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Art Whino Creates Murals in NoMa

Art Whino Creates Murals in NoMa

Art Whino teams up with The JBG Companies for the creation of the N Street Mural Project within the NoMa neighborhood. The projects mission is to activate a block on N Street using Murals as the primary vehicle for activation. Mural Locations: Momo – 51 N Street NE, Kyle Hughes-Odgers – 1300 1st Street NE and Rubin – 33 New York Avenue NE (visible from N St, across from 51 N street).

For full show info and images visit http://artwhino.com/exhibitions-1/n_st_murals_project

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces FY 2015 Grant Recipients

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces FY 2015 Grant Recipients

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announce the awarding of 330 grants to D.C.-based artists and nonprofit organizations for fiscal year 2015 totaling $7.6 million — representing all eight wards of the District of Columbia. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks number one in per capita state arts agency appropriations in the United States.

See the FY 2015 Grantees here: http://dcarts.dc.gov/page/fiscal-year-2015-grantees

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Vote for the Name of the Newest Alphabet Animal

Vote for the Name of the Newest Alphabet Animal

.Vote by October 30, 2014. Matt Brown of DDOT will be announcing the winning name at HILLoween, and all who voted for that name will be entered to win a CHAW gift certificate. The top three names are: CHAWmper, Mr. Hopper and Gauguin. These three n ames were chosen by the panel of illustrious judges: Jill Strachan, Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Carolina Mayorga, Grasshopper Artist and Teaching Artist at CHAW, and Stephen Young, the Capitol Hill parent who came up with the original idea for CHAAAP.

Cast your vote for your favorite name through October 30, 2014 by email at hjacobson@chaw.org through the Facebook page, through the Twitter page, and at the CHAW front desk at 545 7th Street SE.

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“Going Public!” Art Works Now Summer Internship

“Going Public!” Art Works Now Summer Internship

It’s hot out, but you don’t hear these teens complaining. They’re too busy making art. Art Works Now launches “Going Public!” an exciting mural project at the Brentwood Route One Farmer’s Market and Bazaar, in partnership with the “Art Lives Here” initiative in the Gateway Arts District. Through a competitive application process, four teens from Bladensburg, Takoma Park, and Hyattsville were selected to work on the mural on a central fence at the market. They are working with professional muralists Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan on Saturday mornings from 9-1 until August 16.

In June, the teens conducted intensive research on the local community during Art Works Now teen camp. The mural imagery is based on local flora and fauna, as well as elements from the African American history of the region. The interns and other teen volunteers work on the mural on Saturday mornings while the market is open, so community members can share in the excitement of the creative process. The program is designed to develop confidence and leadership skills in the teens, as they are expected to treat this experience like any other job – with professionalism and a positive attitude. “We couldn’t be more excited about this project. The teens are talented and committed, and the muralists have taught them incredible skills they can use their whole lives. It fits perfectly with our mission to create better community through the arts,” states Art Works Now Executive Director, Barbara Johnson.

For more information on this program please visit: www.artworksnow.org/event-registration/?ee=125 or call 301-454-0808.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Naming Contest for Outdoor Sculpture

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Naming Contest for Outdoor Sculpture

Submissions are due August 15, 2014.

.The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is looking for a name for its newest neighbor, a grasshopper sculpture residing at the corner of 7th and G Streets, SE. The grasshopper, sculpted by artist and CHAW teaching artist Carolina Mayorga, is part of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (CHAAAP), a community-based public art project featuring ten semi-permanently-installed sculptures on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. The project is funded by the DC Department of Transportation and administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

CHAW will be collecting name submissions through August 15, 2014. Submissions can be sent via: Email at alphabetanimals@gmail.com The top three names will be announced the week of August 18th and will be put to a vote with the winning name revealed on September 19, 2014. Prizes will be awarded to the top namers.  CHAAAP is part of “This Place Has A Voice,” three independent, intersecting public art projects and events highlighting the history and people of Southeast DC. For more information about the projects or upcoming festival, visit http://www.thisplacehasavoice.info.

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Introducing the 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows

Introducing the 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows

The Hamiltonian Artists announce the six new, distinguished 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows to join the current five existing fellows who are as follows: Naoko Wowsugi (MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University), Adam Ryder (MFA, School of Visual Arts), Allison Spence (MFA, University of California, San Diego), Nancy Daly (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Dane Winkler (MFA candidate, University of Maryland) and Dan Perkins (MFA, The American University).

The 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows were selected from a pool of 97 very promising artists. The External Review Panel, comprised of six acclaimed art professionals, caucused together and evaluated every application based on criteria regarding artistic merit and relevance to today’s art world. Panelists involved in this decision included Elizabeth M. Grady, Jeffry Cudlin, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rod Malin, Linn Meyers, Jonathan Monaghan and Michael Pollack

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DC Office of Planning Announces Community Partners for Playable Art DC

DC Office of Planning Announces Community Partners for Playable Art DC

The DC Office of Planning (OP) has selected three neighborhood partners for Playable Art DC installations through a competitive application process: Kennedy Street Development Association, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, and the NoMa Business Improvement District. The Playable Art DC team will now conduct design workshops with neighbors of all ages. Once the information is gathered, a call for designs will be released internationally to the public this fall. The three neighborhood sites include: the small green space near the intersection of 5th and Kennedy Streets, NW; a section of K Street, NW sidewalk and tree box near 5th and K Streets, NW in the heart of Mount Vernon Triangle; and along the Metropolitan Branch Trail between L and M Streets, NE in NoMa.

Playable Art DC is a play and place-making initiative of the DC Office of Planning (OP) in partnership with the District Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to bring innovative art-based play spaces to neighborhoods with underserved park space in the District through an international design competition. Playable Art DC promotes the use of art as a means of creating new types of play spaces in areas that are constrained by space, topography, or other barriers like busy streets. The initiative is made possible by a grant from ArtPlace America. What kind of public art would you like to see? Make you voice heard and take the survey here.

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Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

Mary Brown, LPTM’s Co-Founder and Executive Director for 18 years will continue to impact the lives of children and families of Washington, DC’s Ward 7 communities as Executive Director of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) as she steps down from LPTM. LPTM’s Board of Directors has unanimously selected Selvon Malcolm Waldron to carry the mission forward as new Executive Director. Selvon’s appointment is the culmination of Brown’s vision, carried out through a three-year, evidence-based transition plan developed by Mary, LPTM’s Board of Directors, staff, and leading consultants in non-profit leadership transitions.

Selvon joined Life Pieces in February 2012 as Director of Development and Grants. Under his exceptional leadership, Life Pieces solidified its organizational sustainability, diversified its funding streams, and strengthened its financial procedures, ensuring that we can bring our transformative work to the next generation of young black men in DC and spread our impact nationally.  Prior to joining LPTM, Selvon was a United Nations Association Graduate Fellow, where he analyzed the impact of the United Nation’s Human Rights and Environment programs and evaluated the success of the Millennium Development Goals with a cohort of 18 Washington area graduate students from 5 universities.

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Washington Project for the Arts Signs Lease at JBG’s Atlantic Plumbing Development

Washington Project for the Arts Signs Lease at JBG’s Atlantic Plumbing Development

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) announces that the organization will move to street-level office and gallery space in The JBG Companies’ Atlantic Plumbing mixed-use residential and retail development in the U Street Corridor cultural district. As WPA marks its 40-year anniversary milestone in 2015, the new space matches the forward-looking vision for the future of the organization with unprecedented opportunities to expand programming and increase impact within the Greater Washington area.

WPA will move into 1,500 square feet in the main Atlantic Plumbing building at 8th and V Streets NW – adjacent to the 9:30 Club, DC’s renowned music venue – by early fall of 2015, which coincides with the launch of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration. Hickok Cole Architects – a leading DC-based architecture firm and long-time supporter of WPA – is developing the drawings and plans for the new offices and gallery, in partnership with WPA leadership. Hickok Cole has designed notable spaces for such entities as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, NPR, CSIS, and the District Architectural Center, home to the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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CONNERSMITH Seeks New DC Home

CONNERSMITH Seeks New DC Home

Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith announce they are seeking the next DC home for CONNERSMITH gallery and the (e)merge art fair office. Recently, Smith and Conner accepted an offer from the Capital Fringe Festival to purchase their art space in NE Washington, DC. Smith and Conner moved their business from Dupont Circle NW to the Trinidad neighborhood in NE DC in 2007 when they purchased an auto body shop at 1358 and 1360 Florida Avenue, NE. The art entrepreneurs converted the two-story building and courtyard into an arts space at a time when the area was known for multiple homicides and police checkpoints.

