Drexel URBN panel on artist activism; Frieda cafe one-day celebration of octogenarian painter, Jean K. Hamburg, Black Oak House Gallery performance sounds great, Plus some good reads and mega-heaping helping of Opportunities from Mutter Museum, City Hall, Vox Populi, DaVinci Art Alliance, Cerulean and Woodmere

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Panel talk at Drexel sounds right for the times – Active Response: Artists’ Roles in an Ever-Changing City

Saturday March 11, 1pm – 4pm, Drexel URBN Annex Screen Room (3401 Filbert St.) FREE

This discursive panel will present 4 contemporary artists whose innovative practices engage different social and environmental communities in Philadelphia.

The event will provide a stage for each of these artists to present accounts of their recent work, followed by an active conversation about their diverse practices that include: collaboration, education, social engagement, and alternative approaches to materials and storytelling.

Participating artists include:
Billy Dufala- co-founder and representative for RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency)
Keir Johnston- co-founder and representative of Amber Art and Design
Jennie Shanker- independent artist and activist
Ben Volta- independent artist and founder of Volta Studio

The panel is offered in conjunction with the exhibition 125 Years: Drexel & the City at the Leonard Pearlstein gallery, on view from January 12th to March 19th. Organized by faculty, staff and students from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the exhibition explores the history of life and learning at Drexel within the context of West Philadelphia’s changing landscape.

This event was programmed by Drexel’s Student Arts Organization, DART, and is co-sponsored by Drexel’s Art and Art History Department.

Frieda Cafe drawing
Frieda cafe, all about intergenerational conversation, art and food

Elizabeth Taylor-Mead of Frieda wrote to say the cafe at 320 Walnut Street, is celebrating the art of octogenarian, Jean K. Hamburg, who has never shown her works publicly but agreed to show a selection of her life’s work and to speak about her work for one afternoon, Sunday, March 19, from 3PM – 4:30PM. The conversation will be between the artist and Anthony Latess. More below.

Jean K. Hamburg is a very private Philadelphia artist. She’s been creating remarkable work for over 60 years. Now in her late 80s she’s branching out. Never concerned about selling or showing her work to anyone beyond those visiting her Society Hill home (where she has over 80 framed paintings, some very large scale), she feels she’s painted her last work, losing her vision, but not her passion for art. In celebration of her extraordinary talent and dedication, friends have persuaded her to share a selection of her work with the public for one afternoon this month.

FRIEDA is an unusual place. It’s a large curated gallery-like space that offers really superb food, but it’s not a gallery, not a cafe, not a community center. It’s a gathering place for the community, for people of all ages who are open to exchanging conversation, interests, and joie-de-vivre.

Join us at FRIEDA on Sunday, March 19 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm for a very special event to welcome Spring. We’ll be celebrating the work of artist Jean K. Hamburg with a rare viewing of selected original works in our unique space and hosting a public conversation with Jean, moderated by Anthony Latess.

Jean is a Philadelphia abstract expressionist painter who’s been creating all her life, from painting as a child in the 1930s to work produced last year. She is an alumna of Moore College of Art & Design and the range of her adult paintings spans every decade of her life so far.

Jean uses acrylics and watercolor and considers herself a “colorist” as she creates custom pallettes for each painting.

Anthony Latess is an educator, artist and poet. He creates art work usingphotography and writes poetry inspired by personal experiences.

FRIEDA’s delicious baked goods and beverages will be available for your afternoon enjoyment, and complimentary Waldmeister Punch (like German Sangria, a spring time drink) will be served.

Admission is free but space is limited so please call or come by to register.
FRIEDA, 320 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 600 1291

West Philadelphia pops up amazing-sounding performance.

Black Oak House is extremely honored to present the work of Anthony Romero & Joshua Rios:
Broadcast from a Serpent-Headed Spaceship
Opening 1pm to 8pm
Special Live Performance Lecture
Sunday March 12th
more information on the event
Black Oak House Gallery
419 S. 51st St.
Phil PA 19143

Broadcast from a Serpent-Headed Spaceship is a performance lecture that uses Mexican and South American archival collections to investigate historical and contemporary feelings of estrangement and alienation as understood on both sides of the colonial encounter and along the US/Mexico border. Manipulated sound, archival images, and performative gestures function alongside recitations of Latinx science fiction, magical realism, and other historical documents expressing awe and anxiety at the possibilities and futurities engendered by the “New World”—possibilities that ultimately end in trauma and destruction.

