Ernel M Martinez, Co-founder of Amber Art & Design, performing at the PMA

Philadelphia Museum of Art



March 2015




Wednesday, March 25


Poets, performers, and scholars guide visitors through an evening inspired by Represent: 200 years of African American Art:



Push/Pull: Precession of Healing with Amber Arts Collective:  A traveling, multi-media piece inspired by the MOVE bombing of 1985. As visitors process throughout the galleries, they will encounter multiple site-specific performances that explore this historic event's impact on the cultural makeup of Philadelphia. 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Begins in Gallery 239

Tracie Morris: Tracie Morris is a self-identified sound poet that ingeniously mixes narrative and music to create a singular style of performance. She and her trio host an evening of original works. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Gallery 161

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Help improve how African American artists are represented online. Learn how to create and edit information about these artists on Wikipedia. New and experienced editors are welcome; laptops and power cords are encouraged.  Click here to register.  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seminar room

Admission every Wednesday night is Pay What You Wish.




Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14) opens solo show "Newer Photographs" at O Gallery in Tehran


In Mohammadreza Mirzaei’s photographs, there is always a confrontation between “abstraction” and “pragmatism,” and of course between “entity” and “null” which he considers the essential traits of photography. In his upcoming exhibition, Newer Photographs, which opens three weeks after the publication of his new book in the US, by eliminating words, Mirzaei, once again invites the audience to view photographs that might very well be un-paraphrase-able.

Ordinary and routine matters are overlooked due to their continuous presence and overfamiliarity, and are at times promptly and at other times very hastily and without us noticing, replaced by alternatives. They are like a silent background to our life and existence. However in Mirzaei’s photographs, these very things look original and artificial as though they are a reflection of other things.

At the first encounter with his photographs, we are rarely confronted by narratives or an effort to create meaning, but a short while later, similarities and repetitions of certain elements, make us wonder about the possibility of the existence of conceptual and validity relations. Although some of his abstract images are eye catching, it is obvious that the photographer is not just after capturing the best form of the subject, and perhaps the forms are mostly designed to give rise to question rather than to discover and manifest beauty. Sometimes he is too close to the subject, or has exposed it to so much light that we can hardly say what that thing really is. And here, the title of the exhibition, the only descriptive words besides the works, may appear more important. But, he dawdles, as his photos do, and chooses the title, Newer Photographs for this exhibition, which especially after his previous exhibition New Photographs, seems like an oblique and absurd title.

These photographs, regardless of their subject and from whatever aspect “newer;” placed in this exhibition, alongside one another, form an object so that in its encountering, the audience is faced with numerous questions and contradictions. Perhaps an experiment similar to existence in today’s world filled with contradictions.

Mohammadreza Mirzaei
Newer Photographs 
March 6 - 16. 2015
Opening Preview: March 6th, 4-9 pm

O Gallery
46 Khosrow Alley,  Villa St., 
1698814315 Tehran

Hours: Mon - Thu 12 - 8 pm 
Fri 4 - 9 pm
Closed on Saturdays

T (+9821) 88 92 20 28


Installation by Claire Bidwell (MFA '14) in Bushwick - Opens 3/4

Wilmer Wilson IV (MFA '15) performing in NYC - March 1st

Wilmer is doing a performance as part of the Performing Franklin Furnace series at Martha Wilson's retrospective in NYC, this Sunday March 1
GALLERY: Participant Space, at 253 East Houston Street, at 7pm. There will be a few others performing too, as hosted by Clifford Owens. Come by!


NEW WORK by Heather Ramsdale (MFA '10) at the Gallery at Delaware County Community College - OPENS Wednesday 2/11

On View: February 11 - March 13, 2015, The Gallery at Delaware County Community College
Artist's Talk Wednesday, February 11, 2 - 3 p.m.
Large Auditorium | Room 2225 I Academic Building

Opening Reception Wednesday, February 11, 3 - 7 p.m.
Art Gallery | Room 2305 I Academic Building 
In Beyond Origin, the importance of form and material is emphasized as artist Heather Ramsdale carefully constructs objects that represent structural slices of renovation/design materials.
The constructed forms are often used as metaphors for questioning or encapsulating time, or are used to make comments regarding the speed of time. Recognizable objects are re-presented in combination with architectural and interior design elements, and seem to bookend decades or eras. This is in an effort to generate a unique psychological response that feels familiar and new.
The goal of the artist is to prompt the viewer's psychic space and bring into question several ideas centered around time, how we relate to it by the way we live, and how to locate ourselves within it.
For more information on Heather Ramsdale's work visit heatherramsdale.com


Here Comes the Sun - A new photobook by Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14)

Here Comes the Sun - A new photobook by Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14)

The Graduate Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania Common Press are pleased to present Here Comes the Sun, a photobook by Mohammadreza Mirzaei. The book is designed by Filippo Nostri and contains 21 color plates, writing by Mirzaei, and an essay by Carlos Basualdo (full essay).

In Here Comes the Sun, photography is not only a medium which can gives a form to Mirzaei’s representation, but also the subject of his work. Basualdo writes, "If Mirzaei began by fearing that nothing of the world would be revealed now he seems intended to make us turn away from what’s appeared in front of us. Lack of language, before, to talk about the world surrounding us, lack of feeling afterwards, to talk about ourselves. We clearly see that the question that this book attempts to pose concerns the very possibility of seeing, only inasmuch as our vision defines our very selves. What can we really see, and what do we become while seeing it? What it is left for us to see? Deraciné, in a foreign city and a foreign language, Mirzaei firmly grasps the chance to think with images about images themselves."

Mohammadreza Mirzaei is an Iranian artist who is now living and working in Tehran. The images included in this book are all made while he was pursuing his MFA at University of Pennsylvania, from 2012 to 2014.

Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is also a senior critic in the Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The two-year Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of studio artists. Through studio work, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and interactions with vital working artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster critical awareness and independent methods of artistic research. Students extend their conceptual strategies while inventing and then refining their own hybridized forms of art making methods. The program encourages exploration, extending studies into other disciplines within the School of Design and the university-at-large with a rich selection of outside electives and optional certificate and dual-degree programs.

Here Comes the Sun
University of Pennsylvania Common Press
52 pages
21 color plates
20 x 30 cm
ISBN: 978-0-692-29127-6
Printed in Italy


Amy Archambault (MFA'11) in a group show at College of the Holy Cross - OPENS Jan 28

Amy Archambault - Visual Artist

PULSE: New Works by Faculty Artists

I am excited to announce my participation in the 2015 College of the Holy Cross Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, PULSE: New Works by Faculty Artists, on view January 21st - April 10th, 2015. Please join my very special colleagues and I for the opening reception of PULSE on Wednesday, January 28th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Cantor Art Gallery (details below).

Exhibition Dates: January 21st - April 10th, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 28th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
(College of the Holy Cross - O'Kane First Floor)
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

For more information visit, http://offices.holycross.edu/cantorartgallery.
To RSVP (optional), visit https://www.facebook.com/events/875425202508570/.

Terry Adkins work in group show along with Nsenga Knight (MFA'10) at The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College - OPENS Jan 27

Terry Adkins, Nsenga Knight,
Hank Willis Thomas, Nari Ward,
Carrie Mae Weems

ANUARY 27 – MAY 15, 2015

UNDER COLOR OF LAW brings together works by five acclaimed African American artists to catalyze important conversations about race, privilege, speech, and historical memory. The exhibition’s title refers to the legal term for the appearance of authority that covers the actions of police or other government figures, whether those actions are lawful or not. Though it responds to a national climate of rising tensions regarding the relationships between law enforcement and minority communities, Under Color of Law proposes a wider angle of view — one shaped not only by the quick conclusions of viral media, but by layers of historical context. The works in the exhibition evoke the activism of W.E.B Du Bois, the final speeches of Malcolm X, the legacy of Jim Crow, the marches from Selma to Montgomery, or the disturbing bureaucracy of stop-and-frisk,” with all pointing to the same essential dilemma—how should individuals respond to their perception of injustice?
Please visit the Berman Museum’s new website at www.ursinus.edu/berman for the most up-to-date schedule of public programs accompanying Under Color of Law. 

image: Nari Ward, Suspect on Ground, 2012. 
Wood, magnets, nylon, and printed fleece blankets, 
Courtesy of the artist and Lehman Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. 
Photo: Gregory La Rico. 

