Saturday, June 03, 2017

Call for Artists

Deadline: Friday, June 16, 6:00 P.M.

From Zenith Gallery:

Re-Invigorate and Express Your Views, Thoughts and Concerns

This summer we present an exhibit titled RESIST in honor of the latest resist movements captivating the globe. We invite professional artists to submit works that interpret and reflect on the state of our world today. What has surfaced in your work, what do you need to express and protest? Have you traveled to join marches, made new connections? Whether inspiration or actual scenes – be it the Women’s March, the March for Science, Climate Change, No DAPL, Education, Air Quality, GMOs – How are these times making you feel? What is happening to our democracy and our government and the people in our city, nation and world?

Submissions Deadline: Friday, June 16, 6:00 P.M.

To Submit:
· Professional artists: send 1-5 images of each work at 72dpi resolution, but please have 300 DPI available. Each artist may submit up to 5 works total.
· CV, Artist Statement.
· Maximum height for wall art: 48” x 48” x 3”, free standing sculpture: 50lbs
· All work submitted must be gallery ready to install (hardware on back, all artwork must be signed, dated, and labeled)
· Artist is responsible for all shipping and insurance expenses (all shipped works must contain a return shipping label) or dropping off/retrieving work within announced timeframe.
· Fee: $35 for up to 5 artworks to the Zenith Community Arts Foundation. 501 C-# Non Profit, 1429 Iris St., NW WDC 20012
· Apply online at

First Prize winner will receive $450, Second Prize, $350, and Third Prize winner will receive $250. All submitted artists will also be judged for possible permanent representation with Zenith Gallery.

Zenith Gallery: Zenith has established deep roots in the nation’s capital and with artists and collectors across America. Throughout our history, we’ve pushed boundaries and broken ground with an ever-changing selection of paintings, sculpture, neon, photographs, tapestries and mixed-media pieces that stimulate, engage and have profoundly enhanced our clients’ residential, corporate and public-space environments. Long at the forefront of the Washington arts scene, we seek out and feature exceptional artists at varying stages of their careers. Many have been with us for 30 years and are now well-known and established, while others are young bright lights on the horizon. We help our clients articulate their needs based on budget, aesthetic preferences, and space ramifications of all sizes. Our main goal is to provide a service that works with the client to find art that fits the look and image they would like to convey.

The Obsessions of F. Lennox Campello

Here a short video documentation of my current show at Artists and Makers Studio II in Rockville, MD. The show runs through June 29.

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Opening is tonight!

Thank you to the Washington Post's Going Out Guide gang for mentioning the opening(s) taking place today at Artists and Makers Studios! See it here.

Artists & Makers Studios II
Main Gallery (room 217)
12276 Wilkins Ave
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 437-9573

Some early press here:

Note: The Sangria once dubbed "The best Sangria in the DMV" back in the days when I used to be the co-owner of the Fraser Galleries will make a return comeback at the opening!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Transformer turns 15!

In gallery years, 15 is like a 100! Congrats to Transformer!
Dear Friends of Transformer, 

This summer marks Transformer's 15th year as a unique conduit for emerging visual artists and contemporary art audiences!  

As announced recently in The Washington City Paper, we are celebrating the 'quinceaƱera' of our artist-driven mission to connect & promote emerging visual artists and experimental ideas with the introduction of several exciting projects, and the expansion of our innovative programming.  We are thrilled to share further details of these new initiatives with you here.

We invite you to celebrate these happenings and our 15 year anniversary with us this summer - at our 1404 P Street, NW project space, at the Hirshhorn, and at the beach in Asbury Park, NJ - and to further your support for Transformer as we continue to build distinctive partnerships and opportunities that propel emerging visual artists in their creative and professional development.

Transformer knows we could not do our important work advancing contemporary culture without YOU: our growing community of artists, collectors, donors, arts organizers, emerging contemporary art enthusiasts and friends.  THANK YOU for your continued support!  

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Victoria Reis
Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Opportunity for Artists and Curators

Deadline: June 3, 2017

The New Art Center's Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) supports independent curators of contemporary art by making diverse visions possible in a non-profit and alternative exhibition space. The program investigates contemporary culture through the visual arts, exhibits strong curatorial voices, and encourages the timely examination of new ideas and perspectives.

The New Art Center (NAC) are currently accepting curatorial proposals for 5- to 6-week group exhibitions from September 2018 – May 2019 at the New Art Center in Newton. We will only accept electronic submissions received before June 3, 2017.

