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.


Claire Bidwell & Evan Nabrit (MFA '14) are exibiting in the Physical Lab this Friday, 11/15 from 5:30-7pm

Bidwell & Nabrit's art asks you to politely "pull my finger."

The MFA Exhibition Series continues with the olfactory investigations and collaborations of Evan Nabrit and Claire Bidwell. Both artists mine the dark recesses of our contemporary collective subconscious, combining kitsch, subcultural memes, and traditional high art figuration into something that smells a lot more ominous than we ever would have expected from either their effervescent personalities or their intentionally saccharine subjects. 

Opening: Friday, November 15th, 5:30 - 7pm
Physical Lab, Morgan Building


Christina Kerns (MFA '13) in group show at Catalyst Projects in DC, opening Nov 9th

Kerns is a HUGE talking heads fan.
Exposure - Experiments in Photography
Recent graduate Christina Kerns will be exhibiting in a group show curated around experimental photography at Catalyst Art Projects at the Monroe Street Market in Washington, DC. 

Opening: November 9, 6-9 pm
On View: Nov 7 through Dec 7
Catalyst Projects
716 Monroe Street, NE, Studio 13
Washington DC 20017


Kate Stewart (MFA '03) has two solo exhibitions in November at Seraphin Gallery and West Chester University

Stewart's show is stacked.
Displayed at the the Knauer Gallery at West Chester University, Götterdämmerung is a second iteration of an installation that reveals Stewart's continued interest in make-shift structures, that contrast themes of whimsy and urgency. Stewart designed wallpaper and fabric specifically for this project, using edible native plants and construction fencing as source imagery.

Her combinations of manmade and natural, whimsey and urgency continue as sources and subjects in her paintings to be displayed in an upcoming exhibition Ex-Voto at Philadelphia gallery, Seraphin opening Friday, November 15th.

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4-7pm
Exhibition dates: Nov 11 - Dec 8
Knauer Gallery | West Chester University
Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center
817 South High Street | West Chester, PA 19383


OPENING RECEPTION: Friday Nov 15, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: Nov 15 - Dec 8
Seraphin Gallery
1108 Pine Street | Philadelphia, PA

Jacob Rivkin (MFA '13) will be screening an animation at Vox Populi on November 9th with the Oof Collective

Finally, Rivkin brings culture to Vox Pop.
Jacob Rivkin's ('13) animation Cultured will be included in a screening of food-themed experimental animation and video hosted by the Oof Collective for the CITYWIDE project.

Thanksgiving Dinner
November 9th, 2013
7:00 PM
Vox Populi Aux Space
319 N 11th St, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Terry Atkins' Figures of Thought Class Opening, Friday Nov, 8th from 5-7pm at Penn

Performances and Crown Fried Chicken will be served.


Mark Pease (MFA '03) showing at Los Mano Gallery in Chicago, Opening Nov 1st

Mark Pease will be showing new work in a solo exhibition titled “Climb into Space” at Las Manos Gallery in Chicago opening Friday November 1st with a reception from 7-10pm. The show will run through December.

Inspired by a consumer nostalgia, Mark screen prints and airbrushes reduced geometric forms, evoking crisp new materials, architectural surfaces, and “basically, stuff you see at the mall.” All this in a creamy, plastic-injection-mold color palette. The show will include paintings, prints and 3D animation.

Opening: Friday Nov 1, 7-10pm

Las Manos Gallery
1515 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago IL 60640


Alumnus Daniel Oliva (MFA '13) and Current Faculty Brent Wahl (MFA '06), Andrea Hornick, and Joshua Weiss are all participating in North by Northwest

Mount Airy Contemporary will be hosing a show titled 'North by Northwest' at the Marginal Utility space on 319 N 11th St in conjunction with the Citywide series of events. 

Once only used as a verbal shortcut for a cheap beer and watered down shot of whiskey, the term Citywide has been co-opted as a name for a collaboration and artist swap amongst Philadelphia's younger, hipper galleries.

This will be one of the many interesting shows happening this weekend with UPenn faculty and alumni, please make time to attend!

