New Prints by Scott Porcelli

  • Second State Press
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 2017 / 6-9pm

Scott Porcelli is a long time member and artist at Second State Press. We are excited to exhibit his screen prints that combine meticulous hand drawings and bright, layered colors.

It’s always difficult to start in a new shop and get your printing flow. Different equipment, new people, and where the heck is the tarleton anyway?! SSP wants to make it easier for you to get started and get printing. Every Second Thursday, Second State Press will hold shop orientations for members. All are welcome to attend each month.
Also be sure to check out The Quarter Sheet Challenge a revolving exhibition of shop members’ work for which the only restriction is that the 2 pieces must be 15″ x 11″.

* Second State Press (103B) is in the basement of Crane Arts… enter through lobby
* SSP Shop Orientations: Every Second Thursday from 6 pm – 9 pm

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Escape Artist

  • Spillway Collective
  • October 8 - November 4, 2017
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12th 6-9pm

Spillway presents Escape Artist, an exhibition offering an alternative reality to the current state of affairs. Artists Sarah Gamble, Jen Hitchings, Kimi Pryor, and Stoney Sasser create worlds devoid of Twitter fights, hatred, and the mundanity of the every day, and instead delve into an area of mysticism, ritualism, and the simplistic.

Sarah Gamble’s work delves into the otherworldly. Images seem as though they are written in the stars, making each figure feel god-like, holy. Eyes, detached from their human, hover in blackness, watching the viewer but eliminating their ability to grasp onto anything tangible.

The worlds that Jen Hitchings creates are a nod to the familiar, such as family gatherings and camping trips, and yet are ungrounded by her use of extreme color relationships. This manipulation of color leads the viewer’s physical recognition into a psychoanalytic interpretation of what’s happening. With these paintings, the viewer can visit alternate states of psychologically seeing.

Kimi Pryor’s paintings are both oddly specific and devoid of reference. Paintings may include a figure, but that person is often singular and melting into a surreal and strange surrounding. The viewer may be able to grasp onto one or two signifiers of the everyday, an arch or a raft or a piece of nature, but is left wondering what happened to the rest of the world.

Stoney Sasser’s three-dimensional works, hovering in space are a whimsical attempt at an alternative reality. Sea anemone-like creatures swim in swirls of color and wonder. Floating like islands in the sky, Sasser’s works are worlds of imagination. These works utilize simple materials from this world, to create radical assemblages, taking the ordinary to the extraterrestrial.

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In Darkness

  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid
  • October 6th - November 11th, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Fridays 12pm - 4pm, Saturdays 2pm - 6pm or by appointment

Tiger Strikes Asteroid is pleased to present In Darkness, a solo exhibition of works by TSA PHL member Joanna Platt.

Consisting of small video incursions and a large sculptural projection, these works explore concepts of shadow and illumination, the tiny cracks in darkness that allow the light to enter. The small pieces reference painting with thick applications of encaustic on panel, lenses obscuring and revealing small video vignettes, moments of reflection during walks in nature. In the larger installation, painted black lines create form and shadow with video projected through sanded acrylic, like light filtering through leaves on trees, the only color coming from the elusive movement of the projected footage.

Find more information about TSA here!
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  • Fjord
  • October 12th - November 4th, 2017
  • Opening Reception: October 12th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Saturdays 2pm - 6pm and by appointment

FJORD is thrilled to announce Apparitions, our 4th Annual Juried exhibition.
Please join us for the opening reception October 12, 6-9pm or visit us during gallery hours, Saturdays 2-6pm.

Selected artists:
Winnie Ambron, Julia Bunn, Madeleine Cichy, Annson Conaway, Alex Echevarria, Garrett Gould, Pernot Hudson, Will Hutnick, Jihyun Hong, Mari, Elaine Lamp, Mira Putnam, Annasophia Vukovich, Lauryn Welch

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Brass Tacks

  • September 14th - September 30th, 2017
  • Reception: September 14th 2017, 6pm - 9pm
  • Fridays 12pm - 6pm and Saturdays 12pm - 4pm

Spillway is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Philadelphia-based artist Carole Loeffler.

“The work in the exhibition Brass Tacks has been produced in the past six months and is a departure from my previous, primarily abstract and monochromatic red work. These text and found object based sculptural works are a reaction to the post-election, toxic political environment that is enveloping the United States and the world. They are an attempt for me to personally process what it means to be a woman, be married to a family of immigrants and try to raise kind, thoughtful children in a world that feels upside down and inside out. I’ve been thinking not only of my role in society but am trying to give a voice to the experiences my mother, father, relatives and friends have had, and may continue to have, in their everyday lives. It will be O.K., it will get better, it’s fine. And if not, if we are squashed, silenced, unseen, not listened to, laden with problems, given unattainable expectations, diminished and feel like a target and a sitting duck, we will be each others sanctuary and SEE each other.”
* Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall
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She’s Got a System

  • TSA
  • September 16th - September 30th, 2017
  • Reception: September 22nd 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Please join Tiger Strikes Asteroid in celebration of their new space in the Crane Arts Building. They will be re-staging their 2017 Open Call She’s Got a System featuring Emily Belshaw, Thomas McArdle, and Hannah Mitsu Shimabukuro, the winnders of TSA PHL’S 2017 Open Call. The three independent artists were chosen out of nearly 350 applicants, emerging as a dynamic trio of witty, layered voices.

