Opportunities, Big News for Pepón Osorio, and Events including one with Odili Donald Odita and one with Hilton Als!

In this post, we offer another curated list of even more opportunities, events, and great news for the last couple of weeks of March, 2021! We especially extend a big congratulations Pepón Osorio whose piece Badge of Honor was recently acquired by MoMA. Read more below!

Two artists painting a brightly-colored geometric mural.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Artist Odili Donald Odita discusses his new mural, Walls of Change,
with Erica Battle, John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. ‘In Conversation: Odili Donald Odita’, Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture, Wednesday, March 24, 5:00–6:00 p.m. via Zoom”

March seems to be a month of endless opportunities. As long as our inbox continues to fill, we will curate these lists of great opportunities and news for you.

In Artblog news, Make sure you check out Morgan & Roberta’s editorial essay about the proposed a transfer of $1.3 Million from the City’s recession relief budget to a new arts grants fund managed by the OACCE. Plus, coming soon on Artblog- another podcast check-in with Morgan and Roberta!


Exciting news about Philadelphia artist Pepón Osorio!

MoMA acquires Pepón Osorio’s 1995 installation “Badge of Honor”

Three days ago, Stuart Comer (Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance at The Museum of Modern Art) announced MoMA’s acquisition of Pepón Osorio’s 1995 installation Badge of Honor! Pepón’s iconic installation, which Roberta wrote about in 2007, addresses incarceration and its impact on families. As Pepón said to Artblog in his email confirming this good news, “(It’s) A home run for Philly.” We say, Congratulations, Pepón!

@stuartcomer: Two recent acquisitions to MoMA’s collection that each address the impact of the carceral state on family relationships: Pepón Osorio’s iconic 1995 installation Badge of Honor and Sable Elyse Smith’s nine-channel video installation Untitled: Father Daughter Dance, 2013-17. Both acquisitions have benefited from renewed thinking generated by Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood’s landmark exhibition at MoMA PS1, which closes April 4. Badge of Honor is inspired by discussions with young men living in Newark, New Jersey, where the work was first presented in a storefront. Distressed to learn that some saw having a father in prison as a “badge of honor,” the artist created a two-part diorama juxtaposing a teenage boy’s exuberant bedroom with his father’s spartan prison cell. The videotaped dialogue is split, so that the father and son each appears to speak to the other from within the confines of his own room…


Two great free virtual events

Two Livestreams with Hilton Als – Kelly Writers House – Mar. 29, 6:30 PM & Mar. 30, 11:00 AM

On March 29 and 30, HILTON ALS, our second Kelly Writers House Fellow for 2021 and Pulitzer Prize winning critic and essayist, will join us for two special programs. On Monday March 29 at 6:30 PM ET, we will host Hilton for a reading of his work. Then the next morning on Tuesday, March 30 at 11:00 AM ET, Hilton will return for an interview and conversation moderated by me.

Both programs stream live on our YouTube channel, and an RSVP is not required to attend. For your convenience, if you’d like to sign up to receive program reminders plus a link e-mailed to you on the day of either or both programs (or just to say hey!), please write to Fellows program coordinator Lily Applebaum at

In Conversation: Odili Donald Odita – PMA – Mar. 24, 5:00 PM

In Conversation: Odili Donald Odita, Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture, Wednesday, March 24, 5:00–6:00 p.m. via Zoom

Artist Odili Donald Odita discusses his new mural, Walls of Change, with Erica Battle, John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.

This bold and dynamic abstract wall painting weaves together the history of the museum’s architectural and social history, from its original design, to the new Frank Gehry–designed spaces, through its role as a site for the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.


Four opportunities for artists – Jobs, grants, and fellowships

Curatorial Research Fellowship – ICI – Deadline: Apr. 16, 2021

Independent Curators International (ICI) is now accepting applications for two Curatorial Research Fellowships made possible by the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor.

ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships focus on promoting experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement in the field. They support early-to-mid career curators to advance their practice and develop new knowledge in contemporary art, through research, travel, and the development of professional networks. Under the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative, these Fellowships are available to BIPOC curators based in the US and curators of African descent based anywhere in the world.

For more information, and how to apply, click here.
Deadline: Apr. 16, 2021

‘Artist Relief’ Grant Opportunity – $5,000 for artists facing dire financial emergencies

Artist Relief is Resuming March 8 to June 23

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Beyond grant-making, they serve as an ongoing informational resource and work with the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Check their website for eligibility information. NOTE: Before applying, [they] ask that applicants self-evaluate whether they are experiencing dire financial emergencies during this time and to make space for those most urgently in need.

Job Opportunity – Part-time Executive Director – Impact100

We’re hiring: An executive director to lead Impact100

We are excited to share the news that starting today, Impact100 Philadelphia is accepting applications for a new position, a part-time executive director. Our organization has grown tremendously over 13 years, from 111 members in 2008 to well over 400 today. Our volunteer Board of Directors and part-time administrator have served Impact above and beyond all expectations, and it is time to secure additional, ongoing support for the organization through this new executive director position.

We hope Impact’s members and friends will help spread the word and mention this opportunity to anyone who might be interested. Please feel free to forward this newsletter or the link to the Executive Director Job Description and application process. Note that the application window is open until April 12.

Two rooms, one a boy's bedroom, filled with stuff; the other, a prison cell, with nothing in. Video of boy screens in bedroom, video of father screens in cell.
Pepón Osorio’s “Badge of Honor,” installed in PHiladelphia, 2007