Thursday, April 18, 2013

F.E.A.S.T at VisArts 2013

Proposals Accepted From Friday, February 15  to  Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Proposal Deadline April 24, 2013 before midnight
Proposal Fee FREE

F.E.A.S.T at VisArts 2013

F.E.A.S.T at VisArts 2013 (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community.  F.E.A.S.T is a public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers. F.E.A.S.T at VisArts 2013 will take place on May 4th on The Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland. Patrons will give a $30 donation for which they receive supper and a ballot. Diners spend the evening reviewing a series of project proposals and conversing with the artists behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the night, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of that evening’s door money.

F.E.A.S.T at VisArts invites artists, thinkers, and organizations to submit proposals for funding up to $1,000. Project proposals will address the theme of Invisible Communities.  The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, April 24, 2013.

F.E.A.S.T at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T Brooklyn’s  ( model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation. If you are not familiar with F.E.A.S.T — please read F.E.A.S.T Brooklyn’s about page. Another great resource:

Plan now to participate in F.E.A.S.T at VisArts.  We look forward to reviewing your proposals!
Application Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2013 before Midnight

How to Submit a Proposal


This year’s Call for Proposals: Invisible Communities brings to light some of the most influential yet invisible parts of our community. Project proposals reveal the hidden micro communities that affect our ecological, social, cultural and political sense of place, specifically the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. For F.E.A.S.T, we are seeking projects that directly or indirectly speak to the idea of invisible communities whether literally or figuratively.

Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic and social practices. Performance, community events, soundscapes… No project or medium is incongruous with F.E.A.S.T. Projects can address any issues tied to the essence of our community, possibly including but not limited to: bugs, botany, water, underground cultures, people and places, well-beaten paths, smells…We encourage artists to think outside their everyday practice and produce work that speaks to all parts of the community. Make the invisible visible.
Application content must include answers to all of the following questions:
Title: What is your project’s name?
Summary: Describe your project in 250 words or less. Include statements on:
  • What will the F.E.A.S.T funds be used for?
  • How will this project be implemented?
  • How does the project address the theme of Invisible Communities?
  • What is the community you are addressing? What is the community significance of your project?
One sentence each:
  • F.E.A.S.T Funding Request: How much will you need to do this (up to $1000)?
  • Project Budget: If your project costs are greater than what you have requested, please briefly state how you will be able to implement your project.
  • Timeframe: How long is this project going to take?
  • Location: Where will this take place?
  • Attach one image (300 dpi, no larger than 2 MB) and any relevant URLs. Please include a description of the image.
Proposals are evaluated on these terms:
  • Artistic Innovation
  • Community Impact
  • Feasibility
  • Proposal clarity and content
Please note:
  • Only complete proposals will be reviewed.
  • Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T.
  • All applicants will be notified if they are finalists.
  • Artists who submit proposals must be present at the May 4TH F.E.A.S.T to be eligible to appear on the ballot.
  • Should you win a F.E.A.S.T grant, you must attend the next F.E.A.S.T at VisArts (2014) to discuss the progress of your project.
Questions or advice: Feel free to contact
Terri Le | Marketing/Communications Coordinator
t: 301-315-8200 x105 | f: 301-315-8296
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Alchemical Vessels Sneak Preview

This week's top opening... is tomorrow!

Opening: Jessica van Brakle - "Industrial Paradise"

Thursday, April 18, 7 - 9 pm at McLean Project for the Arts
Show Dates: April 18 – June 1

'Industrial Paradise' features work that combines painting and drawing, depicting far-off or obstructed voyeuristic perspectives of landscapes comprised of tropical foliage and man-made structures. The work presents conflicting, contrasting, and yet coexisting notions of harmony, permanence, strength and ecology as it examines the complex relationship between man and nature.
 More info:

Georgetown openings on the 19th

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Critical Exposure

Critical Exposure is a non-profit organization that empowers low-income D.C. youth to use photography as a tool to create social change in their schools and communities and their 8th Annual Spring Exhibit is Zoom In: National Lens, Local Focus.

This exhibit is Critical Exposure's annual opportunity to showcase the best student photography, writing, and social change initiative from this year. This event will take place on May 22, 2013 at the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery. They are asking for a $35 suggested donation.


Congrats to the FY13 Artist Fellowship Program award winners from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This year, the DCCAH received 220 eligible applications for arts funding. The funding rate of 45 percent of these applications shows the District's commitment to sustaining an arts and culture industry which plays a vital role in this city's economic prosperity. These grantees contribute to the District's nonprofit arts and culture industry that provides an economic impact of over $1.1 billion to the city.

It should also tell DC area artists too lazy to apply, that at a 45% funding rate, they need to get off the bitching stool and start applying next year to make the competition a little tougher... just sayin'

$3.2 million was awareded to 100 local artists and nonprofit arts organizations during the Commission's second round of grants in fiscal year 2013. The second round of funding was a result of an increase of $6.8 million to the DCCAH's original budget for this year, so Lionel Thomas is clearly doing a spectacular job during a period of otherwise fiscal austerity everywhere else.

FY13 Artist Fellowship Program Awardees
Name Official Amount Ward
Ben Crosbie $5,000 1
Dana Maier $5,000 1
Deb Sivigny $5,000 1
Helanius J Wilkins $5,000 1
Holly Bass $5,000 1
Kim Roberts $5,000 1
Kristen Arant $5,000 1
Nguyen Nguyen $5,000 1
Nistha Raj $5,000 1
Reginald Cabico $5,000 1
Tim Doud $5,000 1
William Wytold Lebing $5,000 1
Ashley Ivey $5,000 2
Brandel France de Bravo $5,000 2
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom $5,000 2
Evangeline J. Montgomery $5,000 2
Jonathan Gann $5,000 2
Justin McLaughlin $5,000 2
Terri Merz $5,000 2
Willona Sloan $5,000 2
Alexandra Silverthorne $5,000 3
Cory Oberndorfer $5,000 3
Dana Tai Soon Burgess $5,000 3
Dean Kessmann $5,000 3
Elizabeth Graeber $5,000 3
John Anderson $5,000 3
Martin Irvine $5,000 3
Miya Hisaka $5,000 3
William Newman $5,000 3
Alexis Gillespie $5,000 4
Anna Ulrika Edholm Davis $5,000 4
Daniel Phoenix Singh $5,000 4
Gemal Woods $5,000 4
Linn Meyers $5,000 4
Marjuan Canady $5,000 4
Sarah Browning $5,000 4
Assane Konte $5,000 5
Brandon Bray $5,000 5
Emma Jaster $5,000 5
Frederic Yonnet $5,000 5
Jack Gordon $5,000 5
Kymone Freeman $5,000 5
Michael Iacovone $5,000 5
Terry deBardelaben $5,000 5
Colin Hovde $5,000 6
Jeffrey Barninger $5,000 6
Tommy Taylor $5,000 7
Jason Anderson $5,000 8
Melani Douglass $5,000 8
Roderick Turner $5,000 8

Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists... cough, cough

Below are the finalists for the top painting prize in the region (thank you Carol Trawick!!! and congrats to the final eight!). 

My nepotista side says that the DMV's own Joan Belmar should win it - he's an amazing artist and richly deserves this recognition... my instinct would guess that brilliant Baltimore artist Cara Ober also not only richly deserves the prize, but is also due the recognition afforded by this prize by all the stuff that she does to support and expand the Baltimore art scene. I also really, really like Christine Gray.

And yet... being a pedantic Virgo (and batting about .800 in predicting both this prize and the Trawick Prize winners), I always look at the jurors, and then try to figure out who's the big mouth most persuasive voice in the jury panel and then try to guess who's gonna win based on that juror's own nepotism and ability to strong-arm the other jurors...

Everyone bring nepotism to the table when it comes to this sort of stuff... I've been in dozens and dozens of these panels and seen it surface every time. It's OK though... it is part of being human and a sincere mensch (if you admit that objectivity, when it comes to this sort of process, is only plausible for Vulcans).

These are this year's jurors: Tim Doud, Duane Keiser and Christine Neill.

Both Doud and Keiser are brilliant painters - and great choices for jurors; I don't know the third juror (Christine Neill), but because she's a professor of painting at MICA, and because three of the final eight finalists actually work at MICA (including her boss)... cough, cough... and 50% of the finalists are from Baltimore, I'm just guessing that she was the big mouth most persuasive in the jury panel.

Since I'm usually the big mouth in any art selection or art jury panel that I'm asked to be in, I think that I'm pretty good in figuring out my fellow big mouths persuasives. And yet, it takes some brass balls to keep a straight face while picking three painters who work with one of the jurors (including her boss) to be in the finalists.

Didn't someone in the panel think and then say: "What will the City Paper say once they find out that one of the juror's boss is one of the finalists? ... C'mon people!"

Awright, awright... maybe I'm being too much of a Kriston-Capps-wannabe here... and we're all pretty sure that she would recuse herself from voting, or discussing, or even being present when her co-workers came up for jurying... right?... right?...[Update: I am told that Ms. Neill recused herself from the panel when her boss was selected], but, I'm just sayin' - it just doesn't look good; but maybe it's just me.

And I'm not even touching the issue that three of the other finalists are also grads of American University... cough, cough.

You are asking by now: "Who's gonna win Campello?"

Sooooooo... based on all of the above, and the angry denial emails or cool and collected clarification emails that I am about to get, I suspect that I may have just about hosed the MICA contingent for this year's prize. If that's the case, then I say that either Belmar or Ilchi get the prize.

If no one gives a fuck about potential nepotism or potential conflict of interests (both of which I have been accused of... and both of which are rampant in the world at large)... then pick any of the MICA employees.

Now you are asking: "Nice tap dance... Who's gonna win Campello?"

Let me split: Ober or Gray - and both would be great choices! Although I may have just tipped the scales in the favor of Belmar, who'd also be a terrific choice. 

Here are the finalists:

Joan Belmar, Takoma Park, MD
Joan Belmar was born in Santiago, Chile. He came to Washington, D.C. in 1999, and was granted permanent residency in the U.S. based on extraordinary artistic merit in 2003.
Belmar's recent work uses a unique technique of 3-D painting, which produces changes in transparency as light and the viewer move in relation to the work. 

Joan Belmar's work is in the permanent collections of the DCCAH Art Bank; the District of Columbia's Wilson Building; the Airport Art Collection in Ibiza, Spain and the Union of Concerned Scientists permanent collection in Washington D.C. His work has also been shown in national and international exhibits.

Belmar was a Mayor's Award Finalist in 2007 as an outstanding emerging artist in Washington, D.C. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded him an artist fellowship grant in 2009. In 2010, the Maryland Arts Council awarded Belmar a 2010 Individual Artist grant in Visual Arts: Painting.
Dennis Farber, Lutherville, MD
Dennis Farber has been a professor at Maryland Instutute College of Art since 1998. Prior to working at MICA, Farber taught at the University of New Mexico, New York University and Claremont Colleges in Claremont, CA. His work has been exhibited regularly in the United States and abroad. It was included in MoMA's millennial exhibition, OPEN ENDS, 1960- present, Innocence and Experience, and has been included in major museum exhibitions and traveled by both the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum in New York. Farber's work is in permanent collections of major museums, universities and corporations around the United States.
Christine Gray, Alexandria, VA
Christine Gray received a Bachelor of FIne Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a Visiting Artist at the George Washington University.  

Gray has participated in numerous group exhibitions across the United States, most recently at Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, CA and Salisbury University Art Galleries in Salisbury, MD. Gray received Dean's Faculty Research Grant from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. 

She has also received the Jentel Foundation Residency Fellowshop, Golden Foundation Fellowshop, 7 Below Arts Initiative Residency Fellowship, and more.
Hedieh Ilchi, Rockville, MD
Hedieh Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and draws her artistic intenstions directly from her dual cultural identity as an Iranian/American. Ilchi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the American University in 2011. 

She has received many awards including Robyn Rafferty Mathias International Research Mellon Grant from the American University and the Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia American Art Essay Prize. Ilchi was recently selected as the semifinalist for the eighth annual Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. She is an active participant in the local art scene and is currently an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA.

Ilchi has shown her work in numerous group exhibitions in the Washington D.C. area including at the Corcoran Gallery of Art + Design, American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Irvine Contemporary gallery and Civilian Arts Project. She had a recent solo exhibition at the Contemporary Wing gallery. 

Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications including the Washington Post and Art Papers magazine with a reproduction of her work on the front cover page. She is currently represented by Contemporary Wing gallery in Washington D.C. and Shirin Gallery in Tehran.
Barry NemettStevenson, MD

Barry Nemett, Chair of the Painting Department at Maryland Institute College of Art, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and his Masters of Fine Arts at Yale University. His awards include The Hugh Fraser Foundation, Ford Foundation Grant, MICA Trustee Grant for Excellence in Teaching, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Fellowship Grant, ITT International Travel Fellowship/Fulbright Hays Grant, Ely Harwood Schless Award for Excellence in Drawing and Painting at Yale University, Faculty Enrichment Grant and the Berkeley T. Rulon Miller Award. Prof. Nemett has curated numerous traveling exhibitions, and has exhibited his own work nationally and internationally.

His publications include: Images, Objects, and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts and Crooked Tracks. He has published articles in Arts Magazine, Museum & Arts: Washington, New Art Examiner, Washington Review, Baltimore magazine, Forays Review and many artist catalogue essays. Nemett has been a Visiting Artist at numerous colleges and universities in the United States, and has been Artist in Residence at Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program, Rochefort-en-Terre, France, Bates College, Glasgow School of Art, Keisho Art Association (Japan), Studio Art Centers International Florence and Summer Scholarship Program, Scotland.

Cara Ober, Baltimore, MD

A painter, teacher and writer, Cara Ober layers drawing, painting and printmaking into mixed media works that examine and reinterpret sentimental imagery. 

Ober is commercially represented by Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., with solo exhibits in 2012 and 2009. She has participated in numerous international art fairs, including Art Miami, Aqua Wynwood Miami and Bridge Fair in London. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Washingtonian Magazine, Hamptons Magazine and US News and World Report

In 2009, Cara received a “Best Of Baltimore” award from Baltimore Magazine, calling her “practically an art scene unto herself.” In 2007, Cara took second prize in the Bethesda Painting Awards, after being a finalist in 2006. She is a 2006 Maryland Individual Artist Grant recipient for painting and received a Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators in 2006. 

Cara Ober earned an Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from American University. Cara writes art reviews for The Urbanite Magazine and ArtNews Magazine, and publishes her own award-winning art blog, BmoreArt.

Erin Raedeke, Gaithersburg, MD
Erin Raedeke earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Art from American University. She has participated in exhibitions at many galleries in the United States and London.

Raedeke is a 2013 winner of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Past honors and awards include a Carnegie Melon research grant, William H. Calfee Foundation Painting Award, Merit Scholarship at American University, First Prize in Particular Places and a Creative Arts Research Grant at Indiana University.

Bill Schmidt, Baltimore, MD

Bill Schmidt studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME before moving to Baltimore in 1969. He received an Master of Fine Art from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in 1971. 
He has exhibited his painting, drawing and sculpture extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region. Schmidt has received numerous grants and awards including two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, one in Sculpture (1990) and one in Painting (2008). In 2004 he attended the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program in Rochefort-en-Terre, France.

After teaching for a decade following graduate school, Schmidt began working in the field of restoration, first on gilded objects and then on furniture finishes. In 2001 he became the Interim Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art after being its Resident Artist since 1996. In 2007 he was appointed Director, a position he continues to hold.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Timmers at Brentwood

The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents its next Front Window Featured Artist, local glass artist (and one of the nation's leading and pioneering "green artists") Erwin Timmers 
"Thoughtful and ingenious, Timmers' sculpture calls attention to contemporary issues through a creative re-engineering of often-overlooked forms and concepts, often focusing on industrial salvage and recycling. Erwin is featured in various prominent collections and has received numerous commissions. His sculptural artwork has been on display in Zenith Gallery, Fraser Gallery, and Gallery Neptune."    
On view May 11 - June 29, 2013.

Learn Firsthand about Art Basel

Free and Open to the Public
Talk  & Tour Adah Rose Gallery April 20 10:45am 

Learn Firsthand about Art Basel (One of largest Art Events in the USA)
Director Adah Rose of the Adah Rose Gallery will talk 
about presenting art at Art Basel
Talk :10:45 am- 12:00 noon
Tour: after 12:00 noon On your own 
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gift from the Heavens

Woman Being Lowered from The Heavens by F. Lennox Campello 2013
Woman Being Lowered from The Heavens
Charcoal and Conte on Paper
17.5 x 7 inches, circa 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Galleries 1054 Opening in G'town

Alchemical Vessels Benefit

Join me for this exclusive benefit event at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and add one of the 125 Alchemical Vessels works to your own collection! Opening is Friday, May 17 from 7-9 PM.

This unique exhibition will feature the work of 125 artists, hand-selected by 16 invited curators (including yours truly) , to engage in a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist will transform the ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, open community, a circle of care, sacred space, nourishment, and even the alchemical vessel.  

