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Happy holidays to all! Stay cozy and warm and enjoy. We invite you to a tour of the Brandywine Workshop and Archives on Feb. 3, 2023. Your generous donation to Artblog qualifies you for the tour plus a chance at a BWA print! Brandywine gifted us this fantastic package and we are so happy to pass it on to you! Enjoy this news, which tells you about three wonderful up-coming exhibits and some leadership changes, a new Barnes Foundation class in Afrofuturism and more! Meanwhile, stay tuned for the Libertas, coming to you soon. Love from the Artblog Team - Julia, Roberta, Ilana and Louie



Brandywine Workshop and Archives Guided Tour and BWA print raffle!

Special Tour – We are thrilled to announce a very special tour of the Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA), Friday February 3, 2023, 6-8pm! The guided tour of the 50-year strong and nationally-renowned Brandywine Workshop and Archives includes a walkthrough of BWA’s current exhibition and a behind the scenes look at the studio workshop by BWA’s Collection Manager Jessica Hammam.

Special Raffle – After the tour, we will provide light refreshments and raffle a beautiful print made at the workshop and generously donated from BWA’s collection! “Firestorm,” (1989) by Pennsylvania artist and Kutztown Professor, Evan Summer, is a limited edition offset lithograph and a $550 value that can be yours if you join us!

"Fire Storm," a 1989 offset lithograph by Evan Summer.
Evan Summer, “Firestorm” (1989). Offset lithograph.

Who’s eligible – Ten lucky Artblog donors will be invited to join this amazing event! All donations received since November 6, 2022 and through January 15, 2023, totaling $225 or more are eligible for the tour, light refreshments and one print raffle ticket.

Sign Me Up – Donate today through Jan. 15, 2023, via Artblog’s Paypal. Please put “BWA” in the “notes” when you do. Or send a check payable to TheArtblog Inc. to 1107 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Checks must be postmarked by January 15, 2023 to be eligible. We hope you will join us!

Why should I donate? – Your contributions support Artblog’s mission to uncover the excellence in Philadelphia’s art scene and share it with the community. Brandywine Museum and Archives is a prime example of Philadelphia excellence, and we are humbled and proud to be partnering with them. More about the BWA’s history here. Donations to Artblog for this event give you a special look into an important piece of Philadelphia’s own art history. If you are a Philadelphia art lover and haven’t been to BWA yet, this event is definitely for you! Please give generously so that Artblog can continue to reveal the splendid work artists and organizations are doing in this city and region.

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Leadership change at the Village – Executive Director Aviva Kapust leaving
From the Announcement:
With deep gratitude and appreciation for the exponential impact Aviva has orchestrated at The Village, we announce Aviva’s intention to depart The Village at the end of February to design and co-direct a new national fund that will support arts, culture, and community power-building.

More about Aviva here.

As we double down on our commitment to The Village’s legacy and mission, we are also excited to announce the search for our next Executive Director, who will lead our committed team in their efforts to deepen and accelerate The Village’s important work.

Li Sumpter offers Afro Futurism Class at the Barnes

Li Sumpter, scholar filmmaker and teaching artist for "Survival Guide for the Future."
Li Sumpter, scholar filmmaker and teaching artist for “Survival Guide for the Future.”

From Li Sumpter,
“New Class Alert!!
I’ll be teaching Afrofuturism: Other Worlds and Alternate Universes in Black Art @ the Barnes Foundation starting this February. It’s a 4-week class held on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm. Early registration opens next week December 14. Course scholarships are always offered!

Apply online here.

Once again, I’ll be bringing in guest artists to guide us through the wild worlds of their radical black imaginations!

The art of afrofuturism is deeply rooted in the histories and cultural traditions of the African diaspora. As time keeps slipping into the future, Black artists are not only imagining their wildest and most radical dreams for gallery walls and movie screens, they are also using the art of worldbuilding to design creative solutions to critical issues facing BIPOC communities today. This course focuses on the exploration of other worlds and alternate universes through contemporary art, media, and mythologies of afrofuturism. Guest artists will present current projects and works-in-process that illuminate bold visions beyond life as we know it, offering future artifacts and fictional maps that lead to safe havens where blackness is liberated and Black dreams become reality. [Ed. Note: Artblog talked with Li Sumpter in 2018 about her Afrofuturism class at the U School.]


