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Congratulations Jennifer Martin, new Executive Director at The Clay Studio, and Virginia Maksymowicz, with a solo show at Franklin and Marshall college, Plus, Ulises opens Publishing as Practice residency focused on three experimental publishers, and a remarkable Opportunity for social practice art at the site of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE house in Cobbs Creek

We congratulate Ulises for their new publishers in residency project, and celebrate the Clay Studio's new Executive Director (plus get a look at the plan for their new building in South Kensington!). Virginia Maksymowicz, an Artblog contributor and favorite has a solo exhibit at Franklin and Marshall College; plus the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) announces a surprising call - for a social practice project in Cobbs Creek.



In case you missed it…The Clay Studio appoints Jennifer Martin as Executive Director to lead the organization in its move to new digs and community programming in South Kensington.

Jennifer Martin, new Executive Director, The Clay Studio.
Jennifer Martin, new Executive Director, The Clay Studio.
Architect's rendering of the new Clay Studio building in South Kensington
Architect’s rendering of the new Clay Studio building in South Kensington, opening in 2020

The new Clay Studio, scheduled for completion in fall 2020 with a groundbreaking in fall 2018, will be located in Philadelphia’s vibrant South Kensington neighborhood. As the first of its kind ceramic arts facility built in the United States, it is designed from the ground up as a welcoming center that will strengthen the cultural community of Philadelphia and propel the field of ceramics nationally and globally.

Jennifer Martin previously served as the Studio’s Vice President for six years and as Director of Education and Operations prior to that. She first joined The Clay Studio in 2007 as its Senior Studio Technician. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is also an accomplished artist. Her ceramic work is nationally recognized in numerous exhibitions and publications, and she has held a number of studio residencies, including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Martin received her MFA in ceramics from Georgia State University, and served as faculty there soon after. More information at The Clay Studio website.

Artblog favorite and contributor Virginia Maksymowicz has a solo show at Franklin and Marshall College, where she taught and was head of the Art program for many years.

Poster for Virginia Maksymowicz exhibit at Franklin and Marshall College
Poster for Virginia Maksymowicz exhibit at Franklin and Marshall College

Virginia Maksymowicz, Structural Transparencies at Dana Gallery, Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, March 20 – April 26; show will reopen May 11 and 12. Gallery Hours: T/W/F/Sa/Su noon – 4:00 pm; Th 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Artist in Conversation at Dana Gallery with Shannon Stratton, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC: Thursday, April 12, 5:00 pm

A full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with an essay by Dr. Margo Hobbs, Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair, Muhlenberg College. More at the Franklin and Marshall website and see the artist’s website for more images.

Ulises, the collective art book shop and community space presents their alternative residency project for publishers, Publishing as Practice, starting in April, 2018.

Photo montage of community workshops by Hardworking Good Looking
Photo montage of community workshops by Hardworking Good Looking

Opening April 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA, Ulises presents Publishing As Practice, a three-part publisher residency with Hardworking Goodlooking, Martine Syms, and Bidoun, designed to explore publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial, and artistic practice.

Ulises is a collectively run art bookstore and exhibition space based in Fishtown, Philadelphia, whose essayistic presentations constellate works of art, publications, and public programs around quarterly curatorial themes. From April to July 2018, its quarterly model will be overtaken by a three-part publisher residency curated by Kayla Romberger, with support from Gee Wesley and the Ulises team. Three experimental art publishers will activate the storefront space of Ulises as an exhibition space and public programming hub, engaging the public through workshops, discussions, and projects. Residents include: Hardworking Goodlooking, a cottage industry imprint interested in decolonization, the error, and the invisible, based in the Philippines and connected to the Filipino American diaspora; Dominica, an imprint run by Martine Syms dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture; and Bidoun, a non-profit organization focused on art and culture from the Middle East and its diasporas. These practitioners reveal that publishing is an activity in constant flux, one that continues to evolve and grow in the era of drag and drop, copy and paste. The project will culminate in a publication featuring the work of all three residents.

Programs include
April 7–8, 2018 Deep Listening Forum + Potluck Discussions
April 13–23, 2018 Mosquito Press Workshop + Publication Launch


Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) Percent for Art Program opportunity for social practice project at the Osage Ave site of the MOVE bombing – Deadline April 27, 2018

PRA Percent for Art Project – Social Practice Project at 6200 blocks of Pine and Osage Avenues
Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) is pleased to issue a new Request for Qualifications from Philadelphia-based Artists, as well as Artist-led teams of Philadelphia-based arts organizations, curators, culture workers and facilitators to create a new work of socially-engaged public art focused on the 6200 blocks of Osage Avenue and Pine Street in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia. Please check out our website for the RFQ and full project details.