Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
in Collaboration with the Salzlandmuseum

39218 Schönebeck,
Pfännerstr. 41, Germany
December 18, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Anne Reeve

Salzlandmuseum, Wednesday, December 17, 2015, 7pm
Local excavations of four circular grave systems between the villages of Schönebeck and Pömmelte-Zackmünde have revealed an ancient monument site called the “German Woodhenge.” Inspired by the mysterious site at Schönebeck, Germany, 23 artists created small sculptures to generate a dialogue regarding the surrounding excavation sites and the extraordinary scientific findings in the overall context of prehistoric monuments across cultures. Selected by Juror Anne Reeve, these 23 artists represent multiple countries, including artists from the United States, Ireland, Mexico, and Germany. Anne Reeve is Assistant Curator at the Glenstone Museum, Potomac MD.

The contextual analysis and exploration of this site through art projects is intended to reveal a deeper understanding of people’s lives in prehistoric times, and allow artists’ interpretation on topics of the cosmos, nature and contemporary culture, as well as past and future societies.

Thirty-two small-scale sculptures created within a “micro” format convey a global perspective that is informed by either the artist’s own personal background, or by experiences with other cultures and peoples internationally or locally. Their global perspectives and diverse artistic approaches interact with concepts of monumentality with regards to space, time, place, and cultural understanding.

Artists: Julia Bloom, Greg Braun, Elsab Dixon, Stephanie Firestone, Felicia Glidden, Carol B. Goldberg, Tom Greaves, Edel Gregan, Jonathan Guyer, Kelly Lorraine Hendrickson, Jin Lee, Leigh Maddox, Jacqueline Maggi, James Mallos, Kass McGowan, Elizabeth Miller, Jim Paulsen, Tatyana Schremko, Mike Shaffer, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Garret Strang, Lawrence S. Watson, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

About the Juror: Anne Reeve serves as assistant curator at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. Her writing has appeared in Art in America and Art Papers, and she is currently at work on a publication to accompany Glenstone’s upcoming exhibition of works by late American artist Fred Sandback.

Micro-Monuments is organized by Washington Sculptors Group, a non-profit organization founded in 1984 dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public.

The Barn



December 5 – February 5, 2015

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Reception: December 5, 3pm – 5pm

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center and Farm Park

1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville MD 21030

Come and explore the intersection of Art and Agriculture with the opening of THE BARN Micro-Gallery. The pop-up gallery s the thrid installment of LAND&ART AT THE FARM: A 4 SEASONS PROJECT – a collaboration between MARC and the Washington Sculptor Group.

ARTISTS: Allan Arp, c.l. bigelow, Nizette Brennan, Elsabé Dixon, Connie Fleres, Artemis Herber, Cat Lukens, Mahy Polymeropoulos, Casey Snyder, Dane
Winkler, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin

Juried by Bronwyn Mitchell, MARC Programs Manager, with select members of the MARC Board of Directors, including farmers, local business professionals, art enthusiasts, and philanthropists.

EQUINOX – Cycles in Nature


Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC)
Baltimore County Agricultural Center and Farm Park
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Opening Day – September 20, 2015
10am – 4pm

EQUINOX – CYCLES IN NATURE  is a collaboration between the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) and Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) to develop and realize land art and land use projects through the four seasons of the year, with the primary focus on farming and agricultural issues. The collaboration seeks to generate a diverse and multilayered program throughout the year that examines farming, agricultural themes in today’s societal landscape, and environmental issues through collaborative and participatory creative projects with visitors, volunteers, members, and communities.
Artist Jenn DePalma will present the collaborative project Cubes in the second public installation of LAND&ART@MARC: A 4 SEASON PROJECT. Works by Mike Shaffer and Pattie Firestonewere installed during the first project phase in July 2015.
What is Cubes?
During the course of this week, Jenn and her assistant will be building and installing the time-based piece (description below) for its grand opening on Family Farm Day – September 20. Not only is this a time-based land art piece – it also begs for collaboration. Jenn is inviting folks to the Ag Center on Thursday-Saturday to assist in creating the Cubes.If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please contact Jenn directly:  .

