Sunday, August 31, 2008

C. Pazia Mannella - Inliquid

C. Pazia Mannella recent fibers grad and Tyler adjunct faculty is now a member of Inliquid Art & Design Network.

It has pictures of her artwork, from her thesis exhibition and all of her info. Its like she kind of has a website, only she is against websites.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Eric Miller

Eric is the Ceramics tech at Tyler and an '05 grad.

He just got a new website and wanted me to update his link in the alumni box on the side.

I figured I would share it with everyone too, its

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dont Forget! Picnic!

Don't Forget! Opening! August 26, 2008.

Crafts is having our opening for the second years' annual summer show, XXXXY, reception is from 2:30-3:30 in Tyler Hall Gallery.

It features *new* work from all of the second years in crafts:
Alex Adams, Elaine Quave, Erin M Riley, Kate Dowell, and Katie Miller.

I hope you can come early for some opening snacks, and some art before the big bonding picnic. Crafts first years get ready for the big critique on the first day of class, pay attention to the artwork, we want you to be able to say something interesting about it.

Then there is a 3:30 picnic for the first years and second years tomorrow, August 26th.
I hope everyone can make it and we can eat some food and meet new people.

Craftforms 2008

Craft Forms 2008
14th International Juried Exhibition, Dec. 5, 2008-Jan. 22, 2009.
$4,000 + cash awards.
Entry fee: CD/Slide $40/Online $30.

Deadline: Sept. 19, 2008.


@ Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Alida Barden

Alida Barden, second year sculpture grad, just got herself a website,

Go look at her work!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stoop is today!!

The Summer of Stoop…

When: Thursday, August 21, 6-9PM

Where: Tyler Campus, Penrose Rooms 304 and 306

Bring Food, Drink, and Art!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hello From the Deep MidWest!

Hey Tyler grads et. al.,

I hope you are all ready for the best semester of our lives. I just wanted to give you a taste of Big Sky country ( I know that is supposed to be Montana, but it's big in Kansas too)
Make the last semester at Tyler in Elkins Park a great one.

three new things

three random websites that have brought some traffic here, posting to return the favor I guess.

  1. The MFA Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture @ the University of the Arts - they have had a blog since June 26, 2005
  2. Kiriko or k m a c h i n e - an undergrad that was taking fibers courses at Tyler and now is enjoying life working a trade, she is a masseuse
  3. crabbeyslobber or Abbey Lee Sarver - or I'm on a Rampage, total rampage blog by an undergrad at Tyler, photo major I think.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


We already got our 15 and 45 credit hour time & date slots in our mailboxes. Ay yi yi yi. It is starting.

It helped me to figure out the names and majors of people. If I have anyone wrong, let me know.

NICHE awards

Entries Now Being Accepted for the 2009 NICHE Awards Competition.

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the annual NICHE Awards competition celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft.

Categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry, Home Furnishings, Judaica, Recycled, Teapots and many more. Two new categories have been added to the professional division for 2009: Art Quilts and Fashion Accessories.

Entries are now being accepted. Entry forms, program guidelines and other information on the NICHE Awards can be found by clicking on the links to the left.

Deadline for student entries is September 30, 2008.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Last Summer Stoop

The Summer of Stoop…

When: Thursday, August 21, 6-9PM

Where: Tyler Campus, Penrose Rooms 304 and 306

Bring Food, Drink, and Art!

As a continuation of the last Stoop conversation, we invite individuals to bring examples of their work, for a conversation about the artist and academia’s position in and responsibility to, the larger culture(literature, film, politics…)

The texts linked provide a historical example of a very particular extreme of such a relation between art and life as well as some contemporary reactions to that relation.

Some readings to guide the evening:


Three artist manifestos from the beginning of the Soviet experiment

Bogdanov, Tatlin, FwOC

Peter Scheldjahl Village Voice review of Rodchenko at MoMA


review from World Socialist Web of the same exhibition

For those unfamiliar with his work, a nice page of Rodchenko’s photography


A view from the other side of the rabbit hole:

NY Times obituary of Russian Novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Contact Mark Shetabi or Philip Glahn

See you soon!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles

On the Corner of Saint Denis and Rosemont, fifth floor.
So I went to Montreal's Centre for Contemporary Textiles for a week long class in Jacquard weaving. A type of weaving that uses the computer and programs like Photoshop and Pointcarrè to design a woven fabric, and be able to see it in full color before its even woven. The end result can be photo realistic using different weaving structures for shading, a result that I have been working towards with tapestry weaving but is much more efficiently woven on the Jacquard loom (pictured below, from the side and then from the weaver's perspective).

