Major Student exhibition at UPenn Charles Addams Gallery, Caitlin Abadir-Mullaly Solo Exhibition at AUTOMAT, Philadelphia Horticultural Society and Drexel Garden Workshops, Kensington Storefront Opportunity, Plus more.

Hi, this week I’m super excited to tell everyone about a student exhibition at UPenn which a piece of mine titled “Frog” is a part of. Additionally Philadelphia artists Caitlin Abadir-Mullaly holds first solo exhibition at AUTOMAT! Glen Foerd is hosting an Artsfest in September and Artblog’s news post will soon move the events section over to Artblog Connect. Oh, and notice the new feature at the bottom, “News Reader Advisor,” a list of articles and newsy items you we rounded up. Enjoy the week and stay out of the heat.

Notable Exhibitions

Desecration: A Process at Automat

A photo of golden legs in sand.
Image courtesy of AUTOMAT Collective.

August 10 – September 2, 2023
Opening Reception: August 10, 6 – 9 PM

Batikh Batikh is proud to present its third exhibition at AUTOMAT Collective. Desecration: A Process is the first solo exhibition of work in Philadelphia by Coptic/Irish-American Artist, Caitlin Abadir-Mullaly. Desecration: A Process mimics the field of archaeology in three aspects: the research phase, excavation site, and artifact collection. The exhibition features a series of interactive sculptures that mimic two kinds of desecration in the erasure and disposal of queer life and history and government-funded grave robbing in North Africa.

Learn more here.


University of Pennsylvania Student Art Exhibit brings together student art from Philadelphia’s major institutions

Dark brown frog ceramic vessel with two large holes for eyes and a large downward mouth. The frogs tall butt hangs above it's head. Bubbles rise from the frogs skin.
“Frog” , 2022 Ceramic by Niko Walczuk. Image courtesy of Project Eerie.

On View until August 18, 2023
Closing Reception: August 18th, 5 – 8 PM
Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, 200 S. 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Let Me Know You Are Alright is a group exhibition composed of 34 students from six institutions in Philadelphia: Drexel University, Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Temple University, University of the Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. Works vary diversely in medium and message, from sculptures and paintings about deconstruction and queer joy to blown glass and ceramics about nature’s merits.



Glen Foerd ArtsFest

Sunday, September 24, 2023 1 – 4 PM
Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Join Glen Foerd for a day of celebrating local Philadelphia artists. Learn about what the 2022-23 Artists in Residence have been up to. Chat with visual artist, Sarah People as she leads groups through interactive outdoor art pieces. Teaching artists Marvin Hickman and Marcellus Armstrong are bringing back their famous floral crowns for a drop-in workshop, Watch highlights of Gnome Core by performance artist, Alex Tatarsky. Shop wares of local artists, eat, drink, and listen to music by fold rock band, Stella Ruze.

Learn more here.


Philadelphia Horticultural Society and Drexel University Graden Workshop: Pressed Flower Cards

August 3, 2023 2 – 4 PM
Gateway Garden 32nd Steet & JFK Blvd

Philadelphia Horticultural Society presents a special garden workshop series this summer. Every other Thursday afternoon this August. This Thursday learn about the age-old art of pressing and preserving flowers. The workshop will cover foliage selection, pressing techniques, and how to arrange and design your own work.

Learn more here.


Call for Entries: Head of the Schuylkill Regatta 2023 Program Book Cover Artwork

Deadline, August 7, 2023

Artists are invited to submit up to two images with either rowing and/or the Schuylkill River and/or Boathouse Row as the subject matter. Images will be reviewed by a small committee of professional designers, artists, and regatta directors.

Apply and learn more here.

Kensington Storefront Community Curator

Deadline, August 11, 2023

Kensington Storefront is looking for three to five community curators. This application is open to anyone who lives in Kensington, aged 16 and older, who has an idea about a program they’d like to have through Mural Arts Kensington Storefront this fall. The programs must be in the categories of art, wellness, and/or community. The proposed program can be a series or a one-time event. Each curator chosen will be given $500 and will work with Kensington Storefront Program Manager Shatoya Howard.

Apply and learn more here.

News Reader Advisor

Lisa Yuskavage’s Bodies of Work by Ariel Levy – The New Yorker

R.E.Load Bags to close after 25 years

Philly’s LGBTQ+ History Is Honored In New Public Art Project – Streets Dept

BlackStar Film Festival returns with a game-changing location and solidarity with labor strikes – Billy Penn

Joint Board Commissions City’s Newest Piece of Public Art – Camden County

ArtShow with host Craig Stover – YouTube