BFA degree rises at Rutgers Camden, local art shopping to support, two cool opportunities and a Zoom!

In this News Potpourri: While Philadelphia has enough BFA programs, we're happy to see that Camden is getting one of its own, a BFA program with a special focus on animation and graphic design, at Rutgers Camden! Artblog loves our arts community and in this post we shout out several of the many worthy fundraising efforts by local organizations. These groups all have online shops, and we suggest you try them for your holiday shopping for affordable local art. ALSO in this post, an urgent social justice Zoom from Blackstar and a couple good artist opportunities! Meanwhile, check out Artblog's Pop Up Shop for original art and other affordable merch and support your friendly local online arts journalism platform.

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This collage of images is from Hidden City’s coverage of Philadelphia’s architecture, urban design and historic preservation. Image courtesy of Hidden City.


Hidden City appeal includes $20,000 match through News Match.
Journalism in the arts and humanities is important, and our friends at Hidden City Philadelphia are celebrating their 10th year of publication about historic preservation and urban architecture and design! Congratulations, HC!!! The non-profit is holding its annual appeal through Dec. 31 and must raise $30,000. (With a promise of $20,000 match from News Match!) Help keep this worthy publication going!

Rutgers Camden gets a BFA degree, focused on animation and graphic design!
From the Rutgers, Camden PR Team: “The Rutgers Board of Governors on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve creation of a bachelor of fine arts in visual art degree to be offered by the Camden College of Arts and Sciences. The proposal for the new degree now goes to the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, which represents the state’s public, private, and community colleges and universities, for action.”…​​The B.F.A. in visual art will build upon the existing art degree, a bachelor of arts, which is currently offered at Rutgers University–Camden.”

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Second State Press Turns 11!
Second State Press Auction Pop-Up December 9th from 4pm – 9pm 1400 North American Street, B103
The non-profit community print shop, has a pop up auction right now, and a raffle, too. Every donation over $25 gives a chance for you to receive a bag of goodies. You can support and also win!

Pressure Club shop and gallery are open
Pressure Club is another great community print shop and gallery working with local artists via screen printing and other print methods. And they have a shop online with affordably priced multiples available by artists they’ve worked with. Check it out. Also, they have a current show in collaboration with Fjord. *Hover, Hang or Hold will be on view at Pressure Club — 711 W. Thompson St., Philadelphia PA 19122 — through December 18th. Open to the public by appointment only, please contact

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Space 1026 Annual Art Auction, Friday December 10th, 2021, 8pm Live on Twitch, hosted by Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Rose Luardo (Image by Al San Valentin)
We’ve long been a supporter of this lively and long-lived (24 years strong!) art collective. You can support them too. Go to their auction – online – (in person tickets are sold out.) Note: create an account to bid. Bid at

From their Press Materials: “Space 1026 has continued to thrive for 24 years with the support of its members past and present, as well as those within the Philadelphia community. The annual Art Auction has always been a major calendar event – donations and attendance from the auction foster our continued existence as an art collective and DIY venue in a very crucial way. Space 1026 continues to provide affordable studio spaces, house a shared silk screen facility, and offers members a chance to be part of the Philadelphia art community while serving as a supportive venue for a variety of gallery programs and workshops”


Poster with vintage, sepia-toned photo of a crowd seen from above, with words in white type superimposed.Lynching Postcards: A Virtual Screening + Q&A, a BlackStar event
Friday, Dec. 10, 4 PM EST
Free, register at Eventbrite
Firelight Media continues their “Beyond Resistance” programming with a virtual screening and of Christine Turner’s new documentary short Lynching Postcards: “Token of a Great Day.” The screening will be followed by a Livestream Q&A, moderated by BlackStar’s CEO and Artistic Director Maori Karmael Holmes. This online event is open to the public and free with registration.


Second State Press. Become a Fob Holder at SSP. From their PR: “Apply now! Fob Holders are granted 24/7 unlimited access to the studio in exchange for 12 hours of work a week at the shop. This unique and competitive opportunity is for printmakers and artists at any stage of their career.”

TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image (1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA), formerly Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, is now accepting applications for its annual Artist Residency program. The residencies in 2021 are in partnership with Photographer’s Green Book (PGB) and its founder and editor-in-chief, Jay Simple. The residencies last for 30 days, between Jan 3-June 30, 2022.