Congratulations-Phillip Adams and Rabble Rousers; John Berger passes, Roman Blazic writes, West Collection, The Rail Park, and many great opportunities!

New Year's Congratulations, plus newsy news and a big load of Opportunities! - Artblog editor


We are sad to hear of the passing of the great John Berger, age 90, fierce art writer, whose “Ways of Seeing” we can’t get enough of.

Mummer's parade 2017
Rabble Rousers Mummer’s Brigade. Note toilet, top right.

Greg Labold and the Rabble Rousers Mummer’s Brigade were featured in a positive and laudatory story that ran before the parade on Jan. 1. Then, after the parade, the Rabble Rousers got roundly scolded by for their poop emoji skit. I’d call that a true success story. Congratulations, Rabble Rousers!

Fundraising Happy Hour monthly for the Rail Park – what a good idea!

Build the Rail Park Happy Hour at Trestle Inn
Every first Wednesday, 5PM – 8 PM
20% of sales benefit Rail Park Phase 1 construction

Via Seraphin Gallery…Phillip Adams’ mountaintop mural at Rag and Bone on Walnut St.

The mural is a part of Adams’ series of mountain landscapes called Love at the Matterhorn. The series uses a mix of imagery both real and imagined. Placing colorful, and often absurd, elements within landscapes they wouldn’t normally inhabit is a constant in the series.

Adams’ Rag & Bone mural continues this concept by placing a spinning amusement park ride in a mountain top scene. The fully realized drawing showcases Adams’ attention to fine detail which rewards close observation. The closer you get to the work the more you are swallowed by a feeling of cold wind rushing against your face. Then the warm colors contrast with the sparse surroundings allowing the eye comfort within the icy white slopes.

See pictures at the artist’s website. More at Seraphin Gallery.

New salon-style installation at the West Warehouse, plus Tuesday West Collection tours

Every Tuesday at noon we have tours of the West Collection at SEI, click here to register.

Join us for a special extended tour including a visit to the West Warehouse on January 24th, 2017. The tour will begin at the West Collection at SEI, lasting about an hour, and after the tour, we will meet at the West Warehouse –1 mile down the road for a special exclusive tour of the latest installation. You will see one of our most recent acquisitions by Patrick Jacobs, as well as works by Titus Kaphar, Fahamu Pecou, Mark Stockton, Tim Davis and Louise Lawler to name a few. Reserve a spot on the tour by registering here.

Roman Blazic writes in with a link to a topical Christmas story he wrote. Enjoy.


Via David Acosta…Open call for LGBT artists

How do I Look? Shifting representation of Queer Identities – DEADLINE JAN. 7, MIDNIGHT.

We are excited to have juror Craig Bruns, artist and Chief Curator at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia as the juror for the show. This call is open to LGBTQ artists working in all mediums. Work submitted must address personal, private, and public perceptions of the queer self and may also reflect on how these have historically changed over time.

Deadline to submit is January 7th mid-night Submissions coming in after the deadline Will not be accepted Application fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY Notification of Acceptance Thursday, January 8th 2017

TO SUBMIT • In the body of an email: Please include: For each jpeg- Artist’s Name, phone number, title, size, medium, price, and a short description of how the work fits into the exhibition ‘s theme. Number this info to match your images. All Jpegs should be 72 dpi and 2500 pixels max on longest dimension. • Identify each slide as follows: 1_full_name.jpeg • Email to: • with the title of the email: How Do I Look submission. • You will be notified after the jury selection process for drop off dates

Full submission guidelines here.

Via Will Owen… Flux Factory accepting applications for artists in residence. Deadline is February 1st, 11:59 pm

Flux Factory is a 21 year old non-­profit arts organization, artist collective and international residency program committed to building a sustainable community for diverse cultural producers, including visual artists, builders, curators, community organizers, chefs, activists, musicians, writers…

We’re looking for cultural producers of all kinds to join the Flux community for 3, 6, 9 or 12 month residencies.

Apply at the Flux Factory website here.

Flux Factory cultivates a spirit of openness and generosity through a unique collaborative and participatory approach to realizing its residency and public programs. Fluxers benefit from an immersive and prolific environment that encourages experimentation and peer to peer resource sharing. Residents work together to shape and realize Flux’s expansive programming, proposing and leading exhibitions and educational events. Flux Factory nurtures individual practices by offering professional development opportunities, including one-on-one studio visits, group field trips, and monthly salons.

Our labyrinthine building includes 14 studios, a gallery, silkscreen studio, woodshop, coworking office, communal kitchen, library, and rooftop garden. Check the Residency page for more information and photos.

Each resident is responsible for their own funding, though Flux Factory can help with this process.

Please send any questions to

City issues RFQ for City Hall Courtyard performance space

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ): Design and build an innovative, modular, multi-purpose platform for Philadelphia’s City Hall Courtyard
Deadline for Qualifications Submission: January 13, 2017, 5:00 PM EST.

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia seeks qualifications from experienced local artisans, architects, designers, and makers who are interested in the design and fabrication of a modular, multi-purpose outdoor furniture element to be used in City Hall Courtyard, beginning in June 2017. The feature will be designed for outdoor use to support current and new programs and activities, last for a minimum of two years, and call attention to the historic relationship the site of City Hall has to water in Philadelphia.

This RFQ is the first of a two-phase process to select a team to design and fabricate the platform. The second phase will be a request for proposals (RFP) from a small number of teams (three to five) selected from the pool of those who submitted qualifications. The RFP phase will immediately follow the RFQ phase, and will include a nominal stipend for the teams asked to submit proposals.

To view the RFQ materials, visit the Mayor’s Fund website here.

Call for artists – Main Line Art Center’s Spring Gala Exhibition

DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM
APPLICATION FEE: $30 Members | $35 Non-Members. Additional $5 SlideRoom fee
EXHIBITION DATES: April 30 – June 3, 2017
JUROR: Ekaterina Popova, Artist & Publisher of Create! Magazine
AWARDS: 1st place: $150; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50
The Spring Gala Exhibition is a Fine Art Benefit and Exhibition in celebration of over 50 years of providing Accessible Art Programs for artists with disabilities. As one of Main Line Art Center’s largest fundraisers and elegant events, The Spring Gala Exhibition is a unique opportunity to build your collector base on the Main Line, while receiving 60% commission on all art sales. Apply online via Slideroom here. For prospectus and more information visit the MLAC website here.