Pennsylvania Convention Center Festival celebrates ART by 70 artists this Saturday; 2018 Visionary Women Awardees, Deborah Willis and Roz Chast; leadership changes at Main Line Arts Center and Penn Design Communications and 2018 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage (PCAH) awardees!
See the ART at the PA Convention Center this Saturday! Free and open to the public, noon-5 PM. 70 artists were selected and 40 will be there to greet you. Some Artblog favorites, whose work was chosen, are Astrid Bowlby, Moe Brooker, and the Dufala Brothers -- woohoo. Also, new leadership at Main Line Art Center and Penn Design Communications, Visionary Women Artists for 2018 and PCAH grants and fellows announced! Read and share, Everyone.

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 Astrid Bowlby, Two panels from That Music Always Round Me, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Astrid Bowlby, Two panels from That Music Always Round Me, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

From our friends at Gallery Joe, we learned of the Free Community Festival at the PA Convention Center on Saturday, June 30th, 12-5pm. 40 artists (of the 70 whose work was selected for permanent display) will be there to talk with you about their works including Artblog favorite Astrid Bowlby, whose piece is a 100 ft.-long site-specific collage.

More information on the Festival came in from Tara Waltenbaugh, Special Projects Manager & Board Liaison at the Convention Center:

In celebration of the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s 25th Anniversary and in partnership with Wawa Welcome America, the Center is opening its doors for the 1st time to the PUBLIC for FREE, self-guided art tours of the Center’s newly installed $1.5 million West Wing Art Collection which consists of over 130 pieces of artwork from different mediums on THIS SATURDAY ONLY, JUNE 30TH, FROM 12PM – 5PM.

This is an exclusive opportunity as the Center’s artwork is only viewable to those who are already inside the building for a show, convention, tradeshow, meeting, or event.

About 40 of the 70 artists will be present to meet-n-greet the public as well as interactive with and ask questions.

Art brochures will be handed out to assist in the self-exploration of the artwork.

Please enter the Convention Center at Broad Street (between Arch and Race); last entry will be at 4:30pm.

P.S. For the 1st time ever, PAFA – which is located directly across the street from our entrance – will be opening its doors to the public as well — make it a fun, FREE day to check out both art collections!

Poster for Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Festival, June 30, 2018

2018 Visionary Women at Moore College of Art and Design – Deborah Willis and Roz Chast! . Visionary Women awards, inaugurated in 2003, have “recognized outstanding women leaders who have made a powerful impact on the worlds of art and design.” Here at Artblog, we love this award. This year’s honorees are particular favorites!

The celebration honoring Willis and Chast is on Oct. 17, 2018, 6 PM. Tickets ($$$) here (This event is a fundraiser for scholarships at the college.) . More about the 2018 honorees:

DEBORAH WILLIS, Ph.D, Photographer, Professor, Art Historian and Curator
Deborah Willis, Ph.D., has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. She is a university professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies. She teaches on subjects including the black body, women and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of slavery and emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty.

ROZ CHAST – Cartoonist, Illustrator and Author
Since joining The New Yorker in 1978, Roz Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, insecurities and surreal imaginings of modern life. Her works are typically populated by hapless but relatively cheerful “everyfolk,” and she addresses the universal topics of guilt, aging, families, money, real estate and as she would say, “much, much more!” David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.”

LEADERSHIP CHANGES

John Caperton, The Print Center Jensen Bryan Curator since 2010 is moving on at the end of June, 2018, to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, where he will be Communications Coordinator. Congratulations John! We have loved your work at the Print Center, and elsewhere!

Thomas Scurto-Davis was named Executive Director of Main LineArt Center, stepping up from interim executive director and Director of Finance and Operations. Congratulations!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

2018 PCAH grants and fellowships announced – Congratulations all, especially Artblog favorites Ken Lum, Quentin Morris, Michelle Angela Ortiz! From PCAH spokesperson, Megan Wendell…The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has just announced its 2018 grants, totaling more than $8.7 million to support 45 artists and cultural organizations. Please see the press release below, and view a full list of grantees and projects at pewcenterarts.org/2018grants, where you can also download a text list of all grantees.

Visual artists and projects you may be interested in include: $75,000 Pew Fellowships awarded to artists David Hartt, Ken Lum, Quentin Morris, and Michelle Angela Ortiz; a project from the Institute of Contemporary Art presenting a three-part, multidisciplinary exhibition featuring the work of artists Carolyn Lazard, Cameron Rowland, Sable Elyse Smith, and Martine Syms; the Mütter Museum’s interactive exhibition about the 1918-19 influenza pandemic featuring elements created by Award-winning, UK-based artist group Blast Theory, and a multimedia installation by David Hartt for Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park; among others. Full details at the PCAH website.

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