Design Philadelphia Pop Up Place Event – Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale now for PopUp Place – the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kick-off party.

Join this incredible evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse.

Cocktail Party + Benefit
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 pm

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(followed by the free outdoor street party from 7:30 – 10:00 pm)


  • Celebrate with the 2012 Design Champion Award winner
  • Indulge in fabulous fare from 12th Street Catering
  • Lounge in the outdoor living room furnished by Provenance Architecturals
  • Catch the So Re Fa fashion show produced by Arcadia Boutique
  • Sip signature cocktails by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Experience /adaptations/ – an exhibition on sustainable design
  • Build an interactive architectural structure with Public Workshop
  • View outdoor projections by Matt Suib and Nadia Hironaka

The benefit celebration will roll into the PopUp Place Street Party, taking over the 900 block of cobblestone Canal Street, at the doors of Provenance from 7:30 – 10:00 pm. The street party portion of this event is free and open to the public.

Still Time to "Check In to a Masterpiece" Contest

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) has a contest running this summer, “Check In to a Masterpiece,” as part of the With Art Philadelphia™ campaign. Deadline of September 1 is approaching, so be sure to get busy in seeing art now!

Using Foursquare, people can share their art experiences in a new way—by virtually checking in at 12 works of art in Philadelphia. And, you could win a grand prize including an overnight stay in Philadelphia and museum memberships/tickets.

Visit Philly and Foursquare worked together to create “Check In to a Masterpiece” to encourage people to explore Philadelphia’s rich art. When Foursquare users “check in” at a specific painting or sculpture, they get bragging rights by sharing that moment with their social networks.

How “Check In to a Masterpiece” Works:
On, users can access the official “Check In to a Masterpiece” list, created by GPTMC, to explore the highlighted works of art. Once followers have checked in at a masterpiece, they can share it with their social networks—spreading the news about the great art scene in Philadelphia. The “Check In to a Masterpiece” program launches with 12 artworks of various eras and genres from six Philadelphia cultural institutions.

  1. Models (Poseuses) by Georges Seurat at the Barnes Foundation
  2. Seated Couple by the Dogon peoples at the Barnes Foundation
  3. Supper Time by Horace Pippin at the Barnes Foundation
  4. The Large Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses) by Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation
  5. Swann Memorial Fountain by Alexander Stirling Calder, designed with architect Wilson Eyre at Logan Circle
  6. Three Wise Men Greeting Entry into Lagos by Kehinde Wiley at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
  7. The Artist in His Museum by Charles Willson Peale at PAFA
  8. Sphinx of Ramses II at the Penn Museum
  9. Puabi’s Headdress at the Penn Museum
  10. Sunflowers by Vincent Willem van Gogh at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  11. Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  12. The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin at the Rodin Museum

To enter to win, users must check in at a masterpiece and broadcast the check-in via Twitter using the hashtag #withartphl. One randomly selected person will win the grand prize—an art-filled weekend stay in Philadelphia.

The With Art Philadelphia™ collaborative is a first-of-its-kind partnership to position Philadelphia among the world’s great art destinations and to increase visitation to the region from around the world.

InVision Photo Festival – Call for Entries

This November, the InVision Photo Festival will be held for three days (Nov 2 – 4) at the ArtsQuest Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, Pa.

This event features: exhibitions, parties and presentations at the Banana Factory Arts Center and Steel Stacks campus at the base of the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.

In addition, there is a juried photo exhibition, with an upcoming deadline of September 3.

This year, InVision will be hosting its first open juried exhibition for all photographers residing in Pennsylvania.

Held in the Crayola Gallery, this exhibition was created to highlight the many talented photographers living and working in PA. This exhibition looks to highlight work from all types of photographers at different stages in their careers as well as many various types of photography itself. Exhibited work will be exhibited from October 20, 2012 – January 13, 2013.

This exhibition will be selected and curated by Ricardo Viera, a Professor of Art at Lehigh University the Director of Lehigh University Art Galleries/Teaching Collection.

Read more details here to get further instructions on entry and awards. 

Entry Deadline: September 3, 2012
Up to 3 entries – $35

The Allentown Art Museum, James A. Michener Museum and Lehigh University Galleries will each select and purchase one photograph for their collection. Purchase price is $500.

About ArtsQuest:
ArtsQuest is a major component of the Lehigh Valley’s arts scene, thanks to the support of volunteers, local and regional businesses, corporate and private donors and their dedicated staff.  They have developed a new home for the arts, at the former site of Bethlehem Steel.

Mary Ellen Mark @ PMA

Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
July 1, 2012 – October 28, 2012

Michael Glorioso and Eliza Wierzbinska, Staten Island, New York, 2006 Polaroid. 20 x 24 inches (61 x 50.8 cm) © Mary Ellen Mark

In this exhibition, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark visited high school proms to create portraits of attendees.  She is known for her photojournalism, portraiture and advertising photography and has had 16 collections of her work published. She has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide and has received numerous accolades, including three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Using a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Land Camera (only five such cameras exist!), Mark creates extraordinary and unique large-format prints, looking at the quintessential American coming-of-age ritual. Mark selected high schools from across the country that reflect the regional and class differences among Americans. Her previous photography work has addressed such social issues as homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction and prostitution.

Instagram Feed: This is Now

This is Now: NewYork is a live instant feed of every single Instagram shot in NYC, with the project expanding to include more cities (Check out: London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Paris and more).  The feed is highly addictive and offers a real-time visualization of all the photos as they happen within New York City on Instagram.  Can’t wait for the Philly feed, by the way…

The site allows you to see New York City from a thousand perspectives at the same time. There are a lot of pictures about buildings and food (sounds to me like a Talking Heads’ album).  Also, pets, mirrors and friends seem to be common subjects… and yes, some penises. (Be aware this is a raw, live feed!)  What do these images capture about our lives and our time?

Anyway, this provides a totally new way to see a city, like a voyeur that’s able to peek into thousands of lives at once.  It’s also a rare look at Instagram’s full content stream (or at least city-specific parts of it), which means you can see how an entire city uses the app, instead of just your circle of friends.  Click the cities and see how similar we are- and how the flavor of each city can come through in these personal snippets.

It really mesmerizes and provides a very graphic way to see how photo imagery is so fluid today.

Enjoy–and let us know what you think of this!

Social Media Strategy Lecture @ UArts

The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts with the Empowerment Group presents Social Media Strategy: Establishing the Ecosystem to Spread Your Message and Grow Your Business.

Tuesday, August 14th
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Room 1107, Terra Hall
The University of the Arts
211 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Free for UArts students, alumni and the general public.

Seating is limited, registration required.  RSVP here.

This lecture will help entrepreneurs develop social media strategies and tactics as marketing tools.  Topics will include the role of marketing in a digitally-networked world, new approaches to marketing and practical tips for online campaigns. Time for Q&A will follow the lecture.

For more information, email: