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Washington Studio School Welcomes New Managing Director

Washington Studio School Welcomes New Managing Director

The Washington Studio School welcomes a new Managing Director, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. Laila is a long-time friend of WSS, having served on the WSS Board of Directors for several years. Working alongside Jill Phillips, the organization’s Head of Faculty and Artistic Director, Laila will manage daily business operations at the school and lead WSS’s fundraising, development, and marketing activities. Laila is well known in the DC arts community where she has worked for the last ten years. She has extensive experience in art and exhibition management as well as in marketing.

Laila is an accomplished fine art photographer, with a Certificate of Photography from SPEOS Photographic Institute in Paris, and a B.A. in Integrative Studies from George Mason University. With Laila serving as Managing Director, Washington Studio School is excited to be entering into a new chapter of dynamic growth.

(via Washington Studio School. Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.)

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Greater Reston Arts Center Announces New Partnership with Signature at Reston Town Center

Greater Reston Arts Center Announces New Partnership with Signature at Reston Town Center

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Signature, Reston Town Center’s newest luxury apartment building. GRACE will present a year-round schedule of exhibitions of local artists at Signature’s ground floor gallery starting in February 2018, sponsored by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, which will open its newest market in the ground floor of the Signature building this coming spring.

This partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto Management, and GRACE merges the vision of the Signature building, which is focused on creating distinctive and communal spaces for residents, and GRACE’s mission in engaging the community through excellence in contemporary art. Select local artists will be given the opportunity to present their work in an innovative new space off the grand lobby. All artists will be selected by the GRACE curatorial staff; all exhibitions and opening receptions will be free and open to the public. (more…)

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Selects Five Finalists for the National Native American Veterans Memorial

Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Selects Five Finalists for the National Native American Veterans Memorial

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will present the five finalists selected from an open international design competition for the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The finalists will present their design concepts and answer questions from the audience. The memorial is slated to open in 2020 on the grounds of the museum.

The design competition is a juried, two-stage process. Stage I was an international open call to submit design concepts. A blue-ribbon jury of Native and non-Native American artists, designers, and scholars selected the five design concepts to advance to Stage II. The five Stage II finalists, announced Jan. 25, will present their design concepts at the “Meet Your Designers” public event. Each will have 15 minutes to introduce themselves, explain why they entered the competition and share their concept-design drawings. The event will be webcast at http://nmai.si.edu/explore/multimedia/webcasts/. (more…)

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Wesley Clark Works Acquired by the Ashville Art Museum

Wesley Clark Works Acquired by the Ashville Art Museum

Wesley Clark My Big Black America was acquired by the Asheville Art Museum. This acquisition was a collaborative effort between Galerie Myrtis and C. Grimaldis Gallery both based in Baltimore, MD.

“The piece, My Big Black America, was my tribute to the election of President Obama. I, like many other artists, wanted to create a work that spoke to that momentous occasion but I didn’t want to do a portrait. It took me two years of working through ideas and presentations to come the one we see today. While working through these ideas, I began to (more…)

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Joe’s Gala Honorees Announced

Joe’s Gala Honorees Announced

A Night at the Club
A Joe’s Movement Emporium Gala in Celebration of 20 years of Club Joe’s

Joe’s Movement Emporium is thrilled to announce this year’s gala award recipients, who have made a tremendous impact on Joe’s and the greater community:

Mighty Joe Legacy Award
Doyle Niemann & Karen Morrill

Mighty Joe Creative Visionary Award
Renford Powell, CapoeiraDC

(more…)

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Torpedo Factory Art Center Welcomes New Emerging Artists to Post-Grad Residency Studio

Torpedo Factory Art Center Welcomes New Emerging Artists to Post-Grad Residency Studio

For the fourth year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes four emerging artists to participate in the Post-Grad Residency Program: Alexis Gomez, Kelly Johnston, Lyric Prince, and Sara Roberts. The jurors for the exhibition were: Christine Neptune, founder and director of Neptune Fine Art; Amy Cavanaugh Royce, executive director of Maryland Art Place; and Ginevra Shay, curator of the site-specific Rose Arcade project and previous artistic director of The Contemporary Museum.

This competitive juried program provides three months of exclusive access to Studio 12, located in the center of the Torpedo Factory’s Grand Hall. Therein, artists can create and sell work, interact with the public, and connect with other arts professionals. The residency is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, networking, and a chance to define their practice outside of the academic context.

(more…)

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DC Office of Planning Releases Working Draft the DC Cultural Plan

DC Office of Planning Releases Working Draft the DC Cultural Plan

The DC Office of Planning (DCOP) has released a working draft of the DC Cultural Plan for public review. Comments on the draft will be accepted through February 28th, 2018.

DCOP led the framework of the plan in partnership with the following DC agencies:
– DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)
– The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME)

According to the DC Government the “Cultural Economy” accounts for an estimated $30 billion in annual spending and 112,370 jobs. The Cultural Plan makes a series of recommendations based on agency and public session input which will impact how the city will manage cultural assets in the coming years.

The working draft of the DC Cultural Plan can be read HERE online and downloaded as a PDF document.

To comments on the draft proposal contact DCOP via email at [email protected] until February 28, 2018.

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Three Talented Artists Present Photography and Film, Solo Performance, and Stage Combat Programs to Fairfax County Students

Three Talented Artists Present Photography and Film, Solo Performance, and Stage Combat Programs to Fairfax County Students

The Arts Council of Fairfax County has placed three Fairfax artists at middle schools in Fairfax County as a part of the Artist Residency Program. The artists are connecting visual art and theatre with language arts, social studies, technology, music and physical education study areas to offer students engaging, unique and innovative learning experiences. (more…)

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Renwick Gallery’s First-ever Outdoor Extension Brings Art of Burning Man to DC Streets in Collaboration with Golden Triangle BID

Renwick Gallery’s First-ever Outdoor Extension Brings Art of Burning Man to DC Streets in Collaboration with Golden Triangle BID

Artworks from the legendary desert event known as Burning Man will activate the streets and parks of Washington, D.C.’s central business district for the first time through a collaboration between the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick presents six public art installations by noted Burning Man artists. The unique partnership marks the first time the Renwick Gallery will expand beyond its walls into the surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood.

The project is an outdoor extension of the Renwick Gallery’s building-wide exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which will feature large-scale, immersive artworks that are the hallmark of the annual celebration in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, an influential phenomenon in contemporary art and a cultural movement. The exhibition will be on view from March 30 through January 21, 2019, with the outdoor portion on display through December. Nora Atkinson, the museum’s Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, curated the exhibition and collaborated with the Golden Triangle BID on the outdoor artwork selections. The BID worked with the artists and neighborhood stakeholders to produce the outdoor extension. The museum and the BID also collaborated with the Burning Man Project, the nonprofit organization responsible for producing the annual Burning Man event and for facilitating and extending the culture that has issued from Burning Man into the wider world.

“We are excited to expand this exhibition beyond our walls in partnership with the Golden Triangle BID,” said Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “This collaboration will surprise and delight the public in the vibrant neighborhood that the Renwick Gallery calls home through unexpected encounters with the astonishing work produced at Burning Man.”

No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick will enliven key streets and parks in the Golden Triangle, the heart of DC’s central business district,” said Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the BID. “Public art is a dynamic component of the Golden Triangle’s identity, enriching public space for nearly 90,000 daily workers, and millions of residents and visitors to our neighborhood. We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Renwick on this first-ever outdoor extension and are grateful to our friends at Lyft for their generous support.”

The six installations include sculptures on Pennsylvania Ave. west of the White House and major corridors such as Connecticut Ave. Jack Champion’s giant bronze crows will inhabit Murrow Park at Pennsylvania Ave. and 18th St, NW, while Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson’s “Ursa Major,” a 14-foot-tall bear sculpture crafted from 170,000 shining pennies, will reside at 19th and I Sts, NW HYBYCOZO’s (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu) perforated steel sculpture entitled “Golden Spike,” will light up Connecticut Ave. at K St, NW, and Laura Kimpton’s 20-foot-long steel “XOXO” installation, made together with Jeff Schomberg, will meet daily commuters at the Farragut West Metro station entrance at 18th and I Sts., N.W. Mischell Riley’s five-ton cast cement bust, “Maya’s Mind,” pays homage to Maya Angelou and will be installed on 17th St. between H and I Sts., NW, and Kate Raudenbush’s luminous 23-foot tall laser cut steel sculpture, “Future’s Past,” will captivate passersby near Monroe Park, at Pennsylvania Ave. and 21st St., NW.

The Renwick Gallery and the Golden Triangle BID will present related programming around the neighborhood to further engage audiences with the art and spirit of Burning Man. This will include walking tours along with other participatory and community activities. Details will be available in the spring online at americanart.si.edu/nospectators and goldentriangledc.com/initiative/beyond-the-renwick/. A map will be provided at the Renwick and online for self-guided tours of the outdoor installations.

Credit
No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick, an installation of outdoor sculptures and related programming in the neighborhood, is made possible by a collaboration with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and support from Lyft.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery
The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than four centuries.The Renwick Gallery is the museum’s branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts. The Renwick is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu.

About the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) works to enhance Washington, DC’s central business district, the 43-square-block neighborhood stretching from The White House to Dupont Circle. Home to more than 3,400 businesses, the BID’s primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and vibrant environment for hundreds of thousands of area workers and residents, and millions of visitors, and to encourage economic development through capital improvement projects, and innovative public art, sustainability and events programs. Follow the BID o n Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. More information: (202) 463-3400. goldentriangledc.com.

(via Renwick Gallery)

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Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative Announces “Great Blue Herons” Arrival, Unveils Six New Sculptures Across Town

Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative Announces “Great Blue Herons” Arrival, Unveils Six New Sculptures Across Town

On behalf of the Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative and through the generous support of the Town of Riverdale Park; former Ward 1 Council member Jonathan Ebbeler; Prince George’s County Department of the Environment; Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council’s Environmental Public Art Project, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is pleased to announce the arrival of “Great Blue Herons” at the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue) at the J.D. Williams Office Building. The long-awaited sculpture arrives along with a new cycle of year-long temporary sculptural placements in time for the holiday season.

