Monday, December 30, 2019

Wanna go to a gallery opening?

MK Gallery Presents: Suh Yongsun & Kathleen J Graves

'Midtown and Beyond'

From January 4 to February 4, 2020.

Opening Reception on Saturday, January 4, 4-6pm.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday: 12 pm-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday: by appointment

MK Gallery
1952 Gallows Rd. #202
Vienna, VA 22182
703-734-7777/ 571-215-3029

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Open call

This year, MSAC will present four seasonal open-call exhibits in their gallery space!

They are kicking off the year with "Dear Mom" – a non-juried show that features visual art and written messages between children and mother-figures in the form of greeting/postcard art. The exhibit celebrates and embraces the relationships between artists and their mothers and/or mother-figures through a compilation of visual art and written communication. 

Submission deadline: January 6, 2020
Exhibition period: January 9 - March 19, 2020 

Please follow the instructions here to submit.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize is offering multiple artist grants totaling $5,000 awarded through an open call competition juried by leading curators. Grants are dispersed twice annually. 
WHO: Artists worldwide, 18 and older
FIELD: Any field
AMOUNT: five artists will each receive $1,000
DEADLINE: May 19, 2020
They award 5 individual artist grants in the Spring and 5 in the Winter. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. They accept entries in all media. Learn more here.

Friday, December 27, 2019

DELICACIES opens in January

DELICACIES

Paintings by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard & Photographs by Aphra Adkins

Artists' Conversation: SUN, JAN 19 from 6-8PM

Exhibit runs through JAN 31 a

Takoma Beverage Company
6917 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Boynes Emerging Artist Award

DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an online art award that occurs every three (3) months, with a reward of cash and marketing. They are a 2D award, accepting paintings, drawings and photography of any size or support.
WHO: Emerging artists worldwide
AMOUNT: $50 - $500
This award is about giving talented emerging artists around the world a platform to launch and/or grow their career. For us to help you do that we need your best, we simply require that you submit what you consider your best work to be, the work that is really the greatest representation of your portfolio.  
Learn more here.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A Christmas Story

This is from Christmas Eve 2015:

Those of you who know me... know that I am not a what would be described as an overly religious person; that's not a disclaimer, but a fact.  
I went to a Catholic elementary school (Our Lady of Loretto in Brooklyn), but my family was also not religious at all.  
For 2015, we wanted to get Anderson an outdoor basketball hoop. As there are dozens of them around our neighborhood, we asked our neighbors if anyone wanted to pass one on, and one of our generous neighbors did.  
"We actually inherited the hoop from another neighbor," they said, "And our kids have moved on."  
As the hoop was going to be a Christmas present from Santa, and in order to sneak it into our yard at the last possible minute, last night, around 8PM, I trekked to their house, about a quarter of a mile away, preparing to drag the hoop over to our house.  
I vastly under estimated the weight of the hoop (pole, base and backboard), which has small wheels at the front of its base to allow for relocation movement, but clearly not designed to be dragged by one man for that long of a distance.  
About five minutes into the ordeal, and already soaked in sweat and breathing heavily, as I passed one of the light poles on the street heading to our street, I was startled by my own shadow.  
My shadow, stooped over and carrying the heavy basketball hoop, with the backboard on my shoulders and the pole dragging behind me, startled me because it looked exactly like a man carrying a cross.  
"I wonder what any neighbor who sees this from their house would think," I thought. In the dark of the night, with just some peripheral light from the light poles, it would be easy to confuse me with some zealous penitent carrying a cross.  
I struggled on, my shoulders really aching now, and my sweat pouring from my brow, and my baseball cap being crushed into my eyes by the backboard, so that I had to stop and take my glasses off, and re-adjust the red Nats cap..  
As I stopped and lost the momentum, and I was on a slight uphill, it became really hard to get the hoop going again.  
"What I need now is a Simon to help me," I thought. The "Simon" being Simon of Cyrene, of course... the man who according to the Bible helped The Christ to carry the cross.  
Almost immediately a tall, gangly, dark-haired young man stepped out of the shadows, his hair full of tight black curls.  
"Sir," he said, "Can I help you carry that?"  
"Thank you!" I almost shouted as he put his shoulder to the backboard and together we trudged along; the task a lot easier now.  
"I really appreciate it," I told him as we carried the hoop side by side. "This is for my son," I explained. "Do you live around here?"  
He told me that he was a visitor, and was visiting his girlfriend, who lived in our neighborhood.  
We carried the hoop to our cul-de-sac, placed it in the right spot, and shook hands.  
"Thank you a million times," I said to him. "My name is Lenny, Merry Christmas."  
"My name is Simon," he responded as he walked away into the shadows..."Merry Christmas."  
I walked back into my house, soaked in sweat and breathing heavily, and then, and only then, it dawned on me.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the 15th edition of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prize will award $25,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. Approximately six finalists will be selected for the final review for the prizes; their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum. Finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize will be awarded an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500 each.
New for this year, they will also be awarding a Sondheim Creative Residency, a six-week-long fully-funded residency at La Civatella Ranieri, in the Umbria region of Italy, to one of the remaining five finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize.
Additionally, an exhibition of the semifinalists’ work will be featured in a large exhibition during Artscape (July 17-19, 2020). 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Call to Artists: Art Auction 2020

Entry deadline: January 20, 2020

HoCo Arts in MD is currently seeking artists to participate in their juried Art Auction, one of the highlights of their Celebration of the Arts gala, to be held on March 28, 2020.  Artists working in all styles and media are invited to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Request for proposals

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Opportunity for Artists!

Opportunity for Artists!

Our friends at the Hyattsville CDC are looking for artists to submit designs to be considered for their Traffic Box Art Project in Riverdale Park. Selected artists will be paid a $500 honorarium and will have their art displayed on a traffic box along a major thoroughfare. 
This call is open to ALL artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers who currently live or work within the State of Maryland. Submitted designs must be original artwork.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Support WALA

Every day, in quiet ways, the volunteer attorneys of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts champion the rights of artists and arts organizations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

WALA defends the right to free expression. We teach artists how to protect their work, and when necessary, we represent creatives in court. We advocate for stable and increased funding for the arts and humanities, and we promote the interests of artists on Capitol Hill, in the halls of the Wilson Building, and in Richmond and Annapolis.

Join us in our fight to defend artistic expression and protect creative innovation.

Donate Now
2019 has been a landmark year for WALA. Constantly evolving to meet legal needs, we have increased our outreach to at-risk and marginalized communities. We’ve acknowledged those who give back by founding the G. Hamilton Loeb Awards for Pro Bono Excellence, and we’ve met a landslide of requests for legal representation by artists of modest means.

Help us continue our vital work. A gift to WALA is a gift to the human spirit. WALA nurtures artists, and in return, our local artists nurture the Washington D.C. community, and ultimately humanity.

Please make your tax-deductible gift today.

Sincerely,

John D. Mason
Board President

PS: Please download the attached WALA Supporter Badge. Display it proudly on your website, your email signature, social media, or wherever you have a digital presence. Let people know that you are making a difference by supporting WALA.


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Opportunity for photographers

Deadline: February 04, 2020

ZEISS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2020

Epiphanies, inventions and transformations from the known to the unknown, we want to see something new. Submissions exploring the landscape, humans, science, political or economic changes, or even something more conceptual, are all welcome. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2RfsqsA

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The curious case of the new art gallery at Union Station

Earlier this month I was excited to announce that a new art gallery had opened in the historic and gorgeous building at Union Station in DC.

The gallery, called LOVE ALL SERVE ALL on the Mezzanine, the 2nd floor on the right as one goes up the curved stairs after passing through the Grand Hall... next to Andrews Ties, and it is 2640 square feet.  

It is the labor of love of local DMV artist Amy Marx, a well-known and quite accomplished painter on her own right.


LOVE ALL SERVE ALL Gallery in Union Station
Apparently, even as I write this post, I am being told that Marx is being kicked out of the space!  She notes in a text that last night she was "escorted out of the gallery by seven police... why that was necessary I have no idea... I have no idea period. I still have no idea why this is happening... it's an art gallery..."

I have no idea either, but it is curious to me that a new art space opens in one of the capital's most iconic buildings, and a couple of weeks later the owner of the new art gallery is being escorted out? Sounds like something that The Washington City Paper or The Washington Post should be looking into?

More later as this develops...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Wanna propose a solo or group show?

Deadline: Feb 1, 2020

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting exhibition proposals for solo, group and themed exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces in 2021 and beyond. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and organizations who are over the age of 18 and live or work in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. 

BlackRock is a nonprofit arts center which presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists working in all media, to include site-specific installations, video and other time-based media, performance, new technologies and experimental forms.

Details here.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant

DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
The Virginia A. Groot Foundation established the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her work. Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $50,000, $20,000, $10,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. 
WHO: Ceramic or sculpture artists - DMV area artist Tim Tate is a past winner.
AMOUNT: $50,000, $20,000, or $10,000
Learn more here.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Call for Editors - Arts in Education Grant Application

The staff of the Maryland State Arts Council is pleased to begin the final phase of Arts in Education program revisions and we need editors from across the state! Editors will receive a modest compensation for the entire process, including two in-person meetings and two at-home, electronic editing assignments. A Gmail account is necessary to participate. Editors must be a resident of the state of Maryland.

Submit your name and information at this link by January 20, 2020
to be considered as an editor.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Tonight is the opening!


Wanna buy these three original drawings on unfired Bisque?  They are all at the "UNDER $500" fund raiser for the Maryland Art Place.  

On Saturday, December 14 at 6 o'clock join them for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase affordable and original works of art. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the evening and take home that night!

"The Morrigan" (Celtic Goddess of Love, Lust and War"

"An Unmarried Woman"

"Suddenly, She Wasn't Afraid Any Longer"

This law professor thinks that Cattelan's "art banana" is illegal...

Friday, December 13, 2019

Tomorrow: UNDER $500 Opens

 
UNDER $500


Saturday, December 14 | 6pm -10pm
 

Maryland Art Place in Baltimore invites you to join them at our seventh annual UNDER $500 affordable art sale this December! On Saturday, December 14 at 6 o'clock join us for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase affordable and original works of art. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the evening and take home that night!
 
Deck the halls by giving the gift of art this holiday season! Guests can expect to mingle with other artists, collectors, patrons, and general art enthusiasts at the event. Dressing warm shouldn’t be a challenge this year as our theme is flannel! So come dressed in your lumberjack best. Don’t worry about trimming your beard as we will have a wonderful trimmed tree on display!
 
DJ Brennan Diggs will be keeping the atmosphere cheerful with some holly jolly tunes. Light confections will be served and beer and wine donated by Union Craft Brewing and Spirits of Mt. Vernon will be available at the open bar.  Grab a drink and a treat and then head down to the basement where we will be screening holiday films

We're excited about our seventh annual UNDER $500 artists!  Jackie AndrewsRedeat AssefaCourtney BanhAmy Boone-McCreeshFlorencio Lennox CampelloBeth Caruso, Se Jong ChoEmily CucalonPeter CullenMatthew DavisKatie DelaneySara DittrichJim DoranElliot DoughtieMahsa R. FardAndrew FlandersCat GunnPhaan HowngJackie Hoystead, Eric JenkinsMegan KoeppelMagnolia LaurieRosa LeffDereck Stafford MangusAmanda MillinerGreg MinahUrsula MinerviniTara MulderKatie PumphreyMary Claire PriceStephen ReichertAlexis SanfordGretchen SchermerhornBecca SchwartzMichael StevensonMary SwannEmily UchytilRichard Weiblinger, and Sheila Wells. 
 
Tickets are available online or at the door.
 
 
Tickets
$25 Pre-Sale
$30 At The Door
 
To purchase tickets click HERE 
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

VCCA is a working retreat for exceptional national and international artists, writers, and composers.

For anywhere from two weeks to two months, they come here for intense periods of work, free from the distractions of day-to-day life. Sequestered in the rolling foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, they are furnished with private studios, private bedrooms and three prepared meals a day. They can work in concentrated solitude, then re-energize in the company of two dozen other artists, writers and composers.

Admission to VCCA is highly selective, based on the reviews of a panel of professional artists. There are separate panels for each category. The panelists undergo periodic review to ensure that selection to VCCA is being made by the highest caliber artists in each discipline. Panelists are also rotated regularly to ensure that particular styles or tastes are not continuously represented. The basis for admission is professional achievement or promise of achievement.

Apply here.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Call for solo and group show proposals

Deadline: Feb 1, 2020

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting exhibition proposals for solo, group and themed exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces in 2021 and beyond. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and organizations who are over the age of 18 and live or work in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. 

BlackRock is a nonprofit arts center which presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists working in all media, to include site-specific installations, video and other time-based media, performance, new technologies and experimental forms.

Details here.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Sunday in Miami Beach: Art Basel Week - The Last Day!

Today is the last day of the fair week - and as usual... here's my morning photo from the 16th floor of Bel Aire!


Over at Pulse, the slight tension of the last day is palpable in the air, as galleries which have done well and galleries which have not send their vibes through the air.

My "Bisque wall" has done well over the days of the fair - over 40 pieces have sold!

. Lennox Campello's Bisque wall at Pulse Art Fair Miami Beach 2019
Campello Bisque wall at Pulse Art Fair Miami Beach 2019
Janis's major piece finds a collector - as I suspect that as soon as the red dot goes on, the two interior designers who have been considering it will have alarm bells ring in their heads.



Soon it is 5PM and the fair ends and packing and loading begins, and the dance between bubble wrap, cardboard, accompanied by the music of tape dispensers rules the fair and another year of Art Basel week is about to end.

For some, preparations for 2020 are already beginning.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Art Basel Miami Beach week: The Saturday report

The day started with the usual gorgeous view from my friends' condo and then it went bananas from there... cough... cough...

View from Bel Aire, 16th floor in Miami Beach


Cattelan banana after it was eaten - Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 meme

Saturdays are usually the busiest days at the planet's primary art venue week... today Pulse debuted a discussion panel in Spanish, with me, blue chip artist Sandra Ramos and art consultant Tessie Penin.

Tim Tate, Lennox Campello and Sandra Ramos at Pulse Art Fair 2019 Miami Beach
Tim Tate and Sandra Ramos
The subject of the discussion was my now over 10-year-old discussion "On Identity in the Arts: What does it mean to be Latino/a?" and it went really well, with Ramos and Penin adding really substantial points to this issue.


As it had been doing for the first two days, Michael Janis' main piece in the fair was receiving a lot of attention, and by the end of the night, two separate art consultants had placed it in their list to showcase to their clients.

Michael Janis at Pulse Art Fair 2019 Miami Beach
Work by Michael Janis
The wall of drawings of unfired Bisque kept selling well throughout the day as well... and I re-arranged it to shrink it a little...

Campello drawings on unfired Bisque at Pulse Art Fair 2019 Miami Beach
Campello drawings on unfired Bisque

Friday, December 06, 2019

New works on Bisque

A lot of these stayed with new collectors as they were sold at the Pulse Art Fair in Miami Beach last week...