100% of the ticket sale proceeds will go to support Smith Center’s life-enhancing work and programs for people living with and recovering from cancer.

Ticket information:

- Benefit tickets $125: 125 Benefit tickets will be sold, and each ticket holder at this level will be given the opportunity to select a piece of art. Priority will be given by the order in which the tickets were purchased—so the first to buy a ticket will be awarded first pick of the 125 works, and so on. All 125 works will remain in the show until after the closing of the exhibition on June 7, at which time the new owners can pick them up.

- Supporter ticket: $50: This price level is good for entrance to the Benefit only. Ticket holders at this level do not get to keep a piece of art.

If you have trouble purchasing tickets, please call 202.483.8600 or email them at 

See the Facbeook Event for more photos from the Artists!

Benefit attendees will also be invited to the Artists' Closing Reception for Alchemical Vessels on June 7, 2013!

My donation to this event is below. I debated what to create, and in the end, I gessoed the bowl and once again delivered the visage of the most transformative artist that I know: Frida Kahlo.

The Secret Substance of Frida Kahlo
Charcoal, conte and graphite on gessoed ceramic

Seldom has human history seen an artist so transformed by destiny, events and the agony of constant pain as Frida Kahlo. When Kahlo's young body was nearly destroyed and re-arranged by a horrible accident in her youth, where the young art student was impaled on a handrail that pierced her vagina and emerged through her chest, her agony transformed her into another being who then proceeded to gift onto the world some of the most spectacular portraits of pain that we've ever seen.

The intense brutality of pain transformed Kahlo with the same intensity that a thermonuclear reaction transforms its surroundings. She became a being submerged in constant pain for the rest of her life, both physical (she underwent dozens of surgeries) and mental (she experienced many miscarriages and was never able to have a child). And that transformation was the catalyst the propelled her to paint her own image as a mirror of the pain in her life, and in the process to become one of history’s great artists.

In the process, Kahlo transformed all of us, as a little bit of her artistic alchemic powers infect all of us who become hypnotized by her portraits; the power of her gaze, the eloquence of her eye brows and the intensity of her face, all leave a little bit of the secret substance that changes artistic matter from the mundane to an aspiration to the sublime.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

WPA Artist Directory Launch Party

WPA 2013 - 2014 Artist Directory Launch Party
Date: April 20, 6-9pm
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (eye) Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

The 2011-2012 WPA Artist Directory launches on April 20!

Join them for a free Launch Party at WPA's new home in the Capitol Skyline Hotel to celebrate their new space and the launch of their latest Directory! And stay through the evening to celebrate the WPA's move to the Capitol Skyline at Sleepout, a poolside sleepover party! The Directory launch party is free, but Sleepout is a ticketed event. Purchase tickets here. 

This will be the very first opportunity to see and purchase this full-color guide to WPA member artists that serves as a reference tool for curators, gallerists, patrons and artists. The 2013-2014 Artist Directory is available for $9.95 plus tax. Pre-orders and artist copies will be available for pick up the night of the event. Additional copies may also be purchased. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

David Gregory: DC Asshole of the week

I know that this is very City Paper of me, but this story about TV talking head David Gregory (D-NBC) throwing a fit over parking issues in his "this is where the rich people live in DC" neighborhood really makes the "Meet the Press" host a perfect choice for my inaugural DC Asshole of the Week.

Hopefully it will be another few years before another one is awarded to some idiot who doesn't understand what "public" means in reference to a street and parking.
Gregory flatly denied warning the show-house folks that he “knows all the politicians in town,” as witnesses claim.
"Witnesses" (Plural) -- What a schmuck!

Rousseau on Grand

A great essay by Dr. Claudia Rousseau about the work of Freya Grand for the current exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
It was posted on the site in two parts.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

MFA at Gallery B

Morton Fine Art and its mobile fine art gallery, *a pop-up project, will be showing"Fair Focus," an exhibition of work by artists MAYA FREELON ASANTE, OSI AUDU, KESHA BRUCE, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, NATHANIEL DONNETT, VICTOR EKPUK, KATHERINE HATTAM, WILLIAM MACKINNON, JULIA FERNANDEZ-POL and VONN SUMNER at Gallery B in Bethesda.

New wood engravings/paintings by one of the world's greatest living printmaker, Rosemary Feit Covey will be featured. Join her at the opening reception this Friday, April 12, 6-9pm.