Details here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This Friday in Rockville: Start planning for this opening

Big Announcement!

I will be having my first solo show in the DMV in over 8 years! Mostly because lack of (a) time (new father again) and (b) creating work for the art fairs and (c) selling it there.

And it will be at an amazing space!!!!

The opening will be June 2nd from 6-9pm, and the exhibition runs through June 29th, and will be at the very hardworking Judith Heartsong's Artists and Makers Studios 2's main gallery (Room 217)!

Artists and Makers Studios 2
Main Gallery
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Here are some the works that will be on display - See ya there Friday - RSVP here!

Frida Kahlo in a Cross of Clouds (Version II) by Campello
Frida Kahlo in a Cross of Clouds (Version II)
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
9x7x3, circa 1980-2017
Frida Kahlo in a Cross of Clouds (Version I) by Campello
Frida Kahlo in a Cross of Clouds (Version I)
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
7x7x3, circa 1980-2017
Mermaid (The Deep)
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
7x4x3, circa 1997-2017
Pre-Sold - Soon in a private collection in Santee, CA
An Unmarried Woman
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
9x4x3 inches, c.2017
Dancin Always Did the Trick
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
3 x 2.5 inches, circa 2017
A Woman Falling from the Sky
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
4.25 x 2 x 2 inches, circa 2017

Supergirl Flyng Naked
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
1.75x 4.5 x 2 inches, circa 2017
Life was always a balancing act
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
3 inches round x 1 inch,, circa 2017
Castrum Canis (Ernesto Guevara de La Serna Lynch)
Charcoal, conte,on Unfired Bisque
2.5x4x0.75 inches, 2017
La Frida
Charcoal, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
3.5 round x 4 inches, circa 1997-2017
Gym Rat
Charcoal and conte on Unfired Bisque
4.5 x 2,5 x 1 inches, circa 2017

Che Guevara (Castrum Canis)
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
4.5x3.25 inches, circa 2017

Obama Laughing
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
5x3 inches, circa 2017

Next Year in Jerusalem
Charcoal and conte on Unfired Bisque
5.5x4.5x3 inches, circa 2017
Obama The Day After
Charcoal, conte, mixed media on Unfired Bisque
1.25 x 2 inches, circa 2017
A Man Begging
Charcoal, conte,on Unfired Bisque
 3x3.5x2 inches, circa 2017
Suddenly, She Figured Out How to Break Her Chains
Charcoal, conte on Unfired Bisque
4x4.75x1 inches,  circa 2017

The Devil... After he came back from Georgia
Charcoal, conte on Unfired Bisque
5x6x2 inches,  circa 2017
Your Portrait in a Gallery of Portraits
Charcoal, conte, live video, still digital images
 12x36 inches, circa 2017
Channeling Jackson Pollock (A Campello Within a Pollock)
Oil on Gessoed Paper and Embedded Looped Video
 circa 2013
The Batman Brooding
Charcoal, Conte and Embedded Appropriated Looped Video
 circa 2013

Fallen Angels
Charcoal, Conte on Paper
 36x12 inches, circa 2014
Cuban by Ancestry, but American by the Grace of God
Charcoal, Conte and Embedded Video
18x24 inches, circa 2017
Woman Falling from the Sky
Charcoal, Conte on Paper
12x5 inches, circa 2014

T-Shirt God (The True Che)
Charcoal, Conte and Embedded Still Imagery
 circa 2012
Judith with the Head of Halofernes
Charcoal, Conte and Embedded Digital Imagery
 circa 2012
The Batman Brooding (Version II) 36x36, c. 2015 by F. Lennox Campello
The Batman Brooding (Version II)
c. 2015, Charcoal on Paper, 12x36 inches

"Obama as Atlas"
Charcoal, circa 2006-2014 Framed to 20x16 inches (Updated Yearly)

"Spiderman Naked"
Charcoal on Paper
30x8, circa 2013
"Woman Bowing Down to Life"
Charcoal on Paper
16x5, circa 2013

And here are some installation shots:

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Planet is a Delicate Thing

The Planet is a Delicate Thing
Experimental Printmaking by ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY
Friday, June 16th - July 5th, 2017

Friday June 16th, 6pm-8pm
The artist will be in attendance.

Saturday, June 24th, 2pm

ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, Fish, 2017, 72"x60"
wood engraving & painting on canvas


Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Streets)
Washington, DC 20009


Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hanging day for my solo

Today was a typical hanging day.

I was hanging for my solo at Artists & Makers Studio 2 in Rockville: I broke a large piece of glass in one of the main pieces, dropped another frame and glass didn't break! But the frame did! Then a third piece, which been pre-sold, fell off the wall... it actually looks more interesting now.

This is the amazing space below:

Friday, May 26, 2017

Call for Proposals

Deadline: June 5, 2017.

1708 Gallery invites US-based and international artists and curators to submit proposals for the 2018 and 2019 exhibition seasons. Applying students must have graduated before their proposed exhibition dates. 1708 Gallery strongly encourages proposals for new or developing projects and bodies of work. In addition to proposals for exhibitions in the 1708 Gallery space, public works and other non-gallery based projects will be considered. Selected proposals will be given an exhibition period of approximately six weeks, a $1000 honorarium, and shipping, travel, installation and exhibition support. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunity and space for experimentation, freedom and artistic growth, while promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. We also support artists’ professional development through creation and facilitation of public or educational programming; interaction with collectors; and engagement with diverse audiences.

Application Fee: $20.

Please contact 1708 Gallery Coordinator Erin Willett with any questions at or 804.643.1708. For more information visit

To submit a proposal visit

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Call for artists

Deadline: June 7, 2017.

Create/Change is an all-media, juried exhibition that will feature work that examines the idea of artist/s as citizens. Artists who, through their work, reimagine the traditional notions of art-making, and who contribute to society either through the transformative power of their artistic abilities, or through proactive social engagement with the arts, advancing equity, empathy, sustainability, and social justice through art and culture. This exhibition is open to all artists living and working in the United States.

To apply visit,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Art Scam Alert!

Ignore this asswipe mutant Anthony Handy ( just the old art rip off scheme...

Washington Women's Art Center

Were you a member of the Washington Women's Art Center or know someone that was?

In the summer of 2018, the Alper Initiative will have two juried exhibits that will honor the Washington Women’s Arts Center, the feminist arts organization in the DC metropolitan area in the 1970s - 80s.

They are soliciting work from former members and exhibitors of the WWAC!

1)      The first exhibition in the Alper Initiative space will feature work made between 1975 and 1985 to provide a historic context for the WWAC. It will be accompanied by a catalogue.

2)     The second exhibition will feature current work by artists who were former members and exhibitors of the WWAC between 1975 and 1985.

Please visit this website for more information on the exhibitions and the submission process.

Because not all submissions will be selected by the juror for physical display at the museum, the museum plans to include a slide show identifying all former members.  Therefore, all former members are encouraged to send a high resolution headshot and image of their work (300 DPI), as well as a short quote about what the WWAC meant to them for inclusion in the slideshow to

So, please begin gathering your materials and share this information!

Remember to join their WWAC Facebook page, Memories of the Washington Women’s Arts Center.
Contact Judith Benderson, former WWAC board member and Managing Director (1983-1985) at, or with any questions.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How Collectors Use Instagram to Buy Art

According to a recent survey of collectors on Instagram, an incredible 51.5% have purchased works from artists they originally discovered through Instagram. More importantly, this discovery led to an average of 5 purchased works by artists originally found on the app! Although respondents are all active on Instagram, and nearly half have collections of 100+ works, these are significant findings. Collector and social media expert Karen Robinovitz (@karenrobinovitz) commented, “Collecting art is an addiction and Instagram is the dealer and pusher that enables it.” 
Is Facebook’s image sharing platform (valued at $35 billion) the next big sales channel for fine art?
Read the fascinating article by Elena Soboleva here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

He bet his fiddle of gold...

"The Devil... after he came back from Georgia"
Charcoal, conte on unfired Bisque
5x6x3 inches, c. 2017

This piece will be at my forthcoming show "The Obsessions of F. Lennox Campello" which opens June 2nd at Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville and located at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville - reception is from 6-9PM.

It is inspired by Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
The Devil went down to Georgia,
He was looking for a soul to steal
He was in a bind, 'cause he was way behind,
He was willing to make a deal
When he came across this young man
Sawing on a fiddle and playing it hot
And the Devil jumped up on a hickory stump and said,
"Boy let me tell you what:
I guess you didn´t know it, but I'm a fiddle player too,
And if you'd care to take a dare,
I'll make a bet with you
Now you play a pretty good fiddle,
Boy, but give the Devil his due
I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul
'Cause I think I'm better than you"

The boy said, "My name's Johnny and it might be a sin,
But I'll take your bet, you're gonna regret,
'Cause I'm the best there's ever been"

Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard,
'Cause hell's broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals the cards
And if you win you'll get this shiny fiddle made of gold,
But if you lose, the Devil gets your soul!

The Devil opened up his case and he said, "I'll start this show"
And fire blew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow
And he pulled the bow across the strings and it made an evil hiss
Then a band of demons joined in,
And it sounded something like this

When the Devil finished, Johnny said,
"Well you're pretty good old son
But sit down in that chair right there
And let me show you how it's done!"

Fire on the Mountain, run, boys, run
The Devil´s in the house of the rising sun
Chicken in the bread pan a picking out dough,
Granny does your dog bite, "No, child, no"

The Devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat
And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny´s feet
Johnny said, "Devil, just come on back
If you ever want to try again,
I done told you once, you son of a bitch,
I'm the best there´s ever been"

He played,
Fire on the Mountain, run, boys, run
The Devil's in the house of the rising sun
Chicken in the breadpan a picking out dough,
Granny will your dog bite, "No, child, no"

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gallery B call for applications

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership are accepting applications for a Gallery B November 2017 exhibition! The exhibition will run from November 8 - December 2.
Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda, is a non-profit art space managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.
We heavily market Gallery B through press releases to local media, weekly emails to our listserv of 10,000 contacts, listings in our bi-monthly Events Calendar to 30,000 households, numerous social media posts, advertisements, postcards, and more. Although we ask for a rental fee ($300-$400 per person, depending on how many artists are in the group), the gallery does not take a commission on any work that is sold. 

To be considered for the group exhibition, please email five images of work to by June 1.
Questions?  Please send an email to

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Apply Now - 2018 Maryland Individual Artist Award

Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. Grants of $1,000-$6,000 honor the unique contributions of Maryland artists to the state's creative economy and help support artists to advance their craft. 

The 2018 IAA application is now open to Maryland artists in the following categories: 
  • Non-Classical Music: Composition
  • Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Visual Arts: Crafts
  • Visual Arts: Photography

MSAC partners with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) to administer the IAA program.

Applicants can access IAA guidelines, application, and application assistance resources by scrolling down to the "Maryland" section here on MAAF's website

The deadline for 2018 applications is
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm EST
All applications must be submitted online.

MSAC and MAAF will offer two webinars to guide IAA applicants through the application process. Advance registration is required. 

Monday, May 22, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM - Register here
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00-11:30 AM - Register here

Good luck! (I've applied like a million times and never been a winner - but will continue to try!)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Eric Hope on Paula Ballo Dailey

JFK at the NPG

Today the National Portrait Gallery will install a pastel portrait of President John F. Kennedy by Shirley Seltzer Cooper in honor of the centennial celebration of his birth.
The Portrait Gallery joins the nationwide celebration of the life and legacy of President Kennedy on the centennial of his birth, illuminating his contributions, policies and challenges he feared in the wake of the civil rights era and present. Kennedy’s portrait will be on view from May 19 through July 9 in the museum’s “Celebrate” space in the first-floor north gallery.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lida Moser photos acquired by the NPG

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC just acquired four more photos by the amazing Lida Moser (may she rest in peace). Lida's work is already in the collection of the NPG as well as the National Portrait Galleries of Britain, Canada and Scotland! We miss her and love her and are honored to run her estate.

They've acquired these photos:
  • Judy Collins, gelatin silver print, 1961
  • Charles Mingus, gelatin silver print, 1965
  • Nell Blaine, gelatin silver print, 1968
  • Aaron Siskind, gelatin silver print, 1949
 Lida once told me the story of how she photographed Siskind... apparently they were all in Central Park in New York to photograph a zoo or carousel that was being built, and Lida got more interested in Siskind's gestures as he prepared to frame his photographs, and started shooting him, instead of the assignment!

Look at the photo and see the clear and empty surroundings around Siskind, the mud, the water, the stream??? Does anyone know where in Central Park that would have been in 1949?

By the way, that photo is in the permanent collection of many museums, including 3-4 "local" museums here in the DMV. 

One day I will tell the story of the Judy Collins shoot... or even better, the Charlie Mingus shoot.

Aaron Siskind by Lida Moser, circa 1949
Aaron Siskind by Lida Moser, circa 1949