Lecture: David Humphrey, Friday, December 4, 5:00pm

Painter David Humphrey will lecture Friday, December 4 at 5:00pm at the ICA. David Humphrey received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1977 and an M.A. in liberal studies from New York University in 1980. He lives and works in New York City and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins and Co. His first show was with the McKee Gallery in 1984, and he has since been exhibiting nationally and internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two New York Foundation Grants. He wrote a column for Art issues from 1989 until the journal's demise in 2002 and is a periodic contributor to Art in America.

This lecture will be followed by a signing of Humphrey’s new book of art criticism, Blind Handshake. Forward written by Alexi Worth. Limited copies available.


Friday, December 4. 2009, 5:00pm

Institute of Contemporary Art
Tuttleman Auditorium
118 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Graduate Fine Arts
t: 215-898-8374


Jiwon Lee (MFA '10) in Fusion Exhibition Opening Friday, December 4, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Jiwon Lee (MFA '10) has been selected to participate in Fusion, an exhibition presented by Artists Talk on Art. The show will run from November 30 -December 12, 2009 with an opening reception on Friday December 4 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York.

This event came about as a result of a call for artists for a nationwide competition run by Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) and their chosen curator for 2009, Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos. The mission of ATOA is to provide a forum for critical discussions in the visual arts. After over 30 years they are one of the longest running art discussions. ATOA depends upon artists who are willing to talk about their work, share their art with others and volunteer their time. ATOA is a not-for-profit corporation run by artists.

Jiwon Lee graduated from Hong-Ik University in Seoul with her BFA after which she moved to the United States to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is expected to graduate with her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Lee is interested in opposites. She often depicts scenes of purity, innocence and creative genius against horror, violence, and death. She emphasizes their differences while placing them together creating new images. Lee uses carbon paper to draw her works adding snippets of nature which tend to unite or neutralize somewhat the contrasting scenes. Jiwon will be showing with eight other selected artists.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 2009
Exhibition Dates: November 30 -December 12, 2009

Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 - 645 - 2800

To see more of Jiwon's work, visit http://jiwonlee.net

Elizabeth Hoy and Cecelia Post (both MFA '09) in exhibition at the Ox Gallery, Philadelphia. OPENING this Friday, Dec. 4th 6-9PM.

Elizabeth Hoy, The celebrated inside-outside feelings, 2009.

Cecelia Post, You Made Me, Cotton, 2009.


Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 6 - 9 pm.
Exhibition open by appointment: Dec. 4-11, 2009

Ox Gallery
North 2nd Street and Turner Street
Philadelphia, PA

NOT THIS Artist Collective in Philadelphia is pleased to present Subject to Change. The exhibition is a culmination of sixteen artists exploring a variety of mediums in differing stages of their careers. The artists are unified in the exploration of the boundaries of their art-making process and are creating work in the realm of context and possibility.

On view at Ox Gallery, a new D.I.Y. space located on North 2nd St. and Turner St., the exhibition runs from December 4, 2009 through December 11, 2009 with gallery hours by email appointment.

Subject to Change aims to challenge the viewer’s perception of an exhibition and examine the hierarchical roles that exist in art as well as the chronology of the art-making process. NOT THIS is a temporary student collective comprised of students from Tyler School of Art.

Artists: Brittany Binler, Max Doyle, Jennifer Grimyser, Conor Fields, Melanie Fischer, Fred Frederick, Elizabeth Hoy, Matthew Kalasky, Jong Kyu Kim, Sky Kim, Mindy Lu, Benjamin Nelson, Cecelia Post, Scott Rinehart, David Soffa, and Mike Treffehn.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact NotThisArtistCollective@gmail.com

See more of Elizabeth's work: http://elizabethhoy.com

See more of Cecelia's work: http://www.ceceliapost.com


Jackie Tileston (MFA Professor of Painting) in Review in Philadelphia Inquirer

Jackie Tileston, El Dorado Depot, 2009

Jackie Tileston (MFA Professor of Painting) has a show at Pentimenti Gallery currently on view, and was reviewed by Edith Newhall in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is below.

Galleries: Two outstanding pairings, at Pentimenti and at Locks

By Edith Newhall

It's not often that a two-person show catches both of its artists on a perfect wave - or, rarer still, unites two who make each other shine - but Pentimenti Gallery's pairing of Jackie Tileston and Jedediah Morfit does both. While Tileston envisions the landscape as a place of ever-expanding possibility, Morfit uses it to evoke the inevitable passage of human life on Earth as it was viewed a couple of centuries ago, with some odd goings-on along the way.

