Friday, August 03, 2018

Call for Howard County Artists

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 at hocoarts.submittable.com/submit/, for pick-up at the Howard County Center for the Arts, or by mail by calling 410-313-2787 or emailing info@hocoarts.org. The next deadline for submissions is Monday, October 1, 2018.

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 hocoarts.org.  

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Naked Girls at DCAC

In the prudish DMV there is almost nothing more subversive than reading banned books. Except maybe reading them naked in public! 

Cherie Sweetbottom, GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and Sucre a La Creme, of Montreal, are stripping down at the DC Arts Center to show you why these pieces of literary rebellion are important.  

SHOW: Naked Girls Reading Presents Banned Books

DATE: Friday August 24, 2018 Seating at 10 pm, Showtime 10:30 pm

VENUE: DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009

TICKETS: $22-$27 at https://nakedgirlsreadingbannedbooks.brownpapertickets.com?utm_source=dcartnews

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this jerk trying to rip off artists:
From: Ross Mattie rossmattie837@gmail.com
Subject: ross
My name is Ross Mattie from Los Angeles. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. 
With that being said, I would like to purchase one of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $4000.
I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Three shows at Artists & Makers Studios

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are featuring three exhibits at two locations. These three exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on August 3rd, and will showcase resident artists’ open studios for browsing as well.
Olney Art Association Invitational“Depths of Strength” with Cherie Redlinger & Klaudia Levin“This Place” with Jabari C. Jefferson
Opening Reception6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, August 3rd, 2018 Artists & Makers Studios 111810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210 Rockville, MD 20852 
and 
Artists & Makers Studios 212276/12280 Wilkins Avenue Rockville, MD 20852 
Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn hosts a three gallery invitational exhibit with the Olney Art Association, along with Theremin music by Arthur Harrison as well as resident artists’ open studios. Additionally A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present the work of Cherie Redlinger & Klaudia Levin, as well as a solo exhibit of the work of Jabari C. Jefferson. Also enjoy a new exhibit by the 21 member artists in Gallery 209, an exhibit with the Montgomery County Camera Club “Architectural Design”, and resident artists’ open studios - all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations and the best parties in town. 
These exhibits at both locations open Friday, August 3rd, and continue through Wednesday, August 29th, 2018. Viewing hours coincide with office hours and are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, TuesdaySaturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment. 
Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals - through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Accepting Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: August 17, 2018. 

1708 Gallery welcomes all artists to submit exhibition proposals. Our Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals annually. This committee includes professional artists from our Board, Curator, and Executive Director. Exhibition proposals are currently being considered for the year 2020. If you are currently a student, you must have graduated by the exhibition year. 1708 Gallery strongly encourages proposals for new or developing projects and bodies of work. In addition to proposals for exhibitions in 1708’s gallery space, public works and other non-gallery based projects will be considered. 

Exhibition periods are approximately six weeks. 

1708 provides a $1000 honorarium, plus shipping, travel, installation and other exhibition support. 

Please contact 1708 Gallery Coordinator Erin Willett with any questions at info@1708gallery.org or 804.643.1708. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit www.1708gallery.org

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Call for Artists

Deadline: September 7, 2018. 

Seasonal Art Installations (Fall 2018). 

Application Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 5th – Monday, November 26th, 2018. 

Application Fee: $25 application fee. $10 for artists with a current lease or sublease at the Torpedo Factory. 

Juror: Elsabé Dixon. 

Request for Proposals (RFP): The Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC), presently managed by the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, invites artists and artist teams (Artists) residing in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, to submit proposals for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s temporary art installations to activate the building’s main spaces during the fall. 

Artwork is encouraged but not limited to involve themes related to fall/autumn, folklore (such as Dia de los Muertos or All Hallow’s Eve), or Alexandria’s naval history. 

These themes will correspond to different programming that will be happening in the Art Center for the duration of the exhibition. 

Apply here.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Opportunity for female Baltimore artists

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is working with The CyberWire to offer a unique opportunity to female visual artists of the greater Baltimore metropolitan area to acquire and possibly commission, plus license the image of a work of art. The image of that artwork will be reproduced in a limited edition and presented to the guests of The CyberWire's 5th Annual Women in Cyber Security reception on October 18, 2018.​ 

​Cash award $1,500. 

Deadline August 13, 2018. 

Apply here. Questions? Naomi@mdartplace.org.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump

Deadline: Mon, September 10th, 2018. 

The Center for Contemporary Political Art. 
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: The Age of Trump has brought unprecedented uncertainty and crisis to Washington. This Open Call challenges America’s artists to respond with Art as powerful as the times are dangerous, to help Americans understand what’s at stake---and why it’s their duty to vote---in the November 2018 mid-term elections. Because of its scope, timing and institutional backing, The Center is hopeful its first, Defining exhibition will lead to a redefinition of the role artists play in our society; identify the country’s leading practitioners of political art; and demonstrate why political art should be recognized as a valued genre of American art in the 21st Century. 
ENTRY FEE: None. 

