VOTE! Congrats Nick Cassway, closing-party Karma at Goldilocks+JOG, Welcome back CSA (Community Supported Art), Plus a great Opportunity

Today's News includes an exhortation to civic duty (as if you need one), some congratulations, a couple party tips, a welcome back to CSA and a great Opportunity! - Artblog Editor


In big news today, we can all go out and VOTE and bring to an end the national nightmare of the 2016 election. I forget where I got these two buttons (below images) but whoever made them thank you! The messages echo my thinking right now. Vote today, and let’s get started on the healing.



Goldilocks + JOG closing parties – Here are two terrific-sounding group shows having closing parties on Saturday, Nov. 19. Both exhibits — at Goldilocks and JOG — are in the same building — 723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Goldilocks is on 2 and JOG is on 4. Goldilocks’ closing party is Nov. 19, 7PM-11PM, JOG’s is Nov. 19, 6PM – 9PM. The JOG show is the gallery’s 10 year anniversary exhibition (we will have a review for you later this week by our new contributor, Justin Walker). And the show at Goldilocks, WAYPOINT, is, according to curator Jared Jackson,

“…an exploration of our search as human beings for paradise, the inevitability of paradise lost, and escapism. 15 artists are showing and performing work, including Black Quantum Futurism, an afrofuturist duo consisting of Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips, who were just recently featured in an Art in America article on the 4th.”

CSA 2 (Community Supported Art) from Grizzly & Co.

The first Philadelphia CSA, in 2012, rounded up artists and buyers for a membership experience in which (like in the Ag sector) a subscribed member pays for and receives art made by local artists. It worked well in 2012 and now the Grizzly Grizzly & Co. folks are bringing it back for CSA round 2. More information below and at the project’s website.

…Like a Community Supported Agriculture program, CSA supports a direct maker-to-buyer relationship between artists and collectors working and living in the Philadelphia region. Featuring a diverse range of contemporary art from local artists, the program offers curated “shares” of innovative and affordable artwork.

Grizzly Grizzly & CO. is thrilled to announce the six new artists for the 2017 Season:
Grimaldi Baez, interactive drawing
Leah Bailis, textile sculpture
Marc Blumthal, digital photographic arts
Julianna Foster, photographic book arts
Alexis Nutini, printmaking
Lucia Thomé, sculpture

In brief: The 50 shares of the 2017 CSA will go on sale December 2nd. Each “share” will cost $475 and include 6 editioned and unique artworks– one from each of the curated group of artists. In addition, patrons who purchase a share before midnight on December 31 will receive a special edition silkscreen print by local artist, Anne Schaefer. Three pick-up events for the artwork will be scheduled for Fall 2017.

Please stay tuned for more information! Our full site will launch November 15th and will include: information about the three pick-up events scheduled throughout 2017, a listing of artists bios and proposed artwork, and details on how to purchase a share.

Grizzly Grizzly & CO. is comprised of Grizzly Grizzly members Talia Greene, Amy Hicks, Michael Konrad, Ephraim Russell, Cindy Stockton Moore, Josh Weiss, and fellow artists
Jaime Alvarez, Anne Schaefer, Mary Smull. As a group, we are dedicated to cultivating an open, authentic, and deep connection between artists and collectors through programming at Grizzly Grizzly and projects city-wide.

Solar Parklet in at the new Tacony LAB and room-spanning, narrative wallpaper at CFEVA keep Nick Cassway busy. The Tacony LAB (Library+Arts Building), a temporary home for the Tacony neighborhood library which is closed for renovation, will have books, computers, WIFI, and two artist in residence spaces and space for public programs and workshops. A partnership of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Office of Councilman Bobby Henon, the LAB also has a seasonal outdoor solar “Parklet” created by Cassway, one of the artists in residence, along with Mariel Capanna. More about the LAB at their Facebook page.

Nick Cassway wallpaper detail
Detail of Nick Cassway’s narrative wallpaper, “Above the Sound of Ideologies Clashing,” on view at CFEVA in Nov. 2016.

Meanwhile, Cassway, who grew up with narrative wallpaper in his childhood bedroom, created his own 80-ft-long, narrative wall covering, now on view at CFEVA’s gallery, 237 S 18th St #3A on Rittenhouse Square. A tale of a man and woman (magician and sorceress) who play out their complicated and competitive relationship in never-ending repeat patterns, the wallpaper, titled “Above the Sound of Ideologies Clashing,” is a dizzying sight! Cassway, who is a CFEVA fellow, says the wallpaper will be up until the end of November.


Via Tennesseean Rob Matthews, formerly of Philadelphia (and we miss him)…University of Tennessee Knoxville seeks Assistant Professor in Painting & Drawing, tenure-track position starting August 1, 2017

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a dedicated artist and teacher for whom Painting and Drawing is a central part of the creative practice. The successful applicant will be engaged with contemporary issues and conversant in current theory and practice. The School of Art is committed to a broad range of approaches to painting and drawing and seeks an individual who will enrich our program while contributing to a national and international exchange of ideas.

Required qualifications: MFA or other terminal degree; two years of post-graduate, college-level teaching experience or equivalent; a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; and an established record of exhibition and/or related research with clear potential for achievement on a national and/or international level.

Complete information and application information at the UT Knoxville website.