The Sewing room, industrial sewing machines, sergers, sewing forms, lots of light, and other amazing equipment. Knitting Room, complete with knitting machines that are connected to computers. Digital Embroidery machine. Floor looms, all shapes and sizes, AVL too. Table Looms
The class turned out to be an entirely computer based program, sitting at the computer from 9:30 to 16:30 Monday through Friday. It was tiring but the demo lasted the morning and by lunch and with all the editing time went by fast. They had weavers for us, students who now work for the center weaving our samples so that we werent bothered with that step. We all know how to weave, learning the software is the whole point of the class. Thankfully I use Photoshop frequently and also thankfully I didnt sit at one of the computers with french Photoshop installed and didnt have to deal with any translation or learning curves really at all.

The first day we had to work free hand and draw images that would be woven on a repeat. I made a car and a house, while everyone else made designs and pretty decorative patterns. I really like the mspaint look to these pictures and how they could look like a childs drawings but they arent woven in color (though they could be) and lose a lot of charm when woven in shades of grey, or brown which is the color I chose and below is it being woven on the loom, press play! We had the choice of a black warp or a white warp.
Then we learned the photograph part, which turned out to be fairly easy to do, though to do well and for it to be woven well is another story. Turn an image black and white, take the 250+ whites blacks and greys down to 13 shades. Then assign twills or satins (weave structures) to each shade, I did a few just as practice, this one was woven but only a cropping of it and doesnt look like much. The last day I left two pieces to be woven and sent to me, and drove off into the clouds and rainy upstate New York.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Hannah Dumes - Introspections: A Juried Self-Portrait Exhibition

Hannah Dumes, one of the second year printmakers is in an exhibition in New York. The opening is very soon.

Introspections: A Juried Self-Portrait Exhibition
Juror: Amy Mackie, Assistant Curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

August 16 - September 22, 2008
Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 16, 2008, 2-4pm

Mills Pond House Gallery
660 Route 25A St. James New York

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Many Mini Residency

My friend from undergrad, Stephanie Custance is currently doing a residency at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Friedrichshain, Berlin and recently just got through with a Mini Residency (4 hours) with Many Mini Residencies. Check out the residencies section, they had maximum a half a day to do whatever they wanted in a room. I am going to interview her after her residency is over but you can read her blog at

She sent me these pictures from a parade in Berlin called the Fuck Parade, which is a response to a parade called the Love Parade, they are taken by a Lebanese photographer/architect, Ayla whom she is rooming with in Berlin.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Unique Craft of Artist Books

August 13 – October 25

Paley Library, Mezzanine and First Floor, 1210 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia
Tyler School of Art Library, Penrose Hall, First Floor, 7725 Penrose Ave, Elkins Park


Inside Artist Books: the Collection of Paley and Tyler School of Art Libraries
Tuesday, October 7, 6 PM

Temple Gallery

Presented in collaboration with Volume Attempts: The Space of Books at Temple Gallery, The Unique Craft of Artist Books is an exhibition exploring the content, aesthetic, and craft of artist books from the collections of Paley and Tyler Libraries. Guest curators from local organizations Taller Puertorriqueño, the Mural Arts Program, Art Sanctuary and the Wagner Free Institute of Science were invited to select and curate groupings of artist books from the libraries’ holdings,many never before on view to the public.

Join us for a special intimate look at artist books from the collection of Paley and Tyler School of Art Libraries. Inside Artist Books is presented with Paley Library’s Curator of Special Collections, Tom Whitehead, and Andrea Goldstein, from Tyler School of Art Library.

Tyler Express

I will see you on the bus.

Who designed this thing (there would be a question mark here but I cant find it on the french keyboard I am typing on)

see: ° è à ç ù `all things I have no use for.

Maybe these buses will make Tyler students interact more with each other or grads with undergrads. Peut-être.

Or else we will just sleep on each other's shoulders to make the 8:30 classes.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Weaving is FUN! (seriously)

I am leaving today for my week long class in Jacquard weaving at Montreal's Center for Contemporary Textiles. When I come back I am going to show off all the awesome things I learned how to weave, and got to look at, but before then, I am going to give you a quick weaving tutorial so maybe you can understand what I learned.

To start, you have your basic frame loom, which is just like those loopy things you made potholders with. Only its a bit more sophisticated, but really only a small bit more.
I basically have built a very large scale frame loom (now 12ft wide and about 8ft tall) on the wall of my studio with nails and two by fours. Since its on the wall its more correctly called a wall loom, which is a dumbed down version of a vertical tapestry loom which is what William Kentridge's massive amazing tapestries were woven on, (the ones that were in the PMA recently). I'm very jealous of the setup they have and trying to make my wall loom a little more like that with the help of pulleys and such.
The mechanical loom is what most weavers learn on (here at Tyler I got lucky number 13), there are all sorts of variations to different makes and models but they all consist of the same basic principles. Warp going vertically needs to be threaded and kept tight and the weft is passed back and forth horizontally by the weaver, with like 30 steps leading to that simplicity but its a very basic machine, no electricity, no heat or gas coming from this thing. Just a whole lot of woodwork and metal parts and strings laying parallel to each other. Then there is the AVL loom, which is a much more expensive loom that is aided by computer technology, programming and that seems to have a lot of glitches (I do not see the perks in having these looms, only the negatives). It has a lot more options as far as decorative patterns go, say the mechanical loom can only give you 100 different patterns, the AVL could give you 1,000, but thats only cool if you are interested in making fancy patterned fabric and lots of it. The thing is hooked up to a computer and you press start, and it weaves, you still have to pass the weft back and forth though. Then! Finally!! There is the Jacquard Loom, it is a loom where the possibilities are endless, no longer are you working in a grid that is limited to simple or complex patterns (woven fabric is like pixels) . On the Jacquard Loom all of the warp is acting independently, therefore you can get photo realistic images as well as text (pictured) and various other effects. The weft is still passed by hand on most Jacquard looms that are used to make fine art and still called handwoven. Otherwise there are looms that have shuttles that pass back and forth mechanically and this is mainly used for industrial weaving. Some sweet looms that are in Philadelphia are the ones in Philadelphia Universities Textiles department, they have a ton of different looms including the AVL looms and Jacquard looms but they don't make art there, they produce textiles. Also, there is a wire store in Philadelphia, I forget the name but they have looms weaving wire mesh by themselves! Its a crazy thing to see a loom going by itself and producing a roll of wire mesh out the backside.

Pictures of Montreal's killer weaving/textiles setup when I get back. I hope you learned something. Visit my studio, I weave nonstop!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award

(stolen from Tyler's website! picture stolen from artblog's flickr, click the picture will bring you to more pics!)

Daniel Bruce, MFA 2008 Receives International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hamilton, New Jersey Daniel Bruce of Elkins Park, PA has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2008. Daniel is a MFA student of the Tyler School of Art Sculpture Program. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field.

It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program’s growing publicity resulted in a record number of participating institutions; including over 160 colleges and art school sculpture programs from six countries for a nominated total of 401 students. A distinguished panel made up of Mary Ceruti, Director of The Sculpture Center; Robert Roesch, Chair of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts; and Dennis Oppenheim, sculptor, selected twelve winners and nine honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted. The selection of the winners from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students’ work. The twelve award recipients will participate in the Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from October 11, 2008-April 26, 2009 in Hamilton, New Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters.

The artist’s work will be included in Grounds For Sculpture’s 2008 Fall/Winter Exhibitions Catalogue and featured in the October 2008 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC award winning website at:

Johannah Hutchison
Managing Director
International Sculpture Center
Publisher of Sculpture Magazine
P: 609-689-1054

Friday, August 8, 2008

Exhibition Grand Small Works Show, F.U.E.L. Collection

Deadline October 30, 2008:

The F.U.E.L. Collection -- housed in a neoclassical building that was the former home of the Seamen’s Church Institute & the location of MTV’s Real World Philadelphia -- invites artists working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, or collage to submit works no larger than 20 x 20 inches for the Grand Small Works Show, taking place in December 2008.

