Sonic Measures performance at Second Site in The Print Center, Friday, April 18th at 6pm

Sonic Measures is a seminar course in sound that was designed by former Professor Terry Adkins. As an artist Professor Adkins was interested in exploring the limitations of sculpture and sound. This crossover made sound as visceral as sculpture and sculpture as ephemeral as sound. As a part of the programing for Second Site, the physical capabilities and sonic qualities of sound will be explored in a live performance of selected works from this course.

Second Site is an ongoing curatorial project within University Lecturer Matt Neff's solo show, Second Sight. 

The event will feature sound performances by:

Marie Alarcon (MFA '14), Edward Cohen,
Charles Hall (MFA '15), Daniel Haun (MFA '15),
Sam Horn, Martina Merlo, Paz Ortuzar (MFA '14),
Derek Rigby (MFA '15), and Evan Silverstein

Performance Time: Friday, April 18th, 6pm

Location: The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The class and performances are being run by UPenn Lecturer Marc Blumthal (MFA '10).


Scott White (MFA '00) exhibits Bike pARTS at Philadelphia City Hall through June 13th

University of Pennsylvania Alumnus and Lecturer, Scott White, will be exhibiting his electric all weather tricycle design in the Philadelphia City Hall Art Gallery. His innovative design promotes a safe all-weather alternative to automotive transportation and promotes Philadelphia's city wide infrastructure of bike paths.

Bike pARTS will be on view through June 13th

Opening: April 9th, 5-7pm
Location: City Hall Art Gallery, 2nd floor NE corner in Room 116


Paz Ortuzar (MFA '14) to be featured in a group exhibition at the Parsons New School in New York, opening Thurs, Apr 3rd

Picture from installation by Paz Ortuzar.
Paz Ortuzar's 2013 work, Did someone see the halley comet? will be featured in the upcoming group exhibition curated by Ilyn Wong, Maricruz Alarcón, and Pieter Paul Pothoven.

The exhibition, titled I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb, explores notions of cultural memory through the lens of a generation whose experiences and identities are directly shaped by historical events to which they did not bear witness. Borrowing from a Borges short story, the project highlights the problematic nature of claiming historical narratives for any generation as a whole —wary that these claims may, in fact, co-opt forms of persisting hegemonies.

Originally from Santiago, Chile, Paz Ortuzar's work often touches on the forfeiture of history and communal memory. Her personal and touching installations offer a chance to reflect on cultural loss and how memories are constructed as well as preserved.

The exhibition also features the works of Mounira Al Solh, Firelei Baez, Tatiana Istomina, Reena Katz and Pablo Gómez Uribe, Heather M. O'Brien, María Paz Ortúzar, John Albok, and David Wojnarowicz.

Opening: Thursday, Apr 3rd, 6-8pm
Public Events: Friday, Apr 11th, 7pm
Venue: Parsons New School
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Ave at the corner of 13th St.

Caroline Claflin and Jacob Rivkin (MFA '13) curate group show 'lover, Bird of Prey' opening at FJORD Gallery, Apr 4th

Left: Bayne Peterson, IV-X-6236 Right: Kyle Mowat, Still from Ballpit
Dipping their toes into the Philadelphia curation scene with a tender splash, recent MFA alums Caroline Claflin and Jacob Rivkin are pleased to announce the opening of their show, lover, Bird of Prey, at FJORD Gallery. 

Both artists explore the complicated exchange between objects and animation in their own work and have continued that conversation in this curatorial project. There is a contradiction inherent to the exchange of the material presence possible in three dimensional stillness verses the two-dimensional flatness of a screen that allows for a 'bringing to life' of objects in animation. The nature of that contradiction is sure to be explored in interesting ways through the works of artists:

Sarah Anderson (MFA '12)
Lauren Gregory
Kyle Mowat
Bayne Peterson
& Caleb Wood

More information at http://www.fjordspace.com/.

Opening: April 4, 6-10pm
On View: 
through April 26

FJORD Gallery
2419 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia PA


Philadelphia International Airport selects Deirdre Murphy’s (MFA '00) Sky Paintings for Yearlong Exhibition

Deirdre's work will be on view at PHL for a full year!
The Philadelphia International Airport has selected Deirdre Murphy's series, Sky Paintings, for a yearlong exhibition. Deirdre is an accomplished alum and fine arts lecturer at University of Pennsylvania in painting and drawing.

