Amy Archambault (MFA '11) installs solo exhibition at 17 Cox, opening Thursday Feb 6

Amy Archambault's site specific installation inside 17 Cox is part obstacle course, part habitrail and part modular home. As both a lacrosse coach and a studio supervisor, Archambault is interested in combining the human drive for athleticism and artistic expression, and encouraging others to do the same in her work. Her installation turns 17 Cox into an arena for both spectatorship and participation. Visitors can either observe her bright, colorful constructions as sculpture or take off their shoes and participate in the various obstacles. The palette for this installation is based on color psychology used in modern workout facilities where colors can promote productivity or increase heart rate. Multiple pathways through the gallery are designed for different levels of engagement and Archambault includes demonstration videos of her performances. Visitors will be encouraged to "work out" in the gallery during the exhibition, and even submit their scores in a time trial during the March 6 reception. 

On View: Feb 6 - Apr 3
Opening: Feb 6, 6-9pm
Time Trials: Mar 6, 6-9pm
Closing: Apr 3, 6-9pm

17 Cox
17 Cox Court Beverly, MA


Yoorim Park (MFA'12) will be featured in a group show, 'Small Works Exhibition' at the N.A.W.A Gallery, NY

The National Association of Women Artists' "Small Works Exhibition' is one of the first in N.A.W.A.'s 125th anniversary year. Original artworks measure 15 x 15" or less, or 15" high for sculptures. One of two shows per year that is open to non-members, this annual juried show continues to present jurors with the difficult task of selecting the very finest works in a variety of media. There will be three prizes awarded, with first prize being a solo or two-person show in the N.A.W.A. Gallery. The "Small Works Show" allows friends, families, collectors and art lovers to purchase affordable art by talented and prolific professional women artists from all over the United States. N.A.W.A.'s mission has always been to give underrepresented women artists numerous opportunities for exhibiting their work.
A reception will be given on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 5-7 pm.

"Small Works Group Exhibition" at the N.A.W.A. Gallery,

Exhibition date: February 5 - 26, 2014
Opening reception: February 12, 2014, from 5-7 p.m.
address: 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10011

phone: 212-675-1616
e-mail: office@nawa.org, pressreleases@thenawa.org


Mohammadreza Mirzaei (MFA '14) featured on It's Nice That Annual 2013

Mohammadreza Mirzaei's "Stammer" is featured on It's Nice That Annual 2013.

It’s Nice That is a publishing platform, based on London that encompasses several different online, print and events offerings as part of its mission of championing creativity across the art and design world. It’s Nice That Annual brings together more than 130 of the most engaging projects to have featured on It’s Nice That over the 2013. Mirzaei's work was previously featured on the It's Nice That with a write up by James Cartwright. 

Congratulations to Jacolby Satterwhite MFA ('10) and senior critic, Nina Katchadourian, 2013 Art Matters grant recipients

Sugar Fox, Nina Katchadourian
Subway, Jacolby Satterwhite

As a part of the 2013 Art Matters grants program, Jacolby Satterwhite was awarded support for the expansion of the artist’s current performance and video practice into sculpture with the purchase of a 3D printer and Nina Katchadourian received support for a collaborative trip with Laurel Braitman, historian of science, to the Lagoon of San Ignacio in Baja California for research on ballenas amistosas (friendly whales).

Art Matters is a juried, invitation only award. Each round they select a national group of recognized artists, curators, and other arts leaders to nominate artists to apply. Art Matters awards grants of $3,000-$10,000 to U.S. artists for projects that are socially engaged with a focus on local, national and/or global concerns. They fund individuals, collectives and collaborative teams working all visual media including experimental performance, and film.


“Your Crown has Been Bought and Paid For…..’’ at Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ will feature Ceaphas Stubbs, (MFA '13)

Ceaphas Stubbs, "...Don't Stray Too Far...", 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 28x40
Recent graduate Ceaphas Stubbs will be featured in the 22nd annual African American Art Show and Sale presented by Art in the Atrium, Inc.