North by Northwest
Marginal Utility

Opening: Nov 1, 6-10pm
Location: 319 N 11th St., Philly, PA


Linnea Paskow (MFA '02) and Elisa Soliven Showing 'Coat of Many Colors' at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn, Oct. 18th

Janet Kurnatowski is pleased to present, 'Coat of Many Colors', a two person exhibiton of painting and sculpture by Linnea Paskow and Elisa Soliven. The exhibition runs from Oct 18 - Nov 17. Please join the artists for an opening reception on Friday Oct 18th from 7 till 9pm.

Paskow and Soliven both have a tactile relationship with their materials, allowing the image to slowly emerge from the ingredients they choose:

Paskow paints temporary, fleeting moments that seem to slip away but become almost cinematic through the act of painting.  Working on an intimate scale, Paskow conveys human warmth and relationships, as well as both moments of lightness and darkness.  Influenced by the dreamscape of her inner world, she captures otherworldly images relating to everyday life.  Paskow embodies the feelings of dream images. She alchemizes the images into colors and light, creating a reconfigured sense of presence.

Soliven uses found everyday objects for the immediacy with which they capture a sense of the unfamiliar in the ordinary.  By reconfiguring the form of objects, she reduces this familiarity and transforms them into idiosyncratic inventions. Soliven's recent figurative sculptures are portraits of her acquaintances and friends, whom she symbolically transfigures through an accumulation of modeled layers of plaster, clay and pigment. This process serves as a record of her search to capture the essence of her subjects.

Much like the originative and resourceful 'coat' in Dolly Parton's song of the same title, Soliven and Paskow stitch together multifarious relics of their psychic experiences to create objects greater than the sum of their parts.

Opening: Oct 18th, 7-9pm
On View: Oct 18th - Nov 17th

205 Norman Ave - Brooklyn NY 11222 
Hours: Friday & Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-6pm

Chris Lawrence (MFA '10) & Angela Jerardi in Conversation at PAGEANT: SOLOVEEV on Thursday Oct. 24th

Come out and see Pageant: Soloveev’s current exhibition Heliogeist Eclipse and participate in a conversation with artist Chris Lawrence and independent curator Angela Jerardi.

Chris Lawrence is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. He holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited work in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Portland OR, Minneapolis MN and Melbourne, Australia.

Angela Jerardi is an independent curator and writer. A co-creator of Philadelphia’s now defunct FLUXspace, Angela is currently based in Amsterdam where she recently completed the Curatorial Programme at de Appel Arts Centre.

Thursday 24 October, 7:30pm

Pageant: Soloveev Gallery
607 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


Jamal Cyrus (MFA '08) and Jessica Vaughn (MFA '11) exhibit at Project Row House, Houston, TX.

Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward is inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1969 exhibition Raid the Icebox I that took place at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. In the same fashion of asking Warhol to go through the museum’s permanent collection and curate an exhibit based on his findings, Ryan N. Dennis, PRH’s Public Art Director and curator of the Round asked five artists to go through the PRH Archive and use it as a springboard to create a site-specific installation based on their findings.

On view: October 5, 2013 - March 2, 2014
Project Row Houses
2521 Holman St.
Houston, TX

For more information please visit www.projectrowhouses.org


Toisha Tucker (MFA '13) to be included in two exhibitions, Art in Odd Places in NYC and Archivio QueerItalia in Italy

Conceptual artist, painter, and creative writer, Toisha Tucker will be exhibiting a piece (pictured) throughout the Art in Odd Places Festival from October 11th to 20th at the corner of 14th Street and 10th Ave.

Toisha will also be participating in Archivio QueerItalia with a performative video installation. Archivio QueerItalia is curated by Guilia Casalini and will be on view from October 10th - 14th. More information here.


Anthony Bowers & Theo Mullen (MFA '14) opening Friday, Oct 4th 5-7 in the Morgan Building

Please join us for the first of the new MFA Exhibition Series openings. Anthony Bowers and Theo Mullen will be exhibiting paintings and sculpture related to history, perception, and remembered experience.

This series of one to two person openings gives second year MFA students the opportunity to showcase a larger selection of work than is possible during the group thesis shows, ideally allowing students to make connections between students' individual works outside of the studio. 


Marjorie Von Cura (MFA '02) in group show, 'Color My World' at Space Womb through Oct. 2nd in Manhattan

This ten person show is located at their exciting new Manhattan location, 57 Stanton Street in the Lower East Side. Marjorie will be showing a large painting of oil and galkyd on polyester film.

Featured artists are Hee Jin Roh, Robyn Thomas, Wendi Greorguiev, Haim Elisha, Reina Kubota, Deborah Druick, Marjorie Van Cura, Audree Anid, Ju Hyan Park, Anastasia Teper and Jongwang Lee.

On View: Oct 2
Gallery Hours are Tues-Sun, 12-6pm

Will Gabaldon (MFA '05) opens solo show 'Uncanny' at Tiger Strikes Astroid, Bushwick, NY location - Oct 18

Uncanny features paintings of places and people significant in the artist’s life: friends and family, places visited and lived in. The subjects are portrayed with familiarity and empathetic humor. Drawn primarily from observation, the images are modified by memory and graphic invention. Using succinct brushwork, rich surfaces and evocative palettes, these paintings stress the importance of the painted image in a world dominated by photographic and digital imagery. These paintings of personal, unique experiences may at first seem unremarkable in today’s media saturated world, but upon further inspection they are testaments to a vision of the world that can only be realized in painting. It is only in painting that elements of comic illustration, caricature, personal touch and abstraction can be incorporated into a fluid shorthand that directly interprets appearances and experience. 

Will Gabaldon was born in Belen, NM. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Monica. He was a fellow at Yaddo in 2012.

Opening: Oct 18, 7-10
On View: Oct 18 - Nov 24

Location: 44 Stewart Avenue#49 Brooklyn, NY 11237


Chris Lawrence (MFA '10) showing at Pageant Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, TOMORROW

Chris' Heliogeist haunting.
Chris Lawrence will be showcasing his new work at Pageant Soloveev in a show titled Heliogeist Eclipse. 

The opening is tomorrow night! Please attend if you are in the area. at 7pm (that is Saturday, September 21st).

Opening: Sat, Sept 21, 7pm

Pageant Soloveev Gallery
607 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA

Full event information here.

Nathan Wasserbauer (MFA '06) to open inaugural show at BRIC House in NYC

Wasserbauer builds a home from a dome.
The show, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, explores the idea of “home” as a flexible, variable concept revealed in a myriad of ways, and influenced by an individual’s history and personal accumulation of places. At its most intimate, home is literally where the heart is; it is the memories and feeling of intimacy we each carry of our own, individual sense of home. It also refers to the domestic sphere, the places we live, the things that surround us, the material objects that become physical markers of home. On the social sphere, home is our neighborhood, the urban and social fabric. In the broadest, universal and most poetic sense, home is the cosmos and the sphere of the unknowable. 
Opening: Wed, Oct 9 from 7-9pm
On view: Oct 9 - Dec 15

BRIC House
647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY
More information here.

Sean Riley (MFA '04) showing SHARP & BLURRY at the Beehive in Boston

In his second Boston-area exhibition this year Sean Riley will be displaying work in the group show SHARP & BLURRY at the Beehive. Please attend the opening if you are in the area, the opening will have live music.

Opening: Tuesday Sept 24 6:30 - 8:30
On view: Sept 24 - Dec

THE BEEHIVE - 541 Tremont St, Boston, MA
More information here


Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) solo installation and performance, 'Buried, Not Dead', at Artpace in San Antonio, TX

Inspired by the toil and tunneling of ants on display in an ant farm, artist Julia Barbosa Landois presents Buried, Not Dead in Artpace’s Main Avenue storefront windows. Her installation creates parallels between the paths of ant constructions and of one’s ancestors' migration through history and geography. Landois will perform live at the exhibition opening at 7:30 pm on September 12th, telling the story of a transcendent experience in ant farming, accompanied by musician Erik Sanden on guitar. The exhibition runs throughDecember 29th.

