Calls for Entry

Call for DC Arts Center’s Artist Collective

Past Sparkplug members Matt Smith, Blair Murphy and Chandi Kelley. Courtesy of DCAC.

Past Sparkplug members Matt Smith, Blair Murphy and Chandi Kelley. Courtesy of DCAC.

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Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016

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The DC Arts Center is currently accepting applications for Sparkplug, DCAC’s Artist Collective. Interested applicants should email their application and requested documents to [email protected] by Monday, October 24, 2016.

After an application has been received, the résumé and artist statement reviewed, and website checked, DCAC will select which applicants to interview. Interviews will be conducted at DCAC. Members will be selected within a week of the final interview.
More information on this year’s Artist Collective can be found on our website: http://www.dcartscenter.org/programs_1_sparkplug.htm

Sparkplug, DCAC’s Artist Collective
In meeting with artists while selecting exhibitions for the gallery, DCAC’s Visual Artist Committee found that many artists were working in a vacuum. The camaraderie, friendly criticism, and community they experienced in art school were no longer available. We decided to try to create a structure in which artists could work as a collective and perhaps regain, or even experience for the first time, a support network that would stimulate their work and give them access to artists of like mind.

In 2007, Sparkplug was launched as DCAC’s artist collective.

Every two years, participants are sought from all communities in the Washington, DC area to bring together artist from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to foster their development as individuals and as a group. About 10 members participate for 2 years, meeting on a monthly basis to critique each others work, discuss exhibitions around the area, and visit each other’s studios. Through this process they try to find common ground and further their practice.

DC Arts Center offers members of Sparkplug a place to meet, helps to organize studio visits, provides opportunities to hone presentation skills, and make connections with arts professionals such as curators, collectors, and established artists. In addition DCAC organizes two curated Sparkplug exhibitions: one each year.