Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Call for Entry

Call to Artists:

September 25, 2010 Dupont Circle Fine Arts Show to be held from 2 to 6 p.m. in conjunction with the 17th Street-Scape Celebration. The arts show is sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, along with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets and the Ross Elementary School PTA. Please read the attached flyer for more information, or go directly to this DCCA web site http://www.dupont-circle.org/17StArtFest


The 29th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show (2011) application is now available online, and we would be happy to receive your application. If you have not applied before, or if you have applied and not been chosen, do not be discouraged. In the 2010 show, out of the 120 exhibitors, 45 were completely new to the show. And if you have been an exhibitor in the past, you can be sure that a certain number of exhibitors will earn the chance to return because their work is considered by our jurors to be still evolving and fresh. We look forward to hearing from all of you as we plan another exciting show.
NOTICE: You must be prepared to pay for your application at the time you fill out the online application.

Fee: $50 nonrefundable online application
Deadline: Online application – midnight EST. September 22, 2010
Smithsonian Craft Show 2011 dates are: April 14-17, 2011 at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC.
To apply online, please visit smithsoniancraftshow.org
or go to Juried Art Services
www.juriedartservices.com.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Opportunities for Artists

Calls for Entry:
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is accepting artists' proposals.
Rolling Deadline

CoolClimate Art Contest seeks challenging and engaging submissions around the concept of climate change.
Deadline: September 6, 2010

Container Space at George Mason University is accepting proposals for 2011 programming.
Deadline: December 30, 2010


Grants:
The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund invites visual artists (excluding filmmakers, video artists, and performance artists) to apply for grants to enable recipients to develop their talent and concentrate on their art.
Deadline: September 15


Studio Space:
Pyramid Atlantic has a 10 x 12 studio space available. 
Deadline: September 15

Friday, August 27, 2010

Exhibition Opportunity at the Fisher Art Gallery

Call for Exhibitions

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center invites proposals for exhibitions in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. Open to artists and organizations throughout the Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland area. Exhibitions may be group or solo.


The Center will begin accepting proposals on October 15, 2010. The Schlesinger Center must receive all proposals by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2010. Works can be in both two- and three-dimensional formats. Finalists will be notified by December 21, 2010. The first of six to ten exhibits will debut in February 2011.


Download the submission guidelines and application in PDF format here. For questions contact Gallery Coordinator, Megan Peritore at 703.534.5726.

Keys From the Crisis at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League, and Multiple Exposures Gallery are partnering with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) to kick off their national campaign “Keys From the Crisis.” Through a variety of art related activities, the art center will help the NCRC tell the story of the foreclosure crisis to the public in a very visual way. The barrage of statistics, audible and written information about the foreclosure crisis have made it difficult for the average American to digest what is truly happening to families and neighborhoods. This exhibit humanizes an abstraction, presenting a visual explanation for what has become a national crisis. This powerful approach expresses the reality that so many Americans are facing today.

Please donate your spare keys!

The NCRC will be collecting keys and the stories of affected families throughout their campaign, and we will assist them throughout the month of September in collecting as many keys as possible. These keys are physical symbols that represent every family that has lost a home to foreclosure due to unfair lending practices.

Calendar of Events:
August 21- September 26: Systems Failure exhibition in the Target Gallery

September 1- September 30:
David H. Wells’ photo-essay, “Foreclosed Dreams,” that explores the empty homes littering the American landscape in the wake of the housing crisis on exhibit in the Site 3 Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
• “House of String”: Large Scale installation located on the main floor of the Torpedo Factory, created by Torpedo Factory Artists serving on the Target Gallery Committee

September 9, 6-9pm : Second Thursday Art Night
• Target Gallery’s Systems Failure “Meet the Artists" Reception – 6-8pm
• National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Special Presentation at 7pm by John Taylor, President and CEO of the NCRC
• David H. Wells, artist talk, in the Multiple Exposures Gallery at 8pm

September 11, 12-4: Art Activated
• 1:30pm -Target Gallery hosts SPARK: art from writing, writing from art – a spoken word event, along with a hands-on writing activity for the public. Focus is on the Systems Failure exhibit and the Keys from the Crisis campaign

September 23, 7pm: Target Gallery hosts a Curator Discussion with juror Sarah Tanguy for Systems Failure Exhibition. Sarah Tanguy is an independent curator, arts writer, and critic, as well as a curator for the Art in Embassies Program, based in Washington, DC.

Monday, August 23, 2010

CMDupré Artist Talk Wednesday, August 25

CM Dupré will talk about her work and painting technique on Wednesday, August 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at The Art League's Gallery at National Harbor. This talk is free and open to all!

The Alice exhibit is our closing exhibit at our current National Harbor space. Announcements of our new home at National Harbor are coming soon.

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.


In CMDupré's Alice series' (both the first and second series of paintings are featured in her current Alice exhibit) she deciphers Alice in her different stages of life, from childhood to adulthood. Fascinated by the character of "Alice" and who and what she represents, Dupré philosophically, psychoanalytically, and sociologically explores Alice's curiosity and imagination, her iconography, her ability to transform and inspire, and her pervasive existence. “Alice” is in all of us, or is she?

The Art League at National Harbor is located at 120 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Upcoming Juried Show Deadlines!

A few nationally juried art competitions have deadlines coming up this week! Check it out: 

Deadline: Sunday, August 15, 2010
Dedicated to the inspiration, celebration and encouragement of Women in the Arts. Up to 50 artists will be selected as competition finalists and be invited to exhibit work selected from their entries at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas, October 9, 2010. The show of National Juried Competition finalists will also be posted on our website www.americanwomenartists.org and the gallery website www.swgallery.com.
It is our intention to choose the very best art in terms of composition, technique and overall excellence regardless of style or medium. Selected work will include a very broad range from contemporary abstraction to impressionism to extremely tight realism. Our only goal is excellence, no matter how it is expressed. Whimsical work may be included as well as extremely serious statement. We feel that the final show will be elegant, very well rounded and include a wide range of artistic expression.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Redwood Forest Foundation is proud to sponsor this exciting new art and photo competition whose purpose is to display the beauty and the plight of forests throughout the United States. Your entry may represent any aspect of the forest or forestry industry in any area of the United States and will be judged within any of the nine regions displayed on the Contest Map. The competition is open to all artists and photographers, professional or amateur. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded in each of the art and photo categories along with several thousand dollars in cash awards. There is also a “Paint The Redwoods Award” within Region 5 (all Paint The Redwoods entries are automatically entered in the Artist Category). Images may depict scenery, logging, restoration, examples of egregious practices, beneficial aspects of forestry management or anything to do with the forest flora and fauna.

Critique with Art League Instructor Fred Markham

 Fred Markham. November Landscape.
from 'Scapes at the Art League Gallery, August 2010.

Thursday, August 19, 7:00-9:00pm in the Art League Gallery.

Participants may bring in two to three pieces for a group critique with Fred Markham, landscape artist, Professor of Art at NOVA, and Art League instructor.

Space is limited, so please call the gallery at 703-683-1780 to sign up!

SOHO Orientation for Prospective Mentors

The SOHO (Space of Her Own) program is holding an orientation for prospective mentors on Saturday, August 21, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at The Art League Annex, located at 1 Duke Street, on the corner of Duke and Union Streets. SOHO, an art-based mentoring program that serves preteen girls, operates from two locations. The Old Town SOHO operates on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Art League Annex and the West End SOHO operates on Wednesdays evenings from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Hammond Middle School. If you would like to consider volunteering at either location and would like to attend the orientation, please e-mail SOHO@alexandriava.gov. Please visit www.spaceofherown.org to learn more about SOHO.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Just for Fun

To kill a little time wherever you are and to create a little virtual art.... click here to create your own Jackson Pollock.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Have some lemons? Let's make lemonade!


If you had a Black Walnut or Oak tree fall down in your yard, on your fence or on your car, please call The Art League! We will gladly take any or all of that wood off your hands for our sculpture classes. We will even give you a tax letter for your donation. Let us turn your lemons into lemonade!
For questions about donations, please call 703-682-2323 or email school@theartleague.org.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

29th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show

The 29th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show (2011) application is now available online!
If you have not applied before, or if you have applied and not been chosen, do not be discouraged. In the 2010 show, out of the 120 exhibitors, 45 were completely new to the show. And if you have been an exhibitor in the past, you can be sure that a certain number of exhibitors will earn the chance to return because their work is considered by our jurors to still be evolving and fresh.


NOTICE: You must be prepared to pay for your application at the time you fill out your online application.

Fee: $50 nonrefundable online application
Deadline: Online application – midnight EST. September 22, 2010
Smithsonian Craft Show 2011 dates are: April 14-17, 2011 at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC.
To apply online, please visit smithsoniancraftshow.org
or go to Juried Art Services
www.juriedartservices.com.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ikenobo Ikebana at Baltimore Clayworks

Remember this past spring's Ikebana show at The Art League Gallery? Why not learn the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging for yourself at Baltimore Clayworks!

Potomac Riverboat Co. Seeks Face Painter

When: Saturday, September 19, 2010, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Where: Old Town Alexandria

A stipend will be offered. Call Kathy at the Potomac Riverboat Company, 703-684-0580!

Art Around the Web

Have you heard of the Treasure Project? It's an online collaborative effort to de-clutter and find inspiration in daily objects at the same time.


Planning a trip to Boston in the near future? NPR has an interesting story about the Museum of Bad Art.

Test your color acuity with this hue order challenge.

Prodigious seven year old paints "impressionistic" landscapes...and sells them for over $200,000

When art and science collide: graphic artists use comics to explain complex medical terms.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

'Scapes: the Annual Landscape Exhibit at The Art League

Rainy Day in NYC by Jill Banks















Juried by Joey P. Mánlapaz
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler


Traditional, idyllic, pastoral landscapes are expected in a landscape exhibit. Joey P. Mánlapaz, juror for the 2010 ‘Scapes exhibit, hoped to find works that went beyond the view of traditional, sweeping landscape, and instead explored different viewpoints and elements of our exterior world. While the vast majority of the work submitted was conventional, she hopes that she was able to curate an exhibit that will expand the idea of what “scapes” means.

“When I jury an exhibit, I’m looking for strong technique and point of view – a good composition, placement of the subject, subject matter, and a proficient handling of the medium. I want to see quality – when it’s there, I can see it, smell it, and know it.

The works that were not selected largely fell short in the areas of technique and point of view. Mánlapaz thought that the digital and photographic submissions were overall the strongest. She felt that many of the paintings were lacking in technique. “It’s important to practice, practice, practice and take classes with skilled instructors who are talented at teaching.”

Guarding Bethany Beach by Jackie Saunders received the Potomac Valley Watercolorists’ Award. “I like the loose quality, I like that I can see the sketching. The handling is sparse, not overdone. It’s lighthearted. The composition is strong, the perspective is good, and there is a good balance throughout the piece.”

Rainy Day in NYC by Jill Banks was awarded the Chameli and Amiya Bose Memorial Award for best oil or acrylic painting on canvas. “I like the handling of the paint and light. The abstract quality is really nice. I love how the patches of color come together to make the painting work. The composition and perspective are excellent.”

The works Mánlapaz selected as Honorable Mentions were among the strongest technically in the show, and were pieces she was drawn to because of their color. “This is an accomplished traditional landscape, it reminds me of a Wolf Kahn” (speaking of Nancy Fortwengler’s Journey into the Canyon). Manlapaz found Marsha Staiger’s Graft CB, Alert really intriguing: “The color and line remind me of the siding on a house.”

Joey P. Mánlapaz received her MFA in painting from George Washington University. Mánlapaz exhibits extensively in the US and has received numerous accolades for her unique form of painterly photorealism. Her solo exhibit in Spring 2009 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art featured her Reflections series, highly complex paintings of reflections on glass storefront windows in DC. Mánlapaz maintains a studio in Capitol Hill and is a faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her work can be viewed at www.joeymanlapaz.com.




‘Scapes will be featured in The Art League Gallery August 4 – September 6, 2010. Opening reception: Thursday, August 12, 6:30-8:00 pm