The artist will work at MARC for a week or so installing as many 2 x 2 x 2′ cubes as possible. Cubes will consist of corn stalks harvested on site, brush from the pile of sticks and logs, manure found locally, sunflowers harvested on site, wood chips, hay, earth and other various materials found on the site. The materials are tamped into a form and then the form is completely removed. The pieces are held together simply from the tamping. Over time the cube degrades; how quickly the cube degrades depends completely on the materials, weather, and environment.

The effort integrates actions relative to farming, the harvest, collection, and storage of materials. The weather and time push the narrative of lost perfection and the whole work spins on thinking inside the box.  Volunteers who help build the pieces and viewers who attend opening day will experience the climactic moment when the form is removed and the cube remains. Viewers will able to quietly observe the slow disintegration, literally sometimes watching pine needs fall from the cube or the wind blowing away a leaf or two.

Tickets for the 6th Annual Family Farm Day are available  here.

WSG Visitors and Volunteers download a parking pass.  Parking/Visitor Pass

Sculpture NOW 2015: EPHEMERAL


Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
and Greater Reston Arts Center

Exhibition on view September 10 – November 14, 2015

Opening Reception & Curator’s Talk:
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6-9pm
Free & Open to the public

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is pleased to present Ephemeral, an exhibition held in conjunction with The Greater Reston Arts Center. In keeping with the temporary installation by sculptor Patrick Dougherty erected outside the GRACE gallery, Ephemeral will explore the nature of non-permanent, three-dimensional work addressing the concept of ephemerality, whether conceptually, through site-specific works, or through the nature of the materials.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Jessica Beels, Nizette Brennan, May Britton, Elizabeth Burger, Kathleen Carlson, Gloria Chapa, Jeff Chyatte, Elsabé Loubser Dixon, Annie Farrar, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Billy Friebele, Gil Narro Garcia, Marilyn Stanek Geldzahler, Maggie Gourlay, Tom Greaves, Artemis Herber, Liz Lescault, Carol Gellner Levin, Ruth Lozner, Emily Piccirillo, Iris Posner, Marco Rando, Pam Rogers, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, raymonde van santen, Millicent Young
Juried by Holly Koons McCullough, Executive Director, Greater Reston Arts Center

Sculpture NOW is an annual survey exhibition presented in collaboration with a different host organization each year, including the American University Art Museum (2014), Honfleur Gallery (2013), Pepco Edison Place Gallery (2012), Artery Plaza Gallery (2011), Washington Square (2009), and others.

Greater Reston Arts Center
Reston Town Center
12001 Market St #103
Reston, VA 20190
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Reston Town Center | 12001 Market St #103 Reston, VA 20190 | www.restonarts.org


Image: Marilyn Stanek Geldzahler, Ethereal 1, 2014 dotted line


Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: June 12 – August 15, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 12, 7-9pm

Exhibition Juror:
Shanti Norris

Salamah Arden, Alan Binstock, Gloria Chapa, Jeff Chyatte, Joel D’Orazio, Alonzo Davis, Annie Farrar, Pattie Porter Firestone, Tom Greaves, Artemis Herber, Liz Lescault, Ruth Lozner, Claire McArdle, Rima Schulkind, Mike Shaffer, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Marcos Smyth, Paul Steinkoenig, Garrett Strang, Isabelle Truchon, Pat Wasserboehr, Janet Wheeler, and Millicent Young

A place of refuge or safety; an oasis, retreat, and safe haven; a consecrated place – a sanctuary can serve all of these functions. Seen as a place of safekeeping and as a space where transformation can take place, the idea of “sanctuary” has long provided artists with the inspiration to create. Curated by Shanti Norris and in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group comes Sanctuary, exploring the concept of how space can create refuge.
Featuring indoor and outdoor installations as well as small and large-scale sculptures, Sanctuary challenges our assumptions about art as it extends into our personal spaces and how it can serve as a sacred space.
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 3:30-5:30pm

Saturday April 24, 2015 [Confirm Date]
A Discourse on the Provenance of Space in relation to the Sculptural Object.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am – 5pm and Saturday from 11am – 3pm.

Brick Layers

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Workhouse Arts Center

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: April 11 – June 28, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 6 -9 pm

Exhibition Juror:
Jennie Shanker


Greg Braun, May Britton, Elizabeth Burger, Elsabe Dixon, Steven Dobbin, Margo Elsayd, Frank Fishburne, Mimi Frank & Francesca Bozzelli, David Grainger, Adam Hager, Mia Halton, Artemis Herber & Eunsook Lee , Ruth Lozner, James Mallos, ,Susan McElhinney, Judith Pratt, Mike Shaffer, Anna D. Smith, Paul Steinkoenig, Brian Wagner, Dane Winkler, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
The Washington Sculptors Group and Workhouse Arts Center are pleased to present the exhibition Brick Layers, opening at the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with a reception from 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 28th. The exhibition presents the work of twenty-three artists in the Vulcan Gallery and outdoor spaces. A panel discussion will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 in conjunction with International Sculpture Day.
Brick Layers features artworks which are grounded in the rich and layered history at the site of the Occoquan Workhouse. The work of these 23 artists engages in conversations of current and historic significance related to the penal system, the Suffragists, and the use of labor and natural resources as a vehicle for suppression or liberation.

The Workhouse buildings were made by the hands of its early prisoners. The penalty for their non-felony crimes was a term of forced labor. Made from scratch, each of the buildings’ bricks were formed from clay and fired in their large beehive kiln. Brick by brick, the incarcerated built walls for imprisoning others over time. Workhouse hands supplied much of the brick used for the construction of housing in DC at the time as well.

Later in its history, the abuse of imprisoned Suffragists by guards at the Workhouse was a key event leading to the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

The work in the show humanizes these histories from the site and encourages conversation about topics that continue to resonate to this day.

~ Jennie Shanker, Juror

Saturday April 24, 2015
A Discourse on the Provenance of Space in relation to the Sculptural Object.

In conjunction with International Sculpture Center’s IS Day. IS Day is an annual celebration event held worldwide on April 24 to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

Jennie Shanker is a Philadelphia-based artist, curator, educator and activist. In 1996, Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary hosted “Prison Sentences: Prison as Site, Prison as Subject”, curated by Julie Courtney and Todd Gilens. Jennie oversaw the safety of the site and the installation of the artworks in the exhibition. Since then, Eastern State has recognized the contributions that artists can make in the interpretation of an historic site, and has maintained a unique, highly regarded program of artist installations. She continues to act as a consultant in the selection and installation of artist projects for the site. She teaches sculpture, ceramics, and community arts courses at Tyler School of Art, and also teaches in the graduate studio art program at the University of the Arts.

Workhouse Arts Center: An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Workhouse Arts Foundation Mission: To be a self-sustaining, thriving arts center with programs in the visual and performing arts and arts education through the repurposing of the former Workhouse correctional facility.

Workhouse Arts Center Vision: Leverage the architectural heritage of the former Workhouse correctional facility by transforming it into a unique arts center that provides visual and performing arts, arts education and entertainment for the community-at-large.
Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-6 pm; Sunday, 12-5 pm

Sculpture Now 2014

In Celebration of our 30th Anniversary
November 4, 2014 – December 14, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6-9pm


American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Juror: Dr. Jack Rasmussen, Curator, American University Museum



C.L. Bigelow, Julia Bloom, Greg Braun, Carol Brown Goldberg, Elizabeth, Burger,
Joel D’Orazio, Mary Early, Mila Kagan, Jin Lee, Dalya Luttwak, Elizabeth Miller McCue,
Mike Shaffer, Foon Sham, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Garrett Strang, Janet Wheeler, Julie Zirlin

Museum Hours:
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Free Admission



Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and American Association for the Advancement of Science

(Washington Post review)

1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Exhibition Dates: June 16, 2014 – August 22, 2014

