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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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National Museum of Women in the Arts Reopens August 1, 2020

National Museum of Women in the Arts Reopens August 1, 2020

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) reopens to the public on Saturday, August 1. With guidance from the DC government, DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the museum has developed new cleaning, safety, health and operational protocols. A maximum of 200 visitors per day are allowed, and advance purchase of a timed ticket is strongly encouraged. On most days, the museum’s hours of operation remain unchanged. Extended hours are planned on select dates. Visitors should check https://nmwa.org/reopening for updated schedule information.

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Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Names Bradford Grant as Museum’s New Instagram Artist-in-Residence

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Names Bradford Grant as Museum’s New Instagram Artist-in-Residence

The National Portrait Gallery has named Howard University architecture professor and sketch artist Bradford Grant as the museum’s first Instagram artist-in-residence. During his residency, Grant will interpret and depict the museum’s programs, community and spaces through the lens of his sketch work and made-from-life drawings. His sketches will premiere on the museum’s Instagram and social media feeds @smithsoniannpg.

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National Gallery of Art Appoints Sheila McDaniel as Administrator

National Gallery of Art Appoints Sheila McDaniel as Administrator

The National Gallery of Art has announced the appointment of Sheila McDaniel as administrator. The Gallery’s administrator oversees the divisions of administrative support, architecture and capital improvement, facilities, horticulture, personnel, procurement, and security, which comprise more than one-third of the museum’s staff. Since 2004, McDaniel has been the deputy director of finance and operations at The Studio Museum in Harlem. When she begins her tenure on September 14, she will become the Gallery’s seventh administrator since the museum was founded in 1937 and will succeed Darrell Willson, who retired on July 3.

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Hirshhorn Announces Acquisition of Major Outdoor Sculptures by Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby

Hirshhorn Announces Acquisition of Major Outdoor Sculptures by Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby

Introduction of Two Contemporary Artists to the Sculpture Garden Expands Collection, Anticipates Reopening and Eventual Revitalization

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced significant acquisitions of new works by leading contemporary artists Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby. Through their respective practices, Bhabha and Ruby have worked for decades to create thought-provoking artwork that challenges viewers to understand sculpture in new ways. (more…)

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Record $8.87 Million Appropriation for the Arts and Humanities Approved by Montgomery County Council

Record $8.87 Million Appropriation for the Arts and Humanities Approved by Montgomery County Council

On July 16, 2020, The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announced the approval of $5,623,159 FY21 annual budget appropriation for AHCMC grants and administration and an additional $3,250,000 special appropriation for COVID-19 Relief Funding by the Montgomery County, MD Council. The $5.6M appropriation represents the County Executive Marc Elrich’s recommendation of stable funding over the FY20 budget and the $3.25M supports creative and scholastic professionals and arts and humanities organizations struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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