Roberto Lugo to join Tyler faculty, JSTN CLMN to show work at Whitney Biennial, opportunities at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Delaware Contemporary, 40th St Artist in Residence, and Eastern State Penitentiary, plus Celebration of Black Arts Festival, immigration talk at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Callowhill art and history tour with Artblog and Hidden City, performances by Tania Brugera and Ayana Evans, and RIP Vito Acconci

Loads of events and opportunities for you in today's news post. Congratulations to Roberto Lugo for joining the faculty of Tyler School of Art, and to JSTN CLMN for having a piece of work included in the Occupy Museums installations at the Whitney Biennial. Opportunities with deadlines coming up for artist submissions to Tiger Strikes Asteroid, the Delaware Contemporary, 40th St Artist in Residence program, and Eastern State Penitentiary. Celebration of Black Arts Festival kicks off on May 1, and talk on immigration at the Da Vinci Art Alliance on May 10. Artblog toots its own horn about an upcoming May 5 tour of Callowhill and the "Vox" building with Hidden City, plus performances by Tania Brugera and Ayana Evans, and RIP performance art legend Vito Acconci.

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Roberto Lugo in front of painting “To That One Guy” (2015) by Roberto Lugo. Portraits by Jewellea Photography, courtesy of Wexler Gallery.

Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo to join Tyler faculty

Artblog favorite Roberto Lugo has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Crafts and will be joining the faculty of the Tyler School of Art in the fall of 2017. Roberto has a long list of accomplishments, which can be found on his website.

Roberta interviewed Roberto back in 2014, and Kitty Caparella reviewed a recent show of his work at Wexler Gallery. Congratulations, Roberto!

Local artist JSTN CLMN to display work in the Occupy Museums installation at the Whitney Biennial

JSTN CLMN is a contemporary artist from Pittsburgh, PA, who investigates the perceived meaning of common objects. A graduate of RISD and MFA student at the University of Delaware, he brings both a critical understanding of object types and their implications to his investigations of materiality. In addition to an academic background, JSTN has worked as a long-time studio assistant to Dave Cole, as an adjunct at Pittsburgh C.A.P.A., at the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, and at the Bath House ceramics studio in Braddock PA. The piece included in the Occupy Museums installation at the Whitney Biennial is entitled, “Gold Tooth Plate,” 2017. His work will appear in the MFA exhibition at UDel from May 5–June 11.


Congratulations, JSTN CLMN!

Open call for three-person exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid – deadline May 8

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia (TSA Philadelphia) is pleased to announce our Open Call: Three-Person Exhibition, curated by the gallery’s artist members. The exhibition will run from June 23–July 30, 2017. We invite you to submit your work for an opportunity to be featured in the exhibition.

  • Open to artists working in all mediums.
  • All artwork submitted must be ready to hang or install.
  • Artists living outside of Philadelphia are welcome to apply. However, you will be responsible for artwork shipping costs.
  • Submission fee is non-refundable and $20 for up to 4 jpegs and $25 for up to 6 jpegs.
  • Each image should be no larger than 1000 pixels at the largest dimension and must be numbered in the order you would like them to be viewed.
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm on May 8, 2017, for consideration.
  • Selected Artists will be notified by mid-May, 2017

Please email with questions.

The Delaware Contemporary 2017 Annual Friends’ Juried Group Exhibition – deadline May 10

Open call for artists to participate in their annual Friends’ Juried Group Exhibition. Exhibition Dates: June 2–August 6, 2017. To apply for the group show scheduled in 2017, you:

  • must be a current Friend (Member) of The Delaware Contemporary
  • must not have exhibited in a solo show at The Delaware Contemporary in the last three years.

More information on their website.

40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) application for 2017-2018 residency – deadline May 22

If accepted, you will be given a studio space at either 4007 Chestnut Street or 4013 Chestnut Street beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 15, 2018. You will be encouraged to use that time to develop your own creative work. In exchange, you will be asked to share your talents with West Philadelphia through around 40 hours of outreach service over the course of the residency. Examples of outreach projects include a public installation, a workshop, or a class. You may work at a school, prison, hospital, nursing home, etc. Administrative and modest financial support will be provided. In addition, all residents will have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions.  Monthly resident meetings (or fewer/more when necessary) will facilitate this while creating opportunities to foster community within the program. In addition to collaborating with your fellow residents, a student intern and a part-time facilitator will help to coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity, maintenance, etc.


  • You must be a new or emerging artist. This does not necessarily mean that you are a recent college graduate (though it’s fine if you are!). You can be any age, at any education level or type, and at any stage of life. What we mean by emerging artist is someone who has not had a private studio before, or has had one but for under a year, and has not had a solo exhibition at a major gallery or museum.
  • You must be affiliated with West Philadelphia, meaning you live, work, volunteer, or create art here.
  • Full time students may not apply.
  • Former 40th Street artists-in-residence may not apply.
  • Groups may not apply, though collaborative duos may apply. Our studios cannot accommodate more than two artists at a time and applications submitting by groups of more than two will not be accepted.
  • Artists who have applied in the past and were not accepted may re-apply.

