New Thrive! Sculpture by GChris – “i can’t breathe”

3′ x 3′ metal and wood stabile

“i can’t breathe” We all need to breathe to survive and thrive. If we can’t breathe, we die. Not survive. Not thrive.

Joining together, we can and must ensure that we all can breathe now and for the future.

Supporting “black lives matter”

Artina 2020 LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum

Read the Press Release

LOCATION:
17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
www.sandyspringmuseum.org

Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020

JUROR: María Gabriela Mizes

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

As climate change concerns continue to rise, we need to increase the uptake of renewable energy to help reduce the use of polluting fossil fuels. In this exhibit, LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance, artists will use renewable energy sculptures to represent a need for better environmental responsibility. Work proposed for this exhibition will re-imagine solar energy as an art form. It may adopt sunlight as the medium, the subject matter, or the energy source for the art. Artists may explore how light, sun, sound, and energy intersect, capturing the importance of sustainability by using solar energy in existing or site-specific outdoor sculptures: art made from sunlight—the energy source for life on Earth. Visitors will be able to find sculptural displays celebrating the energy of the sun’s warming rays.

In thinking through the dance between art and light, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s and American artist James Turrell’s thoughts may come to mind:

“I am obsessed with light. How light forms a space. How a space forms light. As a child I grew up in Iceland where there is no sunlight in the winter. It simply stays dark all day. Light became something that pulled people together. Light became a way of connecting to other people. Light is social. Light is life.”

Olafur Eliasson

“Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”

James Turrell

Artists may experiment with materials such as:

  • Recycled and upcycled solar PV panels in new and innovative ways
  • The colors of the solar spectrum
  • Mirrors, prisms, lenses, sound, texts, architecture
  • Eco-friendly materials

Artwork selection will be based on the highest standards of creativity, innovation, and sustainability. 

ABOUT THE JUROR

María Gabriela (“Gaby”) Mizes is originally from Argentina. She graduated from the Instituto Argentina de MuseologÍa in Buenos Aires and Columbia University in New York, and has worked around the world for many museums and art institutions. These include: the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as Assistant Curator of the traveling exhibition Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century; and the American Federation of Arts, where she handled traveling exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

In Washington, DC, Gaby founded Latin American ERA, a private consultancy company providing expertise in exhibitions and art collections management for national and international projects, and has worked for the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and several private art collections. She is currently the Director of Registration at Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, where she has been coordinating exhibition installations, managing the outgoing loans program, planning and designing art storage facilities, and caring for the collection for thirteen years.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Monday, June 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through EntryThingy (www.entrythingy.com). Artina 2020 will be juried from digital images submitted through the EntryThingy site, and there is a $5 processing fee for uploading images. No entries will be accepted by mail or email.

ELIGIBILITY

The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website (www.washingtonsculptors.org), and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2020 to be eligible for this exhibition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WSG is accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its fourth annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum. The exhibition is from Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020, with installation from Friday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 5 (9am-6pm), and de-installation the week following November 7. (note new dates)

Sandy Spring Museum, located in Sandy Spring Maryland, serves as a catalyst for community building by providing opportunities for creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. The museum offers the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits, which engage, stimulate, and bring people together. The SSM grounds are open daily and many special events and programs are offered throughout the year, as are private rentals. For more information about the museum please visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.

Sandy Spring Museum is located on 7+ acres of land, 3 acres of which are heavily forested. The remainder is naturally landscaped with mature trees. Sculptures can be installed throughout the property, including upon two 10’x 10’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.

Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, as well as fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner. Artists are responsible for any maintenance of the work.

Artists should detail their installation requirements when submitting the application. All sites are on grassy areas, although there are two 10’ X 10’ concrete covered areas that are situated next to each other. We highly recommend artists visit the site and plan their proposals accordingly but please continue to adhere to all recommended social distancing practices.

Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at Sandy Spring Museum and on the websites of WSG and SSM. Exhibition cards will be distributed to WSG, SSM members, and the community. Promotion of the show will be actively pursued.

INSURANCE, COMMISSIONS, AND SALES

SSM insures works on loan up to $10,000 after the work is delivered and the exhibition loan agreement is signed. Insurance during transportation is the responsibility of the artist. All purchases during the exhibit will go through the museum. The museum charges a 30% commission fee.

