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DC Open Air: Interpreted

DC Open Air: Interpreted

DC Open Air: Interpreted, part of the 202 Arts and Music Festival sponsored by DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, closed September 9, 2017, with a day-long display of work at the Southwest Waterfront. For seven days, an invited group of 11 area artists met to paint on locations around DC. Included in the group were four members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters (WSLP). On Saturday, the main day of the Festival, the artists painted events of the Festival and scenes of the waterfront itself. WSLP participants included (more…)

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Host Historic Photo

National Museum of Women in the Arts Host Historic Photo

Female and female-identifying artists are frequently overlooked in the art world—just 30% of artists represented by commercial galleries are women, and women artists only have about 25% of the solo shows at major museums. In partnership with Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt, the Now Be Here project comes to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, DC, for its fourth and final US iteration.

Now Be Here #4, DMV will gather female and female-identifying visual artists for a group photograph of historic proportions. Previous Now Be Here gatherings have taken place in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami where, collectively, more than 2,000 women artists participated. Co-organized by DC-based artist Linn Meyers, this version will also feature a cocktail hour and an artist resource fair with representatives from numerous arts organizations in the DMV. In addition, Now Let’s Talk, a dynamic schedule of talks, lectures and panel discussions, will bring museums and organizations across the region together to highlight female artists and discuss issues of women in the arts.

The project website will list the artists in attendance so every artist is identified.

Now Be Here #4, DMV is a free, event for female and female-identifying artists. If you would like an invitation please e-mail: [email protected]

(via National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photos Left to Right: Now Be Here #1, LA, 2016, Photo by Isabel Avila, Courtesy Kim Schoenstadt and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel; Now Be Here #2, NYC, 2016, Photo by Paola Kudacki, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith, and The Brooklyn Museum; Now Be Here #3, South Florida, Miami, 2016; Photo by Gesi Schilling, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Jane Hart, Girls’ Club, and Pérez Art Museum Miami.)

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Commissions Craig Kraft DC ! Public Art Piece

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Commissions Craig Kraft DC ! Public Art Piece

Craig Kraft, internationally known light sculptor has been commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to create an ART sign to announce the 202 Art & Music Festival. Kraft’s light sculpture measures 11′ tall by 23′ wide stating “DC!”  The 202 Art & Music Festival was the first of many stops. The sculpture will be used to draw attention to various art events around the city.

The DC! sculpture will be created in Kraft’s scrambled neon style. He uses re-purposed neon tubes from his 25 year old collection of discarded, rejected and donated neon tubes. Kraft’s placement of the tubes creates a unique layering of light and color in keeping with the artist fine art series entitled Random Neon. Kraft believes the random (more…)

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2017 Trawick Prize Award Winners Announced

2017 Trawick Prize Award Winners Announced

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, a juried art competition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, celebrated its 15th anniversary and announced the 2017 prize winners last night during the exhibition’s opening. Larry Cook from Landover Hills, MD was awarded “Best in Show” and received the $10,000 top prize; Cindy Cheng from Baltimore, MD was named second place and given $2,000; Renée Rendine from Towson, MD was bestowed third place and received $1,000; and Giulia Livi from Baltimore, MD received the $1,000 young artist award.

Larry Cook has shown his work in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the region. His work was included in group shows including It Takes A Nation at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC, To Be Black in White America at Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, MD and How We Lost DC at Honfleur Gallery in Washington, DC Cook’s solo exhibits have been shown at Hamiltonian Gallery, (e)merge art fair, and Pleasant Plains Workshop in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University. He is a visual art teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD. Cook was the 2014 Trawick Prize Young Artist Award Winner, a Hamiltonian Fellow from 2013-2015 and a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize in 2013 and 2016.

2017 Trawick Prize Finalists

  • Cindy Cheng, Baltimore, MD
  • Larry Cook, Landover Hills, MD
  • Amy Finkelstein, Takoma Park, MD
  • Helen Glazer, Owings Mills, MD
  • Giulia Livi, Baltimore, MD
  • Michele Montalbano, Burke, VA
  • Ben Piwowar, Baltimore, MD
  • Renée Rendine, Towson, MD

The exhibit opening celebrated the talented finalists as well as recognized Carol Trawick for her generous and gracious support of the competition for the past 15 years. Established by Ms. Trawick in 2003, The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to annually honor visual artists.

A longtime community activist in downtown Bethesda, Ms. Trawick has served as the Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Strathmore and the Maryland State Arts Council. The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company. A former teacher and entrepreneur, Ms. Trawick remains engaged in a range of philanthropic causes through the Foundation, which was established to assist health and human services and arts non-profits in Montgomery County. The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation has awarded grants to more than 90 nonprofits.

The work of the finalists will be on exhibit at Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, until September 30. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 6pm.

Entries were juried by Zoë Charlton, Art Department Chair and Associate Professor at American University; Neil Feather, Maryland-based artist and former winner of the Sondheim Art Prize and The Trawick Prize and Elizabeth Mead, Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art and Art History at William & Mary.

