Thursday, February 28, 2013

Call for Artists - Benefit Show for PAWS

Call for Art- May Benefit Show at Grindcore House for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

There are more than 30,000 homeless, abandoned, and unwanted dogs and cats that enter the Philadelphia’s animal control shelter each year. And roughly four in ten of them (estimated to 12,000 pets every year) never make it out alive. For many of us, this number is too staggering to comprehend but each year the amount of unwanted animals remains equally as daunting and equally as heartbreaking as ever. It is for this reason and so many more, that we have chosen PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) for our next benefit show. PAWS is the city’s largest no-kill shelter and operates a high-volume, low-cost clinic serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. PAWS is also privately funded which means they can use all the benefits and all the help they can to raise money (and awareness) for this city’s animals in need.

This May we will be organizing an art show as well as partnering with Blow the Scene ( for a music event to benefit PAWS ( The art show will be held at Grindcore House in South Philadelphia ( from May 10th to July 10th and the opening reception will be Friday, May 10th (additional events throughout the city and a dedicated blog will also support the show starting in April). The work can be in any medium (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, whatever) and can be anything related to dogs, cats or PAWS. Although not mandatory, we are again trying to urge artists to consider functional art (t-shirts, cards, tote bags etc.) as well; if you are interested in providing designs for these, feel free to contact us. We also strongly encourage artists to use the PAWS website (see link at the bottom) to view all of the amazing work the organization is doing and for inspiration. We are asking that all pieces be no larger than 20x24 so we can plan space accordingly but if you would like to do something larger, just let us know and we can discuss options. The work should be ready to hang (please include name, title, medium, price request) and priced reasonably ($300 is our suggested max but remember to keep it affordable to make the MOST for the charity). Additional prints and sets (buttons, cards, etc.) are also welcome. The work can be new or old, as long as it relates to the theme. Because of the quantity of work going into this show, we are asking that everything be either dropped off or received by no later than May 4th. We will have drop-off times starting in the beginning of April; if you would like your work to be added to our press materials, please drop off or send the work sooner than later.

We already have some incredible artists on board and we will post an updated list towards the end of March. We'll need a final count to plan space and to finalize any promotional material, so let us know if you’re participating (at the latest) by April 12th. If you're interested in participating in the show, please respond to the email below or contact me via Facebook; thanks again and we look forward to seeing all the amazing work!



For more on the charity, please visit:

Call for Artists: Pinned by Philadelphia Sculptors

Call for Artists


Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013

Philadelphia Sculptors is seeking artists interested in giving an artistic spin to the sport of bowling. Artists will be provided with one or more wooden bowling pins to adapt into sculptures. Selected sculptures will be exhibited at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from June 17 – 22, 2013 and then auctioned off to benefit Philadelphia Sculptors. Artists will receive 30% of the proceeds from sold works and one artist will receive a “Best in Show” award of $100. Artists working in all media are encouraged to participate.  Artists may submit proposals or completed works for consideration. All submissions, including images, must be made online. A nominal entry fee of $10 for PS members and $20 for non-members will be assessed. For prospectus and more information, go to Contact: Leslie Kaufman, 215-413-9126,  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Health Insurance for Artists this Thursday at CFEVA

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists and The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at The University of the Arts present:

Health Insurance for Artists 

Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 6:30 at The Gershman Hall, Chapel 401 South Broad

Artists in the United States are twice as likely to be uninsured as the general population. The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will change that, and if successfully implemented will have every artist covered within a few years. This seminar will clearly explain the Exchanges, essential health plans, subsidies, tax credits and expanded federal programs that will make quality health care affordable. It will also describe the programs already in effect, some of which are little known in the artist community such as the small business health insurance subsidy. In addition, there will be a review and a Q&A regarding current options for health insurance and health care in the Philadelphia area.
Jim Brown has worked in the performing arts, in social services, and in the insurance industry. He taught in the Drama Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for thirteen years; was a public information officer for disaster relief in the United States and overseas for the American Red Cross; negotiated provider contracts for Aetna Health Plans and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and served as a managed care regulator for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. He is currently the National Director of Health Services at The Actors Fund where he oversees the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and supervises the operation of the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center and the AHIRC health care information website (
Location:    The Gershman Hall Chapel, 401 South Broad Street