Tileston's new paintings push her visions of kaleidoscopic worlds to even greater dimensions than her earlier works have done. Where her meditative, floating, dissolving landscapes of a few years ago suggested a hybrid of sci-fi and Japanese Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world") or Chinese scroll painting, her new, glitter-sprinkled paintings describe vaster places, sharper geometries, and explosive phenomena - in outer space and the world we know.

Even in the calmest of these new paintings, El Dorado Depot, a meteorlike shape is headed toward a jagged cliff of exposed, rainbow- hued strata. Opposite that cliff a mountain looms, a nicely forbidding perch for a Wicked Witch, but as drippy as any abstract expressionist painting at its base. It's just a painting, after all, melting as the witch did.

An installation of Tileston's photographs from her recent trips to China and India offers insight into the compositions and colors of her paintings. In each one, a dozen coincidental juxtapositions and intersections exist in utter stillness, motionless. In her paintings, the same kinds of coincidences of placement appear, but as in a state of flux: coalescing, breaking apart, attenuating, reuniting.

Morfit's bas-relief sculptures of humans and animals, which compose the smaller of these two shows (he's in the "Project Room"), bring Kara Walker's silhouettes to mind, but his groupings rarely constitute a story or event as Walker's do. Made from cast white plastic, Morfit's exquisitely modeled figures look as if they had escaped from a prim, 18th-century Wedgwood frieze and found themselves unprepared for the perils and excitement of the life of Tom Jones (the foundling, not the singer). Without a narrative to enact, they seem to be trudging along the same path in the same landscape, as if still confined to the contours of the vase they formerly encircled.

Pentimenti Gallery
145 N. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA


To see more of Jackie's work, visit www.jackietileston.info


PennDesign MFA takes part in Penn's Art & the City Year Arts Crawl THIS Friday, Nov. 20th

Penn’s Arts & the City Year celebrates arts and culture across our campus and throughout our neighborhood, city, and region. It features an exciting range of events in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, from dynamic student performances and distinguished guest artists, to vital discussions about national arts policy, the role of the arts in public health, and the importance of civic engagement with arts and culture.

With its array of diverse perspectives, the Arts & the City Year spotlights Penn’s commitment to knowledge that crosses disciplines and boundaries, while reaffirming the essential role of arts and culture in campus and city life.

This Friday, Nov. 20th there is an astounding range of events taking place across the Penn campus. You can find a full listing of all of the events here: www.vpul.upenn.edu/platthouse/artscrawl.php

Here is a small selection of some of the events taking place (edited to mostly Fine Arts related events):

8:30am – 9pm: Kamin Gallery, 1st Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Experience Penn Libraries provocative exhibition: Werner-Pfeiffer (censor, villain, provocateur, experimenter): Book objects & Artist Books. Refreshments from 2-4 pm.

10am -5pm: Addams Gallery - First Year MFA Exhibition.

12pm (doors open at 11:30 am): XPN Free At Noon Concert and Live Broadcast | WXPN/World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. GRANT LEE PHILLIPS / BOB SCHNEIDER. FREE ADMISSION | RSVP @ XPN.org

12pm-8pm Institute of Contemporary Art - Join the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) from noon until 8pm for their exciting line up of fall exhibitions. Among them, Dance with Camera, a group show of over thirty artists, spanning seventy years featuring film, video and photography. At 6:30pm author Steven Conn will discuss his new book, Do Museums Still Need Objects? Music generously provided by WQHS, Penn's student radio station. ICA is always free!

7-9pm. Meyerson Hall - MFA Benefit Auction. Bid on contemporary work by University of Pennsylvania MFA Candidates, Faculty, Alumni, and Supporters of PennDesign. Auction Preview: Thursday, November 19th 10am – 5pm . All proceeds support PennDesign's 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition.

8pm: The Rotunda - In this installment of the popular GATE experimental series, witness sonic innovations as Bowerbird presents local and international musicians who span countless styles and inspirations.

9:30pm: Finish up at Annenberg After Hours (Annenberg Center) for a FREE arts party! Eat food from your favorite local restaurants, try your luck at winning awesome prizes and get great deals on Annenberg Center tickets. Spend the night dancing or just hanging out while Pieris Music transforms the lobby into a happening club scene with its electronic string concertos, DJ interludes and hip video art projections. This event is part of the Penn Arts Crawl and is FREE to all students!

Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) in exhibition presented by Gallery 339, Philadelphia...OPENING Fri. Nov. 20th. 6-8PM.

Tetsugo Hyakutake, Industrial Still-Life 1, Philadelphia, USA, 2005

8x10 and Under

Exhibition Opening: Friday, November 20th from 6-8PM

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 20-Jan. 23, 2010

Gallery 339
339 South 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Over the past several years, a convergence of technology and art market forces have conspired to foster the emergence of the ever larger fine art photograph. The ability to make large prints has only gotten easier and more affordable, particularly with the advent of digital print. As a counterpoint to the enormity consistent with most contemporary photography, Gallery 339 has decided to present a group exhibition of landscape photography entitled 8x10 and Under. This exhibition includes prints with dimensions smaller than 8x10 inches, from 11 different artists: Linda Connor, David Freese, David Graham, Tetsugo Hyakutake, Richard Kagan, Michael Kenna, Christine Laptuta, Edward McHugh, Andrea Modica, Stuart Rome, and Jerry Spagnoli. Each of these photographers has created a body of work that, though small in scale, depicts the vastness and sometimes dynamic abstraction of a landscape.

See the gallery's website for more info: www.gallery339.com
See more of Tetsugo's work on his website: www.tetsugohyakutake.com/index.html


Matthew Richie (MFA Distinguished Senior Fellow) exhibition at Andrea Rosen, NYC, reviewed by Roberta Smith in the New York Times

Matthew Richie, Weep in Light, 2009

MATTHEW RITCHIE review by Roberta Smith
Published in the New York Times Art In Review section Nov. 12, 2009

Line Shot
Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 West 24th Street, Chelsea

Exhibition on view through Nov. 21, 2009

"It is hard to know if Matthew Ritchie is a genuine polymath or a painter with too many ideas for his own good. The canvases in his latest New York gallery show are some of the best of his career. They have lost the small mythological figures, scribbled equations and sky-chart compositions that once signaled obscure narratives. Instead their cosmic implications inhabit semi-abstract forms and light-rinsed colors, suggesting wheeling planets, meteors, toxic atmospheres and sun showers. “Weep in Light” and “Initial Series” take things a little further with fantastical Rorschach compositions that could be elegantly monstrous heads or crystal formations.

Mr. Ritchie’s narrative lives on in large-scale multimedia musical works like “The Long Count,” which was part of the New Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last month. Synthesizing various American creation myths, it was written and directed by Mr. Ritchie with wonderful music by Aaron and Bryce Dessner. Mr. Ritchie also provided a three-screen video whose images suggest rushing landscapes and aerial views that form the work’s highly effective backdrop.

A related video accompanied by music and text dominates one corner at Rosen. It is surrounded and bisected by lattice-like tangles of line drawn directly on the wall, so the rushing seems to be viewed through fancy goggles. Some of the ink-and-pencil drawings in a second gallery also have Rorschach-like symmetry, and despite the long text keeping them company are most interesting as studies for future paintings. When all is said and done it is still painting that would most benefit from Mr. Ritchie’s undivided attention.

The least appealing element in this show is three-dimensional: the lattice motif recurs on perforated polygonal sculptures that pile up unpleasantly at the entrance and sprawl about the gallery. Made of cast aluminum covered with black epoxy, they look like nothing so much as hip wrought-iron garden furniture." ROBERTA SMITH

See the review here: www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/arts/design/13galleries.html

See Matthew Richie's website here: www.matthewritchie.com/

Matt Neff (MFA '05) spoke at The Print Center Gallery, Philadelphia, this week

Matt Neff, Pallbearer #4, 2008

Gallery Store Talk: Matt Neff

The Print Center Gallery Store artists speak about their approaches, techniques, subject matter and art collecting in an informal environment. Enjoy a 10% discount in the Gallery Store that day. FREE and open to the public.

Printmaker Matt Neff combines a modern sensibility with antiquarian subject matter. In addition to creating his own work, Neff runs Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania, publishing artists' books, posters and prints.

To see more of Matt's work visit: http://mattneffonline.com/

Find out more about the Common Press at Penn here: www.design.upenn.edu/commonpress/common_press_home.htm

Find out more about the Print Center: www.printcenter.org/pc_home.html


Pernot Hudson (MFA '06), Matt Neff (MFA '05), and Professor Gabriel Martinez in Exhibition at Arcadia University, Wednesday, November 18, 6:30pm

Pernot Hudson (MFA '06), Matt Neff (MFA '05), and Senior Lecturer in Photography Gabriel Martinez have work in Arcadia University Art Gallery's 25th presentation of Works on Paper which opens Wednesday, November 18. There will be a lecture titled Four Points Towards a Present History: Knowledge, Representation, Freedom and the Subject, given by juror João Ribas at 6:30pm in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. The opening reception in the art gallery will follow immediately after the lecture.

Featuring 22 works juried from a record number of 1,256 entries submitted by 567 artists living within a 40-mile range of the University, Works on Paper 2009 is among the most incisive iteration of the show in two decades. With its layering of organic, formal affinities and open, associative themes, the resulting show can be read as a curated effort expressing a deeply focused and invested sensibility.

Participating Artists: Leah Bailis, Andrea Beizer, Gabriel Boyce & Preston Link, Bruce Campbell, Michael Davis Carter, John Costanza, Hannah Heffner, Pernot Hudson, James Johnson, Sebastien Leclercq, Erika Mayer, Gabriel Martinez, Kristina Martino, Quentin Morris, Matt Neff, Robert T. Pannell, Mia Rosenthal, Fay Stanford, Mark Stockton, Judith Taylor, and Dino Vasquez.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 18, 6:30pm
Exhibition Dates: November 18 - December 21, 2009

Arcadia University Art Gallery
450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

To see more of Pernot's work, visit www.pernothudson.com

To see more of Matt's work, visit http://mattneffonline.com/

To see more of Gabriel's work, visit www.design.upenn.edu/people/martinez_gabriel


Olaf Breuning Lectures Thursday, November 19, 5:30pm

Olaf Breuning, MFA Visiting Artist, will present a lecture on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30pm.

Olaf works in photography, video, sculpture and installation. His one-person exhibitions include the Migros Museum, Zurich; New Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Musée de Strasbourg, France; MAGASIN: Centre d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble; Chisenhale Gallery, London; and the Swiss Institute, New York. The work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Museum of Modern Art, New York; 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; 2007 1st Athens Biennial; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Ellipse Foundation, Portugal; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; 2005 Prague Biennale; and Jeu de Paume, Paris.

Olfa was born in Switzerland and currently lives in New York and Zurich.

Lecture: Thursday, November 19, 5:30pm

Meyerson Hall, B3
University of Pennsylvania
210 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

To see more of Olaf's work, visit www.olafbreuning.com

And www.metropicturesgallery.com

Simon Slater (MFA '08) in Exhibit at The Grey Market, Opening TONIGHT, Saturday, November 14, 7:00 - 11:00pm

Simon Slater will have work in an exhibit titled The Grey Market in a storefront space in Penn Station. The Grey Market is a group art exhibition featuring 21 artists and collaborations, curated by Daniel Canestaro-Garcia, Andy Cushman and Leah Dixon.

Featuring artists who live and work throughout the United States, and who create art in a variety of media from differing stages in their careers, the work harmonizes in its effort to respond to events and issues received secondhand through a media sources and constant social interactions. The works evoke destruction, decay and conquest tempered by a sense of empathy, and even dark humor amidst an avalanche of information received, processed and channeled through impression and imagination in a consciously voyeursitic, sometimes guilty, seemingly addictive pastime.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 7:00 - 11:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 14 - 28, 2009

The Grey Market
252 W. 31st Street at 8th Avenue
3rd and 4th Floors
New York, NY 10001

To see more of Simon's work, visit http://simonslaterart.com


Simon Slater (MFA '08) in Exhibit at Horse Trader Gallery, Opening TONIGHT, November 13, 6 - 9pm

Simon Slater (MFA '08) has work in an exhibit titled Settlements opening tonight at Horse Trader Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Settlements invites 9 young contemporary artists to show new work that both challenges and contributes to the notion of art making after the institution.

Find a place to live, get a job, find a studio, find friends, pay student loans, make art work. It's a new wilderness. A place to be tamed. So now what do we do and how do we do it?

Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 13 - December 5, 2009

Gallery Hours are Saturdays 1-6pm

Chris Uphues and/or Vincent Como
519 Grand St. 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211

To see more of Simon's work visit http://simonslaterart.com


Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) Awarded Excellence of Fine Art Series, Fotoweek DC International Awards Competition

Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) received the Award of Excellence of Fine Art Series in Fotoweek DC International Awards Competition 2009.

