Sunday, April 22, 2012

CLOSING FOR RETROSPECTACULAR!! Thursday, April 26th, 6 pm!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012,
6:00pm until 9:30pm

Please join us!

7 PM a few shoe-box crankie shows by students from West Philly High.

9 PM songs by Beth Nixon and Morgan FP Andrews from puppet shows of old (sloths, mammoths, mice...)

Beth and her Ramshackle Enterprise have been creating puppet and clown shows and facilitating the creation of parades and pageants in Philly and beyond for over a dozen years. This retrospectacular showcases Beth's participation in over a decade of action in the West Philly/ East coast puppet underground. See, read and fondle relics from her first Philly performance at the 2000 post RNC Puppet Uprising to this winter's collaboration with Sarah Lowry in the creation of "Below and Beyond".

Puppets, masks, suitcase theaters, illustrations and cardboard constructions on display. (Almost) everything for sale! If you bought/claimed anything at the opening, please come to the closing to pick it up! (Beth) (Sarah and Co.)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 residency! Deadline is Monday May 7!

Residency: August 25, 2012 - August 15, 2013
Application Deadline: Monday, May 7, 2012
We'll alert artists (whether they are accepted or not) by June 15, 2012.

If accepted to the program, you will be granted a studio space at either 4007 Chestnut or 4013 Chestnut Street for a period of one year, beginning on August 25, 2012 and ending August 15, 2013. 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 work over the course of the year. Examples of this include a public installation or a workshop or class. Support will be provided to help you develop this project effectively. In addition, the artists in residence will have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions, both of their own work and of their outreach work.  Monthly meetings (or more when necessary) will help facilitate this work as well as create opportunities for artists to share ideas and create a true community. In addition to working with your fellow residents, a student intern and a professional facilitator will help to coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity, maintenance, etc.   

Please note that 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, sculpture, installation art, photography, and performance art. Collaborative as well as individual efforts are welcome. Ceilings are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); rooms range from 100-300 square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others have none at all (making them ideal darkrooms). The studios are not furnished. The buildings also have small yards in the rear 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 the different work areas; we count on resident artists to show respect for others’ property and privacy.

The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence program strives to create a community of artists who share their talents with each other and with the surrounding community.  

If you are interested, please email for an application.