Monday, December 8, 2014


Great affordable gift options for family and friends! Come check out the 40th Street AIR Holiday Art Sale, this Saturday and Sunday (the 13th and 14th) from 12 to 6 pm at the AIRSPACE Gallery, first floor of 4007 Chestnut Street. We'll have paintings, prints, sculptures, holiday cards, tinctures, crafts--you name it! Featuring work by our current residents Althea Baird, TenBroeck Cripps, Brujo de La Mancha, Aislinn Pentecost-Farren and Lorna Williams, as well as many guest artists. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Panel on Spacemaking THIS THURSDAY

AIR's very own director Gina Renzi will be participating in a panel "Spacemaking--Surveying New Residency Programs in Philadelphia," presented by Moore College of of Art and Design. The event is this Thursday, December 4th from 6:30-8:00, free and open to the public in Stewart Auditorium (20th Street and the Parkway).

Gina will be joined panel by Nancy Chen, Lillian Dunn, Lee Tusman, and moderator Dave Kyu. Attend to hear information and discussion on the past, present, and future of collaborative artwork and artist-in-residency programs all around the Philly community.

Find more information here:

Sunday, November 9, 2014


2013-2014 AIR residents Brian Bazemore and Lucy Pistilli are curating ongoing storefront window displays on 40th Street, from just north of Chestnut up to Locust Moon Comics. Featured artists include both former and current residents, as well as friends of the program. See below for a preview and like our Facebook page to stay updated on the displays. Stroll past and check it out!

Monday, October 13, 2014

POST Oct. 11 and 12

AIR had a successful weekend of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)! POST presents an annual opportunity for members of the Philadelphia community to explore and communicate with local artists (more information can be found at The West of Broad Street tours occurred this past Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. The East of Broad Street tours will happen on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, from noon to 6 pm on both days.

This weekend, people filtered in to chat with some of our current residents Aislinn Pentecost-Farren, Althea Baird, Brujo De la Mancha, and Tenbroeck Cripps; our artist liaison Heidi Ratanavanich; past residents Brian Bazemore and Lucy Pistilli; and our guest artist Johanna Inman. AIR had the honor of presenting a collection of photographs by Inman in our 4007 Chestnut Street Gallery. Visitors got a chance to see the artists at work, preview their pieces, and speak with them about their inspirations. Visitors could also see some work by Lorna Williams, another current resident. See the pictures below for a taste of the event. 

Johanna Inman talks about her process and work with guests.
Lucy Pistilli shares her inspiration with a visitor.
Guests chat with Tenbroeck Cripps in her 4007 studio.
A piece by Lorna Williams.
Work by Brujo De la Mancha.

Aislinn Pentecost-Farren and visitors discuss the Sckuylkill River.
AIR will continue to provide resident artists and the artist liaison with free studio space until next August. Each resident will then have a one-month show, exhibited at 4007 Chestnut Street, starting next year (2015). Stay tuned for more information!

Monday, June 9, 2014

I wasn't doing nothing by Yangbin Park

40th AIR resident Yangbin Park is showing his work at the AIRSPACE gallery on 40th and Chestnut on June 13th 6pm-9pm. The closing is July 5th. Come see a brilliant West Philly artist!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

40th AIR Resident Brenna K. Murphy curates exhibition at the University City Arts League - Opening Fri May 16!

40th AIR Resident, Brenna K. Murphy, curates exhibition at the University City Arts League - Opening Friday, May 16th!As part of her 40th AIR residency community outreach, Brenna K. Murphy has curated a three-person exhibition at the University City Arts League this month.  By including work of her own, as well as the work of Kay Healy and Emily Manalo Ruiz (artists living in Center City and South Philly respectively), Murphy aims to bridge the gap between the often divided art scenes of West Philadelphia neighborhoods and those east of the Schuylkill.  

“Home” is Murphy’s first curatorial project and explores the concepts of home, memory, and nostalgia through a variety of media including hair-embroidery, ink-transfer, and soft sculpture.  

For people all over the world, the concept of home is an ever-present truth. The details may differ from culture to culture, but it plays a distinct role in our lives regardless of these differences. From the time we are born to the time we die, we are confronted with the homes that are provided for us, the homes we leave, the homes we return to, and the homes we make for ourselves.
In “Home,” artists Kay Healy, Brenna K. Murphy, and Emily Manalo Ruiz invite us to consider what home means to us and how the parameters of its meaning can change. They explore this question in a variety of contexts and mediums, and are particularly interested in the inherent materiality of home. Domestic furniture and objects, textiles, everyday artifacts, and even the human bodies that occupy our homes are investigated in an effort to understand how these aspects of the physical world affect the intangible realm of human psyche and emotion.
The University City Arts League is a community not-for profit organization that has been serving the community for 45 years through some 60 different classes throughout the year for adults and children, including an active pottery studio, an art gallery, after-school arts programming for children, and outreach in the community.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 16th6-8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: May 16th - June 20th
GALLERY HOURS: M-F, 10am - 7pm

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! Deadline is Monday May 19!!

