Monday, July 31, 2023

Call for "Bear" artists

CAMP Rehoboth is issuing a call for artists for “It’s all about the Bear!” a juried group show of bear-friendly art that will be on display from September 14 until October 7, 2023.

This exhibit is open to all. Just click the link below, complete the submission and registration form, and upload up to three entries. The deadline is August 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m

A team of community members will juror this exhibit. Artists will be notified of acceptance by August 23.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Call for artists

The 52nd anniversary of this event - will take place in the Spanish Ballroom this year as it has for over half a century! The show will be held from September 2 - September 4, 2023, with an opening reception on September 1.

They are now inviting artists from the public to submit entries for the 52nd Annual Labor Day Art Show, a Glen Echo Park tradition where students, teachers, and art enthusiasts come together each year to celebrate the Park and its many distinctive arts programs.

In the past, the show has featured work from more than 200 artists from the greater Washington, DC area. The display includes a wide range of media, including sculpture, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, and furniture.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

The Abandoned President Statues In Virginia

Did you know about this field of abandoned, huge (22,000 pounds each) Presidential statues in Virginia? 

Mobilus In Mobili / flickr

More here.

Friday, July 28, 2023

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend Syndrome

What is the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Syndrome you ask?

In a nutshell: There are some art shows, and some artwork, which no one (who cares how others “perceive” them) dares to write a negative review about because if a writer did dare to criticize it, he/she would be skewered by readers and others in the art world cabal’ PC police. It is essentially the PC’ing of the art world.

Read the whole definition here.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Ally Morgan at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC

We'll be in booth C1 at the coming Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea this September 20-24 - drop me an email if you'd like some complimentary passes.  There will be work by Steve Wanna, Christina Helowicz, Seth Fairweather, Dora Patin, Ally Morgan, Jennifer Barlow, Lian Sever, and others.

Do You Remember the Birds, 11x14 inches Watercolor on Paper by Ally Morgan, c. 2023
Do You Remember the Birds, 11x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper by Ally Morgan, c. 2023

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

New from Dora Patin for the Affordable Art Fair NYC

We'll be in booth C1 at the coming Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea this September 20-24 - drop me an email if you'd like some complimentary passes.  There will be work by Steve Wanna, Christina Helowicz, Seth Fairweather, Dora Patin, Ally Morgan, Jennifer Barlow, Lian Sever, and others.

Double Mars, Oil on panel, 11x14" by Dora Patin
Double Mars, Oil on panel, 11x14" by Dora Patin

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

2023 MPAartfest Artists

From MPA:

McLean Project for the Arts announced the selection of 38 artists whose work will be featured at MPAartfest 2023 on October 1, 2023 in McLean Central Park. A one-day juried fine art show and sale, MPAartfest features the work of visual artists showcasing a wide variety of media and styles. During MPAartfest, McLean Central Park is transformed into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing the work of acclaimed artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region.


Featured artists include: Lynda Andrews-Barry, Michele Banks, Jill Banks, Cheryl Ann Bearss, Adah Rose Gallery, Chris Carskaddan, Jacqui Crocetta, Lucinda Esh, Robert A. (Bob) Friedenberg, Ute Gil, Justine Thompson Godown, Hilary Hachey, Amoretta M Hoeber, Yasmine C. Iskander, Carolee Jakes, M. Jane Johnson, Carl Johnson, Katie Keister-- ReCreatively, Giselle Kolb, Camille Kouyoumdjian, Christiane Lavin, Joyce Lee, Susan Livingston, Mike McConnell, Haley McKey, Beaudoin Glass (Jennifer Beaudoin Mofftt), Begoña Morton, Renee Lajoie Newell, Susan Moskow, Marc Roman, Carol Samour, Claudia Samper, Bikki Stricker, David Sturtevant, Laura Summer, Davrill Nash, Dorian Traynham/STUDIO 797, and Julie Wallace


Along with the artists’ tents and live music, MPAartfest offers food from local restaurants; Café Beret, presented by The Mather; the New Dominion Women’s Club Children’s Art Walk; and a hands-on Children’s Art Village to engage creative minds and captivate art-lovers of all ages, sponsored by BOWA and Deirdre Maull Orthodontics. 


MPAartfest 2023 is presented by the McLean Project for the Arts, with the help of lead community sponsor, McLean Community Center; signature sponsor, Mars, and through partnership with Fairfax County Park Authority. 


MPAartfest admission is FREE, and all are welcome and encouraged to join. Parking will be available at the McLean Community Center, at 1234 Ingleside Avenue. For more information visit or call 703-790-1953.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Hillyer is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions

Annual Call for Proposals 2024

Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2023

Hillyer is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions that take place between January and December of 2024. Through a competitive selection process, 25 to 30 artists and/or curators will be awarded a one month solo or group exhibition in one of Hillyer’s three gallery spaces.

All proposals that meet Hillyer’s qualifications are reviewed and selected by Hillyer’s Advisory Committee, which is composed of established artists and arts professionals, and chaired by Hillyer’s Director.

During the selection process, Hillyer’s aim is to select emerging and accomplished artists that are local, regional, national and international. Curators are also invited to submit proposals. Artists and curators who are selected will receive the following:

  • Mentorship from Advisory members
  • One month solo or group exhibition
  • A $350 stipend
  • Exhibition opening and reception
  • Assistance with installation
  • Assistance with labels and didactics
  • Marketing and press releases
  • Public programs

Submission Guidelines

All submissions will be received by using an online Google form. The form will require that artists submit the following information:

  • Project Title
  • Description of Proposal (150 words)
  • Artist (or Curatorial) Statement (150 words)
  • Biography (150 words)

Note: Curators should submit a “curator statement” in place of an “artist statement.” Read the support document to learn more.

Additional information should include:

  • Emerging or Accomplished Artist
  • Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Country
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
  • Online exhibition*
  • Public program description
  • Personal or professional website
  • Article, blog, or review

*Online exhibitions are optional. If this option is selected, select artists will be considered for online exhibitions, if not selected for on-site exhibitions.

Media Instructions

Artists are required to submit media to support their proposals. This will require a cloud-sharing service like Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, WeTransfer, or Microsoft OneDrive. See the support document for more details.


Images should represent the individual works of art referenced in the proposal, but may also include installation shots or other relevant information.

Guidelines for submitting images

  • Do not exceed 6 images.
  • Each image should not exceed 3 MB
  • Images must be in jpg format (png or tiff files will not be accepted). 


Videos can also be submitted if they are integral to the proposal. Videos must be submitted by sharing a direct URL link to the video. Some options include:

  • Sharing a direct link to a YouTube video.
  • Adding anchor tags to a webpage that links directly to the video.

For more information about video links, view the support document.


One document can be added to the shared folder that includes the images. You can use the document to provide object descriptions, thumbnail images, floor plans, diagrams, etc. DO NOT exceed one page.

Final Review

After the date has closed for proposals, artist submissions will be reviewed over a four-to-six-week period. The artists selected will be announced shortly after. Artists who are not selected will also be contacted at this time.

Submit Your Proposal

To participate in this year’s Call for Proposals, please click on the "Submit Your Form" button below. You will receive an automated response confirming your submission and a follow-up message from Hillyer’s director.

Submit Your Form


Before submitting your materials it is recommended that you review the support document and/or watch the video tutorial to learn more about how to prepare your materials.