Friday, February 21, 2020

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this mutant trying to rip off artists!
Captain Charles (
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wanna a local residency?

Due: March 16, 2020

The Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, is pleased to announce the following opportunity:

Artist in Residence Program: A semester-long program including personal studio space, opportunity to interact and collaborate with students, and honorarium. Applicants can specify Fall or Spring semester. Access to department art facilities can be arranged. Please note: housing is not provided. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Isla Llorona for Queen's University

An alumni of Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC just donated the below 1978 painting of mine to the University!

"Isla Llorona" Oil and Acrylics on Gessoed Paper. 1978 F. Lennox Campello, 37.5 x 50 inches (framed)
"Isla Llorona"
Oil and Acrylics on Gessoed Paper. 1978 F. Lennox Campello, 37.5 x 50 inches (framed)

This 1978 painting is from my Cuba series, which I did for a class assignment while a student at the School of Art at The University of Washington and brooding, green Seattle.

This series, which I actually started in 1976, before I was even a college student, uses the brutalized island of Cuba to deliver textual and visual messages about the sad fate of the continent's longest running dictatorship.

On this piece, I painted the words "Cachita, si puedes tu con Dios hablar, preguntale por que razon, al Caribe, con mis lagrimas quiere llenar."  

This translates to: The words in Spanish translate to: “Cachita, if you can talk to God, ask Him why with my tears the Caribbean He wants to fill…”

Cachita is the familiar Cuban slang for the Virgin of The Charity of El Cobre, the Patron Saint of Cuba.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Opportunity for artists

Due: March 22, 2020

The Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus -- Applications for Open Gallery Themed Exhibition Series, Transcending Borders.
For the 2020/2021 season, we invite artists to work with real or perceived restrictions, containments, rules, or labels in such a way as to push beyond their limitations. These borders could be self-imposed, cultural, societal, physical, or natural divisions. This exhibition would be an opportunity to challenge, question, conform, or break these constraints.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Frida at auction

This 1981 proof just showed up for auction at an auction house in Florida - as I recall, I did this work for portrait class at the School of Art at the University of Washington... I did it as a lithograph edition of ten, and thus with one work I also got credit for it at Printmaking class! Two birds with one stone!

Bid for it here.

Friday, February 14, 2020

From HumanitiesDC

Some good opportunities here:
The deadline is one month away to submit your application for the Humanities Vision and Humanitini Curator grants:

The Humanities Vision Grant provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations interested in creating innovative interpretations of humanities scholarship for public audiences. The grants are driven by the proposed final product; each grant will produce an educational resource that will be added to a publicly accessible, online archive. Deadline: March 13, 2020.

Learn more about the Humanities Vision Grant and how to apply by registering for one of our upcoming webinars .

The updated Humanitini Curator Grant provides opportunities for graduate students and others conducting and presenting original humanities research. Each Curator will create a public humanities program based on their research or area of expertise. The public programs will follow HumanitiesDC's successful Humanitini model that brings thoughtful humanities discussions to Washington, DC's happy-hour scene. Deadline: March 13, 2020.

But there's more!
  • We are proud to announce a new grant partnership opportunity! The Youth Media Literacy Grant is for organizations to develop media literacy curricula that can be used for either an in-school or out-of-school time program for students ages 12 to 18.
  • Last year's debut DC Documentary Short Film Partnership Grant (DC DOCS)  is back. DC DOCS supports documentary film projects that record the District's history, people or places. 
  •  Soul of the City Partnership Grant encourages the development and execution of a high-quality, national model level, Humanities-driven, youth engagement program for young people, ages 14-19.
  •  DC Community Heritage Project Grant will afford communities, neighborhood organizations, churches and others the change to tell their stories through public humanities projects.

Visit our Partnership Grants web page or view/download the 2020 Grants Flyer for more information.  Thanks for helping us share these exciting opportunities!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

CARL ALEXANDER: The Last Unknown Washington Color School Painter

The Last Unknown Washington Color School Painter
view exhibit
Show dates: February 14 - March 21, 2020

Meet the Artists Receptions:

Thursday, February 13, 5-8 pm and Saturday, February 15, 2-6 pm

  Closing Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2-6 pm

Few among us have had the pleasure of seeing the color field paintings of artist Carl Alexander, most of which were created in the 1950's. Many of these handsome abstract works were painted when Carl was a student of art at Howard University working under the tutelage of Washington Color School artist Morris Louis. Carl and I shared the rare experience of being among the few students working with Louis in 1953. Importantly, six decades later, Carl's beautifully executed paintings hold their own in the company of the highly regarded color field paintings by other Washington artists done in the 1950's and 1960's. Carl, like his friend and colleague, Kenneth Young, worked quietly as artists/designers at the Smithsonian Institution here in the nation's capitol until their retirement.                                                         - David C. Driskell

Primary Color Geo by Carl A. Alexander
Primary Color Geo by Carl A. Alexander
The 1953 meeting of artists Morris Louis (1912-1962), and Kenneth Noland (1924-2010), set off a new movement known as the Washington Color School. They expanded on Abstract Expressionism with a heavy focus on the role of color and its application. New York art critic Clement Greenberg promoted it in his landmark exhibit Post-Painterly Abstraction in 1964. The Washington Color School subsequently reached international fame, and remains the DMV's "key" artistic movement.

Carl A. Alexander (b. 1930), a native Washingtonian, attended Howard University in the mid-1950's when Morris Louis was appointed an instructor there. Alexander was exposed to the early stages of the Washington Color School. Through his connection with Louis he met and socialized with other notable Color School painters, such as Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Thomas Downing, Alma Thomas, and James Hilleary. This influenced, Alexander's paintings, especially his treatment of color, have a certain resemblance to Louis' notable veil paintings. His friendships with Downing and Mehring are also evident by his use of the circle motif. After graduating Howard, Alexander worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History until he retired.

Monday, February 10, 2020

An Art Critic Accidentally Shattered a $19,000 Glass Sculpture

... she placed a Coke can on one of the stone elements in order to take a picture as a critique of the work.
L├ęsper, who is known as a provocateur, defended herself, telling Milenio, the Mexico City newspaper she writes for, that she placed the can near, but not on, the sculpture when it shattered. “I had an empty can of soda, I tried to put it on one of the stones, but the work exploded,” she said. “It was like the work heard my comment and felt what I thought of it.” She denied deliberately endangering the work, or attempting to leave the scene of the accident.
Read the whole article by Javier Pes here. 

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Artists and Makers Studios Parklawn - 5th Anniversary Celebrations!

Artists and Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is proud to feature the work of Resident Artists for their 5th Anniversary Celebration in March of 2020 in two galleries with sculpture, jewelry, paintings, fiber, mixed media, printmaking and more. 

David Amoroso exhibits a new series in the large gallery – “Raised by TV”. David’s fondest childhood memories are of the times he spent drawing or watching TV. Meet his favorite characters in his signature larger-than-life portraits. These exhibits will open for their 5th Anniversary First Friday festivities on March 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase Resident Artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping, and acoustic guitar with David Ziegele.
“5th Anniversary Resident Artist Exhibit”
“Raised by TV” with David Amoroso
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, March 6th, 2020
Artists & Makers Studios11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Friday, February 07, 2020

Call to Artists for Paint It! Ellicott City 2020

Deadline for entry: April 12.

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2020. The annual plein air paint-out will be held June 25-29 in picturesque and historic Ellicott City, Maryland, with a minimum of $1,000 in total awards given to participating artists. The event will culminate in a gallery exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts from June 29 - August 14. Juror: TBA. 

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Apply for 2021 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery

Deadline: April 5, 2020. 

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2021 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery. Exhibitions in each of the galleries explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art. 

The Gibbs Street Gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16 ft. ceilings. It is on the street level with floor to ceiling windows along one wall. International, national and local artists are welcome to apply. The Common Ground Gallery is located on the second floor and is approximately 300 square feet. 

Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply for a solo exhibition in this gallery. 

The Concourse Gallery is located on the second floor and is approximately 500 square feet.  

It has curved windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply. 

Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply. 

All application materials must be submitted online through their website no later than 11:59 pm EST on 04/05/2020. 

Click here to submit.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Christie’s Tried a Sale of Art Starting at Just $100. It Paid Off Big Time

Christie’s bet that an online-only sale of lower-priced art would attract new buyers seems to have paid off big time. The sale, dubbed Christie’s 100, featured 92 lots by many well-known contemporary artists, with bids starting at as low as $100. Certain works even sold for considerably less than the average New Yorker’s monthly rent, including a Louise Lawler print for $1,000, and a John Bock work on paper for $750.
Read the whole article by Eileen Kinsella here.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Up to four artists are awarded annually with a solo gallery exhibition in one of two gallery spaces (each approximately 13' x 25') at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona. 

Open to all visual artists in any media. Entries must have been completed within the last two years. 

Artists will be selected from on-line submissions by a faculty committee. Artists creating original works of art in any media are encouraged to apply. If awarded, artwork must be suitable for installation and must not exceed 84" in any firm dimension. 

Two-dimensional works must not weigh more than 60 lbs., including frame and must be ready to hang with the appropriate attached hardware. Three-dimensional works weighing over 80 lbs must have a base that can be rolled or composed of elements that can be easily moved.

 Digital and non-traditional media will be considered. 

There is no submission fee. 

More info., visit:  

Contact: or call 814-949-5451.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Wanna go to an opening?


Exhibit Dates: January 21, 2020 - April 4, 2020

MEET THE ARTISTS ReceptionWednesday, February 5, 5-8 pm

1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004

Featured Artists

David Therriault, Carolyn Goodridge & Hubert Jackson 

New Members Show Opens Tomorrow at Foundry

Courtney Applequist and Sheila Blake - New Members Show

February 5 - March 1, 2020
       Reception and artists' talk:  Saturday  February 8, 5 - 8 pm

Courtney Applequist
My work draws inspiration from the seen world.  I seek the use of found geometries and colors to depict the feeling of a moment, finding a degree of tension: beauty and dissonance.  I work primarily in oil paint, interjecting charcoal, pastel and other media as the moment requires.  The thoughts I start with are nothing more than a beginning, and I am driven to a new place as the piece unfolds.

Sheila Blake
I’ve been a painter all my life. Creating the illusion of space and light with paint is what thrilled me from the beginning, and it thrills me now.  I went to Cooper Union in New York, lived in California, then moved to Durham, where I taught art at Duke University.  After moving here I taught at the Corcoran.  Now I have a studio in Takoma Park, and keep the demands of life to a minimum so I can paint full time, every day.  There’s so much in these paintings: the light, the mood.  The subterranean menace.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Last week to see this cool show!

Small Treasures  
On display now through February 8, 2020 
At 1429 Iris Street NW, Washington DC 20012  

ARTISTS: Caroline Benchetrit, William Buchanan, F. Lennox Campello, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Susan Freda, Carolyn Goodridge, Ibou N'Diaye, Peter Hansen, Stephen Hansen, Hubert Jackson, Mihira Karra,  Anne Marchand, Kristine Mays, Hadrian Mendoza, Nancy Nesvet, Carol Newmyer, Keith Norval, Katharine Owens, Suzy Scarborough, Gavin Sewell, Patricia Skinner, Bradley Stevens, Paul Martin-Wolff, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard... 

Artists New to Zenith Gallery: Nina Benton, Najee Dorsey, Lisa Meek

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Frazetta and me

When I was a young teen, I ran across the book covers of the late, great master Frank Frazetta.  To say that his artwork made an impression upon me would be the second greatest understatement if all of human history.

I became a Frazetta collector. I bought books, magazines, fanzines, posters, and later on in life, when I could begin to afford it, original artwork.

I met the artist a couple of times in my life, and both times I was essentially hypnotized by what a nice guy he was, and how generous and open.

When I decided to apply to art school at the University of Washington, my application portfolio contained nothing by Frazetta-style works, and comic book style panels.  As my counselor noted during the interview, my application package was not what the review panel was "used to seeing" and thus the interview was going to be "more important that usual."

I was accepted, and in my subjective... cough, cough... opinion, I am currently the second greatest graduate ever from that school... cough, cough.

Two Washington Huskies: Chuck Close and Lenny Campello
Two Washington Huskies: Chuck Close and Lenny Campello
But I digress - a well documented Campello habit, which I call "meandering." In the years since, my respect and awe for Frazetta has continued to grow, and he will always be a key part of my artistic footprint.

A few days ago, while searching for something else, I found a couple of the Frazetta style drawings which I created in 1977 for that epic proposal. They are the work of a 20-year-old seeking to imitate a master artist.

I was clearly no Frazetta (by far), and clearly I was soooo lucky that the university's selection panel saw something in these Napoleon Dynamish amateur drawings... Notice how my "art" signature is even in the style of his iconic signature -- but here they are for posterity:

Frazetta style 1977 drawing by F. Lennox Campello

Frazetta style 1977 drawing by F. Lennox Campello