To whom do I owe the power behind my voice?

Commonweal – January 13 – February 18, 2023
Opening celebration – Friday, January 13, 2023, 6pm-9pm

Billed as a cross-generational survey of female Philadelphia artists, the exhibition – featuring artists Artblog has supported through the years – has high ambitions. It wants to start an open discussion about Philadelphia and art and about the representation and support of female artists in the city. As a young gallery in its second year of programming, Commonweal is staking a leadership position in raising issues about the importance of who is shown and who is supported and how that can and should work here.

Print of a run-ing figure equipped with a long stick and a shield.
Marta Sanchez, “Urban Angel.” Linocut, 8″x10″.

From the gallery:
“To whom do I owe the power behind my voice?” is a cross-generational survey of female Philadelphia artists that will take place at Commonweal from January 13, 2023, through February 18, 2023. It draws its title from, and takes as a point of departure, Audre Lorde’s opening question formulated in her 1982 bio -mythographical novel, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. The show aims to reflect on notions of strength and selfhood while opening up to further dialogues on the experiences and individuals that have left an empowering imprint in one’s personal journey. This exhibition is made possible in collaboration with curator Tally de Orellana.

Two paintings by Anne Minich in her studio.
Two paintings by Anne Minich in her studio.

The opening celebration will be Friday, January 13th, 2023, with a press preview from 5p-6p and the public reception from 6p-9p. A day of complementary talks, performances and workshops will take place at the gallery on Saturday, February 11.

Artists in this show: Natessa Amin,Dara Haskins, Olive Hayes, Olivia Jia, Amy Lee Ketchum, Dindga McCannon, Anne Minich, Nazanin Moghbeli, Naomi Momoh, Marta Sanchez, Symone Salib, Suzanne Seesman.

Alex Da Corte: The Street
January 13–March 10, 2023
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Opening reception, Friday, January 13, 5-7:30 p.m.

From UArts:
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at University of the Arts is pleased to present Alex Da Corte’s The Street This complex installation comprises a suite of Da Corte’s recent large-scale reverse-glass paintings, shown for the first time, hung against a background mural of his own design in an environment including masonry columns, neon and placards.

The Street references Venturi, Scott Brown’s Main Street and the Information Highway, Philadelphia, the vernacular vocabulary of popular culture culled from the internet, animation cels, Pop Art in general and the American artist Marjorie Strider in particular, the paintings of Andrew Gbur BFA ’07 (Painting and Drawing), book cover and record design, Disney’s Snow White, James Rosenquist’s F-111, Sesame Street, avant-garde swimwear designer Rudi Gernreich, Marilyn Monroe, Sister Corita Kent, the Mexican version of Ernie Bushmiller’s comic-strip scamp Nancy known as Periquita, Ed Ruscha, R. L. Stine’s Fear Street series of YA horror novels, an obscure wall-mural advertisement in south Jersey, Langston Hughes and Donald Barthelme, Milton Glaser, manuals for making windows, and an early work by UArts professor Edna Andrade. In total, the project deals with the appropriation and mirroring of popular culture, anamorphic distortion, cultural memory and personal reflection. On the street, disorder is an order we cannot see. On the street, everyone is a voyeur.

Born in 1980 in Camden, New Jersey, Da Corte is well known to the University of the Arts and Philadelphia communities. A 2004 alum of the university, Da Corte received his MFA from Yale University in 2010. He was last seen at UArts on March 5, 2020, when he re-envisioned Allan Kaprow’s Chicken in Gershman Hall.

The Searchers
January 20-March 16, 2023
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Opening reception, Friday, January 20, 5-7:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts is pleased to present an exciting group exhibition comprising works by 30 New York School artists entitled The Searchers. Centered around the associates of Thomas Nozkowski, The Searchers is named after the film classic by John Ford, which was Nozkowski’s favorite. But more than just an homage to their friend, The Searchers is an exhibition that stands on its own, full of important artworks and ideas. The project celebrates every included artist, each of whom searches for their own way into the visual world. Thus, The Searchers is an investigation of cross-references and styles much like exhibitions of Tenth Street Painters, artists of Coenties Slip, the Rutgers Group, Cal Arts, or Jefferson Street. As such, it is a kind of snapshot of a cultural period and group interactions.

