Subscribe Today!

‘LINGER,’ Gabriela Sanchez at Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, plus opportunities and more

Today's news is full of great events and two pieces of news we're thrilled to showcase: The Edgar Heap of Birds Gallery at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, made possible by a $200,000 donation by the artist is a tremendous addition to the local gallery scene and a generous gift by the artist, who is a Tyler alum; and the selection of Gabriele Sanchez as the new Executive Director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Enjoy and see you out there.


Notable Exhibition

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) Presents LINGER, a public installation by Kate Leibrand At ArtBox @ Lincoln Square, 1000 S Broad St.

A tunnel of fabric in light and dark blue descends into an array of textile material of magenta like pinks to a center of white.
Kate Leibrand, Linger, installation. Image courtesy of The Center for Emerging VIsual Artists.

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is delighted to announce ArtBox @ Lincoln Square is featuring a new installation by Philadelphia artist, Kate Leibrand. The installation is titled LINGER.

Kate Leibrand is a fiber and interdisciplinary artist living in Philadelphia. She received her BA in Fine Art from Elizabethtown College in 2011, and her MFA in Studio Art from Moore College of Art & Design in 2014. She also obtained a certification in Botanical Illustration from the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2020. Her work has been shown and sold in numerous exhibitions locally and internationally, and she has lectured and mentored at Moore College of Art. Leibrand has also worked with design clients including Audi, Disney Books, Barney’s NY, Neiman Marcus, and Wasserman Media through her past role as a creative director. She most recently was awarded the Levitties Family Prize for Excellence in Design through the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Kate’s exhibition is on view now through July 2023.

Find Kate Leibrand’s work here.


South Street Headhouse District Announces Black History on South Street: A Self-Guided Tour
Take A Trip Through Black History On and Around South Street to Honor Black History Month
South Street Headhouse District is honoring Black History Month with a self-guided tour that will take visitors throughout the district to locations that have shaped the history and culture of the city. Black History and South Street History are inseparable.

Sisterhood Sit-In Trolley Tours returns with Rebel Rides
The Sisterhood Sit-In Trolley Tour returns in February and March 2023 with Rebel Rides. We’re riding this year in honor of Rosa Parks, whose birthday is February 4, our launch day. She was a REBEL rider, and so are we! Expect gifts, games, and sisterhood galore.

Sisterhood Sit-In Trolley Tour: Rebel Rides include:
Harriett’s Bookshop
French Toast Bites – Cherry Street Pier
Ceramic Concepts
Modest Transitions
Nyambi Naturals Urban Beauty
More information here.

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund Announces Gabriela Sanchez as its New Executive Director!
The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) is pleased to announce Gabriela Serena Sanchez as the organization’s new executive director, effective April 3, 2023. Sanchez will provide leadership and vision in the fulfillment of PCF’s mission to support and enhance the cultural vitality of Philadelphia and all its residents by promoting arts and culture as engines of social cohesion, economic development, and health and well-being.

Full press release here.

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s “Public Art, How to Start” Interest survey           
On November 10th 2022, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) launched a quarterly professional development series titled: “Public Art, How to Start?” The purpose of this virtual series is to demystify the public art process for local and emerging artists in Philadelphia who are interested in competing for public art opportunities, but don’t know what a public art project involves or how to start. Nearly 50 people attended this event, which featured artist Linda Fernandez of Amber Art & Design, and over 80% of attendees never competed for a public art project in Philadelphia before. Thank you to those who attended. We look forward to future workshops, which will feature different guest artists and various topics to help build your capacity as a public artist.

Survey closes Febuary 27, 2023

Fill out survey here.


Book-Signing & Panel Discussion: “Shifting Time: African American Artists”
Brandywine Workshop and Archives
Lewis Tanner Moore, an eminent collector of art by African Americans, will lead the
discussion with co-editor Berrisford Boothe and artists Syd Carpenter, James Brantley, and
Adama Delphine Fawundu. Shifting Time explores how contemporary Black artists responded to
the emotional and cultural challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice
movements, and political upheaval during this critical period of turmoil and uncertainty. This
event is presented in partnership with the Petrucci Foundation. Shifting Time will be available
for purchase at $40; cash and credit-cards are accepted.
Saturday, February 18, 3:00-4:30 PM

To register, please visit here.

Designing Indigenous Visual Language with Traditional Ecological Knowledge at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Portrait of a smiling young woman leaning against a white wall with arms crossed. She is wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, a watch, and a long, beaded necklace.
Portrait of Sadie Red Wing courtesy of the artist.

Lecture and Workshop

In this lecture and workshop, Sadie Red Wing, a Lakota graphic designer from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota, will share her background in design education and advocacy and introduce her research in the origins of Lakota symbols. Learn how symbols reflect and evolve from elements of the landscape and explore how to find meaning in place to shape your own visual communication. After the lecture, explore the creation of your own symbols by reimagining basic shapes that resonate with your own personal history.
February 12, 2023 2:00-4:30 PM At the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Find registration information here.

Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery Dedication

Portrait of an older man with arms in pockets against a painting by him. He wears a circle marked button down, black pants, and a beaded necklace.
Edgar Heap of Birds, Photo by Ted West.

Tyler alumnus Edgar Heap of Birds (MFA ’79), one of the most prominent Native American artists in contemporary art today, has donated $200,000 to the Tyler School of Art and Architecture to name an exhibition space within its public gallery and create an artist’s residency program focused on Native Americans in North America. The gift will be formally celebrated on February 9, 2023, with remarks, performances, and jewelry making workshops.

The exhibition space will occupy a 750-square-foot portion of Temple Contemporary, Tyler’s center for exhibitions and public programming, and will be named the Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery. Additionally, the gift will create an endowed fund to support Native American art programming at Tyler, including artist residencies and annual exhibitions by artists whose works primarily focus on the history and lived experiences of federally recognized tribal citizens in North America and bring attention to the lives, struggles and triumphs of Native Americans.

More information here.