Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Kimberly Brandt -- Everything is Possible

Hi Alex,

Sorry I haven't been in touch. I got really mad about that email you sent me a while back, and I didn't really feel like talking about it. But now I do. I know it's been almost two years since I ended the relationship we had in my head, but it took about that long to make some sense of things. And thanks for asking - I did get into Tyler, and things have been good. In fact, I'm finishing my MFA soon, and I wanted to invite you to my show. I'm having two of them - one is the show we talked about making before I arrived, and the other is the show I'm making now that I've been here. It'd be great if you could come to the reception. It will be a huge party and everyone is planning to be there. And I'd really like for you to come and dance with me.


Everything is Possible

by Kimberly Brandt

Temple Gallery
259 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery Hours: 11am-6pm

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Wednesday - Saturday March 26-29 2008
Daily Performances: 5pm
Reception: Saturday March 29 6-9pm
Additional Performance: Saturday @ 7pm

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tyler MFAers at the PMA

In cooperation with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is pleased to present:

“Emerging to Established: Twenty-five Years of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists”


April 5 – July 6, 2008


The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Director’s Gallery, Ground Floor
26th Street
and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
, PA 19130

Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday evenings: until 8:45 pm
Closed Mondays

To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents this varied and accomplished selection of works on paper by twenty-five artists affiliated with the program over the years as Fellows, fellowship alumnae, or Advisory Committee members. One of CFEVA’s core activities is selecting its Fellows, a group of ten to thirteen of the city's most promising artists who are chosen by the Board of Artistic Advisors and invited to join the Career Development Program for a two-year period. These artists consistently have gone on to distinguish themselves -- locally, nationally, and internationally – and many are now leading figures in this city’s cultural life.
The mission of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists™ (CFEVA™) is to coordinate a stronger regional support system for visual artists, to advance the careers of the many deserving artists in the region, to promote relationships between artists and the communities in which they live, and to increase access to visual art for everyone.

Katie Baldwin, Will Barnet, Rita Bernstein, Donald E. Camp, Anne Canfield, Andrea Cote, Vincent Desiderio, Elaine Erne, Vincent D. Feldman, Judy Gelles, **Christopher Hartshorne**, John Karpinski, Serge J-F. Levy, Kate Moran, Matthew Neff, Serena Perrone, Hiro Sakaguchi, Laurence Salzmann, Amy Stevens, Jeffrey Stockbridge, Ron Tarver, Judith Taylor, Lee Wilkinson, Douglas Takeshi Wolfe, Charlotte Yudis

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mayumi Nagayama -- Love Song

Mayumi Nagayama
Love Song

Tyler School of Art
MFA Thesis Exhibition
March 19-22, 2008

Reception: Friday, March 21, 6-8pm

Temple Gallery
259 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Wed-Sat 11am - 6pm

Image: Dancing Roses, acrylic on canvas, 5' x 6' 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Louise Radochonski - MFA Exhibition

Louise Radochonski

MFA Thesis Exhibition: March 18th -22nd

Opening Reception:
Tues, March 18th 6-8pm.

Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art
7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027


Image: Greenware Project, 2007, 86"h x 32"w x 33"d, earthenware, wood and paper

Monday, March 17, 2008

A show opportunity for 1st year MFAs!

The first year painters got an e-mail sent to us about an upcoming show at Rebekah Templeton Gallery. The show is a survey of what first year MFAs in the Philadelphia area are up to, and will be up during May. The show is curated By Todd Keyser, who previously spent three years curating at Seraphin Gallery.

I e-mailed him to find out about it, and it is not just open to painters! It's all media, so everyone can submit work. According to Keyser, "The theme is really just a kind of general survey of what Philadelphia MFA's are up to. So I am looking for artists who are exploring what ever they are working on towards their thesis work. As for the size of the work, nothing over 60 inches, only because the space is small and we want each artists individual works to be able to breath."

Work should be submitted by the end of March, e-mail your statement and j pegs directly to the curator at
tgkeyser (at)

More exposure for you, if you want it!

***update: information via questions, "We are open to wall, floor, and video. We strongly encourage as much experimentation as possible." Mike Treffehn who asked about this mentions, "If anyone else is going to sumbit vieo, he said we could just upload it to a (or some other similar file-hosting site) and send the link to

Sunday, March 16, 2008

First MFA Opening!

18. March. 2008
6-8 p.m.
Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art

Studio Visit: Mike Treffehn

Ok ladies and gentlemen, another studio visit, its been a while, people are getting busy/very stressed and so studio visits will much more infrequent than they have been. Last day of spring break today, that means non stop MFA thesis shows and lots of art to make. So Mike is a first year sculpture guy, most widely recognized by his bright clothing among us drab art kids. He is always wearing florescent colors and very nice hats. So here comes Mike...

What are you working on?

I just finished a big set-ish installation in my studio that I was working on for a lot time -- thinking about, and then finally building. Drywall is hard, especially if you've a) never done it and b) got zilch for time. Right now I'm in sort of an in-between stage, thinking about what direction to go in next, and trying to plan ahead, too.

What are you excited about right now?

Things being boring. I've been really into it as an idea for a long time, but it's really resurfaced with a vengeance as of late. I mean unboring boring, not real boring. Basically, I've been listening to a lot of really minimal techno, and also a lot of funk (specifically Ricardo Villalobos for the former and James Brown for the latter). I'm really into the idea of something being really repetitive and unchanging with slight modal changes that end up making it really interesting and worthwhile. Like how James Brown can have a song that's ten minutes long and only has two chords. The tough part is now trying to figure out how to translate that to a physical/visual practice.

Favorite Vegetable?

It's tough, because I'm vegan so I've got a lot, but I'd have to say that it's tough to beat a really, really good fresh bell pepper -- there's just something so tremendously gratifying about biting into one.

Set, featuring Mike and Jenna:
Sound dictionary with participants Jess Perlitz and Dan Bruce:

Video Still:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

VCU in Philadelphia

The Tyler School of Art is proud to present the exhibition which completes an exchange between the Sculpture and Craft Departments of the graduate programs at Tyler School of Art and Virginia Commonwealth University.

"Gray Area Stake Out," Schaffner's selection of VCU students' works, will be presented at the historic Crane Building, a former industrial complex that now houses gallery spaces and
artist's lofts.

The closing reception will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 6 – 9pm at the Crane Building:
1400 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-3803

Also, a 2d representation of VCU will be at Vox Populi:

319 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sunday, March 16th @ 3pm

Virginia Commonwealth University's up-and-coming graduate painting and printmaking program, currently ranked 10th in the nation, is home to fifteen diverse and innovative artists. Please join us for a brief presentation of their work, exploring, among other things: sexy bears, static, landscape distortion, obsessive and intimate sharing, the beauties of burnt sienna and the horrors of sky blue.

Tyler grad's work selected for silent auction

Dave Kube, a first year photo grad, will be displaying two works of art in a silent auction to benefit Philadelphia's William Way Community Center.

The William Way Community Center Art Auction: Friday, March 28, 2007, 7:30 PM at the William Way Community Center. Come one, come all for the Center’s second annual art auction! You’ll have the opportunity to bid on over 20 pieces of art including paintings, photography, and industrial design. This is a once-a-year opportunity to purchase art from some of our best known and up-and-coming artists while supporting the Center. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and can be purchased at or by calling 215-732-2220.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


So I ran across this listing on the College Art Association website. So far I have no time to do fun stuff like this but maybe over spring break, or maybe over summer. Nightmares can be really disturbing and a room full of 5 x 7 postcards depicting them would be crazy! Plus, its via mail, thats the clincher (for me at least).

Nightmare Postcards

Posted by: Maryville University
Deadline: 12/31/09

Call for Art: NIGHTMARES
Maryville University in St. Louis, MO, USA is accepting 5 x 7 postcards of your nightmares. We ask that all postcards be original art. Entries will be accepted ongoing and exhibited when we have acquired enough to fill the gallery. All submissions will become part of the Maryville University permanent art collection. There is no entry fee. Multiple submissions per artist will be accepted. If you supply us with an email address you will be notified of the exhibition. We ask that all Nightmare Postcards be hand signed, addressed by the artist and mailed to the gallery with a first class stamp. Spread the word....
Please send submissions to

Maryville University
Morton J. May Foundation Gallery
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

Questions email: