Tuesday, January 29, 2019

At The Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC

Artist Susan J. Barron is bringing her acclaimed portrait series, Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD, to The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington DC, from February 15 through April 15, 2019.

The members-only Army and Navy Club will open its doors to the public on Saturdays (except March 2) from 11am to 2pm throughout the duration of the exhibition.  The Club’s dress code requires a coat and tie for men and comparable attire for women.

A private exhibition opening for members and guests will be held at the Club on February 15, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, featuring a live conversation with the artist and author Charles W. “Chuck” Newhall III.  Newhall is the author of “Fearful Odds, A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath,” and is the most recent veteran to sit for a portrait with Barron.

Depicting the Invisible features fifteen American military veterans who have survived the trauma of war and are living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Barron’s oversized black-and-white photographic portraits are hand-painted with the subjects’ stories in their own words.  Staring into the camera, these veterans display both their strength and vulnerability.  The elegance of the images is juxtaposed with the brutality of the narratives, revealing complex layers of meaning.

Barron’s intent is to illuminate the veteran’s experiences and to initiate a conversation around the sensitive issue of PTSD. “Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day in our country,” says Barron. “The invisible wounds of war are just as devastating as the visible ones. My mission is to bring awareness to the PTSD epidemic and to provide a platform for veterans to share their stories.”

“The Army and Navy Club is proud to host ‘Depicting the Invisible,’” says General John Altenburg, Chairman of The Army and Navy Club Library Trust. “Susan’s work captures the PTSD epidemic through a deeply intimate lens, instilling her veteran subjects with dignity while building empathy in all who see her work. This important exhibition brings much-needed awareness to the triumphs and challenges facing our combat veterans today; it is my hope that all who see this show will be inspired to make a difference in the veteran community.”

The Veteran Experience

One work depicts Corporal Butler with his dog as he recounts the horrors of war: “When I got back from Iraq, I’d have this one recurring nightmare—I had to watch my buddy die.” Butler was united with his service dog after his second suicide attempt. In another work, Sergeant Carter sits in a wheelchair and reflects: “I’m paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of my life. I spent 16 months in a VA hospital, and I saw that it could be so much worse.” In the portrait of Sergeant Trotter, the story of her rape by a fellow soldier confronts the intersection of military sexual assault and the #MeToo movement.

Also on view, A Table for the Fallen is an interactive work, where individual visitors are invited to sit at a table for one and to create a personal tribute to a fallen soldier whom they wish to honor.  A discreetely arranged camera will record each guest’s experience, and Barron will use the footage to compose a video work.

An art book of the portrait series has been published. The proceeds from the book’s first edition will go to Freedom Fighters Outdoors (FFO), an organization that supports veterans in their struggles with PTSD. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at the opening reception.

For more information on the artistplease visit:  SusanJBarron.com.

Location: The Army and Navy Club, 901 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Public opening: Saturday February 16th, 11am-2pm, and subsequent Saturdays (except March 2 when the exhibition is closed) from 11pm-2pm through April 13, 2019.
Website: www.armynavyclub.org
Phone Number: 202-628-8400
Ticket cost: Free

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Looking for 12 Sculptors

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC), located in Ellicott City, Maryland, is seeking up to 12 artists to participate in its Eighth Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2019-July 2020. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County, Maryland. The sculpture will serve as major visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces and generate interest in public art.

HCAC will provide up to 12 artists with a $2,500 grant to cover the temporary loan, insurance, installation, de-installation, and repairs to the sculpture. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist a separate grant will be awarded for each piece. The competition is open to professional visual artists, aged 18 & older, with public art experience commensurate with this project’s scope. 

Visit https://hocoarts.submittable.com/submit/130902/artsites-2019-artist-application to download  prospectus and to apply. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Fridification of America

Mark Jenkins has a two page spread in the WaPo discussing Theodore Carter's "Night of 1,000 Fridas."

“Utensil Frida,” by Theodore Carter and Robert Carter, is part of “Night of 1,000 Fridas.” (Elizabeth Carter)
“Utensil Frida,” by Theodore Carter and Robert Carter, is part of “Night of 1,000 Fridas.” (Elizabeth Carter)
Read it here.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Bethesda Painting Awards

Apply by March 1, 2019

The Bethesda Painting Awards is downtown Bethesda's annual juried art competition that exclusively honors painters from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. $14,000 in prize monies are awarded to the top four painters annually. 

They'd love for YOU to apply for your chance to showcase your work in June 2019.

The competition will be juried by:
  • Kyle Hackett, Professor of Studio Art, American University, and the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Winner;
  • Sue Johnson, Professor of Art, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and
  • Susan Zurbrigg, Painting and Drawing Area Head, Professor of Art, James Madison University.


Submit application, $25 entry fee and 5 images of your paintings. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted.

The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the June 2019 Gallery B exhibition.

Applications are due Friday, March 1, 2019. 

