Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Opportunity for artists

Montgomery College Drawing National II

Deadline: January 20, 2005 (snail mail entries)
January 21, 2005 (email entries)

Exhibition dates February 21 - March 11 at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Open to artists living in the United States. All drawing media. One to three entries. No entry fee, no commission, return shipping paid for mail-delivered work. No size restrictions. Work must be ready to hang, presented in a professional manner. Insurance.

Approximately 35-40 works will be exhibited. Looking for straight, creative, and unusual approaches to drawing.

Juror: Sarah Stecher, Associate Professor of Art, Montgomery College. 301-251-7649, Email her here.

View and download prospectus here.

Some DC area art jobs

Deadline: January 17, 2005
Job: Assistant Director of the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland.

The Assistant Director works closely with the Director in the overall management and administration of the Gallery's exhibition program, permanent collection, education program, and fundraising.

The successful candidate will fulfill the following requirements: Possess a bachelor's degree. Must have 2-3 years experience in a museum of gallery setting involving exhibitions, handling art objects, and grant writing. Excellent organizational, time management, and oral and written communication skills. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with a diverse public. Additionally, the preferred candidate will: Possess a bachelor degree in art, art history, or related fields. Possess a graduate degree. Demonstrate academic training in art history and/or art and understanding of current museum standards.

Salary: Low to mid 30's

For best consideration send a letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae and three names of references by January 17, 2005 to:

Dorit Yaron
Deputy Director
David C. Driskell Center
2108 Tawes Fine Arts Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Job: Assistant Professor in Graphic Design: American University

Deadline: Until filled

Assistant Professor rank. Tenture Track. Beginning Fall 2005. Qualifications: MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the discipline. Teaching and professional experience preferred. The applicant should be knowledgeable of current issues in design, the demands of the professional field and the tools, technologies and resources inherent to the discipline. Expected familiarity with theoretical issues of graphic design as well as its historical background. Ability to contribute to the teaching of interactive and experience design courses a plus.

Responsibilities: Teach courses in graphic design at the undergraduate level, basic through advanced levels; stduent advising, including mentoring women and minority students. Scholarship/Creative work: active professional in the field. University service: serving on Department, College and University Committees. Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

Selected candidate will begin appointment working at facilities located in a brand-new building. Visit www.design.american.edu and www.american.edu for further information on the University and design program. Include letter of application stating teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, a minimum of 20 slides or disk media with samples of own work and (if available) examples of students' work, and printed writing samples if any.

Salary: Competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience.

Send materials along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for their return, and three letters of recommendation to:

Graphic Design Search Committee
Department of Art
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016-8004

Top 10 DCist Posts of 2004

DCist was one of the best things that happened to our area's cyberspace information grid (how's that for a new acronym? the CIG!). Anyway, they have their Top 10 DCist Posts of 2004 and were kind enough to have a few nice words about DC Art News.

Read their list here.

(Thanks AJ!) A tried and true formula for achieving and becoming temporarily notarious includes a healthy dose of anti-government political art. If the idiots in government (in this case the Swiss) bite and do any sort of censoring, the artist is guaranteed overnight exposure!

"No one paid much heed last year when the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn stopped showing his work in Switzerland to protest a right-wing populist's entry into the government. Now, in a new exhibition in Paris, a biting critique of Swiss democracy, Mr. Hirschhorn has provoked stormy scenes in the Swiss Parliament that have turned him into his country's most talked about artist overnight."
Read the latest case in the NYT here. If you don't have a NYT password, get one: it's free! (or useAJ's).

Even the Swiss! Geez!

Faith Flanagan's Top Ten DC area exhibitions of 2004

Faith Flanagan is a local art fan, collector in the rough, and sometime guerilla curator. Here's her top DC area shows of the year:

Calder/Miro, The Phillips Collection
Douglas Gordon (with emphasis on 24 hour Psycho), Hirshhorn
Jason Gubbiotti and Ian Whitmore, Fusebox
Jenny Holzer, Xenon for DC, Curator's Office
Avish Khebrehzadeh, Conner Contemporary Art
Sally Mann, Last Measure, Hemphill Fine Arts
Ana Mendieta, Hirshhorn
Maggie Michael, Run, G Fine Art
Brandon Morse, These Things Happen, Strand on Volta
Esther Hidalgo - Lara Oliveira - Katherine Radke - Christopher Saah - Dylan
Scholinski, THE EXERCISES--E1: Contemplating Process, Transformer Gallery

Addendums -- (aka TG Awards):
Best After-Party: WPA/C Auction 2004, Black Cat
Best (sort of borrowed) Fundraising Idea: Anonymous One, Flashpoint
Best Non-exhibition art event: Opening of 1515 14th Street, NW
Best Place to look, as an emerging collector, for a great emerging artist (without really trying): Academy, Conner Contemporary Art, August

Liz Smith, gossip columnist for the New York Post writes about Chirstmas, PC and Blake Gopnik.