The Art League is welcoming students back into the studio just in time for the spring term. In-person classes start Monday, April 5, at The Art League Madison Annex located at 305 Madison Street in Alexandria. Over 40 classes are being offered in an array of disciplines from drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture to metal jewelry design, stained glass, and steel furniture design and construction.
Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce the appointment of Tomora Wright as its first Fellowship Director. She begins the role on April 13, 2021.
Wright will be responsible for building strategic partnerships in our communities and creating professional development opportunities for the Fellows through exhibitions, public programs, arts-business events, excursions, studio visits, and informal mentorship opportunities. After merging the commercial Hamiltonian Gallery and nonprofit artist fellowship program into a single 501c3 in 2019, Hamiltonian Artists is at a pivotal moment in its history.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced Rhea L. Combs as its new director of curatorial affairs, effective May 10. Combs comes to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she has served as curator of film and photography and head of the museum’s Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts. At the Portrait Gallery, Combs will work with the museum’s Curatorial, History, Conservation and Audience Engagement departments to draw connections between portraiture, biography and identity.
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University has named Lauren Onkey as its next Director. Lauren most recently served as Senior Director at NPR Music, where she led a team of journalists, critics, video, and podcast makers and provided the editorial vision in creating innovative cross-platform music journalism. She will begin her director role at Corcoran on July 12.
Downtown Silver Spring partners, Peterson Companies and Foulger-Pratt partnered with DC-based Jean Efron Art Consultants to select work for a public art project as part of Foulger-Pratt’s $10 Million redevelopment of downtown Silver Spring.
On Friday, April 9, 2021, the National Building Museum will reopen after a 16-month closure due to restoration work and the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)
Glenstone Museum announced that it will reopen its indoor spaces in phases, beginning on April 8 with its presentation in the Gallery of a major international traveling exhibition of the works of Faith Ringgold. The Pavilions will reopen on May 6. These phased reopenings follow a full closure on November 25, 2020 to support the community’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The National Gallery of Art has announced the appointment of Eric L. Motley as deputy director. In this role, Motley will be responsible for developing and deploying a national strategy for the museum through civic, cultural, and philanthropic partnerships, and advancing the National Gallery’s renewed mission in tandem with its operational and revenue-generation plans. (more…)
The National Gallery of Art has announced the appointment of Damon Reaves as head of education. In this role, Reaves will lead the museum’s large team of art education specialists who create, organize, and deploy hundreds of free public programs for adults, families, children, school teachers, interns, and scholars. (more…)
The Kreeger Museum is scheduled to reopen April 1, 2021. The safety and well being of their visitors and staff is their top priority. In order to maintain a safe capacity, advanced reservations are required to visit the Museum.
The City of Alexandria unveiled its newest public art installation, Groundswell, in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park (1 Prince St.). This new temporary installation by Mark Reigelman is the third in the Site See: New Views in Old Town annual public art series, and will be on display through November 2021.
Commissioned to create an original installation for Waterfront Park, Reigelman focused on Alexandria’s working waterfront as the shoreline crept further into the Potomac River. (more…)
Craft Optimism is a curated online marketplace featuring beautifully made, handcrafted American goods that educate the public about climate change or inspire or model a sustainable response to climate change. The Smithsonian Women’s Committee has announced the 100 participating artists selected for Craft Optimism.
The Nicholson Project has announced its 2021 Artists-in-Residence, A.J. McClenon and Stan Squirewell. McClenon began her residency on February 1, 2021 from her Chicago-based studio and will be living and working onsite at The Nicholson Project from March 1 – April 30, 2021. Squirewell will live and work onsite from May 15 – August 15, 2021. Both artists were born and raised in Washington DC.
Honfleur Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of its new Artist-in-Residence program. This annual program will be a vital realization of the vision of the late Sharon Hughes Gautier to provide artists with the necessities of time and funding to create their work.
This program is a melding of Honfleur’s ongoing commitment to artists that live and work east of the Anacostia River in Washington DC , Sharon’s passion for art and her appreciation of a community that is so incredibly rich with history and creative talent. (more…)
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received an extraordinary gift of masterpiece Amish quilts from the collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. The group of quilts is the largest and most significant collection of Amish quilts to enter any major art museum’s permanent collection. The quilts were made between the 1880s and 1940s and embody the astonishing design innovation and stitching skills of Amish women from communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states. (more…)