The program begins at 6:30 pm. This session is free for UArts students and alumni (with ID) and $12.00 general admission. Artists affilalated with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists receive a $2 discount. Pre- Registration is required. Individuals who have not pre-registered are not guaranteed a seat. To reserve a space or to receive more information about The Center for Emerging Visual Artists or Direct Dialogues Lecture Series, please contact Genevieve Coutroubis, by phone (215) 546 - 7775 x 11 or by email

2 Opportunities at CFEVA

CFEVA is a great organization and right now they have two opportunities for artists available: CFEVA's Visiting Curator Exhibition and The NewCourtland Fellowship. Check out more details below
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists has two open applications (see below). The NewCourtland Fellowship Deadline has been extended to March 15th. All applications can be filled out on line at

CFEVA's Visiting Curator Exhibition
Jen Mergel, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Deadline- March 15, 2013

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists invites you to submit images of your artwork for review by our guest curator, Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Of the applicants, ten to twenty-five artists will be asked to present a digital portfolio of approximately ten images. Two to four of those artists will be selected for an exhibition in CFEVA’s Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery this summer.

The Visiting Curator Program allows CFEVA to showcase the abundance of talented artists from our region to a curator who is not yet familiar with our artist community. CFEVA is proud to create more exposure for the artists we serve and provide beneficial new leads for noteworthy curators. 

Jen Mergel is the Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since joining the MFA in 2010, she envisioned and organized the inaugural installation of the Museum’s first contemporary collection galleries, open in September 2011, and developed a new solo exhibition series, including the shows "Kristin Baker: New Paintings" (2010) and "Jedediah Caesar: Soft Structures" (2011). Currently on view is her installation "Sparking Dialogue," featuring three generations of contemporary text-based works, and "Passages: Felix Gonzalez-Torres," the 20th-anniversary serial installation of all five of the artist's beaded curtains. She is now organizing first solo shows in Boston for numerous artists, including Ridley Howard, Sarah Braman, and Shinique Smith, as well as a thematic exhibition of contemporary Latin American art entitled “Message in a Bottle.” Previously, she was curator for many exhibitions at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, including “Tara Donovan,” “Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan” and “Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork,” and at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, including “Chance Encounters” and “Defying Distinction.” Mergel has taught at Harvard and Boston University. 

Application Deadline: March 15th
Digital Portfolio Reviews: March 16 – April 9
Exhibition: June 6 – July 26, 2013

Details and Requirements
To apply please visit <>. Artists will be asked to provide a resume, artist statement, image list and five images. The total application fee is $20 (this includes the fee to use Slideroom). Artists must reside within 100 miles of Philadelphia and must not currently be a student.

For more information please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at (215) 546-7775 x11 or

CFEVA’S NewCourtland Artist Fellowship
Award- $2,500 (+the cost of supplies)

Deadline March 15, 2013

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, visual 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 members of NewCourtland together with school age children/teens to create a meaningful experience and a high quality artistic project. Work created by seniors and their school-aged partners during the 2013 Fellowship Program will be exhibited with the work of the artist fellows in a large, well publicized exhibition entitled Art is Ageless.

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 2014. 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. 

To apply to the 2013 NewCourtland Fellowship please visit and follow the application instructions. For more details or to discuss your application please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PSG on Instagram

 Have you followed the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym on Instagram? No? Well check us out by following @sculpturegym!

Tristan Lowe at The West Collection

If you didn't get a chance to see this piece at the Fabric Workshop, I highly suggest checking it out at the West Collection. If you've never been, The West Collection is a very cool place with a great collection of art.

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Tristin Lowe, Mocha Dick, 2009, industrial felt over inflatable, 14' x 15' x 51'


Tristin Lowe
Mocha Dick

Public opening March 5, 6-8pm

West Collection Warehouse
150 Greentree Road # 1002
Oaks, PA 19456 

through May 31, 2013 by appointment
please call 610.883.7368

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Recap

Erica working on her sphere
We had a full weekend of workshops! It started off with Sphere's on Fire, Bevan Weissman's sculptural lamp making class. Students were given a steel sphere and used a welding torch to create patterns by burning through the surface.

Spheres AFTER

On Sunday, Jenny and Gus ran the TIG and Oxy Acetylene Welding workshops at PSG while I was out at the zoo for the Animal Sculpture Class.

