Monday, August 21, 2017

Wanna be a docent at the NGA?

The National Gallery of Art is recruiting docents to conduct thought-provoking and engaging tours, in English and other languages, for thousands of adult visitors from around the world, providing rich and memorable experiences with works of art in the Gallery’s collection.
New docents are expected to make a five-year commitment to the program, which includes two years of initial training, beginning in September 2018. The training program focuses on museum education and art history related to the permanent collection and incorporates workshops, in-gallery sessions, lectures, readings, and more. Docents become part of a community of learners and continue their education beyond the initial two-year training period, both formally and informally.
Those interested in applying to the program must attend an information meeting, which run from October into December. Dates, times, and registration for these meetings can be found on the Gallery’s Docents page starting on August 15. Applications are due by December 31. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or email
Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are welcome and encouraged to apply.
For a full press release and images, visit:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open

Call for Artists:
2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open
Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Post-Graduate Residency Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is seeking applicants for the 2018 program via The deadline is Sunday, September 10, 2017.

This competitive program provides meaningful support for recent promising graduates who have, or will soon complete a bachelor’s or master’s art degree with an accredited program.

This year’s jurors are Christine Neptune, founder of Neptune Fine Art, Amy Cavanaugh Royce, executive director at Maryland Art Place, and Ginevra Shay, artistic director of The Contemporary Museum and curator of Rose Arcade.

This visual-arts residency is unique in the region for addressing the critical post-graduate juncture in emerging artists’ careers. It offers an opportunity for professional development and networking, as well as a chance to define their practices outside of the academic context. Submissions are open to recent graduates who attended schools from across the U.S. Applicants need to submit proof of their residence in the area and/or can demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the ongoing future of the arts in the greater Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland region. There continues to be no entry fee.

“This program brings the next generation of artists into the Torpedo Factory community,” said Brett John Johnson, director of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. “The program is a great example of working toward our mission of igniting the creative spirit by fostering connections among artists and the public. My hope is that we have a dynamic exchange of perspectives, techniques, and ideas throughout 2018.”

The Post-Graduate Residency Studio in located on the first floor, in Studio 12, at the Torpedo Factory. Artists can create, display, and sell work, interact with the public, and network with other artists. Residents receive a stipend during their term and have an opportunity to give an artist talk with the moderator of their choice. The program will culminate in a group exhibition in the Torpedo Factory’s contemporary exhibition space, Target Gallery, in the fall of 2018.

The resident artists are active, equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. They benefit from engaging with thousands of local, national, and international visitors, collectors, and artists who pass through each year.

Questions about the residency or applications can be directed to or 703.746-4570.

About the Jurors
Christine Neptune founded Neptune Fine Art in 2000 after twenty years of experience in auction houses, museums, fine art publishing, and galleries to exhibit Modern and contemporary works as well as publish new editions. She regularly meets with private clients at Gallery Neptune and Brown in Washington, D.C., and by appointment in New York City.

Amy Cavanaugh Royce has been Executive Director at Maryland Art Place (MAP) since January 2012. Prior to her work at MAP, Amy was the Vice President and COO of ARCH Development Corporation in Washington, DC where she was most notably known for co-founding Honfleur Gallery.

Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and curator of Rose Arcade.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. In an effort to sustain the arts in Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory is temporarily part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League Gallery and School, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria EatsPlace CafĂ© and Market. For more information, visit or follow the Torpedo Factory on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flying back home

Flying on Facebook - a cartoon by F. Lennox Campello c.2009
Airborne today and heading back to the swamp - currently stuck in Colorado Springs, delayed flight to Dulles - but at least the view of the Rockies is awesome!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opportunity for artists

Calling all Artists! Are you the life of the party?  Do you have a desire to teach adults fun and unique arts projects?  Arts on a Roll, a mobile, on-demand arts service in Prince George’s County is in search of fun loving, motivated, energetic, and experienced visual artists to lead art classes, programs, and events catered to adults ages 21 and over. Teaching artists will be lead monthly create & sip style events for the community, and also work to develop and teach activities for adult private parties and events such as birthday parties, wedding showers, babies showers, etc.  Experience in various media including mosaics, glass painting, printmaking, textiles, jewelry-making and other quality craft projects is ideal. 

·         Serve as the lead instructor at events for up to 20 individuals of varying levels of artistic skill
·         Willingness to talk and get to know everyone in the room
·         Develop and write lessons for unique arts projects for 21 and over patrons
·         Available for evening and weekend hours
·         Must have a valid driver’s license
The ideal candidate:
·         Can create a fun and entertaining environment where patrons can explore and learn unique art skills
·         Must be confident with live demonstrations and providing step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow for non-artists
·         Has strong time management skills and can work independently without supervision
·         A problem solver who can adapt and “think on his/her feet”

To Apply
We will review as applications on an ongoing basis they are received. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and two references to

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Humor art

Deadline: September 12, 2017

Humor can break barriers. It can change our perspective and make us receptive to new ideas. Humor helps us to communicate our message, and in doing so humor connects us. Because of this, there are many different ways to express and experience humor. Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts, is celebrating the many ways artists express themselves through humorous means. By sharing your artistic sense of humor, you can contribute to this connection by taking part in this interdisciplinary exhibition. Art will be selected for inclusion by an interdisciplinary panel of jurors. All artists over the age of 18 and practicing in the United States are eligible. For more details, please visit

Left Coast Sunset

Left Coast Sunset, Soviet Socialist Republic of California, August 16, 2017
Left Coast Sunset, Soviet Socialist Republic of California, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How a new drawing starts

For a while I have been taking images of the back of men and women to help me define a new piece... I need a "regular" image of the back of a "regular" person... which I will transport eventually into a drawing of a person at a museum looking at artwork...

This is a good example of a random lady in San Diego yesterday...

Wanna be the model for the pieces? I need several... Send me an image of you - full body and one of head and shoulders - from the back - preferably looking at a blank wall....

This is the anon model

This is more like she'll end up in my drawing