Thursday, August 29, 2013

*Workshops* September/October


Welding 101
Instructor: Rea Walsh
Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12
Price: $325.00 (includes materials)
Details: This 4 week class covers Oxygen-Acetylene welding and cutting, MIG, TIG, Plasma Cutter, and various grinding and metal finishing techniques.  Students will learn all the processes and have the opportunity to create a small scale sculpture or functional craft. No previous experience necessary.

Welding 101
Instructor: Laura Conklin
Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm
9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 
Price: $325.00 (includes materials) 
Details: This 4 week class covers Oxygen-Acetylene welding and cutting, MIG, TIG, Plasma Cutter, and various grinding and metal finishing techniques.  Students will learn all the processes and have the opportunity to create a small scale sculpture or functional craft.  No previous experience necessary.


Blanket Molds 101
Instructor: Darla Jackson
Thursdays 6:30-9:30
10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24
Price: $150.00 + $35.00 materials fee due upon first class
Details: This four week long class is an introduction to rubber blanket molds. Students will learn how to create a rubber blanket mold and plaster mother mold on a small sculptureNo previous experience necessary.



Creative Brainstorming Techniques and Visual Problem Solving
Instructor: Kyle Keener
Saturday, September 21st
Price: $35.00
Details: For more than 30 years photographer / sculpture Kyle Keener has been a successful visual problem solver. Learn his techniques for creative idea generation to help bring your artistic vision to life.


Photographing Your Art with Kyle Keener from KeenerVision
Instructor: Kyle Keener
Sunday, September 22st
Price: $60.00
Details:Once you have made your art it is important to market it with the help of great photographs. For decades Kyle Keener has been a leading photojournalist specializing in studio lighting techniques. Bring your camera and a piece of your art with you and learn to see and photograph it in it's best possible light.


Animal Sculpture with Darla Jackson
Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm
9/12, 9/19
Price: $100.00 (includes materials)

Students will sculpt a small animal from life using clay. No previous experience necessary.


Printmaking & Stationary Design with Elizabeth McTear from SquidWhale Designs
Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th
Price: $35.00 for one day, $60.00 for both days
Details: Use simple carving tools to carve easy-cut linoleum blocks, creating your own stamps. Your original designs can be used to customize stationary or create art prints. In this class, you will learn to carve simple block stamps, and learn tips and tricks to print beautiful postcards and wrapping paper, which you can then use to correspond to loved ones, or gift to a friend.

One Day

Two Days


We always offer One-On-One in the Weld and Metal Shop. 
$40.00 Per Hour

Questions?  What to speak with the instructor of a class? Want to Sign up for a one-on-one? Want more info on the facility, membership options, space rentals, events, and/or take a tour? 

Contact Programs Manager Jenny Welsh 
Phone: (215) 870-1081 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gigantic Sequins and Philadelphia Sculpture Gym present: Impossible Books

IMPOSSIBLE BOOKS : a collaboration between visual artists & writers

This exhibition will explore the relationship between sculpture and physical printed matter by inviting writers and sculptors to collaborate on building—and writing elements of—an impossible book.

Visual artists and writers can enter ideas separately to be paired together or as a team.


WRITER: Please submit 2-3 poems or up to 1000 words of prose plus a paragraph of why you would like to be a part of this project and what you would be looking for in a visual artist collaborator. OR submit a 1-2 page proposal of your IMPOSSIBLE BOOK idea and what you would be looking for in a visual artist collaborator. 
VISUAL ARTIST: Please submit 2-3 sketches for an idea, proposed materials, installation requirements, and a brief explanation of what you would be looking for in a writer collaborator. OR submit 2-3 examples of previous work plus a paragraph of why you would like to be a part of this project and what you would be looking for in a writer collaborator. 

  • A book of poetic dreams written in the sky as a series of linked constellations.
  • Too dreamy? How about a memoir written on a large cube that tells a variety of different stories depending on the path the reader takes.* 
  • Or a novel composed of "hinged doors and locked drawers... layered into" the book's structure as well as its narrative.**
  • Or anything you can come up with that would merge literature and sculpture in a new and interesting way.  


All work must be original and ready to hang.

 If you do not live in the area, artist must pay for shipping fees to and from the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. Writers should be available for collaboration with an artist in-person or state how they will be able to stay in touch with the artist they are paired with within their entry. Writers should be available to attend the reading scheduled for opening night.

Entry Fee

Free entry, but donations for exhibition, opening night, and promotions are encouraged. Donate here.


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.

†Money for sold pieces will go to the visual artist to be distributed between artist & writer on their own terms.


