Friday, December 30, 2005


District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Hummanities

Artomatic happy hour

Artomatic Happy Hour - Change of Locale
Wednesday January 4– 6-8pm - Busboys & Poets
Fulfill your New Year’s Resolution to GET OUT MORE! Come to the Artomatic Happy Hour where we share ideas, spread rumors, and recruit the innocent. Our first Happy Hour for 2006 will be at Busboys and Poets.

2021 14th St NW
Nearest metro: U Street - Cardozo (green line) at 13th St & U St, NW (0.12 miles away)

Happy Hours – First Wednesday of every Month
Next Happy Hour – February 1st 2006 – back at the Warehouse

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

hirshhorn happening

This looks fun.

Oliver Herring Task
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is recruiting volunteers for a unique art-making experience, titled Task, organized by New York based-artist Oliver Herring, recently featured on PBS's Art21 series.

Forty to sixty residents of the greater DC area are needed to perform simple tasks as a group over the course of eight hours on Saturday, April 29, 2006.

The museum is seeking volunteers who are interested in exchanging creative ideas and developing a sense of community through the arts. We hope to build a group of volunteers ranging in age from teenagers to seniors and representing different professions and interests. This will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Sign up here

Monday, December 26, 2005

i'm teaching a class at the washington glass school( at the arlington arts center!)

Class 306
Introduction to Mold Making and Casting

In this class you will learn to make molds for making objects out of concrete or fiberglass! Add a whole new facet to your work! Want to begin to make outdoor sculpture? Need another material to go with your fabulous glass pieces? Learn to make Concrete and Fiberglass sculpture! This class will give you a foundation in making simple flexible molds, and the basics of casting in concrete and fiberglass.

Instructor Sean Hennessey
Dates Tuesday eves., March 7, 14
Time 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location Arlington Arts Center
Tuition $250

Visit the Washington Glass School website to sign up!

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Katzen Arts Center

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Guidelines for being considered for an exhibition : A CD of up to 20 jpeg images along with a resume, image list, a short statement and/or cover letter. If you are proposing a group exhibition please include resumes by all artists involved. Please do not send slides. Submitted materials will not be returned. The reviewing process should take 6 – 8 weeks. We will contact you if we would like to see additional materials. Submissions should be mailed to: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400, Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. POSTED: August 19, 2005.

neptune gallery

some friends and fellow artists recommended that i check out the neptune gallery. i did and saw this interesting post write up

Friday, December 23, 2005

calls for entry and such

capitol arts network prospectus

arlington arts/wpa prospectus

The All Hung Show
deadline: Wednesday, January 04

Open to all artists over the age of 18, this art show offers a 'first come, first hung' opportunity.

To enter the show:
1. Bring one artwork to the Montpelier Arts Center on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 between 9am and 8pm.

2. Work should be framed and ready to hang with wire or hooks. Art may not exceed 35' in any direction. Hanging wall sculpture is acceptable in a shadow box or if unbreakable.

3. There is no hanging fee and no commission is taken on the sale of artwork.

4. Come to the recption on Friday, January 6, 7-9pm.

5. Remove work on Thursday, January 26, from 9am to 8pm.

for more info:
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center
t: 301.953.1993 or

Call for Artists: City as Nature - PA
deadline: Saturday, January 07

Call for Artists: Man is nature. As creatures we build our dwellings and tear them down. No one would deny that an ant hill is part of nature. Open to all Artists in the United States working in traditional or new fine art media - No Size Restriction (except that the work needs to be able to fit through a standard door).

Please submit the following to: Afif Gallery - City as Nature, Attention: Liz Afif , 1904 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. - numbered list of submissions include name, title of exhibition, address, email and phone #, title, materials, and dimensions. - slides or photos labeled with entry number, your name, and arrow indicating top. - entry fee, $20 for 1 - 4 slides, $5 for each additional slide, check or money order made out to “Liz Afif - Afif Gallery”. - a self addressed stamped envelope.

Afif Gallery takes a 20% commission on sales from juried exhibitions. The art is insured while in Afif Gallery. Artists are responsible for shipping work to and from the gallery. Return shipping postage and label must be included. Works are not required to be for sale.

for more info:
Afif Gallery
t: 215.520.4062 or

2006-2007 Gallery Season at Flashpoint-RFP
deadline: Wednesday, January 11

The Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) is requesting proposals for exhibitions in the Gallery at Flashpoint’s September 2006 – August 2007 season. This request is open to artists, curators, arts organizations, galleries and/or anyone choosing to present contemporary work in any medium.

A key component of the Flashpoint arts incubator, the Gallery at Flashpoint provides a springboard for talented artists and curators to enhance their careers. The Gallery seeks to inspire creativity and encourage new work by emerging and under-represented artists and curators while providing a place for artists and curators to experiment with progressive concepts and participate in an active, multi-disciplinary arts community.

Please visit to download an application. All proposals must be received no later than 6 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2006.

for more info:
t: 202.315.1310 or or

newJanus: An exhibit curated by Sarah Tanguy
deadline: Friday, January 27

As part of Maryland Art Place’s 25th Anniversary programming scheduled for 2006, MAP announces a call for artists who wish to be considered for an exhibition celebrating the diversity of mixed media artworks. Works will be selected by Sarah Tanguy, currently curator for the ART in Embassies Program as well as an independent curator and critic based in Washington, DC. Tanguy’s current projects include: transrealities, a joint US/Lithuania photography exhibition; and Taken for Looks, an all-photography, food-inspired exhibition; Breaking Bread, a joint Cuba/Russia/US exhibition. In addition, Tanguy has written numerous exhibition-related essays and reviews in The Washington Times, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, Glass, American Craft, Metalsmith, Hand Print Workshop International, Turning Points, Mid-Atlantic Country, Baltimore, and Reader’s Digest.

Exhibition Title: Janus (working title)
Exhibition Dates: March 14-May 6, 2006

This call for entry requires that artists desiring consideration must either be (1) currently registered in the Maryland State Arts Council Visual Artists’ Registry—a free resource housed and maintained by MAP; (2) establish a new on-line Visual Artists’ Registry file; (3) submit a CD or slides according to the official exhibition application form.

To be considered, all applicants must COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM and either upload materials to the Visual Artists' Registry or deliver materials to MAP by January 27, 2006.

Calls for entry, rules and application forms can be found at Artists will be responsible for coordinating the delivery, installation, and removal of their work.

Questions? Please call (410) 962-8565.

for more info:
Maryland Art Place
t: 410.962.8565 or or

Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest
deadline: Tuesday, January 31

Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia artists throughout the metropolitan area will have the opportunity to compete for the $3,000 grand prize as part of the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest sponsored by the VEGA Hispanic Yellow Pages, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs.

The poster theme should be the artist’s interpretation or rendition of Hispanic Heritage in action their community.

The winning poster will be featured on the front cover of the VEGA Hispanic Yellow Pages. The design may also be used for other promotional items such as billboards, T-shirts, programs, etc. Only one work may be submitted per artist.

For more information, contact Jose Dominguez at (202) 724-5614.

For application form visit

for more info:
DC Arts Commission
t: 202.724.5613 or or

Annual Hispanic heritage competition for artists
deadline: Tuesday, January 31

Open to all local artists, this competition is designed to showcase the interpretation of rich and diverse Hispanic heritages in U.S. communities. All artists from the Greater Metropolitan Washington Area are eligible. Top prize: $3000 and receive extensive local and national promotion.

For details on how to enter, please visit or call 800.989.2860.

for more info:
Hispanic Yellow Pages Network

Second Annual Bethesda Painting Awards
deadline: Tuesday, January 31

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the second annual Bethesda Painting Awards. Eight finalists will be selected to display their work in an exhibition during the month of June 2006 at the Fraser Gallery in downtown Bethesda, and the top four winners will receive $14,000 in prize monies. Best in Show will be awarded $10,000; Second Place will be honored with $2,000 and Third Place will receive $1,000. Additionally, a “Young Artist” whose birthday is after January 31, 1976 will be awarded $1,000.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimension should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

Each artist must submit five slides, application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25. For a complete application, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, visit or call 301/215-6660.

for more info:
Bethesda Arts and Entertainmnet District

17th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition
deadline: Friday, February 10

Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of MD seeks entries. Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium are eligible. A minimum of $1500 available in purchase prize money.

A non-refundable entry fee of $30 entitles the artist to submit up to three slide entries. For prospectus or SASE National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition, Attn: Geoff Delanoy, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210. 410-532-5582

for more info:
College of Notre Dame
t: 410.532.5582 or

Bethesda Artist Market
deadline: Tuesday, February 28

The Bethesda Artist Market, an outdoor market featuring fine art and craft by 30 local and regional artists, is accepting submissions for the June 10 and July 8, 2006 dates.

The Bethesda Artist Market will be held in the Bethesda Place Plaza located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda on June 10 and July 8 from 10am-5pm. The Bethesda Artist Market is produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and is free to the public.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older. All fine art and fine craft are accepted including, but not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media, clay, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, paper, ceramics and wood. Reproductions are accepted. All booth space is 10’x10’ and all artists must provide their own white 10’X10’ tent. No staking is allowed and artists must bring their own weights.

Each artist must submit five slides of their work and one slide of their booth display, application, a non-refundable entry fee of $10 and a separate check of $50 for the booth fee.

For a complete submission form, please visit, call 301/215-6660 or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Artist Market, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

for more info:
Bethesda Arts and Entertainmnet District
t: 301.215.6660 x.17 or f: 301.215.6664 or or

Transformation - international call for entries
deadline: Friday, March 24

VSA arts invites artists to reflect on the many ways art transforms our lives. Open to artists (ages 22 and over) who are committed to their artistic progress and who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. Distinguished jury will review two slides of earlier work and three slides of current work within the span of 5 years. Recent work entered must be completed after the onset of disability. An entry-specific artist statement should be included with slides. No entry fee; round trip shipping expenses covered; selected artwork does not have to be framed. Exhibit will debut in Washington, DC during June of 2006.

Mailed application only. Visit Web site For eligible media and entry forms in English, Spanish, French and ASCII. Braille, large print available upon request.

for more info:
VSA arts
t: 202.628.2800 or f: 202.429.0868 or or

“The Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other Modern Art Questions”

black cat bone's questions for artist project
1. WHO – is your favorite contemporary American artist and why?

2. WHAT - was your first memorable encounter with a work of visual art like?

3. WHEN – did you first change your mind about an opinion you held concerning a particular work of visual art or visual artist?

4. WHERE – do believe the next important visual art contribution in America will emerge?

5. WHY – do you believe the visual arts are important to American culture?

6. HOW – in your opinion, can the visual art professionals currently working inside the present structure of art museums, visual arts centers and both for profit and not for profit galleries in America, as well as members of the general artist community in this country, better engage the American public toward a more informed understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art?

visit his site to participate.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

when i say the old architecture in beirut

i mean places like this:
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a beautiful old place in Hamra

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a row in the beginning of gemazey

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another piece of my work

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this piece is made of concrete castings and paint on masonite box.
many of my current pieces are taken from ideas of an epic journey. this piece represents the external forces that aid us in a quet. the pully is representative of a boddhisatvah of sorts.

even more lebanon

i just got back from my trip and have lots of thoughts. hopefully in the next few days i will compile them.
here are a few more pictures

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a church overlooking Jounieh, lebanon

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view outside out where i stayed in Ramlet al Baida, Beirut

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out the other window

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workshop at "Sarah's Bags"

Sunday, December 18, 2005

a few pictures from lebanon

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a building in the rebuilt downtown of beirut

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Art Lounge of Beirut, Lebanon

