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The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in Philadelphia that can create transformational change through artistic excellence and collective cultural experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about working with Knight in the arts, please contact Philadelphia Program Director Donna Frisby-Greenwood.

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The urban landscape is littered – literally – with the discarded stuff of (mostly human) life. Food refuse, trash, industrial decay… bits and pieces, and odds and ends that have lost their meaning by way of their inglorious disposal. While it may be the ultimate cliché to say that one person’s trash is another’s treasure, […]

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As a bastion of repurposing and decontextualizing, collage has been the medium of choice for those artists interested in the meaning of symbols and signs from the world around them, and how they can be shaped into unique compositions that are greater than the sum of their parts. From pre-Surrealist experiments through the postmodern grind, […]

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By Philly Pigeon co-founder Jacob Winterstein With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Philly Pigeon was able to fly five poets and a coach to the National Poetry Slam (NPS) in Oakland California From August 5th-9th. A poetry slam is a competition between poets performing original work judged by five […]

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For creative individuals, sometimes the burden of making a meaningful artwork is a lot to bear, especially when publicly displaying them is part of the equation. Luckily, not every artwork needs to encompass vast intellectual territory or requires hours of hard work to assemble – that is what sketches are for. As for showing off […]

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Drawn together in Philadelphia

Published on 09 September 2014 by in Philadelphia

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At Artspace Liberti from now through the end of October, it is possible to get sketchy (literally) with some of Philadelphia’s most cutting edge artists working with one of the oldest, most versatile visual mediums. For “Drawing Now Philadelphia,” curator Sabina Tichindeleanu assembles 14 local artists creating two-dimensional works from graphite, colored pencil, charcoal and […]

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By Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie, South Florida freelance writer In spite of the bombardment of images and information that have become a mainstay of life today, Zoe Strauss still believes in the power of that one single image that cements a moment in time and touches lives in unexpected ways. Strauss, a 44-year-old self-taught photographer who […]

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If it looks like there’s a house sinking into the Delaware River at the Independence Seaport Museum Dock, that would actually be half true. Artist Mary Mattingly will be residing in the shack-like floating dwelling for the duration of FringeArts this September. The Knight Arts grantee project entitled “WetLand” is an experiment in sustainability and […]

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By Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie Zoe Strauss looks at things differently. For years, the self-taught photographer, installation artist and community activist, has been capturing reality through her lens in ways that others often don’t see. Or don’t want to see. Strauss, who began her professional career as a photographer in 2000 by taking pictures of fringe […]

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Keys to the Collection

Published on 03 September 2014 by in Philadelphia

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By Lynn Berkowitz, Barnes Collection family and community programs manager What lies just beneath the surface of a painting? How do art elements shape composition?  Why do artists do what they do? These guiding questions make for fun hands-on learning as youth aged 7 to 14 virtually roam the rooms and leap into paintings at […]

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By Lillian Dunn, SPACES program manager The SPACES Artists-in-Residence program at The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, a winner of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge, offers a new spin on the artist residency model. Instead of working in remote solitude, SPACES artists move into colorful row homes in the heart of North Philadelphia. More “residents” […]

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