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Congratulations, Dejay Duckett + Theaster Gates, LandLab applications open, Penn seeks Director for Sachs Arts Hub, Nick Kripal Memorial Scholarship fundraiser, and NMAJH is Free in February!
A couple great opportunities herein the News Post, surrounded by congratulations and other newsy items. - Artblog Editor



Nick Kripal
Nick Kripal in 2007 at the Dedication of the new Tyler School of Art on the Temple Campus

Via The Week Here at Tyler…Silent auction fundraiser for the Nick Kripal Scholarship

Friday, Feb. 3 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Temple Contemporary
2001 N. 13th St.
Silent auction fundraiser for the Nick Kripal Scholarship
$15 donation
Tickets here

This week will be A Celebration of Life and Generosity: Nick Kripal Scholarship Event. Please join us on Friday, February 3rd, to celebrate the life and generosity of our friend, teacher, mentor, and colleague Nick Kripal, who passed away on September 30th after a brief battle with cancer. Nick’s legacy is clearly demonstrated through his outstanding work as a teacher and artist. We honor him with this gathering to tell stories, look at pictures, and raise funds for The Nick Kripal Scholarship at Tyler School of Art. Over sixty items have been donated to the raffle and silent auction, including works by Amber Cowan, Anna Boothe, William Daley, Cary Esser, Nick Kripal, Beth Lipman, Roberto Lugo, Margo Margolis, Martha Madigan, James Mongrain, Dona Nelson, Jesse Harrod, Jude Tallichet, Karyn Olivier, Odili Odita and Byron Wolfe. The cost for attending the event is $15.00 per person and includes sweets and savories. Cash bar. Additional tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted.

Congratulations, Dejay Duckett, new Director of Curatorial Services at the African American Museum in Philadelphia Duckett takes over atAAMP after 15 years at the Arthur Ross Gallery. By the way, check out AAMP’s photo two excellent shows opening Feb. 2 — Shawn Theodore and Dawoud Bey–an awesome pairing!

Congratulations, Theaster Gates, winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize from the Center for Architecture. Gates did a residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2013. Read Artblog’s article by Libby Rosof on his public talk at the FWM.

Join The Center for Architecture in honoring Theaster Gates, winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his career spent developing properties through his Rebuild Foundation. Gates’ projects engage local communities with their neighbors and neighborhoods through culture and art.

Also honored at this ceremony will be the winners of the 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge. The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception.

Pre-talk VIP Reception, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 8th | 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: BOK | 1901 S 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19148
$20 | General Admission (get a ticket for $15 early bird available now!)
$150 | VIP
FREE* | Student w/ Valid ID
Get tickets here

Via Plan Philly #1…

Meeting of the Philadelphia Art Commission
Feb. 1, 2017, 9:30AM
1515 Arch St., Room 18029
See full agenda here

Via Plan Philly #2
National Museum of American Jewish History FREE admission in February

The Museum is offering FREE admission throughout the month of February — including on Monday, February 20, for Presidents’ Day, when we will open specially, from 10:00-5:00 (we are normally closed on Mondays). Advance tickets are not needed for any February dates. Simply check in at the Admissions Desk upon arrival.


UPenn seeks Executive Director of the brand new Sachs Arts Hub.

The University of Pennsylvania is seeking the first Executive Director of the new Sachs Arts Innovation Hub, part of the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, made possible by a generous gift from Keith and Katherine Sachs. The Executive Director will report to the Vice Provost for Faculty and work closely with a dedicated Faculty Advisory Board, the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council, arts center directors, Penn’s eminent faculty, and students. The Executive Director will supervise one Administrative Assistant and they will be located in the new Sachs Arts Innovation Hub offices housed in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts building. The Executive Director will oversee a modest budget and the process through which the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s pedagogy, faculty support and arts engagement grants are awarded, along with awards made through the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Arts Fund. …

In addition to five to seven years of experience in the arts or arts management, a bachelor’s degree is required. Applications are welcomed from candidates holding master’s and doctoral degrees. The ideal candidate is a savvy and outgoing professional with excellent oral and written communications skills….
Full information here

Schuylkill Center opens applications for LandLab Artist Residency

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2017.

The Schuylkill Center’s LandLab Residency blends art and environmental science to engage multigenerational Philadelphia audiences in innovative solutions to environmental problems. Visual artists receive professional development and collaborate with scientists to create new, site-specific, outdoor artworks, each intervening with a local ecological issue. A joint project of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, LandLab offers resources and space on the Center’s 340-acre wooded property for visual artists to engage audiences in ecological stewardship, scientific investigation, and artistic creation. LandLab projects result in innovative, art-based installations that prevent or remediate environmental damage while raising public awareness about our local ecology.

…The LandLab residency was offered for the first time in 2014-2015 to seven Philadelphia artists working on four critical ecological issues, including stormwater, invasive vines, declining wild pollinator populations, and invasive earthworms. The Schuylkill Center is thrilled to provide continued opportunities for artists to use our site as living laboratory in this unique residency.

For LandLab 2017-2018, six-month to year-long artist residencies will grant three artists or artist teams the resources and space on the Schuylkill Center’s open-to-the-public property to create three new contemporary, site-specific, outdoor artworks, developed in collaboration with ecology experts to address an ecological issue on the Schuylkill Center site.

In support of the LandLab application process, the Schuylkill Center and CFEVA will offer three optional information sessions and site visits:
· CFEVA Information Session, including perspective from previous LandLab residents – January 31, 5:30 to 7pm
· Schuylkill Center Site Tour and Information Session – February 8 from 1 to 3pm & February 22 from 4 to 6pm

More details are available here.

Support for LandLab is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education