Buried, Not Dead
Opening: Thursday, September 12th, 6-9 pm, 

Performance at 7:30 pmOn View: September 12 - December 29

445 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205

Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) featured in 2013 Texas Biennial

Video and performance works by Julia Barbosa Landois will be featured in this year's Texas Biennial exhibition, an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas curated by Bill Arning, René Paul Barilleaux, Christian Gerstheimer, K8 Hardy, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Annette Lawrence, David Pagel, Bárbara Perea, Christina Rees, Dario Robleto, Noah Simblist, Jeremy Strick, and Clint Willour. Her video, Star-Crossed II, is on view at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX until November 9th. Landois will also perform Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, a multimedia piece about sex work on the Texas/Mexico border, at Centraltrak in Dallas, TX on September 21st.

2013 Texas Biennial

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

Centraltrak - The Artist Residency of the University of Texas at Dallas
800 Exposition Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226

Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10) and Jane Irish Exhibiting at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Sept 15 - Nov 12

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts presents M | I | C /A || THEN / NOW, a two-part exhibition featuring the work of Maryland Institute College of Art alumni, at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in Chelsea and Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe). This exhibition is curated by Barry Nemett, Chair of the Painting Department at MICA. All alumni in the New York Tri-state area are invited to attend one or both openings.

Opening: Sept 15, 1-5pm
On View: Sept 15 - Nov 12

Sarah Anderson (MFA '12) presents in the SENSEI Exchange Series, NYC

Sarah Anderson’s first project with Sensei includes a two-channel video, sculpture, and encaustic paintings. Anderson’s work frequently deals with the intimate re-scaled to envision a public life punctuated by the erotic.

Characters in literature often embody disparate aspects of a single consciousness. Romancing: The Head and the Whale attempts to do something similar in video, painting, and sculpture. Together, the three sets of works propose multiple viewpoints that form a cohesive perspective on the relationship between destruction, language, and desire.

On View: Sept 12 - Oct 1
Closing: Oct 1, 8-11pm

SENSEI Exchange Series @ "The Cellar" of Little Fox Cafe

Wilmer Wilson (MFA '15) opening a solo show at Connersmith Gallery in DC, September 21st 6-8pm

Wilson shoots with ladders.
In a new body of work featuring live performance, photographs, and sculptural installation, Wilson explores intersections between cultural desire and black masculinity. Taking Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s German romantic literary masterpiece Faust as a point of departure, Wilson brings to life a contemporary quest for metaphysical ascent, a cultural climb replete with the temptations and distractions of an urban landscape. The artist queries claims to truth in art and narrative progression, while blurring lines between documentation and artifice in performance-based work. Using ladders, lottery tickets, and emergency Crisco lanterns, Wilson will interact with the spaces occupied by his audience as his durational performance unfolds in the gallery.

A second component of Wilson’s performance will occur across the city of Washington, D.C. Beginning at 10:30am Monday, September 16, Wilson will walk carrying a ladder for three to four hours, from one of D.C.’s least affluent spots to one its wealthiest, traveling on foot from Marvin Gaye Park to the Georgetown Waterfront, via Benning Road, C Street, Massachusetts Avenue and K Street.

Opening: Sat Sept 21 6-8
On View: Sept 21 - Nov 2

Gallery info: 1358 FLORIDA AVE, NE - WASHINGTON DC 20002


Tara White (MFA '13) is in an upcoming group show at Kustraum Kreuzburg in Berlin

But will tomorrow be the future tomorrow?
Tara White will be in an upcoming group show filled with art stars and those of the names you should know. The opening is tomorrow, Friday September 6th.

TOMORROW It's TIME FOR THE FUTURE shows young talents from Berlin and New York, two of the most interesting art cities. The exhibition focuses on the close relationship and the rain transnational exchanges between artists on both sides of the Atlantic, from the community of artists projects or even adult can. Berlin is among the creators of New York as an art mecca of the 21st century and is frequently referred to as the "sixth district" just behind Manhattan and Brooklyn. Side by side with lesser-known names, the exhibition includes works by established and successful in the art market protagonists, which emerging artists inspired and place in an art-historical context. "Tomorrow it's time for the future" thus allows an overview of generations of artists as well as an outlook on the future of art, it focuses on their potential for development. Where do artistic ideas? What are themes that recur on both sides of the Atlantic and stand? The result is an exhibition of painting and performance, sculpture and video, in which is seen as forms and ideas spread both across generations and across continents and continue to develop.

