Artist Census at Philly Stewards, Brooke Davis Anderson marks one year as Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum Director, acquisition of Brodsky Center, and Create! Magazine Opportunity


Artists! Philly Stewards invites You to participate in their Artist Census. The group is collecting demographic information and information about your life as an artist here in the city. More below and a link to the survey page. I’ve been told the survey takes about 10 minutes to fill out.

From Leigh Werrill of Philly Stewards…We are collecting data on the Philly Artist community in order to get an accurate picture of the resources, challenges and livelihoods of our city’s visual artists. We think the results of this survey will help artists and art organizations get valuable insights on sales, representation and demographics of Philly artists. It will also help Philly Stewards better serve its mission to educate on the collection, support and promotion of Philadelphia’s Art and Artists.
Here is a link to the survey and more info.
Once complete, you can view the results!


PAFA Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson. Photo by Jay Potter
PAFA Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson. Photo by Jay Potter

Two from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1. This summer is the one year anniversary of Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson’s arrival – Congratulations, Brooke! Prior to coming to PAFA, Anderson was Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans and before that she was Director of Curatorial Planning at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where among other things, she oversaw the “Curatorial Diversity Initiative” a program of the Mellon Foundation aimed at changing the “demographics of professionals in museums across the nation.” Her anniversary coincides with the opening of two shows at PAFA this summer, SWARM with Didier William and Nestor Armando Gil and Infinite Spaces, works from the permanent collection, many by contemporary artists. More about Anderson below:

During her short tenure here at PAFA, Brooke has worked with Museum staff to acquire the
Frederic Edwin Church oil painting, Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada, 1875, and take over responsibility for more than 275 works by African American sculptor John Rhoden. She also showcased the work of Chuck Close in Chuck Close Photographs, the first comprehensive survey of the photographic work of the artist, alongside a companion exhibition in response to the Close show, “The Art World We Want.”


2. In case you missed it, PAFA will absorb The Brodsky Center and create new paper making facility

The Brodsky Center, a collaborative paper and printmaking center devoted to the creation of new work, is now located at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Mason Gross School of the Arts. The Center was founded in 1986 by Judith Brodsky, an artist, printmaker, arts advocate and professor of art. The Center was renamed in her honor in 2006, and is
dedicated to enabling groundbreaking artists, both established and emerging, to create new work in paper and print. Brodsky, who now sits on PAFA’s Contemporary Collections Committee, was instrumental in bringing the Center to PAFA.



Conrad Benner of
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Create Magazine open call for Fall Print Issue curated by Conrad Benner – DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2018

ELIGIBILITY: Artists 18 and older are welcome to apply with works in any medium: painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, installation and more. Artists from all countries are welcome to submit.

SELECTED ARTISTS: Artists selected by the guest juror will receive a 2-page spread including a brief bio, website, and 2 images in print and digital formats. Published artists will receive a complimentary digital issue and will be listed with images, details and information on our website/social media for life. All featured artists will automatically be considered for any upcoming curatorial projects and exhibitions organized by our team.

FEE: $30* We welcome free blog submissions on a continuous basis.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2018

Apply here

WHERE TO FIND: Copies will be available in our online shop and at several retail locations in London, New York, Amsterdam, Wilmington (DE), Philadelphia and more.

Guest Curator

Conrad Benner is a photographer, podcaster, curator, and Founder of, a photo-blog that discovers art on the streets of Philadelphia.

Create! Magazine is a bimonthly digital and print independent publication for artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs. Our issues have been featured at Art Miami Fairs, Apartment Therapy, Stack Magazines, Study Breaks, Secrets of Green and more.