The artists included in The Searchers are Richard Artschwager, John Duff, Julia Fish, Suzan Frecon, David Goerk, James Hyde, Merlin James, Suzanne Joelson, Jonathan Lasker, Judy Linn, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Robert Mangold, Chris Martin, Kazuko Miyamoto, Catherine Murphy, Diane Neumaier, Thomas Nozkowski, Martin Puryear, Joyce Robins, Harry Roseman, Sherman Sam, Katia Santibiez, Peter Saul, Sally Saul, Arlene Shechet, James Siena, Gary Stephan, Rob Storr, Kunie Sugiura, and Ruth Vollmer.

University of the Arts in Philadelphia will be opening two exhibitions in its public gallery spaces in mid-January: the previously unannounced Alex Da Corte solo exhibition The Street and The Searchers, a group show of 30 New York School artists who were all associates of the late Thomas Nozkowski. This is the first solo exhibition in Philadelphia for Da Corte—who was born in Camden, New Jersey, and lives and works in the city—in nearly 15 years.


OPEN CALL – Photography 42 “Seen” at Perkins Center for the Arts

Perkins Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for Photography 42 “Seen”, a juried photography show. There are three top prizes and a special prize for a photograph that may be chosen by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Curator of Photographs for the Museum’s permanent collection. Read the prospectus here.

Artists are invited to submit their work. All artists must submit work and pay on this website under “Exhibitions”.
The show will run January 10 to February 24, 2023.

Submission Policy
To be considered for an invitation to participate in a Perkins Center for the Arts curated exhibition, we encourage artists to first enter a Perkins Center for the Arts juried exhibition or our annual Members and Faculty exhibition.

Unsolicited artist inquiries can be submitted via e-mail. Please e-mail with a link to a website featuring examples of your artwork. Unless otherwise requested, please do not e-mail jpegs or attachments. Any items sent in the mail will not be returned.

OPEN CALL – Digital Diaspora Residency with Asian Arts Initiative

Deadline: Wed. February 15, 2023 (midnight in your timezone, wherever you are)

From Asian Arts Initiative:
We are excited to partner with @yao_collaborative to be one of three hosting sites for DIGITAL DIASPORA residency.

We are seeking artists and curators who self-identify and find it useful to gather under a “Sino and/or Chinese diaspora” cohort for a 6-week remote residency. This is a time for research, exploration and learning. We are looking for openness to collective, intercultural and cross-border development and research.

Visit Yao_Collaborative for more information. The application deadline is February 15, 2023.

OPEN CALL – “Walking the Edge,” Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Deadline January 8, 2023
This exhibit is in conjunction with JJ Tiziou’s project, “Walk Around Philadelphia”.

The Schuylkill Center presents Walking the Edge, a community art exhibit inspired by the city’s borders in collaboration with Walk Around Philadelphia. We are inviting artists, creatives and the larger public of makers to share their artistic expressions about perimeters, borders and boundaries along the city of Philadelphia, other urban landscapes and natural spaces. Submissions will be curated into a cartographic multimedia display, presented both in the Schuylkill Center’s art gallery and online on its website.

More information here.

We invite you to choose and share with us your artwork responding to the intersecting themes of boundaries, borders, nature and community. Submissions of all ages and levels are welcome. Submit images of your artwork here by January 8, 2023.

Tilt Institute seeks instructors
Job Title: Instructor
Employment: Hourly/Contract
20.5 Hours per session | 12.5 instructional hours
Reports to: Education Manager
Dates: Variable (January – March)
Salary: $50-$75/hr

More information here

1 Year Free Membership at TILT
30 hours of free lab time
One 20% off discount off of Fine Art Services
% of net income*
*% of net income begins after 10 people sign up for a class, and is a percentage of all income generated from the course’

To Apply:
Please send a resume and/or CV, cover letter, and three references to Danielle Morris ( to be considered.