Broadcast from a Serpent-Headed Spaceship takes the form of ficto-historical reenactment and mytho-historical intervention in order to recast both the past and the future as equally open to speculation.

This performance is in part inspired by the writings and drawings of Chicano science-fiction writer, Ernest Hogan.

Anthony Romero
Anthony Romero is an artist, writer, and organizer interested in documenting and supporting excluded communities. His projects and performances have been executed nationally most notably at Links Hall (IL), Antioch College (OH), Andrea Meislin Gallery (NY), the Judson Church (NY), and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL). His writings have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, The Huffington Post, Performa Magazine and the recently published volume on Chicago social practice history, Support Networks (University of Chicago Press). Visit Anthony Romero’s website for more.

Joshua Rios
Josh Rios lives and works in Chicago, and is an adjunct instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, the Early College Program, the Department of Visual and Critical Studies, and is an advisor in Career Services. He received a M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and two bachelor degrees in English Literature and Art History from Texas State University. Along with a solo practice that includes video, writing, photography, web, sound, drawing, and performance, Rios is a founding member of the artist collective and gallery Okay Mountain. As part of Okay Mountain Rios has been collected and shown in museums and galleries across the country, including a recent solo exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. Rios also likes to refer to himself in the third person on certain occasions, when writing his own bio for example. Visit Joshua Rios’ website for more.


Did you see/read the great Yolanda Wisher poem at ICA’s Notes page, responding to Sanford Biggers’ Bubble Bird suit featured in Freedom Principle? Read it here.

Catherine Opie, All-American Subversive by Ariel Levy at the New Yorker magazine

Her photographs range from the marginal to the mainstream, capturing things that are invisible to the rest of us.

For the past year, Opie has been making a film called “The Modernist.” Composed of still photographs, it’s about an arsonist who is obsessed with L.A.’s landmark mid-century houses, and, driven to madness by their unattainability, starts methodically burning them down. The film has taken on a new significance for Opie with the election of a President who campaigned on a promise to return America to the halcyon days before feminism, globalism, and multiculturalism. “The story is about a longing for the past that we can’t obtain,” she says. “It’s kind of a piece that’s gonna work better under a Trump Administration.” Read the article here.


Via Jacque Liu, Percent for Art Project Manager…Public art open call for Fishtown Rec Center

We have a public art commission opportunity at the Fishtown Recreation Center, which carries a project budget of $37,000. In our process, the initial Call-to-Artists is free and merely a call for previous work that might be appropriate for the site. Then finalists are selected to put forth a full proposal, for which the City pays a $750 stipend.

The full application is here:

Via The Week Here at Tyler…Adjunct Art History faculty position at Delaware County Community College (DCCC)
Complete information here.

Via Meredith Sellers…Mutter Museum is looking for an artist for a Summer, 2017, Mural painting project with students, Complete information at the museum’s website.

Tristin Lowe, Passat, Vox Populi, Feb. 2016
Tristin Lowe, Passat, Vox Populi, Feb. 2016

Vox Populi is looking for New Members – Deadline to apply – FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

Vox Populi is currently seeking applications for new members. Visual and performing artists, writers, and curators that are engaged in experimental methods are encouraged to apply. Vox Populi is looking for individuals that are committed to their personal practices and are interested in working collaboratively to run an alternative art space. Vox Populi, 319 North 11th Street, Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Vox Populi is particularly interested in applicants whose practices are not currently represented in the artist collective.

Applications will be accepted through FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017. Vox members contribute to the operational needs of the space through gallery sitting, staffing First Friday openings and events in the Performance Space on a rotating basis. They actively participate in specialized committee work (such as Exhibitions or Fundraising) including serving as a committee chairperson at some point during their tenure. While workload varies, Vox members usually spend on average five hours per week on Vox-related activities in support of operations.

Vox Populi is a collaboratively run non-profit art space. Vox members work in tandem with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

There is a one-time initiation fee of $100.00 for new members; monthly dues are $55.00.

A commitment to membership for at least one year is required.

New members are selected by the current membership.

Questions? Contact

Cerulean Arts Gallery creates Cerulean Arts Collective

In 2006, Cerulean Arts began with the mission to cultivate an appreciation for art by presenting exhibitions, offering unique decorative and fine art for sale and providing art instruction for personal fulfillment. Nearly 300 artists have exhibited their work during Cerulean Arts’ first decade. Cerulean Arts, 1355 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123

We are excited to announce our new venture the Cerulean Arts Collective, with an expanded venue comprising six additional galleries beginning Fall 2017.

Collective Artists’ Benefits:
Solo exhibition every 12-18 monthsCerulean Arts Collective

Cerulean Arts manages exhibition installation, sales and all staffing (No gallery sitting required)
At least one work on display at all times in the Collective Gallery A or storefront windows
A minimum of six works stored on site for visitor inquiries
Artists’ page on Cerulean Arts website with works available for sale online
Reduced commission of only 30% on sales of artwork
Gallery promotion including exhibition postcards and email announcements
10% discount on all gallery purchases and classes
Located ½ block from the newly renovated Divine Lorraine, Cerulean Arts is easily accessible by public transportation and soon will have its own parking lot
Collective Artists’ Responsibility:
Monthly dues of $75 with a minimum of 1-year commitment
Cerulean Arts Collective

For consideration, please email your statement, resume and website link or five digital images (jpg, tiff or pdf) to with “Cerulean Arts Collective” as the subject line. Review for the 2017/2018 season will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue on a rolling basis as vacancies are available.

Via David Acosta…Open call to artists for Latin American art show, Caliban Revisited

Caliban Revisited, Of Castaways, Explorers, Amazons, Cannibals and Monsters
A Mythological Reimagining of Latin America in the 21st Century
June 7 – 25,2017
Juror: Henry Bermudez
Curator: David Acosta
Deadline to apply: Sunday 4/30/2017 midnight
Venue: DaVinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street Philadelphia PA 19147

Casa de Duende issues an open call to Latin American artists asking them to respond to a re-imagining of Latin America and what being Latin American means in the 21st Century.For this juried exhibition, artists are encouraged to mine the fantastic mythology both autochthonous and that which was assigned to the Latin American continent during its period of discovery, settlement, colonization, and beyond. In doing so; artists can re-examine, revisit, re-imagine, challenge, question and or rescue colonialist and post-colonialist narratives that speak to the present actualization and future of what the Cuban thinker Jose Marti (January 28, 1853- May 19, 1895) termed our *Mestizo America, and which the Mexican writer and philosopher Jose Vasconselos (February 28, 1882 – June 1959) actualized in his important and critical essay La Raza Cosmica, (The Cosmic Race).

Juror Henry Bermudez is a highly regarded Venezuelan born, (Philadelphia based artist) with an illustrious artistic career spanning over 35 years whose work has been placed in both public and private collections throughout Latin America, Europe, Central and North America.

Application Deadline: 4/30/2017 midnight
Notification of selection: 5/15/2017
Drop off of work: Sunday 6/4/2017
Opening Reception: 6/7/2017
Exhibition runs: 6/7/2017-6/25/2017
Pick up: 6/25/2017
Registration and rules of entry here.

Woodmere Art Museum's atrium
Woodmere Art Museum’s atrium space. Check out their open call juried show for the Woodmere Annual

Woodmere Annual open call

The Woodmere Annual: 76th Juried Exhibition
JUNE 3 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
Woodmere Art Museum invites artists to submit work that contends with the importance of art in an era of heightened political uncertainty. Work in all media addressing contemporary challenges to our civil liberties, moral fabric, social compacts, political institutions, and environment will be considered by juror Harry Philbrick. Philadelphia’s Quaker roots give resonance to the phrase “Speaking truth to power.” Work reflecting the conviction that the truth is beautiful, elusive, confounding, and eternally important will be privileged.

The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum.

Starting February 13, 2017 all submissions must be made online at and formatted as a JPEG, GIF, PNG, MP3, MP4, or MOV file. Artists may submit up to FIVE artworks for consideration. Each artwork should be represented with one image only (two views if the artwork is three dimensional*) or in video format for animation, film, or other time-based media.

*Multiple views can be combined split-screen style into one image.

Entries sent via email or by mail will NOT be considered.

Images should be formatted so that the orientation of the work is clear. Full, accurate information for each submission must be supplied.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated digital catalogue. Recent examples of Woodmere digital exhibition catalogues can be found by following this link.