Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 NewCourtland Artist Fellowship

Deadline March 5, 2010

Open to all Visual Artists: CFEVA’S NewCourtland Artist Fellowship Deadline March 5, 2010: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), in partnership with NewCourtland, is pleased to offer Philadelphia area artists the opportunity to participate in an exciting, community-based fellowship. Through the NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, eight artists will be selected to bring innovative and engaging art-making to seniors in sites throughout Philadelphia. In order to apply, artists are asked to develop an intergenerational project that brings New Courtland’s residents together with school age children/teens to create a meaningful experience and an high quality artistic project. Work created by residents and their school-aged partners during the 2010 Fellowship Program will be exhibited with the work of the artist fellows in a large, well publicized exhibition entitled Art is Ageless.

Accepted artists will receive a fellowship award of $2,500. Once artists receive this award they will be responsible for conducting ten 1.5 hour workshops, attending several preliminary and post-workshop meetings, attending one sensitivity training session, and participating in the Art is Ageless exhibition in Spring 2011. Artists will also be separately compensated for purchasing all necessary art supplies and professionally presenting the artwork created in their program for the final exhibition.

For more details and an application please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or Genevieve@cfeva.org.

Deadline to Enter Artists' Book Cornucopia

January 20, 2010

Tomorrow is the deadline for the Abecedarian Gallery's Artists' Book Cornucopia, but you still have an opportunity to enter. Visit www.abecedariangallery.com and click on the show title for a PDF of the prospectus.

Abecedarian Gallery is located in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. The gallery presents local & national artists working across multiple disciplines with an emphasis on contemporary book arts, works on paper, assemblage & collage.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book Bombing

Artists Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson invite Philadelphia residents and visitors to keep their eyes peeled for the launch of BOOK BOMBS. BOOK BOMBS, a collaboration between Tasillo and Wilson, is an Independent Project of PHILAGRAFIKA 2010 Print Quadrennial. “Bombings” of prints and artist books will activate public spaces in Philadelphia, examining city parks and benches as social space, shelter, and art gallery. The first bombing will took place in Christ Church Park, Love Park, and Logan Circle on January 8, coinciding with First Friday gallery openings. Location information and project documentation can also be seen on the project blog, bookbombing.blogspot.com.

BOOK BOMBS re-contextualizes public spaces, particularly park benches, which residents and visitors use for their leisure and where the homeless population becomes a perceived nuisance. The project creates a narrative space where the cityscape becomes a string of havens for the propertyless. As a metaphor for this contrast between the maintained and the neglected, the artists have made their own paper for the prints out of materials that embody the content of their imagery. The paper for the first print is made of old clothing, an item that can exemplify everything from luxury to survival depending on an individual’s circumstances. Prints distributed in the coming months will be on paper made from invasive plants harvested from abandoned spaces in Philadelphia.

The culmination of BOOK BOMBS will occur in March, when the artists release their zine. Like the prints, the zines will be bombed in various parks throughout Philadelphia. In addition, zines will be released at a reception at Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, located in the Crane Building at 1400 North American Street, on Friday, March 25.

BOOK BOMBS is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Additional support of the PPA Partnership in Southeastern Pennsylvania is provided by PECO.

Mark Your Calendars for PCB Members Meeting

Women's Studio Workshop Presentation
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 / 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Room 108

Women's Studio Workshop, in Rosendale, New York, has been publishing artists' books since 1979 and to date has produced over 180 titles. In conjunction with the exhibit at the Free Library, Book is a book is a book is a book. Or is it? 30 Years of Publishing -- A Selection of Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop, the founders of WSW, Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, will give a presentation on the history of WSW and the opportunities for artists there. This will be followed by a tour of the exhibit and reception. For information about WSW, visit www.wsworkshop.org.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Spirit of Satire

The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia is currently virtually exhibiting "The Spirit of Satire in The Rare Book Department," and is on display until March 19, 2010.

The exhibition explores the various dimensions of the satiric voice from a visual and literary perspective. Enjoy viewing it here.