Saturday, August 19, 2017

2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open

Call for Artists:
2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open
Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Post-Graduate Residency Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is seeking applicants for the 2018 program via The deadline is Sunday, September 10, 2017.

This competitive program provides meaningful support for recent promising graduates who have, or will soon complete a bachelor’s or master’s art degree with an accredited program.

This year’s jurors are Christine Neptune, founder of Neptune Fine Art, Amy Cavanaugh Royce, executive director at Maryland Art Place, and Ginevra Shay, artistic director of The Contemporary Museum and curator of Rose Arcade.

This visual-arts residency is unique in the region for addressing the critical post-graduate juncture in emerging artists’ careers. It offers an opportunity for professional development and networking, as well as a chance to define their practices outside of the academic context. Submissions are open to recent graduates who attended schools from across the U.S. Applicants need to submit proof of their residence in the area and/or can demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the ongoing future of the arts in the greater Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland region. There continues to be no entry fee.

“This program brings the next generation of artists into the Torpedo Factory community,” said Brett John Johnson, director of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. “The program is a great example of working toward our mission of igniting the creative spirit by fostering connections among artists and the public. My hope is that we have a dynamic exchange of perspectives, techniques, and ideas throughout 2018.”

The Post-Graduate Residency Studio in located on the first floor, in Studio 12, at the Torpedo Factory. Artists can create, display, and sell work, interact with the public, and network with other artists. Residents receive a stipend during their term and have an opportunity to give an artist talk with the moderator of their choice. The program will culminate in a group exhibition in the Torpedo Factory’s contemporary exhibition space, Target Gallery, in the fall of 2018.

The resident artists are active, equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. They benefit from engaging with thousands of local, national, and international visitors, collectors, and artists who pass through each year.

Questions about the residency or applications can be directed to or 703.746-4570.

About the Jurors
Christine Neptune founded Neptune Fine Art in 2000 after twenty years of experience in auction houses, museums, fine art publishing, and galleries to exhibit Modern and contemporary works as well as publish new editions. She regularly meets with private clients at Gallery Neptune and Brown in Washington, D.C., and by appointment in New York City.

Amy Cavanaugh Royce has been Executive Director at Maryland Art Place (MAP) since January 2012. Prior to her work at MAP, Amy was the Vice President and COO of ARCH Development Corporation in Washington, DC where she was most notably known for co-founding Honfleur Gallery.

Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and curator of Rose Arcade.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. In an effort to sustain the arts in Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory is temporarily part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League Gallery and School, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria EatsPlace CafĂ© and Market. For more information, visit or follow the Torpedo Factory on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flying back home

Flying on Facebook - a cartoon by F. Lennox Campello c.2009
Airborne today and heading back to the swamp - currently stuck in Colorado Springs, delayed flight to Dulles - but at least the view of the Rockies is awesome!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opportunity for artists

Calling all Artists! Are you the life of the party?  Do you have a desire to teach adults fun and unique arts projects?  Arts on a Roll, a mobile, on-demand arts service in Prince George’s County is in search of fun loving, motivated, energetic, and experienced visual artists to lead art classes, programs, and events catered to adults ages 21 and over. Teaching artists will be lead monthly create & sip style events for the community, and also work to develop and teach activities for adult private parties and events such as birthday parties, wedding showers, babies showers, etc.  Experience in various media including mosaics, glass painting, printmaking, textiles, jewelry-making and other quality craft projects is ideal. 

·         Serve as the lead instructor at events for up to 20 individuals of varying levels of artistic skill
·         Willingness to talk and get to know everyone in the room
·         Develop and write lessons for unique arts projects for 21 and over patrons
·         Available for evening and weekend hours
·         Must have a valid driver’s license
The ideal candidate:
·         Can create a fun and entertaining environment where patrons can explore and learn unique art skills
·         Must be confident with live demonstrations and providing step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow for non-artists
·         Has strong time management skills and can work independently without supervision
·         A problem solver who can adapt and “think on his/her feet”

To Apply
We will review as applications on an ongoing basis they are received. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and two references to

