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National Portrait Gallery Announces Winners of National Teen Portrait Competition

National Portrait Gallery Announces Winners of National Teen Portrait Competition

Grand Prize-winning Works To Be Displayed Alongside Museum’s Exhibition “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today”

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced Chiemeka Offor of California and Sofia Gress of Florida as the grand-prize winners of the museum’s nationwide Teen Portrait Competition. Open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 residing in the U.S. and its territories, the competition yielded 15 finalists, with Offor and Gress taking home the top prizes. The museum received 629 eligible entries from 45 states; the rules for this edition specified that portraits must be in the medium of photography. The entries were reviewed by the Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council, a group of 20 high school students from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia who create interactive programs and events inspired by the Portrait Gallery’s collection. The Teen Museum Council’s objective is to increase teen engagement with the museum.

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Hill Center Announces 2020 Juried Exhibition Winners

Hill Center Announces 2020 Juried Exhibition Winners

Hill Center Galleries is proud to announce the winners of the Hill Center Galleries Juried Exhibition. Juried by Myrtis Bedolla, owner of Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD, 165 artists submitted nearly 700 pieces for consideration. Bedolla selected 94 pieces for the show, representing work from over 80 artists. At the exhibition’s opening reception on February 5, Bedolla announced the award winners:

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National Portrait Gallery Announces Five-City Tour of the Portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama

National Portrait Gallery Announces Five-City Tour of the Portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced a five-city tour next year of the portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, that will launch during the summer of 2021. Next year, in mid-May 2021, the Obama portraits, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, will temporarily go off view from the museum’s exhibitions for tour preparation.

The tour will commence in Chicago, June 18, 2021, and will continue, with the works traveling across the country, through May 30, 2022. This is one of several initiatives being set by the Portrait Gallery to engage communities nationwide throughout the next four years. The artworks are expected to reach millions of people who may not be able to visit Washington, DC.

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ARTSFAIRFAX Places Artists in Residence at Rocky Run Middle and Lake Braddock Secondary Schools

ARTSFAIRFAX Places Artists in Residence at Rocky Run Middle and Lake Braddock Secondary Schools

Two Fairfax County Public Schools will explore a deeper engagement with the arts as part of the ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Residency Program. Students in Rocky Run Middle School and Lake Braddock Secondary School art programs will work with artists who connect 3D art exploration through mosaics and dance to history, language arts, and creative writing to offer students engaging, unique, and innovative learning experiences.

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National Gallery of Art Announces New Curator and Head of Italian and Spanish Paintings

National Gallery of Art Announces New Curator and Head of Italian and Spanish Paintings

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, announced today that Eve Straussman-Pflanzer has been appointed curator and head of Italian and Spanish paintings. She will begin the post in June 2020. Straussman-Pflanzer is currently head of the European art department and the Elizabeth and Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she has worked since 2016. Straussman-Pflanzer has previously held posts at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum in Massachusetts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her new position at the Gallery, Straussman-Pflanzer will succeed David Alan Brown, who retired in 2019 after serving 45 years as curator.

“I am delighted to welcome Eve to Washington and to the National Gallery of Art team. She inherits an important collection of Italian and Spanish paintings—one that includes our beloved Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci,” said Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art. “Eve’s experience, scholarship, and creativity will enable us to understand and exhibit that collection in new ways while also fueling visitor curiosity about the extraordinary works we hold in trust for the nation.”

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Hirshhorn Announces First US Museum Retrospective of Pioneering Abstractionist Sam Gilliam in More Than 15 Years

Hirshhorn Announces First US Museum Retrospective of Pioneering Abstractionist Sam Gilliam in More Than 15 Years

Expansive Exhibition Will Trace Gilliam’s Six-Decade Career.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present the first American museum retrospective of Sam Gilliam in more than 15 years opening in spring 2022. This groundbreaking exhibition will encompass Gilliam’s six-decade-long practice, from his early explorations of the ideas of the Washington Color School and his now-iconic “Drape” compositions to key examples of his most recent work.

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“Might Joe” Award Recipients to be Honored at 2020 Gala

“Might Joe” Award Recipients to be Honored at 2020 Gala

Each year, Joe’s Movement Emporium recognizes movers and shakers in our Joe’s universe with the “Mighty Joe” awards. These individuals make Joe’s programs possible. This March 28, 2020 at 7 pm Joe’s celebrates 25 Years and Beyond of inspiring creative community development through diverse cultural experiences with the out-of-this-world Futuristic Glam Gala in its Mount Rainier, MD facility.

The 2020 Mighty Joe Awards will be presented during this interstellar event in the Meyer Performance Theater. Liftoff is Saturday, March 28th at 7 pm. Sponsorships and tickets to this out-of-space-themed event, are now available at www.joesmovement.org/glam. Glam Rock Fabulous, Afro-Futuristic Fierce, Star Trek Stunning,  Super Hero Chic costumes encouraged.

