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National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Virtual Programs and Upcoming Outdoor Installation by Artist MasPaz for Día de los Muertos

National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Virtual Programs and Upcoming Outdoor Installation by Artist MasPaz for Día de los Muertos

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with a variety of virtual programs that will illuminate the many ways in which the cultures, traditions and stories of Americans with origins in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America have influenced US history. On Nov. 2, this series of bilingual events will culminate in a special outdoor installation by the artist MasPaz, who is based in the Washington DC area. His work will place the tradition of Día de los Muertos in context with the current COVID-19 crisis.

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ArtsFairfax Announces Two New Board Directors  

ArtsFairfax Announces Two New Board Directors  

ArtsFairfax announces two new directors, Deirdre Johnson and Dr. Maurice “Mo” B. Springer, to its Board of Directors. 

 “ArtsFairfax is pleased to welcome Deirdre and Mo to our Board of Directors,” said ArtsFairfax President & CEO, Linda S. Sullivan. “Both Deirdre and Mo bring traits and experiences to ArtsFairfax that support our mission. They join a strong and thoughtful Board whose leadership is committed to assisting our arts community at this challenging time.” 

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Wayson R. Jones as the First Artist for its Virtual Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Wayson R. Jones as the First Artist for its Virtual Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) will host Wayson R. Jones as the first artist of its new Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Wayson is a well-known and well-regarded, DMV painter. He has exhibited extensively throughout the area both as a solo artist and in group shows. Beginning August 24, 2020, Wayson will take over CHAW’s instagram @CHAWinDC for a week to bring us into his studio in Brentwood, MD. This virtual experience will offer insight into Wayson’s influences, processes, and materials. Upcoming virtual residents include Paolo Morales, Photography, September 21-25, 2020 and Zia Palmer, Photography, October 19 – 23, 2020. For more information, please visit www.chaw.org.

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Anacostia-based Artists Craig Kraft & Luis Del Valle Collaborate on Presidential Portrait

Anacostia-based Artists Craig Kraft & Luis Del Valle Collaborate on Presidential Portrait

After viewing the performance piece, Identify, by artist Sheldon Scott at the National Portrait Gallery, light artist Craig Kraft was reminded that the gallery considers all media in its exhibitions and collection. He decided that a neon and painting portrait of president Donald Trump would be a grand subject for a collaborative piece. He asked his friend Luis Del Valle, esteemed portrait and muralist, if he wanted to work on the project together.

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Hirshhorn Reopens Sculpture Garden August 17, 2020

Hirshhorn Reopens Sculpture Garden August 17, 2020

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will reopen its outdoor sculpture garden to the public Monday, August 17, marking the Washington DC, debut of two major outdoor sculptures by contemporary artists Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby. The new acquisitions join an array of more than 30 modern and contemporary works of art on display in the garden, which visitors will be able to enjoy with new health and safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum’s building and outdoor plaza remain temporarily closed to the public.

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Speaker Filler-Corn Receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Leadership

Speaker Filler-Corn Receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Leadership

ArtsFairfax board member and Virginia Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn accepted the 2019 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership presented by Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts, and Tim Storey, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in a socially distanced presentation at the ArtsFairfax office. The award recognizes Speaker Filler-Corn’s commitment and leadership in the arts and her role as a state legislator who has consistently advocated for the advancement of pro-arts legislation, funding, and promotion.

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Local Artists Create Online Sales Platform to Offset Market Cancellations

Local Artists Create Online Sales Platform to Offset Market Cancellations

Kate Gibney and Divya T. Ahuja are two local artists from Northern Virginia area who have teamed up to keep the arts alive in these challenging times. When the pandemic affected the entire world, the arts and crafting community was among the hardest hit. With craft shows coming to a complete standstill, the two women decided to come up with an alternative for the crafting community to display and sell work.

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Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship 2020-2022 Cohort of Fellows Announced

Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship 2020-2022 Cohort of Fellows Announced

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce the 2020–2022 Fellowship Program cohort. Maria Luz Bravo, Jason Bulluck, Joey Enriquez, Stephanie Garon and Lionel Frazier
White III will begin their Fellowship at the end of August 2020. The cohort was selected for their artistic vision, experience, potential, and their commitment to the Hamiltonian Artists’ mission and values. Representative of the artistic excellence and diversity found in and around Washington DC. This newest class of Fellows explores a wide range of mediums and conceptual frameworks
with particular emphasis on research-based exploration and community engagement. The new cohort will be joining the continuing 2019 – 2021 cohort of Fellows; Amber Eve Anderson, Tommy
Bobo, Yacine Tilala Fall, and Madeline A. Stratton.

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Strathmore Debuts Campus-Wide Outdoor Art Installation Titled Monuments: Creative Forces Fall 2020

Strathmore Debuts Campus-Wide Outdoor Art Installation Titled Monuments: Creative Forces Fall 2020

From October 1-25, Strathmore welcomes the community back with care to its 16-acre campus in North Bethesda, MD to experience Monuments: Creative Forces, an outdoor installation by Australian artist Craig Walsh. The exhibition’s subjects will be artists whose work and artistic endeavors are changing the shape of our community in profound ways. Expansive video portraits of these creative heroes, chosen by a diverse panel of community and arts leaders, will be projected on to towering trees, transforming them into animated sculptural monuments.

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Trawick Prize Announces 2020 Finalists

Trawick Prize Announces 2020 Finalists

Eight regional artists have been selected as finalists for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. More than 300 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC submitted work to the 18th annual competition.

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Traveling Public Monument by Hank Willis Arrives in Washington DC

Traveling Public Monument by Hank Willis Arrives in Washington DC

In collaboration with Kindred Arts, All Power to All People—a traveling public art exhibition by acclaimed conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas—will tour multiple locations across the United States leading up to the US presidential election in November 2020 to maintain the momentum of the ongoing protests for racial equity and offer a platform for civic leaders and activists. After a successful unveiling in Atlanta in July, All Power to All People will be exhibited at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in DC (1640 Rhode Island Ave) from August 13 to 28 . The closing weekend of the exhibit coincides with this year’s anniversary march celebrating the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Hosts Art for Mutual Aid DC Fundraiser

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Hosts Art for Mutual Aid DC Fundraiser

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts Art for Mutual Aid DC, a print sale fundraiser to benefit the DC Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network. DMV artists have donated digital images of their pieces for inclusion in the online sale which will run during the month of August. Prints of the artists’ works will be on sale for $50 for an 8”x10” piece. All sold images will be professionally printed and mailed in September with all proceeds going towards the critical work the Mutual Aid Network is doing. For more information and to view the images, please visit https://art-mutual-aid.chaw.org/.

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