To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded $205,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of more than 130 regional artists. Previous Best in Show recipients include Richard Cleaver, 2003; David Page, 2004; Jiha Moon, 2005; James Rieck, 2006; Jo Smail, 2007; Maggie Michael, 2008; Rene Trevino, 2009; Sara Pomerance, 2010; Mia Feuer, 2011; Lillian Bayley Hoover, 2012; Gary Kachadourian, 2013; Neil Feather, 2014; Jonathan Monaghan, 2015 and Lauren Adams, 2016.

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

(via Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District. Photo courtesy of Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District.)

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Alexandria’s CSA for Art Makes Collecting More Accessible

Alexandria’s CSA for Art Makes Collecting More Accessible

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts has launched its second annual Community Supported Art (CSA) initiative. Built upon the traditional Community Supported Agriculture model that connects local farmers with consumers, this CSA is designed to build relationship between artists and communities.

“Community Supported Art programs are cropping up across the U.S.,” said Diane Ruggiero, deputy director of the Office of the Arts. “It’s an entry point for people to become art patrons at an affordable price. It also introduces seasoned collectors to (more…)

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ArtWatch Promotes Peace at African American Museum

ArtWatch Promotes Peace at African American Museum

In line with the recent appearance of an inflatable Trump chicken on the Ellipse, and last week’s resignation of all 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, local guerrilla artists continue to take action. Visitors waiting in line on Sunday to enter the National Museum of African American History and Culture were greeted by DC ArtWatch members, who handed out (more…)

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Announcing the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards Honorees and Finalists

Announcing the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards Honorees and Finalists

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) are proud to announce the special honorees and finalists of the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on September 14, 2017.

At the public awards ceremony in September, three individuals will be recognized as special honorees. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will receive the Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company, will receive the Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership. (more…)

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2017 Lotus and Water Lily Festival Recap

2017 Lotus and Water Lily Festival Recap

The 2017 Lotus and Water Lily Festival began with “beautiful blooms” on Saturday, July 15th.  This year’s festival featured performances from around the world, which included Asian, African, and Latin American traditional dances and music. Among the activities transporting guests around the globe, 8 Arts & Culture offered guided painting. (more…)

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Hamiltonian Artists Announces the 2017-2019 Hamiltonian Fellows

Hamiltonian Artists Announces the 2017-2019 Hamiltonian Fellows

Hamiltonian Artists is proud to announce five new, distinguished 2017 Hamiltonian Fellows to join our existing group of artists.  They are pleased to introduce:

  • Heather Theresa Clark (MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Patrick Harkin (MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Antonio McAfee (MFA, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Helina Metaferia (MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University)
  • Ellen (Jing) Xu (MFA, University of Washington)

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Joe’s Movement Emporium Receives $43,400 in Grants

Joe’s Movement Emporium Receives $43,400 in Grants

CreativeWorks, Joe’s vocational training program received a combined $39,000 from the Prince George’s County Executive’s Community Partnership Grant and a first-time grant from the Baltimore-based Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. District 1 Council Member Mary Lehmanand the City of Mount Rainier contributed a combined $4,400 to support Joe’s arts education programs, including Club Joe’s after school program and Camp Joe’s summer arts program.

Now in its ninth year, CreativeWorks (more…)

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New Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments Underscore History with Focus on Artists

New Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments Underscore History with Focus on Artists

By Rachel L. Davis

Walking into the newest apartment building in Mount Vernon Triangle, 455 Eye Street NW, the average observer may not realize that many of the surfaces feature the work of an artist.

455 Eye Street welcomed its first residents on June 1, featuring three historic buildings topped with sleek towers around a light-filled courtyard. Entering the building, whitewashed brick walls from a 1916 autoworks shop stretch past a custom concierge desk and walls with carefully curated artwork. Custom mailroom millwork, metal barn doors, (more…)

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The Washington Studio School Board of Directors Welcome Three New Board Members

The Washington Studio School Board of Directors Welcome Three New Board Members

The Washington Studio School Board of Directors welcome three new board members Heather Paul, Lee Butler and Joanne Kaufman.

Heather Paul recently stepped down as VP of Philanthropy and Communications for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland and is a co-owner, with her daughter, of a catering company in Brooklyn. Heather is a regular student of WSS classes and workshops.

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2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award Recipient James Terrell

2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award Recipient James Terrell

Honfleur Gallery presented James Terrell with the 2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Honfleur Gallery exemplifies high standards of art and culture from across the city and nation. In 2012, the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award was created, to celebrate the exemplary caliber of artists from Wards 7 and 8.

Over its six-year history, the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award celebrates the achievements and contributions of East of the River artists who, individually and collectively, have made a positive impact on the state of the arts in Washington DC. The judging panel is composed of individuals who were past recipients of the award. Representing a variety of artistic disciplines, (more…)

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Fairfax County’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates Over $271 Million

Fairfax County’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates Over $271 Million

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates over $271 million in annual economic activity in Fairfax County, supporting 6,220 full-time equivalent jobs according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s (more…)

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