Thursday, December 31, 2009



City Hall Exhibitor pick up is

January 9th 2010
10am - 2pm

@ City Hall

Please come to pick up your pieces!!

Thank you!



Just wanted to let everyone know that Receiving for January is next week.
Monday January 4th 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Tuesday January 5th 10am-12noon

All-Media Members Show

Juror: David Munoz

Start your year off right with ART!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Patron's Exhibit / Art Fair

ArtDC is hosting a free art law lecture along with 4 bands playing at their opening & mini art festival at the gallery on Saturday.

The artdc Gallery will feature a Patron Members’ Exhibition from December 6, 2009, to January 3, 2010. A reception, open studio, and cash-and-carry event, titled “Cool Yule Arty Party,” will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009, from noon to 6 p.m. The doors open at 11am!

John Mason the intellectual property lawyer is amazing

The Lustine Center, 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Maryland 20781

Sunday, December 6, 2009

34th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

The application deadline is April 1, 2010. The non-refundable fee for electronic applications is $40.00, payable online by credit card.

This prestigious annual show draws 23,000+ attendees; purchases totaled $3 million in 2009 from the participating exhibitors. Prizes for each category are given - $1,000 each.

At the 2009 Show there were 56 artists new-to-show. Ten of those 56 artists were emerging artists.

This juried exhibition and retail sale will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 11 to 14, 2010, with a preview party on November 10.

Please be prepared to pay for your application at the time you fill out the online application. If you prefer to pay by check rather than pay pal, please feel free to do so. Checks are to be made payable to PMA Craft Show and mailed to the address listed below.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101

Click this link to apply


Monday, November 30, 2009


Patrons' Show Update!

Patrons' Show Ticket Forms are now available on The Art League's new website! The forms are available for fax-ins or mail-ins.
We will not be accepting fax-ins until January 16th beginning at 9AM!

We DO still need more framing donations, PLEASE!
If you know of anyone throwing away frames or giving away frames, please let them know that the Art League Gallery will be happy to have them!


We are accepting donations for the Patrons' Show! We will accept them anytime during the month of January and February 1st from 10AM to 8:30PM! We really appreciate it and so do the ticket buyers!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



36 studios- part 1
Call For Entries: WPA announces 36 Studios - Part 1, a series of studio visits with Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection.
Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at midnight

The Rubell Family Collection is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world. Started in 1964, soon after Don and Mera Rubell were married, the Rubell Family Collection operates as a non-profit organization based in Miami where it presents rotating, curated exhibitions and hosts a variety of educational and community outreach programs.

Mera Rubell will be one of eight esteemed curators selecting works for Cream, the WPA 2010 Art Auction Exhibition. Building upon the popular Experimental Video Series at the Rubells' Capitol Skyline Hotel, Rubell has determined to see the work of as many DC-area artists as possible and select up to twelve to be included in the WPA exhibition and auction. Her visits to DC are typically 36 hours long, and she has devoted her next trip to this project.

For 36 Studios - Part 1, Mera Rubell and a team of curators and writers will conduct 36 studio visits over the course of 36 straight hours. Each studio visit will last approximately 15-20 minutes and will take place starting at 5:00am on Saturday, December 12 and continuing until 5:00pm on Sunday, December 13.

Artists will apply to participate and will be chosen at random to have the opportunity to meet and present their work. The work chosen will be included in WPA's annual Art Auction Exhibition, January 30 through March 6, 2009 at the American University Art Museum at the Katzen Arts Center...

ART FEST @ the art league


Open House & Holiday Party

Friday, December 4th
6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Artist Demonstrations
  • 3-D/2-D Art Exhibits
  • Ceramic & Jewelry Shows (with sales through the Weekend)
  • "Wearable Art" Trunk Show featuring work of Art League instructors and students
  • Live music by the Rew Smith Band
  • Food & Drinks
  • FREE!!!!!!
@ The Art League's Madison Annex
305 Madison St.
Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314

View Larger Map

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


The Art League now has a BRAND NEW website!

Please check out our new, user-friendly, website at!

Please be aware that it is brand new, so if you see any horrible mistakes, please let us know so that we can change them as soon as possible! We also welcome positive comments for the easy to us site!

If you have bookmarked our website in the past, please delete that web address (even though it looks the same) and re-bookmark us again! It will take you to our new and improved site!


November Shows on Flickr!!!!


The November shows, Becoming Animal and Small Works 2009, are both up and online! Please enjoy!

Art League Gallery Flickr

Monday, November 16, 2009

2010 Virginia Fine Arts Festival


No more artwork will be accepted after this date!

Event Dates: Saturday and Sunday May 15 and 16, 2010 10am – 6pm daily rain or shine

Location: Reston Town Center, Reston, Virginia

Application Deadline and Dates: November 25, 2009, Midnight EST The non-refundable fee for applications of $40** is payable online by credit card or via the mail by check.

The Business Side of the Art: Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, November 17th
6:30pm @ the Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N Union Street, Alexandria

Speakers with years of experience in the local arts community will discuss how their organizations are able to forge partnerships with the business community and the mutal value that such partnerships bring.


Deborah Tomkins Johnson, Senior Manager, Dominion Power

Linda Hafer, Executive Director, Art League of Alexandria

Adrien Finlay, Executive Director, Alexandria's Symphony

Tickets: $12 ($10 for West End Business Association and Friends or Resident Artists of the Torpedo Factory)

Light Refreshments Served & Drawing for Door Prizes!

Friday, November 13, 2009


Become a patron member of artdc and exhibit your work in our annual Patrons’ Show at the artdc Gallery in Hyattsville!

For a minimum donation of $35, patrons enjoy a number of benefits—access to patron-only forum topics on, opportunities to help guide the direction of the organization and its activities, the good karma that comes from promoting emerging artists and energizing the DC art scene, and of course, a guaranteed spot in our December '09 Patrons’ Show.

Our first Patrons’ Show will happen in December—an exciting month with a Hyattsville open studio day on December 12th. We sold over 20 works from the artdc gallery on the last open studio day in May!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fotoweek at the Art League

This exhibit by Art League member's work celebrates the diverse and wide-ranging photographic community in the Art League. This exhibit was juried by Chan Chao. Chao, a native of Burma, is a professor of photography at George Washington and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. His photographs are in the permenant collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Cocoran Gallery of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, L.A. County Museum of Art and LaSalle Bank Photography Collection. On Thursday, November 19th at 7pm, Chao will talk about his most recent series. Please join us!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Fotoweek DC
is asking everyone to come out to their spontaneous Saturday night photography event called "NIGHT VISIONS"

Anyone with a camera and adventurous spirit in welcome to join other photographers in an ALL-NIGHT Celebration on November 7th! Fotoweek DC wants to create a live portrait of DC after dark, with the best images from each participant to be printed and displayed instantly at Fotoweek Central 1 in Georgetown!

For more information visit:


The Impossible Project revives instant film!!!!!!

The Impossible Project has undergone the task of saving instant film from extinction since June 2008 when Polariod ceased its production!

They have joined with Urban Outfitters, the International Center for Photography, and Ilford on created special edition cameras and film. The new instant film will be different from our 35 years predecessor. It will have new characteristics, components and have a more modern and streamlined production methods.
Also, the Impossible Project, will renamed our beloved Polaroid, so keep you eyes open!

They are expecting a release date in early 2010!!!!


The Middle Street Gallery
is searching for local artists
living in VA, MD, WVA, and DC!

Work must have been completed in the last 3 years. All types of work is accepted. Must be hand delivered.$500 in cash prizes!

Show: March 5-28, 2010

Juror: Jane Livingston, nationally renowned curator and author

DEADLINE: December 1, 2009

Send for a prospectus and entry form to:
Janet Brome


Arlington Public Library has juried display space available for exhibits of original fine arts and crafts. Applications are reviewed quarterly.

February 1
May 1
August 1
October 1

Open to all artists! Artist must agree to donate 20% of the selling price of work sold during the show to the Friends of Arlington Public Library.

For more info:

Ingrid Kauffman



Location: Rachael M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center


Artists please submit a complete entry form, resume and a MAXIMUM of 12 slides (CD or DVD also accepted) that represents your work and a brief description of work to be considered. Please include SASE for return of media. Entry forms can be mailed or download at entry form

Any questions:
Linda Vitello

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Artist Prospectus

Treasury of Art Show
Annual Juried Art Show and Sale
November 20-22, 2009

Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry Street
Vienna, VA 22180

Juror: Frederic S. Briggs, AWS

Show Schedule
Friday, November 20, 2009 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, November 22, 2009 10 AM - 9 PM

Events Schedule
Pre-registration postmark deadline: Friday, November 13
On-site registration & delivery: Wednesday, November 18, 6 - 8:30 PM
Pick up of non-accepted work: Thursday, November 19, 6 - 8 PM
Awards Reception: Friday, November 20, 7 - 9 PM
End-of-show pick up: Sunday, November 22, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

For more information including Eligibility & Entry Requirements:

Thursday, October 29, 2009



Oerth Gallery's 1st Annual all-Media Small Works Exhibit 2009

Lorraine Oerth is inviting fellow-artists to join us at Oerth Gallery as an exhibitor in our upcoming "Small Works Show". We're celebrating "The Small Work" - and this is a group multi-media exhibit at Oerth Gallery November 20 - December 31, 2009.
Number of Pieces Allowed: You may exhibit 2 pieces.
Sizes Allowed: All pieces must be no larger than 12 inches in any dimension.
Media Allowed: Only original media created by you is allowed, including, Paintings, Original Prints (No reproductions or giclees), Drawings, Collage, Mixed Media, Sculpture in any Media, Fine Crafts including ceramics, glass, jewelry (only if the jewelry can be mounted inside a shadow box ), and photography.
Presentation: Pieces must be ready-to-show.
All wall-mounted pieces must be framed according to professional standards using a traditional hanging-wire system (no clip frames, no temporary framing, no scratched or damaged frames or glazing - please!)
Sculpture must be ready-to-exhibit and must be secure and stable.
Fee: $5.00 per 2 items. ($10 due at drop-off - $5 will be refunded at pick-up)...
Jury: There is no jury, (yeah NO REJECTION) but gallery owner, Lorraine Oerth, will curate the exhibit's hanging - and select a "Best of Show" and "2 Honorable Mention" Awards.
Awards: The "Best in Show" winner will be offered a solo or group exhibition at Oerth Gallery.

Important Dates:
Delivery: Monday Night November 2 by appointment 703-836-3784 to coincide with The Art League's drop-off
Tuesday November 3 through Saturday November 7 from 11 - 5 PM.
Tuesday November 10 through Saturday November 14 from 11 - 5 PM.
Exhibit Dates: November 20 - December 31, 2009
Friday Night Reception: November 20, 2009 from 7 - 9 PM
Pick-up: Thursday December 31 from 10:30 - 5:30
Saturday January 2 from 10:30 - 5:30
Tuesday January 5 - Saturday January 9 from 10:30 - 5:30.
Please note: Oerth Gallery has NO storage space. Works left after January 30, 2010 will be considered abandoned by the artist and may be donated to a charity of our choice - Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's 2010 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction.
Please help us spread the word.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Art Whino EVENT


Event Location:
The Portals Theater

1236 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Saturday, Nov 7th, from 6pm – 12pm
$25 advance tickets, $35 at the door - Non Profit Donation Entry Fee

Exhibit featuring work by 100+ Art Whino Artists

Show Run Date: 1 Day so don't Miss it!

Art Installation by AM RADIO

Special musical performance by:Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC

Music by Black Cats Resident DJ Lil'e

Opening for DMC will be the winner of the Talent Search Competition.
For more information visit:


Tuesday, October 27, 2009


GRACE presents:
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival's juried show is right around the corner!

How to Apply:

Online application DUE: November 1st by midnight EST

Jury fee: $40

Jurors include:
  • Elizabeth Agro, Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Bruce Helander, collage artist, educator, critic, and curator
  • Lloyd Herman founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, author, and curator
Show begins May 15-16, 2010 in Reston, VA

Monday, October 26, 2009


Vienna Arts Society presents:

40th Annual Juried Art Show and Sale

November 20-22, 2009

Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry Street
Vienna, VA 22180

Deadline to enter:

Pre-registration: Friday, November 13th

On-site registration and delivery: Wednesday, November 18th 6pm-8pm

More information at Vienna Arts Society, Inc

Smithsonian Workshop: Exploring Nature in Detail

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is having a FREE special event for budding and professional artists. This event will allow the public to draw directly from the Smithsonian's collections!

Be ready to draw from plants, insects, rocks, minerals, fossils and more!

Bring your own art supplies, and begin drawing! Professional artist will be on hand for questions or career information.

At 1:30pm, local artist, Brian Kirk will demonstrate how to create a copper beetle!

Open for artists 10 years old and up!

The workshop begins Saturday, November 7th from 11 am - 4 pm
at the
Naturalist Center

741 Miller Drive SE Suite G2
Leesburg, Virginia

Friday, October 23, 2009

Copyright and Contracts for Artists

Washington Project for the Arts presents John D. Mason of Washington Lawyers for the Arts Sat., Oct 24 from 2-4 pm at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Monday, October 12, 2009

FotoweekDC 2009 - DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!

The Deadline has been extended - New Deadline: Oct. 30th - 5pm!
This exhibit will be part of FotoweekDC, the region-wide celebration of the art of photography. Art League members accepted into this ONLINE exhibit will have their work on The Art League's photo sharing site,, for the month of November.

Juror: Chan Chao
Chai is a DC-based photographer. He has exhibited widely, including shows at Numark Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, and was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Chao teaches at George Washington University and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Guidelines for Submission
Work must be submitted by Friday, October 30th by 5:00 pm.
Artists may submit up to 2 works.
JPEG or TIFF format, no longer than 1,000 pixels in any one direction.

Submit images to

Thursday, October 8, 2009

How to approach galleries for artists

Kate Fraser of Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD will offer this talk on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm in The Art League Gallery, 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314. No need to register. FREE Contact for more information.

How to write an artist statement

Hamiltonian Artists are offering this workshop on Saturday, Oct 24, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Fee $10 per person, limit of 10. To register contact

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Calls to Artists

40th Treasury of Art Show
Juror: Fritz Briggs
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 13. On-site registration is Wednesday, November 18. Artists are invited to submit up to three entries completed within the last three years. (Oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, pastel, drawing, hand-pulled prints, photography and sculpture of size and weight easily handled)
For more information, visit

Alexandria Police Memorial

deadline: Friday, October 30, 4pm
The City of Alexandria, Virginia seeks to commission public art for the Alexandria Police headquarters, currently under construction. The purpose of the project is to recognize the service of Alexandria Police Officers to their community. The artwork will focus on the honor, integrity and sacrifice of Alexandria's fallen officers, past and future and will convey a message of honor, appreciation and remembrance rather than one of loss and sorrow. The Memorial will also provide an appropriate site for ceremonial activities of the Alexandria Police Department and the City. The Alexandria Police Department has lost seventeen law enforcement officers in the line of duty, the first in 1823 and the most recent in 1993.
Deadline for Submission: October 30, 2009, 4 pm
Budget: $300,000
Eligibility: Open to all artists. No geographic requirements.
Anticipated Award Date: May 2010
For more info., visit

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Critique with Nora Heimann

There's one slot left for the critique with August 'Scapes juror Nora Heimann. Anyone who was not accepted in the exhibit, may bring 2 pieces. The critique is on Monday, September 21, 4-6pm. Please rsvp to Those not wishing to participate are welcome to listen in and do not need to RSVP.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Special Offer for TAL Members

The Alexandria Symphony has partnered with us many times and is generously extending the following offer to members of The Art League:

Be Inspired by Nature with the ASO!

The Alexandria Symphony opens its 2009-2010 Inspired by Nature Season on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center.

We would like to offer members of The Art League family – staff, students, and teachers – guest tickets to experience the ASO.

The concert on Opening Night features Vivaldi’s popular “Summer” and “Autumn” from The Four Seasons, Respighi’s vividly evocative Pines of Rome, and Gershwin’s incredible Piano Concerto in F (originally titled “The New York Concerto”).

To take advantage of this offer, please call the ASO Box Office at 703-548-0885 and identify yourself as a member of The Art League.

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Full information on the concert may be found here:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Target Gallery - Calls for Entry

The Target Gallery currently has exhibition opportunities that you can submit to.

1. Pandora's Box - Sculptural Show that examines the title's theme
Deadline for entries: October 5, 2009
Exhibition Dates: December 10 – January 10, 2010
Description: This exhibition examines the theme of the title Pandora's Box. Artists must create work based on this theme within a 12 inch square box. The work can be contained within the box or it can explode from the box. The juror for this exhibition is Pyramid Atlantic Art Center's Curator and Director of Programs, Landria Shack.

2. mprint - Survey of contemporary printmaking today
Deadline for entries: November 17, 2009
Exhibition Dates: January 16 - February 21, 2010
Description: An exhibition that examines the current trends in contemporary printmaking today. This opportunity is open to all artists working in the printmaking medium. Our juror for this exhibition is Jane Haslem, owner Jane Haslem Gallery. Jane Haslem Gallery was established in 1960 and specializes in American Art of the last half of the 20th Century. The gallery is known for its in-depth collection of prints by those artists responsible for reviving printmaking in the US after World War II.

3. Going Postal - 2009 Postcard Show - Not Juried, open to ALL!
Deadline for Entry: December 1st
Exhibition Dates: December 3-6 - Reception: December 3, during TFAC Holiday Open House
Description: Going Postal is a fun 3-day exhibition open to ALL artists with the stipulation that the work must be original art based on the 4x6” postcard format. Entry fee is $10 per artwork or 3 for $25, which guarantees entry into the show.

Follow the below link to find out details about each show and how to apply.

Monday, September 7, 2009

fotoweek call for entry

The fotoweek ddeadline is fast approaching: September 13, 2009. Accepted photographers receive an array of publicity and possible cash awards. Visit for details.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Receiving reminder

Just a reminder -- Receiving this month is adhering to the normal first Monday/Tuesday schedule:
  • Monday, September 7, 6:30-8:30 pm (yes, this is Labor Day)
  • Tuesday, September 8, 10 am-12 noon
September is an All-Media Membership Show. See you then!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Calls to Artists

Fifth Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Deadline: September 10
A juried high quality gifts and crafts market with increasing sales and customer attendance; For more information:

Ofrenda - Art for the Dead

Deadline: Tuesday, September 22
Create and show your personal altars, icons, shrines, and offerings (ofrendas). We are seeking 2- and 3-D artwork (any media), which fits the Dia de los Muertos tradition. Art Outlet will curate 1152 square feet of wall exhibition space (18 panels, courtesy of Artomatic) and space for sculpture/media on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. We estimate this space will hold 36 two-D and 20 three-D artworks.Art may include candles or incense, but these will not be burned during the show. There will be a public altar outside the Torpedo Factory that will include candles and incense. We especially welcome 3-D works and installation. The art and activities of traditional El Día de los Muertos celebrations look warmly and humorously on life, death, and the departed. When considering your submission, please be respectful. Art displayed at Ofrendas—Art of the Dead will take place in this same tradition. For more information:

New Media, No Boundaries
Deadline: Friday, September 25
VisArts at Rockville (an innovative art center in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region) is seeking works of art that use new media and technology to eliminate psychological or physical boundaries; and, challenge a gallery's role as mediator between artworks and viewers. New media and technology have the power to eliminate conventional, artistic boundaries. Interactive art, for example, encourages viewers to complete the artwork by actively transforming it visually and conceptually. Artwork can be exhibited remotely, with only the concept (rather than the physical object) in a gallery. Likewise, a viewer may experience a work of art even if they are not in the gallery with the object. Works considered: Artwork with at least one component that uses an electrical and/or battery power source, and created in the past three years. The work does not have to be a physical, gallery object. For more information:

Deadline: October 2
A seasonal exhibition with cash awards; This call invites artists working with the medium or subject of light to submit works for inclusion in GLOW. A variety of works are sought, including neon, fiber optics, LED, luminous substances, light graffiti, projections, and other electrical or digital manifestations. Two-dimensional works that experiment with light are also welcome. Large to small scale installations, as well as completed works and/or proposed works will be considered. For more info.:

19th Annual Patuxent Art League Open Juried Exhibition

Deadline: November 6
Open to artists over 18 years of ago who live in MD, VA or DC. Juror is artist Matthew Zoll, realist painter and founder of Zoll Studio. Exhibition will be on view December 6-January 3, 2010. Submitted work must be original, and can be executed in any original media. Jurying will be by slides or jpegs on CD. Prospectus is available at after October 1. Or contact show chair, Rita Ferguson at 410-263-0796

Arts in Embassies Program
Deadline: Rolling
Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the Art in Embasses Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by US citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide. These exhibitions, with art loaned from galleries, museums, individual artists, and corporate and private collections, play an important role in our nation's public diplomacy. They provide international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of American art and culture through the accomplishments of some of our most important citizens, our artists. For more information and to submit artwork visit:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Calls to Artists

Touch Me Here - Emotional Encounters with Our Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2009
Artists are invited to submit their interpretation of the theme “Touch Me Here”. The submissions featured in the Touch Me Here exhibit should represent special moments in time that reflect various stages of love (first love, lost love, love renewed). Each submission should feature a written sentiment (love letter) that speaks to the viewer. The Touch Me Here exhibit is intended to marry our visual and tactile senses together in such a way that it tells the story of our heart’s fuel, love. Portions of the registration fee will be donated to the Go Red For Women Movement. Touch Me Here is a fundraising event to support the life-saving efforts of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement. E-mail for prospectus.

Small Wonders

Postmark Deadline: September 4
The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States to enter this exhibition. This is MFA's 5th exhibition of small works. 2D work: No more than 11" length on any side, including frame. 3D work: Cannot exceed 7" in any one direction. The juror is Al Miner, curatorial assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Visit for more info.

International Miniature and Small Art Show
Deadline: September 23
Modern and traditional miniature and small art in any medium such as portraits, still life, landscape, collage and boxes may be submitted. The maximumoverall sizes for miniatures including picture, frame and mount (if any) should be no larger than 8"x8". Open to all artists. No age or residency restriction. For more info.

Paper, A Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper
Deadline: September 23, 5pm
Open to artists 18 years or older who reside, work or attend school in Prince George's County, Maryland. The juror is Susan Goldman, Artistic Director and Owner of Lily Press, whose work is included in major national collections. $1,000 in cash awards. Contact for prospectus and application.

City of Alexandria - Charles Hamilton Houston Memorial
Deadline: October 1, 4pm
The memorial will be located at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street. Anticipated installation date is April 2011. Create a civic space that visually or physically links to the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Watson Reading Room located across the street; Celebrate the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Charles Houston who fought for equality of public education in the City of Alexandria; Honor and commemorate the history associated with the establishment of Alexandria’s first African American High School, Parker-Gray High School; Inspire young people to remember the past and move them to see a legacy that belongs to them and to future generations. For more info., visit: - click on Charles Houston Public Art Project

Cade Art Gallery - “New Narratives”
Postmark Deadline: October 2, 2009
Anne Arundel Community College's Cade Art Gallery announces a call for entries to “New Narratives.” This all-media exhibit seeks artworks that explore stories and messages in contemporary ways. The exhibit's juror is Peter Bruun, Artistic Director, Art on Purpose, Baltimore, MD. Artists may submit up to six digital files on CD or slides. Accepted work will be exhibited Nov. 10 – Dec. 10, 2009. Download the form at e-mail for an entry form.

Gallery West 13th Annual National Juried Show
Deadline: November 13, 2009
Juror: Jack Rasmussen, American University
Eligibility: Open to all national artists, 18 years of age or older. Original art, all mediums, no videos, no reproductions. For more info. and prospectus, visit

Prince Georges County Artists
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission maintains a Visual Arts Registry for artists who live, work or go to school in Prince Georges County. Registry artists are placed on the county visual artist roster, which is used in the annual selections for exhibition opportunities at corporate locations and governmental venues open to the public. Registry artists also receive a monthly newsletter with information on various alls for artists. Contact if you are interested in joining the registry.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Looking for volunteer mentors for art-based mentoring program

Are you interested in serving as a mentor for the 2009-2010 Space Of Her Own (SOHO) program? SOHO serves at-risk 5th grade girls from Alexandria. SOHO is an art-based mentoring program in which volunteer mentors are paired each paired with a SOHO girl. Together, girls and mentors meet weekly to learn life skills, eat a healthful dinner, and do art lessons, culminating with a "Trading Spaces"-style room renovation at the end! This is a year-long program, and mentors must commit to a full year, attending every Thursday night from October through June.

We will be holding a meeting for prospective mentors on Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, e-mail Kate at and she can provide you with more information on the program and upcoming mentor recruitment and orientation meeting. RSVPS REQUIRED TO ATTEND.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Calls to Artists

Call for Art: A Running Commentary
Tuesday, September 01
“A Running Commentary,” a Girls Gotta Run Foundation exhibit, will be held at the Friendship Heights Village Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in October 2009. Artists are invited to submit up to three works of art that represent the mission of GGRF in some way, such as girls, running, shoes, Ethiopia. 2D work may be representational or abstract, in any media, and up to 30” by 30.” Small sculptures can also be accommodated. For more information:


Home is Where the Art Is: A Fine Craft and Folk Art Exhibition
Deadline: Tuesday, September 15
Curated by Stacy C. Hollander, American Folk Art Museum And The 2009 Fine Craft Boutique.

Exhibition Dates: October 29 – November 22, 2009.

Accepted Media: decorative fiber, wearable fiber, mixed media, jewelry, glass, wood, metal, assemblage, enamel work, ceramics, sculpture. Download prospectus from


New Media, No Boundaries
Deadline: Friday, September 25

VisArts at Rockville (an innovative art center in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region) is seeking works of art that use new media and technology to eliminate psychological or physical boundaries; and, challenge a gallery's role as mediator between artworks and viewers. New media and technology have the power to eliminate conventional, artistic boundaries. Interactive art, for example, encourages viewers to complete the artwork by actively transforming it visually and conceptually. Artwork can be exhibited remotely, with only the concept (rather than the physical object) in a gallery. Likewise, a viewer may experience a work of art even if they are not in the gallery with the object. Works considered: Artwork with at least one component that uses an electrical and/or battery power source, and created in the past three years. The work does not have to be a physical, gallery object. For more information or to apply, go to

Deadline: Friday, October 02
A seasonal exhibition with cash awards.
Theme: Works utilizing, representing or inspired by light.
Show location: Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland.
Entry deadline: On-going selection process, final deadline: October 2 , 2009.
Exhibition Dates: November 24, 2009-February 14, 2010. This call invites artists working with the medium or subject of light to submit works for inclusion in GLOW. A variety of works are sought, including neon, fiber optics, LED, luminous substances, light graffiti, projections, and other electrical or digital manifestations. Two-dimensional works that experiment with light are also welcome. Large to small scale installations, as well as completed works and/or proposed works will be considered. For more info:

Angry Women: All Male Artists Facing a Jury of 12 Women

The Soundry will host their first juried art show, on display from September 26th to October 24th, 2009. The Opening Reception will be held on September 26th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

Artwork in the show will be submitted by ONLY MALE ARTISTS and the jury will be comprised of ONLY FEMALE art professionals. 12, in fact. There is no theme or restriction based on subject or medium, and entry is open to non-Soundry-members as well as artists who are not local to Northern Virginia.

Awards and other recognitions as well as participating jury members will be announced soon. Email with questions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Smithsonian - Call to Artists

Smithsonian - Connect with the Arts

2-D Figurative Art Competition
Accuracy Session and Competition
Written Critique Competition
Copying the Masters

Copyist Training Program
Understanding Complex Compositions of the Masters
Advanced Figure Drawings

A panel of judges consisting of professors from top universities in the Washington metropolitan area will join the Smithsonian in awarding $1,500 to winning entries of the competitions. Participants of classes may also attend group critiques, closing lecture, awards presentation and reception as well as watch a selection of the area's finest figurative artists as they work during a three day model marathon. Programs are held at the Ripley Center in Washington DC on the Downtown Mall.

More info:

It's Time to Apply for a Solo Exhibit...

It's that time again... Pick up a solo exhibit prospectus in The Art League Gallery or e-mail the gallery for a copy. If you've never applied before, it's wise to attend an orientation in the Gallery on one of the following dates:
  • Friday, August 21, 1:00pm
  • Thursday, August 27, 6:30pm
  • Saturday, August 29, 1:00pm
The deadline is October 1 for digital images and all written materials. Drop off for in-person jurying will be during the weekend of October 17-18.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Receiving for " 'Scapes" & "Taking Form"

Receiving for 'Scapes is:

Monday, August 3
6:30-8:30 pm (Tonight!)
Tuesday, August 4

Remember, this can mean landscapes, citiscapes
or seascapes, or whatever you consider a " 'scape."

Those juried into Taking Form
(originally, the Washington Square Sculpture Show),
may choose to submit during the above times OR:

Wednesday, August 5

Taking Form participants - PLEASE NOTE:
You may NOT submit work for 'Scapes on August 5.
Jurying will already be over!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Calls to Artists

Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition
Deadline: September 1, 2009
All artists are invited to submit works oil, acrylic, watercolor or mixed media. Jurors are Editors of American Artist, the Utrecht Resident Artist and Artists from the Ridgewood Art Institute. Several cash prizes. Click here for more info.

2010 Nothern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Deadline: November 1, 2009
Approximately 200 artists ill the streets of Reston's up-scale Town Center with an outdoor art exhibition that Art Fair Sourcebook calls, "...the top fine art show on the East Coast!" Award winners from the previous year and six percent of participating artists are invited by the festival organizers. The festival is produced by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and supports its exhibition, education and outreach programs. To apply, click here.

Washington Sculptors Group Call to Artists
Deadline: August 17, 2009
Curator/Juror: Laura Roulet
Location: Art Museum of the Americas
Click here for full prospectus.

"Greece Abstracted" - Betsy Anderson's Solo Show

July 9 – August 3, 2009

“Greece Abstracted” features Betsy Anderson’s latest series of landscape paintings inspired by the color, light, and architecture found in the Greek landscape. Struck by the stark contrast between the crisp white buildings and deep blue sky and water on the island of Santorini, and the colorful flowers in Mykonos, Anderson focused on creating a body of work that would evoke the feeling of this bold, iconic landscape.

Anderson’s works are marked by strong composition and vibrant color. “My goal is for the viewer to see and feel what I felt when I was there.” Her smart choice of color and confident lines and shapes achieve this goal. The horizon line is often Anderson’s focus – how it can be reinterpreted and reinvented. Using thin washes of oil, Anderson is able to slowly build the color and texture to achieve the desired saturation. She uses oil pastel to punctuate and add detail to the edges of shapes.

Anderson has been a resident artist in the Torpedo Factory Art Center for 29 years. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. Anderson has been a member of The Art League for 39 years, and is currently serving as Board President. She is a former Commissioner of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Anderson majored in Fine Arts at Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University and holds a BFA from Wright State University.

In The Art League Gallery:
“Greece Abstracted,” July 9 – August 3, 2009

The Art League Gallery (located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center)
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Gallery Hours:
Daily, 10am – 6pm, Sunday, 12noon – 6pm
Open Thursday evenings until 9pm.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Call to Artists - Arlington Arts Center

Arlington Arts Center is now accepting applications for 2010 solo exhibitions. Each artist will have a self-contained solo show in one of the seven separate exhibition spaces.

Deadline: August 1

Selections will be reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee, led by two special guest panelists: Anne Surak, Former Director of DC's Project 4 Gallery and Henry L. Tahggert, notable DC collector and curator.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Art in City Hall - "Our Town"

Art in City Hall receiving will be Saturday, July 18, 10am-2pm at Alexandria City Hall, 2nd floor (please use the Cameron Street entrance). The theme is "Our Town". Work should feature images of Alexandria or works about Alexandria, the diverse population that makes up our city, the varied daily activities of the city, and the historical events that define what Alexandria is today.

Work not selected MUST be picked up on Sunday, July 19 from 12 noon-4pm. (If not picked up, work will be delivered to The Art League Gallery at 4:00 pm and a $5 per day per piece storage fee will be charged.)

For a full prospectus, please e-mail or pick one up in The Art League Gallery.

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Fabrications" is worth a visit!

Fabrications, Nancy Pane Fortwengler's solo show at The Art League, is getting noticed! Check out mentions in The Washington Post and by its Going Out Gurus, an article in artist Ashley Spencer's popular blog Art Is Everywhere and in Washington Life Magazine.

Fabrications closes July 6 -- stop in soon to see what all the fuss is about!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Black and White - Call to Artists

Black and White
July 2009 Membership Show
Juror: Catriona Fraser
July 8 - August 3, 2009

Black and white is not limited to works that are only black and white in color. Work can be in all shades of black and white and should use the positive and negative spatial tension between black and white and their shades. If color is used, it should be used in service to the metaphorical idea of black and white or the literal use of the colors of black and white. Works with color can also address the concept of black and white - socially and culturally, for example, issues about race, polarization in our culture and the push-pull of political issues, but the color must be in service to your concept. Work can be in any medium. Two-dimensional works must follow the hanging guidelines of The Art League.

Monday, July 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, July 7, 10:00am - 12:00 Noon

Award: Kirsten Award, $150

Friday, June 5, 2009

Calls to Artists

The Council for the Arts - 25th Annual Exhibition - Miniature Art 2009

Show Dates: November 5 - January 9
Deadline: September 25, 2009
Juror: David Diaz (Art League member)

For full prospectus and entry form, visit:

On-Going Deadline, Small Gallery Show

Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, Fort Washington, MD

Seeking artists for on-going small gallery shows. For more information, contact gallery manager Stuart Diekmeyer at 301-203-6067

Funding for Visual Artists - The Pollack-Krasner Foundation

Applications from all media are welcome to apply for funding, with no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for one year and range from $1,000 to $30,000. For more information, visit


The National League of American Pen Women District of Columbia Branch will be hosting its Third Annual Art/Book/CD Sale at the Charles Sumner Museum on September 19, 2009. Admission is free. Past participants have ranged from authors to musicians to painters, sculptors, quilters, photographers, jewelers and more. Participating vendors are requested to donate 20% of their proceeds to the DC Branch. These monies will go towards the restoration of the historic Pen Arts Building as well as recognize the Charles Sumner Museum for use of its space. Please RSVP to Branch President, Trish Wootten, at

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Call to Photographers - ArtDC

Come closer. Strip away the distractions, fill the frame. ArtDC want to see your most revealing portraits. Vulnerable or intense, the composition is so tight that the entire head cannot be seen. Emotion lives within the confines of your face. Let's emove all distractions. Remove the world, the body, our outfits, differences and display photographs composed of nothing but the face or a fraction thereof.

ArtDC is working with Art League member Pamela Viola to curate an exhibition entitled "Closer." The show will include the work of a group of 5 photographers depicting the impact of macro compositions on portraits.

Submission Requirements:

1. Only photographic works on paper are eligible.
2. Open to members only - it's free to register!
3. Digital submissions must be at least 1200 pixels on the widest side at 300 dpi.
4. Digital submission must be .jpg or .png format.
5. Up to 5 images may be entered.
6. Framed work must be 16" x 20" or smaller.
7. Submissions should be emailed to
8. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm June 12, 2009.
9. Resume and Artist Statement - attach a file or url link to your submission.
10. With your submission please include for each image the following: Username:
File Name:
Artisit Name:
Artwork Title:
Framed Dimension:

EXAMPLE: Username: pamelaviola
File Name: example.jpg
Artisit Name: Pamela Viola
Artwork Title: My Best Close-up
Materials: pigment print, c-Print, silver gelatin etc.
Framed Dimension: 16" x 20" (height x width)
Price: $500.

Accepted Entries:

1. Selected artists will be notified no later than June 14, 2009
2. Work must be gallery ready, framed or box mounted with a wire suitable for use with a hanging system. No clip frames or hooks on the back.
3. Framed artwork must be 16"x20" or smaller.
4. Works must be received on July 10, 2009 at 11am at the gallery.
5. Sold work financial details: 60/40 split, 60% to the artist.
6. The show will run July 11, 2009 to August 9, 2009.
7. Gallery specs: 500 Square foot room with 20ft+ vertcal windows. 5 moveable walls.
8. Gallery location: artdc gallery - 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Art League's SOHO program in the Washington Post

SOHO, a program run by The Art League and the Alexandria Court Service Unit, was recently recognized in The Washington Post article, "A Fresh New Perspective." The program serves at-risk, 5th-grade girls from Alexandria through one-on-one art-based mentoring. The girls and mentors meet weekly to have life skills lessons, eat a healthy dinner, and then have an art lesson taught by an Art League artist / instructor. The program culminates with HGTV-style room renovations for each girl that incorporate completed art projects and give each girl a personalized "space of her own."

On Thursday, June 11th, we will be celebrating another successful year of the Space Of Her Own (SOHO) outreach program. This year 12 girls completed the program. At their graduation party, the girls will give a presentation about their year in SOHO, debut a video showing before-and-after room renovation footage and have an exhibit of their completed artworks.

All are invited! Please join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Duke Street Annex to celebrate the work of the girls and their mentors! Refreshments will be served. Afterwards, walk down the street to the opening reception for the All-Media Membership Show and Nancy Fortwengler's solo show, "Fabrications" in The Art League Gallery, starting at 6:30pm.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Nancy Pane Fortwengler’s Solo Artist Show of Figurative Dress Paintings
at The Art League Gallery

June 4 – July 6, 2009

In Nancy Pane Fortwengler’s series of figurative dress paintings, the body exists without the figure. The human body is not present in any of her work. The dresses, costumes, and tiers of fabric are in motion without a body to propel them. Fabrications reveals the construction, shape, and composition of these vibrant forms while embodying the presence of the human figure.

Exploring the form and iconic symbols of femininity are long, reoccurring subjects for Fortwengler. This particular series evolved from working backstage with a ballet company. “The dancers, costumes in movement under the dramatic stage lighting created a wonderful abstraction within the layers of fabric. As light traveled though layer upon layer, new shapes were created, and I saw something new. The bodies of the dancers became irrelevant, and the dresses took on a life of their own.”

These figures are soft yet powerful. The female forms take “center stage,” with only one “figure” featured in each piece. Fortwengler’s exaggerated color palette creates a heightened sense of reality, and places each piece in a dramatic, moody environment.

Fortwengler works almost exclusively in pastel. “Pastel is my preferred medium. It unites the act of drawing and painting, unlike any other medium. The very nature of holding the pastel, and manipulating it directly, allows me to greatly control the amount of pressure and pigment I apply to the surface. The luminosity, vibrancy, and consistency of pastel are extremely relevant to my subject matter, enabling me to fully capture and portray transparency and dimension.”

Fortwengler is a resident artist at Columbia Pike Artist Studios in Arlington, VA, a member of The Art League, and is a full member of the Degas Pastel Society, an associate member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Her work is held in collections nationally and internationally. She continues to study with Diane Tesler at The Art League School, a longtime mentor and teacher for over two decades.

“Fabrications,” June 4 – July 6, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
at The Art League Gallery
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Fabrications is sponsored by Frame Masters.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Call to Artists - Target Gallery

Pandora's Box
December 10 - January 10, 2010

October 5, 2009

Pandora's Box is an exhibition requiring artists to create work based on the theme of Pandora's Box. In Greek mythology, Pandora's box is the large jar carried by Pandora that contained evils to be unleashed on mankind - ills, toils and sickness - and finally hope. For this exhibition, the artists are invited to submit their own interpretations of Pandora's Box and how it relates to the times we are living in today. The submitted work must be based on a box form and adhere to the box size parameters of 12 inches. The work can be contained within the box or it can explode from the box, peek outside the box, etc. How it is made and what it is made of is entirely up to the artists.

Landria Shack, Curator and Director of Programs, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

To download a full prospectus or apply online, visit

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thank you!

The Art League thanks its generous sponsors for Paint Alexandria 2009!

Lead Event Sponsor:

Sponsor of Rob Liberace's Oil Painting Demo at Carlyle House Gardens:

Sponsor of Sarah Poly's Evening Sunset Session at National Harbor:

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Art League Instructor Rob Liberace in American Artists

The Art League instructor Robert Liberace will be featured in a several-page spread in the upcoming Summer Workshop Issue of American Artists. The article discusses Liberace's current work and projects, including the release of his drawing DVDs and his travel workshops at The Art League. There will be several images of Liberace's 2008 travel workshop to Venice organized by The Art League. If you attended, you may spot yourself among The Art League members and students pictured! Look for the Summer Workshop Issue on newsstands soon.

In the meantime, catch Liberace this weekend for Paint Alexandria. At 12:30, he will demonstrate in oil, painting landscapes at Carlyle House Gardens. Just $40 gets not only gets you a spot at Liberace's demo, but numerous others in a variety of media all weekend!

For more information and to register, visit or call 703-683-2323.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1st Annual Little Washington Miniatures Painting Exhibition

October 2-October 26, 2009 - Open to all US miniature artists 18 years or older.

Entry Fees:
$25 - 3 pieces delivered
$40 - 3 pieces shipped

Narissa Steel
President of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC

Cash awards and ribbons.

Prospectus is available at or SASE to:
291-B Main Street
P.O. Box 365
Washington, VA 22747

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Paint" Alexandria

Join us for "Paint" Alexandria 2009, our annual two-day, all-media plein air event. For $40, artists of all media and skill level may join us as we visually explore and interpret historic Old Town. Registered artists may participate in as many sessions as they like. "Paint" Alexandria 2009 will be held May 16 & 17.

This year "Paint" Alexandria is expanding across the river to include a special sunset session with nationally known plein air painter and Art League instructor Sara Poly. Transportation will be provided to all participants on the National Harbor Water taxi, courtesy of the Alexandria-National Harbor Water Taxi/Potomac Riverboat Company.

Workshop locations TBA. Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies, and they ma work alongside the instructors, set up on their own, or simply enjoy the lectures and demonstrations. An event map will be provided to all participants.

Click here to register and view more images here.

here to read the article on "Paint" Alexandria in American Artist magazine from April 2008.

Saturday, May 16


  • Frank Fierstein: explore Old Town on foot with this abstract photographer and let him show you his unique visual perspective.
  • Steve Fleming: demonstrating and composing a loose watercolor.


  • Peter Ulrich: composing a loose watercolor.
  • Rob Liberace: demo in oil at the Carlyle House Gardens.


  • Daniel Wise: paint along the waterfront as Wise leads you through his process that includes thumbnail sketches, value based underpainting, and soft pastel application techniques.
  • Fred Markham: landscape painting in oil.


  • Sara Poly: capturing the sunset at National Harbor in oil.
Saturday, May 17

  • Jim Steele: photographic walking tour of Old Town.
  • Avis Fleming: sketchbook drawing in pen, pencil, or watercolor.

  • Marsha Staiger: use your senses to expand upon the landscape through color concentration, simplification of form, and strength of composition using acrylic and mixed media.
  • Bobbi Pratte: getting a good start in oil or acrylic.

  • Kurt Schwarz: atmospheric landscape painting in oil.
  • Ted Reed: exploring the figure in landscape.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Spring Open House at the Torpedo Factory

Spring Open House:

[indoor] Sidewalk Sale

Sunday, May 10, 5-8pm


Spring cleaning gets a fresh new meaning as Torpedo Factory artists bring artwork out of their studios for an indoor sidewalk sale! Guests will enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and fun activities as they shop for artwork during this favorite annual event.

This year’s Spring Open House falls on Mother’s Day. Guests are invited to treat Mom to an evening of shopping with a special edition Mother’s Day gift certificate, available to purchase over the phone or at the front desk.

The event features:

  • Live Music
  • Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Food Drive Benefiting United Community Ministries
  • Free Prize Drawing for Artwork by Marsha Staiger
  • Artwork Projection Light Show on the Waterfront Façade of the Building
  • Family Friendly Activity