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College
601 East Main Street 
Collegeville, PA 19426 
610 409 3500

Open hours:
TuesdayFriday, 10–4 
Saturday & Sunday, 12–4 
Closed Monday


Jacob Rivkin (MFA '13) in group show at Arlington Arts Center, opens January 24th.

Wrapped & Wrought, curated by Ellen Chenoweth, is an exhibition that investigates containers as borderlands. Works in this exhibition will question ideas about belonging, comfort and identity. Participating artists: Nicole Salimbene, Roberto Lugo, Annie Wilson, Jacob Rivkin, Olivier Jiron.

January 24 - April 4 
Opening reception Saturday, January 24, 6 - 9 pm.

Gallery talks with selected curators are scheduled for Saturday, January 31st, and Saturday, March 28, 1 - 4 pm.

Arlington Arts Center 
Metro : Silver & Orange Lines : Virginia Square 
3550 Wilson Blvd. 
Arlington, VA 22201

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm or by appointment
Visit https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/ for more information.


Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14) in a group show in LA

PØST is pleased to present White Noise, a group exhibit co-curated by Gelare Khoshgozaran & HK Zamani. The participating artists are Morehshin Allahyari (Oakland), Shagha Ariannia (LA), Abigail Collins (LA), Gelare Khoshgozaran (LA), Elizabeth Medina (LA), Mohammadreza Mirzaei (Tehran), Zeinab Shahidi (Tehran). 

The exhibit gets its title from John DeLillo’s postmodern novel White Noise. The works in the exhibit are consistent of photos and videos.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Exhibition Dates: January 17 - 19, 2015

1904 East 7th Place 
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA 


Cristina Tufiño (MFA '13) with a film by Alex Nguyen (MFA ' 13) and Cristina Tufiño - Opens this Sunday @ Beverly's NYC

Jaime Brett Treadwell (MFA '02) “Trick Magic” at Mirus Gallery - Opens Jan 17th

Mirus Gallery is pleased to present TRICK MAGIC, new paintings from Jaime Brett Treadwell. Using oil on panel, the Philadelphia-based artist has created a series of work that continues his vision of transient utopias, taking viewers on a journey to lands of magic and wonder. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 17, from 6 to 10 PM, and will be on view through February 14, 2015.

In TRICK MAGIC, Treadwell employs visual deceptions within the work to encourage recognizable commonalities between painting and magic. Similar to the staples of a magic show, and much like a showman at center stage, the artist attempts to incorporate drama, theater, ambiguity, and humor into each work, using perceptions of reality and elements of mystery to engage his audience.

Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Jaime Brett Treadwell studied sculpture and painting at the State University of New York at Cortland, and received his MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania.  His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including New York, Miami, LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, South Korea, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and Chicago.  Publications, artist features, and interviews include Juxtapoz Magazine, High Fructose Magazine, Jpeople Magazine, New American Paintings, Carne Magazine, New Contemporary (Ginko press), Thundermag, It’s Nice That, Who’s Jack, Blue Canvas and Direct Art Magazine.  Jaime Brett Treadwell lives and works in Philadelphia where he is a full time professor of art at Delaware County Community College. 

Mirus Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space established by curator and art dealer, Paul Hemming. The gallery features a program of contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows. Mirus Gallery highlights work that emphasizes skill and process and aims to engage viewers on a sentient, emotional and evocative level. In 2013 the artist-in-residence program was initiated, further pursuing the gallery’s values of community and collaboration by providing a live-in and on-site studio space for artists to create and exhibit work in a supportive environment, conducive to creativity.

Visit www.mirusgallery.com for more information.

