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Philosophy School of Phish Returns this summer with a Field Trip to the Gorge and MORE!

For the fifth summer in a row, Dr. Stephanie Jenkins will teach the “Philosophy School of Phish” course—more formally called the “Philosophy of Art and Music”— via Oregon State University’s Ecampus program. Using the band as a case study, the course focuses on themes about the nature and significance of art and music. As part of their required course work, students attend three Phish concerts— in person or via webcast— and conduct philosophical interviews with artists from the Phish community. Learning about theories of art and music experientially helps students actively engage with the philosophical content and learn more about the Phish community.

During the 2018 summer term, students will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to attend Phish’s three-night run at the Gorge Amphitheater from July 20-22. Students will camp together at the venue. In addition to attending the concerts, students will participate in a “Phish Studies” colloquium, which will feature guest lectures from interdisciplinary scholars researching the band at other academic institutions.

Over the course of the weekend, the students will film their experiences. They will later use this video footage to complete the “Concert Field Notes” assignment requirement for the course. Dr. Jenkins and filmmaker Kelly Morris, founder of the MORE Project and Be MORE Now Films, will collaborate with the students to edit their video submissions into a film about Phish and Philosophy, to be published in the Public Philosophy Journal and circulated throughout the “phan” community.

Registration is now open! To participate in the Gorge field trip, students must be enrolled in PHL 360—offered via OSU’s Ecampus– and the corresponding one-credit lab section, during session three of OSU’s summer term (June 25–August 17). Students who are interested in this opportunity for experiential learning and contribution to faculty research can contact Dr. Jenkins at jenkstep@oregonstate.eduYou do not have to be a current OSU student to take the class.

 

Enrolling in the lab course will give participating students the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with a professional filmmaker: Kelly Morris, filmmaker and founder of Be More Now Films, will meet with students during the field trip and oversee the editing of the final public philosophy video.
  • Engage in communal, experiential learning: With the addition of an on-campus lab credit, students will be immersed in their learning experience together as a class. This is not possible with an online only course.
  • Participate in faculty research: The final film will be published in the Public Philosophy Journal. As part of this project, Dr. Jenkins and Kelly Morris will be participating, as invited researchers, in the Public Philosophy Journal Creative Writing Workshop at Michigan State University from May 16-18, 2018.

Stay up to date by following the Philosophy School of Phish on Facebook and Twitter!

Curve Your Enthusiasm T-shirts

Curveball is just over 3 months away but the fan made creations are popping up all over. And these shirts are pretty, pretty, pretty good. These ‘Curve Your Enthusiasm’ shirts are printed on Gildan Ultra Sport Grey 90/10 blend shirts and were designed by Jiggs. They are currently on presale through the 9th of May. Order one here! Shirts will ship the week of May 20th.

Fish Pherris Wheel by Victor Stabin

Artist Victor Stabin has released ‘Fish Pherris Wheel‘, part of his Turtle Series of paintings. Victor was born in Brooklyn and studied art starting as a teen and is inspired by many facets of his own life including his family, an interest in the connection between man and nature, water and the water’s edge, the 19th Century Japanese watercolor print artists and many more influences.

Stabin’s illustrations have appeared in TimeNewsweek, and Rolling Stone, and has to his credit nine postage stamps commissioned by the US Postal service, a mural for RCA/BMG’s headquarters, and the cover of the KISS album, Unmasked. Most recently, he has had four pieces installed at radio station WNYC and his ABC Book Daedal Doodle is on sale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stabin and award-winning animator Ben Arthur are currently in production of the animated short which masterfully combines fantastic imagery, tongue-in-cheek storytelling, and vocabulary learning; using the backdrop of public radio. Check out their Kickstarter campaign.

Stabin’s ‘Fish Pherris Wheel’ is now available for purchase. About the piece, in the artist’s words:

“In a parallel utopian universe, a place where world peace is not just a dream, waste is forbidden, ecology is god and economies are built on thrift not theft. There will be abundant surpluses of time and resource; this new world will for the first time give us abilities to reach past old boundaries to exploring new worlds and ultimately give humanity the ability to embrace Phish.

In this universe, humankind awoke and realized the tremendous role that sea life has played in fostering global evolution. To show our aquatic brothers and sisters appreciation, the people of earth build a Fish Pherris Wheel that benignly lifts sea life from their aqueous world into our atmospheric world and as gently returns them to the sea.

The Fish Pherris Wheel became a particularly hot attraction during sunset and sunrise hours, so much so that amphibious creatures (who already had access to atmospheric viewing) such as Walruses, Turtles, Penguins, Horse Shoe Crabs, etc., were only allowed to ride on Tuesdays and alternate weekends.”

To purchase limited edition prints of this piece and see more of Victor Stabin’s work check out his website and online store.

Music Empowering Women: A Photographic Anthology – Celebrating the Beauty of Community

Sophia Callisto has developed a new coffee table style book that celebrates the beauty of community and seeks to empower women through music, particularly in the Phish community. The book, Music Empowering Women: A Photographic Anthology, will feature over 100 women portraying related themes and sharing what the music and community mean to them. The content of Music Empowering Women is meant to be sexy and classy (with no nudity), and will feature female fans from all around the country, as well as artists and vendors of various types who will be featured alongside the models.

Callisto says through the Indiegogo Campaign, “In my own love of music, I have found an incredible and close-knit community of amazing people that share this common interest. All of the creative concepts are my own and I will be traveling to multiple locations throughout the U.S. to meet with the women involved and do each photo shoot.”

