Congratulations, Pepón Osorio for CAA Distinguished Artist Award! Sad news of passing of Helen Shannon, Plus, Opportunity for Cerulean Annual Juried Show

Congratulations to one of Artblog's most beloved artists, Pepón Osorio, and sad news of the passing of Helen Shannon. Also, a great opportunity at Cerulean Arts.


(L-R) Pepón Osorio, Amy Sadao, Ken Lum, Aaron Levy, speaking about art and social responsibility in 2015 at Slought.
(L-R) Pepón Osorio, Amy Sadao, Ken Lum, Aaron Levy, speaking about art and social responsibility in 2015 at Slought.

Pepón Osorio honored with College Art Association 2018 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement! This and all his recent awards (U.S. Artists, PA Governor’s) are so very deserved by this amazing artist who calls Philadelphia home. Listen to Pepón speak about his philosophy and commitment to social justice-based art in the 2015 panel discussion recorded at Slought for Artblog’s Artist and Social Responsibility project. More about the CAA award below.

The College Art Association is pleased to announce the recipients and finalists of the 2018 Awards for Distinction and the creation of a new Award for Excellence in Diversity. Honorees this year are among the leading scholars, artists, teachers, and authors in the field of visual arts. The CAA Awards for Distinction are presented during Convocation at the CAA Annual Conference<> on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00PM at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The CAA Annual Conference runs from February 21-24, 2018.

Among the winners this year is Pepón Osorio, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. Osorio is the first artist of Puerto Rican descent to receive the award from CAA. Drawing on his childhood in Puerto Rico and his adult life as a social worker in the Bronx, Osorio creates meticulous installations incorporating the memories, experiences, and cultural and religious iconography of Latino communities and family dynamics. “The work is created when I bring together where I am and where the rest of society is,” said Osorio in an Art21 documentary about his work. Osorio is a professor in the Community Arts Practices Program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is also the recipient of a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship, among many other awards and fellowships.​


Sad News

From University of the Arts, we learn that Professor Helen Shannon died suddenly.  We are so sorry to hear this.  More below from UArts.

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Associate Professor Helen Shannon. Helen was a well-respected member of the UArts faculty since joining the University in 2006, directing the Museum Education program within Museum Studies, and since fall 2013 serving as coordinator of Graduate Studies. An accomplished educator and museum professional, Helen has had a deep and lasting effect on the scholarship and professional training in her field.

Helen received a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Columbia University – all in Art History. Her professional appointments included executive director of the New Jersey State Museum, and educator in charge for the Office of Public Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her freelance curatorial work included “In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, and “Biennial 2000: At the Crossroads,” for the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Active in the museum world through lectures and symposia, Helen served on many boards, including current appointments with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and the African American Museum. She was also an ongoing member of the African American Collection Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Helen was a respected scholar, known for her integrity, grace and solid professionalism. She instilled in her many students a tenacious work ethic, deep respect for knowledge, and an awareness of the central role that museums play in the enrichment of our lives. An event at UArts celebrating her life will be announced to the community in the coming weeks.



Cerulean Arts is now accepting entries for its 6th Annual Juried Exhibition to be held June 20 – July 28, 2018. This year’s juror is Patricia Traub, painter, teacher and critic. Entry deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018.


Art must be original and have been created within the past two (2) years.
Accepted media include painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor), works on paper (drawing, pastel, printmaking), photography and sculpture.
All art must be free-standing or ready to hang. Works on paper must be framed (no clip frames). If required, artist is responsible for providing pedestal to display sculpture.
Maximum framed size not to exceed 36″ in either dimension.
June 20 – July 28, 2018

$20 for one entry
$25 for two entries
$30 for three entries

First Prize: $ 200.00 plus inclusion in a future group exhibition
Second Prize: $ 150.00
Third Prize: $ 100.00

Patricia Traub is a painter and draftsperson. In her paintings, she combines contemporary concerns with Old Master techniques, focusing on the relationship between humans and animals. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), she also studied figure drawing at Atelier La Grande Chaumiére, Paris. Her interest in animal painting and conservation led to studies in zoology and taxonomy at the University of Pennsylvania, ornithology at Cornell University, and primatology with Dr. Birute Galdikas at Camp Leakey, Indonesia. As a longtime Associate Professor at PAFA, she taught drawing and painting and served as a critic. She has received numerous awards including several Leeway Foundation grants and has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally. She is represented by Gallery Henoch, New York.