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Jazz

All That’s Jazz, Art in City HallArnold Brown, Bird’s Song; Toni Kersey, Gospel to Blues (Bessie Smith); Steven Mogck, John Coltrane: and Alan Ginsberg, Java Jive.

All That’s Jazz, Philadelphia City Hall Art Exhibit Celebrates Jazz

Philadelphia, PA Art in City Hall, a program of the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents All That’s Jazz in celebration of April as Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month. Works in the exhibit were selected by Richard J. Watson, an artist and member of the Art in City Hall Exhibitions Advisory Committee. A call-for-artists was sent out to the Philadelphia region, seeking works inspired, motivated, and or influenced by the idiom of jazz music in all its permutations. Works were to reflect the essence of the spirit of the jazz idiom, extending well into the depths of imaginative interpretation. An opening reception is scheduled for April 8th, 5-7 pm in the Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116.

Curator Richard J. Watson, an artist and musician sees the power in jazz:

“There is something about jazz that is as indescribable as it is beautiful. It is a most powerful driving force that has inspired a multitude of visual artists to embrace, absorb and transform sound into substance as they too create visions from within.”

Watson selected 60 artists whose works reflect his vision. The exhibit includes photographs capturing various Philadelphia jazz legends, works on paper, fiber, wood and found object sculpture, abstract paintings inspired by the jazz genre and more.

As Philadelphia celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month, visual artists from the region show how the music affects their work. Here is the list of participating artists:

Marlene Adler, Anne Andrei, Steven Berry. Rachel Bliss, Tanya Bracey, Chris Brizzard, Arnold Brown, Martha Bush, Constance Culpepper, Donna Douglass, Donna Dvorak, Eileen Eckstein, Melissa Gilstrap, Alan Ginsberg, Verna Hart, Reggie Jackson, Leroy Johnson, Cavin Jones, Toni Kersey, Marilyn Lavins, Betty Leacraft, Jesse Lentz, Amir Lyles, Claire Marcus, Dindga Mccannon-Mitchell, Dell Meriwether, Christiane Meunier, John Meza, Gina Michaels, Arlene Milgram, Betsy Miraglia, Jeannie Moberly, Steven Mogck, Michael Nathan, Sarah Nathan, Jeleata Nicole, Arthur Ostroff, Bernice Paul, Sibylle Pfaffenbichler, Ellen Priest, Jerry Puryear, Frank Root, Jack Rosenberg, Kathleen Shaver, Deborah Shedrick, Sonia Sherrod, Phyllis Sims, Paul Somerville, Leslie Sudock, Melissa Teasley, Vita Tew, Dane Tilghman, Jaither West, Michael Wiley, Sandra Williams

All That’s Jazz is located in the Art in City Hall on the first floor, and continues in display cases on the 2nd & 4th Floors, NE corner. The exhibit runs through May 29th.

About Art In City Hall:

Art in City Hall presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by professional and emerging artists from the Philadelphia region. Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects, this municipal program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations. The program strives to link visual artists with the larger community by providing the public with a greater knowledge and appreciation of their artistic achievements. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/artincityhall.

About Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy:

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit: www.creativephl.org,  and on Twitter @creativephl.

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month:

With live performances, art exhibitions, discussion panels, and films showcasing the power of jazz in different shapes and forms, Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, during the month of April, reflects on the jazz heritage of the city, along with the vibrant jazz scene that persists to this day. Creative Philadelphia – the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is proud to lead the City of Philadelphia in the celebration of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month. Creative Philadelphia has partnered with over 20 arts and culture organizations and groups to promote more than 40 jazz events throughout the city during the month. Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month partners include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Center City Jazz Festival, and Ars Nova Workshop.

All That’s Jazz, Art in City Hall

All That’s Jazz, Philadelphia City Hall Art Exhibit Celebrates Jazz

An opening reception is scheduled for April 8th, 5-7 pm in the Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116

About Art In City Hall:

Art In City Hall presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by professional and emerging artists from the Philadelphia region.  Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects, this municipal program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations.  The program strives to link visual artists with the larger community by providing the public with a greater knowledge and appreciation of their artistic achievements.  For more information, visit:www.facebook.com/artincityhall.

About Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy:

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit:www.creativephl.orgwww.facebook.com/creativephl and on Twitter @creativephl.

Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, 116 City Hall, Philadelphia PA 19107 215.686.8446 (Office) | 215.686.9912 (Direct) www.creativephl.org  www.facebook.com/artincityhall

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Without the Wall

Without the Wall, Art in City Hall WITHOUT THE WALL

Presented by Art In City Hall, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy In partnership with An Open Window, a nonprofit project partner of the Center for Transformative Action affiliated with Cornell University.

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia’s Art In City Hall program – part of the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Without the Wall, an art installation curated by Treacy Ziegler. The exhibit runs from June 25th – August 22nd, City Hall 2nd Floor, NE corner near the offices of the Mayor.

Without the Wall is an anonymous presentation of approximately 55 incarcerated and non-incarcerated artists, many of whom are from the Philadelphia region. The installation asks the viewer to experience the art without knowing whether the art is created by prison inmates or professional artists on the outside. The artists were asked to create a work of art in the format of a 6-inch circle. Each piece is framed in a black square and suspended from the ceiling. Because the work is suspended from the ceiling, both sides of the black squares are visible. The backs of the squares are covered with artwork and letters that are sent to Ziegler from prisoners who participate in her through-the-mail curriculum that she has established with 2300 prisoners throughout the United States in her project, An Open Window.

In Treacy Ziegler’s installation of anonymous works, she poses a valuable question: “Can the viewer look at the art purely on the aesthetic experience or will the fact that some paintings by incarcerated artists be a focus on how the work is viewed?”

Her intention isn’t to use art as a form of therapy or rehab for prisoners. It’s about the art itself and whether as viewer’s we can experience art without filters or preconceived notions about the work based on the people who’ve created it.

Treacy Ziegler’s curatorial play further blurs the line between professional and self-taught art,” says Helen Haynes, the City’s new Chief Cultural Officer. “But what she’s also doing in her comparisons, whether it’s her intention or not, is to allow us to recognize through the prism of art – within the darkest ofsettings such as a prison – there can be an uplifting display of human potential.”

Without the Wall is part of An Open Window, a project partner of the Center for Transformative Action affiliated with Cornell University. The mission of the project is implemented through both exhibiting outside professional artwork in prisons and through conducting workshops with inmates.

Treacy Ziegler is an exhibiting artist and over the past 20 years has had about 30 exhibitions in major galleries in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Alexandria, VA. and Corning, NY. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to attending art school, Treacy received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. At that time, she worked as a family therapist and social worker primarily in the housing projects of Philadelphia. In An Open Window project she brings both her skills and vision as a working artist with her social work experience to develop a complex understanding of both art and the viewer’s relationship to that art.

Art In City Hall presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by emerging and professional visual artists from the Philadelphia region. Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects, this municipal program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations. The program strives to link visual artists with the larger community by providing the public with a greater knowledge and appreciation of their artistic achievements. The exhibitions at City Hall are supported by an independent Exhibitions Advisory Committee made up of local arts professionals.

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit: www.creativephl.org,

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Outer Limits

Outer Limits, Art in City Hall

Art by Art Centers Bordering Philly Comes to City Hall

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia’s Art In City Hall program – part of the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) – opens its summer juried exhibit by artists from art centers bordering Philadelphia’s. The exhibit runs from June 25 – August 29th, and is located in the Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116. An artist reception is scheduled for June 25, from 5-7 pm.

Outer Limits: Art Beyond Philly’s Borders paints a broad picture of the arts in the region, aiming to bridge a stronger connection to artists and community art centers that contribute to the cultural vitality of the Greater Philadelphia – South Jersey region. The exhibit features 29 works by 23 artists, including paintings in traditional and mixed media, photography, prints and ceramic. Over 200 works were reviewed.

Helen Haynes, Philadelphia’s new Chief Cultural Officer acknowledges the artistic strength of the region:

“We are thrilled to host this exhibit of our outstanding artists from the Philadelphia Metropolitan area representing the five-county region and South Jersey. We are all tied together through the creativity that enriches our environment, and speaks to our aspirations for vital and dynamic communities.”

The 23 participating artists are:

Nancy Alter, John Benigno, Jane E. Cary, Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes, Suzanne Comer, Constance Culpepper, Laura Ducceschi, Terri Fridkin, Ellen Grenell, Brenda Howell, Amy Kazakidis, Nancy Kress, Deborah Leavy, Veena Loftus, Karen Hunter-McLaughlin, Kim Mehler, Kay Moon, Val Rossman, Jane Rovins, Rashidah Salam, Norman Soong, Helge Speth and Nury Vicens-Rosenbusch.

The works were selected by four members of the Art In City Hall Exhibitions Advisory Committee:

  • Eiko Fan, Artist/Teaching Artist
  • Greta Greenberger, Director of City Hall Tours
  • Mary Salvante, Gallery Program Director at Rowan University
  • John Vick, Project Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Submissions were received by artists from Main Line Art Center, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Perkins Center for the Arts, Community Arts Center (at Wallingford), Media Arts Council, Wayne Art Center, Hammonton Arts Center, Darlington Arts Center and Abington Art Center.

The Greater Philadelphia – South Jersey metropolitan area consists of five counties in southeastern Pennsylvania – Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, and four counties in Southern New Jersey – Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem. Many residents from these communities either work in Philadelphia, or frequent Philadelphia’s world-class arts venues. We acknowledge this relationship in-kind by showcasing the extensive artistic talents that reside in our neighboring communities.

Art In City Hall presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by emerging and professional visual artists from the Philadelphia region. Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects, this municipal program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations.

The program strives to link visual artists with the larger community by providing the public with a greater knowledge and appreciation of their artistic achievements. The exhibitions at City Hall are supported by an independent Exhibitions Advisory Committee made up of local arts professionals. For more information on Art In City Hall.

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit: www.creativephl.org.

Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager

215-686-9912, Tu.Huynh@phila.gov

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Bike pARTs

Bike pARTs, Art in City Hall

Bike pARTs

March 17– June 13, 2014. Exhibition sites: Art Gallery at City Hall and display cases on 1st and 2nd Floors, NE corner. Submissions due: February 28, 2014, 4 pm.

Art Gallery at City Hall, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, 116 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 686-9912 email: artincityhall@phila.gov

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Art in City Hall issues a call for artists for the upcoming exhibition in historic City Hall. Did you know that of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the most bicycle commuters per capita? We also have over 200 miles of designated bike lanes, and a goal of installing thousands of new bike racks in the coming years. Recently, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy received a Knights Arts Challenge grant to install artist-designed bike racks in six locations throughout Center City. The Art Gallery at City Hall will feature those designs this spring. To complement this presentation and support Philadelphia’s growing bicycle culture, artists from the region are invited to submit art that utilizes bicycle parts and explore themes of sustainability, health and the urban environment. Found object and kinetic sculpture, two dimensional designs, and works that explore the mechanics of movement are encouraged.

Rules for Entry

Eligibility

Open to professional and self-taught artists and graduate students from the Philadelphia region working in all media, including the five-county Delaware area.

Exhibition Sites

Exhibitions are generally presented in the public spaces of City Hall. Bike pARTs will be show-cased in the Art Gallery at City Hall, which is part of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Room 116 (near the East Portal Market St. entrance – first floor) and hallway display cases on the first and second floors (near the Offices of the Mayor).

Exhibition display case dimensions are 84” H x 94” W x 30”D. There are 7 display cases. The Art Gallery is 800 square feet of space. Works that exceed the dimensions of the display cases will be featured in the gallery.

1. Deadline for submission: Received by Friday, February 28, 4 pm. No exceptions. There is no entry fee.

2. Please submit up to 4 works as jpegs on a CD. Each image should be no larger than 1MB. Please call or email if you have questions.

3. Each jpeg file name should correlate with the entry form. You may include up to 3 details of each work.

4. Each artist must include a brief artist statement (no longer than two paragraphs) and resume as Word documents or PDF.

5. Return the completed entry form with your digital submission and include a S.A.S.E ONLY if you wish to have your disc returned to you.

6. If you are unable to submit work in a digital format, please contact Art In City Hall for assistance.

Selection and Installation of Exhibition

Accepted artists will be notified by phone or email. You can call to verify submission status. All work must be in good condition and ready for installation (i.e., hooks, wires, etc.). Artists are responsible for assisting with installation of works which require special attention or extensive demands of time.

The City, the Art in City Hall Exhibitions Committee and/or curators reserve the right to change the content of the exhibition, including the removal of artwork.

Delivery of Work

The time of delivery and installation of artwork will be arranged with each participating artist after notification of acceptance. Artists or artists’ galleries are responsible for shipping and delivery of works, including transfer insurance if needed, as well as the retrieval of work at the end of the exhibition. Please do not submit work that have already been sold or are out of the Philadelphia region.

Sale of Work

Art may be for sale. Art in City Hall is not a commercial gallery and does not take commission.  All sales are between the artist and interested patron(s).

Liability

Each accepted artist will receive a loan agreement. Artwork will be insured once received by Art in City Hall and determined to be in good condition for the duration of the exhibition and installation/de-installation periods.

Submissions due: February 28 , 2014, 4 pm. Art Gallery at City Hall, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, 116 City Hall,mPhiladelphia, PA 19107, (215) 686-9912 email: mailto:artincityhall@phila.gov?subject=Bike pARTs

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