Events

Second Thursday Open Studio Second Sunday Show + Tell Calendar

There is always something new happening at Second State Press! From exhibitions to workshops to free classes, we have something for everyone. Join us at one of our upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

There are currently no events scheduled at Second State Press. Please check back again soon or email info@secondstatepress.org for more information.

Past Events

Show + Tell: November

Saturday, November 13th from 6-8 PM

For our November SSST we are happy to welcome Special Guest Artist DOMINIQUE ELLIS to help facilitate the discussion!

DOMINIQUE ELLIS is a visual artist and researcher and is currently the Gallery and Retail Coordinator at The Clay Studio.  Ellis received her M.F.A. in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art in 2013. She was awarded a U.S. Fulbright student scholarship for Egypt, as well as an Arabic language grant for 2009-2010 and was based in Cairo, Egypt.  She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, from 2006-2008, working for the Moroccan Ministry of Handicrafts. Ellis is currently creating new works at The Clay Studio that combine ceramics and printmaking.

To find out more about DOMINIQUE ELLIS's work please visit dominique-ellis.squarespace.com/.

Show + Tell: October

For our October we are happy to welcome Special Guest Artist CODY BLUETT to help facilitate the discussion!
 
CODY BLUETT is a visual artist, musician, and educator living and working out of Philadelphia, PA.  Bluett graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Painting and concentration in Art Education.  Focusing on landscape as his subject, his work covers a vast range of mediums including oil painting, pen and ink drawing, and sound composition.  Bluett deals and discusses the notions of space and time in his work, attempting to slow the viewer’s experience and explore the painting terrain through ideas of perception, resolution, and the sublime.  Conversations of man versus machine and the human’s role in a digital age guide his approach and process towards painting by providing a mysticism of the hand in the face of the 21st century screen.  In the latter part of 2015, Bluett became a Diamond Scholar Research Artist at Temple University where he developed a body of work entitled Bathysphere: Immersion of the Self, which challenged and re-imagined notions of landscape and exploration through paralleling 20th century studio art practice with advancements in deep sea exploration.  This led to his acceptance into the University of Pennsylvania’s Skirkanich Network Visualization Residency in the summer of 2016 where he worked hand-in-hand with scientists to develop works that expand the understanding and integration of Network Science as a multidisciplinary field.  Bluett will be participating in a series of exhibitions for the Skirkanich works in the Spring and Winter of 2017 at the Westtown Gallery in West Chester, PA and Esther-Klein Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, respectively.
To find out more about Cody Bluett's work please visit cbluett.com/Info-1.

Show + Tell: September

Sunday, September 11th from 6-8 PM

Show + Tell: August

Sunday, August 14th from 6-8 PM

Show + Tell: July

Sunday, July 10th from 6-8 PM

Show + Tell: June

Sunday, June 12th from 6-8 PM
COME JOIN US for this FREE event where all artwork is welcome- finished or in progress, anything goes!  
Take part and meet other artists, SSP members and current/former Fob holders for a fun social night of informal critique.  Potluck style food as well as drinks/beer/wine are welcome and encouraged to bring one food item to share with the group.
 
For our June  we are happy to welcome Special Guest Artist ALICE THOMPSON to help facilitate the discussion!

ALICE THOMPSON holds a B.F.A. from Binghamton University (2004), and an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2006), with concentrations in drawing and printmaking. She sustained her printmaking practice through participation in artist communities, including the Penland School of Crafts and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She recently served as the Spring 2016 Fob Fellow for Second State Press, where she continues to create and exhibit new prints, while trading skills in a robust printmaking community. She approaches drawing as a meditative act, and strives to observe and capture light. Paper is an important element of her work, serving as a drawing surface, tonal device, stencil, and matrix.

 

To find out more about Alice Thompson's work please visit www.alicethompsonart.com/.

Guest Artists: 2015 Fall Fobs

As the Fall Fob session here at Second State Press approaches it’s end, we will be featuring all of this term’s Fobs as our January Guest Artists including:
* Justine Ditto
* Shawn Smith
* Eric Hinkley
* Alice Thompson
* Soumya Dhulekar
* Jessica Best
* Joshua Graupera
* Justine Kelley
* Scott Porcelli
* Aubrey DiDonato
Come join us for a fun gathering to re-cap the fob experience and to check out some work created this session!  This FREE event welcomes any and all artwork for a great social night of informal critique.  
Potluck style food as well as drinks/beer/wine are welcome and encouraged to bring one food item to share with the group.

Savery Gallery and Second State Press

3-4 PM

FREE Demonstration

Held at Savery Gallery 319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Discover the printmaking methods behind ‘Just a Moment’ – an expressive exhibition of new works by John D. Taylor – through a one hour drop-in workshop at SAVERY Gallery on Saturday December 19th from 3-4PM.

Second State Press and SAVERY Gallery are teaming up to present a live printing demonstration in which visitors can watch a woodblock go from initial design to carved relief, and even “pull” a print from one of our example blocks to experience and experiment with hand-printing from relief blocks. Get your hands a little dirty while taking in the percussive and improvisational works of “Just a Moment” – on view through January 2nd, 2016.

To find out more about John D. Taylor at Savery Gallery's work please visit www.saverygallery.com/john-d-taylor/.

Show + Tell: December 2015

In light of our Big Birthday Party, this month will focus on our Member Print Exchange! Come reflect on prints you’ve submitted or others that caught your eye- we will go over thoughts from the show and any other artwork you may be doing this holiday season.

To find out more about Member Print Exchange's work please visit www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1094878787188995.1073741838.138332009510349&type=3.

Second Sunday Show + Tell: October 2015

October 11th from 6-8 PM

With guest artist Dominique Ellis!

To find out more about Dominique Ellis's work please visit tyler.temple.edu/dominique-ellis-mfa-2013.

Second Sunday Show + Tell: September 2015

September 13th

With Guest Artist: Mike Gamble

Mike Gamble is an artist from Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art. Since graduating, he has focused primarily on relief printing as well as blending print with oil painting. Mike tends to work with subtle themes of surrealism and strives towards a classical representational style.

To find out more about Mike Gamble's work please visit www.mikegambleart.com.

2012 Pickup Truck Expo

June 14th

Thank you to everyone who carved a block, pulled a print, and had a good time. A special thanks goes to Timothy Belknap & Ryan McCartney for inviting Second State Press to be involved. Check out this video from The Pickup Truck Expo on June 2nd, 2012!