The collection featuring paintings that explore the patterns, murmurations and energy of bird flocks, her career-long artistic focus, and will be on display in late January 2014 and run through the end of the year. The exhibition, which will be located between Terminals C and D, near the moving walkway across from the Star Alliance Lounge, marks one of Murphy’s most visible exhibitions to date.

The airport as a venue for Murphy’s artwork is a natural fit. Her love of travel combined with her artwork, which features an exploration of birds and the human connection to the larger natural world, makes the airport a perfect location to display her dynamic, colorful artwork. "Philadelphia International Airport is thrilled to show Deirdre Murphy's Sky Paintings series in 2014,” said Leah Douglas, Director of Exhibitions at the airport. “Her paintings, with their themes of nature and in particular, the skycapes accentuated with birds and kite-like elements in flight, are a perfect fit for the airport traveler. Her exhibition features work with color-filled compositions, rooted in a sense of motion, that will captivate travelers as they ready themselves fort their own experiences in flight."


Peter Schenck (MFA '09) opens a solo painting show at Sunshine Art + Design Gallery on April 4th in Lancaster, PA

Open Wide by Peter Schenck
Peter Schenck's solo show, One More Slice will be on view at Sunshine Art + Design Gallery from April 4th through April 30th. In a graphic style Peter's paintings investigate the intersection of shirt and slice with a pop palette and subtle humor. 

Opening: April 4, 6-10pm
On View: April 4 - 30th
Venue: Sunshine Art + Design Gallery
104 West King Street
Lancaster, PA


Alumnus and Penn Professor Matt Neff (MFA '05) opens a show at the Print Center in Philadelphia, Apr 3rd

Neff reflects on the nature of medium in his work "Four of Us".
Alumnus and Penn Professor Matt Neff (MFA '05) will be opening a show at the Print Center in Philadelphia, Apr 3rd with prints from Terry Adkins portfolio made in collaboration with the Common Press.

Matt Neff's exhibition, Second Sightfeatures prints, photographs and sculptural works characterized by a complex layering of process, medium and concept and an experimental use of materials. The exhibition is curated by The Print Center’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Spungen.

Within Second Sight is a project space titled Second SITE, where Neff will be in residence. It serves as an evolving studio, exhibition, meeting, performance and research venue for interaction with artists, curators, writers and community members. Second SITE will change weekly. This immersive gallery experiment opens up the often impermeable barrier between viewing and making and is sure to result in interesting conversations and creations. Go to www.printcenter.org for information on Second SITE programing. 

In conjunction with Neff's exhibition, The Print Center will be showing Terry Adkins & The Common Press: 7th Ward.

Terry Adkins (1953–2014) created the portfolio The Philadelphia Negro Reconsidered in collaboration with The Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania, which is directed by Matt Neff. The portfolio was inspired by The Philadelphia Negro - W.E.B. Du Bois’ pioneering demographic study of Philadelphia’s original 7th Ward, the neighborhood in which The Print Center is located. The exhibition is supported by the Department of Fine Arts, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

Gallery Talk: Matt Neff in conversation with Elizabeth Spungen, Thur Apr 3, 5:30pm
Opening: Thurs Apr 3, 6-8pm
On View: Through Jun 7th
On going programing for Second SITE available at www.printcenter.org.

Allen Bentley (MFA '00) has a show up at the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia

Pillow Talk, oil on canvas, 36 x 30, 2013
On view through March 29th, Allen Bentley's painting show at the F.A.N. gallery explores the tangled nature of relationship though dance, pillow fights, and couples caught in the currents.

Venue: F.A.N. Gallery
221 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA

Marcin Ramocki (MFA '98) is curating a show 'Peristalsis' in Bushwick, Brooklyn that will include Penn Professor Matt Freedman

A view of Matt Freedman's 2002 work, Prosthesis
Marcin Ramocki is co-curating group show, Peristalis, with Paulina Bebecka which will include work by Mia Brownell, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, Oasa DuVerney, Lucia Love, Wojtek Doroszuk, Matt Freedman, Kenneth Tin Kin Hung,Mimi Kim, Saeri Kiritani, Ronald Reyes and Jude Tallichet.

Peristalsis is a playful, cross-media examination of various cultural themes associated with food and nutrition. The opening will take place on Saturday, March 29, 7-9 pm and the show will be on display until May 11th.

Should you make it to the opening, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the audience participation event “Conceptual Cake Party”.

Opening: Sat Mar 29, 7-9pm

Venue: Air Circulation
160 Randolf St.
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Sascha Hughes-Caley (MFA '15) will have video work in the Imperfectu International Film and Gender Studies Festival

Sasha's video Sportsman (Trophy) has been selected by Imperfectu International Film and Gender Studies Festival to be screened in Tijuana, Mexico, between April 1st -6th, 2014 and later again this year in Berlin, Germany (dates TBA).

Sasha's video and performance work investigates American male culture at large and it's relationship to sexual entitlement.

Orlando de la Garza (MFA'13) is opening a show in San Francisco on Wed Apr 9th

Recent graduate Orlando de la Garza will be opening a show in his new home city of San Francisco at the venue, Aritsts' Television Access. The high-fructose show, Cream Pie Party, you left a hot mess promises to be as titillating as the title suggests. 

Orlando's imagist inspired fantasy paintings will be accompanied by the live music of Banda Sin Nombre at the opening on Wednesday night, April 9th. 

Opening: Wed Apr 9, 8pm

Venue: Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia St. 
San Francisco, CA 94110



Terry Adkins featured in Artforum and in conversation with George Lewis

As many of you know, Terry Adkins' drum stacks are gracing the cover of Artforum this month. 

If you have not been able to snap up a copy yet, his featured interview with George Lewis is also available online, here.

Joan Oh (MFA '15) opens a group show "Synthetic Zero" at BronxArtSpace, Wed. March 5th 6-9pm

Joan takes a swipe at new technology in her video, Double Tap, Construe
Participating in Synthetic Zero Event at the Bronx Art Space, Joan Oh's video Double Tap, Construe examines iconography in relation to a newly augmented body language that we have inherited through the rise of digital practices. The touchscreen enables us to interact directly with history, creating an intuitive interaction that looks beyond the digital surface and peers into the details of iconic photographs and events.

Wed Mar 5, 6-9pm 
               Sat Mar 15, 7-10pm
On View: W-Sat 3:30pm-6:30pm Mar 5 - 15
Synthetic Zero / BronxArtSpace 
305 E 140th St #1A
Bronx, NY 10454

More information at, http://www.bronxartspace.com/.

Joan Oh (MFA '15) participates in international group show "STATE ABED"

STATE ABED international exhibition & conference 

Following a feminist maxim THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL, as well as relying upon our reasons why we deal with feminisms, what makes us publicly declare ourselves feminists, we have come up with the exhibition title STATE ABED. We would like to know how deep and in what ways the system, the state, the authorities and politics govern our life as well as to what extent and for what reasons they have the urge to enter and control our lives, bedrooms, bodies and minds. We would especially like to reveal the ways we accept or do not accept their seductions, kisses, orders and violences. We would like to strip off the system the way the system strips us off. We would like to hit the system back, or kiss it back. We ask for your ideas, concepts, works, your ways and your stories which will help us unravel this story and find out why we have the feeling that this lovemaking is actually an act of rape and what consequences it has on the personal. Which is political. Which is personal.

The show was on display from Feb 1st - 21st in Croatia.

Jessica Vaughn (MFA '11) included in Houston, Project Row Houses' Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Jessica Vaughn’s sound installation "Right-of-way-Acquisition" collected the sounds of the highways cutting through the Third Ward, infrastructure for the greater city that has also stifled economic development and social mobility in the neighborhood it crosses. A megaphone plays the recorded sounds for the visitor while also allowing the visitor’s sounds to be added into the piece through microphones placed throughout the room. Vaughn describes this as “call and response” where the archive continually expands from the depersonalized sounds of the highway to include more and more traces of individual human connection.

Unfortunately the exhibition was up until Mar 2nd, but more information on the project is available here, or follow this link for more about the organization Project Row Houses.