CONTACT THE CENTER: Should artists have additional questions, they are invited to contact, Charles Krause by email (charles@politicsartus.org) or by phone (202-638-3612) during business hours, noon to 8 p.m. EST, Mon-Sat. For more information about the center, please visit our website at: http://www.politicsartus.orghttp://www.politicsartus.org/defining?utm_source=dailycampello

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bad art

Frank prefers to think of these paintings as “badart,” one word, no hyphen. Badart is not the inverse of “good art”; it’s the inverse of “important art.” Some might call these pieces outsider art, and in the past, many of them could have been termed primitive or art brut. I prefer to think of them as ugly. Charming—like the dancing dog wearing a tutu or the nineties eyebrows on one particularly serene Virgin Mary—but ugly nonetheless.
Read the entire and interesting article here. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Call for small artwork

September 22 – October 20, 2018 
Middle Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 1:00 p.m. Opening Reception, Sat., September 22, 2018 Todd Hall, Todd Art Gallery, Room 224A Related workshops follow 12 CUBED is juried and composed of works that have not exceeded 12” in any dimension. $1,000 Best of Show Award.

Application Fee. 

Details: 615-898-5532 OR http://tinyurl.com/12x12atMTSU OR gallery@mtsu.edu

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instagram seems to be tailor-made for artists

From its visual nature and ease of use—not to mention all those art collector users—this app could easily become your new favorite way to share your art and creative spirit.
And, posting a picture here and there is a good start. But if you really want to reap the benefits, you need to step up your Instagram game and learn how to market your art in the best way possible.
The good news? There are SO MANY apps these days to help get your art business Instagram-ready, from the pictures to the execution.
Check out four of our favorite apps you should be using to market your art on Instagram.
Check out the whole article here.

F I G U R E S: Kiley Ames, Janice Nowinski, Kyle Staver, Jo Weiss

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 
Gallery Talk, Saturday July 28, 3 - 4 PM​
On view through August 12
free and open to all

Jo Weiss, Nestled, 2017
Jo Weiss, Nestled, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Four women artists convincingly place human figures in space, each reaching that high-water mark of Western Art in their own way. Kiley Ames has a seemingly rational, systematic technique akin to pointillism that on closer inspection emits an emotional charge. Jo Weiss’s expressionist, emotional process ultimately reveals an analytical, orderly understanding of figures in space. Janice Nowinski’s paintings are brushy, mysterious, and unexpected portrayals of men in ambiguous situations. Kyle Staver’s technique is smooth and sophisticated, serving up darkly humorous tales of violence and sensuality. These artists create narratives that open our world to reflection and engagement in a way that abstraction cannot manage.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Job in the Arts

Apply by Monday, July 30, 2018

The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time, contractual, Office Secretary III within its Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts’- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The primary function is to provide administrative services and support to the staff, as well as, serve as a central customer service representative for MSAC.  The incumbent aids in the development of monthly fiscal reports; proofs complex reports; reconciles database information with the State's accounting system (FMIS); completes research within FMIS; composes documentation to accompany contracts; and drafts routine correspondence; prepares information packets; maintains various online databases; assists with scheduling and logistics for panels and meetings; prepares meeting support materials; and attends and assists with special event set-up and break-down. The individual receives guests, communicates with internal and external customers regarding a variety of tasks and actions; frequently interacts with high level executives within industry, academia and government; answers the main phone line providing information to callers; responds to walk-in inquiries from the public; and receives and distributes mail and packages. In addition, this position will ensure tidiness of common areas, maintain stock and inventory, organize office supplies, and serve as the liaison for MSAC building management. Some Statewide travel and evening hours may be required.

The selected employee will be well organized, able to work independently, have an aptitude for detailed work; possess proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), Google Mail and/or other relevant programs; possess strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; have the ability to effectively present information, explain policy, respond to internal and external inquiries; and complete concurrent and high priority tasks.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Education: Possession of a high school diploma from an accredited high school or high school equivalency certificate; AND

Experience: Three (3) years of experience performing secretarial or clerical work involving use of a computer.

Notes: 1. Additional secretarial or clerical experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 2. Thirty credit hours with a major in secretarial science or office technology from an accredited college may be substituted at the rate of thirty credits for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience. 3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Administration classifications or Administrative, Clerical, or Office Services specialty codes in the Administrative Support field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in the public or non-profit arts sector. Use of MS Office Suite to design, create, and/or manage documents, databases, spreadsheets, and reports. Experience providing guidance & responding to inquiries from external/internal customers.  Experience organizing and managing multiple projects.

