Nsenga Knight (MFA '10) receives Leeway Foundation Grant and Brandywine Workshop Residency

Nsenga Knight (MFA '10) has recently been named this year's Leeway Foundation Grant Recipient. In addition to receiving the Leeway Foundation Grant, Nsenga has also been awarded a residency at the Brandywine Workshop. The Brandywine Workshop will enable Nsenga to work on a limited edition printmaking project with a master printmaker.

For more information on the Leeway Foundation Grant, visit http://www.leeway.org/home.html

In addition, visit http://www.brandywineworkshop.com/


Brian Zegeer (MFA '05) in Exhibition at Vaudeville Park's "Video Art Night", Opening December 18th, 7:30pm

Brian Zegeer (MFA '05) will perform a portion of the video from his "Pull My Daisy" project with the infinitely-talented Baby Copperhead at the Vaudeville Park's new monthly Video Art Night. The event and exhibition features a carefully curated but mixed bag of video shorts, animation, stills, feature highlights, video sculpture, installation, performance, and mixed media to music video. Through the one defining commonality of Video, this monthly night will be an exciting and unorthodox opportunity for comparing and contrasting the various expressions within such an expansive, yet shared medium. In addition to Brian Zegeer, artists presenting include Christopher Arcella, Steven Dressler, Allen Cordell, Jesse Galaznik, Devin Flynn, Scott Keirnan, Erica Magrey, Ethan Miller, Sophia Peer, Johnathan Phelps, Joesph Quinn, Garrett Shore and Chuck Stern. The event will also feature a "Degenerative Karaoke" live performance by the LOUIS V ESP All Stars and music and video by Brian Mark.

To see more of Brian's work, visit http://www.brianzegeer.com/

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 18th, 7:30 - 10:00pm

Vaudeville Park
26 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Robert Dimin, Tamara Suber and Amy Archambault (MFA '11 candidates) in Group Exhibition at the Morgan Gallery, Opening December 15th, 5pm

Robert Dimin, Tamara Suber and Amy Archambault will have work featured in a group exhibition titled "Projections, Installations and Divagations" at the Morgan Gallery, the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Design. The exhibition is in direct response to Kaja Silverman's Graduate Contemporary Art History Seminar. Dimin, Suber and Archambault respond to the work of Anri Sala, Tacita Dean, Sharon Lockhart and other prolific film artists. The exhibition cleverly melds both film and sculptural installation underneath the harmony of twilight.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 15th, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, December 15th - Tuesday, December 21st

The Morgan Gallery
University of Pennsylvania, Penn Design
205 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Gallery Hours: Mondays - Fridays 10:00am - 5:00pm


Amy Archambault (MFA '11 candidate) receives the Christopher Leland Lyon Memorial Scholarship on behalf of Penn Design

Amy Archambault (MFA '11 candidate) has received the Christopher Leland Lyon Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship supports an annual prize in the School of Design for an MFA student in memory of Christopher Leland Lyon (MFA '99). Amy Archambault is in the process of completing the final year of her MFA degree. Her early paintings were grounded in architectural references to urban landscapes both constructed and decrepit. Her artistic evolution reveals interests in the physical presence within the spaces that she previously investigated and rendered. This work draws references to architecture and design, her passion for athletic practice, and the human body. In addition, Archambault has been nominated along side Jessica Vaughn (MFA '11 candidate) for the Joan Mitchell award.

To learn more about the Christopher Lyon Memorial Scholarship, visit http://www.chrislyontribute.com/

To see more of Amy's work, visit http://www.amyarchambault.com/


Alexi Worth (Senior Critic) in Group Exhibition at Marc Jancou Contemporary, Chelsea, Opening December 9th, 6pm

Alexi Worth (Senior Critic) will have work featured in a group exhibition titled "Private Future" at Marc Jancou Contemporary, Chelsea, NY. Marc Jancou Contemporary is pleased to announce Private Future curated by Michael Cline. The selection of artists spans generations and geographical locations but is united through medium and a savvy dialogue with the contemporary world presented in an unconventional way. The exhibition will feature works by Ion Birch, Carter, Scott Cassidy, Thomas Chimes, Jonathan Gardner, Jess, Kurt Kauper, Justin Lieberman, Kerry James Marshall, Erik Parker, Lari Pittman, Peter Saul, Jim Shaw, Torsten Slama, Alexi Worth and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.

"Private Futures" is to be a showcase of painting and drawing that at first blush might seem visionary, with its idiosyncratic views of social and relational norms, alternate realities, and internal logic. The work both engages and reflects contemporary life by having one foot firmly planted in ‘now’ and the other in the slippery past, by bridging the two with old fashioned story telling. Many of the artists have careers out of step with art trends. They are stubbornly ‘old’ media and are not market driven but rather maker driven. Their art provides an alternate path to the well-trodden and traditionally linear conception of modern art. Rather than explore the branches and tender new shoots of art practice, they find sustenance and nourishment from the trunk, and more importantly the subterranean root system, where what some might call ‘tradition’ is found. This is not tradition with a capital ‘T’, this is tradition as it really is, full of perversity, distortion, religious feeling, mysticism, occultism, and sexual innuendo. In the way that something seemingly innocuous can appear strange after the scab of history and commerce have been plucked from pink flesh, these artists re-present the world as their own and refashion it to their own private means.

