Jane Irish featured in Symposium on Politics in Art, Sat., Nov 1

Symposium and Panel Discussion:
On the Limits and Possibilities of Politics in Art
Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Historic Landmark Building

The symposium focuses on artists who have integrated politics with art and who have consistently addressed and investigated social and political issues through their paintings, drawings, and prints. Audiences will hear directly from the artists in two panel discussions in which they address the topic from personal points of view. Including diverse artists from Philadelphia and beyond, renowned artists and scholars Laylah Ali, Enrique Chagoya, Sue Coe, Daniel Heyman, Jane Irish, Peter Saul, and Art Spiegelman will be featured. An overview of the topic will be provided by scholar David Carrier and PAFA Curator of Modern Art, Robert Cozzolino. Distinguished art historian Pat Hills will serve as moderator and discussant for the day.

Symposium Schedule

9:00 a.m. Doors open; welcome and check-in
9:30 a.m. Introduction by PAFA Curator of Modern Art, Robert Cozzolino
9:45 a.m. Overview by David Carrier, Champney Family Professor at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art
10:30 a.m. Panel presentations by artists Peter Saul, Jane Irish, and Daniel Heyma
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch break
2:00 p.m. Panel presentations by artists Laylah Ali, Sue Coe, Art Spiegelman, and Enrique Chagoya
4:00 p.m. Conclusion by Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, David R. Brigham, followed by reception and viewing of Peter Saul: A Retrospective


Micah Danges featured in Nov. exhibition at Vox Populi;Opening First Friday, Nov. 7

Exhibition Dates: Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 30
Opening Reception: First Friday, November 7, 6-11 PM GALLERY

Micah Danges is a vital part of the graduate and undergraduate photography programs at PennDesign. Micah is the go to guy for any work that needs to be printed on our fabulous inkjet printer. Now we have the opportunity to see his incredible work!

For his November Show at Vox Populi, Micah Danges presents Lands End.
Micah creates a collage of imaginary worlds, whose origins are inspired from everyday objects and spaces both found in natural and man-made environments. He examines concerns of desolation, mysticism, communication and psychedelia. These inspirations are based on both formal ideas and curiosity that define these fantasy narratives. Danges received his BFA from Kutztown University and has been a member of the artist collective Vox Populi since 2005. His work has been exhibited widely in Philadelphia, Chicago, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and can be found in collections in New York City and Singapore. The artist lives and works in Philadelphia.

Vox Populi Gallery 319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107
For more info see: http://voxpopuligallery.org/index.php?archive=on&id=32


Karen Yasinsky Lecture Tonight; 530PM, 210 S. 34th Street, B-3

Karen Yasinksy (b. Pittsburgh, PA; lives Baltimore, MD) makes short animated films based on beautifully rendered clay-modeled figures and drawings. To create these works, the artist works alone on each aspect of the story—drawing and modeling, sets and costume design, direction, cinematography, and stop-animation shooting. The musical soundtracks are made in collaboration with composer Winston Rice and others. Her twelve-inch-tall clay figures, with hand-painted faces and hand-stitched clothing, move minimally within small, simple sets. The characters are silent, the expression on their faces static, and their bodies move in small gestures. The result is compelling and realistic, partially due to the fact that the characters' stories are developed as Yasinsky shoots the stop-motion animation. The figures reflect a soulful playfulness reminiscent of Buster Keaton.

530PM Tues., Oct 28th
Meyerson B-3
201 South 34th Street

For more information about Karen's work see: http://www.mireillemoslerltd.com/karenyasinsky.html


Charles Burns Lecture Tonight; 5:30PM Meyerson Hall, B-1

Charles Burns, the award-winning Philadelphia-based cartoonist and illustrator well known for his fluid, graphic drawing style and deliciously dark themes (Big Baby, Skin Deep, Black Hole), discusses his own work and that of R. Crumb. Burns was an early and regular contributor to RAW, Art Spiegelman’s legendary magazine, and remains a leading figure of the comix movement.