***This recruitment contains Supplemental Questions. It is important to complete the Supplemental Questions as part of the application process. **

Location of Position: 175 W. Ostend St, Ste E, Baltimore, MD 21230

Benefits:

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

Examination Process:

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

Please note that your answers on the Supplemental Questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your resume to receive credit.

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume AND completed supplemental questionnaire to Anna Halikias at Anna.Halikias@maryland.gov by the closing date listed below to receive consideration. 

Please describe in detail any job duties relating to the qualifications stated. 

Those unable to submit via email, please mail your resume and supplemental questions to:

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE -OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Attn: Office Secretary III- MSAC

World Trade Center – 401 E. Pratt Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Application can be found here.

NO LATER THAN: Monday, July 30, 2018

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410.767.6300. You may also visit our website at: http://commerce.maryland.gov/commerce

We thank our Veterans for their service to our Country and encourage them to apply.

An E- Verify and Equal Opportunity Employer                   TTY Phone: 1-800-735-2258

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MSAC OFFICE SECRETARY III 2018

***Please note that your answers on the Supplemental Questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your resume to receive credit. ***

1.
Please describe your three years of experience performing secretarial or clerical duties involving typing/data entry.  

Include details pertaining to software applications/computer use, job title, employer name, dates of employment, and hours worked per week (this information must be reflected on your Resume, to receive full credit). If you do not have this experience, please indicate N/A.

2.
Do you possess experience working in the public or non-profit arts sector?

If yes, please provide employer name, job title, duties, dates of employment, and hours worked per week. If no, please indicate N/A.

3.
Please explain in detail, your experience using Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word, Access, Powerpoint to design, create, and/or manage documents, databases, spreadsheets, and reports.

Please include the name of your employer, job title, job duties, dates of employment, and hours worked per week. If you do not have this type of experience, please write N/A.

4.
Do you have experience providing guidance & responding to inquiries from
external/internal customers?  

If yes, please provide employer name, job title, duties, dates of employment, and hours worked per week. If no, please indicate N/A.

5.
Please describe you experience organizing and managing multiple projects.

Please include the name of your employer, job title, job duties, dates of employment, and hours worked per week. If you do not have this type of experience, please write N/A.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Six Willem de Koonings found

Art dealer claims contents of storage locker he bought for $15,000 includes six Willem de Koonings.
A New York art dealer claims that the contents of a New Jersey storage locker he bought for $15,000 includes six works by the famed painter Willem de Kooning. Last year, David Killen, who runs a showroom and auction business in Manhattan, bought the contents of a storage unit in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, that contained some 200 works from the studio of the late art conservator Orrin Riley, who founded the Guggenheim Museum’s conservation department before launching his own private restoration business in Manhattan.
Read the article here. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this mutant trying to rip off artists!
From: Clement Dave clementdave111@gmail.com
Date: July 21, 2018 at 7:50:31 AM EDT
Subject: clement
My name is clement Dave from Los Angeles. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. 
With that being said, I would like to purchase one of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $4000.
I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Airborne



Flying cartoon by Campello
Heading to my daughter Elise's wedding reception!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam Opens July 19

The exhibition includes never before displayed items provided by architect Steven Spurlock, who worked with my good friend Sam Gilliam for more than 20 years.
For many artists, making the transition from gallery to public art is about growing awareness of their work, and larger paychecks. For D.C. arts legends Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam, public artworks were not only an important component of how they made a living, but a compelling motivator in their artistic development. 
Rockne Krebs (1938-2011) was a sculpture wunderkind, whose early success was compounded by timely experiments with technology. Krebs career started with plexiglass and aluminum sculptures that exploded the viewer’s sense of their own location, and in 1968 Paul Richard wrote in the Washington Post that Krebs early work, “exhibits an intensity and restraint that is rare indeed.” In 1973 Krebs began to create “Sculpture without object” – primarily works made with lasers. His first experiments (in DC) turned into city wide installations across the country, and globe. This exhibition features public artworks built and unbuilt; proposals never funded, and proposals and documentation of works that came into being. 
Sam Gilliam (1933 – ) is a DC artistic legend who became famous for his color-washed canvases removed from the stretcher. In 1971, Paul Richard in the Washington Post wrote that Gilliam’s swooping canvases, hung from walls and ceilings, “have the look of revolution, old conventions overturned, the past abandoned.” Gilliam’s early success opened the door to public art commissions, and a DC gallery owner connected Gilliam with architect Steven Spurlock to help the artist with his first proposal preparation. Over the next twenty years, as he independently rose to leadership as an architect, Spurlock continued to assist Gilliam, and the exhibition includes the architect’s never-before-displayed drawings, plans, and photographs. 
Curator Mollie Berger wrote, “The objective is to represent the planning and design of public art projects, both built and unbuilt, by two artists who used vastly different materials, but seem to be concerned with similar elements of space, color and presence… Gilliam’s brightly colored, interlocking shapes offer a counterpoint to the gray steel and stone that surround them. Krebs’s penetrating light displays surpass the physical space itself and reach for the sun and stars that inspired the artist.” 
The exhibit will feed archival materials into the recently created Jefferson Place Gallery Archive, www.JeffersonPlaceGallery.com, documenting DC’s first artist cooperative gallery, and the work of thirty DC artists who worked through the gallery (including Krebs and Gilliam.) 
The exhibition will be on display in the Washington Studio School’s Gallery, at 2129 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20008, from July 19 to August 3rd, 2018. 
An opening celebration and gallery talk are to be scheduled. 
A catalog, including essay by John Anderson (Washington City Paper, reSculpture), is being produced for the exhibition.
The project is funded through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts to project director Robert Bettmann, and produced through partnerships with the non-profits Day Eight and The Washington Studio School.

