Thursday, June 4, 2015

Althea is having a closing reception! JUNE 11

Join us on Thursday June 11, 6-9pm, as we bid farewell to Althea Baird's show. This will be your last chance to see her work, take away some mural broadsheets, and experience the myriad unique performances that result from her infamous cootie catchers. Don't know what we're talkin about here? Well, come to the reception to find out!
The Facebook event is HERE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Coming up, the fourth resident show of the year, featuring artist TENBROECK CRIPPS. 40th Street Artist-in-Residence presents "Insects and Angels: the Secret Show" with past and present works by Tenbroeck.

Join us for the show's opening reception, Saturday, June 20th, from 6 to 9 pm, where you will have the opportunity to speak with the artist about her process, inspiration, and ideas. The show itself will run in the AIRSPACE Gallery on the first floor of 4007 Chestnut Street from June 20th to July 9th. Find further details in the postcard image below. Hope to see many of you there!

Friday, May 15, 2015


Join us for Althea Baird's gallery show opening, this Saturday, May 16th, from 6 to 9 pm in the AIR Gallery at 4007 Chestnut, first floor. The opening will kick off a one month long show featuring new work by Althea. The night will be full of live performances by the artist herself, a chance to discuss with her about her work and process, and some food to munch on. You can find more about the artist here.

 Althea's show will run from May 16th to June 7th. Gallery hours by appointment. Please email to set up a time. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

UPCOMING: Second Resident Show

Mark your calendars! 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program presents "Past and Present works by Brujo de la Mancha." On display at 4007 Chestnut Street, first floor, from April 18th to May 9th. More information below:

Saturday, April 18th, 6-9pm

Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm
Or by appointment: (215)384-3369/

50% of the sales of this art show will be donated in favor of the caravan tour of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa Mexico, with the verification of RIUM (Red de Immigrantes Unidos port Mexico en PA) Network of Immigrants United from Mexico in PA.

About the artist:
I am a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist, teaching artist. Born in Mexico City in a mixed Mexican-indigenous and Spanish working class family. In my childhood, during visits to my father's family around Xico, Veracruz in Mexico, I experienced the surviving Mayan, Olmec, Aztec and Catholic cultures, traditional farming, and popular crafts that represent and express the life of the indigenous Mexican people. Later, I cultivated a sense of freedom to express my personal dreams and reality by immersing myself in indigenous cultures in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Michoacan and Tlaxcala. I grew up believing and experiencing independent thinking, realizing that people are rich in resourcefulness in their own power for self-control. My paternal grandmother migrated from Xico, Veracruz to Mexico City before I was born, and I have continued this family experience with my own migration to Philadelphia eleven years ago, where I have joined the diversity of lives and cultural exchanges of this city. In Mexico a great emphasis is placed on the connection between human beings and the natural world. In 2007 I got my Aztec name "Tletxayacoatl" (The Snake with the Face on Fire) in a summer solstice ceremony in Chicago with Master "Ocelotcoatl" (The Jaguar & Snake) and Master "Xavier Quijas Yxayotl". I also won a grant from The Institute for Cultural Partnership to learn how to make "Tlapizcalli" clay flutes with the Master "Xavier Quijas Yxayotl", my first formal training in art. I have continued this work on my own making a clay instrument called the "Ehekachiktli" -The Dead Whistle- an instrument that is very old.
My artistic name BRUJO DE LA MANCHA was giving to me by my friends through my artistic development. My name, Brujo, means "witch" in Spanish. Because transformation is a magic power that humans have inside, I encourage people to focus on the present, to recycle and embrace what they have around them now.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Resident Outreach Project Updates!!

Just to keep y'all up to date on what our artists have been doing to share their work with the community. 

Resident Brujo de la Mancha's outreach project works to generate dialogue about INDIGENOUS OF THIS CONTINENT LIVING IN PHILADELPHIA while resident Althea Baird has been collaborating with BARE TEETH dance group. Find pictures and further details below.


BRUJO's project discusses indigenous identity in Philadelphia. He wants to include and give a voice to indigenous people, which could include Northern, Central, Caribbean, or South American indigenous people, as well as Africans or non-Africans who mixed with indigenous people and who currently live in Philadelphia. He is currently leading discussions about identity in this city, which will culminate in a collective piece of artwork (possibly a mural or a book). ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION.

Upcoming discussions.
Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22 from 6-8 pm at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street.
Sundays April 12, 19, 26 from 2-4 pm at By My Side Parenting Program at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1542 East Montgomery Avenue.

Some pictures from the first discussion, last Wednesday at the Rotunda:


ALTHEA has been holding choreography workshops and work-making sessions over the past few months. Pictures of these sessions are displayed below. 


And don't forget to check out our upcoming artist shows at 4007 Chestnut Street. Brujo's show opens April 18th and Althea's show is coming up in May!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Work by Aislinn Pentecost-Farren! GALLERY SHOW OPENING TONIGHT

Join us at our gallery (4007 Chestnut, first floor) this evening from 6-9 to celebrate the opening of our first resident show!
Afterimage | and other conditions of climate change

Featuring the work of Aislinn Pentecost-Farren. Come meet the artist, munch on some classy snacks, and check out her new work. 

Facebook event here.

Gallery Hours
Mondays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesdays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28th: 4 to 7 pm
Sunday, March 29th: 4 to 7 pm

or by appointment.

On exhibit until April 7, 2015.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 residency!

Application can be found here or by emailing 

Read here for relevant info:

40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program


Residency: September 1, 2015 - August 15, 2016
Application Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm
We'll alert ALL applicants by Friday June 26, 2015.

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.
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, 2015 and ending August 15, 2016. 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 stage of life.

• 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.

• 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.

To apply, please submit the attached application by Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm to  Feel free to email with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.