Sunday, April 07, 2019

Tim Tate to be Included in GLASSTRESS During Venice Biennale!

Huge news for DMV area uberartist Tim Tate!

He reports:
Such good news to report! I will be one of the few Americans representing the USA in the upcoming Glasstress show during the Venice Biennale. The show has amazing artists, such as Ai Wei Wei, Tony Oursler, Karen Lamonte and Dustin Yellin and is being curated by Vic Muniz and Koen Vanmechelen. This represents a huge step forward in my career. You can read all about it below. 
I want to be your ambassador to the United States! Its so expensive to get there though! If you want to help me out, I put together an Indiegogo campaign to raise monies. Even just sharing this link would do me a huge favor! I am honestly just happy to report that I will be one of those artists! Thank you all for supporting me over the years! I appreciate every one of you!
Here is my iniegogo link... click here.
This a monster of a huge step for one of the DMV's most visible and hardest working artists! Here's the news release from GLASSTRESS:
Returning for the 58th Biennale di Venezia, the sixth edition of GLASSTRESS brings together a new line-up of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass.
Tim Tate; “The Endless Cycle”; 36″ x 36″ x 4″Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, electronics
GLASSTRESS is a project by Adriano Berengo dedicated to supporting his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass. Since its debut in 2009 as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, GLASSTRESS has revived the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform showcasing ground-breaking new works in glass.
To celebrate 10 years of GLASSTRESS and 30 years of , the exhibition goes back to its historical roots on the island of Murano. An old abandoned glass furnace is now an evocative exhibition space for striking new works and installations by returning artists Ai WeiweiTony Cragg and Thomas Schütte as well as first time participants Prune NourryJosé ParláTim Tate and Xavier Veilhan, amongst others.
 For this section, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has invited all artists to explore ‘how glass redefines our perception of space’. In another section of the exhibition, curated by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, highlights from the past ten years will also go on display, including Mutter (2016/17) by Erwin Wurm, Laura’s Hands (2011) by Jaume Plensa and A Different Self (2014) by Mat Collishaw. Referring to the making of glass works, Vanmechelen says: ‘the world of the unknown and unseen becomes visible and tangible through beautiful accidents in time.’
With little or no prior experience working with glass, these artists have embraced the challenge of creating extraordinary works in this very delicate medium in collaboration with Muranese artisans. The output of this unusual encounter defies the stereotypes associated with this ancient craft, ultimately pushing the boundaries of both contemporary art and glass. This year’s edition of GLASSTRESS will also provide visitors with the opportunity to watch Murano glass masters at work at the adjacent glassblowing studio and learn more about Fondazione Berengo’s preservation efforts of this centuries-old artistry of Venetian glass-making. 
GLASSTRESS runs from May 9 to November 24, 2019

New artists :
Saint Clair Cemin (Brazil), Pedro Friedeberg (Mexico), Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba), Artur Lescher (Brazil), Prune Nourry (France), José Parlá (USA), Pablo Reinoso (Argentina), Valeska Soares (Brazil), Tim Tate (USA), Janaina Tschäpe (Germany), Xavier Veilhan (France), Robert Wilson (USA).
Returning artists :
 Ai Weiwei (China), Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Tony Cragg (UK), Shirazeh Houshiary (Iran), Alicja Kwade (Poland), Karen LaMonte (USA), Paul McCarthy (USA), Vik Muniz (Brazil), Jaume Plensa (Spain), Laure Prouvost (France), Thomas Schütte (Germany), Sudarshan Shetty (India), Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium), Erwin Wurm (Austria).
GLASSTRESS Anniversary highlights :
Jean Arp (Germany), Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon), Miroslaw Balka (Poland), Fiona Banner (UK), Mat Collishaw (UK), César (France), Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Tracey Emin (UK), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Francesco Gennari (Italy), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Michael Joo (USA), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov (Russia/USA), Michael Kienzer (Austria), Hye Rim Lee (South Korea), Oksana Mas (Ukraine), Hans Op de Beek (Belgium), Tony Ousler (USA), Javier Pérez (Spain), Antonio Riello (Italy), Bernardì Roig (Spain), Joyce Jane Scott (USA), Wael Shawky (Egypt), Lino Tagliapietra (Italy), Fred Wilson (USA), Dustin Yellin (USA).

Saturday, April 06, 2019

“I Am Offended”: Art & Free Expression

Should art offend? Does it matter if people are offended? Should offensive art be displayed? Should it be censored? Who decides what is offensive or appropriate? Join us to hear a discussion of these questions and more.

