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Remembering Barbara Williams

Remembering Barbara Williams

With great sadness, Studio Gallery announces that artist Barbara Williams passed away on Monday July 22nd, 2019. According to her daughter, Anne, it quick and it was peaceful.

Studio Gallery has lost a friend, a valued colleague, a talented artist. For many of our members who knew Barbara in William Christenberry’s classes at the Corcoran College of Art, the friendships go back decades. As a gallery member, she had four memorable shows that displayed her diverse interests and her command of many different media. Reflecting her background as a genetic scientist and forensic investigator, she was always curious, always experimental. Indeed, she dared everything from watercolor to acrylics to encaustic to ceramics to welded metal.

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NoMa BID Installs The Chicken and the Egg on National Park Service Parcel

NoMa BID Installs The Chicken and the Egg on National Park Service Parcel

 

It’s a question as old as philosophy itself: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In NoMa, it turns out, they arrived simultaneously. The NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) has installed The Chicken and the Egg, a two-piece sculpture, on US National Park Service (NPS) property at the southeast corner of the New York Avenue and North Capitol Street intersection. The public artwork is the first realization of the BID’s Gateways Project, a long-term effort that will use art to transform key intersections around NoMa.

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10 Arts Organizations Receive Seed Grants To Launch New Creative Aging Programs

10 Arts Organizations Receive Seed Grants To Launch New Creative Aging Programs

The National Guild for Community Arts Education and Lifetime Arts are pleased to announce that ART WORKS NOW has been selected as one of 10 nonprofit arts education organizations across the country to receive seed grants of $7,000 each to support the launch of new, innovative arts education programming for older adults in their communities.

The population of older adults in the U.S. is projected to double by 2060, making up a larger percentage of the total population than today. Our current generation of elders is living longer lives and looking for meaningful ways to stay active and engaged. Research shows that participation in activities that foster creative engagement and skills mastery in a social environment has positive psychological, physical and emotional health benefits for older adults. The National Guild and Lifetime Arts are committed to preparing organizations to support healthy aging in adults of diverse backgrounds through the arts.

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International Arts & Artists Launches New Traveling Exhibition Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper

International Arts & Artists Launches New Traveling Exhibition Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is pleased to announce the launch of Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper, the first traveling exhibition to focus on washi as fine art.

Celebrated for its durability and utility, washi has gained international recognition from conservationists and crafters alike. While most are familiar with “washi tape,” as seen on numerous blogs and social media, few know of its traditional origins, laborious production process, and cultural significance.

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Introducing the 2019 – 2021 Hamiltonian Fellows

Introducing the 2019 – 2021 Hamiltonian Fellows

Hamiltonian Artists is proud to announce their five new Fellows! Introducing:

The 2019 Hamiltonian Fellows were selected from a competitive pool of 95 high quality of applicants nationwide. The External Review Panel, comprised of five art professionals, evaluated every application and gathered to discuss each artist based on criteria regarding artistic merit and relevance to today’s art world.  We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the panelists for their generosity and enthusiastic support of this endeavor:

Courtesy of Hamiltonian.

Colette Veasey-Cullors is Associate Dean for Design and Media at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, including The California African American Museum, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Glassell School of Art, and The Chattanooga African American Museum. Her work is included in the 2017 publication “MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, an anthology featuring the work of more than 100 female photographers of African descent from around the world, as well as “BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture” and she produced the cover design for the textbook African-American Sociopolitical Philosophy: Imagining Black Communities.

Courtesy of Hamiltonian.

Ryan Dattilo is a lawyer, art collector, and founder of De Novo Gallery, opening this summer in DC. He currently works as Senior Counsel with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and is on the board of Washington Project for the Arts.

Courtesy of Hamiltonian.

Nara Park is a sculptor and installation artist based in Washington, DC She holds a BFA in General Fine Arts followed by an MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center and Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship. She is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, the Young Artist Award from the Trawick foundation and the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship.

Park’s work has been on exhibit at numerous venues including Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, The Phillips Collection, Grounds for Sculpture, Baltimore/Washington International Airport and American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Her work has been featured in the Sculpture magazine, The Washington Post and Artnet News. Her public collections include The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Courtesy of Hamiltonian.

Springsteen is a contemporary art gallery founded by Hunter Bradley and Amelia Szpiech in Baltimore, MD (2013) and is a member of NADA (The New Art Dealers Alliance). The gallery has organized over 30 exhibitions and is dedicated to working with artists engaged in critical discourse across various media. In addition to the program in Baltimore, Springsteen has organized exhibitions at Interstate Projects (Brooklyn), Et al. etc. (San Francisco), Breve (Mexico City) as part of CONDO Mexico City, and A+ Contemporary (Shanghai) as part of CONDO Shanghai.