Ceaphas Stubbs (MFA '13) opens solo show, "...And Everything Will Be Created Here..." in California

Ceaphas Stubbs  "The Flesh is Weak"  2013
Recent graduate Ceaphas Stubbs has opened his first solo show in the Los Angeles marking his triumphant return to the city after his thesis exhibition there in Chinatown nearly a year ago. This exhibition also marks the christening of a new Culver City space for the Reginald Ingraham Gallery which is displaying Ceaphas' work until April 12th.

Ceaphas Stubbs' photographs are a exploration in narrative weight and meaning, as well as a complex practice. He layers ready made and found images and objects to construct luxurious still life scenes that challenge the viewer to examine relationships between physicality and desire. The painterly quality of Stubb's visual tropes is both a critique and a declaration of the power and value of iconography. The three dimensionality of the photographs is an invitation for conversation; an entry point to investigate associations and signifiers that subvert ritual and evoke nuance through color, space and imagery. The texture rich collages reference a shifting symbolism similary seen in Dali's playful surreal compositions, while being firmly grounded in the influential photographic considerations advanced by such artists as Zeke Berman and other luminaries in photography.

On View: Mar 1 - Apr 12

Reginald Ingraham Gallery
6021 Washington Blvd
Culver City CA, 90232


Marc Blumthal (MFA '10) included in Kohl Gallery's artNOW Philadelphia exhibition, opening Friday 2/7

Washington College's Kohl Gallery is opening a group exhibition featuring seven young artists of note in the Philadelphia area and our very own Marc Blumthal is among them. His unique brand of heart-felt, hand-crafted, appropriated formalism questions common conceptions of cultural and shared identities. His work will be featured alongside fellow up-and-comers Amze Emmons, Julianna Foster, Leslie Friedman, Rubens Ghenov, Ryan Kelly,and Tim Portlock.

Kent Gallery is located within Washington College in Chestertown, MD.

Opening: Friday, Feb 7, 5-7pm

On View: Through March 7th
Gallery open Wed - Sun 1-6pm

Kohl Gallery
Gibson Center for the Arts
300 Washington Ave
Chestertown, MD 21620

Full press release here.


Zoe Chronis (MFA '11) in Solo Exhibition at Scribe Video Center, Reception Thursday February 27th, 7 - 9pm

I Might Not Tell Every Body

This show features preparatory drawings, prints, and prototypes made from 2010 through 2013: the first steps in developing methods of disseminating text using various forms of public address. 

One video will screen at the reception.

More information about the Zoe's work is available on her website at, zchronis.info.

Reception: Thursday February 27th, 7 – 8:30 PM
On View: January 21 – February 21


Scribe Video Center, 
4212 Chestnut St., 3rd fl.
Philadelphia, PA 


Amy Archambault (MFA '11) installs solo exhibition at 17 Cox, opening Thursday Feb 6

Amy Archambault's site specific installation inside 17 Cox is part obstacle course, part habitrail and part modular home. As both a lacrosse coach and a studio supervisor, Archambault is interested in combining the human drive for athleticism and artistic expression, and encouraging others to do the same in her work. Her installation turns 17 Cox into an arena for both spectatorship and participation. Visitors can either observe her bright, colorful constructions as sculpture or take off their shoes and participate in the various obstacles. The palette for this installation is based on color psychology used in modern workout facilities where colors can promote productivity or increase heart rate. Multiple pathways through the gallery are designed for different levels of engagement and Archambault includes demonstration videos of her performances. Visitors will be encouraged to "work out" in the gallery during the exhibition, and even submit their scores in a time trial during the March 6 reception. 

On View: Feb 6 - Apr 3
Opening: Feb 6, 6-9pm
Time Trials: Mar 6, 6-9pm
Closing: Apr 3, 6-9pm

17 Cox
17 Cox Court Beverly, MA


Yoorim Park (MFA'12) will be featured in a group show, 'Small Works Exhibition' at the N.A.W.A Gallery, NY

The National Association of Women Artists' "Small Works Exhibition' is one of the first in N.A.W.A.'s 125th anniversary year. Original artworks measure 15 x 15" or less, or 15" high for sculptures. One of two shows per year that is open to non-members, this annual juried show continues to present jurors with the difficult task of selecting the very finest works in a variety of media. There will be three prizes awarded, with first prize being a solo or two-person show in the N.A.W.A. Gallery. The "Small Works Show" allows friends, families, collectors and art lovers to purchase affordable art by talented and prolific professional women artists from all over the United States. N.A.W.A.'s mission has always been to give underrepresented women artists numerous opportunities for exhibiting their work.
A reception will be given on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 5-7 pm.

"Small Works Group Exhibition" at the N.A.W.A. Gallery,

Exhibition date: February 5 - 26, 2014
Opening reception: February 12, 2014, from 5-7 p.m.
address: 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10011

phone: 212-675-1616
e-mail: office@nawa.org, pressreleases@thenawa.org


Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14) featured on It's Nice That Annual 2013

Mohammadreza Mirzaei's "Stammer" is featured on It's Nice That Annual 2013.

It’s Nice That is a publishing platform, based on London that encompasses several different online, print and events offerings as part of its mission of championing creativity across the art and design world. It’s Nice That Annual brings together more than 130 of the most engaging projects to have featured on It’s Nice That over the 2013. Mirzaei's work was previously featured on the It's Nice That with a write up by James Cartwright. 

Congratulations to Jacolby Satterwhite MFA ('10) and senior critic, Nina Katchadourian, 2013 Art Matters grant recipients

Sugar Fox, Nina Katchadourian
Subway, Jacolby Satterwhite

As a part of the 2013 Art Matters grants program, Jacolby Satterwhite was awarded support for the expansion of the artist’s current performance and video practice into sculpture with the purchase of a 3D printer and Nina Katchadourian received support for a collaborative trip with Laurel Braitman, historian of science, to the Lagoon of San Ignacio in Baja California for research on ballenas amistosas (friendly whales).

Art Matters is a juried, invitation only award. Each round they select a national group of recognized artists, curators, and other arts leaders to nominate artists to apply. Art Matters awards grants of $3,000-$10,000 to U.S. artists for projects that are socially engaged with a focus on local, national and/or global concerns. They fund individuals, collectives and collaborative teams working all visual media including experimental performance, and film.


“Your Crown has Been Bought and Paid For…..’’ at Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ will feature Ceaphas Stubbs, (MFA '13)

Ceaphas Stubbs, "...Don't Stray Too Far...", 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 28x40
Recent graduate Ceaphas Stubbs will be featured in the 22nd annual African American Art Show and Sale presented by Art in the Atrium, Inc.

The exhibition will include the work of more than 25 black artists to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The title of the exhibition, is “Your Crown has Been Bought and Paid For…..,’’ a quote from African-American author James Baldwin. The second line is “… All you have to do it wear it.’’

Opening: Fri Jan 24, 5-9
On view: Jan 21 - Mar 14th 
Location: Atrium Gallery
Morris County Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

More on the event here.

Thomas Isaac (MFA '06) is exhibiting his video Stardance at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in Texas

Stardance is a video work serving as a meditation on our relationship to time and how we experience present time. Within the piece, time is suspended and slowed down to the point where our current relationship with the present, 1 second to 1 second, is no more, creating an artificial "dreamtime". Not only is the video slowed down, but the soundtrack -- a 3 minute commissioned sound piece by P. Adrian Frasier https://soundcloud.com/padrianfrazier -- is slowed down and expanded to 3 hours, the running time of the entire video work.

Opening: Thurs, Jan 23, 6-8
On View: Jan 23 - Feb 16

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
116 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204


Senior Critic Mary Reid Kelley will be opening a show this week at SUNY in New Paltz, NY

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from The Syphilis of Sisyphus
University of Pennsylvania Senior Critic Mary Reid Kelley will be opening a show this week at SUNY in New Paltz, NY with husband and collaborator Patrick Kelley.

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibitionMary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos. The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday, January 22, with a public opening reception to be held on Saturday, February 8.

The exhibition will be the first museum exhibition devoted to the finely crafted and researched costumes, objects, furniture, and drawings that Reid Kelley creates for her acclaimed videos. These working objects reveal the artist as an exemplar of the contemporary impulse to work across and synthesize art media.Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos is organized by Daniel Belasco, the Dorsky Museum's curator of exhibitions and programs. The artist and her collaborator, Patrick Kelley, will give a public gallery talk on Sunday, March 2, at 2pm.

