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International Arts & Artists and NYC American Folk Art Museum Announce New Partnership and Three Traveling Exhibitions

International Arts & Artists and NYC American Folk Art Museum Announce New Partnership and Three Traveling Exhibitions

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in celebration of the museum’s upcoming 60th Anniversary year in 2021. Drawing from the museum’s extensive collection, three exhibitions will be on tour throughout North America from 2021 to 2024.

“We are pleased to partner with International Arts & Artists,” says Director of American Folk Art Museum, Jason T. Busch. “As we celebrate our 30th anniversary at Lincoln Square in Manhattan and approach our 60th Anniversary as a museum, we want to create opportunities for new audiences to experience the impact of self-taught art across time and place. Through this new partnership with IA&A, the American Folk Art Museum will expand awareness of the museum and our outstanding collection.”

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National Gallery of Art Announces Two New Executive Officers

National Gallery of Art Announces Two New Executive Officers

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, has announced the appointment of two new executive officers. Elisa B. Glazer, currently chief advancement officer at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, has been appointed external affairs and audience engagement officer. Kate Haw, the director of the Archives of American Art, will become the collections, exhibitions, and programs officer. Both will assume these duties in early 2020. Glazer and Haw will fill new executive officer positions in an organizational framework created by Gallery director Kaywin Feldman to support strategic planning and new programs and initiatives with an enhanced focus on public service. In 2020 the Gallery will launch a major visitor survey as well as work with AEA Consulting and Pentagram on strategic planning and brand evaluation, respectively.

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Richard W. James to receive the James Renwick Alliance 2019 Chrysalis Award

Richard W. James to receive the James Renwick Alliance 2019 Chrysalis Award

The James Renwick Alliance announces Texas-based artist Richard W. James as the 2019 winner of its Chrysalis Award for his work in mixed media. The prize constitutes an unrestricted $5,000 award.

The Chrysalis Award was established in 2016 to encourage and support an emerging American craft artist who demonstrates excellence and a commitment to artistic innovation but who does not have major gallery representation.

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Mayor Bowser Presents 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, Celebrating the Arts and Creative Communities of Washington, DC

Mayor Bowser Presents 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, Celebrating the Arts and Creative Communities of Washington, DC

Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor artists and organizations and celebrate the District’s arts, humanities, and creative communities. The event was produced by DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) and the newly created DC Creative Affairs Office.

“The Mayor’s Arts Awards allows us to showcase and celebrate the artists and makers who shape our hometown flavor and dedicate themselves to sharing their gifts with our community,” said Mayor Bowser. “I am particularly delighted to award this year’s Award for Distinguished Honor to Andy Shallal, who has built Busboys and Poets into hubs of creativity across the region that uplift and empower our artists and performers.”

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Carol Antezana as 2019-2020 Darkroom Artist Residency Recipient

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Carol Antezana as 2019-2020 Darkroom Artist Residency Recipient

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is pleased to announce Carol Antezana as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Darkroom Artist Residency, a three month paid residency in CHAW’s darkroom and digital photographic facilities. Her time in residence will culminate in a solo exhibition in the gallery at CHAW in March 2020.

Antezana plans to use her time in residence to explore the relationship between Bolivian mothers and their first generation American daughter(s) through portraiture, self-portraiture, and the incorporation of the traditional Bolivian Aguayo. The Aguayo is a hand woven cloth that Bolivian women traditionally use to carry products or small children their backs for extended periods of time.

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Local Artists of ‘The 50 States Project’ Announce Year Long, 30K Mile Trip across US

Local Artists of ‘The 50 States Project’ Announce Year Long, 30K Mile Trip across US

The lead artists of The 50 States Project, a national artistic research project, announced today that they would embark on November 4, 2019 for their year-long trip to make art in communities in all 50 states. The project takes as its starting point the tradition of the American road trip, as seen through the eyes of two local artists, Kate Fleming (painter) and Tom Woodruff (documentary photographer), both natives and residents of Arlington, VA.  The artists have purchased a camper van and will be driving across the country in a year, visiting all 50 states to engage in artistic inquiry about who we are as Americans–as explored through the lens of research, education, and community engagement.

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Symphonic by Chris Tousimis Dedicated in Brookland

Symphonic by Chris Tousimis Dedicated in Brookland

Symphonic, a new sculpture by Christ Tousimis, will be dedicated Sunday, November 10 at 1pm, with an open house immediately following from 1:30-3pm at Portrait Square located at 3058 7th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017 in Brookland.  Artist Chris Tousimis will be in attendance.

Washington, DC sculptor, Chris Tousimis recently unveiled his latest original work of art commissioned by Madison Homes’ new community of townhomes, Portrait Square at Brookland. Inspired by the close-knit nature of Brookland, Tousimis created a composition for the sculpture symbolic of the neighborhood’s strong sense of community. (more…)

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National Portrait Gallery Announces Winners of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

National Portrait Gallery Announces Winners of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced artist Hugo Crosthwaite as the first-prize winner of the fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Crosthwaite is the first Latinx artist to receive this prestigious award since the national competition was founded in 2006. His prize-winning stop-motion drawing animation, “A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez” (2018), recounts a woman’s journey from Tijuana, Mexico, to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. It will be on view in the exhibition “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today,” which features nearly 50 portraits by the finalists of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Held every three years, the competition encourages artists living and working in the U.S. to submit works that challenge the definition of portraiture. This year’s competition received more than 2,600 submissions from 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Selected by a blind jury based on artistic merit, the featured works reflect the state of contemporary portraiture in the U.S. and will be on view in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 26. through Aug. 30, 2020, before traveling to up to four venues across the US.

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Botanic Garden Bicentennial Features Sculpture Installation by Patrick Dougherty

Botanic Garden Bicentennial Features Sculpture Installation by Patrick Dougherty

“O Say Can You See” Garden sculpture creation complete

After three weeks of weaving work, the Patrick Dougherty sculpture at U.S. Botanic Garden is complete. The sculpture, woven from thousands of plant saplings and branches, stands 15-feet-tall and 25-feet-wide. Dougherty has titled the sculpture “O Say Can You See.”

“I’m really excited to be here, participating in the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Botanic Garden,” said Dougherty. “We’ve tried to make a sculpture that really excites people’s imagination. Visitors might think of fond memories in nature like playing with sticks as a child, a first kiss under a lilac bush or a nice walk in the woods, or maybe think of other items they’ve seen in nature like a bird nest they’ve just seen somewhere in the Garden.”

Visitors are invited to touch and walk through the sculpture, which will be on display through the end of December 2020.

View a time-lapse of the three-week creation process, photos of the complete sculpture, and more at www.USBG.gov/Dougherty

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Botanic Garden.


To kick off celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s (USBG) original 1820 charter, the Garden is collaborating with renowned stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty to create a custom sculpture to stand throughout the 2020 celebratory year.

Dougherty, who hails from North Carolina, is known around the world for his installations woven from plant materials, which celebrate nature through both materials and visually flowing lines. Over 30 years, he has built more than 250 stickwork sculptures, from Scotland to Japan to all over the United States. D.C.-area residents might remember his gallery-filling installation in the popular “Wonder” exhibit at the reopening of Renwick Gallery.

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Renovated Anacostia Community Museum Reopens to the Public

Renovated Anacostia Community Museum Reopens to the Public

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum reopened to the public Sunday, Oct 13, after seven months of construction and $4.5 million of exterior and interior improvements and repairs to enhance the visitor experience. Opening its doors for regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum invites guests to visit the exhibitions and meet its new director Melanie Adams during a celebration 2 to 4 p.m. with music and refreshments. The museum is located at 1901 Fort Pl. S.E.

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STABLE Grand Opening

STABLE Grand Opening

STABLE celebrates its Grand Opening on Friday, October 18, 2019.  STABLE, is a new professional artist space located in the Eckington neighborhood of Washington, DC celebrates its grand opening on Friday, October 18. The 10,000 square foot space includes 21 artist studios, a shared Post Studio space for up to 12 artists, an artist lounge and a 1,100 square foot exhibition space.

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DowntownDC BID Callbox Unveiling by DC-Based Artist Charles Bergen

DowntownDC BID Callbox Unveiling by DC-Based Artist Charles Bergen

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) will be unveiling art profiling women’s contributions to local and national history. The art installation, made possible by a grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (CAH), features original art by local artist and architect Charles Bergen in eight restored and refurbished emergency call boxes on street corners in DowntownDC.

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ARTSFAIRFAX Commissions Artist Bikki Stricker for 2019 Arts Awards

ARTSFAIRFAX Commissions Artist Bikki Stricker for 2019 Arts Awards

ARTSFAIRFAX announced today that Fairfax County resident Bikki Stricker, a potter that specializes in crystalline glazes, has been chosen to design the 2019 Arts Awards honoring Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova, Margaret and Shashi Gupta, visual artist Foon Sham, NextStop Theatre Company, and philanthropist Stephen Roberts on Friday, October 18, 2019 from noon to 2 pm at the Fairview Park Marriott.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Artists of 2020 Renwick Invitational

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Artists of 2020 Renwick Invitational

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore and Rowland Ricketts will be featured in the biennial craft invitational at its Renwick Gallery in 2020. All four artists look to nature for inspiration to help explain what it means to be human in a world that is increasingly chaotic and divorced from the physical landscape. Working in a wide range of materials—including fiber, metal and glass—these artists bring new and unique approaches to the long history of art’s engagement with the natural world.

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Governor Appoints Greater Reston Arts Center Board Chair to Virginia Commission for the Arts

Governor Appoints Greater Reston Arts Center Board Chair to Virginia Commission for the Arts

September 23, 2019 (Reston, VA): The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) announced today that its Board Chair, Robert Goudie, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor’s press release announcing the appointment can be found here.

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