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Maryland Designates Two New State Arts and Entertainment Districts

Maryland Designates Two New State Arts and Entertainment Districts

Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz today announced the designation of two new Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts in Maryland. The Town of Easton and the area along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor in Baltimore will join 26 existing Districts in the state. The Districts offer tax-related incentives to help attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to these areas, and are aimed at developing and promoting community involvement, tourism, and revitalization. A&E District designations last for 10 years.

“Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts serve an important role in revitalizing communities across the state,” said Secretary Schulz. “This designation helps attract artists and creative businesses and gives counties and municipalities the ability to develop unique arts experiences that engage residents and attract visitors. I look forward to seeing how these districts utilize the designations for community and economic revitalization.”

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Studio Gallery Announces 2019 Christenberry Fellows

Studio Gallery Announces 2019 Christenberry Fellows

Studio Gallery is delighted to announce the two new recipients of their Christenberry Fellow Scholarship. Artists Kadeem Morris and Elizabeth Beach have been selected to receive this competitive scholarship based on their artist prowess and potential. These artists will join the legacy of over 2,000 international and local artists who have exhibited at Studio Gallery over the course of its long history. The Studio Gallery artist membership extends a warm and excited welcome to these talented artists.

About the Christenberry Fellowship:

The late William Christenberry was best known for his evocative photographs, collages, assemblages, paintings, drawings, and sculptures of his birthplace, Hale County, Alabama, and for his haunting vision of the American South.  As a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC he was a guiding force for aspiring artists.

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US Postal Service Honors Artist Ellsworth Kelly with Stamps

US Postal Service Honors Artist Ellsworth Kelly with Stamps

Ellsworth Kelly forged a distinctive style of abstraction over his seven decades as an artist and today he was commemorated with 10 U.S. Postal Service stamps highlighting his work.

“Ellsworth Kelly honed his artistic voice as a soldier during World War II when he created camouflage patterns and designed posters for the U.S. government,” said USPS Marketing Vice President Steve Monteith, who served as the dedicating official. “Today we celebrate the American master of abstract painting with these dynamic stamps that truly capture the creative talent of Kelly and will be seen by millions as Forever stamps on cards and letters.”

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Mayor Bowser Releases First-Ever DC Cultural Plan

Mayor Bowser Releases First-Ever DC Cultural Plan

Mayor Muriel Bowser has released DC’s first-ever Cultural Plan. The Cultural Plan outlines 23 policies and eight investment recommendations to address issues of affordability, access, and sustainability and to strengthen the people, places, communities, and ideas that define Washington DC.

“Washington DC is a diverse and inclusive city with a thriving creative economy – one that we are committed to supporting by investing in and strengthening our arts and culture scenes,” said Mayor Bowser. “The DC Cultural Plan will help us leverage the resources, passion, and talents that already exist across all eight wards to protect and expand cultural and creative opportunities in our city.”

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Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Designated Threatened by The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Designated Threatened by The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has designated the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden as a threatened and at-risk landscape as part of its Landslide program.  A proposed redesign would eradicate the work of landscape architect Lester Collins. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and opened in 1974. Following negative reviews (the New York Times described the Bunshaft-designed sculpture garden as “a gravel pit”), the Smithsonian engaged landscape architect Lester Collins to redesign the garden in 1977; the Collins design opened in 1981. The sculpture garden we see today, with the exception of diminished plantings, is largely the work of Lester Collins.

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Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists Announced

Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists Announced

Eight painters have been selected as finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Nearly 300 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submitted work to the 15th annual competition created to exclusively honor regional painters. The work of the eight finalists will be on display at Gallery B from June 5-29, 2019.

The top prize winners will be announced and honored on Wednesday, June 5th at a private reception held at Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. The Best in Show winner will be awarded $10,000, second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000.

The artists selected as finalists are:

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) annual budget appropriation under Mayor Bowser more than doubled in the three years from Fiscal Year 2015 to Fiscal Year 2018. Among the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, CAH ranked first in funding per capita in Fiscal Year 18.

Other Fiscal Year 18 Annual Report Highlights:
  • Over $23 million in grants funds awarded, a 63% increase from FY17
  • 692 grant awards, a 24% increase from FY17
  • 168 new CAH grantees
  • 31 new public artworks commissioned or supported by CAH
  • 17 public events supported by CAH at the historic Lincoln Theatre

The FY18 Annual Report is available to view online.

(via DCCAH.)

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