Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Call to Sculptors - TAL @ Washington Square

Sculptors of The Art League
Juror - Rebecca Cross
May 4, 2009 – July 31, 2009

For full prospectus, e-mail barbarap@theartleague.org

Open to all members and instructors of The Art League and
Torpedo Factory Artists. For membership information, see below.

Submissions must be sent by e-mail to barbarap@theartleague.org by Monday, March 2 at 10am. Artists may submit 1-3 images. Work must be three-dimensional and free-standing. No wall hangings will be accepted. All work must be original. Works cannot have been juried into previous Washington Square Exhibitions or previous exhibits at The Art League Gallery.

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 10am – 12noon
Washington Square Building
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC.
Accepted work must be delivered to the venue in person.

End of Show Pick-Up:
August 1, 2009, 10am-12noon, Washington Square Building

Membership to The Art League is open to all artists wishing to participate. To join in March, the prorated fee is $60, which enables artists to submit to four juried membership shows through June 2009, in addition to Sculptors of The Art League. Artists may also opt for the prorated $100 fee, which extends them the opportunity of submitting to all shows through June 2010. For a membership application, visit www.theartleague.org.

For a full prospectus and submission guidelines, e-mail Barbara Petro at barbarap@theartleague.org or pick up one in the gallery.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Grant for Fairfax County Artists

Strauss Fellowships for Individual Artists
Application Deadline: January 19, 2009

Named for Bill Strauss (1947-2007), gifted writer, co-founder of the Capitol Steps and the Cappies, the Strauss Fellowships for Individual Artists support and encourage Fairfax County's finest creative artists in all disciplines and recognize professional working artists' achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments; they promote artists' continued pursuit of their creative work.

Grants workshop: January 6, 2009
Grant Application Deadline: January 19, 2009
Download Guidelines and Application in a PDF or in Word at http://www.artsfairfax.org/index.php?/grants/information/

The Arts Council offers free grant writing workshops to applicants prior to grant application deadlines. All applicants, particularly first time applicants, are strongly encouraged to attend.

The 2008 Strauss Fellowship Recipients (some of which are or have been Art League members) were:
Jill Banks
Michael Travis Childers
Eileen Doughty
Linda Hesh
Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
Rebecca Kamen
Elizabeth Anne Kendall
Marni Maree
Lilianne Milgrom
Yoshiko Ratliff
Bryan Rojsuontikul
Susan Shields

For more information about the Arts Council's grants, please contact Jeannette Thomas, Grants Administrator, at grants@artsfairfax.org or at (703) 642-0862, ext. 4.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Calls to Artists

Show in Alexandria's Eisenhower Valley District

Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory's program Art in the Valley consists of displays of local artists' original artwork in lobbies of office buildings, theatres, law firms, universities, hotels, cafes, large corporations and small businesses.

For application information, read here.

Glenview Mansion Art Gallery - 2010 Exhibits

Open to all artists living and/or working in Maryland, DC and Virginia. A juried selection process will be implemented through which all applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and art professionals. The panel will select artists and create exhibits to be placed into the 2010 calendar schedule. An exhibit may reflect selection of one or more applicants. Group applications accepted.

For application and full prospectus, contact Julie Farrell, Arts Programs Specialist at jfarrell@rockvillemd.gov Visit the Gallery web site at www.rockvillemd.gov/arts/exhibits.htm

Call for Artists: When Harlem Came to Paris

LiL SoSo Productions in cooperation with Authentic Contemporary Art and several co-sponsors will be partnering with the Alliance Française de Washington to celebrate the influence of African Americans in France with the multi-media arts event: When Harlem Came to Paris, Saturday, February 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Themes may include:

-African influences on art and culture of Paris
-Café scenes of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s
-Nightclub and Entertainment of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s

Deadline for Entries - Submissions and accompanying information should be received by Authentic Contemporary Art by January 17, 2009.

Click here to download the entry form and for more information.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December Award Winners

Last Thursday, December 11, 22 artists were awarded honors at the opening reception for the December All-Media Membership Show.

