Friday, September 16, 2011

Second Year MFA Exhibition "call it" opens in Addams Gallery

The show titled " call it," exhibits the work of the second year MFA students in the Gallery at the Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall through October 13th. "call it" is intended as a preview of what may come in this next year, as all fourteen students proceed down their diverse and distinct paths towards thesis in May.

The show includes photography work by Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Caitlin Lennon, and Chloe Reison as well as work in other media.

Sarah Cohen (MFA '11) exhibits photographs from Mumbai Studio Abroad (Spring 2011)

Sarah Cohen (MFA '11) has photographs featured in a solo exhibition, entitled Jewish Life in India, at the Leona P. Kramer Memorial Gallery, Gratz College. The images Cohen will be presenting were taken in synagogues in Mumbai, India, while she was there for the
Howard A. Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad Class in Spring 2011: an opportunity she was granted during her final year of her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. The show is on view until October 26th.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Olivia Coffey, Recent Photo Alum in group show in Chelsea

Olivia Coffey’s vivid color photographs capture the fragility of partnership and the fluid, subtle and often fleeting nature of intimacy. Calling upon cohabitating couples in “practical… profitable [and] constant” partnerships, Coffey shoots the duos posed comfortably in their shared homes. Printing the final selections as large scale Archival Pigment Ink Jet Prints on luster paper, the artist displays the intricacies of private domestic space in the larger than life, hyperreal proportions one might associate with film, television and related media.

Olivia Coffey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently resides in San Francisco.

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition
August 19 - September 9, 2011 Reception:
Thursday August 25, 2011 6-8 PM

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition is an eagerly awaited show on the gallery calendar, and an examination of these works makes it easy to see why. Innovative, energetic and intensely appealing, this is an example of contemporary art at its breathtaking best. Each of the range of mediums and styles is used gracefully and creatively, resulting in a wonderfully varied collection of art.

Gabriel Martinez, Samson Solo Exhibition

Artist's Reception:
Friday, Sept. 9th from 5 - 8PM

450 Harrison Avenue / 29 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118
T 617 357 7177

Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 5PM
& by Appointment

For his 2nd solo exhibition with Samsøn, Cuban American, Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist Gabriel Martinez addresses the complex intersections at the core of contemporary, gay male sexual identities. The exhibition, a diverse mix of new works, questions male power dynamics; subverting and making reference to a wide range of cultural products at the heart of socio, political and sexual discourses on masculinity. In Martinez’s hands, these elements, playful at first, belie deeper meanings about sexual desire among men, reclaiming and bringing what seems to exist at the margins' full center.

Save the Date! Philly Photo Day! October 28th 2011

Join PPAC in celebrating the second annual Philly Photo Day on October 28th!

Philly Photo Day is a free community-building arts event that increases access to arts and culture and inspires residents to think creatively about their surroundings.

In order to keep this event free and open to everyone in the city, PPAC is seeking sponsors for the 2011 event.

To support Philly Photo Day through our Kickstarter campaign, visit

Nancy Davenport, newly appointed Assistant Professor of photography

Nancy Davenport is a welcome addition to in the Department of Fine Arts, where she has been appointed as Assistant Professor. Davenport's teaching, commitment to cross-disciplinary exchange, and international reputation as a significant interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of photography, animation, and digital media will make her a valued member of the standing faculty. Davenport explores photography through a series of computer-manipulated photographs that challenge illusions of the real embedded within the photographic medium. She examines the politics of representation by tracing the continuities of historical photographic practices within contemporary digital culture. Recent projects interrogated the social structure of workers at manufacturing plants in Germany and China and the stigmas and complexities of brutalist architecture. Davenport will continue her expansive and provocative research at PennDesign.