The National Gallery of Art announced today the appointment of four new staff to positions that will support the National Gallery’s mission to serve the nation. These positions advance the National Gallery’s strategic priorities to make the museum more visitor-focused, inclusive, and equitable, as well as to provide deeper connections to the museum’s content through digital access to its collections, exhibitions, programs, and research.
ArtsFairfax announces $567,138 in grants to 59 art organizations and 29 individual artists through the newly created Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants and the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Support Grants.
“The impact of COVID-19 continues to have a devastating effect on the arts community, yet we have seen the arts continue to provide arts education, senior engagement, family entertainment, and so much more. The arts are a vital part of Fairfax County and need our financial support to continue to serve the community,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO of ArtsFairfax. “The arts will be a vital part of our health and economic recovery. We need to support the arts today, so they are here for us tomorrow.”
The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts) is pleased to announce the newest members of its Artist Advisory Council (AAC) which is comprised of a diverse group of artists, curators, educators, and art professionals from the DMV. The AAC provides a broad arc of expertise to advise and assist the VisArts gallery staff with the development and implementation of exhibitions, residencies and gallery-related programming.
The Rome School is saddened by the recent passing of art professor, John Figura, who passed away on Wednesday, January 6. As many of you know, John began teaching at Catholic University in 1988 and became a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in 1997. He was a very important figure in the School, and no one will ever replace him.
On December 28, 2020, The National Gallery of Art announced a major acquisition of 40 works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation by 21 African American artists from the southern United States.
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a 501c3 nonprofit located in Reston, Virginia, has announced a significant rebrand, introducing the organization as Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA). The repositioning emerged as the institution’s programs, audience, and impact continued to evolve over the past several years, and the original name and acronym no longer aligned with the organization’s reach and vision.
Twelve DC-based artists receive $5,000 grants in support of collaborative research and idea development.
On May 21, 2019, East City Art reported that The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) designated the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden as a threatened and at-risk landscape as part of its Landslide program. A proposed redesign by the Smithsonian 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, which was done within the framework of the Bunshaft original, opened in 1981. (more…)
The Phillips Collection announces its centennial year celebration in 2021. America’s first museum of modern art, founded in 1921, will feature Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century, a special exhibition drawn from its growing permanent collection of 4,700 works, a juried invitational for artists of the DMV, as well as a rich array of exhibitions by renowned artists, including Jacob Lawrence, David Driskell, Alma Thomas, Marley Dawson, and Sanford Biggers. The 100th year celebration will encompass engaging programs and new initiatives in partnership with local artists and the museum’s many community partners, including THEARC and the University of Maryland. The centennial year will represent 100 years of the Phillips as a welcoming space for community and dynamic innovation, and invites dedicated patrons and first-timers alike to join the museum for the next 100 years of experimentation and impact through art.
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) welcomes Mills Brown for its November Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Mills is a visual artist working primarily with painting and collage. From Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th, Mills will take over CHAW’s instagram @CHAWinDC to bring us into her studio. This virtual experience will offer insight into her influences, processes, and materials. For more information, please visit www.chaw.org.
The National Museum of the American Indian will open the new National Native American Veterans Memorial Wednesday, Nov. 11. The moment will be marked with a short virtual message to honor the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families. The message will be on both the museum’s website and its YouTube channel.
The Phillips Collection has announced major new acquisitions including a video by John Akomfrah, a two-panel fabric work by Benny Andrews, a large-scale wall-hanging by Aimé Mpane, and others. These new acquisitions reflect the museum’s efforts to enhance and diversify the collection by embracing works that reflect a narrative of modern and contemporary art beyond the traditional focus on European and American art, and also speak to the communities we hope to serve.
The Board of Directors of Dupont Underground formally installed Oliver Clemmons and Nora van Trotsenburg as CEO and COO, respectively, and named outgoing CEO Robert W. Meins CEO Emeritus. Clemmons has been with the organization since 2016, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Van Trotsenburg has served as Director of Programming since 2019.
The Arts Forward Fund awarded a $25,000 grant to ArtsFairfax to support a diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiative for the 2021 WORK-SMART workshop series. The Arts Forward Fund, a partnership between the Greater Washington Community Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and 16 other foundations and individual donors, announced over $1 million in grants to 43 arts and culture organizations in the DC region.