Sunday, February 28, 2010


Call to Artists
April 2010
This exhibit is intended to explore the creativity of found objects. A found object can be described as a natural object or an artifact not originally intended as art that is found and considered to have aesthetic value. Artists are encouraged to explore the uses of materials that are not considered “art supplies”, but visually interesting materials. The found object must be the focus of the piece. The artist should strive to find the beauty and/or potential of the found object. 90% must be composed of found object(s) and only 10% new material. The frame will not be considered as part of the artwork. Works can be two dimensional or three dimensional, so the found object can be presented in a traditional frame or in a non-traditional manner.

Found objects in any form can become something entirely different. The San Francisco Dump has an Artist in Residence Program, which allows each artist to use materials from the dump as long as they produce a show. These artists have wonderful examples of incorporating found objects into art. They show us ways to transform the found object into more then just a highlighted figure. You can see examples at

Receiving: Monday April 5th, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Tuesday April 6th, 10am to 12noon. Work must be delivered to gallery in person, no shipped pieces will be accepted. Work must be ready to hang, no clip frames. All frames must be wired for hanging. All work must be for sale.

Entry Fee: Open to all members of The Art League, membership fee if not currently a member plus $3.50 per piece, up to two pieces of original work, only one per artist will be accepted.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 8th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Awards 7:30 pm)

Pick-up of Work: Gallery open Tues., April 6th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm for early pick-up.

Otherwise artists are asked to pick-up work as soon as possible during regular gallery hours, Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sundays, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. A $1 per day storage fee will be charged after Tuesday, April 20.

Juror: Jan Baum
After exploring the West Coast for 6 years, Baum traveled back to the East coast to be the current Director of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Program at Towson University in Baltimore, Md. She is an avid visiting lecturer and teaches workshops across the country. Baum’s work is centered on wearable containers along with ornament and decoration.

Call to Artists: Recycled Glass Sculpture & Photography


Sculptors: Cindy Coldiron is authoring a new book on recycled glass sculpture for Schiffer Books. As part of the writing and publishing process, she is conducting an international call to artists for images of their recycled glass sculpture.

Photographers: Cindy is also searching for images of discarded/waste glass in the environment.

Check out the entry rules and qualifications at the link below!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Art In City Hall: Call to Artists

March 22, 2010 – September 17, 2010

The Art League in partnership with the City of Alexandria, in conjunction with the Mayor’s initiative to promote the arts citywide in Alexandria, are coordinating a rotating fine art exhibit. This exhibit will enhance the environment of Alexandria’s City Hall and promote the talent of local artists. The exhibit will be juried by an outside, independent expert in the arts, and will hang for seven months on the second floor of the Alexandria City Hall. Members of The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, and the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association are invited to participate. Former members of Springwater Fiber Guild are also eligible to participate.

Receiving: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Alexandria City Hall, 2nd floor

(Please use the Cameron St. entrance at the 300 block of Cameron)

Theme: All-Media Exhibit

Work not selected: Must be picked up Sunday, March 21, 2010, Noon -- 4:00 pm

(Artists may call 703-683-1780, Noon - 4:00 pm on Sunday, to determine if they need to pick up work. Work not picked up will be delivered to The Art League Gallery at 4:00 pm, and a $5 per day per piece storage fee will be charged.)

Reception: TBD

Awards: There are four $200 awards to be determined by the juror:

The Art League Award of Merit

The Del Ray Artisans Award of Merit

The Torpedo Factory Artists Association Award of Merit

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts Award of Merit

Exhibition Dates: March 22, 2010 – September 17, 2010

Exhibition Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

End of Show Pick Up: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Work not picked up will be delivered to The Art League Gallery at 2:00 pm, and a $5 per day per piece storage fee will be charged.)

Eligibility: Open to members of the above listed organizations. Non-members may join the above listed organizations, with the exception of The Torpedo Factory Artists. Contact information is listed below.

Entry Fee: $3.00 per piece, up to three pieces of original work.

Juror: The jurying process will be based upon originality, quality, execution of subject matter and amount of exhibition space.

Juror – William Schran currently serves as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus. He has been an art instructor for over 30 years at various local institutions including the Art League School. Mr. Schran is actively involved in the Northern Virginia arts community, regularly exhibiting, as well as jurying, in local venues.

Submitting Work: All work must be ready for display, securely framed with screw eyes and wires firmly attached. No taped or clip style frames are allowed. Works on paper should have a protective covering of glass or Plexiglas. Work will be eliminated if poorly prepared or wet. All work must be original; no giclee' reproductions will be accepted. Works cannot have been juried into previous Bi-Annual Art in City Hall Juried Exhibitions or previous exhibits at The Art League Gallery. This exhibit will apply as one show towards Bin Gallery membership at The Art League for the exhibit year 2009-2010.

