Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How To Write An Artist's Statement That Doesn't Suck

Are you updating your artist's statement/resume? Gearing up for the upcoming Solo Artist Jurying?

Check out this post from the Abundant Artist for some helpful tips on improving your artist's statement!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Arts Funding News

NEA Funding Increase
The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which sets the initial funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), approved a $2.5 million increase for the NEA in its FY 2011 spending bill. Chairman Jim Moran (D-VA), a longtime champion of arts and culture, presided over his first Interior spending bill as chairman of the subcommittee. It is significant that Chairman Moran has proposed an increase for the agency in light of a spending freeze on federal discretionary funds and a lower budget request by the administration. Please write to thank Chairman Moran for his leadership.

Write your Congressman to support Congressman Moran's initiative.

Arts in Education Week
Yesterday (July 26), the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy. Take two minutes to send a message of support for arts education to your member of Congress!

National Cherry Blossom Festival 2011: Art Competition

Official Art Competition seeks illustration portfolios from professional visual and graphic artists. This is the first stage of the process in attaining artwork to be used to represent the next spring festival. Cash awards available. No entry fee. For more information, contact: National Cherry Blossom Festival, 1250 H St., NW, Ste. 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005; Phone: (877) 442-5666; email:; or check website:

Artist Housing at Loree Grand in DC

Cultural Development Corporation is currently accepting applications for live/work apartments at Loree Grand – 250 K Street NE, Washington. Many 1- bedroom units available, with limited studio and 2-bedroom units. All apartments feature stainless steel appliances, individual washer and dryer and individual heating and cooling. The building also features a rooftop garden, private courtyard, community room and fitness center. Applications, rent schedule, FAQ, virtual tours and more can be found at Units will be leased on a first come, first serve basis to applicants that meet the artistic and financial eligibility.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Smithsonian Magazine recently published a list of “40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years”. Nestled between predictions of scientific breakthroughs and political triumphs is an article written by Hirshhorn Museum Director, Richard Koshalek, which delves into the future of contemporary art.

Koshalek believes that by 2050, artists will play an even larger part in society. Technology will become more and more important in the arts, as a way of creating new art forms, reaching wider audiences, and influencing change.

We will see new types of artists emerging as technology evolves. This does not mean, however, that established forms of expression will be abandoned. Artists working in painting and sculpture will adapt to the changing artistic environment, which fosters increased creativity.

Technology will broaden the audience for art. We will see greater accessibility and communication between artists and their audiences. Koshalek also encourages artists to take a greater role in social decision-making and change--to use their creative minds for the greater good.

Koshalek’s predictions for art in the next 40 years are extremely hopeful. How do you think technology will change art? Where do you see art going in the next 40 years?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Patrons' Show Donations

 Hey Art League Members! 
Have you been cleaning out your studios, trying to find space for all your work? If so, feel free to start donating pieces to our Annual Patrons' Show!
The Art League is featured in this month's Washingtonian Best Bet's issue under "Zaniest Art Events" for "Best Art Fundraiser" for our Annual Patrons' Show! Go grab an issue and check out the great review!

We are ready for your donations!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CMDupré's Alice Opening at National Harbor

Great opening last night at our National Harbor space! Everyone should check out the NEW Alice, open through Labor Day.

First Annual Youth Arts Festival of Alexandria

Great Opportunity for Young Artists!
Children through age 19 are encouraged to enter original artwork for display at the festival. 
Arts activities will also be made available for children to explore their own creativity. 

To participate, download application materials here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Creativity Crisis

Interesting Newsweek article, The Creativity Crisis.

For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Gallery Talk: How to Start A Blog with Solo Artist Megan Coyle

Thursday night in the Art League Gallery, 17 League members gathered to glean some insight into the world of blogging. This month’s solo artist, Megan Coyle, began her discussion with the basics of blogging for artists: reasons for starting a blog and what to actually blog about.

A blog is a great (FREE!) way for an artist to begin to establish an online presence. They are easily updatable with fresh content. Becoming involved in an online community is a way to build connections with other artists, find resources and inspiration, and reach a wider audience for your work.

The possibilities for the content of your blog are endless. Megan suggested posting both works in progress and finished pieces. Linking to other artists and responding to arts news articles draws interest to your page. Interviewing yourself about your work and process adds another layer to simply posting images of your work online.

The final point of Megan’s discussion was the importance of using good quality images of your work for your blog. She also stressed the importance of resizing or watermarking the images to prevent others from using the images without the artist’s consent.

A brief Question & Answer session brought up topics such as HTML, Facebook vs. the Blog, Photoshop, and additional resources. What do you think about these topics? Are you interested in learning more?

If you’re an Art League Gallery member and have a blog, let us know!

July All-Media Membership Exhibit

Monday, July 12, 2010

CM Dupre's Alice at The Art League at National Harbor

CM Dupre's new series Alice will be featured at the new Art League Gallery space in National Harbor, MD from July 20 - September 5, 2010. Opening reception: Tuesday, July 20, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Who else has continued to lead such an eventful and fascinating existence as Alice? Compared to saints, heroes, screen stars, musicians and artists, intellectuals, inventors, politicians, she’s given us more: in elaborate chains of circumstance, indelible processes of redefinition, psychological growth and exorbitance. Her strengths arose from curiosity and imagination. There is no doubt that Alice IS—and more—she is transformation.

