Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

Wearing Many Hats

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Please join Philly Stewards on Sunday, June 24th, from 2p-4p at Jed Williams Gallery for a panel exploring what it means to juggle multiple identities within the Philadelphia art world. Emily Gowen will lead a discussion with Jed Williams, Gaby Heit and Alex Conner about challenges and successes faced when operating amongst multiple art communities in Philadelphia. Jed Williams will speak about balancing the working life of being an Artist as well as a Gallery Owner, Gaby Heit will talk about her experience of being both a Curator and a Designer, while Alex Conner will speak about being both an Artist and a Collector of contemporary Philadelphia art. The panel will be approximately 45 minutes, with additional time following for questions and answers.

 

Lite drinks will be served.  This event is open to the public, so please feel free to bring along friends to enjoy what will surely be a lively discussion.

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Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Speak - Tech Week Edition

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Hello and welcome to ArtistSpeak, a program dedicated to featuring Philadelphia artists, creatives and thinkers in front of the wider community in order to facilitate critical engagement within the arts. Our program is focused on creating an intimate dynamic that invites anyone who is interested to take part in discussion surrounding contemporary art and culture. Philadelphia is a special place where many creators are congregating at this time and producing compelling work. ArtistSpeak seeks to provide a platform for the discovery of our city’s artists, makers and thinkers so that we may better recognize the significance of the work being made around us. ArtistSpeak events entail brief presentations from each participant followed by Q and A sessions. 

On April 30th, beginning at 6 PM, we will be hosting ArtistSpeak: Philly Tech Week Edition at Warehouse on Watts (923 N Watts St, Philadelphia, PA 19123). This event will feature lightning talks by Philadelphia’s Nick Cassway, Alex Conner, Miguel Horn, Justin Dowdall, Orkan Telhan, Loretta Maps Bolt and Anjan Chatterjee. Collectively, we will focus on the role of new media and technology in influencing art-making at present. We will highlight a variety of perspectives on this issue ranging from technological intervention in the production of work, to the influence of technology on identity and conceptions of self. The presentations will be accompanied by a pop-up exhibition that will remain open from April 30th — May 4th featuring some of the artists on our panel. 

Orkan Telhan is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Anjan Chatterjee is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania whose work focuses on spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. J.A. Dowdall, a Ph.D. Candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, focuses on computational semiotics; cybernetics; and aesthetics in his work in which he examines the ways abstract art and philosophy can be utilized by engineers to create and challenge assumptions in the development of virtual reality/machine learning systems. Loretta Maps Bolt translates the bio-electric rhythms of plants as into electronic music which helps us better understand the language of plant consciousness and our connection to the Earth. Nick Cassway an artist and educator who teaches at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media at Drexel University and makes work that combines elements of graphic design, iconography and illustration in order to create metaphors that explore historical, contemporary and personal events. Miguel Horn makes figurative and symbolic sculpture that combines manual and intuitive practice with the latest digital design technologies. Alex Conner maintains an interdisciplinary practice that explores conceptions of evolving identity in the digital age. 

Following the presentations, Warehouse on Watts will be hosting special guests, OOLALA, who will begin performing between 9:30-10. Tickets for ArtistSpeak, which will also grant admission to the OOLALA show, will be $10 at the door and will include one free drink.

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

ArtistSpeak #5

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The fifth edition of ArtistSpeak is brought to you by Philly Stewards and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA). On Wednesday, March 7, we will be featuring Marguerita Hagan, JJ Tiziou and Abby King who will be discussing their work and its relationship with community engagement.

 
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Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia. She is an advocate for the thriving of all life in mutually sustainable community and environments. The concept of interdependence plays throughout her sculpture, as well as her teaching and community arts. Hagan has exhibited nationally and internationally throughout her career. She received her BFA in Ceramics from James Madison University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

 
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Jacques-Jean "JJ" Tiziou is a visual artist & community organizer. His primary media are photographic images and giant pots of lentil soup, and he has never encountered an un-photogenic person in his life. JJ has been recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia, and is the recipient of the Spiral-Q Artist Activist Award. He makes photographs, hosts house concerts, and has walked the full perimeter of the city (thrice). Based at The Cedar Works in West Philadelphia, JJ uses his work to build bridges across perceived boundaries and help encourage new relationships and ways of thinking.

 
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Abby King is a visual artist and educator residing in Philadelphia. Her work deals primarily with site-specific installation and takes form through printmaking, photography and collage.  Abby received her BFA in Painting from Xavier University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has participated in numerous exhibitions around the country, most recently at Automat Gallery and Marginal Utility. She is the recipient of the Brueggemann Fellowship grant and two New Courtland Fellowships from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Abby has worked in the Museum Education department at PAFA for the last four years and is now serving in her new role as Manager of Public Programs. She is the co-founder and editor of Philadelphia based magazine, Velvet Glove.

 

We ask for a sliding donation between

$1-10 in order to maintain programing.

 
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Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Auction Preview | The Collector's Sale

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Philly Stewards and Freeman's Auction House

host The Collector's Sale preview evening!

 

One night only - Doors open to the public - No RSVP

 

Philly Stewards is excited to co-host The Collector’s Sale preview evening along with Freeman's Auction House.

The Collector's Sale is oriented towards emerging collectors, and is filled with fascinating objects that possess both great character and style.

While not focused exclusively on Philadelphia art and artists (though there are these works in the auction as well!), Philly Stewards looks forward to introducing a new audience not only to a venerable Philadelphia art institution, but also to the exciting world of art auctions.  The evening will offer fun trivia and insights into some of the hundreds of objects on view.

Drinks and food will be served.  Doors are open to the public, so please feel free to bring family and friends along for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

The first 100 visitors will receive a small takeaway.

 

See you there!

 

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Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

ArtistSpeak #4

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ArtistSpeak is a public program which fosters critical engagement in the arts between artists and the wider community of Philadelphia. This event is open to all.

This edition will feature: Mi-Kyoung Lee & Dolores Poacelli

The work of Mi-Kyoung Lee investigates the rhythmic processes of repetition in mark marking across various media in effort to understand the relationships between material and process as well as image and content. 

Dolores Poacelli’s image oriented work explores the abstract language that arises out of the relationships between color, shape, texture, space and tension.

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Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

Estate Planning for Collectors

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Collectors spend many years passionately creating and developing valuable collections; from antique watches, china and jewelry to woven rugs and contemporary art.

 

What many collectors do not realize is that their treasures can also be a substantial asset in terms of their estate.

 

Join us at The Print Center where a panel of experts will discuss the personal, legal and financial aspects of collections, as well as the potential benefits of charitable contributions as part of estate and legacy planning.

 

Panelists

 

Stephanie Diamond

Managing Director, Charitable Planning Consultant, Schwab Charitable

 

Ruth Fine

National Gallery of Art Curator, (1980 - 2012); organizer of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Fifty Gifts for Fifty States project; Chair, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

 

Lu Han

CFP(r) Vice President, Financial Planner and Client Advisor, 1919 Investment Counsel

 

Donald M. Millinger

Senior Advisor, Philadelphia Contemporary; Former Vice President & General Counsel, GCAM/Global Cultural Asset Management, New York; Former Special Counsel, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

 

Robert J. Morrison

Board of Governors, The Print Center, art collector and author with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors of The Fine Art of Tangible Assets

 

Amy Parenti

Head of Department, Appraisals; Head of Department, Trusts & Estates; Vice-President, Freeman's

5:30pm - Registration

6:00pm - Panel Discussion and Questions

7:00pm - Cocktail Reception and Networking

 

Please RSVP by November 3, 2017

to Mikaela Hawk at mhawk@printcenter.org or 215.735.6090 x1

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Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

For the Love of Art.