Important Dates

Deadline for application: March 1, 2019

Notification Mailed: April 8, 2019

Exhibition Date: June 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this scammer trying to rip off artists:
Mark Lester - mark_l8@outlook.com
    I am interested in your works,please kindly write me back so that i could let you know what i am interested in.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Beer can collection... anyone?

From one of my neighbors:
I have a large, @500 cans, vintage beer can collection, circa 1980’s that my son had collected. They are from all over the world, many unique and interesting cans. I have a full list of them if anyone wants to see it. I am redoing my basement and have to get rid of them. Does anyone know someone who would be interested in this collection before I put them in the recycling bin. I have saved them for so long I hate to just toss them if there is someone who wold want them, a business, a brewery, a collector?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Call for artists

Deadline: March 29, 2019

Emerging artists living and working in New England, New York or New Jersey who are no more than three years removed from a full-time educational program, or artists with less than five years of exhibition experience are eligible to apply to this call. Artists working in all media are welcome. NO ENTRY FEE. Six artists will receive: $2,500 prize. Solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in 2019 or 2020. Exhibition publication with commissioned essay and documentation. Curatorial assistance. 

Opportunity for an artist talk. 

JURORS: Terry Jenoure, Artist / Curator, Director, Augusta Savage Gallery, Olu Oguibe, Artist / Critic, Will K. Wilkins, Executive Director of Real Art Ways. 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Apply here.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Women who Work, Care, and Create at Zenith

l-r: Black Bird by Elizabeth Ashe,  Serenity Courage Wisdom by Jacqui Crocetta, 
Nasty Woman by Elissa Farrow-Savos, 
Neither Mine Nor Yours #11 by Michelle Dickson, Mari Virens (Green Ocean) by Susan Freda

Featured Artists: Elizabeth Ashe, Jacqui Crocetta, Michelle Dickson, Elissa Farrow Savos, Susan Freda, Katherine Owens, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Paula Stern, Emily Tucci. 

Women who Work, Care, and Create
Show dates: January 14 - April 13, 2019

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION: Wednesday, January 30, 5-8 pm   


Zenith Gallery Inc., 1429 Iris Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012

Sunday, January 20, 2019

RIP Michael B. Platt

DMV Photographer and printmaker Michael B. Platt died unexpectedly of a heart attack this morning... 

Platt has a show opening soon at American University and also in Australia... as a good friend put it succinctly: "Life is fragile."

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this scammer!
From: Ralph ralphlauren0071@gmail.com


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Friday, January 18, 2019

A call for work about the environment

Deadline: March 2, 2019. 

This is an open call exhibition hosted at National Humanities Center (NHC). This show will be installed in time for NHC’s three-day summit Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental Humanities. 

VAE and NHC are looking to showcase art about, including, referencing, and showcasing anything in the environment.

Details here.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Art-Business Conference in the Washington DC metro area

Of interest to artists!

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is excited to announce its Art-Business Conference in the Washington DC metro area, an event that seeks to inspire visual artists to “Conquer the Changing Marketplace.” This weekend-long business- development workshop will give professional working artists the chance to take a deep dive into the business side of their art careers. Scheduled for March 23 and 24, 2019, the two-day conference is co-sponsored by Artists and Makers Studios, an art center complex dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals.

The event manifests CHF’s assertion that “Art is a business and artists should run it.” With the art market undergoing rapid and significant change—not only with regard to technology but also HOW art is marketed, bought, and sold—artists need toreclaim their rightful position at the center of the industry. The Art-Business Conference will help them to take charge of their careers, captivate their audience, maximize the extraordinary professional advantages they already possess and sell their art effectively and profitably.

Topics will include building an action plan, creating a brand story, rocking their portfolio, multiplying revenue streams, pricing for profit, selling art online effectively, building a strong support team, squashing resistance, sales strategies, and much more. All sessions are interactive, allowing artists to work together and engage conference leaders with their specific business questions.

The program will be led by Elizabeth Hulings, CHF director and co-founder; Carolyn Edlund, CHF sales director, and events manager; and Daniel DiGriz, CHF education director. “With a vibrant gallery scene, museums attracting visitors from around the globe, and unparalleled public art, we are thrilled to deliver tangible business skills and training in this exciting market, and to partner with Artists & Makers Studios.” says Hulings.

The event fee is $395, but CHF is offering an extra early-bird price of $295 until January 15, and an early-bird price of $345 until March 1, 2019, when the regular price of $395 starts. Tickets are available here. In addition to conference admission, ticket holders will receive one year of “Colleague”-level access to CHF’s Business Accelerator Portal, a comprehensive online learning and community resource for working artists.