FotoWeek DC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to celebrate the power of photography. The first annual weeklong festival brought over 20,000 visitors to the Nation’s Capital, galvanizing the Washington, DC community. Washington is unique in the photographic world, consisting as it does not only of a nexus of talented photographers, but also its far-ranging collections of photography. From national institutions like the Smithsonian to edgy galleries on 14th Street, the image is everywhere, and FotoWeek DC was created in part to pay tribute to this. The inaugural competitions attracted an astounding amount of high caliber work, and a photographic light show on the walls of the Nation’s monuments was, well, electrifying.

FotoWeek DC isn’t just about seven days or one city, however. Exhibitions continue throughout the year, including our most recent exhibition, Fotobama, at the Newseum. The educational, community building and informational exchange platforms provided for photographers and photo enthusiasts have expanded to an international level, which is why, in 2009, the awards competition has gone global. Finally, as the first organization to recognize the need to create a photographic forum that engages people of all ages, races, and economic means, FotoWeek DC hopes to foster both grassroots initiatives and public/private partnerships to publicize global issues and encourage positive social change.

For more information about Fotoweek DC, visit www.fotoweekdc.org

To view the winner's work: www.pixcetera.com/pixcetera/fotoweek-dc-2009-award-winners

To see more of Tetsugo's work, visit www.tetsugohyakutake.com


Albatross MFA Sculpture Seminar Exhibition Opens Friday, November 13, 5:00pm

The MFA Sculpture Seminar class will have an exhibit titled Albatross opening Friday, November 13 from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

Participating artists are: Amy Archambault, Robert Dimin, Rachel Eschenbach, Nsenga Knight, Christopher Lawrence, Liby Limoso, Kyle LoPinto, Elina Malkin, Maria Rajewski, Heather Ramsdale, John Schlesinger, Ramon Urenia, Jessica Vaughn, Nathan Wilson.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 11 - 17, 2009

Meyerson Hall
University of Pennsylvania
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Matthew Ritchie (MFA Distinguished Senior Fellow) Lecture TONIGHT, November 10, 5:30pm Meyerson Hall

Matthew Ritchie (MFA Distinguished Senior Fellow) will give a lecture tonight titled Authentic Influence in Meyerson Hall, Room B3.

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30pm

Meyerson Hall, B3
University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Fine Arts
210 S 34th Street Philadelphia PA 19104
215.898.8374 fine-art@design.upenn.edu

Nigel Rolfe (MFA Senior Critic) in Performance at Center for Culture, Lublin, Poland, November 5 - 7

Nigel Rolfe, MFA Senior Critic, will be performing at the Performance Platform at the Center for Culture November 5 - 7. His performance is part of the Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuki Performance.

The Center for Culture in Lublin
ul Peowiakow 12
20-007 Lublin

For more about Nigel, visit www.design.upenn.edu/people/rolfe_nigel


Coffee and Conversation with Susan Fang (MFA '10) at the ICA this Thurs.


November 11 at 6:30pm · FREE

Please join the ICA for a tour of the exhibition Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History, followed by coffee and conversation with ICA lecturer Susan Fang and David Grazian, a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Grazian is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Grazian received his BA from Rutgers University in 1994, and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2000. He teaches courses on popular culture, mass media and the arts; cities and urban sociology; social interaction and public behavior; and ethnographic methods. In his research he employs a variety of ethnographic and other qualitative methods to study the production and consumption of commercial entertainment in the urban milieu.

Susan Fang is an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in constructions of identity and the uncanny. She holds a BFA from the University of Georgia.

Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

A Spiegel Fund event

For more information about the event see: www.icaphila.org

See more of Susan's work: http://www.susanfang.com/


MFA Benefit Auction!! Friday, November 20, 7 - 9pm

The Annual PennDesign MFA Benefit Auction will be held on Friday November 20, from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

The MFA class of 2010 hosts the auction to raise funds for our Thesis exhibition in the spring. Come out for a night of art, music, food and drink! Show support for our awesome class!

Bid on contemporary work by MFA Candidates, Faculty, Alumni and Supporters of PennDesign.

Auction Preview: Thursday, November 19, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Auction: Friday, November 20, 7:00 - 9:00pm

You are invited to leave bids as early as 10:00am on Thursday, November 19.

Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Damon Reaves and Anastasia m w (both MFA '08) in New Members Exhibition at Nexus, Opening Thursday, November 12, 6 - 9pm

Damon Reaves and Anastasia m w (both MFA '08) are proud new members of NEXUS Foundation for Today's Art and will be included in the new members exhibition opening Thursday, November 12. The other new members are Janell Olah and Kathryn TeBordo. This new batch of artists, practioners from across the creative spectrum, expands the boundaries of experimental art and challenges easy categorizations with work in installation, animation, performance, dance and dialog.

Damon Reaves is a multidisciplinary artist exploring issues of identity and social interaction. His work converts the abstract concept of identity into a physical form (most often liquid) that is applied, worn, and dripped off. Drawing on a background in theatre, his pieces explore that ways in which we “perform” who we are.

Anastasia m w
's works explore different moments in life, focusing on individual vs. common, partiality vs. unity.

Exhibition Dates: November 12 — December 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday November 12, 6:00 — 9:00pm

Nexus Foundation for Today's Art
Crane Arts Building
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

To see more of Damon's work, visit www.damonreaves.com
To see more of Anastasia's work, visit http://anastasiamw.com


Laura Shema (MFA '09) in two person show at SOVA in Washington, DC...OPENING Thurs., Nov. 12th from 7-11pm

PEOPLE: Portraits by Elizabeth Graeber and Laura Shema

Opening Reception:
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 from 7-11PM
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 12- Dec. 20, 2009

SOVA Espresso & Wine
1359 H Street, NE
Washington, DC

Please join SOVA in welcoming the work of two exciting young artists at the opening reception for PEOPLE: Portraits by Elizabeth Graeber and Laura Shema.

+ Meet the artists and watch them in action during a LIVE PORTRAITS session
+ Soundtrack provided by DJ Chris Klang
+ Special musical performance by Matthew Hemerlein
+ Refreshments and drink specials all night long!

Elizabeth Graeber is a freelance illustrator from Baltimore, living in DC. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2007. The work in this exhibit comes from drawings she did around town in her sketchbook. www.elizabethgraeber.com

Laura Shema is a representational figure painter. She received her MFA from UPenn in 2009 and holds a BFA from MICA. Her work uses pattern with or against female figures, concentrating on the interaction of the two. She often draws inspiration from female familial roles. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

See more of Laura's work: http://laurashema.blogspot.com/

Matthew Ritchie (MFA Distinguished Senior Fellow) in Solo Exhibit at Andrea Rosen Gallery, October 23 - December 2

Matthew Ritchie (MFA Distinguished Senior Fellow) has a solo exhibition titled Line Shot as Andrea Rosen Gallery. Since Matthew exhibited The Universal Adversary at the gallery in 2006, his process of synthesizing and expressing complex systems and cosmologies to create new forms and explore new myths has increasingly expanded across disciplines and into collaborative projects with physicists, composers, writers, actors, architects and engineers, aimed at developing a group of visual and performance environments that can theoretically sustain not one but every possible representation of the universe.

Simultaneously, Matthew has been creating a uniquely dynamic digital world built from his drawings, which allows him to film inside this world using a vast bank of images and narratives to inform increasingly sophisticated videos which can then be deployed into these collaborations. One such example is Hypermusic, a collaboration with physicist Lisa Randall and composer Hector Parra at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, which makes his complex work more relevant and legible to multiple, broader communities and builds a potential description of the idea of creativity itself.

Various works will be exhibited in the gallery, including a series of large paintings that use gorgeous abstract iconography to describe the pure space of creation, Line Shot, a one hour animated feature film, with music and spoken text, Haruspex, a series of drawings made in collaboration with authors and The Dawn Line, a modular structure that is part of The Morning Line: a vast architectural, film and musical collaboration created with architects Aranda\Lasch and Arup AGU with commissioned music by Bryce Dessner & Evan Ziporyn, Lee Ranaldo, Thom Willems, Jon 'Jonsi' Birgisson and others, which will be traveling the world in 2009. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with The Long Count, part of the Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, October 28, 30, and 31, 2009: a one hour work based on intertwined American creation myths, written and directed by Matthew Ritchie with music by Aaron & Bryce Dessner and featuring Matt Berniger, Kim & Kelley Deal and Shara Worden.

