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