About The Clark Hulings Fund

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that champions economic sustainability for working artists. We do this by delivering business education and entrepreneurial learning through a rigorous Business Accelerator, a Digital Learning Portal, in-person education events in local communities, and a federation of artist-formed and artist-led networks of opportunity. All of this work achieves one aim: equip visual artists to thrive as self-sustaining entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Call for Artists and Sites for ARTsites 2019

Deadline for all submissions is March 1, 2019

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) announces ARTsites 2019, a multi-site public art initiative. HCAC is looking for artists with large-scale sculpture that is fit for year-long outdoor display as well as publicly-accessible outdoor areas in Howard County to display the sculpture.
About ARTsites:
ARTsites 2019 is a year-long public art exhibit that will take place at up to 12 sites throughout Howard County from August 2019-July 2020. Sites and artwork will be selected from submissions by a panel of arts and public art professionals. The goal of ARTsites 2019 is to make art more accessible to the local community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. The sculptures will serve as visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces.
Call for Artists:
Artists with public art experience may submit up to six existing works for consideration, or propose new work with proper concept drawings and/or models. Sculpture should have a strong visual impact and must be of a scale suitable for outdoor display; of sound design, free-standing, and suitable for public viewing; and able to withstand an outdoor, high-traffic, unmonitored environment with little or no maintenance. Selected artists will receive a grant of $2,500 for the temporary loan of the work, insurance, installation and de-installation. There is no fee to enter.
Call for Sites:
All community, commercial and public sites in Howard County are eligible to apply. Sites must be visible and accessible to the public. Sites should consider that public art should be placed where it will enhance and activate the space; where it will be highly visible; where it will create a place to congregate or be in a location that experiences a high amount of pedestrian traffic; and where it will not block windows, entranceways, etc. Preference will be given to sites that have, or are willing to install at their own expense, a concrete pad for the sculpture, though some sculpture may be appropriate for lawn sites.
Complete guidelines and submission information are available in the Exhibit Opportunities section of the HCAC website at hocoarts.org, at the Howard County Center for the Arts, or by calling 410-313-2787. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Job in the Arts

SALARY RANGE: $17.88 – 28.27/ hour


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time, contractual position of Management Associate within its Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts’- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide administrative, secretarial, operational, and technical support to the Grants and Professional Development Director. Duties consist of: database and grants management to include maintaining, updating, and merging grant applications; inputting contact information; reviewing application materials; assembling and compiling grant data, spreadsheets, and mailing lists, as requested; in addition to monitoring and tracking data submitted. Incumbent will provide technical assistance to grantees regarding grant awards regulations and reporting procedures; input and/or merge final report data for all grants using agency’s Customer Relationship Management (Salesforce.com) system. 

Individual will maintain the grant filing system for all MSAC grant programs; log in performance contracts and evaluation forms from artists and schools; and track incoming contracts and evaluation forms. Incumbent will establish contact and maintain communication links with official partners; maintain, schedule, and attend panel meetings preparing meeting and briefing documents, compile reports and routine correspondence; screen and direct calls; schedule appointments; arrange travel; and provide support to all MSAC events and meetings. The incumbent will assist in preparing internal and external professional development opportunities for grants processes and program-related content, assist with the implementation of an annual, statewide arts symposium, and coordinate and support local and regional, topic-specific professional development opportunities for all stakeholders and organize professional development requests from constituents.

The selected employee will be well organized; able to work independently; have an aptitude for detailed work; possess proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite – including both Excel and Access, Google Mail and/or other relevant programs; have experience with database software applications and the ability to prepare reports/charts; possess strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; the ability to effectively present information, explain policy, respond to internal and external inquiries; and complete concurrent and high priority tasks. 

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume AND completed supplemental questionnaire (next page) to Anna Halikias atAnna.Halikias@maryland.gov by the closing date listed below to receive consideration. Please describe in detail any job duties relating to the qualifications stated and include any computer software used (ex. Excel, Access, etc.) in each of the positions you held.  

Those unable to submit via email, please mail your resume and completed supplemental questionnaire to:

Attn: Management Associate- MSAC
World Trade Center – 401 E. Pratt Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
NO LATER THAN: Tuesday, January 29, 2018 – 5:00 PM

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410.767.6300. 

You may also visit our website at: http://commerce.maryland.gov/commerce

Monday, January 14, 2019

PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes opens Feb. 14

Carolina Mayorga: PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes
February 14-May 19, 2019
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm 

VIPINK VIP and media exhibition preview
Wednesday, February 13 12-2pm

Opening reception and performance
Thursday, February 14 6-8pm
Cambuche Party: A Pink Musical. Performance: 6:45pm
Participants: Juan Felipe Mayorga (musician/piano player), Daniela Zuluaga (performer), Carolina Mayorga (performer). Piano intervention by Alberto Gaitán.

Choza Artist Party
Featuring artists Maribeth Egan, Heloisa Escudero and Jessica Kallista 
Thursday, March 21 6-8pm 

Performance Art in Latin America

Conversation with Independent Curator Laura Roulet 
Wednesday, April 17, 12-1pm 

Square Foot Give Away
: Community-based program with audience participation.
Saturday, May 11 2-4pm

RSVP for public programming is encouraged but not required

Organization of American States
Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs
AMA | Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street NW
Washington DC 20006