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Congratulations Sarah McEneaney, Fabian Lopez, Mi Kyoung Lee, Lebo Tladi, Opportunities from Create! Mag, CultureWorks, Blue Cadet, Plus a word from the Artblog team!

Today's News includes lots of artist news, a couple great opportunities, and don't miss the important Final Word at the bottom! - Artblog Editor



Sarah McEneaney is included in a great-sounding feminist show, #PUSSYPOWER, at David & Schweitzer Contemporary in Brooklyn. Don’t be depressed, go see this show — the artist list (below) is a who’s who in contemporary art. From the gallery:

Sarah McEneaney painting
Sarah McEneaney, Both Sides, 2007, egg tempera on gessoed wood 24” x 31.5″ Included in the show, #PUSSYPOWER

…The #PUSSYPOWER exhibition references the history of feminist art from the 1970s to today, showing that “pussy power” imagery is not new. Included in the exhibition are pioneer feminist artists such as Carolee Schneeman, with a film piece, “Mysteries of the Pussies,” and Yoko Ono, with “Sound Piece for Trump” (2016).

It also includes mid-career and powerful art world figures such as Marilyn Minter, Angela Dufresne, Jane Dickson, Kyle Staver, and Katherine Bradford, with her painting “Supreme,” referencing female Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Younger, emerging artists are also represented: including Giordanne Salley, GaHee Park, and Rebecca Morgan. In different ways, these artists play with self-portraiture and explicit imagery to mirror and reflect societal and political issues, and the representation of women’s bodies in today’s larger visual culture.

Handmade protest signs, on the theme of pussy power, and used at Anti-Trump demonstrations, will be displayed along with the visual art.

An exhibition curated by Jennifer Samet and Michael David

ARTISTS: Andrea Belag, Katherine Bradford, Judith Braun, Mary DeVincentis, Jane Dickson, Jenny Dubnau, Angela Dufresne, E.V.A., Florencia Escudero, Louise Fishman, Judy Glantzman, Brenda Goodman, Ruth Hardinger, Clarity Haynes, Julie Heffernan, Susanna Heller, Sharon Horvath, Dana James, Penelope Jencks, Elisa Jensen, Anki King, Marjorie Kramer, Margrit Lewczuk, Judith Linhares, Sarah McEneaney, Marilyn Minter, Michele Mirisola, Lizbeth Mitty, Sai Mokhtari, Heather Morgan, Rebecca Morgan, Sharilyn Neidhardt, Janice Nowinski, Yoko Ono, GaHee Park, Melanie Parke, Sheila Pree Bright, Erika Ranee, Giordanne Salley, Hiba Schahbaz, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Elena Sisto, Joan Snyder, Kyle Staver, Betty Tompkins, Julie Torres, Hannah Wilke

David & Schweitzer Contemporary
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Show Dates: December 21, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 21st, 6PM to 9PM

Fabian Lopez, Tyler MFA (painting) and Artblog favorite now teaching at Skidmore College, wrote to say he had a solo exhibition at Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY.  Congratulations, Fabian! Philly misses you. Catch this 2011 Art Safari video with Fabian talking about his work in a show at Artplace Liberti in North Philly, with former Philadelphian, now Nashville-based Rob Matthews, also sorely missed, in a supporting role.

Via Libby Rosof…Mi Kyoung Lee’s installation in Terminal E at PHL “Twist ties. This is amazing.” More information and pictures here.

Because the art world is truly global. We received a nice note from South African artist, Lebo Tladi, the other day. The young artist makes masterly drawings which impressed me to write back and ask how young artists in South Africa get along post-graduation. Read below for the answer.

Lebo Tladi drawing
Title: The Amalgamation
Size: 700mm x 500mm
Mediums: Sakura Micropigma Pens and Ink.
Paper: 300gsm Fabriano Rosaspina Cream Paper

Good day to the team at The Art Blog,

I hope you are all well that side, and that you’re having a pleasant week thus far!