In the renovated space, CONNERSMITH presented, free to the public, 56 solo exhibitions and 10 group shows of art by established, mid-career, and emerging artists, including Leo Villareal, Zoë Charlton, and Wilmer Wilson IV. A gallery hub formed with the arrival of neighboring galleries, demonstrating the transformative power of art within a resilient community. While based in Trinidad, CONNERSMITH supported its artists’ exhibitions in museums and biennials nationally and abroad and made over 32 presentations at international art fairs. In 2011, Smith and Conner launched (e)merge, DC’s own international contemporary art fair.

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Semi-Finalists Announced for the NoMa Underpass Design Competition

Semi-Finalists Announced for the NoMa Underpass Design Competition

The NoMa Parks Foundation announced the semi-finalists who have been invited to continue on to the next phase of the NoMa Underpass Design Competition. The competition’s jury is comprised of Elizabeth Broun, the Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; architect and columnist Roger Lewis; local artist Robin Rose; George Hemphill, local art curator/gallery owner and founding member of the District of Columbia Arts Center; and Charles “Sandy” Wilkes, Chair of the NoMa Parks Foundation, which is the sponsor of the competition.

The underpass competition seeks artists to install interactive installations in four underpasses at L, M, and K Streets, NE, and Florida Avenue, NE. The competition has generated overwhelming interest and excitement since its announcement in April. During the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) phase, the Foundation received 248 submissions from 14 countries, including a strong number of local entries. 49 semi-finalists were selected and will now receive the Request for Proposals; they will have four weeks to prepare their responses.

A full list of semi-finalists is provided as follows: ASC Design Group + Michael Enn Sirvet: Washington, DC;  Asif Khan Ltd.: London, UK; Ball-Nogues Studio: Los Angeles, CA;  Barbara Grygutis and Copley Wolff Design Group: Tucson, AZ; Bill FitzGibbons: San Antonio, TX; Citelum US: Washington, DC; CLINCH – Nora León, Ben Audrain, Eva Lynch, Boyd Chapman, Jennifer Chen: Washington, DC; COCOLAB: Hidalgo, Mexico; Corson Studios LLC: Seattle, WA; Craig Kraft: Washington, DC; Create In Situ- Sarah Zimmer & Kim Brickley: Philadelphia, PA; Derek Michael Besant: Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Dominic Panziera & Daniela Garofalo, ARTECLETTICA: Truckee, CA; Erin Curtis: Washington, DC; Future Cities Lab + Jim Campbell + Kreysler Associates: San Francisco, CA; Gunda Föerster: Berlin, Germany; Integrated Visions + John Ensor Parker: Brooklyn, NY; JBAK with Words Beats & Life: Berlin, Germany and Washington, DC;Joshua Sarantitis and MIT Media Lab’s Social Computing Group led by Professor Sep Kamvar: Brooklyn, NY and Cambridge, MA; Koryn Rolstad Studios: Seattle, WA; Krivanek+Breaux/ Art+Design, LLC: Chicago, Il; Lancaster Architects + Matthew Schreiber: Brooklyn, NY; landscape architects Schønherr A/S and artist Ruth Campau: Copenhagen, Denmark; LDVC, Cinimod Studio + TALL: London, UK; Leni Schwendinger and Arup team members sound artist Terance Caulkins; lighting designer Christoph Gisel; and civil engineers Tom Kennedy and Hemal Patel: New York, NY; LIKEarchitects: Porto, Portugal; Marshall Moya Design LLC: Washington, DC; Maxx Moses with Words Beats & Life: Washington, DC; Mckay Scheer Studio: Washington, DC; Mikyoung Kim Design LLC: Boston, MANarduli Studio + Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design: Los Angeles, CA; NIO Architects and Thurlow Small Architects: Rotterdam, Netherlands and Pawtucket, Rhode Island;Omni-Zygo + Omnivore + Popular Architecture: New York, NY; Perfect Lighting Solutions: Washington, DC; Pernilla Ohrstedt Studios: London, UK; PhenomenArts, Inc.-Christopher Janney Artistic Director: Lexington, MA; Pixeluman Lab: Alexandria, VA; Random International: London, UK; Ray King (lead artist) and Duilio Passariello: Philadelphia, PA; Re:site (Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton) + Local Projects(Jake Barton): Houston, TX and New York, NY; Reform, LLC and Artist, Robert Kent Wilson: Washington, DC; Surface Design Inc. + Nighthouse Studio: San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA; Susan Kaprov: New York, NY; Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc.(Lead Designer and Architect) + Moritz Waldemeyer(Interactive Design Experience): Los Angeles, CA; The Yonder Creative Studio + Fresh Concept + Perceptual Engineering: Auckland, NZ; Tillett Lighting Design + Benjamin Gilmartin + Eric D. Groft: Brooklyn, NY; United Visual Artists(UVA): London, UK; Urban Matter Inc.: Brooklyn, NY; Widgery Studio: Cambridge, MA;

This summer, the jury will select the competition finalists. The finalists will receive an honoraria to further develop their proposals, which will be presented to the community, followed by final jury selections. Installation of the winning designs will begin in 2015.

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Brookland Artist Rachel Kerwin Unveils New Mural at Torpedo Factory

Brookland Artist Rachel Kerwin Unveils New Mural at Torpedo Factory

As part of its 40th anniversary year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va., commissioned artist Rachel Kerwin to create a new mural by the waterfront entrance. By the time of the unveiling, the 436 square foot mural will have taken 200 hours to complete. “The mural connects visitors to this place and the kind of work that’s happening at the Torpedo Factory every day,” said Kerwin. “Both children and adults come here to learn the basics of art making, while artists are constantly exploring new ways of seeing the world around them.”

The mural, which features visuals of the waterfront and the interior of the Factory, suggests a large scale paint-by-numbers image. It progresses from the detailed black outlines to dynamic colors that break from the lines and form their own unique aesthetic. June’s Second Thursday Art Night also includes the opening reception for the Target Gallery’s Alexandria Community Art Library, a community-based art project celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. There will be a curator’s talk at 7 pm following the unveilin.

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District Clay Opens Student Gallery

District Clay Opens Student Gallery

District Clay, a new 2,000 square foot ceramic studio, has opened a student gallery with a wide range of ceramic ware. The gallery contains work by District Clay students, instructors and artists in residence and is open to the public during regular District Clay classes. The gallery is currently showing work by six District Clay instructors and artists in residence. The work ranges from functional wheel thrown pottery, slip cast ceramics, ceramic dioramas and ceramic sculpture.

District Clay offers a wide range of ceramic and pottery classes, including classes for adults and kids. It is the first new ceramic studio that offers classes to open in the District in 20 years.Classes at District Clay include basic wheel throwing, ceramic sculpture and ceramic tile and are be held during the day, on week nights and weekends. A full schedule of classes can be found at www.districtclay.com. District Clay’s Galleries are located at at 2414 Douglas Ave NE.

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CONNERSMITH Announces the Representation of Barry X Ball and J.J. McCracken

CONNERSMITH Announces the Representation of Barry X Ball and J.J. McCracken

Combining cutting-edge technologies with tremendously skillful handwork, Barry X Ball creates sculptures that transform and perfect masterpieces from periods spanning from Antiquity to Modernism.

Working in various media, including durational performance, J.J. McCracken creates immersive installations that evoke consumption, loss, and the passage of time.

To see more about these artists visit connersmith.us.com.

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DCCAH Announces 25 Artists to Participate in the 5×5 Project

DCCAH Announces 25 Artists to Participate in the 5×5 Project

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joins with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) to announce the 25 local and national artists who will participate in this fall’s 5×5 Project.  Now in its second edition, 5×5, the District’s largest public art project to date, showcases the artistic projects of five highly regarded curators, each working with five artists to create contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art fans.

The project offers up the District as a venue for innovative curators and artists to create public works throughout the city that reflect on the District of Columbia’s dual meaning as both the nation’s capital and a hometown to hundreds of thousands of people.  The 5×5 curators — Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver — selected artists from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 5×5 Project will be installed this fall, with artworks across all eight wards of the District. For an up-to-date listing of 5X5 Project events, go to: http://www.the5x5project.com

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