Meyerson Hall B-1,
201 South 34th Street


Ivanco Talevski in show at the International Print Center New York Opening Tonight, 6-8PM

(the print that Ivanco has in the show)

New Prints 2008/ Autumn

Opening Reception: October 23, from 6-8 pm.
Exhibition Dates: October 22-November 22, 2008

New Prints 2008/Autumn is the twenty-ninth presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY four times each year, featuring prints made within the past twelve months by artists at all stages of their careers. The exhibition represents a cross-section of some of the most exceptional printmaking today while continuing IPCNY’s commitment to provide an ongoing exhibition venue for contemporary prints and a major source of information about artists working in the medium.
The Selections Committee for New Prints 2008/Autumn included Matthew Day Jackson, Artist; Jacob Lewis, Director, Pace Prints Chelsea; Barbara Sahlman, Collector and Artist; Julie Saul, Director, Julie Saul Gallery; James Stroud, Master Printer and Director, Center Street Studio; and Roberta Waddell, former Curator of Prints (1985-2008), New York Public Library.

For more information about the show: http://www.ipcny.org/exhib/exhib_next
See more of Ivanco's work at: http://www.ivancotalevski.com/


Matt Freedman (MFA Senior Critic) curating a show at FiveMyles, NYC; Opening Sun., Oct. 26

There’s No Place Like Utopia

Curator: Matt Freedman

"A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at."
- Oscar Wilde

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 26, 4 - 6 p.m.
Exhibition dates: October 25 - November 30, 2008

Also on view during the opening reception will be "No Place,"a compilation of international video, documentary, and animation about utopia and other places that may or may not exist. This screening is a joint venture between FiveMyles gallery, curator Greg Pond, Nashville's Fugitive Projects and the Irish group Human Resources, headed by Emma Houlihan, an artist and curator from Dublin.

FiveMyles is located within walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.
558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

For more information: tel: 718.783.4438 / www.fivemyles.org

Sarah Gamble (MFA '01) and Hunter Stabler (MFA '06) represented in Philagrafika's "Prints & Pints," Wed., Nov. 5

Artists and Printshops:
Sarah Gamble with The Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, The University of the Arts
Barkley Hendricks with The Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib with Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints
Andrea Landau with Space 1026
Serena Perrone with C.R. Ettinger Studios
Hunter Stabler with Fabric Workshop and Museum

University of the Arts, Dorrance Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

For more information see: www.philagrafika.org and tel:215-717-6001


Terry Adkins (MFA Professor) in exhibition at P.S. 1, NYC

NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith

On view October 19, 2008 - January 26, 2009

From the exhibition press release: "Including some 50 works of sculpture, photography, assemblage, video, performance, and other media, NeoHooDoo asserts that the drive towards a spiritual practice is as relevant today in our burgeoning global society as it has ever been. Artists have long engaged with ritualism to enrich their work, drawing on the traditions of shamans, griots, and oral historians. NeoHooDoo 'grew out of a desire to explore the multiple meanings of spirituality in contemporary art,' states P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor and Menil Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Franklin Sirmans.

In the late 1960s poet Ishmael Reed adopted the 19th-century term 'HooDoo,' referring to forms of religion and their practice in the New World to explore the idea of spiritual practice outside easily definable faiths or creeds and ritualism on contemporary works of literature and art. 'Neo-HooDoo,' he writes in his 1972 collection of poetry, Conjure, 'believes that every man is an artist and every artist a priest.' ... For these artists, ritual practice often emerges as a form of catharsis and political critique to approach issues such as race, gender, slavery, and colonization."

For more information on the exhibition see: http://www.ps1.org/exhibitions/view/205/


Jaime Treadwell (MFA '02) in group show at Opera Gallery, NYC, opening Oct. 17

(images from the show's catalog)

Jaime Treadwell is included in an exhibition entitled "Young Blood" that will be on view Oct. 17- Nov 10, 2008.

The catalog description of Jaime's work reads:
"These artists ... don't just offer a carefree opinion of the world surrounding them; they are also witnesses to its horrors and absurdities. In a more biting, critical vein, Jaime Treadwell accentuates the standardized aspects of the American way of life. On a backdrop of garish colors, he depicts wrestlers, beauty pageant queens, athletes, and tattooed majorettes. Taken out of context, these subjects seem quite ridiculous in their costumes, as if sterilized. From society to the stage, ... he willingly takes off on a tangent from childhood to offer a more mature parody of adulthood."

See more of Jaime's work at: http://www.jaimetreadwell.com
Visit the gallery website for information and address: www.operagallery.com


Artist Lecture: Tom Nozkowski. Thurs., Oct. 16, 5:30pm

(click on image for bigger view)

Come to the lecture at:

Meyerson Hall, B-3
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA


Artist Lecture Tonight; Mark Shetabi at 210 South 34th Street; 5:30pm

Fog Machine, 2008, oil on linen

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30 pm

B-3 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street

Mark Shetabi received his MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is a recipient of a 2002 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for a body of sculpture and installation. His work has been included in group exhibitions in New York at White Columns, the Heckscher Museum and Jack the Pelican Presents. Shetabi has had solo exhibitions in Philadelphia at Locks Gallery and Project Room, in San Francisco at Ratio3, and in New York at Jeff Bailey Gallery. He lives and works in Philadelphia.


Brent Wahl (MFA '06) in exhibition at Repetti opening this Sat., Oct. 11; Long Island City, NY

(Click on image for more information and directions)

Opening Night: Saturday, October 11 at 3pm!
Exhibition Dates: October 11 – November 2, 2008

REPETTI – Long Island City, NY Seven artists, all members of Philadelphia’s Vox Populi, show new work with crossover concerns of how the space we inhabit, physical and digital, affects our lives.... Brent Wahl uses ephemeral materials to make low-tech, yet complicated constructions that often teeter on the verge of collapse. Ultimately these objects are photographed, animated, or in some cases installed in a space prior to their destruction. The resulting work quietly investigates disparate links between time, architecture, faith, nature and the spectacle.


Eileen Neff (MFA Graduate Faculty) in solo exhibition at Silverstein Photography/ 20 in NYC Opening Oct. 18

From the press release for the exhibition: "Drawing on a practice of constructed images, and exploring the poetics of perception and questions of presence, The Key of Dreams includes a selection of discrete images along with one larger picture of the pictures themselves. Having borrowed the title from René Magritte’s painting The Key of Dreams, Neff has expanded on its conceptual framework to continue her photographic investigations, creating a labyrinthine cycle for the viewer’s reflection ... Neff moves freely between generic representations – tables, birds, and landscapes – and the sheer abstract play of other images, further bolstering the cycle of questions and sense of wonder. Within this process Neff’s images appear at once to be both moving and still, both two and three-dimensional, ultimately evoking what is both internal and external simultaneously."

The opening reception will be held from 6-8pm on Saturday, October 18th.
Exhibition Dates: 18 October- 22 November, 2008.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Elizabeth Shank at:


Andrea Scott, Art Critic, speaking at PennDesign Thursday 5PM

Brent Wahl (MFA '06) in exhibition opening at Vox Populi Oct. 3 (this Friday)

Jamie Diamond (MFA '08) accepted for WORKSPACE Residency

The Harmonie Family, 2008

Jamie Diamond has been accepted to a 9 month residency by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The LMCC says of the program: "Our flagship residency program provides artists and writers working in diverse mediums and genres with free studio workspace for nine months, a modest one-time stipend, as well as access to a community of peers, professional development services, and exposure to new audiences through online and public programs."

For more information go to the LMCC wesite:

See Jamie's website: http://jamiegdiamond.com/