WORK TO BE CONSIDERED

A maximum of 6 images (including any detail images) of sculptures/installations per artist or team may be submitted for consideration.

In addition, please include:

  • A description of where the project pieces are to be placed
  • The brief background or narrative information about the artwork or proposal
  • An explanation of how the project relates to the theme and whether there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks.
  • Artists may choose to install their work with public participation and involvement during the installation period, or if required, over the life of the artwork.
  • Artists will submit a proposal in .doc or .pdf format.  The proposal should include the project description, concept sketches or renderings, and any other information pertaining to the proposed project. In addition, artists will provide up to 6 images of existing work in .jpg format titled “portfolio001”– ‘portfolio005”.jpg.” Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each.
  • It is highly recommended that artists visit Sandy Spring Museum to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to applying. Artists can visit the site seven days a week, at any time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRYTHINGY

  • Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Title 1.jpeg

Title 1 (detail).jpeg

Title 2.jpeg

Title 3.jpeg

etc.

  • The EntryThingy platform allows you to submit a statement about how your work relates to the exhibition’s requirements. It also offers you a chance to provide a brief description of each work along with a title, dimensions, etc. To avoid being disqualified, do not include your name in either the statement or any of the description paragraphs.
  1. Applicants should go to http://www.entrythingy.com/ and click on the tab (at the top) “for artists”.
  2. Click on “list of current calls”.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Artina 2020 listing.
  4. Create a login account to http://www.entrythingy.com/ if you don’t have an account, or if you do, login to your existing account with the “Click here to login” button.  After logging in, select the Artina 2020 call and complete the entry steps.
  5. There is a $5 entry fee.
  6. All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.

UPDATED CALENDAR (as of 5/22/2020)

Exhibition Dates:                  Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020

Call for Entry Posted:          Monday, April 13, 2020

Submission Deadline:        Monday, June 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period:                    Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14, 2020

Artist Notification: By Monday, June 22, 202

Drop off & Installation: Friday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 5 (9am-6pm)

Due to existing social distancing recommendations, we will have a limit of three artists at any given time. Artists will be required to sign up for a specific time slots during the installation period to help facilitate this process. More details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception: NO OPENING RECEPTION FOR THIS EVENT. This is in keeping with recommended social distancing practices. However, the exhibition and site will be open.

Artist & Juror Talk: Saturday, November 7, 2020 (12-2pm)

This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date.

Deinstallation/Pick up: Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

Please contact with any questions.

Due to existing social distancing recommendations, we will have a limit of three artists at any given time. Artists will be required to sign up for a specific time slots during the installation period to help facilitate this process. More details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception:           
NO OPENING RECEPTION FOR THIS EVENT. This is in keeping with recommended social distancing practices.
Artist & Juror Talk:            
Saturday, November 7, 2020 (12-2pm)

This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date.

Deinstallation/Pick up:       
Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

6 @ 35 – Fabricating Culture

Celebrating Washington Sculptors Group’s 35th Anniversary
Presented by Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
August 19, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Participating Artists:
Luc Fiedler
Allen Linder
Mitra Lore
Vienne Rea
Gil Ugiansky
Wilfredo Valladares

Opening Reception & Meet the Artists:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5-8 pm

Artist Talks:
Vienne Rea – Friday, September 27, 2pm
Mitra Lore – Friday, October 11, 2pm
Luc Fiedler – Saturday, November 2, 2pm
Allen Linder – Friday, November 15, 2pm
Wilfredo Valladares – Friday, December 6, 2pm
Gil Ugiansky – Friday, December 13, 2pm

Washington Sculptors Group supports area sculptors by collaborating with other arts organizations, helping develop careers and exhibiting artwork. Celebrating Washington Sculptors Group’s thirty-fifth year, artwork for Fabricating Culture was selected by a jury comprised of Sandy Bellamy who runs the Percent for Art Commission at the DC Department of General Services. Ms. Bellamy curates and manages competitive art commissions and acquisitions for DC public buildings including schools, recreation centers, shelters and other buildings. The Commission sponsors about 40-50 large scale works and 200 smaller works per year representing all media, interior and exterior, two and three dimensional. Prior to DGS, Ms. Bellamy served as executive director of the Historical Society of Washington DC and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Margery Goldberg, Zenith Gallery Owner/Director, Founder of the Zenith Community Arts Foundation and Sculptor. Nancy Nesvet, curator, artist, and art critic who writes for Artscope and Something We Africans Got magazines.