The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. For more information, visit dayeight.org.

Artist Talk and Ice Cream Party


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hirshhorn Elects Two New Trustees

The addition of Disaphol Chansiri of Bangkok and Steven M. Sumberg of Washington, D.C., brings the total membership of the board to 33. Under Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu, the board has seen its fastest growth in the museum's history, with 27 new additions in the past four years alone.


"Disaphol and Steve bring unique and rich perspectives, which will help us to grow our international engagement," said Board Chair Daniel H. Sallick. "Their collective contributions both nationally and internationally are inspiring, and we look forward to working together to advance the Hirshhorn's mission."

"The Hirshhorn is delighted to welcome Disaphol and Steve to the museum," said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. "Both trustees, with their incredibly diverse backgrounds, bring a knowledge of development, community engagement and sustainability, which will be an integral asset as we continue to grow and expand in the coming years."

Disaphol Chansiri is based in Bangkok and is the Chief Executive Officer of DCA Group, encompassing real estate firms in Thailand. Disaphol also serves as a Chairperson in Master of Taxation Law on the Faculty of Law at Assumption University, President of the Chansiri Group of Companies, and Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the Thai Union Group Public Company Limited.

Disaphol is also a board member of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and President of the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in the United Kingdom. Disaphol holds a Ph.D. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He published a book titled The Chinese Émigrés of Thailand in the Twentieth Century. Disaphol has collected art for over twenty years and has private collection spaces in both Bangkok and Chiangmai, which he makes available for public viewing.

Steven M. Sumberg received his MBA and JD at Washington University (St. Louis), a Master's in English Literature at Georgetown University and a Bachelor's in Political Science at Brown University. Sumberg is currently the Chairman and co-owner of Rapid Funding LLC and has previously worked as the President and sole owner of the Mann Corporation (1987-1991). Sumberg has dedicated his career as a real estate developer specializing in renovating and developing commercial properties, throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. An active member of the community, Sumberg has owned and managed numerous apartment buildings, shopping centers, warehouses, and development sites for over thirty years. An avid art collector, Sumberg has supported major institutions such as LACMA, the Corcoran Gallery, and most notably our own programs at the Hirshhorn. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia and Illinois Bar Associations, and the Hirshhorn Collectors' Council. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Looking for a studio?

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently seeking applications for up to six artists to rent studio space at the new Triangle Art Studios, located at 7711 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD in the Cheval Bethesda Condominiums. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and be residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia to qualify for studio space.  Studios will be available for occupancy beginning in late summer 2018 and the deadline to apply is Friday, July 27, 2018.

Triangle Art Studios has three available art studios that may be shared by two artists or rented by an individual artist. Rent is inclusive of all utilities including power, Wi-Fi, security system with alarm, etc.  Each individual studio has its own HVAC unit, restroom, utility sink and front door which opens directly onto the paseo. 

The studio sizes and prices are as follows:
·     Studio B, 485 square feet, $890/month
·     Studio C, 535 square feet, $985/month
·     Studio D, 465 square feet, $855/month

There is no application fee, so please share this opportunity and encourage all to apply here before July 27, 2018 if interested. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

2019 Maryland Individual Artist Awards

Application Deadline July 25th at 4:30 pm!

The deadline to apply for a 2019 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award (IAA) is fast approaching. IAAs recognize outstanding artistic achievement, honor the contributions artists make to our state, and are accompanied by unrestricted grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 to help artists advance their craft. 

Maryland artists may apply for 2019 awards in the following categories: 


  • Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Media
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Theater Solo Performance
  • Painting
  • Works on Paper

Ready to apply?

