Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Congratulations to area photographer James W. Bailey, whose Circle Theater Rough Edge photograph will be published in the Winter issue of the Tulane Review back in his home turf in New Orleans.

Talking about New Orleans, another unusual fact that I discovered in my recent reading of Prof. Louis Perez's excellent book On Being Cuban was the fact that Truman Capote (who was born and raised in the Big Easy) got the "Capote" last name from his Cuban stepdad.

Museum Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: April 30, 2005

Call for Submissions: Radford University Art Museum, Virginia. Artists are encouraged to submit slides or a CD with images of recent work, along with a vita and artist's statement. They have several exhibition spaces ranging from 250 to 1750 square feet, and are open to novel approaches to the exhibition process. Qualifications: "Thoughtful and thought-provoking artists."

Send materials to:
Radford University Art Museum Curators' Committee
Box 6965
Radford University
Radford, VA 24142

20th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Everyone is invited to the 20th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards on Monday, January 10, 2005 at The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

I've been attending these award ceremonies for the last few years and it is packed with great entertainment: dance, singing, poetry, music, etc.

This free evening of entertainment will feature award presentations and performances by the finest talents in the city. For more information visit the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities website here.

You can view Mayor's Arts Awards Winners since 1981 here.

Emergency Grants for Artists

Change, Inc. provides one-time $1,000 emergency grants to visual artists of any discipline who are facing possible eviction, unpaid bills, fire damage or any other emergency that the Change, Inc. board deems worthy.

Applicants must be professional artists who can demonstrate need. Send a letter of need, proof of inability to pay bills or rent, a resume, any reviews or press releases of past exhibitions, photos or slides of work and two reference letters from others in the field. Grant applications should be sent to:
Change, Inc.
PO Box 54
Captiva, FL 33924
Tel: (212) 473-3742

Prof. Kurt Godwin's Top 10 DC Area Art Shows

Kurt Godwin, is an Adjunct Art professor with Virginia Commonwealth University and a lecturer at Catholic University of America. He sends in his top 10 DC area art shows, saying that they are "perhaps in no particular order."

1. Mr. Whistler's Galleries - Avant-Garde in Victorian London, Freer Gallery

2. These Things Happen - video by Brandon Morse, Strand on Volta

3. All the Mighty World - Roger Fenton, photography at the National Gallery

4. Cai Guo Qiang - Hirshhorn Directions and the big boat at the Sackler

5. Surrealism & Modernism - at the Phillips Collection

6. Picasso - Cubist Portraits of Fernande Oliver - National Gallery

7. Diego Rivera - Cubism - National Gallery

8. 2004 Summer Juried Show - Signal 66

9. Articulating the Intangible - Group show - McLean Project for the Arts

10. Post Mortem: And Away We Go... - Group show - Signal 66