The event will be sponsored by Dock Street Brewing and fabulous totes and prints will be available for sale!

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桃花源記 Tao Hua Yuan Ji

  • PPAC
  • September 14th - November 25th 2017
  • Soft Opening: Sept. 14th, 6pm - 9pm

Meet The Artist
September 22nd, 2pm – 3:30pm

VIP Preview and Celebration Dinner
September 27th, 6pm

Colette Fu will build the biggest pop-up book in the world inside PPAC’s Gallery. It will be approximately 13.75′ x 21′ x 58” and is inspired by Tao Yuanming, a Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, who wrote of a traveler who came upon an isolated peach blossom valley beyond a cave where people seeking political refuge lived an ideal, harmonic life with nature and each other. Although villagers told the traveler not to tell of their location, he vainly marked his path and sent government officials who were unable to find it. To the Chinese, this story is metaphoric to an imaginary unattainable Utopia where the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love, and longevity, and to some – immortality. 

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We Do What We Do

  • Spillway
  • August 10th - September 9th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th, 2017, 6pm - 9pm

We Do What We Do features works by eighteen artists who incorporate some form of repetition into their studio practices. While each work is the result of a repeated action, the actions themselves vary greatly, from immediate mark making to precise pattern. By highlighting the unifying role of repetition in each artist’s process, this exhibition creates an inclusive environment for participating artists from the Center for Creative Works and artists from the Philadelphia area.

Astrid Bowlby, Tammy Byerly, Jessica Eldredge, Cassie Flanagan, Steven Frisoli, Cindy Gosselin, Clyde Henry, Laurie Hughes, Jason McGonigle, B. Monser, Joyce Moseley, Faith Rowbottom, Karlee Salamone, Kristina Salamone, Brandon Spicer-Crawley, Katie Truk, Tamisha Williams, Ivia Sky Yavelow
Curated by Shannon Rose Moriarty

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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Anachronism and Liberation

  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid
  • August 4th - September 17th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Anachronism and Liberation presents nine artists, ranging from emerging to established, creating work that engages with social and/or political issues in subtle and surprising ways. The artists involved are all committed makers, whose approaches offer an expanded vision of what political art pieces that consider issues of imperialism, political oppression, labor rights, environmental justice, race, gender and sexuality can look like. The work deliberately connects to traditional practices and engages in dialog with art history; at the same time, it is powerfully responsive to the urgency of this political moment.

Featured Artists: Ana Hernandez, Roberto Lugo, Rebecca Ness, Odili Donald Odita, Robert Pruitt, Lisi Raskin, Han Wang, Charles Edward Williams, Alexi Worth

Guest Curator and Essayist:Jane Irish and Crispin Sartwell

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predator, twilight, edible

  • August 10th - September 23rd, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th 2017, 6pm - 9pm (with 7:30pm performances by Torey Akers & Benjamin Santiago)
    Closing Reception: September 23rd, 4-8pm, with portraits taken by Tiffany Smith from 5 - 7pm

FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce upcoming group exhibition “Predator, Twilight, Edible”. Curated by Fjord member, Chrissy Scolaro and featuring work by New York based artists Torey Akers, Benjamin Santiago and Tiffany Smith. Through performance, video, photography, sculpture and drawing we are sharing intimate space with work that is pushing the boundaries of self-disclosure as Akers, Santiago and Smith navigate identity-based themes such as communication, history and ego.

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e.c. bradley

  • Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery
  • August 10th - September 30th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: August 10th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Quantum Space: Light, Space, Time, Grace

Edward Bradley is an outsider whose work has been influenced both by his career in biomedical research, looking at nature at the microscopic and molecular level , and by his strong roots in mid-century minimalism. His thick, almost sculptural surfaces, use of rough and natural media such as plaster, wood, string, and fabric, and subdued color palettes are characteristic of many of his works. As if looking through a microscope at ” low power” – a quick glance at a work across a room, for example, – we see a highly ordered image composed of many seemingly identical components. But under ” higher magnification” the uniqueness of each element, their variation and frequent structural aberrancy emerge. The depth of the work’s surface invites the viewer to look at what is hidden beneath, just out of the viewer’s focal plane. Sometimes written text alluding to a place or event, or a fragment from literature, is inserted into the work to provide an emotional context for it. A quantal perception of all of ” what is” – light, space, time, grace – grounds most of the work presented here.

See more of e.c. bradley’s work here!

The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts
(right across from Indigo Arts Gallery!)

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Jennifer Baker: Northern Liberties

  • Crane Hall
  • August 10, 2017 – September 29, 2017
  • Receptions: Thursday, August 10 & September 14, from 6pm–9pm

Jennifer Baker’s ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Northern Liberties is the second exhibition in our Changing Philadelphia series, comprised of three solo exhibitions featuring artwork about Philadelphia neighborhoods.

As Baker shares, “Many of my paintings and monoprints are about the life, death and rebirth of a city neighborhood as I experienced it during three decades as an artist living and working in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Throughout the period I painted the fires and the wrecking balls, the dumpers and the downtrodden residents, and then the building and new streetscape that eventually emerged – a whole cycle of urban life in motion around me. The images constitute a visual diary of drawn out, convulsive change.”

The exhibit includes a small survey of Baker’s Northern Liberties paintings and monoprints, from the abandoned buildings and fires of the 80s and 90s to the current period of unrestrained development. The artist notes, “The changing landscape of the neighborhood is of great importance at this time, and Northern Liberties has always been a microcosm of the larger city, often in extreme.” A short text narrative will accompany each image to help tell the story.

Presented by InLiquid.
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2017 FOB Exhibition

  • Second State Press
  • July 13 - TBD, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Featuring the artwork of the 2017 Second State Press Fob Holders.

SSP Shop Orientations
Every Second Thursday from 6pm-9pm

It’s always difficult to start in a new shop and get your printing flow. Different equipment, new people, and where the heck is the tarleton anyway?! SSP wants to make it easier for you to get started and get printing. Every Second Thursday, Second State Press will hold shop orientations for members. All are welcome to attend each month.
Also be sure to check out The Quarter Sheet Challenge a revolving exhibition of shop members’ work for which the only restriction is that the 2 pieces must be 15″ x 11″.

Second State Press is in 103B
(in the basement of Crane Arts… enter through lobby)

Learn more about SSP here!

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Sense of Place

  • Spillway
  • July 13 - August 5, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Spillway Collective presents Sense of Place, an exhibition curated by Mark Basco, featuring works by three Philadelphia artists: Max Budnick, Kathryn Vaughan, and Kenneth Winterschladen. These three artists extract and translate elements of their surroundings into bodies of work, inviting viewers to exercise mindfulness in their own daily routines.

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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  • Fjord
  • June 16 - July 20, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Fjord Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Jump Cut, featuring work by Tony Bragg, Lyla Duey, Jacob Feige, Sarah Kaufman, Erin Murray, Tim Portlock, Paul Rouphail, and Justin Webb. In their inventive representations of domestic, architectural, and landscape subjects, the eight image-makers on display employ direct observation and degrees of speculative manipulation in the creation of paintings, drawings, photographs, and digital renderings. They address perceptual mechanics with shared penchants for stillness, ambiance, and unresolved narrative. The artists here are particularly attentive to the capacity of the camera, computer, pencil, and brush to render illusory light, resulting in a collection of work that rewards slow looking and elicits cinematic resonance.

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2017 PPAC Members’ Exhibition

  • PPAC
  • July 13 - August 26, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: July 13th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center hosts the 2017 Members’ Exhibition to celebrate the talent our diverse and passionate community, This annual survey of regional photographers showcases a diverse collection of photographic themes and genres.

Photo by John L. Stritzinger

Learn more about Philadelphia Photo Arts Center here!

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Art for the Cash Poor

  • June 17–18, 2017 – Noon–6pm

InLiquid is pleased to present our annual summer art sale at Crane Arts located at 1400 N. American Street. Based on the premise that everyone can be an art collector, AftCP is one of the longest running art festivals in the Kensington/Fishtown area. The best part: all works, by both emerging and established artists alike, are priced at $199 and under. This is a one-of-a-kind event where first-time collectors can speak with artists firsthand about their process, inspiration, and above all: find their niche within the arts scene.

Learn more about AFTCP here!

The Kickoff Party
Friday, June 16, 5:30–9pm

Friday night’s ticketed Kickoff Party serves as a meet-and-greet with the artists and a fundraiser for AIDS Fund, which supports HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services in the Philadelphia area. Each year the Kickoff Party offers guests an exclusive sneak-peek at the festivities to follow. Attendees at the kickoff event are given the opportunity to purchase work from a selection of the participating artists while enjoying food and light entertainment.

Heshie Zinman is InLiquid’s featured AftCP 2017 Honoree. He is the founder of the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI), a volunteer-driven, grassroots organization dedicated to building bridges between the aging services network and LGBT older adults. They focus on improving awareness of, and access to, the services offered by the aging services network and those available within LGBT communities. In the ’80s, he also co-founded the AIDS Library of Philadelphia, where he was the executive director for 13 years. Zinman also played an integral part in the start-up of Action AIDS (now Action Wellness), AIDS Fund, SafeGuards Gay Men’s Health Project and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.
Proceeds from the Art for the Cash Poor 2017 Kickoff are split 50/50 with the AIDS Fund. Find out more about our partner at

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Bugs of Paradise

  • Grey Area
  • June 8 - June 30, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 8, 2017 / 6-9pm

Featuring: Gina Altadonna, Alyse C. Bernstein, Hannah Burch, Jodi Cachia, Talia Greene, Alexander Kuhn, J.A. Panetta, Debby Pasquale, Scott Schultheis, Buy Shaver, Annie Stone, PD Packard

An exhibition of small works depicting small creatures. At once intriguing, exotic, cute, and scary, Bugs of Paradise explores the undeniable appeal of the tiny critters of the world.

