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Two excellent events Wednesday, March 21 – Philadelphia School District annual Women’s History Art show reception and lecture by Jaume Plensa at Arthur Ross Gallery; Plus, Two Opportunities, from Till Arts and 40th Street AIR for emerging trans artists of color, and from Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Program partnership, Let’s Connect

We're happy to present two great-sounding opportunities and to tell you about two excellent events this week, one, a Philly School District Women's Art show reception and the other a lecture by Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, at Arthur Ross Gallery. Read and share!



Via Artblog friend, Marilyn Rodriguez – Celebrating Women’s History and art at Philadelphia School District

The Philadelphia School District annual Women’s History Month art exhibit, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” is up at the School District Education building, 440 N. Broad St., 2nd floor until March 31.

The artists’ reception is this Wednesday, 3/21/18, 4:30 PM – 7 PM. Congratulations, All!

Artists in the show include

Selene Nuñez-Cruz,
​Liliana Perez
Diane Larisgoitia
Deborah Klose
LuzSelenia Loeb
Pauline Houston-McCall
Dr. Cheryl Mason-Dorman
Marsha Sickles
Tiffany Murphy
Alicia Mino
LuzSelenia Salas
Lauren Ramos
Pheralyn Dove
Seema Choudhary​

Jaume Plensa's digital fountain in Chicago, which Libby told us about in 2007 when she visited.
Jaume Plensa’s digital fountain in Chicago, which Libby told us about in 2007 when she visited.

Via Artblog Contributor, Flora Ward – Acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa lecture this Wednesday, 5:30 PM at Arthur Ross Gallery. Image is Plensa’s digital fountain in Chicago, which Libby told you about in 2007 when she visited and saw it.

The Arthur Ross Gallery is proud to announce that Jaume
Plensa, Spanish artist and sculptor, will present the second
annual Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture on March 21, 2018.

Jaume Plensa is a renowned contemporary artist working in the public realm and his art is driven by a desire to emphasize the possibilities of communication brought about through sculpture and place. His sculpture in Penn’s Art Collection, Endless III, 2010 is composed of interwoven letters and symbols that capture the light and create a metaphorical language that connects all people.

Through this annual lecture series Susan T. Marx (CW’66) and the Arthur Ross Gallery seek to inspire Penn students across disciplines to develop an interest in or a passion for art and to attract a regional and national audience. Funding for the Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture Series is provided by a gift to the University of Pennsylvania from Susan T. Marx to fund the
lecture series.

FREE and open to the public
RSVP required
For more information contact:


Via Friend of Artblog, Wit Lopez – Emergence Program opportunity for emerging trans artists of color – Deadline May 15, 2018

The Till Arts Project, in partnership with the 40th Street AIR Program, is extending an invitation to emerging trans artists of color in Philadelphia for the Emergence Program. As part of the program, artists are offered a month-long solo exhibition, full curatorial support, a stipend to give a workshop, a monthly transpass, career counseling, and access to other resources.

To apply, send your artist bio/statement and 6-10 examples of your artwork in one, multi-page PDF to with the subject line “Emergence Program Submission.”

Deadline is May 15, 2018.

*Our definition of trans is borrowed from the Leeway Foundation: “an umbrella term encompassing transsexual,transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.”

ICYMI – Artist Open Call for Barnes Foundation/Mural Arts partnership, “Let’s Connect” – Apply March 19 – April 30, 2018

Let’s Connect” invites artists living or working in Philadelphia to create a new work inspired by the Barnes collection for a chance to win a residency at the Barnes. REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE

…Let’s Connect invites artists living or working in Philadelphia County to create a new work inspired by a painting or object in the Barnes collection, to be included in a group exhibition this spring. All participating artists will then have a chance to be selected for a three-month residency at the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes, an ongoing collaboration between the Barnes and Mural Arts…

During the open call to artists, taking place March 19–April 30, 2018, artists will receive unlimited free admission to the Barnes once they register on the Let’s Connect website. Artists are then invited to submit their collection-inspired work for a public display at the Barnes, on view May 21–June 4, 2018. MORE INFORMATION

March 19–April 30, 2018

During the open call period, the Barnes will host information sessions to provide artists details about the project as well as background on the Barnes method and the collection. Artists are encouraged to attend at least one session, but participation is not required. The meetups are scheduled to take place at the Barnes during the following times:

Friday, March 23, 2018, at 3 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 3 pm
Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 1 pm

May 21–June 4, 2018
All works submitted by Philadelphia artists who have registered online will be displayed at the Barnes from May 21–June 4, 2018, during the Barnes’s usual hours of 11 am–5 pm, Wednesday–Monday. The public’s selections will be weighted equally with the curators’ selections. More information.

July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019
The four selected artists will be invited to participate in three-month residencies at the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes. This small building, located just off 20th Street, is uniquely situated at the edge of the Barnes’s Parkway campus and has become an ideal place for art activations that function as a critical bridge to nearby communities. The selected artists will be provided an expense allowance of $1,000 per month, given come-and-go access to the Barnes, and they will host open studio hours to connect with the community. Residencies will begin July 1, 2018, and run for an entire year, through June 30, 2019.

The project is organized by Shelley Bernstein, deputy director for audience engagement and chief experience officer at the Barnes Foundation. Lindsey Rosenberg is the Let’s Connect project manager for Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Pertinent dates are below:

Artist Open Call: March 19–April 30, 2018
Exhibition: May 21–June 4, 2018
Artist Announcement: June 14, 2018
Artist Residencies: July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019