My lovely friend told me about The Art Blog, and highly suggested that I check you out to see what you’re all about. To be honest, that was a great recommendation he made. I fell in love with the content you share, and I also realized that you are looking to collaborate with creatives across the world. Or at least feature the work they produce. I know it’s a long shot, and I know that it’s a long Friday afternoon, but I was hoping if I could get a minute of your time in order to have my work checked out by the team that side. I can assure you that it will be worth your while, and it will leave you feeling funky fresh as you ooze into the weekend.

Should you wish to see the work I produce, please feel free to have a look at:

I have attached a few of my artworks on here, and a short bio about myself. I just graduated this year, and I’m trying to find my feet in the art world (the 9 to 5 life is tough), and as a result, collaborating with your brand – not only now, but also in future, is a relationship I would like to foster.

Lebo’s answer to the question, “Post-graduation, what are the work/career options in South Africa for a young artist?”

Okay, so as you can imagine, most young artists would just love to wake up and work on their craft. Day-in, day-out. However, it’s a little bit tough to just do that straight out of university – especially with competition being so rife in the art world. So a lot of young artists end up getting up in the graphic design world, and mainly focus on illustrations. Some also manage to get jobs in the art world itself by being gallery assistants in various art galleries. It is unfortunate though that some end up getting a job where they do something that isn’t even related to what they studied, or to their art skills. Usually, these jobs don’t last for long because most young artists just save up as much as they can in order to be able to live the art life they truly want to live. Besides the jobs, there art residencies which a young artist can operate in and just focus on producing art without unnecessary disturbances.


CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia seeks web redesign help

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia wants YOU to help us redesign our website and all the other collateral we use out in the world. Learn more about this opportunity and view our short RFQ. Deadline to apply is December 15. Complete information here.

Create! Magazine issues call for art for its limited edition Spring publication

Create! Magazine is an independent publication for artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. Our mission is to promote fresh, unique work of creatives from around the world. Each issue is filled with vibrant contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it. The magazine is released bimonthly in a limited edition print and digital format.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists are welcome to apply with works in any medium: painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, installation and more. Artists from all countries are welcome to submit.

DEADLINE: January 29, 2017

GUEST CURATOR: Bridgette Mayer is an art dealer, author, coach, speaker and entrepreneur. She opened the Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Philadelphia’s historic Washington Square in 2001 and represents artists from around the world, specializing in contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. She has been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 as a small business “On The Rise” and was recognized as a recommended Philadelphia arts destination in The New York Times Magazine. Recently she was named one of the top 500 Galleries in the world by Blouin ArtInfo, and was also featured in the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women To Watch” series. Mayer recently wrote a book called, “The Art Cure” which was published by Lioncrest Publishing and is available on Amazon. To learn more visit: www.bridgettemayer.comm &

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Copies will be available at several locations including McNally Jackson Books in NYC, our online store and more.

SELECTED ARTISTS: Artists selected by the guest juror will receive a 2-page spread including a brief bio, website, and 2 images in print and digital formats. Published artists will receive a complimentary digital issue and will be listed on our website/social media.

Complete details on how to submit here.

Bluecadet seeks Financial Assistant for Philadelphia office

…You will assist the Finance & HR manager with day-to-day accounting tasks, helping to ensure accurate and timely business operations. You will support the finance and facilities group in creating and maintaining a pleasant and productive work environment…

Bluecadet offers competitive salaries, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) participation, paid time off, company holidays, paid parental leave, and the opportunity to work in a dynamic, growing and fun environment. We have a gorgeous office, a relaxed dress code, and flexible hours.
To Apply, Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Financial Assistant” Complete details about the job here.

A Final Word

Over the last 13 years, Artblog has poured its heart out covering the arts in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Our mission has always been to cover those whose voices for the most part have been omitted from the discussion – women and all minorities. Our mission is more important now than ever before, when marginalized people are threatened or dismissed as irrelevant. Our pledge to you, our readers, is to bring you important voices in the community and elevate discussion about why art matters to all of us. If you care about our mission, please help support it. Make a contribution today to Artblog. Send your check to TheArtblog, Inc., 103 Bentley Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004. Or donate at our Paypal site, linked on our Campaign page. Artblog is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. Thank You for your continued support! Love, Roberta and the Artblog Team