Valentina by Teresa Oaxaca received The Marker Award for Best in Show. Juror Fritz Briggs of the Schuler School of Art in Baltimore commented that, "the anatomy is perfect" in this piece. The John Prignano Memorial Award went to Rachel B. Collins for Brassica Bravura. Briggs felt that, "the patterns in this piece are interesting."

Valentina, Teresa Oaxaca

The following artists were awarded Honorable Mention:
  • Edward J. Reed for End of the Beginning (First Place)
  • Jill Banks for The Writer
  • Lesa Cook for Richard Avera
  • Leigh Culver for Vase of Flowers with Quilt
  • Nancy Lee Davis for Whose Home
  • Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki for Star Berries
  • Rana Geralis for Yellow Bouquet
  • Bonita Glaser for Great Puttney, Bath
  • Elisabeth Hudgins for Leaf Impressions V
  • Eva Jacob for Winter Sun on the Canal
  • Emilie McBride for Quiet Evening
  • Margaret Pearson for Blue Queue
  • Jacqueline Saunders for J.J.'s Farewell
  • Florence Setzer for Sentry Post
  • Mary Ann Stevens for After the Parade
  • Katherine Sullivan for Dark Beauties
  • Peter Ulrich for Work Boats
  • Karen Vaitiskis for Peeking Cat
  • C. Charles Wang for Nude Study A
  • Harriet Westfall for Paris Grays
Of 641 submissions, Mr. Briggs accepted 144 pieces. He was extremely impressed with the overall quality and variety of the work submitted. Read all the juror's comments here or view the award images.

The December All-Media Membership Show will be on display through January 5, along with Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo's solo show, Virtue Sin & the Balance Within, which has been noted in Daily Campello Art News, Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory blog and Express.

Monday, December 8, 2008

42nd Annual Patrons' Show Fundraiser

The Patrons' Show is The Art League's biggest fundraising event of the year. It affords the public an opportunity to acquire quality works of fine art while supporting a local non-profit and a community of artists.

We ask each member to donate artwork for this important fundraiser. The gallery will accept donations of artwork at any time. For each work of art donated valued at $175 or more, we are able to sell an additional $175 ticket to the event.

Artists may donate any number of framed pieces. Artists who donate two or more framed pieces may donate as many additional unframed works as they like, which we will frame for you.

This is an excellent opportunity to have your work seen by thousands of captive visitors. Last year's Patrons' Show Flickr site alone has had over 14,000 hits.

Dates to remember:

Tickets Go On Sale:
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10 am
  • Limit of 2 tickets per person on first day of ticket sales.
Receiving Dates: February 2 & 3, 10 am - 6 pm

Dates of Show:
February 4 - 15, 2009
  • Patrons may come during this time to view and evaluate the work and note their favorite pieces.
Late Hours for Viewing:
  • Thursday, February 5, 6 - 9 pm
  • Wednesday, February 11, 6 - 9 pm
  • Thursday, February 12, 6 - 9 pm
Drawing: Sunday, February 15, 5 pm
  • Tickets are randomly drawn and the name of the ticket holder is announced. At this time, the ticket holder may call out the number of the piece they want to select. For each ticket drawn, ticket holders will go home with a work of art valued anywhere from $175 to upwards of thousands of dollars.
More information is available in the gallery. Questions may be directed to Rose O'Donnell, Gallery Director or Barbara Petro, Assistant Gallery Director at 703-683-1780.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Big Weekend

This Thursday through Sunday is packed with great holiday events at The Art League and The Torpedo Factory.

The December All-Media Membership show is up in The Art League Gallery, along with Virtue, Sin and the Balance Within, the December solo show from ceramic artist Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo. The artist explores the ancient tradition of balancing the tension between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues. Each of the seven pairs of fourteen ceramic sculptures embodies a Sin and its corresponding Virtue. Some pieces are whimsical and playful, others serious and stoic, some humorous, obvious, or elusive.

Runs December 4, 2008 – January 5, 2009
Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 11: 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Monday, December 1, 2008

Receiving Tonight

Receiving for the December All-Media Membership Show is tonight, Monday, Dec. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm and tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 10am-12pm.

Keep in mind that no pieces from the current show may be picked up until receiving time tonight.

The bin gallery theme this month is "Children's Hour." Bin gallery members are not restricted to this theme, but there will be a special wall designated for it.

See you tonight!