Presented by InLiquid in the newly renovated Grey Area Gallery at the Crane Arts. The exhibition will be on view through June and open during Art for the Cash Poor, InLiquid’s annual summer art fair at Crane Arts.

* The Grey Area is located on the 1st floor of Crane Arts before you reach the Icebox Project Space

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WP Galiczynski: Urban Artist

  • June 8 - July 28, 2017
  • Second Thursday Receptions: June 8, 2017 & July 13, 2017 from 6-9pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm

WP Galiczynski’s Urban Artist is the first exhibition in our Changing Philadelphia series, comprised of three solo exhibitions featuring artwork about Philadelphia neighborhoods. The artists have been deeply established in their environment for years, or their whole lives. Each body of work is a visual record of the artist’s reaction to and contemplation of the character, life, and transformation of a particular place over time.

Artist member WP Galiczynski’s paintings are inspired by his life and experiences growing up in Olde Kensington, where he still lives today. They are a humorous look at everyday scenes in his community, and depict a sarcastically slanted view of growing up in an urban environment. Galiczynski creates large, framed canvas works, most often acrylic based, drawing out the depth and texture of the painting to complement the compelling images of Philadelphia’s intensity and rawness.

* The InLiquid Hall Gallery is located on the 1st floor of Crane Arts in the hallway to PPAC

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Touching the Pond

  • Fjord
  • June 8th, 6 - 9pm / June 9th, 11am - 5pm / June 10th, 11am - 5pm


Please join Fjord in celebrating the work and contributions of FJORD Members Cameron Masters, Elisa Gabor and AJ Rombach before they depart Philadelphia this summer to continue various personal pursuits. We’re sad to see them leave the city but are so grateful for all of their hard work and cannot want to celebrate in their honor!

* Fjord is located in studio 105 in the main lobby of Crane Arts

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  • PPAC

PRISM: Teen Photo
Opening Celebration: June 1 6-8PM
June 1 – June 17

A Romantic Youth: Advanced Teen Photo
Opening Celebration: June 22 6-8PM
June 22 – July 8

This year’s teen exhibition, PRISM, includes: Abreanna Williams, Aley Chaing, Amna Khalafalla, Andre Pak, Angelle Rivera, Ani Rowland, Ariana Rivera, Armanie Nickens, Asycurie Lombestova, Avery Martinez, Caren Teague, Casa Casañas, Ciani Batista, Donte Woodlin, Dymonique Hammond, Erika Ramirez-Lorenzo, Geneva Williams, Hunter Hedgepeth, Huong Vu, Imani Batista, Imani Jones, Jada McAden, Janiyah Buxton, Jasmine Culbreath, Jordyn Sanders, Joseph Novales, Kody Taylor, Le’Mar Nunez, Makeda Robinson, Martha Victoria, Pichmonyrath Peou, Queyana Myers, Rebecca Greenberg, Saniyah Robinson, Saphira Paul-Fils, Spencer Morris, Syreeta Williams, Talayah Ross, Yiovanny Pagan, Zaina Belgrave, and Zamir Bey.

This year’s Advanced Teen Photo exhibition, A Romantic Youth, includes: Abraham Cassis, Alexus Yiv, Ameera Polk, Avital Brodski, Brittany Moore, Danielle DiAmico, Inez Oliveras, Leila Lorenze, Lemicha Bracey, Marquis Bennett, Nathalie Adrien, Oliwia Paszkowska, Sabine Ostinvil, Selena Ortiz, Sophie Lubin, Souhanda Mohamed, Summer Blackwell, Tyteana Gutzmore, and Wesley Midgett.

Students were instructed by: Erik James Montgomery, Josh Kleiman, Amber Riveria (Teen Photo Alum), and Michelle Lee Wallace.

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What’s the Matter?

  • June 8 - July 8, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 8th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

SPILLWAY presents the works of Justine Ditto and Megan Webb, each taking a closer look at how objects can exist within multiple identities and experiences in the exhibition, What’s the Matter?

Justine Ditto presents a taxonomy of perceptual and physical qualities associated with a given object, while concealing its identity through measured recognition. Through a scientific lens, Justine dissects and transposes the parts that make up the whole, allowing the viewer to interact with the matter that constructs an experience with a specific object in a new way.

Megan Webb presents paintings of significant, personal objects on ordinary, mundane surfaces. By suturing both intimate and public experiences onto one surface, Megan asks the viewer to consider how these experiences alter the role or importance of everyday items, and vice versa.

* Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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People Making Pictures of Other People who Move Other People’s Shit

  • Tenant Gallery
  • June 8 - July 29, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: June 8th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday, noon - 6pm


Charlie Brooks, Dan Paquet and Jeremy Smith are local artists who also work together for Old City Movers. The common thread weaving their work lives and artistic pursuits together is the “menagerie” of creative personalities that they work with on a daily basis. This show is a testament to that.

Have Charlie, Dan, and Jeremy move your sh*t!

Listen to Jeremy’s band Trash Beach / Listen to Charlie’s band, The Louds

* The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts (right across from Indigo Arts Gallery!)

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PAULA CAHILL Progression

  • Tenant Gallery
  • April 13 - May 28, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: May 11th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday,  noon - 6pm

Paula Cahill – a graduate of Tyler School of Art Temple University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – is a tenant at Crane Old School in Philadelphia. She calls her studio a fortress, her kingdom, and has been known to paint for hours on end well into the next morning. 

Of the works in Progression, Paula says, “(The) compositions are often created with a single, continuous line that meanders, layers, changes color, moves backward, forward, or connects back to the beginning. Advancing through the painting process is a contemplative,
immersive process for me and I wish the viewer their own momentary immersion as they progress through the composition.”

The Crane Arts & Crane Old School Tenant Gallery is located in the main lobby of Crane Arts (right across from Indigo Arts Gallery!) 

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Prints and Process works by Sibyline Window

  • Second State Press
  • May 11th - TBA, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: May 11th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

SSP is pleased to offer the CRE Fellowship to the printmaking community.  Each summer the studio will host an artist whose work demonstrates an uncommon grasp of the printmaking medium and an energetic approach that will likely influence future printmakers. SSP is now accepting applications for 2017 CRE Fellowship! DEADLINE: Monday, May 22nd. Apply HERE

Second State Press is in 103B (in the basement of Crane Arts… enter through lobby)

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Behind & Before a group exhibition

  • Spillway Collective
  • May 11 - 27, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: May 11th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Spillway Collective presents Behind and Before. By creating a personal “altar”, each artist creates a microcosm of comfort and familiarity previously kept private. These collections of personal effects can serve as both the artists’ interpretations of adoration as well as an insight into the inspirational process that happens behind their polished works. This exhibition transforms Spillway’s gallery into a sanctuary for eight of its members, providing an intimate look into the collections and rituals that guide them in the making process. 

Mark Basco
Jenny Clay
Justine Ditto
Sean Hildreth
Shannon Moriarty
Krista Profitt
Allison Sims 
Megan Webb

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall

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Time in Dreams is Frozen

PennMFA Thesis exhibition
Time in Dreams is Frozen

May 11–28, 2017

Opening Reception: May 11, 6–9pm

 Icebox Project Space
Crane Arts Building
1400 N American Street
19122-3803 Philadelphia, PA
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday noon–6pm

The University of Pennsylvania’s 2017 graduating class of Master of Fine Arts students will present their thesis exhibition in the Icebox Project Space of the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia. The exhibition represents the culmination of two years’ study at Penn and will be curated by Creative Time artistic director Nato Thompson. During their time at Penn, students have developed a diverse body of work that speaks of their subject positions as young artists living in a world of flux. In various sub-groupings, they also partook in trips abroad including Havana, Dubai, Paris, Lugo (Italy), Rome, and Skowhegan that challenged their self-understanding in and of the world.


PennMFA Thesis exhibition artists
Joshua Beaver, Lindsay Buchman, Laura Carlson, Danielle Cartier, Gwendolyn Comings, Sharla Dyess, Casey Egner, Aimee Gilmore, Yaochi Jin, Jeremy Jirsa, Christopher Richards, Asha Sheshadri, Alexandra Snowden, Rebecca Tennenbaum and Ji Won Woo


Exhibition curator Nato Thompson is the Artistic Director for Creative Time. Since 2007, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, BookForumFriezeArtforumThird Text, and Huffington Post among them. In 2005, he received the Art Journal Award for distinguished writing. For Independent Curators International, Thompson curated the exhibition Experimental Geography with a book available from Melville House Publishing. His has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life to be published in January 2017.


Penn MFA program
The Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of visual artists. Through workshops, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and interactions with curators, writers and artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster independent methods of artistic research. In addition to seminars within the Fine Arts department, graduate students are encouraged to pursue topics of science and the humanities through an impressive selection of courses offered across the university.


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  • Spillway Collective
  • April 13 – May 6, 2017
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 13, 6-9pm

Sean Hildreth

Santiago Galeas, Morgan Hobbs, Taryn O’Reilly, Marcelle Reinecke, Alma Selimovic, Omid Shekari, Leigh Werrell

Homonym presents seven artists who cast the figure into parallel, interchangeable roles. Within each role, the figures manifest themselves through questions that mirror the viewer’s own presence. Are we submerged within a thought? A memory? Are we a recording of a specific reality? Or are we engulfed within the vast space in our minds, stumbling around as bodiless consciousness?

These questions blur the lines between the mental and physical conditions of being human. Through this exhibition, I intend to show the junctures where those lines meet.