Opening Reception and Artist Panel Discussion: Friday, June 20, 2014, 6 – 9 pm

Press Opening: Monday, June 16, 2014

Exhibition Juror: Sarah Tanguy, Curator, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State

Participating Artists:
Christopher Bathgate
Alan Binstock
Greg Braun
Jeff Chayette
Jeffery Cooper
Roger Cutler
Joel D’Orazio
Paul Daniel
Elsabe Dixon
Frank Fishburne
Billy Friebele
Jonathan Guyer
Rebecca Kamen
James Kessler
Ruth Lozner
James Mallos
Forrest McCluer
George McFarland
Elizabeth M. McCue
Guy Rando
Langley Spurlock
John Martin Tarrat
Diane Szczepaniak
Definition: Gedankenexperiment, (German: thought experiment) term used by German-born Albert Einstein to describe his unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. Famous examples of thought experiments from the fields of physics, philosophy, computer science, and economics include Schrodinger’s cat, a Turing machine, Maxwell’s demon, and the broken window fallacy.

Inspired by scientific and mathematical theories, hypotheses, and principles from Archimedes, I Ching, geology, geometry, architecture, and more, the artists featured in Gedankenexperiment externalized their thought experiments in sculptural expressions, using materials including barcodes, wood, metals, paper, computer parts, and limestone. Entries were not limited to traditional methodology and both non-traditional ideas and broad interpretations of “Gedankenexperiment” were encouraged.

Sarah Tanguy is an independent curator and arts writer, as well as a curator for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. Since 1983, Tanguy has developed over 200 shows for U.S. museums and arts and science organizations and U.S. diplomatic missions abroad, as well as several public collections. In addition to numerous exhibition-related essays, she has written for The Washington Times, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, Glass, American Craft, Metalsmith, Urbanite, Hand Print Workshop International, Turning Points, Mid-Atlantic Country, Baltimore, and Readers Digest. Tanguy has also worked at the National Gallery, the International Exhibitions Foundation, The Tremaine Collection, the International Sculpture Center, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and The Hechinger Collection.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit association is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education,public engagement, and more.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm

1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Press Images are available upon request.
Media Inquiries: Contact Gloria Chapa (202) 321-3300 / 

Images Courtesy of the Artists: from left to right, Forrest McCluer, Jeff, Chayette, Rebecca Kamen

LOULOUDI Flower / To Flower

LOULOUDI Flower / To Flower

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at The Athenaeum

Juried by Renée Stout

March 20 – May 4, 2014

Washington Post Review
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 23, 4 – 6pm

Juror Renée Stout will make a brief presentation at 5:30 during the opening reception.


Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) are pleased to announce LOULOUDI Flower/ To Flower in the Athenaeum gallery from March 20 – May 4. Juror, Renée Stout, selected the works from submissions from members of the Washington Sculptors Group. The show celebrates Spring’s awakening flora, as well as the Alexandria Historic Garden Tour on April 26.
LOULOUDI explores the natural process of flowering and its entire metaphorical context through object making and installation. The work aims to spark a dialogue about the artist’s material, the environment, and cultural connotations affiliated with the symbolic and literal meaning of flower/flowering.
Participating Artists:

Julia Bloom

Greg Braun

May Britton

Elizabeth Burger

Alonzo Davis

Elsabé Dixon

Annie Farrar

Pattie Porter Firestone

Mimi Frank


Marilyn Geldzahler

Artemis Herber

Matt Hollis

Penny Jacoby

Barbara Kobylinska

Khahn Le with Thanh T. La

June Linowitz

Ruth Lozner

Gordon Lyon

Jaclyn Martin

Donna McCullough

Joel D’Orazio

Judith Pratt

Craig Schaffer

Mike Shaffer

Renée Stout received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. An artist based in Washington, DC, she is the recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Stout has shown throughout the U.S. and her work is in several national and international museums.


The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. As the primary site for these activities, the NVFAA owns and maintains the historic building called the Athenaeum.
Gallery Hours: The Athenaeum is open Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4pm and on Saturdays from 1 to 4pm.


