Congratulations, Jamar Nicholas on ‘Leon, Protector of the Playground’! Wagner Free Institute and Temple University’s research partnership, Cari Freno and Julin Everett’s monumentalizing art project at Ursinus, Plus, Artblog News and a great Yiddish New York opportunity!

We are very happy for one of our favorite comic book artists, Jamar Nicholas, who debuts his brand new graphic novel, Leon, Protector of the Playground, this weekend at Comic Con in Baltimore! In other news, two events on Sept. 28 highlight a project at Ursinus College and a research collaboration; Artblog's Imani Roach talks with Lane Speidel about their art projects, and Yiddish New York announces a great opportunity for artists.


Leon, Protector of the Playground, by Jamar Nicholas, coming this Fall to a bookstore near you.
Leon, Protector of the Playground, by Jamar Nicholas, coming this Fall to a bookstore near you.

Congratulations Jamar Nicholas, whose new graphic novel, Leon, Protector of the Playground, debuted this weekend at Baltimore Comic Con!

If you’re down there in BMore, stop by and get a copy! Or, order your copy here. (You have a choice of hardcover or soft.) Images from Comic Con are at Jamar’s Instagram feed. #leonpotp We are big fans of Jamar’s comics and in fact did an Artblog Radio podcast conversation with him about his work — including the then-in-process Leon book, in 2016. Listen!


Wagner Free Institute showcase Sept. 28 unveils research projects Temple arts and humanities faculty and graduate student fellows did through a partnership between the Wagner and Temple University.

From Cara Scharf at Wagner…Last year we partnered with Temple University to offer a research fellowship to arts and humanities faculty and grad students. The fellowship allowed them to conduct research in the Wagner’s collections and library. There have been several really amazing artistic endeavors that came out of the fellowship, including a new font inspired by handwritten labels in our museum and jewelry inspired by biological drawings (the jewelry artist was profiled recently for Friday Arts).

Register here for the Free Sept. 28 showcase with the fellows at Wagner. And visit the project website here.


Whole Lotta Monumentalizing Going On – at Ursinus! — Scene/Unseen, Campus-wide project memorializing yellow-star-wearing Jews in Nazi Germany by Cari Freno and Julin Everett opens at Berman Museum Sept. 28, with tour and reception.

This installation aims to make monumental the subject’s choice to wear the yellow star, meant as a public mark of shame, in a studio portrait even when it was not a requirement by their Nazi occupied government. There are 19 portraits installed throughout the campus making use of interior and exterior architecture, and various materials typically used as sign-making substrates. (Ed. Note: More information about the installation on the Ursinus Campus and to see photos of the studio portraits of the Jews wearing the yellow stars, visit the project website).

Guided Tour of Exhibition Register here!

Beginning at the steps in front of the Berman Museum of Art
Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Ursinus College
601 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426
Tour concludes at the Kaleidoscope lobby, with a reception to follow.
Scene/Unseen will be up through December.


Artblog News

New Artblog Radio podcast conversation

Imani Roach speaks with Lane Speidel about Speidel’s art projects and in particular the event series they organize, Make a Space for Me. Stay tuned!

First Friday, October 6, 2017, 5 PM – 6 PM, Look/Draw/Write workshop at Asian Arts Initiative!

Come along with us as we journey through the gallery, talk about the art, sketch a bit and then write our thoughts about a great group show dealing broadly with immigration and its impact. (See two posts about our LDW workshops at Taller Puertorriqueño earlier this year. One focused on art by Michelle Ortiz; the other focused on art by Roxana Perez-Mendez.


From Jessica Fromm…Open Call for art in Yiddish New York show themed on Resistance – Deadline Nov. 10, 2017

Yiddish New York, an annual celebration of Yiddish music, language and culture, is proud to collaborate with City Lore on this year’s art exhibition, which will be held from Thursday, December 14th, 2017 to Sunday, January 15th, 2018. The exhibition will be curated by Deborah Ugoretz and Tine Kindermann. This year’s theme is RESISTANCE! Complete details see the Yiddish New York website.