John McInerney named head of UPenn’s Sachs Art Innovation Program, American Immigrants photo project, calls for artists at Main Line Art Center and Percent for Art Program, Pearl Street opening at Asian Arts Initiative, and join us on an Art Safari

Philadelphia Cultural Alliance VP John McInerney named head of UPenn's new Sachs Art Innovation Program, call for a digital artist in residence at the Main Line Art Center, City's Percent for Art Program open call for site-specific project for new city archives, Asian Arts Initiative kicks off its Pearl Street season with an all-day family-friendly event, come on Art Safari with Artblog on June 10, and finally a photography project about immigration and the US/Mexico border available soon at Ulises bookshop.


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John McInerney named head of new Sachs Arts Innovation program

Penn names John McInerney first head of Sachs Arts Innovation Program

John McInerney, vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, has been named the inaugural executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

The Sachs Arts Innovation Program–founded with a $15 million gift from alumni Keith and Katherine Sachs, the largest gift ever made across the arts at Penn–aims to visibly energize the arts and arts innovation at Penn. It will integrate research, teaching and practice, working collaboratively with faculty, students, arts and culture leaders and the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council and establishing a dedicated Arts Innovation Hub in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.


Read the full press release here. Congratulations, John!

American Immigrants project tells the story of immigrants on the US/Mexico border

American Immigrants is a 7-month calendar that tells stories of US citizens who crossed into Mexico in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, illustrated with photographs of the border at the places they crossed. When possible, it includes descriptions of crossing in their own words.

The calendar was researched, photographed and produced by Corey Chao and Aislinn Pentecost-Farren, artists and designers from Philadelphia, PA, who were inspired to look at history for lesser-known examples of US-Mexico relations.

They have published their research and photographs here, where they are also selling copies of the calendar and fundraising to provide them free-of-charge to US Customs and Border Protection offices along the southern border.


Aislinn tells us that copies of the calendar will be available at Ulises bookstore as of June 17. Artblog wrote about the Bibotorium project Aislinn participated in 2013, and we are looking forward to seeing this new project!


Call for Digital Artist in Residence at the Main Line Art Center

DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm
APPLICATION FEE: $30 Members /$35 Non-Members
AWARD: $1,000, public presentation of artwork, and one year virtual residency at Main Line Art Center (Sept. 2017–Aug. 2018)
QUESTIONS: Chelsea Markowitz, Exhibition Assistant or 610.525.0272 ext. 116

Launched in 2015 in conjunction with Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, the Digital Artist in Residence Program consists of a $1000 award, paid opportunities to engage with MLAC audiences, and a virtual residency for artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium, including video, animation, digital photography, interactive gaming platforms, virtual reality experiences, 360, motion capture applications, video-mapping and projections, and internet-based works, etc. Adult fine artists utilizing digital technology as a primary medium of their artwork, who are not full-time students, living in the Mid-Atlantic Region are eligible to apply.

The residency does not include a studio or housing. It is intended to be a residency that promotes the artist’s work and provides opportunities for them to have paid engagements with MLAC audiences through teaching, lectures, demonstrations, and virtual experiences for the duration of one year. Artists receive cash award when the residency is completed and must participate in the residency for its entirety. Residency begins in September of 2017 and is completed in August of 2018. While Main Line Art Center offers a limited budget for the presentation of artwork created for the residency, it may not have the capacity to cover all technical needs. Therefore, artists are expected to work with the residency’s budget and resources or provide additional resources on their own. When a specific project for presentation is agreed upon by the artist and Main Line Art Center, budget needs and required resources will be determined accordingly.

Application includes digital submission of the following: Artist statement, biography, CV, 10 images/clips of artwork, statement of how the artist might engage with MLAC audiences over the course of one year.


More information available on the MLAC website.

Call for Artists–Site-specific project for new city archives

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces an $80,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for the new City Archives facility. This commission is part of the $4 million City Archive relocation project by the City of Philadelphia Department of Records.

The City Archives serves as the permanent repository for the City’s extensive collection of local historical and cultural records. The enormous collection uniquely documents Philadelphia’s history through objects, documents, rare maps, photographs, architectural plans, tax records, and much more. Some treasures of the collection include: the original 1701 William Penn City of Philadelphia Charter; the first volume of the City Council Minutes, from 1704; original signatures of Benjamin Franklin; and a variety of documents, maps, and images dating from the 18th century.

Questions? Contact Public Art Director Margot Berg,; or
Percent for Art Project Manager Jacque Liu,

Deadline for Submissions: June 16, 2017
Download full Call to Artists here


Asian Arts Initiative kicks off its 2017 Pearl Street season

When: Saturday, June 10, 12–4 p.m.
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.
The event is free, but donations are accepted!
Tickets and more information here.

Kick off the Pearl Street season with us! Help keep Pearl Street beautiful with a community cleanup in the morning, and celebrate the warm weather with art, music, food, and family-friendly fun throughout the afternoon. Hosted by our Youth Arts Workshop students and showing off the work that they create this spring!

Willie Cole, “American Domestic”
Willie Cole, “American Domestic” (2016), digital pigment and serigraph, 36 x 30 inches. Commissioned by the David C. Driskell Center, printed by Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

Join Artblog on an Art Safari to the Arthur Ross Gallery and the ICA

Join us (rain or shine!) on Saturday, June 10 from 2–5 for an art safari to West Philly. First up is the Arthur Ross Gallery where we’ll take in Willie Cole’s ambitious solo show, On Site. Our next stop is the ICA, which is hosting two summer shows–Ginny Casey & Jessi Reaves and Myths of the Marble and Ginny Casey.

This event is FREE and open to everyone! Go here for more information and to register.