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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.

Lee Butler brings (more…)

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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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The Pizza Artistically Considered: Art Works Now ‘Master-Pizzas’ Project

The Pizza Artistically Considered: Art Works Now ‘Master-Pizzas’ Project

As the organization Art Works Now prepared for their new landmark home in Hyattsville, they teamed up with the building’s restaurant, Pizzeria Paradiso and Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council to embellish the new restaurant space with “Master Pizzas” created by invited artists and arts organizations from the surrounding community. Each artist worked from a 9” wood panel base and were encouraged to create their “signature pizza”. These artists created pizzas using an array of different mediums that reflect their visions, their community, and the world around them.  (more…)

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Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann Awarded Bethesda Painting Award “Best in Show”

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann Awarded Bethesda Painting Award “Best in Show”

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announced the top three Bethesda Painting Awards prize winners on Wednesday evening during the exhibition’s opening at Gallery B. Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann of Washington, DC.was awarded “Best in Show” with $10,000; Carolyn Case of Cockeysville, MD was named second place and was given $2,000 and Kenneth Schiano of Chestertown, MD received (more…)

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Dewberry to Receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Award

Dewberry to Receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Award

Dewberry will receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Award at the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s sixth annual Arts Awards on October 20, 2017. Dewberry will be honored for its ongoing support of the arts, education, and contributions to engineering, planning and design in Fairfax County.

Dewberry is recognized as one of the top engineering and design firms in the Greater Washington, DC, region and nationally. In addition to (more…)

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Nine New Acquisitions Celebrate National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 30th Anniversary Year

Nine New Acquisitions Celebrate National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 30th Anniversary Year

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announces recent major collection acquisitions in celebration of the beginning of the museum’s 30th-anniversary year. Newly acquired works by Yael Bartana, Berthe Morisot and Faith Ringgold are currently on view in the museum’s collection galleries, and works by Louise Bourgeois and Lalla Essaydi will be on view in REVIVAL, an exhibition of (more…)

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Project Create Announces Vaughan Bradley-Willemann as Program Manager for Community Programs & Partnerships

Project Create Announces Vaughan Bradley-Willemann as Program Manager for Community Programs & Partnerships

Interview by Beatriz Lorencatto, Project Create Intern

Vaughan, when did you get started as an artist, and what is your personal artistic practice?
I started expressing myself musically at a very young age. I was raised by two opera singer parents, and was told that my mom performed multiple times while she was pregnant with me. I started playing the violin when I was three, wanting to follow in my older sister’s footsteps who also played. Growing up I was always more interested in extracurricular than academics, so I (more…)

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Strauss Artist Grants Honor Three Remarkable Artists Working in Public Art, Painting, and Theater Design

Strauss Artist Grants Honor Three Remarkable Artists Working in Public Art, Painting, and Theater Design

The Arts Council of Fairfax County announces three $5,000 Strauss Artist Grants awards to Mount Vernon-based visual artist Linda Hesh, Mason-based painter Scott Hutchison, and Mason-based theatre designer Margaret (Margie) Jervis.

“The Arts Council is honored to recognize and champion these three superlative individual artists,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. “The Strauss Artist Grant is open to artists of all disciplines residing in Fairfax County, and this year’s recipients were selected from a group of nearly 30 highly qualified artists.”

Linda Hesh’s art explores human connections, concentrating on (more…)

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Dance Place Announces New Executive Artistic Director Christopher K. Morgan

Dance Place Announces New Executive Artistic Director Christopher K. Morgan

The Dance Place Board of Directors is delighted to announce Christopher K. Morgan as Dance Place’s new Executive Artistic Director starting September 1, 2017. Christopher takes on his new role at Dance Place as a natural progression from his career as an award-winning choreographer, community leader and advocate for diversity in the arts. Morgan leads a new chapter in Dance Place’s history to (more…)

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Selects FreelandBuck Design for Site-Specific Installation in Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon

Smithsonian American Art Museum Selects FreelandBuck Design for Site-Specific Installation in Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has selected FreelandBuck, an architectural design practice based in New York and Los Angeles, to create a site-specific installation for the Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon at its Renwick Gallery. The installation, titled Parallax Gap, is an immersive, ceiling-suspended structure exploring the interplay between architectural design, fabrication and representation.

Parallax Gap will be on view at the Renwick Gallery from July 1 to Feb. 11, 2018. Independent curator Helen B. Bechtel coordinated the installation.

“The way in which FreelandBuck dissolves (more…)

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awards $1.7 million in grants in the third quarter of FY 2017

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awards $1.7 million in grants in the third quarter of FY 2017

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) Board of Commissioners recently approved $1.73 million in grant awards to District-based individuals and organizations to support arts and humanities projects taking place between now and September 30, 2017.

The grant announcements come as part of innoMAYtion, Mayor Bowser’s month-long initiative showcasing how ideas from local entrepreneurs and innovators are making the (more…)

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District of Columbia Leads the Region in Arts and Culture Employment

District of Columbia Leads the Region in Arts and Culture Employment

DC residents involved in the arts and cultural production sector were compensated more than $6.88 billion in 2014, according to a new study released recently through a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Over 51,000 DC residents were employed in the arts and cultural sector in 2014, representing (more…)

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2017 Creative Aging Festival Brings Over 60 Arts Activities to Fairfax Senior and Community Centers

2017 Creative Aging Festival Brings Over 60 Arts Activities to Fairfax Senior and Community Centers

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is delighted to partner with Fairfax County for the 2017 Creative Aging Festival during the month of May, coinciding with Older Americans Month. The Creative Aging Festival celebrates older adults’ participation in the arts across Fairfax County through visual, music, theatre, dance, literary, and culinary arts activities.

Over sixty free, interactive events are planned (more…)

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