Saturday, July 02, 2005

Art Walk

Where: Located between New York Avenue and H Street, NW at the former Convention Center Site.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking 14 artists to take part in a thought provoking giant outdoor exhibit entitled Metamorphosis.

The goals of the Exhibit is to bring together 14 diverse individuals to create an unusual and stimulating exhibit that will draw the attention of residents and visitors to this new venue. This is part of the Arts Commission's new downtown public art initiative with the Washington Convention Center to develop an Art Walk for the former Convention Center site, through the DC Creates Public Art Program.

The debut exhibit will showcase the work of 14 artists with visual imagery created around the theme Metamorphosis. This can include but is not limited to artists who work with mixed media, 2-D, fiber, sculpture, glass, light, the written word, etc., and other materials and techniques, which can create texture and depth when transferred into a digital print. The artwork can be color or black & white. The artist's interpretation of the word Metamorphosis is the premise of the exhibition.

Landscape architects Rhodeside & Harwell, Incorporated and the engineering company of David Volkert & Associates have developed a pedestrian friendly parking facility design, which will transform the former Convention Center site into a fashionable place to park. The design incorporates large trees, colorful recycled glass, eco-friendly materials and an Art Walk, which features 14 display units each stretching 24 ft wide x 6'6" ft tall. Integrated lighting features will illuminate the work at night. The Art Walk will be located between New York Avenue and H Streets, NW creating a venue to showcase two and three-dimensional works of art and over the course of three years.

SELECTION PROCESS: A panel representing diverse interests and expertise will review your original digital image proposed and will recommend 14 artists to form the nucleus of the exhibition. The 14 selected images will be printed on to the exhibit panel size measuring 24 ft long x 6'6' high. The images must have the resolution capacity to be enlarged to that size.

Alexandra J MacMaster
Public Art Program Manager
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
410 8th Street, NW 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20016
Direct (202) 724-5617
Fax (202) 727-4135
TDD (202) 727-3148

Non representational opportunity

If you are a non-representational, abstract or minimalist artist, read this.

Opportunity for Photographers

Deadline July 15, 2005.

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

An annual grant of $30,000 is awarded to a photographer whose work follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's work as a photographic essayist. Contact:

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
c/o International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline July 11, 2005

All visual artists in the U.S. and abroad working in all media are invited to submit to Role Play: The Definition of Self in Society. Artists are encouraged to think broadly in responding to the theme.

The juror is my good friend JW Mahoney, who is an independent curator and Corresponding Editor for Art in America.

Cash awards up to $650. Submission fee: $25 for images of 3 works (slides or JPEG).

For prospectus, e-mail: or send SASE to:
Target Gallery
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Bethesda Artist Market Returns

Next Sunday, July 10, from 10am-5pm, the Bethesda Artist Market returns to Bethesda Place Plaza, 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda (one block from the Bethesda Metro stop). The event features artwork and fine crafts for sale by nearly 30 regional and local artists working in painting, photography, jewelry, turned wood, blown glass, metalwork and mixed media.

Details here.

Opportunity for Artists

The Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Awards Program is now administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The deadline for applications is July 28. For an application, visit or e-mail/call Rebecca Scollan at (or call her at 410-539-6656 ext. 101).

Funding Opportunity

The Carl M.Freeman Foundation launches third Annual Major Grants Cycle.

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation (CMFF) has announced its third annual cycle of major grants; a minimum of $250,000 will be awarded. For the first time, the Foundation has created a $100,000 "Opportunity Grant" to help a past beneficiary expand its work in a significant way with a one-time gift.

In addition, all non-profit groups are eligible for other Major Grants awards. For this program, organizations should submit a simple, two-page preliminary application for the Foundation's consideration by August 1st at 5 p.m. The Board of Trustees will review the preliminary applications and request full applications from semi-finalists in September. Grant recipients will be announced in December. Non-profit organizations interested in applying for grants will find guidelines, deadlines, and the applications online at CMFF donates over one million dollars each year, primarily in Montgomery County, MD and Sussex County, DE.


As posted here, on June 28, Sen. Tom Coburn withdrew from consideration his floor amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill which would have cut FY 2006 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by $5 million each.

It became clear to Sen. Coburn that his amendment had little support for passage, in large part because of the outcry from thousands of art advocates. Assuming the Senate passes its version of the bill, as is expected, both houses will then convene a conference committee the week of July 11 to craft a final bill, reconciling any differences between their separate versions.

DC Art News favors the House version, because it contains a higher funding level for the NEA, and also because it would fully fund the NEA's Challenge America program, which primarily supports arts programs in underserved areas. Therefore, we encourage you to contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support the House-approved level of $131.3 million, including full funding for Challenge America, during the House-Senate conference.

Contact your elected representatives here.

Lennox Campello by Adrienne Mills

Me at Seven opening, courtesy of Adrienne Mills.

Breedloves... and Seven opening photos

Hisham Singing
Those of you who attended the huge opening of Seven last Thursday at the Warehouse, know that one of the highlights of the opening was the magnificent voice of Hisham Breedlove, who delighted the crowd with not only his painted body, but also with his magnificent voice.

Hisham walked around the seven galleries that make up the show, singing a variety of opera solos; and he was spectacular!

Adrienne Mills recorded the Breedlove's transformation in this series of photographs from the opening of Seven. See them here.

More photos from the opening below (all courtesy Adrienne Mills):

Breedloves with Sandra Fernandez

Breedloves talking with Seven co-curator Sandra Fernandez

Philip Barlow and Vivian Lassman
Philip Barlow and Vivian Lassman

Breedloves with Rebecca Cross
Breedloves with Rebecca Cross in front of her work

Hisham with Andrew Wodzianski
Hisham with Andrew Wodzianski and friend