A discussion panel featuring Philip Kennicott, Chief Art and Architecture Critic, the Washington PostJanis Goodman, Panelist, WETA Around Town, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University; Lenny Campello, Author, Daily Campello Art News; and Jason Kuznicki, Research Fellow, Cato Institute and Editor, Cato Books; moderated by Caleb O. BrownCato Daily Podcast host, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.

May 22, 2019 
6:30PM to 8:00PM EDT

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403

Phone (202) 842 0200

Friday, April 05, 2019

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi at Hemphill

One of my fave DMV area artists is having a solo at Hemphill:
HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the exhibition, HEDIEH JAVANSHIR ILCHI: I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies, opening on Saturday, May 11, 2019 with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 29, 2019.
Moving to an aerial view, observing from a distance, there may be no such thing as a cultural war. There may only be a process, a moment in an ever-evolving world of cultural forces. Although this viewpoint does not champion good or evil, it does acknowledge movement and outcome. The paintings of Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi arise from cultures often portrayed at war. Each culture measures itself by a different clock. Each respective clock sometimes runs faster than the other, then slower, sometimes backward and then again forward. The clocks rarely synchronize, until the conflicts are spent and the two clocks merge. Ilchi’s work takes us to an aerial viewpoint where we see traditional Persian imagery merging with modernist American painting techniques. The content is not in conflict, but there is sense of broken parts coming together and things from a past appearing in a present. Contrary to our times, where a speeding flow of expedient information engulfs everything, Ilchi asks us to step back, slow down, take the aerial view. From this vantage point we see intricately executed tazhib patterns, sometimes floating over and at other times captured within scenes of organic chaos. Chaos created by the layering of translucencies, controlled pours and the topographical accumulations of paint. It is as though we are witnessing the reactions of chemical components. It takes time to comprehend the dazzling luminosities of her paintings, to see the merging of two cultures. Yet Ilchi’s work is not of an ideal state, there is a sense of trouble in her pictures, an apprehension of beauty, and a pining wishful-ness for the outcomes we are moving towards.
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area. Ilchi received a BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and an MFA in Studio Art from the American University in 2011. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Jentel Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has exhibited in New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and Winston- Salem, NC and her work is included in several private and public collections. HEDIEH JAVANSHIR ILCHI: I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies is the artist’s second exhibition at Hemphill Fine Arts.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Museum call for artists

Sightlines, 2019-2021

Deadline: May 12, 2019

The South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) is seeking large-scale 2D and 3D artwork for long-term display in Sightlines, a collaborative project between SBMA and Century Center. The two year exhibition will highlight the work of six new artists. Indoor and outdoor sites for the work are available and will be considered for accepted work. 

Artist submission review and selection will be done by representatives from SBMA and Century Center. There is a $10 entry fee to apply. $1000 stipend for each selected artist. A modest printed piece will also be produced. 

For full details and to apply securely online, please visit

For more information on the South Bend Museum of Art, please visit this site.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Trawick Prize Deadline: 8 April!

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is inviting regional artists to submit work to the annual Trawick Prize!

This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners. The deadline for submissions is Monday April 8, 2019. Up to eight selected finalists will be chosen to display their work at Bethesda’s Gallery B in September 2019.

The competition will be juried by Jonathan Monaghan, Assistant Professor of Digital Art & Studio Art Advisor, Catholic University, and the 2015 Trawick Prize Best In Show Winner; Foon Sham, Professor of Sculpture, University of Maryland, and Sue Wrbican, Associate Professor of Photography & Director of Photography Program, George Mason University.

Submission requirements:
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older
  • Residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.
  • All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted.
  • Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Selected artists must deliver their artwork to the exhibit site in Bethesda, MD.
  • Each artist must submit five images, an application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25
The Best in Show will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000. A “young” artist whose birth date is after April 8, 1989 may also be awarded $1,000.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival Returns May 11 and 12

The Bethesda Urban Partnership has announced the 16th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a two-day event highlighting more than 120 contemporary artists selling their original fine art and craft. The festival will take place Saturday, May 11 from 10am – 6pm and Sunday, May 12, 2018 from 10am – 5pm. 

The festival will once again welcome artists from across the country to showcase and sell their original painting, drawing, photography, furniture, jewelry, woodwork, ceramics and more in downtown Bethesda.

The event will be in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle along Norfolk and Auburn Avenues and will be held rain or shine. The festival will also feature live entertainment, children’s activities and local restaurants. Admission to the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is free. The festival is located six blocks from the Bethesda Metro station and free parking is available adjacent to the event in the parking garage located on Auburn Avenue.