Submission due date: November 1st, 2013
Artist/Writer selection and/or pairing: November 15th, 2013
Artwork drop-off/Installation: February 1st-2nd, 2014
Opening reception and reading: February 7th, 2014 6-9 pm

Exhibition closes: February 28th, 2014
De-installation: March 1st, 2014

Donation Information:

Donations towards this project may be made online through this Paypal link or via check made out to ‘Philadelphia Sculpture Gym LLC’ mailed to: 

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Attn: Impossible Books 

1834 E. Frankford Avenue 

Philadelphia, PA 19125


VISUAL ARTISTS: Contact PSG Gallery Manager Steven Earl Weber via

WRITERS: Contact GS Editor in Chief Kimberly Ann Southwick via

*IDEA via Craig Dworkin's "The Cube" p. 13 via THE OFFICIAL CATALOG OF THE LIBRARY OF POTENTIAL LITERATURE edited by Ben Segal and Erinrose Mager 

**IDEA via Adam Robinson's "Superstructure!" p. 66 via THE OFFICIAL CATALOG OF THE LIBRARY OF POTENTIAL LITERATURE edited by Ben Segal and Erinrose Mager 

To apply, go here on September 1st:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Field Trip to Fazzio's

FIELD TRIP TO FAZIO'S METALS -- For decades Joseph Fazzio's Metals Inc. has been a trusted supply house for sculptors and industry in the Delaware Valley. On Saturday, August 31st PSG will sponsor a field trip to the 23-acre site in Glassboro, NJ, to shop their amazing selection of steel and industrial surplus materials. Anyone involved in the visual arts will find their well organized warehouses a feast for the eyes. PSG founder Darla Jackson and charter member Kyle Keener will lead a quick tour before you will be on your own to explore and shop till you drop. If you are interested please notify Darla ASAP at or Kyle at Call Kyle with questions #215-990-0692. If we get enough reservations, our hope is to rent a van and make this an old school field trip. We will all split the cost of the van rental. We will be leaving the PSG promptly at 8 am and shop for several hours.

This Sunday - Art Talk and Mimosas with Jedediah Morfit

art talk & mimosas 

Find art-speak hard to swallow? Wash it down with mimosas!

Join us this Sunday at 12:30pm at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym for mimosas and an art talk. Jed Morfit will be speaking about his work, which is currently on exhibit in our gallery. 

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What we're up to...

Seren is painting signs for the studios...

Bevan's going cray cray on the grinder

Steven is making a mess...

I mean a sign...

I'm recycling clay...

Kyle is making one fancy lamp...

Lucy is slowly becoming a clay recycling expert...

And I'm just painting birdies...
A big thanks to J. Kyle Keener for keeping up on taking photos! We've all been crazy busy here and are having a good time making stuff, which is the whole point of this place, right? Right!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Jenny!!!

Happy birthday to one of the most badass ladies I know! Jenny, you are super amazing and PSG would not be what it is without you! We love you!!!!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Apply now

Liz Afif Gallery
53 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Juried Exhibition
DEADLINE:  Saturday, August 24, 2013 
Exhibition Dates: September 6 – September 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 2013
About the Theme:
DEVOTION: This exhibition is about the idea of art as an act of devotion and looking at art can help create a sense of devotion in the viewer.  The theme is open to interpretation, but some ways devotion can be shown in art is through a process that is repetitive or meditative, through devotion to complicated, arduous process, ruthless self-examination or devotion to creating a feeling of peace and spiritual balance.
Entry Requirements for this Exhibition:
For this exhibition all media will be considered.  Art for this exhibition must not be larger than 48” in any dimension.  If art weighs more than 50 lbs please specify.  
Selection Process: 
Art will be reviewed by Gallery Owners: Liz Afif-Fisher and James Fisher.  Artists will be notified if they have been accepted on or by Monday, August 26, 2013
People’s Choice Award: The People’s Choice Award will be chosen by attendees at the opening reception by secret ballot. 
Entry Fee:  $35 for 1 – 4 entries ($5 each additional entry) email entries will be billed by paypal or may be paid for on the Devotion page.  Postal and Hand Delivered entries may be paid for by check or paypal if specified.  Please make checks payable to LIZ AFIF.
Submission Format: Art will be juried by jpgs. Each image must be no larger than 5 MB. The recommended size is 10” in the longest dimension 300dpi.   Minimum file size is 500kb. Please save your jpgs as your name (first and last) followed by the entry number.  For example: “sandrobotticelli1.jpg”
Please use “Devotion” and your last name as the subject of your email. For example: “Devotion Botticelli”
Please email submissions to
Or you may hand deliver or mail your entries to
For mailed and hand delivered entries you may use a CD/DVD or color photographs
Drop off of Accepted work:  Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 12 – 5pm
Shipping:   Art must be received by September 3, 2013. Prepaid return shipping label must be provided.
Pick up of unsold work:  Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 12 – 5pm.

Square Inch Gallery a small works- member's wall $50/month-- 
Application fee to Devotion will be applied to future dues if you are accepted as a member of Square Inch.  
Juried show fee waived for all Juried shows during length of membership.

Apply Now


Visual Artist Fellowship

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) is proud to announce the application for its Visual Artist Fellowship is now open. Please review the revised guidelines below.

Please note each application is reviewed carefully and all applicants are also eligible for exhibition, sales, teaching and other opportunities through CFEVA. All professional visual artists are encouraged to apply before November 15, 2013.

The Visual Artist Fellowship is designed to help artists within 100 miles of Philadelphia reach new levels in their artistic and professional practice. Artists will be asked to demonstrate a vision for the next level of their professional or artistic practice and a clear plan for CFEVA’s proposed role in reaching it. Artists will be selected based on the merit of their artwork, demonstrated ability to reach stated goals, their vision for the next level in their career, and the ability of CFEVA to help get them there.

Three artists will be selected receive a full range of career support over the two-year Fellowship to ensure the successful realization of a career goal, artistic outcome, or related project as defined in the application. In addition, selected artists will receive a $1000 award and up to $3000 to cover expenses related to the proposed activity.

We invite all artists to apply with their current needs and ideas regardless of their status of emerging, mid career or established.

For full program details and the electronic application, please visit the CFEVA website

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Final application deadline is November 15, 2013.
For more information or questions, contact Genevieve Coutroubis at


APPLY NOW: LandLab Residency

As a collaboration between The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), The Landlab series invites professional artists to create projects which operate on the multiple platforms of artistic creation, ecological restoration and education. Specifically, four paid residencies of $3,000 each, taking place from April – October 2014, will grant selected artists resources and space on SCEE’s 340-acre property to engage audiences in the processes of ecological stewardship, scientific investigation, and artistic creation. Our residency provides large outdoor spaces and limited indoor workspace, but does not provide living spaces. Artists will be expected to provide their own housing. Having a vehicle is recommended.

LandLab projects will result in innovative, art-based installations that prevent or remediate environmental damage conditions while raising public awareness about our local ecology.

LandLab seeks artists engaged in environmental exploration and discovery, who work well collaboratively across disciplines, have a working understanding and/or awareness of the ecology of Eastern Pennsylvania region, and are committed to deepening public awareness of environmental issues through their artistic practice. LandLab projects will prioritize time spent on site and a process of investigation.

The Schuylkill Center creates connections between people and nature by using our forests and fields as a living laboratory. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists provides career development services for professional visual artists, helps artists reach their audiences, and promotes interest in and understanding of the visual arts among citizens of the Philadelphia region. Together and through this first program of its kind in Philadelphia, we invite all professional visual artists who fit these criteria and are able to work on-site at SCEE for the summer of 2014 to apply before October 15, 2013.

For further information visit the SCEE website 


Apply now

Call for Artists - Works in Wood
Works in Wood
NHArts showcase for
functional and sculptural works
New Hope Arts
2 Stockton Ave.
New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mural Arts at PSG

In case you guys haven't seen it yet, Mural Arts has been working on a mural at PSG for the last month. They did the dedication on Friday and the whole thing came out wonderfully. Artists Michael Konrad and Brad Carney and their team of student artists really were amazing to work with. Come by and check it out. Big thanks to Roman Blazic for these photos.

Oh hello...

Hey guys! Sorry for the silence here on the blog. Things have been crazy busy but crazy good over here! Here are some photos by the fabulous J. Kyle Keener of what everyone has been up to:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Early Bird" Grant available for Figment Philadelphia Projects!

 Check of the below info on the Early Bird grant being offered to artists participating in Figment Philadelphia!!!!
 "Live!" by Asha
Ganpat, photo by Anthony Collins
"Live! by Asha Ganpat at FIGMENT NYC (c) 2012 Anthony Collins

"Early Bird" Grant
You know how you always sweat out applications until the last minute? Well don't. If you SUBMIT A PROJECT to FIGMENT Phila before August 6, you'll automatically be eligible to win one of three $100 grants.  All because you're on top of your stuff.
Pass it on. 

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FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. FIGMENT’s free annual participatory arts event began in New York City in 2007 and has expanded to include events in nine cities around the world. In New York, FIGMENT hosts an annual summer-long exhibition on Governors Island that includes an interactive sculpture garden, an artist-designed minigolf course, a treehouse, and an architectural pavilion co-presented with ENYA and SEAoNY.

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. 
FIGMENT NYC is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. FIGMENT Boston is produced with support from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the designated stewards of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and site of FIGMENT Boston. FIGMENT Jackson is produced with support from the Greater Jackson Arts Council.   FIGMENT Geelong is produced in partnership witDiversitat, our local auspice agency, and is supported by City of Greater Geelong through its Community Festivals Grant Program.