Visit MAAF's website (opens in a new window) to access the Program Guidelines and the link to the online application.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Art Scam Alert

Beware of this thief trying to rip off artists:
From: Donald Hugh donald.hugh247@gmail.com
Hello,
 I am interested in your art work, would you please get back to me
some photos, sizes and price, or link of the art work you have
available for sale. 
Thank you

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Artists' royalties when their work is resold.

A U.S. Court of Appeals judge has struck down the final effort to have artists receive royalties when their work is resold.
The case eventually landed at the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Appeals Court, where it was once again struck down on Friday, effectively ending the fight for artists’ resale royalties. 
Read it and weep here. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

A woman's work every 27 years

The National Gallery acquired an artwork made by a female artist for the first time in 27 years!
Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1615-17) has become the first artwork by a female artist to the permanent collection of the National Gallery in London in 27 years. The work is only the 21st painting made by a female artist to enter the institution’s permanent collection; less than one percent of the National Gallery’s 2,300 artworks were made by a female artist.
Read it here. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Los Angeles is getting a new hotel art fair

Los Angeles is getting a new art fair, started by collector Dean Valentine, which will run during Frieze L.A.
This February marks the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles, the London-based fair juggernaut’s attempt to turn the world’s entertainment capital into a new stop-off on the global art market circuit. And now it will have a new satellite fair to help create an enticing critical mass for collectors: Felix LA, a quirky, 35-gallery expo that will be held in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the refurbished 1920s deco hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. Felix LA is spearheaded by television executive and art collector Dean Valentine. It will open February 13, the day before the public opening of Frieze’s L.A. fair, which will be held at Paramount Studios—just a 12-minute Uber away from the Roosevelt (well, unless you get stuck in that notorious L.A. traffic).
Read the whole article here. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Call for Entries for LISTEN UP!

Photoworks Gallery announces a Call for Entries for LISTEN UP!, their 2018 Juried Youth Photography Exhibition.  

This exhibit and competition - their 6th Annual Juried Show for Young Photographers - comes at a time of unprecedented student involvement and activism and students are encouraged to submit their work, and their perspectives, to this year's show.

The competition is designed for students of photography aged 18 and under and past year's selected photographs have been taken by students as young as 10 years old.

For detailed instructions on submitting your work click here!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Trawick Prize Finalists

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will showcase the work of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards eight finalists in a group exhibition. 

2018 Trawick Prize Finalists

  • Lori Anne Boocks, Germantown, MD
  • Clay Dunklin, Laurel, MD
  • Mary Early, Washington, D.C.
  • Jay Gould, Baltimore, MD
  • Caroline Hatfield, Baltimore, MD
  • Phaan Howng, Baltimore, MD
  • Timothy Makepeace, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicole Salimbene, Takoma Park, MD

The exhibit will be on display Sept. 5 – 29, 2018 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. The award winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The Best in Show, first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000.

The public opening reception will be held Friday, September 14 from 6-8pm. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 6pm.

The 2018 Trawick Prize jurors are Christopher Bedford, Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art; Sukjin Choi, Head of Ceramics and Associate Professor of Art at James Madison University; andValerie Fletcher, Independent Art Historian and Senior Curator Emerita at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Founded by the amazing Carol Trawick in 2003, the regional competition is one of the largest prizes to annually honor visual artists. Ms. Trawick, a longtime community activist in downtown Bethesda, also established the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2005. She has served as the Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Strathmore and the Maryland State Arts Council. She founded the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation in 2007 to assist health and human services and arts non-profits in Montgomery County. The Foundation has awarded grants to more than 90 nonprofits in Montgomery County and funds the annual Trawick Prize and the Bethesda Painting Awards.

To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded more than $220,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of more than 135 regional artists. Previous Best in Show recipients include Richard Clever, 2003; David Page, 2004; Jiha Moon, 2005; James Rieck, 2006; Jo Smail, 2007; Maggie Michael, 2008; Rene Trevino, 2009; Sara Pomerance, 2010; Mia Feuer, 2011; Lillian Bayley Hoover, 2012; Gary Kachadourian, 2013; Neil Feather, 2014; Jonathan Monaghan, 2015; Lauren Adams, 2016 and Larry Cook, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