There will be an event during the opening reception as well as various events involving participants in these projects
to be held at the gallery during the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: October 23 - December 2, 2009

Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

For more information and images please contact Renee Reyes at r.reyes@rosengallery.com

To see more of Matthew's work, visit www.matthewritchie.com

Precedent: A Contemporary Survey of Fine Arts Through PennDesign Exhibit Opens in Meyerson, Friday, November 6, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Precedent: A Contemporary Survey of Fine Arts Through PennDesign is an exhibition taking place during Penn's Homecoming Weekend that brings together alumni and current students from PennDesign's MFA program. The current MFA students selected alums from a range of years, seeking to find someone whose work had a natural dialogue with their own. The result is a fascinating exhibition showcasing the rich tradition of fine arts at PennDesign and the relevance of that history to work of students today.

The participating alums are Diane Burko (MFA '69), Mimi Oritsky (MFA '79), Pat Badt (MFA '82), Jeffrey Reed (MFA '86), William Cromar (MFA '94), Alex Queral (MFA '99), Sarah Gamble (MFA '01), Marjorie Van Cura (MFA '02), Maya Brym (MFA '03), and Phillip Adams (MFA '06).

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 12:00pm, November 5 - 12:00pm, November 8, 2009

Meyerson Hall Galleries
210 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
For more information, visit www.design.upenn.edu/calendar/precedent

Jackie Tileston (MFA Painting Professor) in Solo Exhibit at Zg Gallery, Opening Friday, November 6, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Jackie Tileston, The Transcendent to Superintends Reality..., 2009

Jackie Tileston, MFA Professor of Painting, will have a solo show titled Mesocosmos II opening Friday, November 6 at Zg Gallery in Chicago. This show will include Jackie's drawings and photographs as well as her paintings.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: November 6 - December 31, 2009

Zg Gallery
300 W. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

To see more of Jackie's work, visit www.jackietileston.info


LECTURE: Hernan Bas THIS Thursday, Nov. 5th at 630pm. Meyerson Hall, B-3


Artist Lecture this Thurs, Nov 5th, 2009 at 6:30PM

Room B3 - Meyerson Hall
210 S. 34th St. Philadelphia, PA


From Hernan Bas at Daniel Reich Gallery By Dan Tranberg...
"Twenty-four-year-old Miami-based artist Hernan Bas is one of a growing number of emerging artists who makes figurative paintings a la Henry Darger, working in an awkward painterly style that blatantly favors psychologically rich narratives over technical mastery. But unlike his stylistic counterparts (Elizabeth Peyton, for instance) Bas delves into a highly charged social landscape, one occupied over the past decade or two by writers such as Dennis Cooper and filmmakers such as Gregg Araki. Bas himself cites earlier references: Oscar Wilde and French novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans. Either way, he uses his work to wrestle with a seemingly unavoidable queer pedigree.

His recent solo show at Daniel Reich Gallery, Sometimes with One I Love, offered a dozen recent works in which slender teenaged boys hover in a state between connection to and alienation from their environments. Fitting In, a 31 x 24-inch painting on wood panel, was a clear standout. A solitary figure stands in a shallow pool of water, mimicking the pose of a flamingo while a large group of the flamboyant pink birds carry on without noticing him. As with many of Bas' works, the boy's surroundings can be seen as a stand-in for a conventional social network, one with which the boy may want to blend, but obviously can't. Right Place Wrong Time uses a similar strategy; a boy shows up at a secluded rocky beach, only to be left alone standing in the rain, holding a red umbrella.

Such a sense of alienation and frustration is in many ways glamorized by Bas. Confused and depressed as his characters often seem, they also imply a certain cool detachment from the increasingly mainstream world of gay assimilation. In this sense, Bas revels in the psychological ambiguity that arises from not belonging to the relatively new world of gay normalcy."


LECTURE: Oran Catts, bio-artist and co-founder of SymbioticA, to give lecture at the Penn Museum, Nov. 4th, 2009

Oron Catts Lecture, 4 November 2009 from 5:00–6:30pm

Harrison Auditorium
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Killing Flesh? Can the Semi-Living Die?


Cosponsored by Penn's Institute of Contemporary Art
Perhaps no one has probed the connections between life and art more dramatically than Oron Catts, bio-artist and co-founder of SymbioticA, an artistic research laboratory housed within the biological science department at the University of Western Australia. Professor Catts discusses the fascinating issues raised by bio-artwork, such as the living coat he created out of mouse stem cells for a recent MoMA design exhibition.

Oron Catts is Co-founder and Artistic Director of SymbioticA, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia. An artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, and critique of life sciences, SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind. Since its founding in 2000, the lab has produced new cultural experiments in the field of neurosciences, molecular biology, anatomy, physics, anthropology, and ethics. It has enabled dozens of artists to create "wet technologies" while complying strictly with scientific requirements within a bioscience department. In 2007 SymbioticA was awarded the inaugural Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Arts.

Artist, researcher, and curator, Oron Catts has pioneered the emerging field of bio-arts, which examines shifting perceptions of life. He was a Research Fellow at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, and has worked with numerous other biomedical laboratories around the world. In 1996, he founded the Tissue Culture and Art Project to explore the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression.

In April 2009, Icon Magazine (UK) named him one of the top 20 designers “making the future and transforming the way we work.” He has received international awards, including the 2008 Western Australia Premier Award and Second Prize in the Telephonica VIDA10 International Competition on art and artificial life. Catts' work has been shown at MoMA, Ars Electronica, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), among others.

Martha Rich (MFA '11) in exhibition currently on view at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC

Martha Rich, Deluxe Cake Lovin'

True Self
Group Exhibition curated by Gary Baseman

Exhibition Dates: October 24- November 21, 2009

Jonathan LeVine Gallery

529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10011

NEW YORK, NY (October 1, 2009) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce True Self, a group exhibition of new works by over 40 artists, brought together by represented artist and special guest curator Gary Baseman. The theme has been left open to encourage individual interpretation and there are no size or medium restrictions, so that each participating artist has complete creative freedom on the subject at hand.

In the curator’s words: “In this exhibition, I have invited a group of painters, photographers, and sculptors, to look deep inside themselves and create an image that they feel represents their own passion or obsession. They might imagine themselves as anyone or anything—a wolf, a cupcake, a mermaid, even a skyscraper. I am requesting each artist to create an artwork that represents his or her true self. I am not asking for (nor do I want) a self-portrait. Rather, I’m requesting that the participating artists pick an icon, metaphor, or symbol that they feel represents their true essence. The desired result is a breaking of boundaries to allow a space and time where we can discover, accept, and love our true selves, feeling nirvana and heaven on earth.”

Participating artists include:
Adam Wallacavage, Alex Prager, Amor Muñoz, Boris Hoppek, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Dave Cooper, David Sandlin, Deedee Cheriel, Eric White, Esther Pearl Watson, Fons Schiedon, Frieda Gossett, Gary Baseman, Gary Taxali, Gérard DuBois, Gretchen Ryan, James Jean, James Marshall (aka Dalek), Jonathon Rosen, Josh Agle (aka Shag), Korin Faught, Lauren Bergman, Leah Hayes, Lola, Luke Chueh, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Mark Todd, Martha Rich, Mike Shinoda, Miso, Natalia Fabia, Orly Cogan, Ray Caesar, Robin VanValkenburgh, Ron English, Ryan Heshka, Ryan Jacob Smith, Shannon Freshwater, The London Police, Tim Biskup, and Travis Lampe.

For more information about the exhibiton see: www.jonathanlevinegallery.com

See more of Martha's work: www.martharich.com

Damon Reaves (MFA '08), Phillip Adams (MFA '06) and Professor Joan Wadleigh Curran in Exhibition at Painted Bride, Opening Friday, November 6, 5 - 7pm

Damon Reaves (MFA '08), Phillip Adams (MFA '06), and Undergraduate Painting and Drawing Professor Joan Wadleigh Curran have work in Shelter, an exhibit curated by Marianne Bernstein at the Painted Bride Art Center.

From the exhibition website: What does “shelter” mean to you? For some, it’s a tangible physical space. For others, it’s a state of mind where one feels nurtured and protected. In this multimedia exhibition, 17 Philadelphia artists collaborated with ten Philadelphia households, whose homes were restored by volunteers from Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. Shelter raises questions about what we really need, and what we discover when we reach through our own comfort zone into the lives of others.

Opening Reception Friday, November 6, 5:00 - 7:00
Exhibition Dates: November 4th - December 16th, 2009

Damon Reaves will perform a new work at 6pm during the opening reception.

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

To see more of Damon's work, visit www.damonreaves.com

To see more of Phillip's work, visit http://phillipadams.net

To learn more about Joan, visit www.design.upenn.edu/people/curran_joan-wadleigh