Fabricating Culture recognizes the following six Washington Sculptors Group members and their creations: Luc Fiedler, Allen Linder, Mitra Lore, Vienne Rea, Gil Ugiansky, and Wilfredo Valladares

Luc Fiedler’s work, inspired by natural or man-made objects show process. Tooling, hammer marks, flashes and splashes of foundry work, saw and carving marks are left intact. As the sculptures change, originally visualized ideas remain. Spontaneous decisions made during the developmental process result in entertaining meditative sculptures.

Allen Linder’s subtractive process of direct stone carving with hammer and chisel refine the emerging form. As Linder continues to reveal the emerging form, discovery leads to becoming. The moment of recognition, and of perceived finality leads to the finished sculpture.

Mitra Lore is a social activist who creates artwork to convey her message of “peace on earth.” Awarded American University’s Washington Area Peacemaker Award, Ms. Lore founded the Mideast 2000 Peace Foundation in 1991 with the goal: fostering peace in the Middle East. Mitra Lore’s collages and sculptures, often inspired by Rumi’s poetry, have been donated to benefit social causes and educate Maasai girls.

Vienne Rea’s Ladder Series, inspired by a dream, combines traditional and non-traditional materials using varied sculpting techniques. The use of ladder-as-symbol has become a vehicle for her expression of autobiographical and biographical stories spanning a lifetime of experiences.

Gil Ugiansky Creating non-representational artwork in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, iron, bronze and found objects, Gil Ugiansky’s geometric shapes and shiny objects capture the interest and curiosity of the viewer eliciting the question: “how is that possible?” or “how did he do that?”

Wilfredo Valladares Using bronze, wood, steel, cast iron, rolling pins and other materials to explore the interconnectedness of cultures, Wilfredo Valladares’ sculptures capture relationships between people and cultures and tell their unique stories. “Portraits and headdresses capture relationships between time, memory and space.” Cast and found objects become conduits that allow transformation of stories and memories into tangible visual information. In the casting process, seams in the molds become scars alluding to stories told in facial expressions. Fire infiltrates the materials, reshaping the original form leaving voids behind.

Location:
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20004

Exhibition Dates:
August 19, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5-8pm

Artist Talks:
Vienne Rea – Friday, September 27, 2pm
Mitra Lore – Friday, October 11, 2pm
Luc Fiedler – Saturday, November 2, 2pm
Allen Linder – Friday, November 15, 2pm
Wilfredo Valladares – Friday, December 6, 2pm
Gil Ugiansky – Friday, December 13, 2pm

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Sat. 8am-4pm.
On Saturday, enter on 12th St. NW please knock & guard will let you in.

Press Inquiries:
Washington Sculptors Group, , (202) 686-8696
Zenith Gallery, , (202) 783-2963

ABOUT ZENITH:
Celebrating 41 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. www.zenithgallery.com

IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR REPRODUCTION

Image: Wilfredo Valladeres, Unmasked Series, Installation, Resin, 6’ x 10’ x 6”

Notes of Color

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at The Athenaeum
June 6 – July 21, 2019

 

The Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.nvfaa.org

Gallery Hours:
Thursday through Sunday from 12–4 pm
Admission to the gallery is free

OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 4 – 6 pm

CURATOR’S DISCUSSION
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:30 – 4 pm

MEET THE ARTISTS
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2 – 4 pm

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Linda Agar-Hendricks
c.l. bigelow
Annie Farrar
Sharon Fishel
Kate Fitzpatrick
Marilyn Geldzahler
Penny Jacoby
Joanne Kent
Heidi Lippman
Darcy Meeker
Marja Ponkka-Carpenter
Judith Pratt
Marie Ringwald
Marc Robarge
Jean Sausele Knodt
Craig Schaffer
John A. Schaffner
Lynda Smith-Bügge
Marcos Smyth
Steve Wanna
Janet Wittenberg
Jenny Wu

JUROR
Mollie Berger Salah

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Notes of Color is an exhibition exploring the materials of both the painter and the sculptor, as inspired by the unique multi-media practice of Hilda Shapiro Thorpe (1919- 2000). Painter-turned-sculptor, Thorpe was a fixture of the Alexandria and Washington, DC arts scene. Her studio was on the third floor of the old “Why Not” store on the corner of King and South Lee Streets for over thirty years. The Athenaeum, located on the same block as Thorpe’s former Old Town Alexandria studio, is a suitable exhibition space for area sculptors to explore color and materials within their artistic process, just as Thorpe did. Thorpe’s work demonstrates her lifelong interest in the visual and visceral properties of color, a trait she shared with her contemporaries such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Ann Truitt. While the study of color remained constant throughout her artistic career, it was her bold use of conventional and unconventional materials that set her apart from other artists of her time. Not only an Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painter, Thorpe was a sculptor using a wide variety of materials such as balsa wood, piping, sheet metal, and gauze. She later worked in textiles and handmade paper works. Her practice is a challenge to artists today who wish to push the boundaries of how they use materials while retaining one of the most critical elements of art making: color. With Notes of Color, WSG offers an opportunity to its members to participate in this exhibition with sculptural work that investigates color as an integral part of the sculptural process while rethinking the ways in which they use materials.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Mollie Berger Salah
Mollie Berger Salah is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art. She graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Art History in 2014. While at GWU, she held internships in the Prints and Drawings Departments of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Art. Mollie has also worked at the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington VT, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME. An adapted version of her graduate qualifying paper on Kenneth Noland’s circle paintings and psychoanalytic therapy of Dr. Wilhelm Reich was recently published for Refiguring American Art, a research project organized by Tate, London. She has also published essays on Thomas Downing and Mary Pinchot Meyer. Mollie’s research interests include artists who have lived and worked in Washington, DC, early twentieth-century American landscape painting, and the cultural impact on the Cold War,

ABOUT THE ATHENAEUM
The building now known as the Athenaeum was constructed in 1851–1852 as the Bank of Old Dominion. Robert E. Lee Banked here, as did many other prominent Alexandrians. During the Civil War occupation of Alexandria, the building was commandeered by Federal troops and used as the Chief Commissary Office of the U.S. Commissary Quartermaster. An authentic Civil War site, the Athenaeum is on both the Virginia Trust and the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

ABOUT THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION (NVFAA)
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is dedicating to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Norther Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. As the primary site for these activities, the NVFAA owns, and maintains, the historic building called the Athenaeum. For additional information on the organization, please visit www.nvfaa.org.

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Image: Jenny Wu: Stunning Sapphire, Cosmopolitan, 2018, 10 x 8 x 2 in., latex paint and resin on canvas, Photo courtesy of the artist

Tom Rooney Tribute 2019: An Invitational Exhibition

Featuring works of past WSG Tom Rooney Prize winners

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
620 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Washington. DC 20064
Campus Map: https://www.catholic.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf

TWO LOCATIONS
Salve Regina Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Mon. Feb. 4 – Fri. Mar 29, 2019
Location: Salve Regina Hall and Art Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 5pm

Mullen Library
Exhibition Dates: Mon. March 4 – Fri. May 3, 2019
Location: John K Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thurs 8am-11:30pm, Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat.9am-8pm, Sun. 11am-11:30pm

Lincoln Mudd, 3 Squared (2017) Iron 17.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”
Photo courtesy of Mahasti Mudd

 

“If you don’t take delight in the arts, you miss a major reason for their existence.” – Tom Rooney, Interview with Anna Williams at Catholic University of America in 2010.
http://www.eastcityart.com/profiles/memoriam-thomas-rooney-1924-2018/

 

 

TOM ROONEY PRIZE WINNERS 2007-2018

Constance Bergfors (2007), Lincoln Mudd (2008). Joel D’Orazio (2009), John Simkins-Camp (2010), Olivia Rodriguez (2011), Nicole Salimbene (2012), Todd Fry (2013), Mike Shaffer (2014), Jessica Beels (2015), Monroe Isenberg (2016), Jeremy Kunkel (2017)

TOM ROONEY INVITATIONAL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Lincoln Mudd, Joel D’Orazio, Nicole Salimbene, Mike Shaffer, Jessica Beels, Monroe Isenberg, Jeremy Kunkel

CURATORIAL SUPPORT: John Figura, Nora Heimann and Joan Stahl

OPENING RECEPTION FOR SALVE REGINA: February 7, 2019 (5-8pm)

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR MAY GALLERY, MULLEN LIBRARY: April 11, 2019 (6-8pm)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition, at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library, on the campus of The Catholic University of America, features selected works by past WSG “Tom Rooney Prize” winners from 2007-2017. The exhibition will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), a sculptor and educator whose many students at CUA include Martin Puryear. Tom Rooney was one of the Founding Members of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) in 1984 and a longtime volunteer. During the inception years of the organization Tom Rooney was the WSG Exhibitions Committee Chair and helped organize the Annual Members Image Show. Tom Rooney’s impact and legacy will carry on in Washington DC through his students, colleagues, and friends.