Refuse?REFUSE

Kirsty Little
Refuse?REFUSE
355 Pod Space, VisArts
June 29 – September 23, 2018


Kirsty Little, Refuse?REFUSE, Americans use 35,000,000,000 (35 billion) plastic bottles each year
Kirsty Little, Refuse?REFUSE, Americans use 35,000,000,000 (35 billion) plastic bottles each year
While investigating the plastic pollution in our oceans, Kirsty Little kept coming up against numbers that she could not comprehend. Americans use 35,000,000,000 (35 billion) plastic bottles each year.  
Trillions of micro plastics virtually invisible to the human eye are being eaten by plankton and working their way up the seafood chain to our plates. We have barely reduced our plastic footprint since plastic production began 50 years ago. Only 9 to 25% goes into recycling. The rest ends up in our oceans and landfills.  
Kirsty Little’s installation in the 355 Pod Space located on Route 355 near Rockville Town Square is one of the ways that she is working to raise consciousness about plastic pollution. She wants people to think about how many plastic items they use once and then discard. She wants to sensitize people to the costs of careless consumption and disposal of plastic.  
To make this installation possible, Little worked with over one hundred people who collected plastic lids and caps from their households and helped her construct individual numbers overflowing with plastic. Once people started collecting plastic, they began to see it everywhere in their daily lives.  
The plastic used in this project filled every room in Little’s house. This is a tiny personal portion of the plastic garbage generated every second all over the world. About the artist: Kirsty Little is a former circus aerialist based in the United Kingdom for two decades when a move to United States in 2011 led her to find a new path in the art world and change her style of performance. She is drawn to working with themes of motherhood, personal identity, anatomy and the struggling environment. She makes sculpture with porcelain, wood and wire, and more recently, plastic and fish installation, focusing on the oceans present pollution crisis.  
She is resident artist at Otis St studios and teaches aerial dance at Upspring studios. She is in the Guinness book of World Records for directing the most aerialists choreographed on silks. Recently she performed at The Theatre Project in Baltimore in aerial collaboration with Jayne Bernasconi.  
Her sculptural installation, ‘Refuse?REFUSE, 1T’ has been on display at Red Dirt Studio, Harmony Hall, and next at Up Studio. She has taken this work into her daughter’s school, galvanizing the students to collect lids and make ‘500 Million’.
Opening reception and artist talk: Friday, July 13, 7 – 9 PM.

155 Gibbs Street 
Rockville, MD 20850 
301-315-8200
www.visartscenter.org

Monday, July 09, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this art scammer:
From: james frank  - jamesfrankofficial@gmail.com
Subject: Piece Suggestion for my 20th Anniversary
My Name is Frank James from Washington DC. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary  which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. 
With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $5000.
I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.
Regards,
Frank    

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Payday!

However, the artist who made the Vegas sculpture, Robert S. Davidson, did not love the USPS using an image of his work without obtaining permission and sued for copyright infringement in 2017. Last Friday, Davidson emerged victorious from the suit and will now receive $3.5 million, plus interest, as compensation.


Read the whole article here

Saturday, July 07, 2018

L. Ron Hubbard and me

In the 1970s - When I was in the Navy - I was stationed in Florida, and I had several Science Fiction books (published in the 1950s) by L. Ron Hubbard. 

My girlfriend at the time was a girl who was a student at Embry Riddle, and her dad was the manager of a hotel around there. She saw my books, and told me that Hubbard was staying at her dad's hotel for an extended stay, and thus I asked her to see if he would sign books for me. She took them to her dad (3 books all together), but he didn't want to bother Hubbard.

My girlfriend had become friends with a young girl who worked for Hubbard (she also helped at the hotel) and asked her about the books and getting them signed... because I was in the Navy, and because Hubbard had been a Navy officer, something clicked and the girl took the books to Hubbard, who not only signed them, but also sent me a nice note about the Navy on his stationary (I sold that at an auction years ago)!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Heinlein and me

I met author Robert Heinlein and his wife Virginia when I was a student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in the 1980s.

They lived close by and would often drive to the school, as it had a great research library, and also both of them were former Navy officers... they'd also bring Heinlein foreign language edition books to the Defense Language Institute (also in Monterey) and donate them to the institute. I would sometimes help Mrs. Heinlein lug those boxes around, as he was quite frail... I got a letter from him or her somewhere about that...

He died the second year that I was at NPS.

His classic A Stranger ina Strange Land remains one of my all time faves.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Questionable Wording in Exhibit Prospectus

Would you apply to this call if this was a clause in the call for artists? I wouldn't...
Rights in Materials Submitted
All exhibitors forfeit the right of reproduction of their work to the _____________. The ____________ reserves the right, and all exhibitors grant the ______________ the right, at the discretion of the ___________, to use all works of design or art, and any related materials provided to the _____________ by any exhibitor, for its own business, promotional, and archival purposes.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

On this 4th of July

The American flag that I sometimes hang outside my house has a most interesting story. As you can see below, it is a gold-fringed flag, which we used to call "a Navy flag" back in the days, because of who knows why... when I was an Executive Officer at the Naval Security Group Activity Skaggs Island, California in the 1990s, I was told that it was because it represented the ability to execute/hold a Captain's Mast.