-Sean Hildreth, curator

Sean Hildreth is an artist based in Philadelphia. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase, and graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in May of 2015 with his MFA. His paintings consist primarily of interiors extracted and observed from within the three-story home he still lives in. His new series of work highlights similar moments out in the world to bring appreciation and awareness to little moments that go unnoticed. Sean has shown in numerous group shows in Philadelphia and in New York. He was awarded the Woodmere Purchase Prize in 2015, and was selected for the Dumfries House Residency in Scotland. He recently co-founded a new artist collective, Spillway, located in the Crane Arts building in Philadelphia.

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to chance, to wander

  • Fjord
  • April 13th - May 27th
  • Reception: 6-9pm Thursday April 13th / Wandering Tours: 9:30am April 15th, 5:30 April 23rd, 9:30am May 6th & 5:30pm May 21st / Interactive Board Game Happening with Paula Salas May 27th
  • Open Saturdays from 12pm - 4pm
    and by appointment

​FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce upcoming group show, To Chance To Wander including American artists Joe Bochynski, Anthony Bowers, Helen Mirra, Theo Mullen III, Asha Sheshadri, and artists from Santiago, Chile: Manuela Flores, Rafael Guendelman, Paz Ortuzar, Pablo Rivera, Paula Salas.

What does it mean to get lost, now?

Chances are, it means that your phone is dead. Modernity’s penchant for busy-ness has finally merged with Google Maps to swallow up our experience of time and place. Opportunity cost is as ever-present as our over determined calendars, collapsing the value of unstructured time spent in unknown spaces. Even escape to the unknown has become increasingly difficult as we are rerouted by our phones towards some inevitable destination, with any detours Yelped to ensure the worthiness of the stop.

The artists in To Chance To Wander are searching for an antidote, however brief and innocuous. Through sculpture, performance, collaboration, film, board games, painting, prose, and print we are searching for the sense of wonder that wandering can restore, coming from perspectives that cross languages, cultures, and our American continents.

As Rebecca Solnit put it in her book, Field Guide to Getting Lost, when “you get lost… the world has become larger than your knowledge of it.” As artists search for that infinite feeling of possibility, they address also the edges and dangers of lostness; the risk that your belonging will be questioned, that your person and senses will be overwhelmed, or that profundity will melt into the mundane.

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InLiquid Presents Melinda Steffy

  • The Hall
  • April 13 – May 28, 2017
  • Thursday Receptions: April 13, 6-9pm; May 11 6-9pm
  • Wed-Sat noon-6pm

Melinda Steffy: The Score Is Not The Music

“The maxim ‘the score is not the music’ suggests that music notation printed on a page is a poor substitute for the sound of the music itself. Printed notes are sterile, an alphabet that allows a musician to produce the right pitches, but which must be interpreted and expanded to be meaningful. If the score—a visual tool—lacks some necessary quality of the music, how else might music be visually conveyed that might better capture its essence?”  – Melinda Steffy

Steffy’s current work looks to answer this question by re-interpreting music as color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, how music theory and color theory intersect, and what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head. In this series of work, she has matched the 12 notes of the chromatic scale with 12 hues on a color wheel. Using mathematical constructs like grids and pie charts, she translates masterworks by composers J.S. Bach and Béla Bartók into vibrant color patterns. The music, usually time-based and heard in sequence, becomes spatial, able to be seen all at once. Unexpected patterns emerge, revealing the complexity inherent in the music.

Steffy received an MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts and a BA from Eastern Mennonite University. Her artwork has been on display at Rowan University, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Crane Arts, Fringe Wilmington, Sam Quinn Gallery, Villanova University, Finlandia University, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Lancaster Museum of Art, Micro Museum, and Stamford Art Association, among others.

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STEVE BOYLE: Beyond the Game

  • Tenant Gallery
  • February 9 - April 1, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: February 9th, 6pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday-Saturday / noon-6PM

“Shooting sports is as much about capturing the action as it is about presenting the athlete. These days, I’m off the sidelines for the majority of my assignments, instead working in controlled studio environments with elite, perhaps even celebrity, athletes for editorial and commercial projects. Athlete portraiture is all about showing the athlete’s personality, their strengths and weaknesses, their motivation, their intensity, their commitment.”

Steve travels the country to create compelling imagery for advertising and editorial clients. When working with athletes he strives to capture their physicality, intensity, and inherent competitiveness. Steve attended the University of Missouri and received a degree in photojournalism. Before beginning his freelancing career, he spent a year as an assistant & lighting tech for Sports Illustrated and briefly held a desk job as a photo editor at a fitness magazine.

More of Steve Boyle’s work here!

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Justine Kelley: Worm Moon

  • Second State Press
  • March 1- March 31
  • Opening Reception: March 9th, 6-9 PM, on view through March 31st.

Second State Press is pleased to present the prints of Justine Kelley. She screen prints whimsical and complex worlds by using colorful hand-drawn layers. Nature, animals, and women are often the subject of her prints and zines.

In Kelley’s words:
At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the SapMoon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

Justine is a printmaker/designer/illustrator living in Philadelphia.

