Thursday, August 10, 2017

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, September 6, 2017

9th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition

ArtSpace Herndon is pleased to announce the call for art for our 9th annual Expressions Portrait Competition is now open and is scheduled to close Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Delaware are invited to submit original 2D or 3D portrait art. Preference will be given to works adhering to the traditional definition of portraiture: “…a painting, sculpture, or other artistic representation, in which the face and its expression is predominant with the intent to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.”
Finalists will be featured in the Expressions Portrait Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon October 3 through October 28, 2017.  Winners of the competition will be announced during the awards reception on Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.

32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) have announced the special honorees and finalists of the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards.

At the public awards ceremony in September, three individuals will be recognized as special honorees. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership. Jazz musician and educator Davey Yarborough will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor.

In addition, twenty-four individuals and organizations are finalists for Mayor's Arts Awards across six categories: Excellence in the Creative Industries, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in the Humanities, Excellence in Visual Arts, The Larry Neal Writers' Award and the Mayor's Award for Arts Education. All nominees for these award categories are publically submitted.

"The individuals and organizations being honored at the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards add to the vibrancy of Washington, DC and help us define who we are as a city. Today, our creative economy is a powerful driver of economic development, helping revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents in all eight wards," said Mayor Bowser. "Washington, DC is rich with arts and culture, and we are proud to highlight the hardworking professionals who make life better for Washingtonians and visitors alike."

"This year's special honorees and finalists represent the depth of professionalism and talent in the District's arts and humanities communities," said Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. "It is an honor for us to showcase their accomplishments at the Mayor's Arts Awards to the entire city."

The 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards event will be presented on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 202-724-5613.

Finalists for the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Excellence in Creative Industries Paul Marengo 
 Studio Theatre 
 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital 
 Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts 
 Excellence in Performing Arts Washington Improv Theater 
 The Choral Arts Society of Washington 
 Dance Place 
 Only Make Believe
Excellence in the Humanities Rayceen Pendarvis 
 Kitty Felde 
 Joy Ford Austin 
 Recreation Wish List Committee 
Excellence in Visual Arts Sondra N. Arkin 
 Katherine Tzu-Ian Mann 
 Cory L. Stowers 
 Michael Crossett 
The Larry Neal Writers' Award (Adult) Taylor Johnson 
 Brendan Williams-Childs 
 Mona Nicole Sfeir 
 Dionne Peart 
The Mayor's Award for Arts Education The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts 
 Inner City-Inner Child 
 Young Playwright's Theater 
 Sitar Arts Center