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Please join us from 6:30-8:30p at Kismet Co-Work for the final installment of our three-part series on Philadelphia Art and Artists in collaboration with Kismet CoWork of Chestnut Hill.

Several members of the Philly Stewards will be on hand to share their insights into and enthusiasm for Philadelphia Art and Artists as well as galleries and exhibition spaces throughout the city.
 

We look forward to a casual, free-wheeling discussion with plenty of opportunities for guests to ask questions for which they may have always wanted an answer, but maybe didn't want to ask.
 

Lite snacks and drinks will be available.  Check out the event here!

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Joys of Living with Art

Joy #1: All artwork is contextual, through which it engages with critical conversations within its immediate environment. Living with contemporary art allows you to engage with, return to and reflect upon these critical conversations contained within a work of art, as well as to watch those conversations grow, for a lifetime. 

On Tuesday, October 17th, from 6:30-8:30p, Philly Stewards is excited to host the second in our three-part series on Philadelphia Art and Artists in collaboration with Kismet CoWork of Chestnut Hill.


Tim Andreadis, Department Head of 20th Century Design at Freeman’s Auction House, will join us for the evening to speak about the joys of buying art locally and the amazing journey of living with art. We are also excited to start the evening out with two 3-minute “slow looks” of works of art by Philadelphia Artists.

 

There will be lite snacks and drinks available. 

 

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Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

A History of Philadelphia Art

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Philly Stewards is proud to announce the first in our three evenings of events over the next month at Kismet CoWork in Chestnut Hill!

Sid Sachs, Exhibitions Manager at The University of the Arts, will use his expert knowledge to illustrate to attendees the exciting (if somewhat hidden) history of Philadelphia Art from the 1900s onward.

Alex Conner, Team Lead for Philly Stewards, will follow with a short presentation about the last 15 years in contemporary art in Philadelphia and where the scene finds itself today.

Philly Stewards and Kismet CoWork invite everyone to come out for what is sure to be an exciting evening!

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Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

ArtistSpeak

Philly Stewards, along with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, are pleased to announce the second edition of ArtistSpeak: a new Artist presentation series focused on connecting Philadelphia's Artists and Makers with the public. ArtistSpeak is free and open to all interested in the work being made at present in our city. 

In our second edition three fantastic Phiadelphia-based sculptors: Darla Jackson, Jeremy Sims and Dave Tavacol, will be discussing their work and taking questions. Tavacol's work explores the relationship between the readymade and luxury, expressing the modes in which presentation influences the perception of "high and low" cultural artifacts. Sims' practice is based in atypical craft, contemporary design and surface development. Jackson, the founder of Fishtown's former Sculpture Gym, makes model and figurative-based work that is steeped in symbolism.

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Darla Jackson

 Jeremy Sims

Jeremy Sims

 Dave Tavacol

Dave Tavacol

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Philly Stewards at Philly Podcast Festival

This Sunday, Philly Stewards will be interviewed for the KTG Talks podcast - created by Chris and Louisa from Kitchen Table Gallery - for the closing event of the Philly Podcast Festival.  

 

"KTG Talks is an art podcast about the people who help to make the arts happen. Host Chris O'Rourke brings an outsider's perspective to these intimate conversations with the individuals working and creating in Philadelphia's art scene and around the world. Ok, not "around the world," we're working on that part."

 

We hope you can come out and join us!

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Artists Speak
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Artists Speak

Artists Speak is designed to showcase a diverse array of working Philadelphia Artists, at varying stages of their careers, in order to facilitate an inclusive and open discourse as well as foster critical engagement with the work being made in Philly at present.

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This first edition will include presentations by:

Jessica Gamble, Jed Williams and Loretta Maps Bolt

Jessica Gamble is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on exploring human memory and its relationship to spirit and organic physical processes.

Jed Williams is a painter whose work explores abstraction combined with a quest to examine the human form, as well as pop culture and contemporary mythologies.