For this exhibition, F.U.E.L. will attempt to fit 1,000 small works in one show, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local charities. Entry is by digital images. To apply, submit jpgs along with first and last name, e-mail, web site (if applicable), phone, location, titles of work/s, medium, and price range to

Entries will be reviewed by the curatorial team and selected artists will be notified via email or phone.

Apply to this! Its free and they need 1,000 pieces, so there is a good chance you might get in if your art doesnt suck.

Artist/Teacher Institute: Summer 2008 Exhibition

Ceramics Grad Kate Dowell has been interning with a New Jersey organization called Arts Horizon. They have an exhibition in New York for the works produced during the workshops at Arts Horizon and she has work in the exhibitionl!

RECEPTION: Saturday, August 9th, 12-2pm!

Back of the Postcard: For over three decades, New Jersey’s Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi) has welcomed classroom teachers, arts teachers, administrators, student teachers and artists to be immersed in a variety of art forms including book arts, creative movement, music, printmaking, storytelling, theater, visual arts and writing. Led by professional arts instructors, aTi participants break through barriers to creative teaching and learning and connect with a community of peers emerging refreshed, renewed, energized and inspired.

This exhibition, held at the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, displays visual art work created by aTi participants during the summer 2008 at William Paterson University and Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey.

Exhibition organized by:
Jenifer Simon, Director
The Artist/Teacher Institute
Clayton Evans, Director
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center

The mission of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center (LNAC) is to strengthen the community through the arts. Envisioned as a vital cultural resource for youth and families in the Harlem area, the LNAC provides quality visual arts experiences and connects participants to career paths of various arts disciplines and genres. aTi is a co-sponsored program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Horizons. Additional funding has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The LNAC is made possible by a generous donation from the Neiman Foundation.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Free Pinhole Camera Templates

So, I came across this link on the Yo Darkroom website, and free is where its at. Basically its a pdf template that you print out on good quality paper, glue together and then use.

Follow this link and choose from 4 options to download and make pictures with.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Andrea Pippins Webisodes

Andrea Pippins, aka Fly girl,, is clearly one of the cutest grads of the 2009 bunch. She has her own YouTube channel where you can watch Webisodes and follow her and her friend along to a bunch of cool Philadelphia events and boutiques.

What is more fun than shopping? We cash poor fine artists can live vicariously through the graphic designers who will actually be getting jobs, if not already having jobs with their MFA, and having money to spend! I mean that in the least bitter way possible, I adore my graphic designer friends and their great paying jobs. I wish success on everyone!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tamsen Wojtanowski - Sylvia White Gallery

Tamsen Wojtanowski a recent photography grad currently has her work in a group exhibition at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA.

Located at
1783 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Image: Racing Car, color photograph by Tamsen Wojtanowski, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Charlotte V Rodenberg: Art as Catalyst

Many of us see Charlotte around school, working incessantly with her reclaimed materials and making it all into something beautiful. I asked her why she makes her artwork, why else other than survival. Stoöp has been reminding me that not everyone thinks of themselves in the greater picture of the world, as an artist or even as a person. Charlotte seems to be very aware of herself and the society around her. She is committed to eating beans to practice her art, hopefully one day she will get a break and get herself something else to eat but for now she is making sacrifices to be here, like we all hopefully are. Are you committed to something and want to share? Why do you make your art? Comment!

Why does she make her art? She replied with something short in the email and attached a longer artists statement.
I feel it is important for artists to address today’s society’s ills and ask questions of ourselves and others in order to create social awareness and change. Art has the unique ability to do so. By creating a visually seductive work, the viewer can become involved in the piece long enough to question its purpose and motive. My goal is to make work, which engages the viewer on a deeper emotional level and creates critical dialog and response.

Art as Catalyst:
I strongly believe that art can be a catalyst for social change and awareness. As an artist, I feel it is my responsibility to ask questions of the viewer and myself. With common refuse or detritus as my medium of choice, I am able to speak on topics such as consumerism and today’s waste society. “The overwhelming alienation and depersonalization of our contemporary inner cities is insistently personalized through the work’s adamant handmade quality, indicating how the ubiquitous discarded and decrepit objects which populate this landscape are perpetually available for psychological engagement as loci of personal or cultural memory.”[i]

I have used such discarded and salvaged materials to build my most recent body of work on the theme of global warming. The mascot I have chosen for this cause is the polar bear, which recently was put on the endangered species list as the first species to be endangered due to global warming.

