The Washington Sculptors Group Presents Sculpture NOW 2016: Cartes Blanches Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on June 28, 2016

Sat, July 2 2016 — Sat, July 30 2016

Photo courtesy of WSG.
Photo courtesy of WSG.


Opening Reception: Saturday, July 2 from 3pm to 5pm


Presented by The Washington Sculptors Group at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

Participating Artists: Lynda Andrews-Barry, Allen Arp, c.l. bigelow, Janet Brome, Christopher Corson, John Costanza, Paul Daniel, Michelle Dickson, Annie Farrar, Stephanie Firestone, Helen Glazer, Judith Goodman, Eve Hennessa, Artemis Herber, Alyssa Imes, Jan Kirsh, David Knopp, Jeremy Kunkel, Allen Linder, Ruth Lozner, Rosemary Luckett, Kass Mcgowan, Samuel Miller, Iris Posner, Brian Reed, Mike Shaffer, Virginia Sperry, Diane Szczepaniak, Joyce Zipperer, Julie Zirlin

Exhibition Juror: John Shipman

Begun in 1987, the Sculpture Now series provides an annual snapshot of up-to-the-moment works of artists in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond; the series includes the Tom Rooney Award of $500. This year’s Sculpture Now 2016 theme of Cartes Blanches can be interpreted as “complete discretion for each artist.”  In the last one hundred or so years, sculpture has evolved from handmaiden of architecture to an independent, multi-faceted field of astonishing variety. In seeking to explore some of this rich creative vitality, the exhibition theme was designed to give WSG members free rein in which of their recent creations they proposed to the juror, John Shipman.

John Shipman is Executive Director of Delaware Contemporary, an arts center in Wilmington, Delaware.  Shipman was previously Director of the University of Maryland Art Gallery.  A year and a half ago, he returned to Delaware Contemporary, where he had been an exhibition designer—from 2000 to 2006—during which time he learned “that a cultural institution’s best measure is its positive substantial impact with in community.”

Mr. Shipman writes in the show catalog that, “Jurying an exhibition proves at times to be a way of learning or reaffirming something of one’s self. Without a doubt, enjoying the process of jurying this exhibition has underscored that I am a humanist–someone drawn invariably to the narratives in life.”  Later in his essay he states, “The thirty Washington Sculptors Group artists selected for Cartes Blanches all have works that in one way or another reflect my love of the human and our shared narratives.”

Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center: The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (DVAEC) serves as a hub for art education in the Frederick area.  Founded in 1986, the Delaplaine Arts Center moved in 1993 to its current location alongside the popular Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick, MD.  Each year DVAEC presents—via seven galleries on two floors—over 50 exhibitions featuring local, regional and national artists.

Open Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 5pm

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (DVAE) is located at 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD.