Congratulations PAFA alum Emily Erb, Arts Advocacy Week April 19–21, Amber Art and Design’s Charles Barbin to speak at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Artblog’s Look/Draw/Write workshops at Taller Puertorriqueño, and a reading group at Ulises

More arts advocacy news for you today – the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance spearheads Arts Advocacy Week (April 17–21) leading up to PA Arts Advocacy Day on April 25. Also, hearty congratulations to PAFA alumna Emily Erb, recipient of this year's Leonore Annenberg Fellowship. Finally, some tasty events – Amber Art and Design's Charles Barbin speaks at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Artblog offers two more Look/Draw/Write workshops at Taller Puertorriqueño, and a reading/discussion group at Ulises.

Emily Erb at work on one of the silk paintings from the show “Loosely Loaded,” at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA (2016).
Emily Erb at work on one of the silk paintings from the show “Loosely Loaded,” at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA (2016).

Congratulations to Emily Erb (PAFA, MFA ’12), who has been awarded the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund provides recipients $50,000 a year for up to two years. This is the final round of recipients for the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, which has distributed $6 million to 70 artists over its 10-year existence. In 2014, Artblog interviewed one of the Annenberg winners, Mia Rosenthal (also a PAFA grad). 

From PAFA’s press release:

Erb, a native of Richmond, VA, lives and works in Philadelphia. Using a variety of source material–from vintage encyclopedias and LIFE magazines to firearms catalogs and 19th-century currency–she creates meticulously detailed, large paintings on silk that comment upon the social, political and environmental concerns facing the country and the world.


Here at Artblog, we’ve been following Erb’s work for several years. Check out these reviews of her painted silk Garden of Earthly Delights and world map.

Congratulations, Emily!

Didn’t make it to the April 6 event at PAFA? Never fear! The Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is celebrating Arts Advocacy Week from April 17–21, and you have plenty of opportunities to participate.

Next week we’ll meet with the City Council to share Agenda: Pre-K with them and discuss what’s at stake for arts & culture both locally and at the state and national levels.

Email us at if you’re interested in joining us for a visit with a councilmember!


April 25 is PA Arts Advocacy Day!

Do you support a sustainable funding source for statewide arts and culture? Join us in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 for Pennsylvania Arts & Culture Advocacy Day. This is your opportunity to meet with your legislators to share your priorities for arts and culture in the Commonwealth. The day kicks off with a meeting of the PA Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus at 9 a.m. and a press event follows in the Main Rotunda at 11 a.m. Culminating events will be meetings with your members of the PA General Assembly. Citizens for the Arts can help you schedule your legislative appointments.

You can register online or by emailing Jenny Hershour at


Charles Barbin of Amber Art and Design will speak at the Da Vinci Art Alliance on Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm as part of its ongoing Third Thursday Salon. His talk is entitled, “Art, a New Power, and Influence.”
Time: Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm
Place: Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St.
RSVP via Facebook.

Join Roberta Fallon, Flora Ward, and Ilana Napoli two more Look/Draw/Write workshops. On Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, April 29 at 3 pm, we’ll hold the final two workshops in our series of Look/Draw/Write workshops at Taller Puertorriqueño. These workshops focus on creative exercises that show how hanging out with art can be fun! First, you’ll spend some time in the gallery looking at, discussing, and drawing the art in Michelle Ortiz’s show, Quizás Mañana, and then the group will wrap up by writing short haiku poems that will be published on the Artblog website. We’ve already published poems from previous workshops inspired by Roxana Méndez Pérez’s work, so give them a read!

Time: Saturday, April 22 at 3 pm + Saturday, April 29 at 3 pm
Place: Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th St.
All ages /// No experience necessary /// Light refreshments provided

“Dear Reader: On Diasporic Intimacy,” a group discussion facilitated by Jennifer Wilson, focuses on Svetlana Boym’s article “On Diasporic Intimacy: Ilya Kabakov’s Installations and Immigrant Homes.” Boym’s article is one of the texts included in “Selected Readings on Intimacy,” a presentation of books and articles chosen by scholar Lauren Berlant as her contribution to Ulises’s curatorial season “Intimacy.”

Time: Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm
Place: Ulises, 31 E. Columbia Ave.
RSVP via Facebook.