But I meander away from the history of this flag... my flag.


In 1983 I was the OZ Division Officer for USS Virginia (CGN-38), and the ship was assigned Naval Gunfire Fire Support (NGFS) patrol off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, in support of the US Marines ashore in Beirut as part of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force.



We would routinely fly ashore for meetings, etc., and one day I will scan and show you a description that I put on my journal (in pre-blog days) many years ago where I described one such meeting and the interesting event that happened, with 50 cal bullets flying all over the place. Below is a picture of me, ashore in Beirut with the USMC.


From HistoryNet:
At 6:22 on Sunday morning Oct. 23, 1983, a 19-ton yellow Mercedes stake-bed truck entered a public parking lot at the heart of Beirut International Airport. The lot was adjacent to the headquarters of the U.S. 8th Marine Regiment’s 1st Battalion, where some 350 American soldiers lay asleep in a four-story concrete aviation administration building that had been successively occupied by various combatants in the ongoing Lebanese Civil War. Battalion Landing Team 1/8 was the ground element of the 1,800-man 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU), which had deployed to Lebanon a year earlier as part of a multinational peacekeeping force also comprising French, Italian and British troops. Its mission was to facilitate the withdrawal of foreign fighters from Lebanon and help restore the sovereignty of its government at a time when sectarian violence had riven the Mediterranean nation.
... Marine sentries initially paid little attention to the Mercedes truck. Heavy vehicles were a common sight at the airport, and in fact the BLT was expecting one that day with a water delivery. The truck circled the parking lot, then picked up speed as it traveled parallel to a line of concertina wire protecting the south end of the Marine compound. Suddenly, the vehicle veered left, plowed through the 5-foot-high wire barrier and rumbled between two guard posts.
By then it was obvious the driver of the truck—a bearded man with black hair—had hostile intentions, but there was no way to stop him. The Marines were operating under peacetime rules of engagement, and their weapons were not loaded. Lance Corporal Eddie DiFranco, manning the sentry post on the driver’s side of the truck, soon guessed the driver’s horrifying purpose. “He looked right at me…smiled, that’s it,” DiFranco later recalled. “Soon as I saw [the truck] over here, I knew what was going to happen.” By the time he managed to slap a magazine into his M16 and chamber a round, the truck had roared through an open vehicle gate, rumbled past a long steel pipe barrier, threaded between two other pipes and was closing on the BLT barracks.
Sergeant of the guard Stephen Russell was alone at his sandbag-and-plywood post at the front of the building but facing inside. Hearing a revving engine, he turned to see the Mercedes truck barreling straight toward him. He instinctively bolted through the lobby toward the building’s rear entrance, repeatedly yelling, “Hit the deck! Hit the deck!” It was futile gesture, given that nearly everyone was still asleep. As Russell dashed out the rear entrance, he looked over his shoulder and saw the truck slam through his post, smash through the entrance and come to a halt in the midst of the lobby. After an ominous pause of a second or two, the truck erupted in a massive explosion—so powerful that it lifted the building in the air, shearing off its steel-reinforced concrete support columns (each 15 feet in circumference) and collapsing the structure. Crushed to death within the resulting mountain of rubble were 241 U.S. military personnel—220 Marines, 18 Navy sailors and three Army soldiers. More than 100 others were injured. It was worst single-day death toll for the Marines since the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.
Aboard USS Virginia, the ship's crew went into action, and within minutes our helo was airborne, carrying our ship's doctor and his Navy corpsmen to help with the wounded Marines. Minutes later the helo came back, looking for people and equipment to help assist with digging out the people from the collapsed building. Because my division was the only one that had an Arabic linguist, they came to us to see if he (Sgt. Bobby Jack Irvin, an amazing linguist and as far as I know the only Marine ever to qualify for the Enlisted Surface Warfare pin) could go ashore to help facilitate our doctor's mission, as he had radio'd that several Lebanese doctors had already come up to help him, and he might need language help.

Irvin and I had been ashore the day before (that's him in the photo a few paragraphs above - Irvin is to my left and to my right is Warrant Officer Carnes), but because of our shipboard mission, I felt that he could really help more by staying on the ship and doing what he did best.

Later on, they asked for volunteers to help ashore, and together with some other crew members, we headed to Beirut - other than Irvin, I was the only person on the ship who routinely flew back and forth between Beirut and the ship, and thus I wanted to ensure that I was part of the volunteer crew.
When we arrived at the airport, it was essentially controlled chaos, and dozens of bodies were already being tended to, and our ship's helo - along with others - began taking the wounded to a hospital in Sidon. There were also plenty of black body bags already filled.

