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Arts Council of Fairfax County Announces surcreative as Artist Team Bringing Imagine Art Here to Seven Corners in Spring 2018

Arts Council of Fairfax County Announces surcreative as Artist Team Bringing Imagine Art Here to Seven Corners in Spring 2018

The Arts Council of Fairfax County has selected an Annandale-based artist team, surcreative LLC, for a public art engagement project at Seven Corners. The second in a series of projects for the Imagine Art Here initiative, this project will elicit a vision for the role of the arts in the community and collect resident, workforce, and visitor feedback on the type of facilities, public art, and related arts amenities that are desired in the redevelopment of the area. The project will be entitled INOUT and begin in the spring of 2018.

“We are excited to be working with surcreative to engage the community of Seven Corners through the INOUT public art project,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. “We’re looking forward to seeing how INOUT connects people of diverse backgrounds and experiences while empowering the community.”

Next spring, public engagement will (more…)

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VisArts Creates a New Art Installation at Rockville Town Square’s Outdoor Ice Rink

VisArts Creates a New Art Installation at Rockville Town Square’s Outdoor Ice Rink

On Friday, November 3rd, The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts) formally unveiled Art on the Ice, a locally designed art installation at Rockville Town Square’s outdoor ice skating rink, one of downtown Rockville’s most popular seasonal attractions. The project, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, was funded by Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the City of Rockville, and Tri-State Ice Management.

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VisArts selected local artist Emily Eisinger to (more…)

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DC Artist Launches New Graphic Novel

DC Artist Launches New Graphic Novel

Science fiction meets the aftermath of the 1960s civil rights movement in Adam Griffiths’ forthcoming self-published graphic novel, Washington White, a pseudo techno-thriller about corporate greed, gentrification, and corruption set inside the District of Columbia.

Drawn in pencil with digital coloring, Griffiths has been working on (more…)

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The Kreeger Museum Presents Phase I of Collection Reinstallation, Recent Acquisition by California Sculptor Richard Deutsch

The Kreeger Museum Presents Phase I of Collection Reinstallation, Recent Acquisition by California Sculptor Richard Deutsch

The Kreeger Museum reopened to the public on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, with the unveiling of Phase I of the Museum’s reinstalled permanent collection. Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and other modern and Impressionist masters.

“I am thrilled to share this thoughtful (more…)

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay Receives 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement

National Museum of Women in the Arts Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay Receives 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) awarded National Museum of Women in the Arts founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay the Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement at a public ceremony on Sept. 14. These awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations. (more…)

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Gateway Community Development Corporation Welcomes Community Leaders from Europe and Asia

Gateway Community Development Corporation Welcomes Community Leaders from Europe and Asia

The Gateway Community Development Corporation (GCDC) welcomed four community leaders from South-East Europe and Asia who will be working with Gateway CDC, and Media Arts Lab as part of the Community Solutions Program on September 19, 2017. The young professionals coming from Bulgaria, Myanmar, Cambodia and Macedonia were selected from among 93 of the brightest leaders from more than 50 counties, in a competition of 2600 applicants from all over the world. The Fellows will be working on (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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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