Harm reduction panel at Brandywine Workshop and Archive, ‘Whistler’s Mother’ visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art, ‘Ethnicity Through the Eyes of the Artist’ at Abington Art Center, plus opportunities

Hi, there's lots of exciting news, exhibitions, and opportunities for everyone this week. Earlier in the year the news posted an open call from Abington Art Center for the Summer, 2023, Juried exhibition. It’s here now and runs til July 24th! The Philadelphia Museum of Art gets a visit from James McNeill Whistler's "Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1" otherwise known as "Whistler's Mother." It's the portrait's first visit to Philadelphia in over a century (from its home in Paris). A harm reduction panel will run at Brandywine Workshop and Archive this Friday alongside it’s Harm Reduction art exhibition. Lot’s more events, exhibitions, news and opportunities to enjoy!

Notable Exhibitions

July at Vox Populi
July 7 – August 6, 2023
Opening reception Friday, July 7, 6-9 PM Free-To-Attend
Vox Populi, 319 N 11th St, #3, Philadelphia, PA 19107

A light lilac purple background. The left side says Cellphone Library, Phone videos from 100+ artists, On view July 7 - August 6. Along the bottom Vox Populi Gallery 319 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. On the right a tanned pair of hands holds a phone with the picture of a light skinned man holding a sketchbook with spider in a park.
Cellphone Library Exhibition showcard. Image courtesy of Vox Populi.

Cellphone Library, An Exhibition of Cellphone Videos

The exhibition is a collection of over 160 cellphone videos part of Vox Populi’s Cellphone Library. More than 100 artists are participating in this exhibition described as casual, unstable and possibly a pocket sized portrait of our everyday relationship to image crafting, and curating a tapestry of mundanity.

Learn more here.

Annual Juried Exhibition Vox Populi XVIII: Oil of Milk

A gallery view shot on the left and close up on the right. The left shows a rectangle, the background is a white bathroom tile with bungie cords hooked to a yellow piece of leather forming a hide, down the middle is a lace, similar to a pair of shoes. Above the hide between the bungies is a silver ring holding a brank of rounded leaves.
Redemption by Dave Tavacol, Cowhide, hooks, rubber, tile, ring pull, mistletoe, other media 45 x 70 x 4″ 2022 Image courtesy of Vox Populi

Oil of Milk is Vox Populi’s 19th annual juried exhibition, featuring work by 28 contemporary artists selected from a 300 application pool by the curator and Brooklyn-based educator, Nirvana Santos-Kuilan.

Artists included

Min Baek
Constance Brady
Anna Campbell
Rex Delafkaran
Elicia Epstein
Kiani Ferris
Ron Geibel
Sarena Johnson
Halo Lahnert
Francesca Lally
Heather Lyon
Maddie May
Sarah Mihara Creagen
Henry Morales
Shaina Nasrin
Thatiana Oliveria
Tania Qurashi
Adrienne Reynolds
Rita Scheer
Jennifer Scheuer
Abed Elmajid Shalabi
Morgan Shankweller
Chenxi Shao
Saar Shemesh
M Slater
Janie Stamm
Brandon Aquino Straus
Dave Tavacol
Loretta Violante

Learn more here.


Abington Art Center 2023 Summer Juried Show – Ethnicity Through the Eyes of the Artist
June 9 – July 24, 2023
Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046

Abington Art Center’s 2023 Summer Juried Show Ethnicity Through the Eyes of the Artist challenged artists to explore and contemplate the meaning of ethnicity, and the ideas, concepts, and ponderings that surround the idea.

The artists explored their personal meaning of ethnicity and how it represents them in wider culture. The selected works confront and parse through notions of ethnicity in many forms of media from mosaic and collage, to drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Artists came at the theme from many angles from educating to self expression.

Learn more here.