On View: January 22–April 13, 2014
Gallery Talk: March 2, 2pm
Reception: Feb 8

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12561


Kelsey Halliday Johnson (MFA '12) is exhibiting in DUE NORTH, opening at the Icebox tonight 1/9

Kelsey Halliday Johnson has helped to organize a collaborative exhibition featuring American and Icelandic artists. The show opens at Icebox this evening and continues through January. 

“North” is a space upon which we project our desire for raw wilderness, for solitude, and the terrifying beauty of the sublime. Both real and imagined, Iceland, from an outsider’s perspective is viewed as exotic, treacherous, mythical and supernatural. In wintertime, darkness and brutal winds prevail; there is a turning inwards as one battles the elements. As foreigners, travelling together in February 2013, we both viscerally and physically explored Iceland’s unforgiving landscape and its inherent narratives.

Taking cues from our Nordic counterparts, participants opened themselves to qualities found at the very heart of Icelandic art making: a wild independence, reverence for untamed nature, ancient and intimate links to the sea, a sense of mystery and unquiet stillness in everyday life, and paradoxical qualities of the land (black and white; fire and ice).

Shaped daily by an elemental landscape in flux, Icelandic artists embody and channel the energies of the land. As travelers, we allowed this geology to reshape the terra incognita of our imaginations, a journey of the mind and heart.

Opening: Jan 9th, 6-9pm
On View: Jan 9th - 24th

Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American St
Philadelphia, PA



Siobhan McBride (MFA '05) and Senior Critic Alexi Worth are opening a group show at DC Moore Gallery on Thursday 1/9

Siobian McBride, Whiskey Social
2013, Gouache on paper on panel, 12 x 13.5 inches
DC Moore is exhibiting a series of paintings of interiors by Ann Agee, Romare Bearden, Stefan Kurten, and

Penn alumna Siobhan McBride, Penn Visiting Artist Duane Michals, and Penn Senior Critic Alexi Worth.

Opening: Thurs, Jan 9, 6-8 PM
On View: Jan 9 - Feb 8

DC Moore
535 west 22nd, NY, NY

Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10) and professors Terry Adkins, Ken Lum, and Joshua Mosley have been selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Jacolby Satterwhite, Alpha, 2013. C-print and still from Reifying Desire 6, 53 x 30 inches.
Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA 2010) and three University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts professors, Terry Adkins, Ken Lum and Joshua Mosley, have been selected to participate in the 2014 edition of the Whitney Biennial. Featuring 103 artists from across the country, the event will be held at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Biennial's three curators, Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner, will each organize one floor of the exhibition. The announcement that Penn will be represented in such unique ways on all three floors reflects the diversity of our program's strengths and abilities to synthesize a very broad range of approaches to practice-based research. 

Joan Oh (MFA '15) received prominent mention in Washington City Paper

Congratulations to Joan Oh for making the Washington City Paper's list of top five images of 2013. Link to the full article here.

"Oh’s large-scale works were the standout of the Corcoran College of Art and Design’s student show. Working on the Internet frontier, Oh downloaded tourist photos of the pyramids of Giza, Niagara Falls, and Stonehenge from around the Web, then organized them into seven-by-10-foot arrays to illustrate patterns of “redundancy” in the human travel experience, as well as the 'validation' that people get from sharing their snapshots—a timely exploration in the age of social media. Oh’s works in the series offer the perfect combination of intellectual heft and visual skill."

Demetrius Oliver (MFA '04) is opening solo show Canicular at the Print Center, opening Thursday 1/9

In January 2014, The Print Center will premiere Canicular: Demetrius Oliver, a major newly commissioned work by the artist. As the curator of the exhibition, I have had the pleasure of working with Oliver over the last three years on this exhibition. This blog will introduce Canicular, document it once it is on view and provide information and resources related to the project.

Canicular is a new video installation, by artist Demetrius Oliver, that will consist of a projected, live-feed from a high-power telescope focused on Sirius (the brightest star in the night sky). The video will be projected in a round structure, built within one of The Print Center’s galleries to resemble a small observatory. The installation will also include a related, multi-part video installation in an adjacent gallery. The term Canicular is used to describe things pertaining to dogs, and is often used in reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. The live-feed will come from a telescope mounted on the roof of The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States.

