The Washington Glass School and Studio announces its recent hire of Audrey Wilson, who will join the WGS team as the Studio Coordinator. Audrey will be organizing the studio production as well as working with the WGS Resident Artists. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Audrey has a BA in Crafts with a concentration on glass from Kent State University. Audrey has worked at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio as the studio and teaching assistant, working with the museum’s visiting glass artists. Audrey has worked with renowned glass artists such as Dante Marioni, Christina Bothwell, Janusz Pozniak and John Miller. Audrey’s own artwork references nature and organic forms, and she specializes in kiln casting, pate de verre and sand casting with mixed media. “I like working with and cannot help but respond to my surrounding environment – both within my artwork and my career” she said. “I intend to apply my experience and skills to teaching and developing classes that will help the Washington Glass School artists get to their next level.”
ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) and the Gautier Family are pleased to announce BK ADAMS•I AM ART as the winner of the first annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. ADC will host an awards ceremony on September 7th at Honfleur Gallery to formally present Adams with his prize. Adams was selected based on his artistic excellence as well as for the significant impact he has made on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC. He was chosen by a panel by of individuals active in the Washington, DC arts community. The panel included: Jack Rasmussen (Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center), Mary Beth Brown (Public Art Coordinator for DCCAH), Pamela Jafari (Membership Manager, Cultural Tourism DC), Sharon Gautier (art collector and family representative) and Fred Joiner (poet and artist).
The DC Office of Planning (OP) has awarded a $75,000 “ArtPlace Arts and Culture Temporium” grant to Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) to develop and manage pop-up temporiums in underutilized spaces in the Deanwood neighborhood, one of the District’s earliest African American communities located in Northeast Washington.
This DC OP award is one of four grants provided by Artplace America to the city to revitalize underutilized commercial spaces. The first such project was LUMEN8Anacostia which warped-up its programming on Saturday June 16. Under this grant, Partners will manage DeanwoodxDesign, a project developed by Deanwood residents and cultural activists Seshat Walker, Donna Davis, and Kimberly Gaines. DeanwoodxDesign showcases the rich arts, cultural, historical, and green space assets of neighborhood and Ward 7 through a community-wide, intergenerational, and collaborative effort.
This project is part of the OP’s ArtPlace series that includes Temporiums in the emerging creative neighborhoods of Anacostia, Brookland, and upper 14th Street NW. “These projects are an unprecedented opportunity to develop new national models for assisting communities with integrating artists while supporting ongoing local efforts in economic revitalization, community development, and job creation,” said Kimberly, Associate Director of City Planning.
DeanwoodxDesign will feature workshops, exhibitions, and cultural events that reflect the theme of “design” from four unique aspects: community, sustainability, multimedia, and lifestyle. A grassroots team will work alongside neighborhood and citywide collaborators to coordinate more than 15 hours of free programming and events during a four-month period with a kick off scheduled for early July.
The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has acquired INDUSTRY designer Jens Praet’s “Shredded Collection Side Table: Details Edition.”
The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the world’s largest glass museum, has acquired a unique Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen “Multi-Vase Lamp” for its permanent collection.
The Denver Art Museum has acquired London-based INDUSTRY designer Tom Price’s limited edition “Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1.”
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has acquired INDUSTRY designer Mathias Bengtsson’s “Plywood Slice Chair.”
(Image Courtesy of INDUSTRY Gallery)
Industry Gallery has announced the acquisition by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) of one of Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen’s concrete chair prototypes. The chair was first exhibited in March 2010 as part of Hands On at Industry Gallery, the first solo US exhibition for Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at Droog, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade. This is the first work by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen to enter the museum’s collection, and the first US museum acquisition of a work by the Atelier. The concrete chair is one of four original prototypes – two chairs, a bench and a stool – created for a series of furniture that appears to be made of inflated fabric, but actually is made from poured concrete.
The city has finally decided taken a pragmatic approach to “combating” graffiti in the city by creating the Murals DC program. Council member Jim Graham spearheaded the program in 2007. The program pairs students with artists who learn aerosol painting techniques and the execution of a large scale work. The program has led to the creation of 20 breathtaking murals city-wide including the following five East City murals:
Modern Luxury Magazine has published an article about the burgeoning H street art gallery scene. Aside from what many ECA blog readers who frequent the H street NE art scene already know, they might not know that G Fine art will soon be joining our midst. Also worth noting is that my last name was misspelled in the article. It should read Phil Hutinet and not Phil Sutinet.
The list of galleries continues to grow in the H Street Corridor. Industry Gallery will be hosting their grand opening this Saturday, January 16th, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. The inaugural opening will feature unique metal and aluminum sculpture designs by Jerusalem-born artist Shlomo Harush.