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Humor art

Deadline: September 12, 2017

Humor can break barriers. It can change our perspective and make us receptive to new ideas. Humor helps us to communicate our message, and in doing so humor connects us. Because of this, there are many different ways to express and experience humor. Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts, is celebrating the many ways artists express themselves through humorous means. By sharing your artistic sense of humor, you can contribute to this connection by taking part in this interdisciplinary exhibition. Art will be selected for inclusion by an interdisciplinary panel of jurors. All artists over the age of 18 and practicing in the United States are eligible. For more details, please visit

Left Coast Sunset

Left Coast Sunset, Soviet Socialist Republic of California, August 16, 2017
Left Coast Sunset, Soviet Socialist Republic of California, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How a new drawing starts

For a while I have been taking images of the back of men and women to help me define a new piece... I need a "regular" image of the back of a "regular" person... which I will transport eventually into a drawing of a person at a museum looking at artwork...

This is a good example of a random lady in San Diego yesterday...

Wanna be the model for the pieces? I need several... Send me an image of you - full body and one of head and shoulders - from the back - preferably looking at a blank wall....

This is the anon model

This is more like she'll end up in my drawing

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hotel art

Hotel room art, Hyatt Mission Bay, San Diego, California (artist unknown)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

San Diego

Obligatory room view - Spectacular!

"Anderson Campello, Mission Bay, San Diego, California 2017"
"Anderson Campello, Mission Bay, San Diego, California 2017"

Flying cartoon by Campello
Heading to San Diego for some beach time on the Left Coast...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Come to the panel today

Today, Saturday August 12th, Artists and Makers Studios is hosting Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund, who run the Arts Business Institute out of Baltimore for a 2-day ABI workshop at Artists and Makers Studios 2 (Wilkins in Rockville).

Details here. 

There is also a expert panel between 11:45 and 12:45, and I'm honored to be part of the panel, along with DMV uberartist Michael Janis. We'll be discussing all kinds of things that 21st century artists should and must know!

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The New Marketplace – Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Creative Marketing – Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch – Expert Panel Discussion
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pricing for Profit – Wendy Rosen/Carolyn Edlund
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sales Strategies for Artists – Carolyn Edlund

See ya there!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Shiri Achu Art Exhibition: 38InPrint:Jamaica

I first came across DMV artist Shiri Achu at the Artomatic held in Potomac last year...this hard working DMV artist has a most interesting worldwide art project which now finds an iteration at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

From her news release:
Shiri Achu Art Exhibition; 38InPrint:Jamaica
Fri 26th Aug. – Fri 8th Sept. 2017
Heritage road, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, W.I

Private view/Opening – Fri. 25th Aug 2017, 6pm onwards
Closing Party – Fri. 8th Sept. 2017, 6pm onwards
SHIRI ACHU'S FIRST ART EXHIBITION IN JAMAICA!! Excited is an understatement as Shiri eagerly prepares this debut exhibition to the people of Jamaica!!! Since her first solo exhibition 7 years ago, held at St Augustine's tower in Hackney, Shiri has been fortunate to have received the award of ‘The best artist’ in Brent; London and has exhibited in various exciting places/events/cities. These include, The Commonwealth Secretariat, The houses of Parliament, The Olympic African Village... Cities include Lisbon, Barcelona, Douala, Chiang Mai, Washington DC, Australia… to name a few.

Today, Shiri Achu is very excited to present to Kingston, Jamaica, for two weeks only, ‘38InPrint:Jamaica’.

The fourth in the InPrint series of ShiriAchuArt Exhibitions following; ‘35InPrint:LONDON’ which took place from 19th – 25th April 2014 at The Strand Gallery in central London, ‘36InPrint:DC’ which took place from 5th – 14th May 2016 at Gallery A in Central Washington DC and ‘37InPrint:AUS’, which took place from 14th July – 23rd July at Mama Jambo in Australia.

35InPrint:LONDON was great, the exhibition was attended by the Mayor of Harrow amongst many others.  At 36InPrint:DC Shiri was deeply honoured to have received recognition from Congressman Chris Van Hollen ' presenting the inaugural 36InPrintDC art exhibition, and with appreciation for using art to capture the spirit of Africa...' 37InPrint:AUS was fabulous. Shiri was honoured to have her art works much appreciated and many purchased by the people of Australia.

Shiri Achu’s art comes from every day, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, colour, texture and tone. She draws insight from her travels but in general her inspiration is very broad; from natural moments captured in Africa to still objects, from the human form to the human in action.

Ever increasingly so, one of the aims of Shiri Achu’s Art is to showcase and promote the African cultures worldwide. She finds beauty in the woman carrying her child on her back and going her way, She finds beauty in the old lady who makes here ‘achu’ in her dark outdoor kitchen for her grandchildren. She finds beauty in the African fabrics, she finds beauty, envy even, in the young girl climbing the tree!! So she paints these images. For her, they are beautiful moments and for that moment, whilst she works on that piece she buries herself in the story and in the culture.

38InPrint:AUS exhibition will largely consist of 38 Framed Signed Limited Edition Shiri Achu Art Prints. Attendees will be able to purchase these limited edition signed prints at very affordable prices.

At the Opening/Private view on Friday 25th August, there will be live music. Thereafter the exhibition can be viewed everyday from 9am – 6pm when the University will be opened. The Closing party will be on Friday 8th September and it will be lived streamed.


Shiri Achu Art ^RAISE THE ROOF^ Campaign has been launched! Everyone everywhere is invited and urged to buy raffle tickets to enter the competition to win an original Shiri Achu painting, Midnight tradition! The proceeds from the campaign will go towards completing the Sunday school roof in Santa, Cameroon.

The worldwide, 8 weeks campaign will conclude on Friday the 8th of September, when it will be streamed live so everyone who has bought raffle tickets, can stream in to see if they are the lucky person who has won The Original Shiri Achu painting – Midnight Tradition’. 

Valued at $10,000, Acrylics on Canvas, 76cmX102cm, this painting 'Midnight Tradition' was painted precisely 8 years ago in 2009. Midnight Tradition features on page 65 of the International Contemporary masters VII and was selected as a Finalist for the Cliftons Art Prize 2012, Adelaide/Australia

There will also be 3 runner ups winners, winning signed limited edition prints of ‘Midnight Tradition’, and 4 more people winning a combination prize. All 8 ^RAISE THE ROOF^ campaign winners will be selected starting @ 8pm At the closing of 38InPrint:Jamaica on Friday 8th of September.

Please buy raffle tickets now to enter the competition, buy from
or more directly from


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, September 6, 2017

9th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition

ArtSpace Herndon is pleased to announce the call for art for our 9th annual Expressions Portrait Competition is now open and is scheduled to close Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Delaware are invited to submit original 2D or 3D portrait art. Preference will be given to works adhering to the traditional definition of portraiture: “…a painting, sculpture, or other artistic representation, in which the face and its expression is predominant with the intent to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.”
Finalists will be featured in the Expressions Portrait Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon October 3 through October 28, 2017.  Winners of the competition will be announced during the awards reception on Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.

32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) have announced the special honorees and finalists of the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards.

At the public awards ceremony in September, three individuals will be recognized as special honorees. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership. Jazz musician and educator Davey Yarborough will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor.

In addition, twenty-four individuals and organizations are finalists for Mayor's Arts Awards across six categories: Excellence in the Creative Industries, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in the Humanities, Excellence in Visual Arts, The Larry Neal Writers' Award and the Mayor's Award for Arts Education. All nominees for these award categories are publically submitted.

"The individuals and organizations being honored at the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards add to the vibrancy of Washington, DC and help us define who we are as a city. Today, our creative economy is a powerful driver of economic development, helping revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents in all eight wards," said Mayor Bowser. "Washington, DC is rich with arts and culture, and we are proud to highlight the hardworking professionals who make life better for Washingtonians and visitors alike."

"This year's special honorees and finalists represent the depth of professionalism and talent in the District's arts and humanities communities," said Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. "It is an honor for us to showcase their accomplishments at the Mayor's Arts Awards to the entire city."

The 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards event will be presented on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 202-724-5613.

Finalists for the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Excellence in Creative Industries Paul Marengo 
 Studio Theatre 
 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital 
 Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts 
 Excellence in Performing Arts Washington Improv Theater 
 The Choral Arts Society of Washington 
 Dance Place 
 Only Make Believe
Excellence in the Humanities Rayceen Pendarvis 
 Kitty Felde 
 Joy Ford Austin 
 Recreation Wish List Committee 
Excellence in Visual Arts Sondra N. Arkin 
 Katherine Tzu-Ian Mann 
 Cory L. Stowers 
 Michael Crossett 
The Larry Neal Writers' Award (Adult) Taylor Johnson 
 Brendan Williams-Childs 
 Mona Nicole Sfeir 
 Dionne Peart 
The Mayor's Award for Arts Education The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts 
 Inner City-Inner Child 
 Young Playwright's Theater 
 Sitar Arts Center 

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Do you need passion in order to be an artist?

There are always pleasant and enriching surprises where one least expects them.

Such as a few years ago, while I was jurying an art show in one of the Carolinas, where I found a particularly unique piece of sculpture in a show where it was all alone amongst its brethren assorted media; a seminal piece which tempted me into considering awarding it a Best in Show but ended with a lesser Honorable Mention because I thought that the artist had a lot more to explore in order to push the concept behind the work. He needed to enter the world of electricity and lights, and videos, and then he will be there.

I just saw some of his recent work and he's there now!

At that show there was also the enriching experience of meeting artists who were truly and deeply enamored of their art. And the shock of awarding a Best in Show to a small work whose merit may be overseen by most, like the flower in a dandelion is seen as a weed in a garden of manicured flowers.

And there were memorable and most unexpected images of predatory jacks-in-the-box dressed like harlequins being fed honey. They made me shiver with concern as to their creation seed, like a character in
Stephen King’s “Duma Key” reacting to one of Edgar Freemantle’s hypnotic paintings.

And green trees everywhere, clean manicured lawns and mailboxes guided by Homeowner’s Association standards.

And the unexpected and welcomed surprise of having a rich conversation while being driven to the airport that struck a special chord, and triggered thoughts, both light and dark, and ideas, both harsh and moist.

Sometimes a very talented and special artist flourishes amongst a field of good artists. They stand out in a special way, viewed by some as outsiders and out layers and by others as beautiful. Like the powerful yellow of a dandelion flower is seen as a bad weed by the vastness of the majority, and also as a pretty flower by those with a delicate eye for beauty.

But beauty demands the delicacy of steel, shiny and flexible, and composed of mixed components, each strong on their own, but not as strong as when they are forced to couple together in the cauldron of molten ingredients. The scent of beauty has iron ore and coke and alloys and eventually it becomes steel.

The old conversation many years ago floated around art, beauty, and the creative process. The words and idea revolved rapidly around love for art and love for being an artist and how love helps to create art; love as a driving force.

“Not just love,” I added, “also hate.”

After some exploration of this idea, we quickly agreed that what was really needed in order to be an artist was passion.

Poets and common folk have struggled with the nearness of love to hate and the quickness of how they can be molten into one by events and perceptions. Molten like iron and coke and alloys are molten to make steel.

Can art be created from hate?

“From the hells beneath the hells, I bring you my deathly fruits,” wrote Robert Ervin Howard in his dark, some would say hateful poetry.

It is a dreadful question and one that I hadn’t really thought about much until that wonderful exchange of ideas with an unexpected kindred art soul brought it to my mind and then to my lips.

Was Goya driven by hate when he etched his horrible “Disasters of War”? I think so; but a very special kind of hate.

The same Goya who so loved the Duchess of Alba, a woman that he couldn’t have, that he painted her with brushes and paints loaded with love, and with desire, and even with direction and wishful thinking.

I think that I think that any passion can drive an artist to create meaningful and powerful art. The fervor of religion has given us some of the greatest masterpieces of art in the world, and not so curiously, as man steps away from God, so has the importance of contemporary religious art.

But it is so disturbing to me to think about pure incandescent hate as a driving force in the creativity of art.

Maybe I should diminish hate.

I hate green peppers.

I had a really good Greek salad for a lovely lunch a couple of days ago, and I was so engrossed in the conversation that I forgot to ask the waiter to skip the green peppers.

The salad was bountiful and tasty, and loaded to the brim with the offending vegetable. And the guilt of wasting food was there as I piled strips of green on the edge of my plate while consuming the rest of the salad voraciously. It’s odd how often I’m not aware that I am hungry until food is presented to me.

I eat too fast.

My mother’s aunt once told me that she chewed each bite 33 times. But then you’d spend too many precious minutes chewing food. The answer to this mundane tragedy is somewhere in between three and 33. On the other hand, she lived to be well over 100 years old, 103 or 104 I think.

I hate how allergens can penetrate your body’s defenses and torment your nose, throat and eyes and make never ending days full of physical misery. As someone whose DNA results showed me to have a significant amount of pre-Homo Sapiens DNA (I'm 2% Neanderthal and 1% Denisovan), I often wonder how my ancestral kin cavemen survived in moldy caves in a world of sneezing. They must have been killed by their companions. How can a sneezing caveman sneak silently during the hunt? And they really couldn’t be demoted to gatherers instead of hunters, because they’d be sneezing their hairy heads off as they gathered berries and nuts and roots among the pollen rich world in which they lived.

I hate that HBO cancelled “Rome” all those years ago and left us hanging with Pullo walking away with Caesarian. I hate that George Raymond Richard Martin killed Ned Stark so soon in "Game of Thrones."

I know, I know… different kinds of hate.

Still, I will never paint or draw green peppers.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Boot camp for artists coming...

Early heads up!

On September 30, from 2-4:30 pm, The Brentwood Arts Exchange and I will be once again hosting my well-known “Bootcamp for Artists” seminar at no cost to the artists.

This seminar is suitable for all visual artists interested in taking their careers to the next level.

Ever wondered how to maximize the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? How to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, awards and residencies? How to approach a gallery?

Then this is the seminar for you! This program is free, but space is limited to 40 persons, and last year lots of artists were turned away because it filled up so quickly!

As soon as they start taking reservations (and I will announce that soon), I recommend that interested people reserve early, as this seminar always books up very quickly!

This program will be held in MNCPPC’s Brentwood Arts Exchange on the 1st Floor of the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722, just over the District line on Rhode Island Avenue.

The seven hour seminar, which has been taken by over 6,000 artists and arts professionals from all over the Mid Atlantic is designed to deliver information, data and proven tactics to allow artists to develop and sustain a career in the fine arts.

Sometimes called "Boot Camp for Artists" by the attendees, people as far as Arizona, California, New York and South Carolina have attended, including many, many university level art professionals.

In its seven hour format, the seminar covers a wide range of structured issues including:

1. Materials - Buying materials; strategies for lowering your costs, where and how to get it, etc.

2. Presentation – How to properly present your artwork including Conservation issues, Archival Matting and Framing, Longevity of materials, a discussion on Limited editions, signing and numbering, Prints vs. Reproduction, discussion on Iris Prints (Pros and Cons).

3. Creating a resume - Strategy for building your art resume, including how to write one, what should be in it, presentation, etc.

4. Juried Shows – An Insider's view and strategy to get in the competitions.

5. How to take slides and photographs of your artwork

6. Selling your art – A variety of avenues to actually selling your artwork, including fine arts festivals, corporate acquisitions, galleries, public arts, etc.

7. Creating a Body of Works

8. How to write a news release

9. Publicity – How to get in newspapers, magazines, etc. Plus handouts on email and addresses of newspaper critics, writers, etc.

10. Galleries – Discussion on area galleries including Vanity Galleries, Co-Operatives, Commercial Galleries, Non-profit Art spaces, etc.

11. How to approach a gallery – Realities of the business, Contracts, Gallery/Artist Relationship, Agents.

12. Outdoor Art Festivals – Discussion and advice on how to sell outwork at fine arts festivals, which to do, which to avoid, etc.

13. Resources - Display systems and tents, best juried shows and ones to avoid.

14. Accepting Credit cards – How to set up your art business.

15. Grants – Discussion on how to get grants in DC, Regional and National, including handouts on who and where and when.

16. Alternative Marketing - Cable TV, Local media

17. Internet – How to build your website at no cost, how to establish a wide and diverse Internet presence.

18. Art fairs

Raise the roof!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Good morning Austin!

Anderson - Austin morning

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Request for Qaulifications

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design
Permanent Public Art Commission
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Budget: To be determined, with artist fee up to 20% of the project
Open to all professional artists, designers and art or design teams
Apply Online: 
The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Public Art Program is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and statements of interest from individual artists, designers or art/design teams for a ceiling treatment to be produced in conjunction with the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW. This is an opportunity to design a signature visual feature of the Library’s Grand Reading Room, drawing upon the Library’s vast Special Collections archive of D.C. history. Applicants are asked to submit samples of past work, along with a statement of interest that explains the relevance of past work to this opportunity, by August 31, 2017. From this application, a professional Review Panel will award stipends to a group of semifinalists who will develop full proposals this fall. This call is open applicants 18 or older; must be available for intermittent meetings in Washington, D.C. during 2018 and to oversee installation in 2019.

Find out more and apply online at:

For questions, please contact Project Consultant, Natalie Campbell, at

Friday, August 04, 2017

We're in Austin!

Anderson looking out the window in Austin

The Bourgeon Book

The Bourgeon Book is a product of the renowned local nonprofit Day Eight, and draws on dozens of interviews, poems, and essays by artists that originally appeared in Bourgeon, the organization’s literary magazine. The book was originally published in 2013 to praise from local media and former Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser. A recent grant from the National Endowment for the Arts has allowed Day Eight to produce an expanded e-book version featuring nearly twice as many essays from painters, dancers, authors, sculptors, and poets across D.C.’s vibrant, multicultural arts community—a community that has never been more necessary or mobilized.

Robert Bettmann—Day Eight founder, general editor of The Bourgeon Book, and Brightwood resident—is an artist himself, and a worthy representative for this city’s creative populace. Robert is available for interviews and can speak with eloquence and expertise to some of most pressing issues facing our city today: What role can artists play in modelling community and solidarity, in D.C. and elsewhere? How can collaboration between local artists serve as a model for greater community mobilization? How will D.C.’s arts scene rise to the occasion as the local creative resistance to an arts- and diversity-averse administration?
While the arts and arts journalism continue to free fall along with the global economy, the model innovated by Bourgeon is clear. Perhaps it is now, as it always was, that the artists will lead the way.” 
                              –from the preface by journalist Leonard Jacobs

Call for proposals

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.
Detailed entry guidelines are available in the Exhibit Opportunities section of the HCAC website at, for pick-up at the Howard County Center for the Arts, or by mail by calling 410-313-2787 or emailing The next deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 1, 2017.
HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.
HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. To learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit  

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Save the date: Bootcamp for Artists

Early heads up!

On September 30, from 2-4:30 pm, The Brentwood Arts Exchange and I will be once again hosting my well-known “Bootcamp for Artists” seminar at no cost to the artists.

This seminar is suitable for all visual artists interested in taking their careers to the next level.

Ever wondered how to maximize the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? How to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, awards and residencies? How to approach a gallery?

Then this is the seminar for you! This program is free, but space is limited to 40 persons, and last year lots of artists were turned away because it filled up so quickly!

As soon as they start taking reservations (and I will announce that soon), I recommend that interested people reserve early, as this seminar always books up very quickly!

This program will be held in MNCPPC’s Brentwood Arts Exchange on the 1st Floor of the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722, just over the District line on Rhode Island Avenue.

See ya there!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Opportunity for Artists

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Saturday, September 9, 2017

The 2017 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition, presented at the Brentwood Arts Exchange
Eligibility: Splash: Attitudes and Process is open to all artists 18 and over who live, work, study, or have an art studio in Prince George’s County, MD
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Saturday, September 9
Featuring a purchase prize awarded by the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council
Full guidelines and applications online at:
Applications will only be accepted online. No other forms of application will be accepted.
Splash: Attitudes and Process seeks artworks that embody attitude and style. Attitudes are catalysts for new processes and new ways of making. Creating with style and intention reveals an artist’s point of view. This exhibition celebrates all of those things.
Juried by Ginevra Shay, Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; Curator of Rose Arcade; Founder of Current Space Community Darkroom and Photo Program.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

John Aquilino at Artists & Makers

The “Metropolis” series is a new body of work by DMV artist John Aquilino that combines his "interest in cityscapes with my past professional experience as a 3D digital artist. For this series, I’m creating virtual urban scenes working with a computer software program. The design process is enabling me to use technology to express my passion for the urban landscape and to continue exploring the relationships among space, shapes, light, and color."

Opening reception: Friday, August 4, 6 - 9 p.m.

Metropolis: Paintings and Drawings by John Aquilino
August 4 - 30, 2017

Artists and Makers Studios 2 (main gallery)
12276 Wilkins Avenue

Rockville, MD 20852

Monday, July 31, 2017

Artists' Websites: Chirstine Kaiser

Once again, later this year we're trudging to Chicago to participate in the SOFA Art Fair... showcased at that fair, will be work by the DMV's Lori Katz, myself and Illinois artist Christine Kaiser.

See her work here.

Even death dies

 “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons, even death may die."

      - Stephen King... Revival

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Business of Art Workshop

On Saturday August 12th, Artists & Makers Studios is hosting Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund, who run the Arts Business Institute out of Baltimore for a 2-day ABI workshop at Artists and Makers Studios 2 (Wilkins in Rockville).

Details here.  Register now and get real world help in advancing your art career!!

There is also a expert panel between 11:45 and 12:45, and I'm honored to be part of the panel, along with DMVC uberartist Michael Janis.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The New Marketplace – Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Creative Marketing – Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch – Expert Panel Discussion
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pricing for Profit – Wendy Rosen/Carolyn Edlund
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sales Strategies for Artists – Carolyn Edlund

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Press Outreach Toolkit

HCDC + Gateway CDC with the support of MSAC are developing a Press Outreach Toolkit that will offer Gateway Arts District stakeholders the ability to access an online, nationwide press/media contact database called Cision.
Mon, Aug 7, 7pmPyramid Atlantic Arts Center
Thur, Aug 17, 7pmGateway Media Arts Lab
Sat, Nov 4 2pmBrentwood Arts Exchange

Friday, July 28, 2017

Save the date!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another Campello at auction

This just showed up in the Internets at auction! Check it out here.

"Faerie." c. 1999 Charcoal on Paper by F. Lennox Campello
"Faerie." c. 1999 Charcoal on Paper by F. Lennox Campello

Chesapeake Gallery Call for Entries 2018-2020

Deadline: August 15th, 2017

The Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College, located in Bel Air, MD, is excited to invite artists, artist groups and curators working in any medium or format to apply for our 2018-2020 exhibition seasons! Artists and/or curators are responsible for the transportation or shipping of all artwork to and from the Chesapeake Gallery.

There is no application fee or commission on sold work. Please visit the website below for more details on how to apply! (OR) Google Search: Harford Community Chesapeake Gallery; E-mail questions to Brad Blair:

Residency in Mexico

Deadline: July 30, 2017

A FREE artist and writers residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International visual artists, writers, playwrights, photographers, dancers, new media makers and musicians can apply. No Entry Fee. Details:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Application is now open for the VMFA Fellowship Program

Full eligibility criteria, how to apply instructions, and a printable flyer can be found at
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia.  VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists and art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such has awarded nearly $5.5 million to Virginia’s artists since the program’s creation more than 76 years ago.
The VMFA Fellowship program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, and supplemented by gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic, Jr. Scholarship Fund.  The Fellowship program has a long and established history of supporting Virginia’s artistic talent and has helped to further the careers and studies of many distinguished individuals, including recent recipients Brian Davis of Springfield, Matt Eich of Charlottesville, and Aimee Joyaux of Petersburg.
VMFA offers $8,000 awards to professional artists, $6,000 awards to graduate students, and $4,000 awards to undergraduate students.  Applicants may apply in the disciplines of Crafts, Drawing, Film/Video, Mixed Media, New/Emerging Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History (graduate students only).  All applicants must be legal residents of Virginia and student applicants must be enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by distinguished jurors and awards are made based on artistic merit. 
The deadline for Fellowship applications is 5pm Friday, November 3, 2017.