA Sarah Arison Fellow (Miami, FL)
Steve Paxton, USA Barr Fellow (East Charleston, VT)
Yvonne Rainer, USA Doris Duke Fellow (New York, NY)
Raphael Xavier, USA Knight Fellow (Philadelphia, PA)

Amitava Kumar, USA Ford Fellow (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Claudia Rankine, USA Zell Fellow (Claremont, CA)

Steven Paul Judd, USA Hatch Fellow (Norman, OK)
Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA Smith Fellow (San Francisco, CA)
Quique Rivera Rivera, USA Simon Fellow (Glendale, CA)

Raven Chacon, USA Distinguished Fellow (Albuquerque, NM)
Vijay Iyer, USA Cummings Fellow (New York, NY)
Eddy Kwon, USA Ford Fellow (Cincinnati, OH)
Mike Reed, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Chicago, IL)
Dianne Reeves, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Denver, CO)
Randy Weston, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY)

Daniel Alexander Jones, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Bronx, NY)
Miranda July, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Los Angeles, CA)
Hirokazu Kosaka, USA Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (Torrance, CA)
Young Jean Lee, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY)
Jefferson Pinder, USA Joyce Fellow (Chicago, IL)
Peggy Shaw, USA Doris Duke Fellow (New York, NY)

Teri Greeves, USA Distinguished Fellow (Santa Fe, NM)
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, USA Distinguished Fellow (New Orleans, LA)
Ernie Marsh, USA Katie Weitz Fellow (Lovell, WY)
Vicky Holt Takamine, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Aiea, Hawaii)

Charles Atlas, USA Gracie Fellow (New York, NY)
Senga Nengudi, USA Ford Fellow (Colorado Springs, CO)
Shirin Neshat, USA Rockefeller Fellow (New York, NY)
Winfred Rembert, USA Barr Fellow (New Haven, CT)
Laurie Jo Reynolds, USA Shari D. Behnke Fellow (Chicago, IL)
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, USA Ford Fellow (San Juan, PR)
Jacolby Satterwhite, USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow (Brooklyn, NY)
Stanley Whitney, USA Jeanne & Michael Klein Fellow (New York, NY)

Founded in 2006 by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations, USA is among the largest providers of unrestricted support to American artists…

In other grant news – Philadelphia Photo Arts Center receives $25,000 for teen afterschool program – congrats! From the PPAC:

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) sets forth on the fall season with a $25,800 grant from The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, to further expand the free after-school Teen Photo Program.

Annually, from October to May, PPAC’s free after-school Teen Photo program gives students eight months of full access to PPAC’s equipment, materials, and talented teaching staff, as well as their own DSLR camera to take home for the duration of the school year. With enrollment open to any Philadelphia public high school student, Teen Photo provides hands-on access to the arts for students whose day-to-day curriculums often lack arts education.

Once a week, teens meet to go on photo walks, explore photography exhibitions, and learn new and exciting techniques. But it’s not just technical skills that are gained – by thinking critically and creatively through photography, students develop a love of learning that helps them grow in every aspect of their academic and personal lives. The program culminates at the end of the year with the Teen Photo Exhibition, in which each student is given a space in PPAC’s gallery to artistically showcase their work in whatever manner they please.

Thanks to the Forman Family Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, PPAC can ensure access to high-end equipment and materials for each and every student, despite Teen Photo’s increasing enrollment and demand in Philadelphia. With these funds, students will no longer have to wait for laptops and can delve into the world of post-production and fine-art printing software whenever they choose. Additionally, materials like camera cases, flash drives and memory cards will ensure teens have everything they need to fully explore their creative visions.

“Teen Photo is such an exciting program because we get to watch students open up and discover another side of themselves,” said PPAC Executive Director Sarah Stolfa. “They share their images, along with stories from their lives, and they’re building confidence all along the way. It’s great to know that because of the Forman Family Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and their commitment to arts education, PPAC is able to make the Teen Photo experience as transformative as possible for every student enrolled.”…

Stamp News!

United States Postal Service dedicated the Hanukkah Forever stamp recently that was created by William Low of Huntington, NY. More about the stamp and to see an image go to their website here. Low is an artist, illustrator and educator. His other USPS stamps (yes!) include: Poinsettia (2013, reissue 2014), Winter Flowers (2014), Hanukkah (2016), and Holiday Windows (2016).

Stamp art is a favorite of mine, and especially in this time of email ascendance over snail mail, it seems appropriate to celebrate a new postage stamp! Also, let’s take a moment to remember another great stamp artist, Norm Gunderson, married to Marge Gunderson, in the 1998 movie Fargo. I’m serious.

On the Far Horizon – Do This


Sunday, Dec. 4, 10AM – Noon
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125
NOTE: Tickets are sold out but there is a Wait List you can register to get on.
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In this interactive workshop, Palestinian graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq will lead workshop participants in a conversation and walk-through of her work as a zine maker and social change artist. Participants will have a chance to create their own comic zines, with Leila providing prompts, guides, and tips. Participants will leave with their very own one-page comic zine.

Her latest graphic novel, Baddawi, follows a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation available with notice prior to November 28 – There will be an option to request when reserving a ticket.

Congrats to Judy Gelles, whose 4th Grade project will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery, London! Read about it in this wonderful Inquirer story.