Exhibition dates: April 4-27, 2013

Gallery location & hours:
Gallery B
7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E
Bethesda, MD 20814

Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 5pm

Monday, April 08, 2013

New fountain sculpture in B'more...

There will be a major art gathering on April 17 in Hopkins Plaza in downtown Baltimore sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts and the Downtown Partnership from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.   The reception will include performance art, music and refreshments and will feature the formal dedication of Wendy Ross's fountain sculpture "Flora", a 40' x 40' x 18' installation in the central fountain.

Congrats to Wendy!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

NYC breakfast

Breakfast in New York City at Gramercy Cafe, corner of E. 17th and 3rd Ave

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Artist at the Altar finds a home in NYC

This work made its debut at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City and it is now in the collection of a major, major, New York collector... that's what I'm talking about!

Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art by F. Lennox Campello
Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art (Version II)
17 x 35 inches. Watercolor, acrylic, charcoal and gesso on paper.
2013 by F. Lennox Campello

One of the critics from ArtNews magazine who has been following my work since the last Miami art fairs and who was here for the press preview told me that I need to make these electronic pieces much larger... which is exactly what my gallerist from Ireland advised.

Walk about the Affordable Art Fair NYC

At LivAspen Art, Boulder, Colorado

At White Cube, London, UK

At Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD

Pink Dude walking around the AAFNYC

As soon as you enter the fair spaces...

At Nine Gallery, Gwangju, South Korea

At DECORAZONgallery, London, UK

Friday, April 05, 2013

Seen in NYC

Clark V. Fox and F. Lennox Campello in New York City 2013
Look who I ran into at the Affordable Art Fair in New York?

The amazing artist known as Clark V. Fox, founder of MOCA DC and one of the DMV's former residents (living now in LA, Texas and Havana).

By the way, he"s squatting down a little - he's still taller than me and looking good.

Today we sold five or six of Greg Knott's photographs (as well as getting him a commission), plus one large drawing of mine, one Jeannette Herrera painting and working a major acquisition deal for Carla Goldberg with a local university!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

AAFNYC Thursday

Today three shiny Carla Goldberg sculptures found new homes in the NYC area as well as four of my drawings as the Affordable Art Fair heads to the weekend...

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Catwoman finds a home in NYC

Opening night at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC was so packed that it was hard to actually see the art... weird uh? In any event... Catwoman Naked found a home at an address in Central Park West.....

Catwoman Naked by F. Lennox Campello. Charcoal with embedded video. 2012
Catwoman Naked by F. Lennox Campello. 7 x 21 inches. Charcoal with embedded video. 2012
In a private collection in NYC

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Ratner canceling shows?

I'm hearing from artists who have received a call from the Ratner Museum telling them that all shows after September have been cancelled?

Anyone know what's going on?

Artist Opportunities Spring 2013

Visual Arts: One Million Bones
Deadline: Ongoing
One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice, which means we use education and hands-on artmaking to raise awareness of genocides and atrocities going on around the world, this very day. We are collecting artwork bones for a collaborative installation of 1,000,000 bones on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from June 8th-10th, 2013. This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a visible petition to raise awareness of the issue and call upon our government to take much needed and long overdue action. We need more bones! We are looking for individuals, groups, and organizations to host bone making events! For more information, contact Kathleen McEuen at
Deadline: April 5, 2013
Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, calls for entries for Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013, a juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, is the guest juror of this group exhibition, which will be on view from Saturday, June 22 to Thursday, October 31, 2013. Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). This year marks the 35th anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Sculpture proposals may be in any medium but must be suitable for long-term outdoor exposure and of an appropriate outdoor scale. Please read the complete call for entries for instructions on how to apply online.
Deadline: April 28, 2013
Proposals will be accepted from individual artists, arts groups, organizations, and curators who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington County. Jurors are Jackie and Philippe Loustaunau, collectors, and Sarah Tanguy, curator and independent curator and arts writer.
Deadline: May 15, 2013
We are pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Annual Grants Program Application and Guidelines are now available online. All applications are due to the Cultural Affairs Division office by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 15. The Annual Grants Program provides opportunities for local arts and culture organizations and individual artists to reach the Pasadena community through interesting, relevant and high quality programs. For more information about the Annual Grants Program Application, Guidelines and free Technical Assistance Workshops, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division online or call (626) 744-7062.
Deadline: May 15, 2013
The VCCA is a year-round community that provides a supportive environment for superior national and international visual artists, writers and composers of all economic and cultural backgrounds to pursue their creative work without distraction in a pastoral residential setting.
Deadline: May 18, 2013The third edition of the (e)merge art fair will take place October 3 – 6, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Rubell Family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel. Last year, 80 exhibitors presented rising talent from the Americas and Europe at (e)merge. More than 5,500 art supporters engaged with painting, sculpture, digital media, performance and installation works by 152 artists from 24 countries in both our gallery and our artist platforms.  (e)merge is the only art fair that gives free exhibition space to artists without gallery representation. If you are an artist who is currently unrepresented by a gallery and has not yet had a solo exhibition in a major museum or Kunsthalle, (e)merge is your forum for discovery. Artists whose proposals are accepted by the selection committee will be provided with exhibition space at the Fair free of charge.
Deadline: June 9, 2013
A national juried exhibition of emerging artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities. Sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America, In/finite Earth aims to showcase artwork that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. This call for art asks artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future. Fifteen artists will be selected for an exhibition in Fall 2013 and will share $60,000 in cash awards.
Deadline: August 30, 2013
The National Watch and Clock Museum of Columbia, PA invites artists to respond to the concept of timekeeping and how it is represented today. Special consideration will be given to those works that
are functional timekeepers as well. So how do you as an artist respond to the concept of timekeeping? This exhibit will be located in the special exhibit gallery in the museum and take place in fall 2013. There is no entry fee.

Visual Arts: 100 Survivors
Deadline: September 2, 2013
Call for submissions for 100 Survivors, a collaborative, web-based photo and video project for women currently in treatment for breast cancer or diagnosed in the past three years. By featuring up to 100 women and their work, 100 Survivors hopes to inform and inspire by looking beyond "awareness" and "supporting the cause" and focusing on the experiences of actual women with breast cancer. Unique perspectives on breast cancer and identity are welcome and encouraged.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, April 01, 2013

Capital Art Fair

The 2013 Capital Art Fair will take place in Arlington, VA, at the Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel during the first weekend of April. 
A successor to the Washington International Print Fair and the Washington Print Fair, the Capital Art Fair is now in its fourth year of bringing collectible and desirable art to the Washington, DC, area. This year, the fair boasts over 20 distinguished art dealers from across the United States and Canada.

Visitors to the fair will find thousands of works on paper from great master prints to cutting edge, contemporary pieces. The original prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs span over 500 years of creative expression, offering an impressive and expansive selection to DC art collectors.

The Capital Art Fair presents an invaluable opportunity, both in access and convenience, to the seasoned art collector, as well as those looking to break into the market. It is the only art fair in the Washington, DC, area where an extraordinary range of fine art will be available for collectors, museums, and the curious to purchase. It also gives a chance for the vibrant DC art community to interact and talk with exhibitors and dealers who are highly respected in the field, many of whom are well known to the curators of DC museums and established members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.
Tickets to the 2013 Capital Art Fair can be bought at the fair for $10. The fair hours are as listed below:
Saturday, April 6, 2013: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, April 7, 2013: 11 am – 5 pm

The Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel is located at 1900 North Fort Meyer Drive, Alexandria, VA 22209. It is just over the Key Bridge from Georgetown and only one block away from the Rosslyn Metro stop on the Orange and Blue lines.

More information, including directions and a list of participating dealers, can be found at the Capital Art Fair website:

Artist at the Altar of Modern Art

Here is my latest work in my evolving marriage of traditional art with electronics. This could possibly be my favorite work of art in my seminal exploration of the marriage of art and technology. It has everything that I strive for: technical skill, narrative, a sense of place and something that really pulls someone into the work.

This piece is watercolors, acrylic, charcoal and an embedded digital player that every five seconds dissolves a new image from the art stock of 20th century masters and near masters... Pollock, Rothko, Mondrian, Washington Color School dudes, Basquiat... and hacks like Still.

It will make its debut next Wednesday at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City. Anyone in need of some passes, send me an email.

I'm confident that this work will find a home in NYC once someone with some sharp eyes for what the future of painting/drawing looks like notices it!

Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art by F. Lennox Campello
Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art (Version II)
17 x 35 inches. Watercolor, acrylic, charcoal and gesso on paper.
2013 by F. Lennox Campello

Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art by Campello

Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art by Campello

Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art by Campello

Artist Worshiping at the Altar of Modern Art by Campello