During the Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition at Catholic University of America, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD) will be hosting the WSG Sculpture Now 2019 Exhibition, where juror Spencer Dormitzer will select the 2019 Tom Rooney Prize Winner at the opening reception on January 19, 2019 from 5-8pm. More details

ABOUT THE CURATORIAL TEAM

  • John Figura, Assistant Professor and director of the Salve Regina Gallery at the Catholic University, Department of Art, is a Washington DC painter who has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1977. His paintings have been seen in solo and group exhibitions here in the US and abroad.
  • Nora Heimann, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, is a specialist in European and American Modern and Contemporary art history, and the relationship between art, religion and national identity. She is also an independent curator, and an active museum educator leading programs that seek to make art accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Joan Stahl, Director of Research and Instruction at the University Libraries and Chair, Library Programming + Marketing Committee. She has coordinated several art-specific exhibitions, including the gilded art of DC artist, Kay Jackson.
  • Mimi Frank: A Maryland based sculptor works in a variety of media. Her work often addresses social issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including two Maryland State Arts Council Grants. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
  • Steve Wanna: Born and raised in Lebanon, Wanna is a multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist whose work includes music, sound design for dance collaborations, sculpture, installation, photography, and works for mixed media.

The Salve Regina Gallery

The Salve Regina Gallery is part of programming for the Department of Art at The Catholic University of America. Programs at the Salve Regina Gallery are devoted to nurturing the production and understanding of artistic expression with the belief that art and culture are one, and that exposure to the visual arts is an essential component of every liberal education. The goal of the gallery is to foster a greater appreciation of the arts in the context of the Catholic Church and the resources offered by the greater Washington DC area.

The Mullen Library

The Mullen University Library at the Catholic University of America is part of a library system that houses books, print volumes, and provides access to electronic journals and books. In 1924, John Kernan Mullen facilitated the construction of the library through a gift and the library opened its doors to the public in 1928, as the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

WSG is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators.

Visit https://www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP

PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
(202) 686-8696
www.washingtonsculptors.org
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Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984

SCULPTURE NOW 2019

January 14- March 9, 2019

Brentwood Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave, MD 20722
arts.pgparks.com

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Jan Acton
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
Esperanza Alzona
Lisa Battle
Alan Binstock
Jeffery Cooper
Joe Corcoran
Pierre Davis
Joel D’Orazio
Annie Farrar
Luc Fiedler
Maria Karametou
Joanne Kent
Jin Lee
Ruth Lozner
Dalya Luttwak
Harry Mayer
Joan Mayfield
Louisa Neil
Jane Pettit
Iris Posner
Judith Pratt
Evan Reed
John Schaffner
Casey Snyder
John Totaro
Elizabeth Vorlicek
Steve Wanna

JUROR: Spencer Dormitzer

OPENING RECEPTION AND TOM ROONEY AWARD: Sat. January 19 (5-8pm)

ARTIST AND JUROR TALK: February 16 (2-4pm)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Brentwood Arts Exchange is collaborating with the Washington Sculptors Group members for an exhibition titled Sculpture Now 2019. Begun in 1987, the Sculpture Now series provides an annual snapshot of up-to-the-moment works by artists in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The series also includes the Tom Rooney Award of $500. Sculpture today is a rapidly evolving genre that reflects the volatile changes in global conditions. Whether conceptual, political, cultural, environmental or personal in context, the biography of the artist continues to be central to the artwork. In this spirit, Sculpture Now 2019 does not have a particular theme. It is an open and inclusive platform that invites artists to put forward their latest ideas on conceptual theory and best practices regarding materials used in sculpture. The exhibition is designed to give WSG artists free rein, to propose work to the juror, or to show work produced within the last two years. The exhibition will be installed at the Brentwood Arts Exchange main gallery in Brentwood, MD. This exhibition will take place separately, but in conjunction with the Tom Rooney Remembered Invitational exhibition at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library on the campus of the Catholic University of America. Works by Tom Rooney and past Tom Rooney Prize winners from 2007-2019 also will be shown at CUA. Both shows – Brentwood Sculpture Now 2019 and the Tom Rooney Remembered Invitational – will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), sculptor, educator, and WSG volunteer. During the Brentwood exhibition, the 2019 Tom Rooney prize will be awarded at Brentwood Arts Exchange.