Maps Bolt is an artist, innovator and techno-shaman whose work examines cultural paradigms and aims towards deepening our collective awareness of the Earth.

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This is a chance for all Philadelphians to get to know our city's artists more intimately, beyond the walls of galleries and institutions. Each artist will speak for 20 minutes about their working process, followed by a brief question and answer period.  Artists Speak is free to attend.

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Where the Hell Am I?
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Where the Hell Am I?

Have you ever wandered into a commercial art gallery, looked around and thought, "where the hell am I?" Don't worry - a lot of us have!

Commercial art galleries, with their traditionally white walls, assortment of different works of Art and still, almost reverential, silence can be incredibly imposing spaces! Philly Stewards is excited to host the event "Where the Hell Am I?" along with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery this Thursday, June 15th, from 6p-8p.

Beginning with a conversation between Alex Conner, Alex Baker (Director of F/o) and Claire Iltis (Associate Director of F/O) we will explore the nuts-and-bolts of how a commercial art gallery operates day-to-day in Philadelphia. This includes how a commercial Art Gallery pays its bills, works with Collectors, chooses artists for its roster, plans out Art Fairs to exhibit at and (most importantly!) represents Art that it believes in and believes its audience will be passionate about.

Afterwards there will be a Q&A to ask any question you may have ever had about the operations of commercial art galleries. We will be offering the opportunity to either ask your question out loud or to write it down and have our panel answer it anonymously!

 

Note: The doors to the building and the elevator close to the public at 7pm; please keep this in mind if you plan to arrive after the event begins.

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Collector Conundrum: "How the Hell do I Frame This?"
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Collector Conundrum: "How the Hell do I Frame This?"

An intro to framing Art.  Hosted at a private collector's home, Brian Dennis and Keith Breitfeller will lead an evening of discussion about the decisions people face when framing a work of Art.  Dennis and Breitfeller are the owners of B&K Arts Framing Studio and have over 30 years experience in the field.

Dennis and Breitfeller will help attendees explore the field of framing in general, focusing on concerns about conservation, explanations of framing 'standards' as well as how to use an aesthetic eye to choose framing that won't overwhelm the work of Art.

Space is limited to 12 people.  Drinks and lite fare will be served.  RSVP here.

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Collector's Round Table at Snyderman Works
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Collector's Round Table at Snyderman Works

An evening of conversation in the Paper Work exhibition with panelists Heath Ballowe, Emily Gowen, Don Millinger and Eric Preisendanz

Paper Work is a first-time curatorial effort between Snyderman-Works Galleries and local artist and collector, Alex Conner. 

Featuring:
Stuart M. Buehler, Anne Canfield, Mariel Capanna, Kristina Centore, Georgia Deal, De La Torre Brothers, Stephen D. Edwards, Terri Saulin Frock, Jim Grilli, Jerry Kaba, Amy Lee Ketchum, Adam Lovitz, George McKim, Justin Rubich, Lucia Thomé, and Ashley Wick

Working with Rick & Ruth Snyderman, Gallery Curator Dennis Ambrogi, and Assistant Director Leigh Werrell, Conner selected works on paper from the gallery’s collection that he felt reflected themes similar to those being tackled by contemporary Philadelphia artists.

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Artist "Speed Dating" at The Clay Studio
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Artist "Speed Dating" at The Clay Studio

It's not what you think – Artist “Speed Dating” is a 30-minute tour-de-clay where, as part of an informal group, you will visit with eight incredible artists, see their work in a preview of the Small Favors exhibition, and hear what lights their fire. Anyone interested in learning more about the Arts in Philadelphia is welcome to attend this evening of questions, cocktails, craft, and conversing. 

This event is presented by the Young Friends of The Clay Studio and is held in conjunction with Philly Stewards, Philadelphia’s first group dedicated solely to collecting and supporting the work of Philadelphia Artists.

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