While the title of the shown "Blown Up" is an apt description of the technique to create these rather large photographs, the obvious alternate meaning suggests content laced with meaning. That suggestion is empty, however powerful it might have been in a city that has lately been plagued with explosions.
Close ups of the female body, some portraits, and city scapes in black and white were a nice but unponderous background for the black and white decor of the rooms in this out of the way, run down hood in beirut.
Most interesting was my first yet small exposure to a counter culture in Lebanon. In a city where crafts are highly appreciated ( if undervalued) art is not. Philosophies of art take the back burner to the more immediate issues of politics and religion.
In its sublime industrial setting, The Art Lounge is an oasis from the over design high end parts of Downtown and Monot.

if and when i find the url for the artist and the lounge i'll post it.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

one of my pieces.

only recently had this scanned in.
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gemmayze, beirut

my favorite neighborhood in beirut.

its near the port on the north side.

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another picture

note the church right next to the mosque.
and in the foreground, ruins where the original burial site for Adam is claimed to be.
(one of a few places that stakes that claim)

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Beirut, and some

Sadly, earlier this week in Beirut, the pro democracy parliamentarian/ journalist Gebran Tueni, was assassinated.
Read about it and his funeral here

I will be going to an art opening tonight in Beirut which is now back to speed.
hopefully I'll get time to write about it and post pictures.

I did manage to get to a cool boutique which had handmade designer purses and such. Nice to see such a thing thriving in a place surrounded by remnants of a war.
And to see artists successful in selling their work!
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it's close to this building
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heres a picture of me at Beitteddine, the old summer palace for the president
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Thursday, December 08, 2005

video art

Lenny wrote an interesting bit about video, got an interesting bit back. check it out here

I'm a huge movie fan, but when it comes to "video art" i fight back the urge to yawn. Everysooften something will hit me... like the spinning tops piece at the hirshorn but its so rare that the genre doesn't do it for me.

One of the main reasons for me is that i find visual art to be meditative, and moving things never put me in that state. trance like, sure, but thats is very different. i do like kinetic sculpture, but thats just plain old fun.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


tomorrow night i head off to lebanon for a coupla weeks.

heres a picture i took the last time i went
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merry christmas everybody.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Dc Art News about Tim Tate

DC ART news

Lenny mentions that some of Tim's pieces are bought by the Mint Museum of Art.
you have a coupla more days to see this great show!


i am currently finishing up my application for a small grant from the DCCAH.
my thoughts:

1. i hate forms.
2. i hope i get it.

thank you.

Monday, December 05, 2005

my visit to gramma's house

When i was in High School, i moved from a town in New Jersey, just outside of New York City, to a small town in the southwest corner of Virginia, just outside of nothing. i moved there because my grandparents retired to this town, and my mother figured, "what the hell?".

It was a gigantic culture shock as i knew NOTHING of the South that didn't come from the Dukes of Hazard and the Andy Griffith Show . I miserably spent my days in High School, then happily returned after College.

Happily, because i had learned to appreciate the south, and rurals areas. I went to college in Kentucky and took up hiking, camping, rock climbing and mountain biking. My town in Southwestern Virginia offered this in plenty. Also, i took work in the local theatre, the second oldest theatre in the nation. i soon grew tired and drained from the small town dullness.

i moved to dc 8 years ago almost to the day, and hadn't been to my old town in three years, since my grandfather died.

There are times when i thought that i might return to live there. i could have a huge studio and access to many resources. my overhead would be a fraction of the cost that it is here in DC. But i know for certain that i could never again call that town home.
For one, i never really felt that i belonged there. while i was very creatively charged there, it was always a formless and restlesss energy. I produced so much art work in the years i lived there, my experiences of life seemed very concentrated. But still, my work, and i, lacked direction.

secondly, i like diversity. i like hearing different languages durring my day, to have the opportunity to eat different foods, and to see peoples of vastly different lineages.

thirdly, too few museums.
and fourthly, i'd want to change it.

still, i know that i'll continue to daydream about converting an old tobacco warehouse into the coolest studio ever.