With our doctor (whose last name I recall as Warner) frenetically working to triage the wounded Marines, and since most Lebanese doctors actually spoke English, after donating blood, I left the medical area and began to help with the digging operations.

This story is not about that part, which was brutal and heart-breaking. This story is about the flag that I found in the rubble.

My American flag.

At the time, it seemed like a natural thing to "rescue" it from the rubble. I brought it back to the ship, where it flew often, as our mission shifted from routine patrol to Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS). When I left the ship, it was given to me, along with a ship's plaque. When I retired from the Navy two decades ago, I used it as my retirement flag and it was presented to me again, after flying over the Capitol - I never put it in a shadow box, as is the custom, but kept it flying every once in a while, as a flag deserves to do.

A few years ago, when I hung it outside, it dawned on me that the history of this flag should merit some notice, and reached out to the Marine Corps Museum to see if they wanted it as a gift, but they declined, so now I'm actively seeking a place of honor for it.

To me that flag represents all those young Marines (average age 19) who died in that cowardly attack. It is one more reason why I stand, put my hand on my heart, take my cover off, and face the flag when the National Anthem plays at an event.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Artist Resource Bulletin: Call for Artists Opportunities


The MSAC Online Resource Bulletin, maintained by Maryland Art Place, is where you can find regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, and residencies as well as information on available studio spaces in the area. Updated on a weekly basis, the bulletin lists hundreds of arts opportunities, organized by subject and deadline date. Here are some current opportunities:

BAZAART HOLIDAY ART MARKET: Deadline July 13
Be a part of Bazaart –​ ​American Visionary Art Museum's annual holiday marketplace of original creations by regional artists and craftspeople. The market features the artsiest arts & craftiest crafts, ranging from painting to sculpture to jewelry to handmade clothing and accessories. For more information, click here.

GEORGIA AVENUE PUBLIC ART MURAL PROJECT: Deadline July 30
Through a unique public-private collaboration between the Silver Spring Urban District, Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, DGS, and Washington Property Company, the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District is seeking design proposals for a two-dimensional, outdoor, large-scale public art mural. For more information, click here.

DECORATIVE LIGHT FIXTURE - The Maryland Theatre Expansion Project: Deadline September 14
The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown seeks an artist to create a permanent indoor light fixture to be installed on the top floor event space within the expansion of the historic theatre. Work should be completed or well underway by Winter 2019. The call is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of The Maryland Theatre. For more information, click here.

Email naomi@mdartplace.org with information you would like included in the Resource Bulletin.

Monday, July 02, 2018

MSAC wants to hear from you!

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is listening and wants to hear from you! Four sessions of "We Are Listening" were conducted and MSAC received an overwhelming response for each session. Participants were able to voice their feedback on the Individual Artist Awards, Arts in Education initiatives, Accessibility, Veterans and the Grants for Organizations programs.

All the information is being compiled and reviewed for the strategic planning process. Feedback is still being received. If you have comments you would like to share, please email msac.commerce@maryland.gov with the subject heading FEEDBACK and the name of the program. Session feedback can be found here.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Atomic Dog and Consequential Cat

"Atomic Dog and Consequential Cat" Art Exhibit at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

Exhibit Dates: June 11 - September 30, 2018

The Atomic Dog and Consequential Cat art exhibit at the Veterinary Clinics of America Alexandria Animal Hospital (VCA Alexandria) features Del Ray Artisans members’ artwork of our furry friends. The exhibit is part of Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls (GWW)program in partnership with VCA Alexandria and includes a selection of canine artwork from this past May’s Atomic Dog exhibit, plus hand-picked artwork honoring our feline companions. The artwork will be displayed on the walls of the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital from June 11 through September 30, 2018.

Patrons may view the artwork at VCA Alexandria during regular business hours and at the discretion of hospital staff. All artwork is available for purchase through Del Ray Artisans. Artists are donating 20% of the purchase price of sold pieces in an equal split between Del Ray Artisans and the VCA Alexandria’s charity of choice, Veterans Moving Forward. Veterans Moving Forward helps veterans lead more productive lives through partnerships with trained assistance animal. Del Ray Artisans and Veterans Moving Forward are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit DelRayArtisans.org/event/dog-and-cat

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is located at 2660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For questions, contact VCA Alexandria staff at 703-751-2022 or 703-823-3601 or Del Ray Artisans’ GWW curator, Monica Hokeilen, at GWW@DelRayArtisans.org.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Frida in London

Can an exhibition of her most intimate possessions bring us any closer to Frida Kahlo?
Frida, your personal possessions have been exported to London from the house you lived in most of your life, Casa Azul (the Blue House), which is now a museum in the Coyoacán area of Mexico City. Do they shine a light on how you constructed your multiple identities?
Read the article here