Oxy-Acetylene Welding
Gustavo teaching TIG welding
Heather sculpting at the zoo
I started a Bolivian gray titi monkey!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out over the weekend! We all had a great time!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Apply Now: Art Star Craft Bazaar

I'm excited to announce that we'll be at this year's Art Star Craft Bazaar as a Community Partner! We had such a great time last year. If you are an artist, crafter or maker of things and are thinking of applying, the deadline is March 5th, so apply now! This event draws a huge crowd and is in a great location along the river. We'll see you there!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Volunteers Needed at PSG for Side Lot Project

We are going to get this cleaned up by Spring with the help from our friends Eliot & Kris from the Farm Truck Philly, Jackie from Just Jackie's Food Truck
& Steve from Razor Tree & Lawn Care.  (You guys are awesome, thank you!) 
We are going to clean it out and turn it into an outdoor community space! 

If you would like to volunteer check out the dates and times and email me at for more information! 

Sunday,  March 3rd 

Saturday, March 9th  

We are hoping for lots of sunshine!  If you get hungry...
The Farm Truck Philly & Just Jackie's will be parked at PSG on March 9th!

Call for Artists: Process Show: MIXED MEDIA at PSG Gallery, April 2013

We are looking for artists for our upcoming Process Show, MIXED MEDIA. See below for more details and check out the online form HERE to apply.

Process Show: MIXED MEDIA is the 4th installment of our process based exhibitions. This exhibition will showcase sculpture in all of its many possible media.

Work must be a mixed media sculpture to be eligible. All work must be original and ready to hang.

Entry Fee
Current members of Philadelphia Sculpture Gym - FREE!
Non-members - $10           

Selected artists will be contacted with installation details.

Members: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym will receive a 30% commission on work sold during the show.
Non-members: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym will receive a 40% commission on work sold during the show.

Submission due date: March 24, 2013
Artist selection: March 25, 2013
Artwork drop-off: March 30-31, 2013
Installation: April 1-4, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, April 5, 2013, 6-9 pm
Exhibition: April 5-30, 2013

Application Submission
Once application is submitted, payment of fees may be made online through this PayPal Link, or a check made out to ‘Philadelphia Sculpture Gym LLC’ may be mailed to:

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Attn: Process Show: MIXED MEDIA
1834 E. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
 Please contact Programs Manager Jenny Welsh with any questions at

The Dreamer Blue by Choi Xoo Ang

I saw this on Pinterest and loved it...and after googling the artist, Choi Xoo Ang, I realized I'd seen his work before. His style is hyper-realistic and very creepy.

The following info is from

Completed in 2008, ‘The Blue Dreamer’ is an oil on resin work by Choi Xooang which presents his hyper-realistic approach to sculpture. Kneeling in an ungraceful pose, a woman stares out with a look of despondency etched across her face. From her head spews an animated plume of thoughts and dreams, made to look like a volcanic cloud of ash exploding from her mind. The push-pull of the figure’s distant and unanimated expression, coupled with the dynamic display of her ‘dreams,’ makes for an incredibly engaging work that alludes to the individual’s struggle against themselves and the constraints of contemporary society.

Contemporary Korean sculptor Choi Xooang (b. 1975) excels in
capturing nightmarish scenes and a sense of the macabre in his powerfully realistic polymer clay and resin figures. Speaking to both human rights issues in Korea as well as a concern for society’s pathological state of impairment, Choi Xooang creates fascinating portrayals of bodies that have been maimed, blinded, muted, sewn together, and otherwise tortured to allude to the censorship, violence, abuses, and injustices endured by individuals. His sculptures are executed with an incredible sense of grotesque realism, visually arresting in their careful detail and tactile quality. Choi Xooang received his MFA in Sculpture from Seoul National University and currently lives and works in Seoul. The artist has exhibited at numerous venues including the National Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea), Saatchi Gallery (London, UK), and Art Seasons Gallery (Beijing, China), among others. 

Gigantic Sequins 4.1 Release Party Photos

 Monday night was great. The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym was happy to welcome Gigantic Sequins for the release of their 4.1 issue. Here are some photos taken that night by the fabulous Ian Carlos. More photos from that night can be found HERE.
Work by Bevan Weissman (left) and Andrew Wilkinson (center)

Work by Salvatore Cerceo and Jake Henry

Work by Salvatore Cerceo

Gigantic Sequins Editor-in-Cheif, Kimberly Southwick

Stephen Millner and Me

Brynn Miller, Aubrie Costello, and Jenny Welsh

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Left To Your One Device Contest from the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Here is what looks like a great contest from the Philadelphia Art Alliance...using only one tool to create something... Hmmmm...which tool would you choose? More details below!
Left to Your One Device  
Have you visited our new exhibition "The Tool at Hand," and wondered how you would respond to the challenge to create something using only one tool? Do you think that an assignment or a limitation can unleash unexpected creativity? Moments of genius, even? Now's your chance: enter our "Left to Your One Device" contest and find out!
Create something using only one tool. The tool can be anything you choose, and your creation can be in any discipline or medium. Make a short video, and send it to use by March 15th. In 30-90 seconds, tell us about yourself, what you created, what tool you used, and how you used it to create your entry.    