Opening: Friday, September 6th at 19:00
On View: September 7th - October 20th
More information here.

Mark Dilks (MFA '13) will have collabrative work on view at Vox Populi in Careful With That Brain, Sept. 6th

This is your brain. This is your brain on art.
Careful With That Brain, a collaboration between Mark Dilks, Ted Carey, & Marc Zajack will open this Friday at Vox.

Often capitalized: a state of things, chances are paramount; particular: the establishment of various forms of unregulated state of confusion in front of the original article – Compare the universe: In complex natural behavior of the system (such as the atmosphere, boiling water, or the heart of the unpredictability inherent)

: This is directed through a complex maze procedure or difficulties, particularly things: an evidence leading toward solving one of the problems

Opening: September 6th, 6-11
On View: September 6th - 29th
More info here.

MFA Class of 2014 to open a Fall Show at Charles Addams Gallery, Friday Sept. 6th

Is she truly all sugar and spice? 
The second year MFA class will present their fall show on the Penn Campus, this Friday September 6th at the Charles Addams gallery. If you are in the area, please come out and have some snacks on the university's dime while you see what we are up to.

And, if you do come, please grab an MFA student and introduce yourself.

Opening: September 6th, 5-7
On View: Through September 26th

Daniel Gerwin (MFA '08) in the Fleisher Art Memorial's Wind Challenge Exhibition, Opening September 6th

Daniel Gerwin uses trompe l’oeil painting to simulate wood grain, alluding to floors, doors, window frames, and furniture. In some cases he paints directly onto salvaged domestic items such as rocking chairs, mirrors, and dresser drawers, using painted marks to transform these objects, like insects isolated in amber. Gerwin does not seek to illustrate or directly describe our relationship to the domestic, but rather to abstract it. In his work, trompe l'oeil folds in on itself to become a language of imagination and psychological resonance.

Opening: September 6th, 6-8
On View: September 6th - October 26th
More information here.

Trawick Bouscaren (MFA '12) to co-curate and present in upcoming exhibitions at "My Future Ex" in Buffalo, NY

On September 17th, "My Future Ex", will have a soft gallery opening at the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Focused on the celebration of temporary relationships between people, materials and places, "My Future Ex" presents a diversity of contemporary approaches to the practice of installation and performance art. Curated by Tra Bouscaren (MFA '12) and Sandra Q. Firmin, the exhibition features an ambitious mixture of local, national, and international talent in a kaleidoscopic series of installations and events, spanning 11 locations across the city of Buffalo throughout the Fall season. The exhibition includes PennDesign MFA graduates including Tamara Suber (MFA '11), John Schlesinger (MFA '11), and Tra Bouscaren (MFA '12).

September 17th

UB Art Gallery
201 Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260-6000

More information here.

On September 14th, Tra Bouscaren (MFA '12) will open a solo exhibition at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA, entitled, "New Works"

September 14 – October 19, 2013
Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia
Tra Bouscaren’s large-scale, site-specific installation utilizes video, painting, sound and kinetic sculpture to create an ominous, hallucinatory environment that speaks to the darker side of technology and human nature.

Opening: September 13th, 6-8
On View: September 14th - October 19th

Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design are located at 1916 Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Trawick Bouscaren (MFA '12) is participating in the Echo Art Fair, September 7th in Buffalo, NY

On September 7th, Tra Bouscaren (MFA '12) is one of 12 artists who have been chosen to develop a site-specific installation project for the Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, NY.  

His installation has been sponsored by a grant from the Oishei Foundation.  

The jury which chose his work was comprised of the following people:
John Massier, Visual Arts Curator, Hallwalls
Scott Propeack, Chief Curator, Burchfield Penney Art Center
Holly Hughes, Curator, Albright Knox Art Gallery
Sandra Firmin, Curator, University at Buffalo Art Galleries
Cori Wolff, Director/Curator, Buffalo Arts Studio
Brooke Leboef, Project Coordinator, Beyond/In Western New York 2010


Linnea Paskow (MFA '02) showing at Honey Ramka in Brooklyn, NY

Slippery Wharf, 6"x8", 2013
Linnea Paskow will be exhibiting in a solo show, Bardo, at the project space in Honey Ramka. Honey Ramka is a new artist run gallery in the infamous Bushwick neighborhood. The paintings will be on view through October 6th. 

