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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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Two artists seek to uncover hidden bits and pieces of the crumbling Philadelphia post-industrial cityscape, while simultaneously using these loose narratives to tell personal tales strung together with fabric, steel and found objects. At PhilaMOCA, “Resurrecting Rust” presents the work of Carolyn Perri and Amanda Lee Watkins in a montage of thread and forgotten fixtures […]

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By Erica Hawthorne, Campus Philly Campus Philly held their Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 5 at WHYY in Philadelphia, where 240 stakeholders gathered to learn about the organization’s focus and progress on accelerating internships and connecting Philadelphia college students to community.  The meeting highlighted Campus Philly’s newest connector initiative: Open Arts, a program that builds […]

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By Kimberly Niemela, COSACOSA art at large, Inc. Following a year of community planning and art-making, COSACOSA art at large, Inc. opened the first of three new Site and Sound Gardens in North Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.  Funded by the Knight Arts, the project is transforming abandoned city lots into public green spaces with visual and […]

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At Seraphin Gallery, the exhibit on display in the main gallery entitled “Eons Beyond the Rib” highlights a number of female Philadelphia artists working mostly within the realms of abstraction. Although they are tied together by these loose associations, their work is really not all that similar and ranges from acrylic and graphite, to fabric, […]

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At Fleisher Art Memorial three artists (one of which is technically a collaboration between two individuals) have taken over the gallery space with a wide range of media and messages for the 2014 Wind Challenge 2. In this Knight Arts grantee‘s current show, Janell Olah, Talia Greene and BARBARISM (Sarah Secunda and Rebecca Katherine Hirsch) tackle such […]

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By Maite Barragan, PhD candidate at Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University Throughout the fall semester at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Art History graduate student Maite Barragan has been part of a project funded by the KnightArts grant to bring attention to Philadelphia-born artist, Charles Searles. The artist was celebrated […]

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Two shows at Locks Gallery – one retrospective and one of new works – are at odds with one another on all three floors of the spacious building. On the first and third floors is “Synecdoche” by Nancy Graves, a look back on the late artist’s career via large-scale paintings, drawings and a few sculptures. […]

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Marginal Utility’s December-through-January exhibit, “Don’t Be A Dreamer Mr. Me” from artist Alexi Kukuljevic, is as self-conscious as it is dismissive, simultaneously pseudo-philosophical and absurd. At first glance, the messy forms strewn around the gallery appear simplistic, but upon reading Kukuljevic’s mostly unintelligible, stream-of-consciousness statement that accompanies the show, one discovers just how nihilistic they […]

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A brand new piece of Philadelphia public art is set to be unveiled this spring by Berlin-based visual artist Katharina Grosse and courtesy the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. This Knight Arts grantee and the world-renowned painter will be installing the large-scale, site-specific work along the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor between the Amtrak 30th […]

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Upon entering the halls of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), it’s hard to deny the surprising contrast of the images on view during the “KAWS @ PAFA” show currently on display through January 5. Side by side with historic works of sculpture and oil painting, the pop-culture heavy, brightly colored pieces by […]

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