To see more of Worth's work, visit http://www.alexiworth.com/

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 9th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, December 9th - Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Marc Jancou Contemporary
524 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

In addition to "Private Future", Alexi will have work featured in an exhibition titled "Between Picture and Viewer" at the Visual Arts Gallery at 601 West 26th Street ("Starrett Lehigh Building"), 15th floor.

Penn Alumni in Group Exhibition at Jolie Laide, Opening December 16th, 6pm

Several Penn alumni will be featured in a group exhibition, "Tri-State Show", at Jolie Laide, Philadelphia. "Tri-State" celebrates the increasingly dynamic, decentralized universe of art production and exhibition. Today’s artists live wherever they wish, and exhibit all over; pop-up shows appear in a warehouse and disappear within a week. Jolie Laide is proud to consider a new tri-state area to close out 2010 and usher in a new year: Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. By gathering together artists from these fair cities, we stand for inclusiveness over regionalism, interconnectedness over provincial independence. One could seek to make generalizations about the art being made in each of the three cities in this exhibit, but that may not be the most interesting or enlightening approach. Today’s Chicago sculptor may be living in New York tomorrow, while the painter who used to live in New York has moved to Philadelphia. Instead, why not contemplate the connections among artists from different cities, and the distinctions among those from the same location. Art is not concerned with boundaries except to dissolve them. Art, at its best, is an open- source code, with ideas freely available to be played with and reshaped by the curious mind.

Artists featured include Marc Blumthal (MFA '10), Piper Brett, Tom Costa, Alex Da Corte, Jamie Diamond (MFA '08), the Dufala Brothers, Austin Eddy, Susan Fang (MFA '10), Jacob Feige, Jeff Fichera, Daniel Gerwin, James Gillispie, Jacob Goudreault, Jordan Graw, Jordan Griska (BFA '09), Robert Horvath, Easton Miller, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, Max Reinhardt, Peter Schenck, Simon Slater, Christina Sucgang, and Tara White

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 16th, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: December 16th, 2010 - January 22nd, 2011
* After Party at Yakitori Boy (11th & Race St)

Jolie Laide
224 N. Juniper St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 6PM

Sinae Lee (MFA '06) in Solo Exhibition/Performance at Reaves Gallery, NY, Opening December 16th, 6pm

Sinae Lee (MFA '06) will be featured in a solo exhibition titled "RAW" at Reaves Gallery, Chelsea. "RAW" is a live performance and installation that engages all five senses of the body in a critique of our ideas of fantasy, intimacy and sex. The performance invites audience members’ participation and will be performed only once on opening night. For this performance, Lee will take the stage with a partner and pass an egg yolk from mouth-to-mouth until the yolk breaks. Audience members, two at a time, are then invited to take the stage and in turn pass an egg yolk from mouth-to-mouth. As audience members become performers, they will engage all of their senses – smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight – while interpreting and reinterpreting the simple act of passing the egg yolk. The performance will be documented with video, which will become part of a later installation.

To see more of Sinae's work, visit http://www.sinaelee.org/

Event / Exhibition Date and Time: Thursday, December 16th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Reaves Gallery
526 West 26th St, Suite 706
(Between 10th and 11th)
New York, NY 10001

Gallery Hours
Wednesday - Saturday
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Other times by appointment


Leigh Van Duzer (MFA '10) in Group Exhibition at the Lost Coast Culture Machine, CA, Opening December 3rd, 6pm

Leigh Van Duzer (MFA '10) will have works featured in the exhibition titled "Home for the Holidays" at the Lost Coast Culture Machine in Fort Bragg, CA. "Home for the Holidays" celebrates the season of friends, family, warm hearths and giving by focusing on the overlooked and forgotten. Laurel Garcia Colvin presents the new American toile, where the haves and have-nots picnic and while away the hours together. Leigh Van Duzer imagines the housing crash frame-by-frame on the way down. Elizabeth Duffy creates the epitome of safe and secure living. Jeremiah Jenkins renders scale models of the ideal in dispossessed housing. The Counter Narrative Society will come bearing the imprisoned on their backs. Detroit's Object Orange will turn forgotten eyesores into eyesores begging for swift destruction.

During the run of the exhibition, LCCM will be serving as a donation hub for the Fort Bragg Food Bank, the Outdoor Store's annual Warm Coat Drive, and sleeping bags and blankets for the Evergreen United Methodist Church. LCCM and its artists will also be donating a portion of all sales to Habitat for Humanity of Mendocino Coast, Critical Resistance, and All of Us or None.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 6:00 - 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, December 3rd - Sunday, January 30th

Lost Coast Culture Machine
190 E. Elm Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

To see more of Leigh's work, visit http://www.leighvanduzer.com/


MFA Class of 2011 in Inaugural Exhibit at Project Space, Philadelphia, Opening December 3rd, 5pm

Members of the MFA class of 2011 will be featured in the inaugural exhibit at Project Space, Philadelphia. Project Space is a new art exhibition space founded by Robert Dimin (MFA '11 candidate). The work featured showcases the range of medium and working methods of the second-year MFA students. A percentage of all sales from this and future events will provide additional exhibition support for the MFA class of 2011. Exhibitions at Project Space will highlight members of the Penn Design Fine Arts Community. Please join us for this special event on the "First Friday" in Philadelphia!

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 5pm until late

Project Space
240 Church Street (between 2nd & 3rd and Market & Arch)
Philadelphia, PA