Event Details
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 6-10 PM, Artist in Attendance
Exhibition Dates: January 17 - February 14, 2015
Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/409286645904960/

540 Howard Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Jennifer Darland, Director


SURF CLUB - A group show at Vox Populi that includes past and current UPenn MFA students!

EXHIBITION DATES: January 9 – February 1, 2015
OPENING: Friday,January 9, 6.00 to 10.00 pm
GALLERY TALK: Sunday, January 25, 3.00 pm, moderated by Bree Pickering
SURF CLUB LECTURE: Friday, January 23, 7.00 pm, by Marisa Olson
With eight new artist-members joining us in fall of 2014, the new Vox Populi membership of 26 split into four groups, one for each of our four core gallery rooms. The curatorial approach of this exhibition is loosely inspired by an internet Surf or Surfing Club, where a group links to content on the web and respond to one another’s submissions while drawing loose or tight connections between disparate content they’re consuming in the public sphere of the web. Curated collectively and entirely through digital image sharing, one member of each group started the exhibition with a work of an external artist that was passed on to fellow members and then responded to in-the-round by the subsequent members. With dynamic artists from around the country, leading practitioners in Philadelphia, and a University of Pennsylvania astrophysicist in the mix, the exhibition celebrates artistic networks on the web and within our physical communities.
The results of this sharing model had unique effects on how each exhibition was shaped. With its loose and open framework, members could choose to respond to the previous works through a variety of approaches: its media, aesthetic composition, conceptual content, or a more personal response it evoked. With four distinct sub-exhibitions, Surf Club presents each room in a clockwise chronological order of the shared conversation accompanied by a unique gallery guide that will shed light on each of the works and the selection process. One group loosely examined self portraiture which evolved into a play with media, another explored social/biographical/cultural explorations by the artists, the third selected works that explored perception from the performative to the scientific, and the final began in abstraction and obstructed images. Yet the freedom of association inherent in this process allowed each gallery to present its own exceptions to the rule and non sequiturs representative of the open field of content the members could draw from. Surf Club toys with post-internet practice, and how the networks of digital sharing we rely on influence our real-life references, networks, and associations within the physical gallery space.
The following list is of the selected artists shown as they are grouped in the exhibition accompanied by the Vox member who shared and selected their work in parenthesis:
Surf Club 01
Sarah Anderson (Alexander Rosenberg), Gwendolyn Rooker (Ben Will), Grace Miceli (Beth Heinly), Xavier Schipani (Catherine Pancake), Gonzalo Reyes Rodriquez (Chad States), Barnett Cohen (Christopher Manzione)
Surf Club 02
Mylinh Chau (Erica Prince), Liz Rodda (Erin Murray), Jane Irish (Gabriel Boyce), Stefan Abrams (Jay Muhlin), Michele Pearson Clarke (Jesse Harrod), Sean Gerstley and Katie Stout
(Joe Bartram)
Surf Club 03
Katherine Hubbard (Julia Staples), Alex Nguyen (Kelsey Halliday Johnson), Mike Flemming (Kristen Neville Taylor), Benjamin Schmitt (Kirk McCarthy), Nickolay Lamm (Maria Dumlao), Jeff Williams (Mark Stockton), Stephen McLaughlin (Matt Kalasky)
Surf Club 04
Carmichael Jones (Meg Foley), Emily Davidson (Sharon Koelblinger), David Freund (Stephanie Bursese), Barb Smith (Suzanne Seesman), Lucia Thomé (Timothy Belknap), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (Tiona McClodden), Jonathan Santoro (Will Haughery)

Chiara No (MFA '15) at the Fourth Wall at Vox Populi - Opens this Friday Jan 9th

In Chiara No’s current work, Crowning, No embodies and undermines the variability of imagery and language. Using ideological motifs within the lexicon of Black, Death and Grind Metal, No employs heavy handed, dark, and straightforward iconography as parody. No’s Crowning does not necessarily seek to only criticize this hyper-masculine homogenous culture but to provoke women to be active participants and be represented because they are Metal as Fuck.
Crowning is the third and final installment of 3AM Maternal, curated by Lise Haller Baggeson
Chiara No is from Baltimore, MD. She studied Art and Theory at the Glasgow School of Art in 2002-2003 and received a BA in Art History from Towson University in 2005. She has also received a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Chiara No is currently a second year MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


Woohyun Shim (MFA '12) in a group show in Korea

This exhibition is covering Romanticism, shown in contemporary young artists.
This show suggests that todays' movement that is shown in contemporary art is deeply rooted in Romanticism, which was originated in 18th century in Europe.