ABOUT THE JUROR
Spencer Dormitzer, Director of Brentwood Arts Exchange, oversees the administration and development of the facility, as well as the changing annual exhibitions. Mr. Dormitzer attended The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and has been a working artist for over 25 years. He has acted as the studio manager for New York abstractionist David Reed, and as an executive producer for the New York Cosmos. Dormitzer has just concluded his tenure at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC after 3 years of service, where he managed or curated over 15 exhibitions. Spencer lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is a proud part of the Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and serves as an anchor for the arts-based community development of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. They support artist and community development by welcoming diverse audiences to experience high quality visual art exhibitions, concerts, and affordable art classes for all ages, and a local artisans craft store.

Hours:
Monday –Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Gallery Contact: Spencer Dormitzer, Director (301) 277-2863,
Natalie Fulgencio, Assistant Director:

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, WSG has grown to serve almost 400 members annually. WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter. WSG P.O. Box 42534, Washington, DC 20015, 202-686-8696, .

WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP
PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
(202) 686-8696
www.washingtonsculptors.org

Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984.

 

SHADOWLANDS

October 23, 2018 – April 12, 2019

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR PHYSICS
One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740
https://www.acp.org/

 

Image: Alan Binstock, Orb, Rebirth 2012, Glass, 12″ x 5″ x 10″. Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Alan Binstock
Janet Brome
Shanthi Chandrasekar
Hsin-Hsi Chen
Elsabé Dixon
Emily Fussner
Jean Sausele-Knodt
John A. Schaffner
Bo Simeon

JUROR: Sarah Tanguy

OPENING RECEPTION:
October 23, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm

GALLERY TALK:
October 23, 2018, 6:15 pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
For the artists in Shadowlands, the outward exploration of natural phenomena becomes a reflection of a personal, inner journey of discovery. Although their visions involve a different language and may appear opposed to those of scientists, the committed passion, the insatiable curiosity and the ongoing risk- taking make artists and scientists kindred spirits. Most importantly, their fundamental quest is the same – to understand why things are the way they are. As Sir Isaac Newton Mused in 1704, “ Have not the small Particles of Bodies certain Powers, Virtues or Forces, by which they act at a distance, not only upon the Rays of light for reflecting, refracting and reflecting them, but also upon one another for producing a great part of the Phenomena of Nature.
(Sarah Tanguy, 2018)

ABOUT THE JUROR:
Sarah Tanguy worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, the International Exhibitions Foundation, The Tremaine Collection, the International Sculpture Center, as well as the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Hechinger Collection. In 2004, she became a curator at the office of Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, while continuing to pursue freelance projects. Tanguy has produced many exhibitions in the local DC area and written for Sculpture, and American Craft among other publications. Tanguy has curated an exhibition series for the American Center for Physics, which put her in touch with the latest in theoretical physics and led her to discover artists who explore the intersection between art and science.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter. WSG P.O. Box 42534, Washington, DC 20015, 202-686-8696, .

Washington Sculptors Group
PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
(202) 686-8696
www.washingtonsculptors.org
Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984

MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND

September 7 – October 28, 2018

Presented by IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) in partnership with the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

Image: Jacqueline Maggi, Starry Night, ebony wood, zirconia, acrylic rod, and marble, 12 x 12 x 8 in., 2016.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Ursula Achternckamp, Alan Binstock, Janet Brome, Marc Fromm, Judith Goodman, Caroline Hatfield, Linda Hesh, Simon Horn, Margit Jäschke, Michael Krenz, Esther Eunjin Lee, Jacqueline Maggi, Georg Mann, Joan Mayfield, Nina Viktoria Naussed, Sara Parent-Ramos, Alim Pasht-Han, Kristina Penhoet, Judith Pratt, Diane Szczepaniak, Marilyn Ugiansky and Gil Ugiansky, Steve Wanna, and Janet Wittenberg

