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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens June 20; Visitor Guidelines and Phased Museum Reopening Announced

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens June 20; Visitor Guidelines and Phased Museum Reopening Announced

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, announced today that the Sculpture Garden will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 20, with reduced daily hours (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), limited capacity, and one gate each for entry and exit. Visitors may enjoy the lush, 6.1-acre garden; meander along the curvilinear pathways; find shade and ample seating around the sprawling fountain; and discover 21 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures. The Pavilion Café will offer prepackaged salads, sandwiches, and beverages for credit card–only purchase just outside the doors of the restaurant. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located between 9th and 7th Streets NW on the National Mall.

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ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Grants Honor Innovative Artists  Sarah Hardesty and Diana Zinna

ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Grants Honor Innovative Artists Sarah Hardesty and Diana Zinna

ARTSFAIRFAX announces the award of the prestigious 2020 Artist Grants to — visual artist Sarah Hardesty and writer Diane Zinna. The highly competitive individual Artist Grants recognize the exceptional work of Fairfax County artists across a range of disciplines including visual arts, creative writing, theater, dance performance and choreography, film and new media. Each $5,000 award is both a high honor and an investment in artists at critical stages in their creative lives and careers.

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Newly Dedicated Arlington Sculpture  Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten Honors COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Newly Dedicated Arlington Sculpture Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten Honors COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Marking a major milestone in the completion of the Corridor of Light, a 13-year effort to create a vibrant gateway for Rosslyn’s central corridor, the installation of Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten is set to conclude on Monday, June 1, 2020. Located at the Esplanade Bridge, North Lynn Street and Lee Highway (above I-66 and adjoining the approach to Key Bridge), these monumental sculptures mark a major entrance into Arlington from Washington DC.

In honor of America’s essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Luminous Bodies sculptures initially will be illuminated with a changing array of blue to blue-green light each evening (8 -10 p.m.). This #LightItBlue display will continue until the pandemic allows the artist to travel for the final programming and dedication of the sculptures.

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DC Historic Preservation Review Board Reassesses Vote to Demolish MARABAR Site-Specific Installation

DC Historic Preservation Review Board Reassesses Vote to Demolish MARABAR Site-Specific Installation

The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board’s decided on May 28, 2020 to revisit its August 1, 2019, 7-0 vote that would result in the demolition of the site-specific installation MARABAR on the National Geographic Society’s (NGS) campus. NGS’ plans to renovate the M Street plaza on their campus includes the demolition of the installation created by New York-based artist Elyn Zimmerman.

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Driskell Center Launches New Website

Driskell Center Launches New Website

The Driskell Center has announced that the launch of a new website. The web address will remain the same, but the new site will be easier to navigate and showcase the many features of the Driskell Center. The new site, will feature programming tentatively scheduled for 2021 due to the unexpected death of Professor Driskell earlier this year.  The programming is dedicated to celebrating his life and legacy.  However, because of the uncertain nature of COVID-19, the programming remains a work in progress. The new website will provide timely and updated event information.  The center’s website URL is www.driskellcenter.umd.edu

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Wins Webby Award

National Museum of Women in the Arts Wins Webby Award

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Social Media Account in the Art and Culture category in the 24th Annual Webby Awards. This is the museum’s first nomination and win at The Webby Awards. NMWA won for its overall presence on Instagram. With its account @WomenInTheArts, the museum addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.

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Elyn Zimmerman’s MARABAR at National Geographic Society HQ Threatened with Demolition

Elyn Zimmerman’s MARABAR at National Geographic Society HQ Threatened with Demolition

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) released a letter written by Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, concerning the national importance of the New York-based artist Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific installation MARABAR, located on the campus of the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC and threatened with demolition. In the letter, Treib said: “’Marabar’ is a key representative of American site-specific art, (more…)

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David C. Driskell, African American Art Pioneer, Dies at 88

David C. Driskell, African American Art Pioneer, Dies at 88

David C. Driskell, the legendary artist and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) recognized worldwide for his scholarship and expertise in African American art, passed away on Wednesday from complications of COVID-19. He was 88.

A giant in the art world, Driskell transformed the field of African American art through his scholarship, innovation and humanity. He played a critical role in bringing awareness to the art of African American artists at a time when these artists were overlooked. His work made it clear that African American art is essential to the American art canon.

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Hamiltonian Artists Opens Fellowship Applications and Jurors Announced

Hamiltonian Artists Opens Fellowship Applications and Jurors Announced

Washington, DC— Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce the jurors for the 2020 – 2022 Fellowship Program. For the first time in its history, the jury panel includes jurors from outside the region and is being announced publicly in advance of the jurying process. The jurors are Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, head of public programs with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Larry Cook, former Hamiltonian fellow and assistant professor of photography at Howard University, Washington, DC; Hasan Elahi, professor and director of the School of Art at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Carl Gunhouse, co-founder and director of Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Erin Jane Nelson, executive director of Burnaway, Atlanta.

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Wolf Kahn: (1927-2020)

Wolf Kahn: (1927-2020)

Gallery neptune and brown has announced the passing of artist Wolf Kahn (b. 1927).  The gallery was scheduled to host an opening reception of the artist’s work on March 21.  However, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic led the gallery to cancel the opening reception.  A full catalogue of the exhibition is available online HERE.

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Jaynelle Hazard Appointed Executive Director & Curator of The Greater Reston Arts Center

Jaynelle Hazard Appointed Executive Director & Curator of The Greater Reston Arts Center

The Board of Directors of The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) announced the appointment of Jaynelle Hazard as the center’s Executive Director & Curator. She will start on April 13. The appointment comes at an important time in the center’s nearly five decades, as it carves an identity as a compelling cultural destination along Metro’s Silver Line and grows its voice in the DC metropolitan region’s cultural conversation and beyond.

 “I intend to expand GRACE’s already critically engaged practice by introducing new methods to advance scholarship; extend its reach in interdisciplinary experimentation of contemporary art and ideas; and engage audiences of all backgrounds and identities,” Hazard said. “With a curatorial foundation and leadership style rooted in care, I am excited to lead GRACE as a catalyst and generator by being the bridge between the public and the most innovative art of our time.” (more…)

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The Phillips Collection Announces New Director of Community Engagement, Nehemiah Dixon III

The Phillips Collection Announces New Director of Community Engagement, Nehemiah Dixon III

Meet the new Director of Community Engagement Nehemiah Dixon III. Nehemiah is excited to craft a robust community engagement plan at Phillips@THEARC (where he has been part of the advisory committee since its inception) and beyond.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a native Washingtonian and proud graduate of the School Without Walls, Senior High School located on the campus of the George Washington University. (more…)

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