Project: Free, SIPMA ’17

Freedom – a highly valued commodity, holds true within limitations of a context. Same goes with freedom of expression – much propagated on popular media and television. Jean Baudrillard argued that television precludes the reciprocity necessary for symbolic exchange. Since the television audience cannot “give back” to television, television prevents communication according to him. As also among masses, “freedom” is often lobbied for by politicians. Masses, hold power in their silence. In their silence, they absorb and neutralize. How important is freedom to the masses?

We are pleased to announce Jeffrey Wechsler the juror of the show!

Jeffrey Wechsler, juror PROJECT: FREE, SIPMA '17

Mr. Wechsler was Senior Curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, retiring in 2013 after 36 years of service.  He received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, and an M.A. in Art History from Rutgers University in 1975.  Specializing in lesser-known aspects of twentieth-century American art, he has organized well over fifty exhibitions in that field, including Surrealism and American Art, 1931-1947 (1977), Realism and Realities: The Other Side of Am

erican Painting, 1940-1960 (1982), Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions (1989), Asian Traditions / Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945-1970 (1997), and Transcultural New Jersey: Crosscurrents in the Mainstream (2004).


Venue: Printmaking Center of NJ
Conveniently located right off of I-78

Opening Reception: May 5th 2017
Application will be made available shortly

This is a call to artists to explore what it means to live in a free world or to have freedom of speech and expression. There are no limitations on size or media as long as it fits through an 84” door.  Visit website for updates and details

SIPMAjuried’16 guest Tony Dispigna


A legend in typography and design Tony Dispigna will share his work and years of crafted technique on April 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Tony partnered with Herb Lubalin in 1973 for several years and ran his own studio, Tony Di Spigna Inc. from Irving Place in New York. Tony likes working with his hands and derives great satisfaction from creating pleasing letter forms. A large part of his output is cursive and calligraphic in nature but his work covers the whole spectrum of type and logo forms.

Tony now works out of THINSTORKE, co- founded by Bill Hilson and himself.  The firm specializes in Corporate Identity and Branding, designing new and exclusive typefaces for the international market place and are consultants in all areas of communication design.

I Eat Therefore I Am: SIPMAjuried’16

CALL TO ARTISTS: Consumption is endless and voracious – whether it is breathing air, smoke, narcotics, or ingesting food and drinks, medicine and supplements! Given the opportunity it often exceeds our needs. The practice of abstinence can be just as furious and fervent. Intellectually we consume gigabytes of data every day, more than one’s capacity to assimilate. So intrinsic is the need to consume that the desire to abstain calls for extreme conscious effort. Yet it has been the goal of every regime to distribute and control consumption of its people.
Artists are invited to express their take on food, body image, need, nourishment, obsession, and compulsion, anything that pertains to the human condition in question.

Application is now closed.  Check with us for future opportunities

Dates: Apr 9 – May 7, 2016
Reception Date & Time: April 9, 2016 ( 6-8pm)
Install Dates:  Apr 7-8, 2016 (11am-6pm)

De-install Dates:
May 10-11, 2016 ( 11am-6pm) those who are unable to pick up works during those times will have their works stored with care but NO INSURANCE until the Saturday May 14th, 3:30 pm.

Dates: Apr 9 – May 7, 2016
Reception Date & Time: April 9, 2016  6-8pm)



“I Live Here Now” is an invitation to artists for looking at the state of modern community, with its set of allegiance and shifting paradigm of habitat in a culture of consumerism.

201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601.
Goggleworks extends over a city block housing 4 galleries and artists residencies

The juror found it especially challenging to make a decision as the selection process was extremely competitive with the great number of merited works we received from so many talented artists!  Congratulations to those whose works were selected for the show!

 May 1-2, 2015: Hand Delivery of works to Goggleworks, 11am – 7 pm
May 8 – June14, 2015
Opening Reception: May 8, 2015
from 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Location Details: 2 hrs 18 mins bus ride from NYC: here

“I Live Here Now” is an invitation to artists for looking at the state of modern community, with its set of allegiance and shifting paradigm of habitat in a culture of consumerism.  The number of luxury-goods consumers worldwide over the past 20 years has more than trebled to 330m yet the definition of luxury remains ephemeral, albeit that in itself might be the attraction it bears!  Newlyweds pose in front of illuminated shop windows with designer name brand items for romance in some parts of the world – themselves unequipped to acquire such goods.  “The acquisition of luxury is both an attempt at transcendence and an act of appropriation, like the picking of the apple in the garden of Eden.”

Alongside of this appetite to define social standing with the display of commodities, there is wide spread devaluation of communitarianism.  Globalization and social displacement has raised generations with confused identity and allegiance.  Sensibilities of distinct autonomous communities are fast dissipating…

The possibilities of the project can be in line of defining the new normal or projecting the future of communitarianism – in a place permitting degrees of separation or in conjunction with globalism.  Define identity outside of that conferred by the display of commodities.  Exploring bonding through “symbolic exchange”, i.e., a form of exchange not aimed at establishing equal value between two exchanged tokens, as in the exchange of money for goods or services.   It is an all media show.  The space allows for large installations, so artists to whom size matters, go all out!  Dare us with your wildest imagination!  All media welcome, only criteria – make your mark!