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  • Spillway (100B)
  • March 3rd - April 8th, 2017
  • Second Thursday Reception: March 9th 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Mixtape is the debut exhibition of the freshly formed Spillway collective, showcasing the diverse practices of our founding members: 

George Barreca, Mark Basco, Jenny Clay, Megan Coonelly, Rebecca Daniels, Justine Ditto, Sean Hildreth, Shannon Moriarty, Krista Profitt, Allison Sims, Megan Webb 

Spillway is located in studio 100B, down the hallway to the left of the Icebox entry hall
Image:  Krista Profitt –  Makeup on point, chewing on a hambone  2015, oil on canvas

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  • Fjord Gallery
  • March 3rd through March 24th
  • Opening Friday March 3rd, 7-9pm

From one moment to the next,from one place to another, from state to state,thought to thought, meaning to meaning. Whether conscious or unconscious, physical or psychological, passages constellate the human experience in situations of territorial, psychological, ceremonial, bodily, and social transitions.

But can these liminal states be isolated, described, analyzed, and stably defined? Are we to understand passages as personal or communal phenomena? Or could we conceive of a passage as the vehicle to mediate between binaries, a channel through which the individual and universal elements of a culture can overlap, collide, and modify one
another? This show understands the notion of passage as a productive oscillation between the subjective and the
objective,the magical and the scientific,the individual and the collective.

Please join the Incubation Series VII, March 3-24, 2017. In this edition,the collaborative effort of Art History and Fine Arts graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania features the works of Laura Carlson, Yaochi Jin, Jeremy Jirsa, and Jiwon Woo.

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Andes/Amazon: Two Worlds in Peruvian Folk Art

  • Indigo Arts
  • March 9, 2017 to June 30, 2017
  • Opening reception: Second Thursday, March 9, 6 to 9pm.

  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 6pm.

Andes/Amazon: Two Worlds in Peruvian Folk Art looks at two distinct contemporary folk arts in two regions of Peru: the portable retablo shrines, originally from highland Ayacucho and the patterned textiles and ceramics of the Shipibo/Conibo peoples of the Amazon basin. Both are arts in transition. From deep traditional roots they are adapting to new materials and influences and being both enriched and impoverished in the process.

The traditional Peruvian retablo is a portable shrine or nicho that holds figures sculpted of pasta (a mixture of plaster and potato) or maguey cactus wood. The making of retablos is a folk art whose roots go back to the sixteenth century in the Andes (and even to the Greeks and Romans before that). While the art’s origins are religious, the contemporary Peruvian retablos exhibited at Indigo Arts range from the sacred to the profane. Claudio Jimenez Quispé is the acknowledged master of the Peruvian retablo. He and his family are heirs to a multi-generation artistic tradition in the highland region of Ayacucho. Most of the family moved to Lima during the brutal civil war of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, which pitted a violent revolutionary group, the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) against equally ruthless government forces. The peasants caught in the middle suffered the deaths or disappearances of some 70,000 people in this period. The effect on the retablo art form was profound. New narratives of social strife and civil war entered the artists’ repertoire. Many contemporary retablos reflect an exposure to the urban world of Lima and beyond, not to mention a response to a world-wide market for folk art. Some of the recent work shows strong influences of Mexican folk art, including scenes of death and the underworld that celebrate the Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) holidays.

The Shipibo-Conibo are an indigenous people (currently numbering only about 20,000) who live along the Ucayali river in the Amazon basin east of the Andes. Though an increasing portion of the Shipibo population have been urbanized in settlements such as Pucallpa, their traditions remain strong, as expressed in their shamanistic religion and in their visionary arts – notably in the patterns that the Shipibo women paint on their pottery, clothing, textiles and their bodies. The ethnologist Angelika Gebhart-Sayer terms their art “visual music”.

The Shipibo are known for labyrinthine geometric designs that reflect their culture and their cosmology. The main elements of the designs are the square, the rhombus, the octagon and the cross, which “represents the southern Cross constellation which dominates the night sky and divides the cosmos into four quadrants…”* Other symbols featured in the designs are the Cosmic Serpent, the Anaconda and various plant forms, notably the caapi vine used in the preparation of the sacramental drug Ayahuasca. There is an intriguing tie between the visual and aural in Shipibo art: “ the Shipibo can listen to a song or chant by looking at the designs, and inversely paint a pattern by listening to a song…”*

The designs are traditionally drawn with natural huito berry pigments on hand-woven cotton fabrics that are worn as wrap-around skirts. The fabric is either natural or dyed with a red-brown dye made from mahogany bark. Today most of the fabric is machine-woven, purchased from traders, and increasingly the hand-drawn designs are supplemented with patterns embroidered with bright-colored commercial yarns. The results can be stunning. The truly psychedelic color combinations are consistent with ayahuasca visions. More often than not the designs are asymmetrical within a border or frame – like a landscape viewed through an airplane window: “Although in our cultural paradigm we perceive that the geometric patterns are bound within the border of the textile or ceramic vessel, to the Shipibo the patterns extend far beyond these borders and permeate the entire world.”* (*Howard G. Charing)

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  • PPAC
  • March 9 — May 20, 2017
  • Opening Reception & Artists Talk: March 9, 2017 / 6-8pm
  • Tuesday–Saturday · 10am - 6pm

Interference presents the work of Andre Bradley and Paul Anthony Smith, two artists who deal with relationships between personal experience and the social forces that shape our perceptions of self, others, and the world around us. Using distinct but related artistic means, Bradley and Smith explore experiences of selfhood and community as inseparable from the stereotypes and violence that pervade representation of black people.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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above image: Paul Anthony Smith

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  • FJORD Gallery
  • JAN 12, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017
  • Reception: Thursday, January 12th, 6-9pm / Performance with Tim Spelios: Feb 9th at 7pm.
  • Open 12-4pm on Saturdays and by appointment

FJORD Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of SLAP-STICK, a solo exhibition of sculptures, drawings and
performance by New York-based artist and long time Philadelphia Professor Matt Freedman, on view at 1400 N.
American Street, STE 105 from January 12 – February 25 2017. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in
Philadelphia and first with FJORD Gallery.
SLAP-STICK will feature a living inventory of the artist’s recent sculptural and drawing works. The playfully
grotesque and humorously morose stack up against one another in a precarious storeroom, inviting viewers to
inspect and connect works in unusual ways. The exhibition’s layout follows the model of Freedman’s
performative storytelling to create a kind of improvisational academy, reconfiguring elements of the past into
something completely new. In the artist’s words, “Somewhere in the mix we hope to get to something as close as
possible to a moment of truth and to a point of living contact between maker and beholder.”
Over the last decade Freedman has made a variety of works investigating the power of myth and memory in both
the personal and cultural spheres. Drawing on fables as varied as Wile E. Coyote’s unending quest for Road
Runner, the conflation of the Women’s US Open Tennis Final in 2012 with the Tennis Court Oath of 1789 and the
subsequent French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, Freedman weaves together experience and fiction in a museum
that is also an active test site.
Matt Freedman grew up in Chicago, IL and received his B.A. from Harvard and M.A./M.F.A from the University of
Iowa. He has worked as a cartoonist and long time educator at the University of Pennsylvania, mentoring
generations of artists in Philadelphia. He currently works out of his studio in Queens and has held solo exhibitions
at venues including Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), vertexList (Brooklyn), Studio 10 Gallery (Brooklyn), Valentine
Gallery (Queens), Flipside (Brooklyn), FiveMyles (Brooklyn), and SculptureCenter (New York). Freedman has
performed at PS1 MoMA (New York), the Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen (New York).

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InLiquid presents Jessica Doyle

  • Crane Hall
  • February 6 – March 31
  • 2nd Thursday Receptions: February 9 6-9pm; March 9, 6-9pm (see RSVP below)
  • Wednesday-Saturday 12-6PM

We Fearless Ones / Paintings by Jessica Doyle

Jessica Doyle’s work centers on the human––engaging philosophy and spirit. Her current body of work draws from and integrates the writings of Nietzsche, in particular, The Gay Science, an influential work addressing the creation of self—what he calls “becoming what one is.” Her scholarly interests include Jung, collective consciousness, virtuality, self, identity, and Other as self.

Doyle earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from University of Pennsylvania, and she received her PhD in Art Theory, Philosophy, and Aesthetics with Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She teaches graduate courses in Aesthetics and Philosophy with Tiffin University. Her works in drawing, painting, video, and installation have been shown nationally and internationally.


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Fjord Members Show

  • Fjord
  • December 8 - January 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 8th, 6pm - 9pm

Let’s get fancy!

Please join us for a Fjord members show and holiday celebration!
Warm up with some hot toddys and other holiday inspired cocktails for a winter gathering of art, music, and friends.

In addition to the exhibition we will also be hosting a silent auction of limited edition prints and small works to raise funds for upcoming programming.

Light fare will be served. We hope to see you there!

Fjord members include: Natessa Amin, Anthony Bowers, Lindsay Chandler, Sean Fitzgerald, Liam Holding, Cameron Masters, Chrissy Scolaro, Elisa Smith, and AJ Rombach.
Learn more about Fjord here!

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Second State Press: 6th Annual Silent Auction + Party!!

  • Second State Press, 103B
  • DECEMBER 8, 2016 / 6pm - 9pm

Please join us and celebrate six years of community printmaking at Second State Press! BID on new artwork; BUY our limited edition hand-printed items in the sale shop, and EAT some delicious birthday cake. There will also be plenty of refreshments to quench your thirst including beer from Victory Brewing Company!

Silent Auction- Over 50 of our members have created new editions for our Sixth Annual Member Print Exchange. Follow #SSPExchange to see member prints in process.

NEW Products!- Our Fob Holders have been hard at work designing, printing, and sewing new goods! Pillows, aprons, 2017 calendar tea towels, t-shirts and more will be for sale at the party. Supplies are limited so come early!

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