LeafFilter Gutter Protection, Sunrise Senior Living, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and Bethesda Magazine are serving as event sponsors.

For more information, please visit or call 301/215-6660.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Washington Sculptors Group Annual Members Image Show

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4-7pm

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at:

Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies – House A
3100 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Free and open to the public
Parking on premises and street
The Washington Sculptors Group cordially invites you to attend the Annual Members Image Show! Join WSG members as they offer insight into some of the best work being done by sculptors in the DC area.
WSG’s Annual Members Image Show aims to support the talent and highly diverse work of Washington area sculptors. The Image Show gives member artists the opportunity to present images and videos of their work, and artists have the opportunity to discuss the artwork while it is being shown. New members are strongly encouraged to participate, and all members receive feedback from the audience.
WSG will also invite DC area gallerists, curators, collectors, reviewers, and other art representatives to attend this important member event. Refreshments provided by WSG will be served during intermission; WSG members are also welcome to bring food to share.
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies is graciously hosting the WSG Annual Members Image Show again this year. Join us for an informative evening at the CHS campus, located in the Embassy Row neighborhood of NW Washington, DC.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

WPA: Collectors' Night: A Silent Auction to Benefit Artists

From The Washington project for the Arts:
We are excited to announce the 84 artists participating in Collectors' Night: A Silent Auction to Benefit Artists on Saturday, May 4. Nearly all the artists were selected from an open call by this year's incredible art committee, with the exception of a half dozen -- among them the inimitable Richard Tuttle -- who were invited by the staff.
Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Kristin Adair, Farnoosh Ahmadi Shirazi, Sondra N. Arkin, Eames Armstrong, Mary Anne Arntzen, Selin Balci, David Barr, Kyle J. Bauer, Mary Baum, Erick Antonio Benitez, Julia Bloom, Chris Bohner, Lori Anne Boocks, Michael A. Booker, Anthony J. Bowers, Nakeya Brown, Gerardo Camargo, Florencio Lennox Campello, David Carlson, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Larry Cook, Kyrae Dawaun Cowan, Markele Cullins, Frank Hallam Day, John Deardourff, Monique Muse Dodd, Alexis Duque, Alex Ebstein, Pam Eichner, Edgar Endress, Nico Fertakis, Amy Finkelstein, Lloyd Foster, Stephen Hendee, Jessica Hopkins, Timothy J. Horjus, Michael Horsley, Erik Hougen, James Huckenpahler, Sarah Hull, Nate Larson, Magnolia Laurie, Khanh H. Le, Kim Llerena, Timothy Makepeace, Tsedaye Makonnen, Jon Malis, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Antonio McAfee, Nat Meade, Veronica Melendez, Linn Meyers, Maggie Michael, Greg Minah, Tyra Mitchell, Goitseone Bothale Moerane, Jonathan Monaghan, Ali Newhard, Lee Nowell-Wilson, Christos J. Palios, PLAKOOKEE, Rodrigo Pradel, Amber Robles-Gordon, Kate Sable, Nicole Marie Salimbene, Kim Sandara, Josh Sender, Joseph Shetler, Alexandra Silverthorne, Dafna Steinberg, Dan Steinhilber, Mark Stockton, Cindy Stockton Moore, Monica Stroik, Martin Swift, Rob Tarbell, Trish Tillman, Richard Tuttle, Julie Willis, Jordann Wine, Ellen Xu, and Helen Zughaib
 Find more information about the artwork selection process and artists here.


Don't forget to purchase discounted early-bird tickets while they are available through April 3! 

If you have any questions about tickets or sponsorship, please email Ashley McDonald at or visit

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Open Studios!

DC Arts Studios (DCAS) invites you to their annual Spring Open Studios on Sunday, April 28, 10am - 5pm!
Take a self-guided tour through our participating artists' studios and have a "behind the scenes" peek into their creative process -- a great way to introduce kids to the arts and learn about different techniques and mediums! 
Purchase original artwork and other handmade gifts directly from the artists themselves! Featured artwork and gifts will include photography, paintings, mixed media, fiber art, sculpture, stained glass, weaving, art made from re-purposed bicycle and computer parts, and much more. 
Swing by the Willow Street Gallery Group Show and Sale, "ELEMENTS" on our first floor.
Have your photo taken with an Afghan camera box. There will be food and refreshments throughout the studios. 
The event is free, accessible, family friendly, and open to the public.
And please help us spread the word! Share the DCAS Spring Open Studios Facebook event:
*This arts event is presented as part of Takoma Park's Art Hop, a neighborhood-wide weekend arts festival. Learn more at Art Hop Takoma.

DC Arts Studios is located at 6925 Willow St NW, Washington, DC 20012, next to Downtown Takoma Park, MD.
Driving: There is street parking. 
Metro: Take the Red Line to the Takoma DC Metro Station. Walk a few blocks on Carroll Ave towards Downtown Takoma Park, MD. Turn right onto Willow Street. We are halfway down the block on the left-hand side of the street.
Questions? Contact Valerie Fenton, Administrative Director, at

Friday, March 29, 2019

Open life drawing sessions

Hyattsville Figure Drawing Group

Tuesday, April 2, 6-9pm
Model: Jalene

Welcome to open life drawing sessions every Tuesday, 6-9pm in Pyramid Atlantic's gallery space in the Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville. Bring along your favorite art materials and draw with us! Chairs, tables and drawing boards provided.

All are welcome, under 18 legal guardian permission required. Drop-ins welcome, no experience necessary!

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center*
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Free parking in rear of building

Tuesdays, 6-9pm

$20/session or $75/5-session punch card or $15/session for Pyramid Atlantic members (proof required)

For more information:

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Artist as Entrepreneur Program for Visual Artists

Upcoming Event for Artists
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Artist as Entrepreneur Program for Visual Artists
May 18 & 19, 10-4PM 

Applications are now open for this professional development program, presented by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the American University Museum, and provided to selected participants free of charge through the support of the Stephen & Palmina Pace Foundation. 

Open to visual artists (painting, photography, sculpture and installation, ceramics, folk art and traditional, craft, printmaking, drawing and book arts, performance art, film, video and new media) the program has been customized to fit the needs artists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

The Artist as Entrepreneur Program offers the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. This includes topics such as strategic planning, finance, and marketing. Additional material is drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook, The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018), now in its second edition. Participants have access to flexible and dynamic entrepreneurial tools such as the “Artists Action Plan” and Business Model Canvas (BMC) that provide a blueprint for your practice or specific projects. The structure is a blend of formal lectures and breakout groups, designed to build community among the participants and encourage ongoing dialogue, collaborations and support. 

Artists of all career stages, including students, are encouraged to apply through this Submittable link. Participants will be selected through a panel review process. Please view the required application materials. Application deadline is April 17, 2019. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Booth at AAFNYC

Our booth at the Spring Affordable Art Fair in New York - booth B4 with work by Matthew Langley, Alexei Tereynin and me!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Dynamics of Buying a Work of Art

An oldie... but always a goodie:

The Dynamics of Buying a Work of Art

After setting up hundreds of art shows in galleries over the years, and dealing with both novice and experienced collectors, I am sometimes still amused by the dynamics that go into the decision to buy (or more often than not pass) a piece of art.
And I have detected a pattern most easily seen at an art fair.
Put together a few thousand people, paying an entry fee to enter the fair, an assortment of dealers, and a huge diverse variety of offerings and it’s an education in people watching.
The married couple: 
“Do you like it?”
“Yeah, I like it- it’s just what we’ve been looking for.”
“Where would we put it?”
“We have a couple of spots that it’d fit.”
“Do you really like it.”
“Yeah, how about you?”
“Yeah, I kinda of like it.”
“Should we get it?”
“If you want it.”