CURATED BY: Artemis Herber with Dr. Ines Janet Engelmann

JUROR: Laura Roulet, Independent Curator and Writer

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, September 7, 6-9 pm

CURATOR/JUROR/ARTIST TALK:
IA&A at Hillyer
Thursday, September 20th, 7-9 pm

ART ALL NIGHT AT HILLYER: CITYWIDE FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 29, 7 pm-midnight

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies
3100 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 28, 2 pm

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND brings together 23 artists from diverse backgrounds to focus a contemporary lens on ideas and concepts that humanity has grappled with for centuries. Reflecting on the ring sanctuary of Pömmelte, often referred to as the German ‘Stonehenge,” the exhibiting artists investigate deep time and explore the idea of what is hidden below ground, as well as what will be discovered, unearthed, and revealed.

This exhibition aims to reveal a deeper understanding of people’s lives throughout history, and to allow contemporary artists to express their interpretations on topics of the cosmos, nature, current culture, and world heritage. Using the Nebra Sky Disc as a reference point—an artifact found near Pömmelte depicting a Bronze Age creator’s vision of the cosmos – the selected artworks are no larger than the Disc’s diameter of 12.6 inches. These archeological discoveries are evocative touchstones that invite contemplation of enduring questions about our history and place in the world. Can reflecting upon the past help broaden our understanding of ourselves and relationship to one another? Can rethinking how we study and understand the past give us insight into navigating the future? These are some of the questions examined by 15 Washington, DC artists along with 8 German artists, bringing global perspectives to shared human experiences.

The theme for the exhibition came from the vision of our coordinating curator, Artemis Herber, with assistance from her German counterpart, Dr. Ines Janet Engelmann, who invited the 8 German artists to take part in this trans-Atlantic project. A call for entries was organized by the Washington Sculptors Group for the selection of the Washington-area artists, with independent curator and writer Laura Roulet serving as the juror.

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5×5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S., including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, Katzen Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox, and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits and programming include A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (Katzen Center), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), Washington Produced Artists (40th anniversary for Washington Project for the Arts), the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art (Arlington Arts Center, VA), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

The Washington Sculptors Group and IA&A at Hillyer

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts, and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs, and organize professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.
IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is the Washington-area initiative of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public. Hillyer fulfills this mission through a series of exhibitions and public programs that feature local, regional, and international artists. Hillyer’s exhibition series focuses on under-represented artists, both emerging and established, that have not had a major solo exhibition within the last three years.

Washington Sculptors Group
PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
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Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984

IA&A at Hillyer
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MICRO-MONOUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND is presented by IA&A at Hillyer in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group and State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

This project is supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

ARTINA 2018: INTROSPECTIVE

A Sculpture Park at Sandy Spring Museum
June 21 – October 6, 2018

Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and Sandy Spring Museum (SSM)

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Lynda Andrews-Barry, Adam Bradley, Elsabe Dixon, Bobby Donovan, Mary Annella Mimi Frank, Billy Friebele, Chas. Foster, Howard Goldfarb, Sanzi Kermes, Elizabeth Miller McCue, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Donna McCullough, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, Ira Tattelman, David Therriault, Michael Thron, Jenny Wu

EXHIBITION JUROR: Cecilia Wichmann, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 pm.

JUROR TALK:
Talk and Tour with Cecilia Wichmann: Sunday, July 8 at 3:30 pm

PERFORMANCE:
Performance by Sinclair Dance, TogethR A Part: Sunday, July 29 at 7 pm

Now in its third year, the Washington Sculptors Group’s Annual Artina exhibition at Sandy Spring Museum will provide a sylvan venue for sculptors to display their work. Artists were invited to propose works that respond to the museum’s rustic grounds, exploring the landscape as a vehicle for human introspection. How does the outside world shape one’s inner life, and how do our imaginations, both collective and private, filter our perceptions of the environments we encounter? Artists were encouraged to engage the topography of the site, to incorporate time as an element of their work, and to elicit direct participation by visitors. The result is a sculpture garden created on the museum’s seven-acre, woodsy grounds.