Calling for applications for our 2014-2015 residency!
Open to all visual artists who meet a few simple criteria. Click HERE for an application and program description or email us at

Friday, May 2, 2014

AIR resident Brian Bazemore opens The Souls in the Bones TONIGHT!

On May 2nd, 2014, 40th Street AIR resident Brian Bazemore will be having an opening at the AIRSPACE gallery at 40th and Chestnut.  The opening begins at 5 and continues on til 9.  You do not want to miss it!

AIR resident Brenna K. Murphy opens "Home Imagined"

Please join AIR resident Brenna K. Murphy 
for the Opening Reception 
"Home Imagined" 
on May 3rd, 3 - 6pm

Detail from "Home Imagined (Dollhouse)," 4x6 feet, 1,154 strands of the artist's hair stitched into pape

Presented by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists and Metropolitan Gallery 250, this exhibition includes 24 new small hair embroideries and “Home Imagined (Dollhouse),” a 4 x 6 foot hair embroidery created over five-months at artists residencies in France last year.
  • Exhibition Dates: May 3 - June 1, 2014
  • Special Gallery Hours and Opening Reception on May 3rd: 11am-6pm (Opening Reception from 3-6pm)
  • Regular Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm and by appointment (contact
  • Metropolitan Gallery 250 is located at 250 S. 18th Street, Unit 102 (on Rittenhouse Square, across the street from the Art Alliance)

For more info, go HERE and check out the Facebook Event Page

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Queer Communities in Print - Tuesday April 22 at our gallery!!!

The Queer Communities in Print Portfolio pays tribute to the ability of LGBTQ people to dialogue, agitate and build community across identities, experiences and distance. Organized for the 2014 Southern Graphic Council International Print Conference, The Queer Communities in Print Portfolio makes a pointed effort to acknowledge queer identified artists working in the medium of print, connect them across geographic locations and create an archive of contemporary LGBTQ artists, building a community that transcends geographic limitations. The portfolio consists of prints created in a variety of mediums by 29 LGBTQ identified artists.

Corinne Teed and Jaime Knight, both graduate students in the University of Iowa MFA Printmaking program with histories as educators, activists and organizers, share an interest in the exploration of queer identities. Through the use of print, and print logic in 2-d as well as sculptural and time-based media the two artists address issues of subjectivity, relationality and queer intimacies. Inspired by the relative isolation felt being queer in the 6th largest city in Iowa and the location of SGCI 2014, Knight and Teed organized 29 queer identified artists for the Queer Communities in print Portfolio.

The opening will be the 22nd from 5-8pm. There will be light snacks and wine!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Penn Students to display art in the orange storefront on 40th between Chestnut and Market!  Read about the submission process here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Souls in the Bones by Brain Bazemore

On May 2nd, 2014, 40th Street AIR resident Brian Bazemore will be having an opening at the AIRSPACE gallery at 40th and Chestnut.  The opening begins at 5 and continues on til 9.  You do not want to miss it!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Neighborhood Bike Works 3/21/14

My name is Veronica Jones, the 40th Street AIR intern, and I made a visit to the Neighborhood Bike Works at 39th and Locust last Friday.  The kids are currently working on a kinetic bike sculpture.  I came in during snack time and this was conducive to some solid brainstorming. After snack time, the young artists were split up into groups.  These groups consisted of welding, electromagnet experimentation, and frame design.  I first made a visit to the welding group, the main take away here was that welding is awesome and thankfully the teacher has still got all his fingers.  Next, I made my way to the electromagnet experimentation station.  Here, I was introduced to some very strong magnets and informed by a lovely little girl that they are very bad to swallow. Finally, the frame design group was hard at work on the white board drawing out design possibilities. A charming young man told me the plan was to make a sculpture that is round, but not too round, and less than 7 feet wide. The space in which the students work is very organized and colorful, I can see why so many impressive ideas are extracted from the kids.  All in all, this program is stellar and I am very much looking forward to my next visit.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Twitter !

We have a new twitter page! Follow @40thStreetAIR

Friday, March 14, 2014

Now Accepting Applications for our 2014-2015 Residency!!!

Please visit for information on our policies and for an application. Applications are due on Monday May 19, 2014 at 11:59pm. The residency runs September 1, 2014-August 15, 2015.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited by Brenna K. Murphy

Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited by Brenna K. Murphy
March 8-29, 2014
Opening Reception: March 8, 5-8pm
AIRSPACE Gallery, 4007 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor

Here are a few photos of Brenna K. Murphy's installation of  hair paper on the corner of 40th and Chestnut. If you want to see more of Brenna's work, the opening reception for her show is at the 40th AIR Gallery tomorrow!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Kinetic Sculpture Derby Class at Neighborhood Bike Works: Learning the Tools!

Students learn about motion by building simple machine mobiles out of cardboard and rubber bands (and markers for flair!).
Bevan teaches the hand drill...
...while Lili instructs on the drill press (Safety goggles down!).
Students learning about non-verbal communication and building teamwork!
Sorting Skittles by color without words or sight! Challenging!
Classroom time!
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