Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review in the WaPo

The WaPo's Mark Jenkins reviews the current shows at The Katzen Museum at American University, including The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington, in which I am honored to participate.

Read the review here.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Flying on Facebook - a cartoon by F. Lennox Campello c.2009

Heading to Pittsburgh for the weekend...  DCA flight delayed for three hours!

Call for Artists

UNITED in Passion and Pride.
September 10 - October 22, 2016
39th Street Gallery/Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, MD 20722 (Second floor, 39th Street entrance)
This call for visual art is in response to the mass shooting that took the lives of 49 people at the Pulse Night Club, a gay bar in Orlando Florida, in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016.  We are deeply saddened by this attack on the LGBTQ Community and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the people we lost. This tragedy is multi-layered and as such, this call is open to your interpretation of the title and theme. All artists are encouraged to enter work.

The 39th Street Gallery is located in Brentwood Maryland, a quarter mile from the Washington DC Line, in the heart of the Gateway Arts District. The Gateway Arts District strives to be a diverse community that is inclusive to all.
Please submit up to 3 pieces (both 2-D and 3-D works will be considered),
Entry Requirements:
1.) All submissions must be sent electronically to be considered.
2.) Images should be submitted in JPEG format, ideally 4" x 6"image size
3.) Any selected work MUST BE READY to Hang, Any pieces selected that arrives not ready to hang will be returned to artist upon delivery
4.) Work should not exceed 60" in any one dimension.
5.) Number and Label all images with the artist's last name and title in the JPEG file (Example: 01_Jones_Untitled.jpeg
6.) Include a corresponding image list with JPEG file name, artwork title, medium, year, size, and price.
All work needs to be hand delivered or shipped at the artists expense including prepaid return shipping.  
The gallery will not take any commission on sales from this exhibition.
September 10 - October 22, 2016 -- exhibition dates
August  12-- deadline to apply
August 19 -- notifications of acceptance
August 20-27-- shipped artwork to arrive at the gallery
August 27, from 12-3PM -- hand delivered artwork to arrive at the gallery (or by appointment)
September 10, 5 pm - 8 pm -- opening reception
October 22 -- last day of the show
October 23- 27- artwork pick up and shipping (pick up at gallery by appointment)
1. John Paradiso, Artist, Curator of Programs, 39th Street Gallery
2. Margaret Boozer, Artist, Founder of Red Dirt Studio
3. Tom Hill, Artist, Senior Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

For more information please write or call John Paradiso, 202-487-8458. Email:

John Paradiso
39th Street Gallery
Curator of Programming 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lori Katz at the AAFNYC

Lori Katz
Wall of Squares
55” x 45” x 2.5"

Stoneware with slips, underglaze, glaze, and mixed media including high-temperature wire,
oil paint, cold wax, metal leaf
You will be able to see this piece and many others works by Katz in New York at the coming Affordable Art Fair.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This Friday: Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program Visual Arts Exhibition

Opening Reception
Friday, July 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RSVP here.
DC Commission on Arts and Humanities
200 I (Eye) Street, SE
Main Gallery
Washington, DC 20003
Exhibition closes August 31
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
200 I (Eye) Street SE, Washington DC
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents a  visual arts exhibition featuring some of the District's finest visual artists applying for the FY 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP). Each artist has submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective. This exhibition captures the broad scope of the District's dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for the artists to express their visions directly to the panel of peer reviewers evaluating their applications and to the public

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Opportunities for Artists

Non-DCCAH Calls for Artists (lifted from the DCCAH website:

Washington Area Visual Artists Registry

From Bill Roseberry:
Dear D.C. Artists,
I am in the very initial stages of compiling an historical comprehensive registry of Washington Area Visual Artists from pre-1800's to the present.
Besides names and dates, I wish to focus particularly on studio locations in and around the D.C. Metropolitan area, the neighborhoods they lived and worked, and other cultural and educational affiliations artists had or participated in.
I understand that this will be a very large project. But it is my wish that with enough individual responses and support I can demonstrate the need for institution support and funding in desire to create a larger centrally-located, interactive database with links to individual artists archives.
It simply seems to me that we need a shift in the balance the focus of research and funding in the arts from the end-product (objects on display and in collections) to the artist and his or her active community and primary means of moral and creative support.
To this end I have created this short survey to fill out and return:…/1FAIpQLSdQBHw5oMN8wNmxn…/viewform…