“Great Blue Herons”, a sculpture meticulously designed by the late Joanna Campbell Blake, will serve as an environmental meditation for the heavily-trafficked and highly visible intersection of East- West Highway and Route One. The artwork will greet visitors and commuters – of which there are approximately 41,000 daily – to Riverdale Park and adjoining municipalities. It will also evoke the Northeast and Northwest Branches of the Anacostia River, where the sculpture’s avian subjects can be seen in their natural habitat less than a half-mile away. Herons depicts three herons joined with outstretched wings at their tips, forming the international symbol for recycling, atop a tall steel base at the office building’s south lawn.

2018 will mark the Initiative’s second placement of temporary year-long works. This year introduces two new artists’ work to the program:

  1. George Sabra’s provocative environmental jeremiad “Era Gate” at Riverdale Recreation Park
  2. Grant McFarland’s inviting artifice “Asymmetrical Equilibrium” at Riverside Neighborhood Park.

Returning artists’ works include:

  1. Craig Berube-Gray’s ode to resiliency and community outreach, “Sweet-Hearts” at Beale Circle;
  2. Alan Binstock’s aspirational “Totem” along the Rhode Island Ave. Trolley Trail; and
  3. Paul Steinkoenig’s timeless meditation, “In Harmony.”

(via Town of Riverdale Park, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. Photo courtesy of Town of Riverdale Park, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation.)

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Arts Council of Fairfax County Awards $475,944 through Three Grant Programs to Over 40 Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Fairfax County

Arts Council of Fairfax County Awards $475,944 through Three Grant Programs to Over 40 Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Fairfax County

The Arts Council of Fairfax County has awarded $379,104 in Operating Support Grants to 39 nonprofit arts organizations, $86,904 in Project Support Grants to 15 nonprofit arts organizations, and $9,936 in Organizational and Professional Development Grants to five nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County for FY 2018. These grants support activities in all arts disciplines, including arts education, dance, film, instrumental music, theatre and vocal music or opera. The FY 2018 grants fund over 14,000 arts events, including exhibits, performances and classes attended by over 500,000 Fairfax County residents and visitors. (more…)

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Joe’s Selected For Venture Philanthropy Partners Grant

Joe’s Selected For Venture Philanthropy Partners Grant

Following a competitive process, Joe’s was selected as one of four nonprofits to receive capacity building grant.  On December 4th, the Prince George’s County Council announced their partnership with Venture Philanthropy Partners to provide capacity building grants to Prince George’s County nonprofits that serve high-school students. The Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative is intended to strengthen nonprofits to better serve youth across the county. (more…)

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The Studio Visit Berlin Artist Fellowship Awardee: Mojdeh Rezaeipour

The Studio Visit Berlin Artist Fellowship Awardee: Mojdeh Rezaeipour

The Studio Visit (TSV) announces the recipient of their first Berlin Artist Fellowship Residency to artist Mojdeh Rezaeipour. The TSV Berlin Artist Fellowship Residency will take place at the Takt International Artist Residency this coming June, 2018. This award is sponsored by Washington DC collector Joette James. Thanks to Ms. James, the TSV Fellowship is a fully funded award that provides an opportunity for our Fellow to make work in one of the most exciting art capitals in the world. Upon returning, TSV will be organizing an exhibition for Mojdeh along with a talk and discussion. (more…)

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ReCreative Spaces is Closing

ReCreative Spaces is Closing

ReCreative Spaces will close its Mount Rainier location in 2017. There is no word yet about weather or not the space will find a new home elsewhere in the DC metro region.

UPDATE: We have been told by ReCreative Spaces that they will not be seeking at new location at this time.

The following is a letter by Emily Eakland, founder of ReCreative Spaces: (more…)

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Pyramid Atlantic Opens Outdoor Pop-Up Gallery in Takoma Park, MD

Pyramid Atlantic Opens Outdoor Pop-Up Gallery in Takoma Park, MD

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center—with funding from City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program—will create a pop-up art gallery in a 177sq. ft. open air site, likely a former garage, which cuts into the slope of Hilltop Road. The site is close to the defunct Sligo Creek Water Works, which pumped water to residents as far away as Kensington from 1900 to 1930. The first of two planned exhibitions on this site, Water Works, opens December 2.

Pump House Pop-Up opens its first exhibition, Water Works, on December 2 with a reception from 2 – 4 pm (Rain date: Sunday, December 3). Water Works runs through March 3. The outdoor gallery is open to the public daily and located at Hilltop Road between Maple and Geneva Avenues in Takoma Park, MD. More at pyramidatlanticartscenter.org or 301-608-9101.

Pump House Pop-Up is the brainchild of Pyramid Atlantic Artist Marty Ittner, a Takoma Park resident of 17 years. “This space was waiting to be a gallery,” remarks Ittner, who has walked past the structure almost daily for over a decade. “I’m an artist and I saw an opportunity. It was just sitting there doing nothing! I wanted to transform it to be something else.” (more…)

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