Philadelphia Museum of Art Workers Union news! Taller Puertorriqueño leadership change, Commonweal Gallery, Woodmere Art Museum, Artwell exhibits and CFEVA POST

Lots of excellent news today and a nice opportunity! First, the PMA Workers Union and the Museum have reached agreement on the longevity pay issue that has been outstanding for more than a year - yay! Nasheli Ortiz has moved on from Taller Puertorriqueño. Erikka Goslin will be interim director. We recommend exhibits at Commonweal, Woodmere, and an Artwell exhibit and programs at Moore College. Also, don't miss out on CFEVA Post early-bird registration - $50 off. Enjoy the news!


Striking workers circle the area outside the north entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of art holding picket signs.
Striking workers picket outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s North Entrance in 2022. Photo by Julia Marsh

Breaking: PMA and union reach grievance settlement on disputed longevity pay!

From the PMA Union workers Instagram announcement
Longevity Pay Settlement at Philadelphia Museum of Art! We are pleased to announce that we have reached a grievance settlement at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Every member owed longevity pay will receive bonuses equivalent to the amount they are owed, issued as two timely payments in May and July of 2024. We’ve reserved the right to bring this matter back to arbitration if we are unable to arrive at a pay structure that rewards years of service in our 2025 successor contract.

This is a major win, and a hopeful sign that management is ready to move forward constructively. If that’s the case, we heartily welcome it.

What’s for sure is: nothing would have been possible without the collective actions we have taken together, union members and community supporters, to demand what is right. Toward a better Art Museum for all.


Judith Schaechter and Dan Dailey receive Smithsonian Visionary Award – Congratulations!
The Smithsonian Visionary Award was presented to two outstanding glass artists, Dan Dailey and Judith Schaechter, during the 2024 Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit Wednesday, May 1, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.


Nasheli J. Ortiz González steps down as Executive Director at Taller Puertorriqueño
From an email from the Taller Puertorriqueño Board, Erikka Goslin, Taller’s Associate Director, is assuming the role of Deputy and Interim Director.



Creative Scholars Exhibition: Coming of Age
May 8—31
Reception: May 17, 6—8 p.m.
Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery – Temple Contemporary
Tyler School of Art and Architecture

From Tyler’s Instagram
Coming of Age explores the journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation experienced during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Through various artistic mediums such as glass, photography, animation, and film, student artists from Tyler’s Creative Scholars Program offer their unique perspectives on the universal themes of maturation and self-realization.

Tyler’s Creative Scholars Program is a yearlong, full scholarship art program for talented high school students attending public and charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia. The program includes studio art courses, artist studio visits, and workshops with prominent cultural institutions. Visit Tyler School of Art and Architecture website.

Marilyn Holsing, Tribute. Holsing is featured in the Woodmere 82nd Annual juried exhibition.

Woodmere 82nd Annual
Woodmere Art Museum
June 8 – September 1, 2024

Woodmere Art Museum is delighted to announce the Philadelphia artists that have been selected to participate in The Woodmere Annual: 82nd Juried Exhibition. On view from June 8–September 1, 2024, this year’s juror Joanne Grüne-Yanoff, invited artists and makers to submit works that reflect on the question: What is Belonging? In addition to the selected artists, a highlight of this exhibition will be a large-scale work by Joanne Grüne-Yanoff. The juror’s piece will be suspended from the two-story, rotunda gallery, resonating the theme of belonging. More information here.

Joann Grune-Yanoff comments, “All of my work shares an obsessive exploration of what makes each of us – our different sizes and ages and skin tones and belief systems and genders – human, and how we often have to cross borders to find ourselves and our sense of belonging.”

See the complete list of artists here. Shout out to some of Artblog’s favorite artists: Marilyn Holsing, and Mikel Elam!

A color photo shows a grid of faces of a diverse array of artists, some smiling broadly, some looking stern or reflective.
Teamwerk collaborators, Commonweal Gallery. Image courtesy of the gallery

Teamwerk at Commonweal
Through June 15, 2024

Featuring 20 Philadelphia-based artists paired in ten teams of two, this exhibition of all new collaborative artworks focuses on how artists find common ground and inspire others to work together and cooperatively arrive at their goals.

It’s not exaggeration to say that our current world feels filled with division. During times such as these a question arises about who will return us to one another—to see the common stakes of building a world together where we may disagree amicably and arrive at reconciliation graciously. Historically, artists are always the first at the ramparts facing periods of such social development. They rise to the challenge, on behalf of us all, to engage rarely considered possibilities in an attempt to break through to new understandings. More at Commonweal Gallery


Gross McCleaf Moving Celebration – May 18, noon – 5 pm
127 S 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Before the gallery closes to begin its relocation to The Mill Studios in Manayunk , it’s having a closing celebration at their 16th St. home. “Come by for a day of fun, food, art and friendship.”

New address
The Mill Studios
123 Leverington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Awaken Your Dreams Poetry and Art Show by Artwell
May 18, 2024
Moore College of Art and Design
Free workshops 5/23 and 5/24
Sketch Club – Free – Register
The Body as a Garden – Free – Register

The Awaken Your Dreams Poetry and Art Show is back for its third and best year yet!

Kicking off with an opening reception on May 18th at 4:00PM-7:00PM, this year’s show will showcase artwork and poetry created by K-12 students and Teaching Artists throughout the school year, centered on the theme of healing (one of ArtWell’s six core values).

Join us at The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, a vibrant gallery in Logan Square, to support our students’ creativity while delighting in their artistic works. Not only will attendees be able to eat, mingle, and connect with each other in a healing-centered space, but they will also experience live performances by students and feature poet and former Artwell Teaching Artist, LindoYes.

Through multi-disciplinary arts programming, ArtWell students utilize visual art and poetry as a tool to express themselves, process emotions and experiences, and cultivate their own voices. Please join us in celebrating their expression, growth, and unique perspectives!

The exhibit will run from May 17 to May 27 to honor the tremendous work students and Teaching Artists created over the school year. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, be sure to stop in The Galleries at Moore before May 27 to see student work on display.


CFEVA Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Open Call for artists

Call for Philadelphia Artists & Community Partners
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) Returns October 2024
Celebrating 25 Years of POST!

Artists across the city of Philadelphia are invited to apply.
Apply code EARLYBIRD24 for $50 off registration through May 31, 2024.