(five minutes later)
“Let’s think about it.”
 [To me] “Do you have a business card?”
The couple (not married):
Her: “Do you like it?”
Him: “Sssoright”
Her: “Where would we put it?”
Him: “Dunno.”
Her: “Do you really like it.”
Him: “So’OK.. Yeah, how about you?”
Her: “Yeah, I kinda, sorta, really like it.”
Him: “Dunno though”
Her: “What? You don’t like it?”
Him: “If you want it.”
(five minutes later)
Him: “Let’s think about it.”
Her or Him: “OK” [To me] “Do you have a business card?”
The Single Woman (SW) with a Woman Friend:
SW: “WOW! Now, I really like this!”
Friend: “Yeah… it’s nice”
SW: “It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!”
Friend: “I have a friend who does work just like this…”
SW: “I am really drawn to it!”
Friend: “Are you really sure you like it?”
SW: “Uh - yeah!… why? Don’t you like it?”
Friend: “Yeah… it’s OK”
SW: “I think it’s really good… I think it’s the first piece in this whole show that I really like.”
Friend: “There’s a few more booths we haven’t seen.”
SW: “I think I’m going to buy this.”
Friend: “Are you sure?”
SW: “Uh - yeah!… It’s a good price too…. why? Don’t you like it?”
(five minutes later)
SW: “Do you have a business card?”
The Single Woman (SW) with a Man Friend:
SW: “WOW! Now, I really like this!”
Friend: “Yeah… Cool”
SW: “It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!”
Friend: “I think it’s a lithograph” [it's actually a charcoal]
SW: “I am really drawn to it!”
Friend: “Are you really sure you like it?”
SW: “Uh - yeah!… why? Don’t you like it?”
Friend: “I have something like it… I got it cheaper though…”
SW: “I think it’s really good… I think it’s the first piece in this whole show that I really like.”
Friend: “You like lithographs?”
SW: “I think I’m going to buy this.”
Friend: “Are you sure?”
SW: “Uh - yeah!… It’s a good price too…. why? Don’t you like it?”
(five minutes later)
SW: “Do you have a business card?”
The Single Focus Dream Buyer:
[Walks straight up to one piece, never looks at the rest of the work in your booth]
“I’ll take this”
[Me] “Thank you… it’s a very striking charcoal drawing - will be that be a check or charge?”
[Me] “I can send you more information on this artist…”
“That will be great - I love this work - it’s exactly what I’m interested in!”
[Me] “I have a few more pieces here, would you like to see them?”
“No, thanks…”
The “I’m glad you’re here guy (IGYHG)”:
IGYHG: “Hey! I’ve been looking for you!”
[Me]: “Hi, how are you?”
IGYHG: “… been walking this whole fair looking for you!”
[Me]: “Yeah… lots of dealers this year… glad you found us!”
IGYHG: “Howsa been goin’?”
[Me]: “Yes… quite good actually…”
IGYHG: “Well, let me look at what you’ve got!”
[three minutes later]
IGYHG: “Well… I’m glad you’re here… see ya next year!”
The “I Shudda Bought It Last Year Guy (Shudda)”:
Shudda: “Hey! You’re here again!”
[Me]: “Hi, how are you? Yeah… It’s our 7th year here…”
Shudda: “… been walking this whole fair looking for you!”
[Me]: “Yeah… lots of dealers this year… glad you found us!”
Shudda: “Howsa been goin’?”
[Me]: “Yes… quite good actually…”
Shudda: “Well, let me look at what you’ve got!”
[three minutes later]
Shudda: “Where’s that really good watercolor of the fill-in-the-blank?”
[Me]: “Uh… I sold it last year - but I have a few more pieces by that artist.”
Shudda: “Ah! - I really wanted that one! Do you have another one?”
[Me]: “Well, no… it was an original watercolor, and I sold it; but I have —”
Shudda: “I really wanted that piece; and it was a good price too…”
[Me]: “Maybe you’d like some of his new work…”
Shudda: “I shudda bought it last year”
[Walks away]
Shudda: “You gonna be here next year?”
The “Where’s That Piece Guy (WTP)”:
WTP: “Hey! You’re here again!”
[Me]: “Hi, how are you? Yeah… It’s our 7th year here…”
WTP: “… been walking this whole fair specifically looking for you!”
[Me]: “Yeah… lots of dealers this year… glad you found us!”
WTP: “Howsa been goin’?”
[Me]: “Yes… quite good actually…”
WTP: “OK… last year I saw this piece… it was a fill-in-the-bank and I should have bought it then! “
[Me]: “Yeah… that is a nice piece.”
WTP: “I’ve been thinking about it for a whole year”
[Looks around the booth and doesn't see it]
WTP: “Do you still have it?”
[From here there are two paths...]
Path One -
[Me]: “Uh… I sold it last year - but I have a few more pieces by that artist.”
WTP: “Ah! - I really wanted that one! Do you have another one?”
[Me]: “Well, no… it was an original watercolor, and I sold it; but I have —”
WTP: “I really wanted that piece; and it was a good price too…”
[Me]: “Maybe you’d like some of his new work…”
WTP: “I shudda bought it last year”
[Walks away]
WTP: “You gonna be here next year?”
Path Two
[Me]: “Let me get it for you… I have it in the back!”
WTP: “Great”
[I bring it out and give to WTP]
WTP: “Yeah this is it! It’s great!”
[Me]: “This artist has done really well this last year and —”
WTP: [Handing it back] “Excellent! I’m glad you still have it… until what time are you going to be here?”