The exhibition will include the work of more than 25 black artists to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The title of the exhibition, is “Your Crown has Been Bought and Paid For…..,’’ a quote from African-American author James Baldwin. The second line is “… All you have to do it wear it.’’

Opening: Fri Jan 24, 5-9
On view: Jan 21 - Mar 14th 
Location: Atrium Gallery
Morris County Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

More on the event here.

Thomas Isaac (MFA '06) is exhibiting his video Stardance at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in Texas

Stardance is a video work serving as a meditation on our relationship to time and how we experience present time. Within the piece, time is suspended and slowed down to the point where our current relationship with the present, 1 second to 1 second, is no more, creating an artificial "dreamtime". Not only is the video slowed down, but the soundtrack -- a 3 minute commissioned sound piece by P. Adrian Frasier https://soundcloud.com/padrianfrazier -- is slowed down and expanded to 3 hours, the running time of the entire video work.

Opening: Thurs, Jan 23, 6-8
On View: Jan 23 - Feb 16

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


Senior Critic Mary Reid Kelley will be opening a show this week at SUNY in New Paltz, NY

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from The Syphilis of Sisyphus
University of Pennsylvania Senior Critic Mary Reid Kelley will be opening a show this week at SUNY in New Paltz, NY with husband and collaborator Patrick Kelley.

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibitionMary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos. The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday, January 22, with a public opening reception to be held on Saturday, February 8.

The exhibition will be the first museum exhibition devoted to the finely crafted and researched costumes, objects, furniture, and drawings that Reid Kelley creates for her acclaimed videos. These working objects reveal the artist as an exemplar of the contemporary impulse to work across and synthesize art media.Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos is organized by Daniel Belasco, the Dorsky Museum's curator of exhibitions and programs. The artist and her collaborator, Patrick Kelley, will give a public gallery talk on Sunday, March 2, at 2pm.

On View: January 22–April 13, 2014
Gallery Talk: March 2, 2pm
Reception: Feb 8

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12561


Kelsey Halliday Johnson (MFA '12) is exhibiting in DUE NORTH, opening at the Icebox tonight 1/9

Kelsey Halliday Johnson has helped to organize a collaborative exhibition featuring American and Icelandic artists. The show opens at Icebox this evening and continues through January. 

“North” is a space upon which we project our desire for raw wilderness, for solitude, and the terrifying beauty of the sublime. Both real and imagined, Iceland, from an outsider’s perspective is viewed as exotic, treacherous, mythical and supernatural. In wintertime, darkness and brutal winds prevail; there is a turning inwards as one battles the elements. As foreigners, travelling together in February 2013, we both viscerally and physically explored Iceland’s unforgiving landscape and its inherent narratives.

Taking cues from our Nordic counterparts, participants opened themselves to qualities found at the very heart of Icelandic art making: a wild independence, reverence for untamed nature, ancient and intimate links to the sea, a sense of mystery and unquiet stillness in everyday life, and paradoxical qualities of the land (black and white; fire and ice).

Shaped daily by an elemental landscape in flux, Icelandic artists embody and channel the energies of the land. As travelers, we allowed this geology to reshape the terra incognita of our imaginations, a journey of the mind and heart.

Opening: Jan 9th, 6-9pm
On View: Jan 9th - 24th

Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American St
Philadelphia, PA



Siobhan McBride (MFA '05) and Senior Critic Alexi Worth are opening a group show at DC Moore Gallery on Thursday 1/9

Siobian McBride, Whiskey Social
2013, Gouache on paper on panel, 12 x 13.5 inches
DC Moore is exhibiting a series of paintings of interiors by Ann Agee, Romare Bearden, Stefan Kurten, and

Penn alumna Siobhan McBride, Penn Visiting Artist Duane Michals, and Penn Senior Critic Alexi Worth.