Artists, craftspeople, and creative individuals of all ages are welcome to enter the "One Device" contest. Visit our website for complete entry guidelines. Send your video, entry form, and video release form to: Digital submissions only. If you are under 18, please obtain parent/guardian permission.

The winning entries will be awarded prizes designed to inspire and help you create: hands-on experiences at The Clay Studio and Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, membership to the West Philly Tool Library, and supplies from Artists & Craftsmen, with more to be announced shortly. Entries will be juried, and prizes will be announced on April 15th, 2013. The videos of the winners and runners-up will be featured on our website. Stay tuned for more information about prizes and a special performance at the Contest Reception on April 25th, 6-8pm.

Doug Bucci, Studio jeweler and Professor at UArts and Tyler School of Art
Hilary Jay, Founder and Director of DesignPhiladelphia
Caroline Tiger, Journalist and author of the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Consumed"
Jennifer Zwilling, Curator and craft historian at Tyler School of Art and PAFA

Deadline for Entries: March 15th, 5pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance | 251 South 18th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.545-4302 | |

Monday, February 18, 2013

TONIGHT: Gigantic Sequins 4.1 Release Party

TONIGHT! Gigantic Sequins is having the release party for their latest issue in PSG Gallery from 7-9pm! There will be snacks, drink, literature and art! Check out the Facebook event page for more info HERE

Weekend Recap

Thanks to everyone for a great weekend! 

It started off Thursday night, at the Young Professionals Preview at Inliquid, where we had a table set up to talk to people about PSG. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat with us!

Me at the Inliquid Benefit Young Professionals Preview
 Friday night was the real deal, the Inliquid Benefit v. 13! Gus, Jenny, Bevan and I got all spiffed up and had a great time. Congrats to everyone who bid on and won some great art! (I heard that my piece found a great home...thanks Ivan!)

Team PSG at Inliquid Benefit v. 13
On Saturday, I taught an Alginate class at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym.  
You guys did a great job! Thanks for coming!

Tim stirring the alginate

Me demolding my casting. Photo by Tim Canny

Sunday, Jenny taught 2 session of Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Gus taught TIG welding. Seemed liked everyone was having a great time!

Jenny and Paul in Oxy Acetylene Welding

Dan Rhodes

Then on Sunday night we headed over to present at Philly Stake. There were 8 amazing organizations, a wonderful dinner and a fabulous crowd. Everyone was so supportive and enthusiastic. Thanks guys!
Me presenting at Philly STAKE

This little guy made an appearance at Philly STAKE

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day! PSG loves you!

Just wanted to take a moment to let you all know how much I love you. 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Philly Stake

I'll be presenting for the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym at this Sunday's Philly Stake! If you want to come show your support, check out the info on how to buy tickets! Yay!
Tickets for this Sunday's Philly Stake are now available for sale online! Click the button below to purchase.

Only a very limited number of tickets will be available at the door on Sunday, so we highly recommend buying in advance. 
Philly Stake
Sunday, February 17, 5-8pm
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

Give the project proposals a read in advance on our website.

For more information on Philly Stake, check us out on Facebook or at

Monday, February 11, 2013

Week(end) Recap

Wow. A huge thanks to Ellen Scolnic, Roman Blazic and Chip Schwartz for the amazing articles about the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym last week. If you missed them, here they are:

Also a huge thanks to everyone who has donated to our Lucky Ant campaign so far!

We've had:

1929 Project Views
$1,635 In Donations
15 Pledgers: Marcelo Actis, Stephen Millner, Sherry Welsh, Sean & Suzanne O'Regan, Deborah Barkun, Debra Jackson, Elaine Chiang, Janet Welsh, Pat Austin, Adam Kaufman, Christopher Merz, Mary Ann Krutsick, Marie Kane-Millner, Laura Graham and Joshua Coombs

We have 9 days left to hit our $5,000 mark (and hopefully go beyond!!!) Just know that your support means the world to us and we most assuredly could not do it without your help!