Sunday, March 24, 2019

MSAC Seeking Panelists for Public Art Project Grant Program

The Maryland State Arts Council is seeking panelists to review Public Art Project grant applications for the 2019 fiscal year. The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) relies on a diverse array of arts experts from the field to do the important work of evaluating grant applications submitted by Maryland arts organizations and arts programs. Panelists review grant applications online, and meet in spring for the Grants Review Panel Meeting. Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to learn about Maryland arts organizations and the granting processes of the Maryland State Arts Council. Panelist application forms are due, Friday, April 19, 2019. Please apply here.

The Maryland State Arts Council has committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in grantmaking as all funding mechanisms continue to be examined and updated. The design of the Public Art Across Maryland Grant application is meant to inspire authentic reflection and internal analysis for each applicant, with the knowledge that the Maryland State Arts Council is to be seen and utilized as a collaborative partner in the process. 

After applications have been reviewed, panelists are appointed by the Maryland State Arts Council for a one-year term, which may be renewed, and receive a modest honorarium and travel reimbursement for serving.

The Maryland State Arts Council uses Google products for all panelist activities. Applicants must have a Gmail account to apply. You may establish a Gmail account here.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Two new exhibits at Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council is pleased to announce two new exhibits, opening on May 3, 2019: Resident Visual Artists Exhibit 2019 and No Boundaries.                                                                                                   

In its 35th year at the Arts Council, Resident Visual Artists Exhibit 2019 features recent work created by artists with studios at the Center for the Arts: James Adkins, Joan Bevelaqua, Han Jeon, Myungsook Ryu Kim, Art Landerman, Diana Marta, Brendan Nass, Joyce Ritter, Jereme Scott, Alice St. Germain-Gray, Andrei Trach, Jamie Travers, Mary Jo Tydlacka, and David Zuccarini. The artists work in a variety of media including oil and watercolor painting, drawing, fiber art, and glass bead-making. 

In partnership with Howard County Recreation and Parks’ Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services, No Boundaries showcases work by youth and adult artists with developmental disabilities, created in the Exploring Art and Focus on Art programs offered by the Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services. In these programs, youth and adults with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore a variety of media, styles, and methods of creating art. 

A free public reception will be held on Friday, May 10 from 6–8pm. The Arts Council’s resident artists will also open their studios to visitors from 7–8pm that evening. Both exhibits run through June 14, 2019. 

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. The Galleries are closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2019. For more information about Howard County Arts Council programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit

Thursday, March 21, 2019



My proposal was to present my lecture/question & answer presentation titled: "On Identity in the Arts: What does it mean to be Latino/a?"

I've presented this in various colleges across the US, but so far oh for two with MD... it is usually well-received and kick starts a lot of good discussion and gets a lot of muddy waters cleared...
events maryland 
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for submitting a proposal for the Maryland Arts Summit 2019. Unfortunately, your proposal was not selected to be presented at this year’s conference.

This process elicited an overwhelming response from the Maryland Arts community, which led to a very competitive pool of applicants and more quality proposals than we had space for in this year’s Summit.

We hope you will consider joining us for the Maryland Arts Summit 2019 as an attendee and that you will apply again in the future.

The Summit Staff

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Heloisa Escudero at Otis Street Arts Project

Heloisa Escudero
Opening Reception March 30, 2019, 6-9 PM
Special performance April 27th 2-5 PM

Solo Exhibition of new work created for Otis Street Arts Project by Heloisa Escudero.
Every human being follows a unique life path, with no two paths being alike. All of these paths are governed by countless life equations, where all of our phobias, fears and anxieties are parameters and variables that define a part of this equation, and the values of which may determine our learning directions.  The solutions to these multivariable and complicated equations are held inside each of us, we hold all the secrets to our unique self.  This exhibition aims at the realization of the (unique) self. By direct visualization of our phobias, it makes our parameters explicit. And by creation of rituals that provide positive thinking, it aims at finding solutions to our life equations.  One of the main goals is that the viewer actively integrates their life path while interacting with the art. 
About the Artist:
Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987 where her interest in Fine Arts developed. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian and Brazillian citizenships.  She is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Her most recent art projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. In 2007 she moved to Sweden where she worked as a full-time artist, creating four successful projects and exhibiting in Sweden at the Uppsala Art Museum and in Spain at the University of Valencia.  Her art was mentioned at the the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Resource Magazine, Harvard University Archive and etc.  
Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mount Rainier, MD.
March 30- May 4, 2019
Hours: Saturday 12-5, M-F by appointment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this rip off artist: 
Captain Ralph  
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