The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Alexandria VA 22314

(703) 548-0035



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Images Courtesy of the Artists: from left to right, Mike Shaffer, Julia Bloom, Barbara Kobylinska

This is Labor


Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at Kaplan Gallery, VisArts at Rockville

Washington Post Review

Exhibition Dates:
September 18 – October 20, 2013

Opening Reception and Curator’s Talk:

Friday, September 20, 7 – 9 pm


Closing Reception and Conversations with Sculptors:

Sunday, October 20, 2 pm

Exhibition Jurors:

Anne Reeve, Curatorial Associate at Glenstone

Claire D’Alba, Assistant Curator, Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State


Participating Artists:
Jan Acton

Greg Braun

Nizette Brennan

Jeffery Cooper

Elsabè Dixon

Martin Feldman

Maggie Gourlay

Adam Hager
Hyeon Kim

Jacqueline Maggi

Elena Patino

John Ruppert

Paul Steinkoenig

Diane Szczepaniak

Elizabeth Whiteley

Millicent Young
THIS IS LABOR explores the intersections and overlap between the sphere of “work” and that of “art”. Historically art has been placed squarely in the realm of traditional labor-integrated and validated as a necessary part of civic life. Since the time of Michelangelo and Ghiberti, however, art has been increasingly isolated as a discipline, with both its processes and products in continual dispute. Today, a survey, sidewalk performance, or séance can be seen and experienced as part of a gallery program; artists may exhibit literal trash, culled from the sidewalk, or spend years crafting meticulous, functionless objects that resist description altogether. What types of “work” are enacted, and legitimized, in these practices? What sort of labor does the artist today undertake-intellectual, emotional, physical, durational, technical, or performative? How is that labor valued, and by whom? How does practicality inform the practice? What is the relationship between time invested and resulting value? The artists ofThis is Labor negotiate these terms in siting their own practice, exploring different possibilities inherent in the “work”of art.
Anne Reeve currently serves as Curatorial Associate at Glenstone, a private-arts foundation located in Potomac, Maryland. As Director of Glenstone’s Oral History Program she has interviewed over 30 artists, including John Baldessari, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Wall, Martha Rosler, Jo Baer, Carl Andre, and others. She has worked for the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, andThe Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Her writing has appeared in Art Papers and in Art in America Magazine, and her recent contribution to the volume Making the Geologic Now, a collaboration with artist Jarrod Beck, was released by Punctum Books in Fall 2012. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in the History of Art from University College London.


Claire D’Alba is an Assistant Curator with Art in Embassies at the United States Department of State.  She has assistant curated permanent collections and curated temporary exhibitions and for United States diplomatic missions around the world, including recent projects in Morocco, Gaborone, Tallinn, Beijing, Kigali, Panama, and Nicaragua.  Before joining the State Department, Claire completed her Master of Arts Degree at the University of Virginia, where she was the Assistant Director of the University’s Fayerweather Gallery.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to her current position, she worked in philanthropic consulting at Campbell & Company and at the National Gallery of Art.
VisArts is a dynamic, nonprofit arts center dedicated to engaging the community in the arts and providing opportunities for artistic exploration, education and participation. Through educational programming, gallery exhibitions and a resident artist program, VisArts provides children, teens and adults with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts. The galleries at VisArtsserve as a catalyst for conversation, education and creative interactions through quality gallery exhibitions and programs. The Kaplan Gallery at VisArts is a premier exhibition space committed to programming that exemplifies the VisArts mission presenting artists and issues that reflect regional, national and international interests. VisArts is located in Rockville Town Square, three blocks from the Rockville Metro at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD.

Kaplan Gallery
VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street

Rockville, MD  20850

(301) 315-8200



Gallery Hours:

Wednesday, 12 – 4 pm,

Thursday and Friday, 12 – 8 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 4 pm


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Images courtesy of the artists: from Left to Right, Elsabè Dixon, Elena Patino, Greg Braun

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