Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wanna go to an MFA exhibition this week?

An MFA Thesis Exhibition of works by Patrick McDonough will be showcased at the Classroom 102 Gallery at The George Washington University from Oct. 27th – Nov. 6th, 2009.

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2009, 5:30-8:30 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm

Special Saturday Hours: Saturday, Oct. 31st, 11am-5pm [Artist will be present]

Classroom 102 Gallery is located on the first floor of Smith Hall of Art, 801 22nd St. NW, Washington DC, 20052. This location is just one block east of the Foggy Bottom/GWU Orange line Metro station, at the corner of 22nd and Eye Streets NW. Street parking and off-street garage parking is available.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: Nov. 20th, 2009

BlackrockIf you read this blog then you know that I've been always very impressed with the BlackRock Center for the Arts gallery's 1500 square feet of exquisite gallery space. With its high white walls and beautiful windows strategically placed, this gorgeous gallery allows in just the right amount of natural light. BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD in upper Montgomery County, about 20 minutes from the Capital Beltway (495).

They currently have a call to artists and the call is open to all artists residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC over the age of 18.

Original artwork only. All work must be ready for sale and to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

This call will cover exhibits in the gallery from September 2010 through August 2011. An exhibit may include one applicant or a combination of applicants, based on the judgment of jurors (i.e., 1 or 2 wall artists may be combined with a pedestal artist). A jury will select the artists and create eight exhibits to be included in the exhibit year. The jury panel is comprised of my good friend and gallerist Elyse Harrison, Jodi Walsh, and yours truly.

Jurying: First Week of December
Notification: Early January
Exhibit Year: Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2011

How to apply: All correspondence will be done by e-mail, so contact Kimberly Onley, the Gallery Coordinator at konley@blackrockcenter.org and ask her to email you a prospectus.

Don't wait to the last minute! Get the prospectus now!

New DC gallery

Industry Gallery, a gallery specializing in 21st century design, yesterday announced plans to open in January 2010. Industry Gallery, based in the Atlas/H Street Historic District of Washington, DC, will focus on international artists who create functional art from industrial materials. The gallery will hold temporary, single artist exhibitions representing a broad spectrum of international design trends.

Industry Gallery will offer unique and limited edition works that blur the boundary between experimental art and practical design.“Many of the artists I will show have works in major museums collections, and are producing pieces that are highly soughtafter by collectors in the rapidly expanding area of contemporary design,” said Craig Appelbaum, director of Industry Gallery, who has been a collector and private dealer.

“In the past decade the field has grown considerably as measured by the increasing number of museum exhibitions, international art fairs such as Design Miami and S.O.F.A., and attention by major international auctions houses including Christie’s, Phillips and Sotheby’s.”

Industry Gallery will occupy 4,300 square feet at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE, in the same building as Conner Contemporary. “Conner has helped make Washington, DC a destination for contemporary art connoisseurs, collectors and curators – my intention is to make this city a destination for aficionados of design, too,” said Appelbaum.

In addition to single artist exhibitions, the gallery will maintain an inventory of works by noted artists such as the Campana Brothers, Shiro Kuramata, and Atelier van Lieshout.

A special event will be held in the new Industry Gallery space featuring Fixation, curated by Pink Line Project and Ten Mile Square, in conjunction with the opening of Koen Vanmechelen at Conner Contemporary on Saturday November 7, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Gallery moves and new spaces

As it has been documented in many real estate studies, the renovation cycle of a run down neighborhood usually starts with art galleries and restaurants, desperately seeking affordable space to exhibit and cook.

It happened in Old Town Alexandria decades ago, in downtown Annapolis, around the 16th street area in DC, etc.

And now, anchored first by Conner Contemporary, it's happening around H Street, NE in DC. Soon Industry Gallery, a contemporary design exhibition space, will open above Conner, and also soon G Fine Art will relocate permanently to the same block (at 1350 Florida Ave, NE).

Party's already been planned by the folks from Ten Miles Square and the Pink Line Project. More on that later...