Artblog wants You! Two events just for you, Plus Barnes/Stokowski Festival brings art and music together, and Vox Populi Opportunity!

We have lots going on in October, 2018, but then so does Everybody! In your busy Fall schedule, consider joining us at our two events! Then, consider the art+music festival, Barnes/Stokowski, also this month. And apply for the Guest Artist gig at Vox Populi Gallery!


Albert Barnes and Leopold Stokowski, again at last, in the Barnes/Stokowski Festival (a two week festival of concerts and events at both Philadelphia Orchestra sites and at The Barnes, sponsored by Friends of Artblog, Mari and Peter Shaw). Take a look at this quick, fun, well-done video explaining the relationship between the two cranky arts and culture giants of the 20th Century. Below is information and a link to the ticket site. Mari is moderating a panel discussion on which includes one of our favorite contemporary commentators on the arts (and former Artblog collaborator), Peter Crimmins!

The two-week event will feature Orchestra concerts led by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève; theatrical scenes by playwright Didi Balle, based on historical accounts and the correspondence between the two men; a panel discussion; and chamber concerts of contemporary music that extend the musical influences of Barnes and Stokowski into the present day.

Rounding out the Festival is a panel discussion entitled “Stokowski, Barnes, and Matisse,” which will focus on the impact Barnes and Stokowski had on the cultural landscape of Philadelphia and America. The panel will take place at the Barnes Foundation on October 13 from 3-4:30 PM, with an introduction by Stéphane Denève. Panelists include:

  • Mari Shaw, art collector and Philadelphia Orchestra supporter (moderator)
  • Jeremy Braddock, associate professor of English at Cornell University
  • Peter Crimmins, arts and culture reporter for WHYY
  • Jack McCarthy, music historian
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté, professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania

Tickets for the panel discussion cost $15 and can be purchased here. Guests with valid “Stokowski, Barnes, and Matisse” panel tickets may show their ticket at the Barnes to receive discounted $15 admission to the Barnes collection on October 13. (Barnes collection hours are 11 AM – 5 PM).

Information about the Festival here.


Artblog News

Poster for Oct. 1, 2018 Art Writing Contest meet and greet at Slought

Artblog and Soul Sanctuary are hosting an event at Slought about The 2018 New Art Writers Contest!

The New Art Writers Contest is Open!
Meet-and-Greet Information Session at Slought TOMORROW! MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM.

Come and meet the contest organizers, Roberta Fallon, Matt Kalasky and Imani Roach. Meet co-host of the event, Stephanie Renee of the fabulous Soul Sanctuary! Hear more about the contest’s great cash prizes and publication opportunities! Learn about the three amazing women judges, Alex Oehmke, Carol Zou and Elisabeth Perez-Luna! Details and link to application site are here. See you Tomorrow, Oct. 1, 2018, at Slought, 4017 Walnut St.


Join Artblog and Hidden City on a Callowhill Art + History Tour – Friday, Oct. 5, 6:00 – 9:30 PM!

Enjoy a unique First Friday outing and support the work of two online publications that do (ahem) amazing work in the community!

Complete information here. Tickets still available!


In our popular Ask Artblog column, Advisor Beth Heinly talks about innate creativity!

Read Beth’s essay here. It’s great!

Ask Artblog is the essential advice column for all your art life questions. Our esteemed Advisors, Beth Heinly and Dave Kyu, pen solid advice for your burning questions. Have a question for Beth or Dave, email Or click here to submit a Google form with your questions. All names kept anonymous.

Roberta Fallon (that’s me) is one of three people selected to jury the Annual Art Ability Exhibition in 2018.

The Annual Art Ability Exhibition at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a year-round program which serves as a showcase and marketplace for talented artists. The program educates the community about the remarkable abilities of people with disabilities and inspires artists to reach beyond their limitations and explore their own creativity.

The annual, international juried Art Ability exhibition and sale is twelve-weeks in length and features art and fine crafts by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual impairments.

Participating artists express their creativity through painting, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, stained glass, jewelry and fine crafts. Through these creative modes of expression, artists are able to convey their talent, receive recognition for their work, and often also to further progress in recovering from a life-altering illness or injury.

2018 Art Ability judges
Three prestigious members of the Philadelphia art community have been invited to judge over 400 entries of art by nearly 200 artists for awards at the 2018 Art Ability Exhibition and Sale at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

The 2018 Award Judges are Roberta Fallon, editor and executive director of Artblog; Angela McQuillan, curator and director of the BioArt Residency at the University City Science Center; and Lee Stoetzel, director and co-curator of the West Collection at SEI.

Angela McQuillan is a Philadelphia-based artist and curator working at the intersection of science and art. She holds degrees in both biology and painting, and has 10 years of experience working as a scientist in various roles including academic research and pharmaceuticals. To this date, McQuillan has curated over 30 art exhibitions relating to science and technology, and four of these have been by internationally recognized artists working with biological media. McQuillan currently works as both the Curator at the Esther Klein Gallery, and the Director of the University City Science Center’s BioArt Residency which she founded in 2017. Her work has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times, Forbes and SciArt in America.

Lee Stoetzel is an artist and director and co-curator of the West Collection at the financial services firm SEI in Oaks, Pa. For the last 22 years, he has worked with the West family as they’ve built a 3,500 work (700 artists) contemporary collection. Stoetzel has worked to introduce contemporary art to SEI and its visitors, as well as to help with loans and partnerships to major museums all over the world and partners in the Philadelphia region. Through installations, tours, an approach to showing contemporary art in a corporate setting, and through public loaned installations at various venues, Stoetzel and SEI work to continually create a surprising art experience.

Art Ability Exhibition and Sale
November 4, 2018–January 27, 2019
Visit, view and purchase artwork from the Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale beginning the first Sunday in November. The exhibit officially opens with a Preview party on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

To inquire about purchasing artwork outside of business hours, email or call 484.596.5607.


Vox Populi Open Call for Guest Artists for 2019 – Deadline Oct. 22, 2018

Vox Populi is accepting applications for Guest Artists and Curated Exhibitions
now through Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.

The application is available via Slideroom.
The application fee is $35.
A floor plan of Vox Populi’s gallery spaces is available to download.

Application Timeline
Application Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm
Notification: November 2018
Exhibitions: two month exhibitions TBA 2019

Questions? Contact:
No phone calls please!
More Questions? Contact Danny Orendorff:

For more detailed information on the juried exhibition, and for our full program of events, visit the Vox Populi Gallery website.