Sunday, April 19, 2015

Call for painters

Deadline: July 10, 15.
The UMW Galleries are proud to host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Call for Math Art

Submission deadline: May 15, 2015.
The Pearl Conard Art Gallery at The Ohio State University’s Mansfield Campus seeks mathematicians who use visual art to express their findings or visual artists whose work is inspired by mathematics for possible inclusion in an exhibition to occur Monday, November 9 – Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Faculty members from Ohio State University's Departments of Mathematics and Art will curate the exhibition.
For consideration, please send the following to 1. Examples of works available for exhibition (jpegs, website, or video links). 2. An inventory of works indicating title, medium, size, year, and installation requirements. 3. An artist statement or description of works. 4. Resume or CV. 5. Your contact information. Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping work to the gallery.
The gallery will provide return shipping.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Artists & Makers Studios Expanding

Artists & Makers Studios - the Washington region’s new innovative, artist-focused studio center - will soon expand its 9,000+ square foot White Flint facility to include an additional 3,619 square feet.  This announcement comes just days before the facility’s Grand Opening Celebration set for Friday evening, April 17, 2015.
Artists & Makers Studios opened at 100% capacity in March, with a waiting list of artists in need of creative space.  The studio center which is currently home to 43 Resident Artists will add another ten studios in a variety of floor plans that will offer creative space for arts professionals of nearly every medium.  Its recent agreement to acquire more square footage will allow Artists & Makers Studios to provide more affordable studios in the Rockville area to talented professional artists.
Artists & Makers Studios offers studio space and support to select professional artists as they work to advance their careers.  Artist and visionary Judith HeartSong led the studios from concept to concrete facilities in less than six months, guided early on by an 18-member Advisory Committee of artists, community activists, and business and communications professionals who recognized the need for studio facilities with a supportive staff and a collaborative environment.  In addition to its 43 Resident Artists, Artists & Makers Studios is pleased to be the home of The Compass Atelier.
Resident Artists enjoy a strong sense of community and camaraderie, and benefit from a philosophy that encourages artists to work when the timing best suits them - with no mandatory studio hours, they work days, nights or weekends, according to their commitments and inspiration. Artists also enjoy many opportunities for professional networking, like Salon – an Artful Conversation.  Now in its fourth year, this program provides access to arts professionals, attorneys and community leaders who offer career advice and concrete assistance for artists looking to promote their arts business.
Artists & Makers 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.  Located in the heart of Rockville’s White Flint business district, Artists & Makers Studios is rapidly becoming a vibrant and lively part of the community.  Some of the best talent in Montgomery County has come to join in this effort, and classes and workshops will soon round out the offerings at Artists & Makers Studios.  
Artists & Makers Studios is located online at

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CRAVE III Micro-Granting Dinner a Boost to Local Arts Innovators

Fiber artists Erika Cleveland and Stacy Cantrell were voted to be the newest grantees at the third CRAVE event, hosted by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and Convergence on Saturday, March 28. They received a record $1,581 for their project, Materialized Magic.
CRAVE (Creating Resources or Artistic Vision and Engagement) is a micro-granting dinner. Cleveland and Cantrell were among four groups of presenters who pitched their idea during a community dinner. Afterward, attendees democratically select which project to fund. The size of the grant they received at the close of the night was determined by ticket sales and donations to the kitty.
“The beauty of CRAVE is that it engages the community with creative work that’s happening right here at home,” said Lisa Cole Smith, pastor and artistic director at Convergence. “The on-the-spot grants provide resources for artists and creators who don’t fit neatly into oftentimes limited arts funding categories.”
“CRAVE connects like-minded people who want to learn about and support emerging arts programs in the region,” said Eric Wallner, CEO of the Torpedo Factory. “It such a unique program or our region and we are happy to see it grow.”
Materialized Magic is a mixed-medium collaborative fiber-art community that works primarily in crocheting, knitting, and felting. Cleveland and Cantrell intend to organize weekly yarn-bomb sessions, where fiber artists will build a collective habitat from their individual creations.
Through this program, they hope to provide free lessons to the community and shine a light on the contributions of the fiber artists who participate. Any materials that are left over at the close of the project will be donated to nursing homes, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations. The grant money will be used to purchase supplies, which will help ensure there is no cost to participate.
Cleveland, an associate artist with the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, is a former registered and board-certified art therapist with experience working with children, adolescents, and the elderly in hospital, day treatment, and mental health settings. She taught art therapy at Lesley University and Emmanuel College in Boston. She is now a healing-doll artist and the founder of Transformative Healing Dolls. She offers art and writing workshops for women experiencing major life transitions.
Cantrell learned to crochet at age 4 and became an expert making everything from scarves to doll clothing. Over time her style has developed into a free-form exploration, and she’s been creating macro three-dimensional works. She participated in the Smithsonian Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition as a featured artist and also created work for Artisphere’s Yarn Bomb. Cantrell holds a master’s in the history of decorative arts from George Mason University.

Zofie Lang opens Saturday at NVCC

The very talented Zofie Lang's first solo exhibition will be taking place at the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery from April 3 - May 17, 2015. There will be an opening reception and artist talk on April 18th, from 6pm - 8pm (the talk will start around 6:30).
Certain narratives, such as those in fairy tales, have existed for millennia and maintain a grip on our collective imagination. They are refreshed and reiterated, showing up in popular culture in both familiar and novel ways; similar themes also emerge across cultures and generations. Using photography, digital photomontage, and found object assemblage, Zofie Lang’s work reconstructs these narratives visually by extracting their key elements. Zofie examines the underlying meaning of narratives, including the fairy tales she remembers her Polish grandmother telling her as a child and literature that has inspired her. Her assemblages creates new layers of meaning, consisting of a mix of nostalgia and contemplation of our present popular culture. 
The gallery is located at NVCC, Alexandria Campus, in the Schlesinger Center, 915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22311 (your GPS will tell you it's at 3001 N Beauregard Street. Don't be alarmed: it is the same place, just a different mailing address). There is a campus parking garage just across the street.

If you need help getting there, please text or call 443-310-3076.

For more information, please check out this link.

You can also rsvp here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Brooklyn Hit With Anti-Hillary Street Art

The signs appear to be a riff on a group of supporters calling certain words often used to describe Clinton as sexist. Words such as 'secretive,' 'ambitious,' and 'entitled.'
See more pics and read story here  Unless the posters are being put up by Native American Senator Elizabeth Warren's supporters, it is quite rare to see the vast right wing conspiracy employ art to drive political points home. The even vaster left wing nuthouse, on the other hand, is quite good at using art for this purpose.

Art Scam Alert!!!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Jessica Van Brakle would have loved this

Construction crane falls on museum, everyone assumes it's a new sculpture.
Attention Dallas: The construction crane that is upended, dangerously resting on your Museum of Art is not a sculpture, it is just a crane that fell. Please stop getting so close to it.
Read the article and check out loads of photos here.