The first of these sculptures “Get out of here Polar Bear, we don’t like your kind around here, Polar Bear!” consists of a six foot polar bear made of salvaged paper and wire placed in juxtaposition with a looped stop animation film. The center point of this film is a handmade fire hydrant installed on a sidewalk. The hydrant is spewing plastic bags, bubble wrap and other miscellaneous plastics -- representing water -- as well as handmade painted cardboard cans. The combination of the video projection and sculpture represent the cause and effect. The abuse of natural resources such as over consumption of water and the lack of recycling materials aid global warming which is rapidly decreasing the numbers of polar bears who rely on artic ice for mating. The polar bear stands facing the display of wastefulness. His stance is erect in a curious and slightly pitiful manner. His fists pulled in close to his body seem almost defensive. His is a passive bystander and the indirect victim of our consumer waste society.

Another polar bear sculpture “Boo!” consists of a Polar Bear covered in plastic sheeting. The sheeting is a reference to the species imminent extinction unless something drastic is done to stop global warming. By covering the sculpture I both reference antiques covered with cloth to preserve their memories and the use of white sheets by children to dress as ghosts both alluding to the plight of the polar bear and its impending extinction. Much like a ghosts haunting, it is both a warning to the living and a plea for help.

In these works and future works, my goal is to create awareness or reaction to social and environmental issues. In correlation with my belief in art’s power as a social catalyst, I am currently researching the works of Joseph Beuys, Gran Fury, the Guerilla Girls and Peter Schumann, all of who have achieved such an effect through their work.

[i] Quote by.Karen Kurczynski in essay titled ”Reconfigurations: Painting as Drawing” concerning Charlotte Rodenberg’s piece titled “This is my Playground” on TwoFold exhibition at Mass Art

Sunday, August 3, 2008

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

moving to nyc or looking for a job? NYFA is a great resource, mostly nyc jobs but the occasional other location too.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Openings tonight, First Friday.

Opening Reception, TONIGHT!

7-9 pm

The address is:
7133 Germantown Avenue
Mt. Airy, Philly, PA 19119

Phone: 215.248.1718

There will probably be vegan treats! But you will probably be at old city first Fridays, I don't blame you!

Also tonight @ space 1026.....

One Long Funeral Song

Featuring collaborative works by Monica Canilao and Kyle Ranson.

Friday, August 1, 8 pm
1026 Arch St. Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Space 1026 is pleased to present a collaborative installation by San Francisco Bay area artists, Monica Canilao and Kyle Ranson.

This body of work/instalation is the culmination of a longtime friendship and shared vision of Canilao and Ranson.

The artists sum up the idea of the show this way:
"One Long Funeral Song" addresses the clashes and minglings of two magicks. the black, vampiric conjurings of colonialism and the nature magic of indigenous, poor and creative peoples... the contrast between secret societies and open-armed, cooperitive communities. Monica Canilao and Kyle Ranson build a world around the hope that perhaps a third and beautiful magick could be born from this long and bloodied struggle.

Tyler MFA Sculptor Andrea Biblioni Awarded Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant

All of this is stolen from the Tyler website! Just reposting here to congratulate!

Descend, installation with Styrofoam, 38 x 14 x 8 ft, 2008. Night view. This installation of steps was created for an empty pool in the Lighthouse Community Center. The pool is 70 feet long. It's greatest depth is 8 ft, and its shallowest is 3 ft. The Styrofoam is weighted to the bottom of the pool with an internal structure of wood, bricks, and sandbags. Photo by Armando Morales.

The Tree House that God Never Built, 8’ x 6’ x 8’4”, mixed media installation, 2006. This small room was erected inside of a larger space of about 10 x 14 ft. The viewer enters through a door. A real tree limb was bolted to the floor in this installation. Cylindrical pieces of glass were inserted into the ceiling and light was directed through them to create the impression of starlight. Photo by Armando Morales

The Annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters & sculptors in furthering their artistic careers and to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation.
Each recipient will receive an MFA Grant in the amount of $15,000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 133 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.

Last year, Two Tyler students were the recipients of this award:
Natasha Bowdoin, MFA Painting and Asuka Goto, MFA, Sculpture

hang in there

we should get this shirt on the day of orientation.

or maybe when we are born. ;)