3-D artists are asked to contact The Art League to discuss presentation issues. Artists may review the exhibit space (during regular City Hall hours) in advance; please note that corridors have only eight-foot high ceilings. Artists are advised that the exhibition space is a government office building open to all members of the public, including children, and are asked to submit work appropriate to this venue.

Sales: Work may be for sale or marked NFS (Not For Sale). If NFS, a value must be stated in the Loan Agreement form for insurance purposes. A 25% commission applies to all artwork sold. Accepted artwork (not including duplicate works) may NOT be sold directly by artists or their representatives (including through their websites) for the duration of the Exhibition.

Loan Agreement: Artists are required to provide a completed and signed Loan Agreement Form, at delivery of artwork. “2010 Alexandria Art in City Hall Loan Agreement” forms will be available at any of the participating galleries, public libraries, and the Office of Citizen Assistance in City Hall. Permission to photograph any artwork for publicity purposes is considered granted unless otherwise stated in writing. The City and The Art League are not liable for theft or damage to submitted artwork.

More Information: Call The Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780, for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists are responsible for transport and removal of artwork(s) to and from City Hall.

No accepted work may be removed for the duration of the show. Artists are required to pick up works at the times stated. A storage fee of $5.00 per day per piece will be assessed for any artwork not picked up or removed as required.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Patricia Uchello show at ArtSquare

ArtSquare's monthly gallery openings will continue to showcase original fine art by the area's leading artists. On Friday, March 12, ArtSquare will host its first gallery exhibition, featuring paintings by Waterford artist Katherine Riedel and guest artist Patricia Uchello from Alexandria. Live music and refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend and tour the new facility. Both exhibits will continue through April 3.

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.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Click this link to apply


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Hamilton Artists Fellowship Program

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Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications for 2010-2012 Term.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Hamiltonian Artists, a 501(c)3, is pleased to announce its third annual open call to new, emerging artists to apply to our two-year Fellowship Program, aimed to aid in the professional development of visual artists.

Please refer to the website for application requirements, restrictions and forms. The application process will close at 5:00 pm on on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, and any applications received after that date will not be considered.

Please do not hesitate to email or call us at the gallery with any additional questions.

Best of luck!
Hamiltonian Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for creative artists early in their careers. We offer a competitive two-year fellowship program to new, innovative visual artists in all media through an annual competition. Artists from around the nation are encouraged to apply.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Torpedo Factory Artist Jurying

  • We are looking for innovation artists, aged eighteen or older, in the fields of painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, collage, glass, filmmaking, photography, and fiber art. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is committed to actively pursuing a diverse membership.

  • Jury Dates: April 5 – 8, 2010. All application materials and artwork must be received on Monday, April 5th between 9AM and 6PM.

  • If applicants would like to check out current Torpedo Factory artists, they can view our work on the Torpedo Factory website –


Help the Alexandria City Public Schools:

Alexandria City Public Schools are working hard to re-open as soon as possible (Tuesday they hope) and need volunteer help today and tomorrow.
Even though City employees have performed in nothing short of a heroic manner these past nine days, with the snow emergency we are having, many students will find it almost impossibly difficult to go to school without volunteer help.

More than half of those who attend school use bus transportation and many of the school bus stops need to be "dug out" to be useable. Everyone else walks and some sidewalks, especially those near schools, need to be "dug out" as well.

I know that many of you cannot even consider helping because of the demands of your business, but I hope that some of you might be able to lend and hour or two to help today (between 10 a.m. and Noon) and tomorrow morning to help walk students to school. If you are able to help, please contact a school principal, the schools below especially need help:

Patrick Henry Elementary School (4643 Taney Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304; Tel: 703-461-4170 | Fax: 703-823-3350 Principal: Coleen Mann, Ed.D)

William Ramsay Elementary School (5700 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311; Tel: 703-824-6950 | Fax: 703-379-7824 Principal: Kathy Taylor).

Let me know if you have questions or need assistance...and send this to as may people as you can!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Patrons' Show

Todd Webb's Amazing Patrons' Show Images

One of our fantastic Patrons' Todd Webb, has created this great website to view images.

He also has created lists to print out the images next to your top choices for your own personal list!
How It Works

One table is ordered by Art #, the other by Rank #. When an artwork is called out, find it on the left table and cross it out. Cross-reference that Rank # in the table on the right, and cross it out. When your name is called, the highest ranking, remaining artwork on the right is your top choice.

In the example below, Art #18 is called by someone else. Find Art #18 in the left table. It is Ranked #1. Cross them out. Now find that Rank #1 in the table on the right. Again, it corresponds to your Art #18. Cross them out. Then your name is called. Your highest remaining Rank # on the right table is Rank #2, Art #137. You get Art #137.

Please check it out at

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Patrons' Show Preparation