Rosamond Purcell’s Art that Nature Makes is International Women’s Day screener at Lightbox Film Center, Call for African American writers for Tasting Freedom, Young Adult Octavius Catto book, Plus, Knight Foundation grantees and Opportunity for International Sculpture Conference panels

As a women-founded, women-run publication, we salute all women today, especially our sisters in the arts. On this day, we recommend you go see the Rosamond Purcell movie at Lightbox Film Center; also, check out the opportunity for an African American writer and read about the new Knight Foundation-funded art projects in Philadelphia.


Primate specimens from Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. Photograph by Rosamond Purcell.
Primate specimens from Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Photograph by Rosamond Purcell.

TODAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018, 7 PM – Lightbox Film Center is screening the Rosamond Purcell film, “An Art That Nature Makes,” that Michael Lieberman told you about. The artist will be there at the screening! More below.

Thursday is International Women’s Day–and Lightbox Film Center is screening An Art That Nature Makes-The Work of Rosamond Purcell–she has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has attracted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould.

She will be at the screening and will be in conversation with Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

An Art that Nature Makes details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.

The screening starts at 7 pm. $10 ($8 students and seniors) Purchase Tickets

Octavius Catto Memorial statue unveiled at City Hall, Philadelphia. In background, l-r, Mayor James Kenney, sculptor, Branly Cadet, James Straw, O.V. Catto Memorial Fund, Carol Clark Lawrence, Chair, O.V. Catto Memorial Fund. Photo by Libby Rosof
Octavius Catto Memorial statue unveiled at City Hall, Philadelphia. In background, l-r, Mayor James Kenney, sculptor, Branly Cadet, James Straw, O.V. Catto Memorial Fund, Carol Clark Lawrence, Chair, O.V. Catto Memorial Fund. Photo by Libby Rosof

We love the Octavius V. Catto monument at City Hall and pass by it every chance we get, to admire the elegant and insightful salute to the 19th Century civil rights hero and to think about the book, “Tasting Freedom,” which helped shine a light on the little known activist.

Today’s news is that the authors of the book are looking for an African American writer to realize a Young Adult version of the Tasting Freedom story. This is a great chance for a writer interested in educating young people about important activists from history previously left out of the history books! For more information contact the authors, Dan Biddle and Murray Dubin, at the Tasting Freedom book website.

In case you missed it, Knight Foundation recently dropped $923,600 in funding on Philadelphia arts groups! Congratulations, all! Below is the list of recipients.

  • Asian Art Initiative ($100,000) – To bring the work of contemporary Asian-American artists into the community by commissioning 25 of them to create new multimedia artworks based on the immigrant experience.
  • University City Science Center ($50,000) – To reimagine connections between the arts and sciences fields by funding a residency at the Philadelphia Science Center that pairs professionals in both fields in the creation of new works.
  • CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia ($22,400) – To present a site-responsive exhibition featuring artists Roberto Lugo and Leo Tecosky at the historic Hamilton Mansion at The Woodlands, using a piece of 19th century carved graffiti preserved at the site as a point of departure
  • Swim Pony Performing Arts ($31,200) – To support innovation in the arts by analyzing audience data from The End – a month-long performance piece experienced via text message – and finding ways to improve the piece.
  • Arts + Business Council ($25,000) – To diversify board leadership in the arts by providing scholarships for minority leaders to attend the Arts + Business Council’s Business On Board program, which teaches leadership skills, board governance and best practices, and then matches organizations with future board members.
  • Kimmel Center ($20,000) – Bringing the latest in contemporary performance to Philadelphia with the U.S. premiere of Asphalt Piloten’s Tape Riot, which pushes against traditional boundaries by infiltrating urban public spaces and delivering a totally unexpected and unique experience combining music, dance and graffiti.

In addition, three arts organizations will receive multiple-year funding to help expand their ability to provide high-quality programming:

  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center ($250,000) – To increase access to contemporary art and photography by providing multi-year support for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center to expand its community programs and curatorial work.
  • Bearded Ladies Cabaret ($175,000) – To develop “The Poison Cookie,” an interactive website and performance piece on the role of the cabaret as art form, and to expand this performance ensembles’ programs for emerging artists and use of interactive technology to engage audiences.
  • Play on Philly ($250,000) – To foster artistic excellence in music education and develop more diverse orchestral talent through multi-year support of Philadelphia’s signature classical music training program for young artists of color.


Call for panel proposals – 28th International Sculpture Conference: Philadelphia – DUE MARCH 12, 2018

The International Sculpture Center (ISC), is seeking panel proposals for the 28th International Sculpture Conference Sculpture in Philadelphia, PA this October 25-28, 2018. This conference will feature the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and mentor sessions, engaging panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more.

Panel topics include:

  • Body and Context
  • Reimaging Monuments – Old and New
  • Working to Strengthen and Engage the Civic Commons
  • Art and Science
  • Affect and Effect: Sculpture in Politics and Freedom
  • Artist-Run and Collaborative Spaces
  • Sculpture, Archives, and Collections
  • The Current and Future State of Sculpture and Sculptural Education
  • Artist Projects and Workshops
  • Wildcard
  • The abstract submission deadline is March 12, 2018. All accepted submissions will be notified by May 2018.

To submit a proposal and learn more information, please visit the conference website.