Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PLEXORS - exhibit of work by 2015-2016 AIR resident Jeane Cohen and guest artist Scott Schultheis

Paintings by 2015-2016 AIR resident Jeane Cohen and guest artist Scott Schultheis
on display in the storefronts along 40th Street between Chestnut and Ludlow

Public Reception on Sunday June 26, 3-6pm

Monday, May 2, 2016


We've extended our application deadline! You now have until 11:59pm on Wednesday May 4. All info and the application itself can be found at https://40thstreetair.submittable.com/submit

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sammy and Corey as Blown Away - The Art of Dre Grigoropol

This Friday April 22nd at 7:30pm, join Dre and friends for live music and festivities at the gallery. (4007 Chestnut St.) Check out the Facebook event here.


Blown Away


Cory Kram

Lora Bloom

The event is part of artist-in-residence, Dre Grigoropol's, month long solo show at the gallery. For more information on Dre or her art, check out the Facebook event here. We hope to see you at the gallery this Friday!

P.S. Don't forget to apply for the 2016/2017 residency. Read the guidelines and apply by May 2nd!

Monday, March 21, 2016


Take a look at the guidelines and go ahead and apply- tell your friends and fellow West Philly based artists as well!

Dear Applicant:
Thanks for your interest in the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program. 
This letter describes the program and provides information on the application process for the 2016-2017 residency, which begins
on September 1, 2016 and ends on August 15, 2017. 
Please note that this application is due on Monday May 2, 2016 at 11:59pm. The site will not accept submissions after that time.
We will alert all applicants by July 1, 2016. 
You can always reach us at 40th.AIR.app@gmail.com
Please read carefully. 
 The mission of the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program is:
 •   To address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia by offering studios rent-free, on a rotating basis, to visual artists who reside in/are strongly affiliated with Philadelphia neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill River.
•   To assist in the career growth of new and emerging artists and those whose work has not been recognized in mainstream venues.
•   To enrich the 40th Street area by placing artists here and allowing them to share their talents with members of our community.
What you get and what you give:
If accepted, you will be given a studio space at either 4007 Chestnut Street or 4013 Chestnut Street beginning September 1, 2016 and ending August 15, 2017. You will be encouraged to use that time to develop your own creative work. In exchange, you will be asked to share your talents with West Philadelphia through a minimum of 40 hours of outreach service over the course of the residency. Examples of outreach projects include a public installation, a workshop, or a class. You may work at a school, prison, hospital, nursing home, etc. Administrative and modest financial support will be provided. In addition, all residents will have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions.  Monthly resident meetings (or fewer/more when necessary) will facilitate this while creating opportunities to foster community within the program. In addition to collaborating with your fellow residents, a student intern and a part-time facilitator will help to coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity, maintenance, etc.
• You must be a new or emerging artist. This does not necessarily mean that you are a recent college graduate (though it’s fine if you are!). You can be any age, at any education level or type, and at any stage of life. What we mean by emerging artist is someone who has not had a private studio before, or has had one but for under a year, and has not had a solo exhibition at a major gallery or museum. 
• You must be affiliated with West Philadelphia, meaning you live, work, volunteer, or create art here.
• Full time students may not apply.
• Former 40th Street artists-in-residence may not apply.
• Groups may not apply, though collaborative duos may apply. Our studios cannot accommodate more than two artists at a time and applications submitting by groups of more than two will not be accepted.
• Artists who have applied in the past and were not accepted may re-apply.
Important Notes:
Our sites are not live-in facilities. The studios are available at all times, but the buildings are shared; you must be considerate of other tenants. The spaces can accommodate a variety of creative activities, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, photography, puppetry, and fiber art. The studios are too small for dance. Ceilings in most studios are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); rooms range from 150-300 square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others do not. The studios are not furnished. The buildings have small back yards that may be used for assembling larger works, or as a place to exhibit sculpture. The spaces have ventilation, running water, and 120- volt AC outlets. However, the facilities will not accommodate highly toxic chemicals, welding, or very high-powered electrical equipment. Note also that within the spaces, there is open access to different work areas; we count on residents to show respect for others’ property and privacy.

LINK TO APPLICATION HERE: http://40thstreetair.submittable.com/submit

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Friends and Neighbors CLOSING Reception Sunday FEB 28, 4-8pm

The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program 
6th Annual

Friends and Neighbors Invitational

Exhibiting work from friends, neighbors, students, and colleagues of our 2015-2016 residents 

CLOSING RECEPTION IN HONOR OF LEAP YEAR'S EVE! Sunday FEB 28 • 4-8pm • free buffet dinner and live printing
Our opening reception was marred by the blizzard so we REALLY hope to see you at the closing! 

at AIRSPACE Gallery 

4007 Chestnut ST, 1st floor • Philadelphia
Twitter: @40thStreetAIR



(invited by AIR resident Jeane Cohen)


Mixed Media
(invited by AIR resident Jeane Cohen)


Illustrator and Multimedia Artist 
(invited by AIR resident Dre Grigoropol)

(invited by AIR resident Erin Bernard)


Words, Print photography 
(invited by AIR resident Quinha Faria)


Illustrator and Multimedia Artist 
(invited by AIR resident Dre Grigoropol)


Artist Statement (truncated)
My creations are not bound to any one type of medium, instead I explore different materials, textures and surfaces to express my own interpretation of the world around me.  Through my scientific background I have gained a deep appreciation for biological forms and anatomical subjects. I have always found beauty in microscopic images and in cross-sectional explorations of bodies and plants. I am drawn to the multiplicity of repetitive patterns which occur on both small and large scales in nature. I use scientific imagery as a starting off point to explore my own imaginative internal characters and landscapes.  These biomorphic forms offer a unique visual language that breathes and communicates on the deepest levels of our perception.
(invited by AIR resident Erin Bernard)


an elder and painter who has lived in Philadelphia for 20 years
(invited by AIR resident Genesis Crespo) 


a printmaker pretty new to Philadelphia 
(invited by AIR resident Genesis Crespo) 


(invited by AIR resident Quinha Faria)

Some guest artists will have work for sale. All sales benefit the artists; AIR does not take a cut. Support local art!!! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Gallery closed today and tomorrow; see us soon!

Thanks so much to everyone who attended last night's opening. We will not open the gallery today or tomorrow, due to the blizzard. Please scroll to our previous blog post for info on other gallery hours and the closing reception. See ya soon! Have fun in the snow!