James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother is back in Philadelphia after a century
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Through October 29, 2023

In 1871 American painter James McNeill Whistler, living in London, painted “Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1,” also known as Whistler’s Mother. During Whistler’s lifetime the painting hung in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Now it spends it’s time in the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, and its owner is the French government, which bought the work in 1891 (See the painting here). The Philadelphia Museum of Art will house the painting in a one-room show in conversation with other maternal tributes in oil paint, charcoal, pastel, and printmaking. Featuring alongside artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Cecilia Beaux, and Alice Neel.

Visit the Museum website and read the recent Inquirer article.


Philadelphia named the best city in the U.S. for Street art by USA Today readers

Thanks to Mural Arts, Graffiti writers, artist communities, and the collective efforts of citizens to beautify their neighborhoods Philadelphia has a sight for everyone somewhere. USA Today’s reader has named Philadelphia the best city in the U.S. for street art above cities like Santa Monica, CA and Detroit, MI.

Learn more at Philly Voice and see the USA reader’s choice list.


Avenue of the Arts Block Party
July 1, 2023 11 AM – 7 PM
Commonwealth Plaza, Inside the Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

As part of Wawa Welcome America, the Avenue of the Arts hosts entertainment, art, food and more. The Clay Studio will be there with a Hands on Clay event working to create a group sculpture.

Learn more about the block party.

Art and Music Expo at Taller Puertorriqueño
Friday, June 30, 6 – 9 PM
Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Celebrating the contributions of artists and musicians talents in the Philadelphia community. The event is a celebration of the successful launch of the non-profit-organization the Fela Cintron Foundation. The non profit is dedicated to providing workshops and programs to equip young people with the necessary occupational skills to succeed in today’s job market. Programs offered are tailored to participant. The Art and Music Sunflower Expo will have free food, drinks, live music, activities and more.

Learn more and register.

Harm Reduction Panel at Brandywine Workshop and Archives
Friday, June 30, at 7:00 PM

A dark blue poster with gold letters at the top and three images of three women on the left with their biographies in white writing on the right, announces a harm reduction panel at Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Friday, June 30, 2023

On Friday, June 30, at 7:00 PM, BWA will present a discussion of Harm Reduction and art as a form of therapy with Jessica Hamman, BWA’s Curatorial Assistant and Collections Manager, Dr. Meagan Corrado, and Najya Williams.

Dr. Meagan Corrado works with children and teenagers who have experienced trauma, using
therapeutic approaches that involve narratives, visual art, music, poetry, and play. She earned her graduate degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College and doctorate in social work at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor in West Chester University’s graduate program in social work and has worked with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and Department of Human Services, the Philadelphia Police Department, the School District of Philadelphia, and other organizations to make their systems more trauma-informed.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Najya Williams is a multidisciplinary artist and a medical student at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Najya advocates for prioritizing self-care and self-preservation, especially in the Black community. Her poetry, essays, and other writings have been accepted and/or published by POETRY Magazine, Black Youth Project, ForHarriet, Black Girls in Om, and Healing Points, among other publications and platforms.

More information at BWA’s website.


Philadelphia 20/20 Photo Festival
Deadline, July 4, 2023
$35 per 5 images

The 20/20 Photo Festival is a month-long celebration of photography of all forms. It is organized by Local Philadelphia photography organization and centers around the theme The Natural World. Pushing photographers to think about the intersections of objects, light, people, and nature. Selected works will be included in an exhibition at Cherry Street Pier on September 30, 2023 and published on the 20/20 website. All selected works will be printed by Gravy Studio on Tyvek material. First place will recieve a cash prize with second and third winning photography goods.

More about Philadelphia 20/20 Photo Festival

Call for Art, “Wilder : Roam” Inaugural issue “On the Road”
Deadline: Tuesday July 11, 2023
$20, artists may submit up to 3 individual pieces of work

Wilder Roam is a print publication highlighting the work of contemporary artists and inspiring viewer’s own creativity. The open call is for collage artists, photographers, writers, poets, painters and more. The theme “On the Road” explores the feelings of being away from home. Interpreted from angles of literal liek travelling to metaphorical in sense of place, environment, or freedom.

More information and to apply.