Rare opportunities to see Dona Nelson’s work in Philadelphia and to hear four Black Guggenheim photography fellows speak, Plus Opportunities

We are very excited for two rare opportunities: First, the chance to see Dona Nelson's paintings in person in Philadelphia (doesn't happen very often!). Second, a chance to hear four Black Guggenheim photography fellows -- Donald E. Camp, Ron Tarver, Wendel White and William Earle Williams -- speak about their work in a virtual/in person event is likewise a rare opportunity. Meanwhile, things are opening this Spring, and the Second Thursday openings on the American Street corridor are expanding. We bring you a video that includes Roberta and Morgan (among others) speaking virtually about how to approach the media with your need for coverage. Rounding out the News, there are a couple great opportunities for you, artists.


A rare opportunity, 1 – Esteemed artist and Tyler professor, Dona Nelson, is in an exhibition in Philadelphia!

Landscape painting of a tree-lined railroad leading into hills, which are stylized as flat textured planes of color, on a washy blue-white sky.
Donna Nelson, “Mountain Road” 2003

House and Travels – Dona Nelson, Emily Davidson and Zachary Rawe
Atelier Art Gallery
1301 N 31st St Suite 2, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Exhibition Dates: March 18th – April 15th
First Friday Reception: April 1st
Closing Reception: April 15th
Gallery Hours: 12:00 – 4:30pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Atelier Art Gallery is excited to announce the exhibition House and Travels: Paintings by Emily Davidson, Dona Nelson, and Zachary Rawe. House and Travels is distinctly not curated, rather, it is a collaborative selection of paintings by the three artists involved. By refusing a thematic or clear premise, the exhibition serves as an experiment in seeing how three unique painterly practices negotiate commonality and difference, while maintaining separate trajectories.

For her part, Davidson will display paintings which continue her investment in rendering images where subject and space get lost in one another. Often the paintings hold mixtures of abstraction and representation, where energetic movements swirl color and form into images that are both lively and curiously disrupted…

Landscape painting of a tree plotted in grass that's contained inside of a square cement barrier, with gestural suggestions of a red-roofed house and trees in the background.
Emily Davidson, Mercado, 2021

Nelson will present two large-scale paintings that exemplify the variety of her oeuvre, including one that highlights a particularly unique element of her practice: “Mountain Road” is a large-scale rendition of Nelson’s mother’s painting from the 1950’s. Nelson will be displaying her mother’s original painting alongside her own, playfully engaging the history of painters learning from the practice of making master copies. Additionally, the titular work in the exhibition, Nelson’s House and Travels, will also be on view. This freestanding work is exemplary of Nelson’s hallmark, both sides exposed in order to showcase amongst other traits, how a decision on one side can shape an aesthetic on the other.

Rawe will include two separate sets of paintings. One set, titled A Dialogue on Growth (with R. Morton and J. Halberstam), includes gray, text-based paintings that riff on a 1977 drawing by Ree Morton titled “Manipulations of the Organic (From Louis Sullivan #1)”… The series explores an almost sign-making potentiality within painting…

Abstract painting of a textured gray square on a black background; inside of the square says "UNRULY NOTHING MIXTURES" in blocky black text.
Zachary Rawe, Unruly

A rare opportunity, 2 – Conversation with Guggenheim fellows and photographers Donald E. Camp, Ron Tarver, Wendel White and William Earle Williams

Four square of headshots of four Black men of various ages, with short hair and serious expressions.
Donald E. Camp, Ron Tarver, Wendel White, and William Earle Williams.

This event at the Berman Museum at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. is held in conjunction with the exhibition by William Earl Williams at the Berman Museum – A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, on view through April 3.

EVENT DATE: March 18, 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: In person at the Berman Museum  OR Online. The event is free. Register online to attend in person or to attend virtually via Zoom.

Second Thursdays openings expand on American Street

Crane Arts welcomes the NextFab North Philly location (1800 N. American St.) for their first official Second Thursday event, 3/10/2022! Pop over after you visit us for some shop tours and artist talks!
** 6:30pm Artist talk from Robert Aiosa for the Center for Art in Wood x NextFab residency work installed in the NextFab Gallery
** rolling tours of the NextFab workshops
** free admission to The Neon Museum
** The reCreate gallery at The Resource Exchange will be open with over 10 reuse artists currently on display

Watch Artblog’s Roberta and Morgan discuss media reach out best practices with others, at Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Panel


2023 Wind Challenge Exhibition Series – DEADLINE: May 1, 2022

Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge is an annual juried competition committed to featuring the work of exceptional artists living in the region. Since its inception, the series has supported the careers of hundreds of emerging artists and introduced their work to thousands of visitors. Artists living within a 450-mile radius of Philadelphia are welcome to apply. More information and to submit here. For this series, six selected artists will be featured in two Wind Challenge Exhibitions—each featuring three artists—to be hosted at Fleisher in 2023. Jurors for the 2023 series are Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez and Yolanda Wisher.

Vox Populi’s 17th Annual Juried Show: Wild/Mild – DEADLINE: March 31, 2022

We are now accepting applications for our 17th annual exhibition of artworks by emerging artists, this year carrying the theme Wild/Mild. Forget your medium art, submit your Morecore and/or your Borecore! Your Maximal and/or your Minimal! We’re looking for full 180s!
Exhibition Dates: June 3 – July 10, 2022
Early Bird Application Fee: $10 thru Monday, March 14, 2022
Standard Application Fee: $20 from March 15 – Thursday, March 31, 2022
Jurors: Vox Populi Collective – More information and to apply here.