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Hamiltonian Artists Names Lily Siegel Executive Director

Hamiltonian Artists Names Lily Siegel Executive Director

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to name Lily Siegel as its first Executive Director effective February 18., 2020. The organization is moving forward with a bold new restructuring that formally combines the fellowship program Hamiltonian Artists and Hamiltonian Gallery under a single banner of the 501c3 nonprofit Hamiltonian Artists. Siegel comes to Hamiltonian from Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in Reston, VA, where she has served as Executive Director and Curator since 2016.

“Ms. Siegel’s experience and energy will be a great boost in Hamiltonian’s reorganization plan to continue to provide our signature professional development programs for emerging artists into the next decade. We are excited to have her leading our growing Hamiltonian Family forward,” says Founder of Hamiltonian Artists and Hamiltonian Gallery, Paul So.

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Washington Project for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation Start New Grant Program for DC-Area Artists

Washington Project for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation Start New Grant Program for DC-Area Artists

WPA is thrilled to announce the launch of a new funding source for public-facing alternative and experimental visual art projects inside the nation’s Beltway: Wherewithal Grants. Generously funded with a $200,000, two-year grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its regional regranting program, Wherewithal Grants are intended to both sustain and stimulate artist-organized culture and ensure that DIY and visual art practices continue to be valued in the DC region.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center Welcomes 2020 Cohort to Post-Grad Residency Studio

Torpedo Factory Art Center Welcomes 2020 Cohort to Post-Grad Residency Studio

For the sixth year, Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes four emerging artists to participate in the Post-Grad Residency Program: Ashley Llanes, Luis A. Navas-Reyes, Fanni Somogyi and Vi Trinh.

This competitive juried program provides three months of exclusive access to a studio in the Art Center. 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 artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, networking and a chance to define their practice outside of the academic context.

Applications were open to recently graduated students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s art degree from an accredited university. Submissions were accepted from across the nation, provided artists submit proof of their permanent residence in the area and/or commitment to contributing to the future of the region’s arts scene.

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Craig Kraft’s Spiky Haired Woman Acquired by Sulawesi Government

Craig Kraft’s Spiky Haired Woman Acquired by Sulawesi Government

Light Sculptor Craig Kraft’s piece Spiky Haired Woman of Sulawesi has been acquired by the government of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

As part of his 7-year inquiry into the universal urge to connect through mark making. Kraft traveled to South Sulawesi, under the guidance of a government supplied archeologist and translator to view 11 ancient cave sites. These Drawings and paintings are dated up to 40,000 BP including images of freshwater fish, ubiquitous handprints, areoa, a nearly extinct species resembling a small deer-pig. The spiky-haired woman drawing was graphic, dramatic and had attitude. Her action suggested a wild female hunter caught in action! It suggests that, at least in this part of the world, women were important as hunters in ancient times. The artwork will be sited at the welcome center at the ancient Sulawesi cave sites.

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St. Francis Missal, Legendary Manuscript and Relic, on view After 40 Years at Walters Art Museum

St. Francis Missal, Legendary Manuscript and Relic, on view After 40 Years at Walters Art Museum

Beginning February 1, 2020, the St. Francis Missal—a legendary 12th-century manuscript and relic of touch of St. Francis of Assisi—will go on view at Walters Art Museum for the first time in 40 years.  The St. Francis Missal is an intimate exhibition that, along with the eponymous text, features approximately 23 objects, including paintings, ivories, ceramics, and documentation of the Missal’s recent two-year conservation funded by the Mellon Foundation.

“This exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to view one of the museum’s most famous works of art,” said Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director. “We are thrilled to once again showcase this key object in our permanent collection and to share exciting new discoveries.”

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When: Feb 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Eastern Market Main Street announce the return of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project with ten Additional Sculptures

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Eastern Market Main Street announce the return of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project with ten Additional Sculptures

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), in partnership with Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS), is excited to announce the next phase of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project, a community-based public art project featuring installed sculptures on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. In 2014, 10 sculptures were successfully installed through a pilot partnership with the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT).  Funded by a recent grant from the DC Community of the Arts and Humanities, the Alphabet Animal Art Project will work with DDOT to install ten additional sculptures throughout Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B to intentionally broaden the span of the Alphabet Animal “path.” The new animal sculptures will be unveiled on Thursday, April 16, 2020 during Eastern Market Main Street’s Third Thursday celebration.

“The Alphabet Animal Art Project is so special,” says Hannah Jacobson, Project Manager, “and all of the sculptures both already completed and in production tell a story: individually in conversation with their street corners, their artists, and their materials, and together as a collective pathway encouraging new ways of engaging with spaces that may feel familiar. We are thrilled to be able to add another 10 animals to our community.”

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