So the titles tell part of her story. “Alice is the Variable ‘X’,” “Alice is a Leaping Metaphor,” “Alice is the Deus ex Machina,” “Alice Is and Alice Isn’t”: clues to Alice’s potential and her increasing influence (initiated by the spell-bound gaze of Lewis Carroll). Her potential is step-by-step, beginning in childhood calculations, punctuated rebuttals, word-games, chance meetings, and entry into several worlds at once. They award her perceptions while creating her as virtual abundance—a hybrid artwork in an interrogatory space.

The second series takes Alice’s motivated forces further than self-identity and the Self as inscribed, as expression, as contour-context, or as a subject-summary.

Alice’s role goes on from a reality-fantasy condition that can begin to remark on the world through her infinite varieties and shifting shapes—that give her fame and fortune—onto different terrains, times, places, including for instance, the year 2010 of inclusion.

Her inner complexities become a sifting, sieving, filtering drama that stretches out beyond Alice in Wonderland, the proverbial Looking Glass, or Alice Liddell, flowing onto a world stage of reciprocal cycles and surrounds of meaning: the air that is breathed by others, cures found only in the unknown, in the shade of mourning and memory. Alice begins to search through living archives, finding in them an inconsolable poetics as she discovers varied replacements to the ‘unknowable sublime,’ presentable for now in the most compelling language of all, imagery.

Location: The Art League at National Harbor is located at 120 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.
Hours: Wednesday–Friday, noon–7:00pm; Saturday–Sunday, noon–6pm.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Touchstone Gallery Has Space for Four New Members!

Get in on the Ground Floor of the new TOUCHSTONE GALLERY. Only four new memberships still available. Guys in hard hats wielding hammers and wires are putting the finishing touches on Touchstone's new modern gallery at 901 New York Avenue NW, an attractive street-level space in the heart of Washington, DC. It'll be fantastic! Members Benefits: a biennial solo show, monthly member shows, artist bins, gallery website/online artist pages/store, fulltime director.

Contact Ksenia Grishkova now or 202 347-2787. She'll answer questions and explain our flexible jury process designed to accommodate your individual circumstances and location.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Special Day Trip to Visit World-Class Glass Exhibits in Richmond with Jimmy Powers

Join internationally known stained glass artist and Art League instructor Jimmy Powers as he guides you through a day filled with incredible visual delights in Richmond, VA on Sunday, August 1.

First we'll visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and view the Tiffany: Color and Light exhibit - the only US viewing of this exhibit celebrating one of America's greatest artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The exhibition focuses on his primary achievements – the innovative techniques and artistry he developed to achieve original and spectacular effects in glass. Among the exhibition’s more than 180 objects are examples of the leaded-glass windows and lamps, for which he is best known, as well as blown-glass vessels and decorative objects such as mosaics, jewelry, bronzes, paintings, watercolors, architectural elements, and silver. Click here to read more about this exhibit.

We'll then go to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for the exhibit, Glorious Glass in the Garden: The Art of Hans Godo Frabel. This world-class exhibit by the renowned glass artist will feature more than one hundred pieces ranging from the realistic to the whimsical. Prestigious collectors of Frabel's glass creations include Queen Elizabeth II, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and President Jimmy Carter. Click here for more details about this exhibit.

A motorcoach will depart the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 7:00 am. Cost: $105. Includes a boxed lunch and guided tours through both exhibits. Time to explore and visit the museum gift shops is included.

Spaces are extremely limited as Tiffany: Color and Light closes on August 15!

For more information, or to register, please contact Margaret Cerutti,, 703-683-1780 x13.

Target Gallery Exhibition Opportunity: 5 x 5 Exposed

5x5 Exposed
Exhibition Dates: November 6 - 21, 2010
Deadline for Entry: September 13, 2010

The gallery will be participating in the FotoWeek DC 2010 Festival by hosting our biennial small works show, this year with an emphasis on photo based mediums. All artwork must not exceed 5 inches in any direction, inclusive of frame.

Our juror is Kathleen Ewing, owner of Kathleen Ewing Gallery, which specializes in photography. She represents over 40 contemporary photographers and maintains an inventory of 19th and 20th century vintage photographs. She was the Executive Director of The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, from 1991 to 2007 and is also the Executive Director of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington.

You can now apply online, follow the link below:

For a hard copy of a prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Call: 703-838-4565 x 4

Thursday, July 1, 2010

City Gallery's First Annual Regional Juried Exhibit

This is a great opportunity! Visit their website for the entry form and prospectus:

Exhibit Opportunity!

Call for Exhibitors: Juried art fair with awards
11th Biennial Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair and Conference

The 11th Biennial Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair and Conference presents an exciting weekend of events which will examine the evolution of the book as art and the latest innovations and interpretations of this versatile form. For the first time, this year's Book Arts Fair will also include a contemporary print component, which will examine the print form as an independent medium as well as its relationship to the book.

November 5-7, 2010
Silver Spring, MD (Washington DC Metro Area)

Fair exhibitor application due July 12!
Apply now at
Details available on the website:

Confirmed Speakers:
- Peter Bushell, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art,
Illinois State University
- Deborah Cornell, Chair of Printmaking, School of Visual Arts, Boston
- Steven Daiber, Proprietor of Red Trillium Press
- Harry Lee Poe, Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture, Union
University & President of the Board of Directors, Edgar Allan Poe Museum
- Tony White, Head of the Fine Arts Library, Indiana University Bloomington
& Field Editor for Artist's Books and Books for Artists, CAA.Reviews
- Guild of Book Workers, Potomac Chapter

- Between the Folds
- Proceed and Be Bold!
- Typeface
- Who Does She Think She Is?

More details forthcoming on the Book Arts Fair website and blog!