Opening: Friday, September 6, 6-9
On View: September 6 - October 6

Honey Ramka
56 Bogart St, First Floor
Brooklyn, NY


UPenn Alumnus and Faculty Member, Deirdre Murphy, has an Upcoming Show at Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia

Grand Passage,  11"x36", Acrylic on Panel
In her upcoming show, Murmurations, at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, Deirdre Murphy explores the collective intelligence of the flock, drawing on the common energy, pulsing changes, and unconscious cooperations of bird migrations as inspiration. A murmuration is a murmuring sound, but the term can also be used to refer to a flock of starlings which gather in astonishing numbers and form awe-inspiring constellations of fluid moving black masses, accompanied by a constant squawking that combines into a low running sound, a thick murmur. 

Opening: Friday, September 6, 5-7pm
On View: September 6- October 20, 2013
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours: Oct 5 & 6, 12-6pm
 October 4, 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-5

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, 19106
In conjunction with POST, Philadelphia Open Studio Tour.

Tiger Strikes Astroid, Bushwick presents 'Passage' a collection of paintings by Andrew Prayzner (MFA '05)

Jefferson, oil on canvas, 16"x20".
The paintings in Passage begin with text and gestures that are collected from conversations, notes, choreography and subconscious physical movement such as tapping, shaking, flicking and are drawn with tape into the substrate of the painting. Then, images taken from random photographic sources are painted over the layer. The tape is removed and the images are “interrupted” or “cancelled” by text and gestures, building competing systems of signs that renders different interpretations of the painting. Documenting the process of making modes of representation and abstraction visible to the eye, and referring to the dictionary definition of the word, Passage is a passing of time, an opening through a space, a notation of a text, or in the Cubist sense, a technique to break up spatial relationships in painting.

Opening: September 7, 7-10
On View: September 7 - October 13

TSA, Bushwick location
44 Stewart Ave, #49
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Alexis Granwell (MFA '07) has upcoming shows in Connecticut and Maryland

Narrow Time, 48"x65", Drypoint and Monotype on Kozo Paper, 2012.

Continuing the tradition of printmaking at Penn, Alexis Granwell is pushing the medium by using intaglio techniques to create large, complex, layered mono-prints that connect formally with her background in painting and drawing. Ambitious in both scale and process, there is also a homemade, DIY quality to the work as Alexis makes her own paper for both the large prints and as material in her sculptures. 

Alexis has two shows upcoming, one in Maryland, and a second show in New Haven, Connecticut. If you are in the area, please attend.

Traces of Remains
Towson University, Towson, MD

Opening: September 12th at 6:30pm
Lecture: October 24th at 6:30pm
On View: September 12 - November 2nd
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Trace Maker,  mixed media, 2013.
Ghost Stories
Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

Opening: October 11th, 5-8
Lecture: October 19th at 2pm
On View: October 11th - November 2nd
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Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14) Lectured at Naghshe Jahan Art Research Center in Tehran, Iran

The poster for this event featuring artwork and Farsi.

Mohammadreza Mirzaei (among colleges simply Reza) gave a lecture this previous Thursday night, August 15th in the Creative Photography Institute in Tehran, Iran. At the event, named, "To Construct Reality," Reza discussed the presence of photography in literature, specifically concerning the works of Italo Calvino, Paul Auster and Reymond Carver, using these examples to address the complexities of reality and perception in contemporary photography. 

The artist and lecturer himself.
Afterwards in the second section, Reza presented some of his own works, concentrating on what the relationship between literature and photography means to him.  

The event was tweeted live from: https://twitter.com/akskhaneh

To Construct Reality: Lecture by Mohammadreza Mirzaei

Naghshe Jahan Art Reseach Center15 August 2013 , 7 pm. Next to Saei Book City, Vali-asr St. Tehran, Iran