Currently, 40 shoots have been outlined and an outpouring of support and interest in the project has Callisto launching an Indiegogo campaign to catch the momentum. She has shared with PhanArt character sketches for Lawn Boy, The Famous Mockingbird, Winter Queen and Mercury, as well as water colors that will be used as incentives for support of the campaign.

Catch PhanArt Shows this Summer in Lake Tahoe and Burlington

PhanArt has two shows on tap this summer, starting with a show at Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe, NV on July 18 from 12-5pm.  Enjoy picturesque views of Lake Tahoe from the Emerald Bay rooms while exploring art as well as clothing, collectibles and other Phish related memorabilia from more than a dozen artists.

The second PhanArt show of Summer 2018 will be during Tumble Down and will be held at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT on July 28 from 11am-4pm. Discover art from 10 artists featuring clothing, collectibles, pins and other music memorabilia.

PhanArt shows features Free admission, Tubes for purchase (First Tube $3, second Tube $2) and a Cash Bar. Artists interested in exhibiting, email phanart@gmail.com for more information. Lineup will be released in May.

Check out GoPro footage of the last PhanArt show, held at Hotel Pennsylvania on December 30, 2017 courtesy of F.Cavone Productions

Christmas Jam by Day Art Show at The Satellite Gallery to be held on December 8

On Friday, December 8, The Satellite Gallery in Asheville, NC will once again host the Christmas Jam Art Show, with proceeds from art sales donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Featuring more than a dozen artists and photographers, the annual show is as must-attend event for the unique art, support for the local community and a great way for fans to meet and connect with artists.

The gallery show runs from Friday December 8, 2017 until January 21, 2018, with the opening reception running from 3-7pm on Friday December 8 with complimentary refreshments. The gallery will be open during the day all weekend, December 9 from 11am-6pm. Admission to The Satellite Gallery is free.

Bonus – Holly Bowling will be performing at the gallery on Saturday December 9 starting at 1pm!

The 2017 art show features rock & roll art and photography from:

John Warner Studios, Justin Helton (Status Serigraph), Mark Serlo (Serlo Studios), Drew Findley Subject Matter Studio, One Drop Design Studio Owen Murphy, Dino Perrucci (Media Krewe), David Oppenheimer (Performance Impressions LLC), Stewart O’Shields, Stuart Engel (StuArtOriginals), David Simchock Photography, Libby Gamble Photography, and Mountain Glass Werks – Alan Hargraves, PLUS Years of Christmas Jam posters from the archives, designed by Jeff Wood, Gary Houston and many more artists.

Lineups for New Year’s 2017 PhanArt Shows Announced!

With the New Year’s Run slowly approaching, PhanArt is proud to announce the lineups for two final shows for 2017. Both shows feature a wide variety of artists selling Phish art and memorabilia, including posters, clothing, stickers, pins, accessories and much more. Tubes will be available for purchase at both shows.

PhanArt’s New Year’s shows are sponsored by Relix, Cash or Trade, NYS Music, JEMP Radio, NYS Music 87/90 and Donutseats.com

Friday, December 29th from 3-7pm visit American Beauty at 251 W. 30th st., just 2 blocks from Madison Square Garden, for a PhanArt pre-show featuring HF Podcast and Polyvamp performing from 4-6pm, along with art and more from:

Jamie Lee Meyer, The Art of Ryan Kerrigan, Phorbin’s Closet, Grateful Momma Bear, Something From the Lot, Original Bootleg, The Overhead View, Blazin’ Donuts, Jen Sclafani, and The Helping Friendly Salve

On Saturday, December 30 at Hotel Pennsylvania, check out more than 2 dozen artists (and more to come!) right across from Madison Square Garden. The show starts at 12 noon and goes until 6pm, and you’ll find music by JEMP Radio and Original Wyllys as well as art from:

Isadora Bullock, The Art of Ryan Kerrigan, Nick DiFabbio, Jamie Lee Meyer, The Mockingbird Foundation, Eastcoasters, Uncle John’s Outfitters, Phorbin’s Closet, ADNB, BabaCool, Original Bootleg, Blazin’ Donuts, The Overhead View, Lizzy Layne, Grateful Momma Bear, Uncle John’s Bone, Fred Sutter, Something from the Lot, 415HolyGuyArt, The Helping Friendly Salve, and Teddi Fuller

Admission to both PhanArt shows if FREE with Tubes available for purchase.

The Waterwheel Foundation announces Fan Poster Sale

The Waterwheel Foundation has announced a Fan Poster Sale featuring various posters that have been created and donated by fans throughout the 3.0 era.

The sale of these donated posters will benefit The Waterwheel Foundation’s general funding, which has recently helped in the Tortola relief effort in the British Virgin Islands, and establishing local music programs in Burlington, VT.

Check out the Google Spreadsheet and Facebook Gallery of the donated art.  In order to purchase a poster, Phans can email ww@phish.com to set up a donation. In addition to the posters listed, there are 20 mystery tubes for sale, with 2 posters in each tube.

American Beauty NYC will have vendors, Stella Blues Band and more before Dead and Company at MSG!

American Beauty NYC will be hosting pre-show events during Dead and Company’s two night run at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 14. Starting at 3pm and going until 6pm, stop by for craft beer, free pizza, as well as vendors selling clothing, Grateful Dead memorabilia and much more from Pop Pop’s Terrapin Station, JayLi Clothing and more!. Stella Blues Band will be rocking out pre-show on the 14th, which doubles as a fundraiser for Hurricane relief ($10 suggested donation to support a good cause!)