Oliver will essentially convert the gallery spaces into an observatory which will only be open for one hour each night to coincide with the rising of Sirius in the night sky. The Print Center’s gallery spaces will not be open during regular hours but will only be open from 7:00-8:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, weather permitting (the sky has to be clear to see the stars!). A sign featuring a photographic image of dog fur created by Oliver, visible from the street, will be illuminated to announce when the exhibition is on view. An audio component, composed and performed by the artist on a dog whistle (and therefore inaudible to human ears), will also be broadcast from the front of the building during viewing times.

Gallery Talk: Thurs Jan. 9th, 6pm
Opening: Thurs. Jan 9th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
On View: Through March 22nd

The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sam Mapp (MFA '14) is exhibiting in ENDLESS at Con Artist Gallery, opening in NYC tomorrow 1/8

Come roam the dark labyrinths of contemporary nihilism and reproducible media. Simulacra and simulation and impossible exchange, infinite reflections. The insatiable void, the sinking feeling post-black-friday-rampage… ENDLESS is anti-Bieber, pro-Miley; ENDLESS is the majesty of youtube sensations, eternity whispered through screenshotz.

Incorporating the Con Artist Collective as well as selected artists who can’t help but engender all that is ENDLESS.

Opening: Wed. Jan. 8th 8pm
On View: January 07 - 25, 2013

Con Artist Gallery, 119 Ludlow St. 
Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 6pm

Gallery Night Parties
1.08.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Opening Party:
when u freak out, freak back in live performance by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney at 10pm
1.15.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Gallery Night
1.22.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Closing Party


UPenn Alum, Justine Hill's painting show at Galerie Protege is reviewed by the Huffington Post

Fellow alumnus, Robert Dimin curated a show at his space, Galerie Protégé which included Penn MFA Justine Hill and three other female painters. The exhibition, Currently Untitled, received a generous write up in the Huffington
Post which is worth looking up.

On View through Jan. 4th

Galerie Protégé

197 Ninth Ave (Lower Level - Chelsea Frames)
New York, NY 10011

Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 6pm


Ivanco Talevski (MFA '08) and Pernot Hudson (MFA '06) opening a group show at NAPOLEON gallery on Friday, Dec 13th

Trusted Friends Are the Only Ones That Get You In The End

A two person exhibition of Ivanco Talevski and Pernot Hudson curated by Marc Blumthal (MFA '10)

This two person exhibition explores the complicated nature of defining or creating the muse. The controlled yet ungovernable presence of artificial figuration is both source of the subject and hindrance to what is seen or what is to be developed in Ivanco Talevski’s paintings.  Pernot Hudson will present work as both a support of this notion as well as a counter argument or complete rejection of the idea. Responding directly to these two positions onsite, both artists will create work to comment on the relationship to the artificial nature of stimulus as both subject and necessity. Trusted friends are the only ones that can get you in the end.

Opening: Friday, Dec 13th 6pm – 10pm
On View: Dec 13th - Dec 18th

319 N 11th Street, 2L
Philadelphia, PA
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment


Relics, a group show featuring Kelsey Halliday Johnson (MFA '12) is opening Friday, Dec 6th at Vox Populi

Photographs have the ability to represent, even reanimate history. They serve as reminders of where one has been or what one has seen—artifacts through which historical events can be reconsidered, new associations made, and new meaning assigned to those events in ways that can bring the past to bear upon the present-day.

The digitization of images has begun to erode a sense of history from the photographic image. The immediate seduction and gratification of the digital on-screen image allows them to operate as portals to ahistorical fantasies. To memorialize an image through the act of printing is an increasingly rare act. Once a photograph becomes physical, the surface is pushed forward and the associative context thickens. Within a disposable image culture, Stephanie Bursese, Julianna Foster, and Kelsey Halliday Johnson are artists committed to working with the printed image and printed matter.

This exhibition evolved from a set of conversations between the three artists, each of whom works with the photographic image as their primary medium. Through the collection of photographs in books and the clustering of images on the wall, the work encourages viewers to read between images and draw connections within their constellation.

Opening: Friday, Dec 6th, 6-11ish
On View: Dec 6th - Dec 29th
Location: Vox Populi, 319 N 11th St, Philly, PA


Jamie Treadwell (MFA '02) will have work on display with Mirus Gallery at Pulse Miami

Painter, artist, and educator, Jamie Treadwell will have work on display at Pulse Miami from December 5th - 8th. For all those lucky enough to attend the all out art binge that is Miami this weekend, please look for Jamie's incredible high-fructose paintings at the Mirus Gallery exhibition area. 


Terry Adkins exhibiting his solo show, Nenuphar, at Salon 94 through January 11th

As many of you know by now, senior faculty member Terry Adkins is currently exhibiting his most recent work in a solo show at Salon 94. The critically acclaimed work draws upon his use of material exploration to reexamine historical and art-historical narratives. Work from this series was also exhibited in Frieze London by Salon 94 and the Tate Modern recently purchased a marquee 2003 work, Muffled Drums (from Darkwater).

On View: through January 11th
Salon 94 Bowery
Salon 94 Freemans

Undergraduate Fine Arts Chair, Ken Lum, will be speaking about Ian Wilson at Dia's Chelsea location on Monday Dec 9th, 6:30pm

A conversation both by and on preeminent conversationalists.

Edizioni del bradipo/Lugo Land publishes Mohammadreza Mirzaei's (MFA '14) book "What I don't have"

Lugo Land is pleased to present “What I don’t have” by Iranian artist Mohammadreza Mirzaei. This project is being presented in two volumes, and two different forms of representation: A story and a photo series both happening in same time and same place. What is the relationship between these two booklets? Are they different chapters of same story? The answer is left to the audience. “What I don’t have” can be read as a collision of truth and fiction in photography and is hopefully suggesting a new way of storytelling.

What I don't have
by Mohammadreza Mirzaei
Curated by Terry Adkins and Luca Nostri
Designed by Filippo Nostri
2 volumes, 32 pages, 16 photographs and a story from the author (english)
Edizioni del bradipo / University of Pennsylvania
ISBN: 978-88-906449-2-4

There Is Still Time - Group show featuring alum/faculty Marc Blumthal, Pernot Hudson, Matt Neff, & Ivanco Talevski - Sat. Dec 7th in Hells Kitchen NYC

A pithy commentary on the nature of eternity.
Marc Blumthal, Pernot Hudson, Matt Neff, & Ivanco Talevski will all have work on display at the Gallery MC in Manhattan. This show promises include innovative combinations of printmaking and painting covering a wide range of subject matter inquiries. The art displayed, however, is also sure to be cohesive as all these artists work is undoubtedly influenced by their mutual friendships forged in the bowels of the Morgan Printshop and stamped with the indelible mark of their founding the Common Press. Regardless of what the title suggests, the show is on view for a limited time only, closing before Christmas on Dec 20th so make plans to attend before you head home for the holidays.

Opening: Sat Dec 7th, 6-9ish
On View: Dec 7th - Dec 20th
Open: Tues - Sat, noon - 6pm

Gallery MC
549 W 52nd St
New York, NY

GOOD - GAME Launch Party, New local Philly arts zene with Penn roots hosts a launch party at the Maas Building, Dec 7th


Sam Mapp and Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14) will continue the MFA Exhibition Series this coming Wednesday, Nov 20th at 5:30pm

Mirzaei & Mapp's work will knock you flat on your back.

The MFA Exhibition Series continues with "Supine", featuring the new work by Sam Mapp and Mohammadreza Mirzaei. 

Opening: Wed, Nov 20th 5:30pm - 7pm
Physical Lab, Morgan Building

Laura Bernstein (MFA '14), Joan Oh, and Sasha Hughes-Caley (MFA '15) are featured in Columbia University's Online Journal for Curatorial Studies, Interventions

Featured on the site, Bernstein's video will stick with you.
Colombia University's, Interventions is conceptualized as a curatorial platform featuring essays, interviews, web-based art projects, and experimental investigations of the implicit cross-sections between these practices. Flexible in format, the project aims to cultivate dialogue amongst a diverse body of participants including curators, artists, and art and architectural historians in order to establish a common space and archive of exchange. 

Please take some time to view their works and read some of the well written articles in the publication, Interventions Journal.