Opening: Thurs, Jan 9, 6-8 PM
On View: Jan 9 - Feb 8

DC Moore
535 west 22nd, NY, NY

Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10) and professors Terry Adkins, Ken Lum, and Joshua Mosley have been selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Jacolby Satterwhite, Alpha, 2013. C-print and still from Reifying Desire 6, 53 x 30 inches.
Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA 2010) and three University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts professors, Terry Adkins, Ken Lum and Joshua Mosley, have been selected to participate in the 2014 edition of the Whitney Biennial. Featuring 103 artists from across the country, the event will be held at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Biennial's three curators, Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner, will each organize one floor of the exhibition. The announcement that Penn will be represented in such unique ways on all three floors reflects the diversity of our program's strengths and abilities to synthesize a very broad range of approaches to practice-based research. 

Joan Oh (MFA '15) received prominent mention in Washington City Paper

Congratulations to Joan Oh for making the Washington City Paper's list of top five images of 2013. Link to the full article here.

"Oh’s large-scale works were the standout of the Corcoran College of Art and Design’s student show. Working on the Internet frontier, Oh downloaded tourist photos of the pyramids of Giza, Niagara Falls, and Stonehenge from around the Web, then organized them into seven-by-10-foot arrays to illustrate patterns of “redundancy” in the human travel experience, as well as the 'validation' that people get from sharing their snapshots—a timely exploration in the age of social media. Oh’s works in the series offer the perfect combination of intellectual heft and visual skill."

Demetrius Oliver (MFA '04) is opening solo show Canicular at the Print Center, opening Thursday 1/9

In January 2014, The Print Center will premiere Canicular: Demetrius Oliver, a major newly commissioned work by the artist. As the curator of the exhibition, I have had the pleasure of working with Oliver over the last three years on this exhibition. This blog will introduce Canicular, document it once it is on view and provide information and resources related to the project.

Canicular is a new video installation, by artist Demetrius Oliver, that will consist of a projected, live-feed from a high-power telescope focused on Sirius (the brightest star in the night sky). The video will be projected in a round structure, built within one of The Print Center’s galleries to resemble a small observatory. The installation will also include a related, multi-part video installation in an adjacent gallery. The term Canicular is used to describe things pertaining to dogs, and is often used in reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. The live-feed will come from a telescope mounted on the roof of The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States.

Oliver will essentially convert the gallery spaces into an observatory which will only be open for one hour each night to coincide with the rising of Sirius in the night sky. The Print Center’s gallery spaces will not be open during regular hours but will only be open from 7:00-8:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, weather permitting (the sky has to be clear to see the stars!). A sign featuring a photographic image of dog fur created by Oliver, visible from the street, will be illuminated to announce when the exhibition is on view. An audio component, composed and performed by the artist on a dog whistle (and therefore inaudible to human ears), will also be broadcast from the front of the building during viewing times.

Gallery Talk: Thurs Jan. 9th, 6pm
Opening: Thurs. Jan 9th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
On View: Through March 22nd

The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sam Mapp (MFA '14) is exhibiting in ENDLESS at Con Artist Gallery, opening in NYC tomorrow 1/8

Come roam the dark labyrinths of contemporary nihilism and reproducible media. Simulacra and simulation and impossible exchange, infinite reflections. The insatiable void, the sinking feeling post-black-friday-rampage… ENDLESS is anti-Bieber, pro-Miley; ENDLESS is the majesty of youtube sensations, eternity whispered through screenshotz.

Incorporating the Con Artist Collective as well as selected artists who can’t help but engender all that is ENDLESS.

Opening: Wed. Jan. 8th 8pm
On View: January 07 - 25, 2013

Con Artist Gallery, 119 Ludlow St. 
Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 6pm

Gallery Night Parties
1.08.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Opening Party:
when u freak out, freak back in live performance by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney at 10pm
1.15.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Gallery Night
1.22.2014 Wednesday 8 til late /// Closing Party