23 artists are participating in the show.
You can find more info here.


Sarah Tortora (MFA '13) mounts solo exhibition at Bloomsburg University

The Haas Gallery of Art at Bloomsburg University presents Yearning on the Diagonal, a solo exhibition of the sculptures of Sarah Tortora (MFA '13). The show runs from December 19th through January 28th in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.


Sascha Hughes-Caley, MFA (expected) 2015 included in F-Word: Feminism Now at ARC Gallery in Chicago. Opening reception Friday, December 5th from 6-9PM.

ARC Gallery
2156 N Damen Avenue, Chicago

ARC presents a group exhibition juried by Jeanne Dunning. As ARC was founded in the 70’s during the height of the Feminist Art Movement, they have decided to organise a tribute to feminist exhibitions. Rather than revisit the history of Feminist Art and its early leaders, ARC is choosing to celebrate the gallery’s feminist history by examining what else Feminist Art is. That is, rather than reducing feminism’s meaning to one familiar artist or era, ARC would like to explore what feminist art was, what it has come to be, and where it is going.


Ryan Russo (MFA Alum) in Group show in NYC - Opens December 10

Metaplay, Prague – New York

Exhibition curated by Petra Valentová (US) and Vlasta Čiháková (CZ).
Czech artists: Jana Bernartová, Patricie Fexová, Josef Mladějovský a Evžen Šimera
American artists: Liz Ainslie, Nils Folke Anderson, Mark Masyga, Ryan Russo
Exhibition opening: Wednesday, December 10, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Open through January 20, 2015
Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, NY 10021

New Works by Sarah Gamble (MFA '01) in NYC - Opens Thursday, December 11

Edward Thorp Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue, 6th Fl       New York, NY 10001       212 . 691 . 6565      Tues - Fri, 11am - 6pm


HARD/SOFT - Chiara No (MFA '15) in a group show at MINT in Columbus, OH - Opens this Friday

If you happen to be in Columbus OH this Friday night...

PUSH THE BUTTON - New work by Ava Hassinger // Jennifer Berman (Both MFA '15) - Opens This Friday, Nov 21st

push the button

countless miles of non-verbal lingo
a shiny new companion
moving across the rug by the seat of our pants
stirring something in a small bowl 
using a large utensil
one golden opportunity 
to plumb the breath
physical distance need not be an obstacle
two paths seem to be open from now on

Opening Reception

Friday November 21st, 2014 6 PM - 8 PM

205 S. 34TH ST


HEADS WILL ROLL - New work from Kasey Short//Annie Zverina (MFA '15) - Opens this Friday, Nov 14th 6-8pm

UPenn MFA OPEN STUDIOS! This Saturday, Nov 15th 3-7pm


We will be opening our doors to the Philadelphia community on Saturday, November 15 from 3-7pm. Come see what we are making and get to know us. There will be food, beverage and fun.

The MFA studios are in three locations on Penn’s campus:

    The Morgan Building- 205 S. 34th Street - Morgan studios may be accessed through the double-doors facing 34th St
Duhring Wing- 236 S. 34th Street – Durhing studios are located on the east side of Fischer Fine Arts Library. It may be access via elevator via the entrance facing Woodland Walk. There will be signs

Franklin Annex- 3451 Walnut Street - Franklin studios may be accessed through the door facing 36th St.

Maps will be available at the Morgan Building and signs to find the way to each building will be provided.

The studios are close to the 36th St Trolley stop and SEPTA 21, 30, 42 bus routes.
Plus! HEADS WILL ROLL, new work from current MFA students, Annie Zverina and Kasey Short will be on view in the Physical Lab @ The Morgan Building.