For more information, see their website.

Eastern State Penitentiary open call for the 2018 season – deadline June 14

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2018 season of site-specific artist installations. There are two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of their orientations–the last 3 dates are coming up on Friday, May 5 at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 am, and Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am.

More information on their website.

Noted Authors and Artists Join Art Sanctuary for Month Long 33rd Celebration of Black Art, May 1–31

The 33rd annual Celebration of Black Arts Festival, presented by Art Sanctuary, takes over Philadelphia this May with more than fourteen (14) events, workshops, discussions and performances throughout the month. Gathering the most prominent Black authors, artists, and intellectuals from across the nation, the Festival shines a light on impactful visual, literary, and performance art from the Black community.

On May 1, the Festival kicks off with an exhibition in the Art Sanctuary gallery, featuring renowned illustrator Bryan Collier. Collier is an award-winning writer and artist, best known for his vibrant illustrations in popular children’s books such as Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and Uptown, which he both wrote and illustrated. The exhibition will be on display through May 31, with an opening reception on May 7 at 7pm.

For the duration of the month, Festival-goers can look forward to a range of events throughout the city. For more information and the full Festival lineup, visit the website.

When: May 1-31, 2017
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19146
Gallery hours: 12pm-4pm daily, 12pm-7pm on Thursdays

Da Vinci Art Alliance hosts panel discussion on immigration issues, May 10, 7–8:30 pm

As part of its May exhibit Crossing Boundaries, featuring the work of 5 immigrant artists (Elke Muller, Eric Zorn, Irul Abidin, Lilliana S. Didovic, Rinal Parikh), the DVAA will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Issues for Immigration Today.” Led by Hani White, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the panelists will be Jason Hernandez, Esq., Asylee Outreach Project Director, HIAS Pennsylvania; Aisha Zia Khan, Executive Director and President, Twelve Gates Arts; Alberto Pagán-Ramírez, founder, Instituto Puertorriqueño de Música; and Sinta Penyami, founder, Moderno Dance Company.

When: May 10, 7–8:30 pm
Where: Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Free and open to the public

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Celebrate First Friday with Artblog and Hidden City with an Art + History Tour of Callowhill

Join Hidden City’s Pete Woodall for a half hour tour of the neighborhood with five names (Callowhill, Chinatown North, Loft District, Testletown and Eraserhood). We’ll delve into the history of the surrounding blocks, which despite a recent wave of gentrification remain an atmospheric mixture of decaying factory buildings, rail lines, and narrow streets. Then, we will head inside the “Vox” building, a rabbit warren of eight (at last count) alternative galleries run by artists. We will wrap up with refreshments at the Trestle Inn, with some great happy hour specials on food and drinks. History, art, and whiskey sours–what more could you ask for? Join us!

When: May 5, 6–8:30
Where: Meet in front of 319 N. 11th St.
Free event–register here.

Performance artist Tania Brugera comes to Philadelphia for a performance and talk

Cuban born artist Tania Brugera will be in Philadelphia on May 3 + 4 to speak at the Barnes and to perform her piece, “Displacement,” in which the artist embodies a nkisi nkonde figure, covering her body in Cuban earth, glue, wood, nails, and textile fragments. Her performance will take place in locations across the city, including City Hall, Independence Hall, Constitution Center, Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown, Eastern State Penitentiary, Brewerytown/Strawberry Mansion

Lecture: How to Transform Affect into Political Effectiveness
When: Wednesday, May 3, 6:30–7:30 pm
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
Performance: May 4, various times and locations
For more information, see the project website.

Ayana Evans performs feats of strength and endurance across the city on May 6 + 7

May 6 and 7, artist Ayana Evans will perform “Throwing Hexes.” Dressed in a neon yellow tiger-striped catsuit, she will run, skip, jump, and otherwise exercise her way across the city. Locations of the performance include United for Christ Ministries, Barnes Foundation outdoor fountain, Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks, Jim’s Cheesesteaks, First Bank of the USA, Penn’s Landing, Ritz Carlton lobby bar/restaurant, Bellevue Hotel bar, and Temple University. On May 10, 6–8 pm, the artist will host a tea party complete with video projection in the Annenberg Court of the Barnes Foundation. Roberta spoke with Ayana in March about her work, and we’re looking forward to catching these performances.

Legendary performance art provocateur Vito Acconci died on April 28, 2017

Known for his performance and video art, Vito Acconci died in Manhattan at the age of 77. You can see one of his works at the Barnes as part of their Person of the Crowd show, up through May 22.