Thursday, January 27, 2011

Opportunities for Artists

Deadline: April 6, 2011

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is now seeking artists for the development of its Art Advisory.

The Art Advisory, a full service entity of the gallery, will assist private collectors, corporations, and healthcare facilities in transforming their home or office environments through the thoughtful integration of artwork to create spaces that enhance creativity, promote tranquility, and offer inspiration. From their news release:

We currently seek works by painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, installation and new media artists to support our developing advisory services and future projects. Chosen Advisory artists will work with the gallery to sell existing works or to create commissioned pieces specific to future clients' needs.

We accept two and three-dimensional works of art, including works on paper (edition of 500 or less) and Giclée prints (edition of 250 or less). Individual art works will not be selected from the call; rather, we will invite selected artists to be non-exclusively represented by the Advisory. After an initial review process a preliminary selection of artists will be asked to deliver/ship one work to the gallery, upon which the final decision will be based. Consequently, all artists, except installation & new media artists, should plan to be available to deliver or ship one work for either the week of July 4 or July 11, exact review dates TBD. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis. To be considered for the Art Advisory artists must complete the Call to Artists form and submit materials according to the set guidelines, postmarked by APRIL 6, 2011. For guidelines and Advisory Prospectus please see the gallery website:

Participating Jurors include: Rosana Azar, Creative Adventures; Myrtis Bedolla, Galerie Myrtis; Mary Early, Hemphill Fine Arts; Lillian Fitzgerald, National Institutes of Health; Helen Frederick, George Mason University School of Art and Design; Anne Marchand, Professional Artist; Foon Sham, University of Maryland College Park; Alec Simpson, Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center; and Tim Tate, The Washington Glass School.

Dr. Fred at the WPA

Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene, Deputy Director for Educational Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).

A notable collector of contemporary art and a generous patron of emerging and mid-career artists, Fred Ognibene has twice been a member of the WPA board (1995-2003 and 2008-present). His collection, which he has been cultivating since 1984, includes over 200 works by national and international artists. Many works in his collection have been loaned to museums and arts organizations for exhibition; a number have been donated by Dr. Ognibene to the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

"WPA plays a vital role in promoting excellence in contemporary art throughout the greater Washington area," said Dr. Ognibene. "It's quite an honor to be entrusted with leading this 35-year organization through its next phase of growth and development." Since its inception in 1975, WPA has showcased the work of thousands of artists and has touched hundreds of thousands of visitors and viewers with its programs and projects.

Ognibene succeeds outgoing board chair Andres E. Tremols, co-founder and partner of Vivo Design. Tremols's three-year tenure began with WPA's separation from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2007. During his years as board chair, Mr. Tremols reestablished WPA as a fully-independent non-profit organization, rebuilt the Board of Directors, and initiated WPA's long-term Strategic Plan, among other initiatives. "I could not have accomplished so much without the tremendous talent and effort of our entire board, including my successor, Fred Ognibene. With Executive Director Lisa Gold at the helm and Fred steering the board, WPA is in excellent hands." Tremols will remain a Director on the WPA board.

In addition to changes in the leadership role, three new directors have been elected to the WPA board. They are Michael Rankin, Managing Partner of TTR Sotheby's International Realty, DC, MD and VA; Judy J. Sherman, an independent curator and Project Manager/Art Consultant at The Ralls Collection in Washington, DC; and Jocelyn Sigue, an independent producer and writer with a background in broadcast journalism. "I am delighted to welcome this trio of thoughtful, energetic and productive board members," said Fred Ognibene. "They join a very strong and effective board - WPA should anticipate very exciting results."