Please feel free to copy and share the form to as many D.C area artists (including former and current art students) you know and have contact with and ask them to return it. The more responses there are the better likelihood we can revive and reinvigorate the culture of artists in D.C. to fill the cracks and holes in the shared legacy that we've all contributed to create.
If you have ideas and suggestions please email me at

I would very much appreciate your feedback.
If you know of a deceased artist and can enter the following information please feel free to do so on a separate form.
Also visit and invite artist friends to visit…/ for updates.
Thank you.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review of Alma Thomas

Thomas, who died in 1978, at the age of eighty-six, was a junior-high-school art teacher in Washington, D.C., whose own paintings were modernist and sophisticated but of no special note until she retired from teaching, in 1960, and took up color-intensive abstraction.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Call for Artists: Shockoe Artspace

Shockoe Artspace’s mission is to provide a vital platform for both student, emerging and professional artists from local and regional backgrounds as well as international. 
We are looking to promote a diverse array of works and exhibitions. Furthermore we exist to cultivate community through various forms and outlets that will deeply impact our city. We think it is vital to generate new and relevant dialogue surrounding the arts of all kinds that stimulates growth in the artist and increases interest and appreciation from patrons and supporters.
Through a diverse array of exhibitions, forums, and open critiques, we hope to extend the already flourishing artistic foundation and culture here in Shockoe Bottom and Richmond as a whole.

Artist submissions are welcomed. Submissions will be reviewed several times a year. If upon review, we have further interest, we will be in touch with you directly. Artists should include a C.V., and artist statement, along with a personal web address and or 5 to 10 jpeg images with captions. Submissions must be emailed to

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Art Scam Alert!!!

This scam alert came from a mutant con artist attempting to rip off artists - the email is 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this rip off mutant!
From: Aaron Cooper (
Sent: Thu 7/21/16 5:46 PM
I am making inquiry if you sell and ship international, specifically to our location here in New Zealand and also do you accept card payment?..In addition, I will appreciate if you return to me by email with your price list.
I had a look on your website already and you have a very good collection on there.
Looking forward to your quick response.
Aaron Cooper

Opportunity for artists of LA area African ancestry

Deadline: August 15, 2016
Fee: $15

Through the Emerging Artists Program, MoAD (The Museum of the African Diaspora) is committed to providing local LA artists the opportunities to generate and exhibit work reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora... Bummer that it's just artists from the City of Angels...

The EAP is a call for artists to submit a solo exhibition proposal of their work. Competitive proposals will present innovative artwork to activate the salon space. 

This multipurpose space is the heart of the museum where they hold public programs, education workshops, and events. 

Four final artists will be selected. Each artist will have a 2 month solo show as part of the Emerging Artists Program to display their work in a solo exhibition.
We will hold two information sessions to review the application process and to answer any questions. These sessions will be held on June 1st and June 29th at 6pm in the MoAD salon and include a gallery tour.
Selected artists will be notified on August 31, 2016, after which artists will then work with the exhibitions team at the museum and have 2 months to finalize and prepare work.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

JT Kirkland at Shockoe Artspace

Shockoe Artspace is hosting a gigantic exhibition in Richmond titled Space within, Space without; it is a large scale exhibition of new and recent work from my good bud (and former legendary DMV art blogger)  J.T. Kirkland. The show  surveys the visual developments of his dually minimalist and expansive paintings, and it's on through September 16, 2016.

Kirkland resides in Sterling, Virginia and has an extensive exhibition record, including several exhibitions along the East Coast in 2016.

Kirkland notes that...
Over the past six years I’ve created a series of paintings called Subspace, which most commonly are executed with house paint on plywood. Although the works in the series are seemingly disparate at times, there are common themes consistently present: formal and rigorous compositions, use of readily available materials sourced solely from home-improvement stores, playful and open-ended conceptual interests, a literally reductive approach to art-making.

I strive to collaborate with wood such that my artistic gesture serves to bring attention to the wood’s natural beauty and complex visual patterns. I’m interested in exploring the area where painting meets sculpture; fine art meets craft, and space inside meets space outside.
I've heard all kinds of good things about this expansive art space in Richmond, including all the hard work that its owner, Ryan Lauterio, is pouring into the space. 

The gallery is located at 12 North 19th Street, Richmond, VA 23223 and online at

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gallery B accepting applications

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership are accepting applications for Gallery B 2017 exhibitions!

This gallery, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E in downtown Bethesda, is available to interested artists and arts organizations for one-month rentals. All media including, but not limited to, painting, photography and sculpture is eligible to use the space. Gallery B does not take a commission on any artwork sold during the exhibition.  
We are seeking applications from local artists and arts organizations for month-long exhibitions in 2016. Gallery B has approximately 1,500 sq. feet of available exhibition space. The deadline for submission is July 29, 2016.

To be considered for a solo or group exhibition, and to review the gallery requirements, please
complete this application.
Questions?  Please send them an email to

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Arts Workshop

Next Saturday Michael Kaiser, Chair of the DeVos Institute, is teaching a workshop... details here.
Join world-renowned arts leader Michael Kaiser for a workshop benefitting Day Eight and the DC Arts Writing Fellowship. 
How can you, as an artist or arts administrator, ensure that you not only survive, but thrive? This workshop will include a presentation by Mr. Kaiser followed by a question and answer session. To keep the conversation lively and focused, we request that you prepare questions for Mr. Kaiser in advance.
The workshop, hosted by DayEight, is on Saturday July 23rd in Petworth. The Petworth Community Space is located on the third floor above Slim's Diner, three blocks from the Petworth metro in Washington, D.C. The Upshur Street (Petworth) Community Space - 4201 Georgia Avenue NW, Third Floor (corner of Upshur and Georgia, entrance in the back), Washington, D.C. 20011

Monday, July 18, 2016

America Desnuda

From my obsessive series of repeatable drawings... started waaay back in 1981... sold in 1997 and then (after I saw it again, framed at the owner's house), unframed, worked on some more, and re-framed and given back to the owner in 2009.

Odd uh?

I did that because she's was the process of making it available via auction and I was too vain to have it as it was back in 1981... Then she changed her mind after I reworked it and kept it!

And now, the owner has passed on, and soon this work will be at auction somewhere...  full circle of life (art). 

America Desnuda, c. 1981, in progress of being re-vamped from a student drawing

America Desnuda, 4th charcoal layer... drying off from fixative spray and work to bring it up to 2009 skills

America Desnuda... done 1981-2009
Finished and framed drawing at an art auction later this year...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This ought to...

Arts Panel today

Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in EDT
The evolving forms of news media have created a new kind of journalist: an expert in the field whose journalistic objectivity is sometimes suspect. What does it mean when artists are also arts journalists?

Visit with four practitioners and share your thoughts about the role of expert opinion, independent opinion, and self-promotion in arts journalism.

Moderated by DC Arts Writing Fellow Jonelle Walker, this panel will feature:

Lenny Campello – Artist, Art Critic, Art Dealer, & Blogger, Daily Campello Art News
JT Kirkland - Artist & Former Critic
Jenn Larsen - Writer and cultural communications strategist; Ringleader, Connectivity, dog & pony dc; Co-Founder,
John Stoltenberg - Senior Reviewer and Columnist, DC Metro Theatre Arts & Director of Communications, WSC Avant Bard
The DC Arts Writing Fellowship, a project of Day Eight, is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities DC, Brink Media, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and DCRE Residential.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Old Pics: Me and The Da Fonze

Me and Da Fonze (Cleto Fontanilla) in either Naples or Palma
c. 1975, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
Sailors at Liberty in Europe Series
Photographer Unknown