The exhibition, juried by Cecilia Wichmann, features 18 works by 18 artists that reveal the varied and poetic ways humans can come to make and know ourselves in relation to our ideas about nature. Visitors will find numerous ways to connect with the work on view, from adding objects to an interactive, open-air museum to feeling the breeze from an oversized rocking chair. Human beings are, after all, inextricable from the natural world—part of its larger ecology. This exhibition is an open invitation to spend time with this concept, engaging it with all our senses. This outdoor exhibition will remain on view through October 6, 2018.

In thinking through the relation between introspection and the natural world, we might look to the poet William Wordsworth for one possible model. In his poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” Wordsworth reflects on the power of natural scenes and objects to remain in our memory and imagination. After seeing a “host of golden daffodils,” the poet describes how

In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

ABOUT THE JUROR:
Cecilia Wichmann is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Prior to joining the BMA in fall 2017, Wichmann led the University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery, an experimental exhibition space for contemporary art, and served as curator and advisor of its innovative Contemporary Art Purchasing Program.

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
www.sandyspringmuseum.org
Tel. (301) 774-0022

Open Hours: Wednesdays–Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm
Free admission
Grounds are accessible any time.

Artina 2017: Art In Nature – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land

A Sculpture Park at Sandy Spring Museum
June 29 – September- 30, 2017

Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and Sandy Spring Museum (SSM)

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
c.l. bigelow, Elsabé Dixon, Mary Annella “Mimi” Frank, Eve Hennessa, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Jin Lee, Cat Lukens, Raina Martens, Grant McFarland, Maryanne Pollock, Marc Robarge, Casey Snyder, Diane Szczepaniak

Juried by Ursula Achternkamp

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, June 29, 6:30–9:00 pm
Opening Ceremony at 7:00 pm, “Medicine Wheel” performed by Eve Hennessa with water from West Africa and Mecca.

ART IN NATURE – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land marks the second collaboration between the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and the Sandy Spring Museum (SSM). The aim of ARTINA 2017 is to create awareness among visitors and communities of the need to reconnect with nature now and preserve nature for future societies. Art functions as a mediator between nature and people to generate public attention and awareness by promoting a healthier and more environmentally meaningful and sustainable life. Life in and with nature can be experienced as living systems and can be experienced as nature’s regenerative power to recover from damage. The diverse, layered concept of ARTINA 2017 helps us to understand, appreciate, and value the ecosystems within nature and the natural systems and cycles involved. Art functions not only as an aesthetic stimulator to design a creative and sustainable environment, it also helps us to understand the connection between humans and nature as well as to lead us to find beauty in materials, forms, and their importance within living systems.

In collaboration with the “International Visitors Program” supported by the NRW KULTURsekretariat curator program in Germany, WSG invited juror Ursula Achternkamp to make a connection between the continents and exchange contemporary perspectives on art in nature through Achternkamp’s selection of thirteen artists for ARTINA 2017.

With emphasis on the use, reuse and abuse of the land, artists will focus on local or regional findings or research that address global issues. Artists will also emphasize concepts of mapping and meaning, and identification of places. Exploring geographies inspired and motivated by the actual condition of the land, its surroundings, its history and deep time discoveries, or by suburban developments and their impact on the environment are additional aims of the Artina 2017 exhibition.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Ursula Achternkamp studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster (D) and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Genève (CH). She freelanced at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Exhibition-Projects such as curating the Permanent Exhibition of the Bauhaus-Settlement Dessau-Törten of Walter Gropius, Archilab Europe–Strategic Architecture (Cooperation of the Bauhaus Dessau with the FRAC Centre, Orléans, France, at the International Building Exhibition IBA Urban Redevelopment Saxony-Anhalt Less is Future. She has shown her artwork in several group and solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia and Switzerland. Participating in an international and interdisciplinary Bauhaus-Kolleg EU-Urbanism (2006-07) she investigated “After-Effects for a City” at the European Capital of Culture program, Luxembourg LU, and Sibiu RU. Achternkamp also collaborated with The Philosophical Farmers (Die Philosophischen Bauern), participated in the development and landing of UFO with Niklas Nitzschke in the frame of CULBURB (Cultural Acupuncture Treatment for Suburb) of the Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague.

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
www.sandyspringmuseum.org
Tel. (301) 774-0022

Open Hours: Wednesdays–Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm
Grounds are accessible any time.
Image: Marc Robarge, Hemlock Conch, 2016, photograph courtesy of the Artist

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