Congratulations, Pap Souleye Fall, Kay Healy; Martin Puryear’s ‘Big Bling’ on Kelly Drive for 6 months, Tyler launches Art Therapy program in Fall, Plus a couple great Opportunities and three Artblog events to join

Newsy news today about public art, a new Art Therapy program, some congratulations to artists, awesome opportunities locally and out of state, and a couple of Artblog events you will want to know about.


Pap Souleye Fall
Pap Souleye Fall wearing his body suit at Galleries at Moore’s radio booth.

One of our favorite shows of graduating art students, 5 into 1, is open at the Galleries at Moore. And one of our favorite graduating art students is in it – Pap Souleye Fall, of University of the Arts.

The exhibition, organized by Philadelphia Sculptors, is up to Sat. June 24, so get on over and see it. Pap’s practice includes performance and lots of sewing – he sews his clothes and in fact stitches himself into his clothes in a way that both spiritual practice and endurance performance (his day involves a series of sewing himself in, then ripping the stitches for things like bathroom breaks, then sewing himself back in). Listen to our 2016 podcast interview with Pap here.


wall display in cafe, 2014, by Kay Healy
Kay Healy, Lost and Found, Home Page Cafe, Free Library, 2014

Another Artblog favorite, Kay Healy, has a solo show in Williamsport, PA at PCT Gallery, the Gallery at Penn College of Technology.

The show is up and open til July 23 and the artist reception is June 29.   The artist is also a sewing artist, making soft wall reliefs based on community input or biography.  Kay had a Fleisher Challenge exhibition a few years back.  And you can  listen to our 2013 podcast with Kay here.


Tyler announces a new BA degree in Art Therapy, starting Fall, 2017.

The Art Education and Community Arts Practices Department (AECAP) is introducing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Therapy. The intent of this degree program is to ensure graduates have the requisite skills for employment in art therapy related fields and/or the necessary preparation to pursue graduate studies in art therapy or similar helping professions upon graduation. A strength of this course of study is its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature with an emphasis on extensive fieldwork in the communities. While a master’s degree is required in the professionally credentialed field of in art therapy, this degree program will rigorously prepare students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies in Art Therapy at the graduate level or art therapy related jobs commensurate with their education and experience.


Martin Puryear, Big Bling, 2016 (installation view in Madison Square Park, New York). Pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, chain-link fencing, fiberglass, and gold leaf, 40 x 10 x 38 feet. Collection of the Artist © Martin Puryear, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Hunter Canning
Martin Puryear, Big Bling, 2016 (installation view in Madison Square Park, New York). Pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, chain-link fencing, fiberglass, and gold leaf, 40 x 10 x 38 feet. Collection of the Artist © Martin Puryear, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Hunter Canning

“Big Bling” comes to Kelly Drive.

In case you missed it, Martin Puryear’s animal/human hybrid with what’s being called a “shackle” of gold now sits beside the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park above the Girard Bridge. A collaboration between the Association for Public Art and the Madison Square Park, BB will be installed in Philadelphia for six months. Public opening festivities are Thursday, June 8, 4:30 – 7PM.  Register for the Free event here.


Artist live/work residencies, ten-weeks long, at the Waterfront South – Camden, NJ

There’s no rent, there are no fees, and for a savvy young (or youthful) urbanite, there should be no problem in the fact that the community, the gallery, the studio, and the residence are in Camden. For more information about Waterfront South Artist Residency program, email Read the story at

AS220 looking for Community Print Shop Manager, Providence, RI

The Printshop Community Manager’s primary responsibility is to plan and organize resources of the Printshop on many time scales: everything from day-to-day operations to weekly workshops, monthly meetings, seasonal scheduling, and annual budgets and events. The ideal candidate would be seasoned in organizing people and have skills in the printing processes taught at the Printshop.

The Printshop is part of the AS220 Industries, a self-sustaining, earned income approach to building community and providing resources and education around a variety of crafts and media. The Industries is comprised of two other programs: AS220 Media Arts and AS220 Labs. Program Leaders work together to identify best practices and standardize systems around access, membership and programming while focusing on the individual needs of their respective programs. The manager reports to the Industries Director. Complete information here.

ICA Boston seeks Associate Curator – Boston, MA

The Associate Curator/Curator plays a key role in implementing the ICA’s mission to be a place for groundbreaking and innovative exhibitions. The ideal candidate will be a pragmatic organizer and team player with a proven intellectual track record, excellent knowledge of contemporary art, and a commitment to work in the public realm. Working with the Barbara Lee Chief Curator, curatorial colleagues, and other key staff, the Associate Curator/Curator develops and implements exhibitions, which highlight a range of artistic practices and ideas, and connects our audiences to the best contemporary artists. The position requires a candidate who is equipped to think broadly and innovatively about the ICA’s artist-centered mission, while also independently managing a wide range of administrative responsibilities. The candidate must be comfortable working in a collaborative, experimental, and culturally diverse setting and possess the openness, flexibility, and diplomacy required for meaningful collaboration with contemporary artists. Exceptional speaking, writing, and research abilities are required. Complete information here.

California College of the Arts (CCA) Seeks Chair of Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice – San Francisco, CA

Established in 2003, CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice is the first of its kind in America and to-date has launched dozens of graduates onto expansive and rewarding career paths. The chair’s role is to build on that legacy by envisioning and directing a curriculum and program that responds to contemporary art and culture in order to prepare the next generation of curators to meet unprecedented challenges and opportunities within the curatorial field which has matured into a rich profession in contemporary art and culture.

The Chair of Curatorial Practice holds an essential leadership position in the suite of graduate programs in the Fine Arts Division at CCA and is a crucial partner in conceiving and strategizing pedagogic intersections among all the graduate programs within the four academic divisions, including Architecture, Design, and Humanities & Sciences. The successful candidate will approach curriculum development and programming as a creative and intellectual endeavor. They will demonstrate a capacity and interest in incorporating diverse cultural and global perspectives in shaping courses, pedagogic methodologies, community, and thus establishing core characteristics that define the program and steward it into the future. The chair will also provide an essential voice in envisioning the Curatorial Practice facilities in the new campus designed by Chicago-based architects Studio Gang. Complete information here.


Class photo of participants in Artblog workshop
Participants pose for “class picture” after Artblog Look/Draw/Write workshop at Taller Puertorriqueño. Middle row, left, is artist Michelle Angela Ortiz, whose art we wrote poems about.

June 2 6 PM – 8 PM – FREE – Taller Puertorriqueño – Artist talk with Michelle Angela Ortiz and Roberta Fallon about art, place and identity. Dance party afterwards, 8 PM – 10 PM ($10 at the door). More information here.

June 3 noon – 5 PM – FREE – West Park Fest – Artblog will be there near the new temporary commissioned art works by Tim Belknap, Taji Nahl, Claes Gabriel, Eugene Lew and Tiona McClodden (commissions by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Art Place, curated by Theresa Rose)! Join Artblog for friendly discussion about the art while you listen to music, buy from vendors or have a picnic. More information here.

June 10 2 PM – 5 PM – FREE – Art Safari to West Philly’s amazing galleries, ICA and Arthur Ross Gallery. More information at the Facebook event page. Register for tickets here.