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.