Events

2020 Events

“Developing Your Elevator Speech”

Thursday, August 20, 7-8PM
Presenters: Eric Celarier and Joan R. Weber

This program is now available as a YouTube Video (below).

We are rarely given an unlimited time to expand on what we do and why we do it. Talking about art is important. Talking effectively within a socially accepted time frame is even more important. Very few us will be presented with unlimited attention that will allow us to frame what we do. Most say more than 30 seconds to place your work into context is about all you are ever going to get in most situations. Let’s face it, if you cannot distill your practice down to a couple of sentences, your work may have very little chance of resonating. No one can tell you what your work means, but, but without putting it into short statement, designed to entice further exploration, we take a real chance of not making the connections or building the audience that our work might deserve. This workshop will enable participants to hone their message into digestible descriptions that are versatile enough to adapt to different contexts, while focusing attention on artists’ practices in ways that respect the patience of listeners. 

Our panelists are uniquely qualified to address these issues. Eric Celarier has taught, written, exhibited, and made art at many levels, while Joan R. Weber, as a prominent business person and collector, has tapped into the inner workings of the DC art scene. WSG knows that emerging can be difficult for newer artists and that successful strategies for talking about artwork is fundamental to succeeding. Join us for an online workshop that is sure to help newcomers organize their thoughts so that their work can find its audience. 

ERIC CELARIER

Eric Celarier was born, lives, and works in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. 

His work has developed the theme of biological evolution associated with human impact. Exploiting garbage as a metaphor, Celarier engineers sculptures and prints from everyday caste-offs, calling attention to earth’s history of radical, biological change, change that seems to coincide with dramatic environmental shifts. As an artist, educator, reviewer, and curator, much of his work can be seen as designing opportunities that allow audiences to construct personally meaningful understandings of the world we live in. 

His most immediate activities include: Biosphere, a solo show in NoMa Lobby, and Wasteland, a solo show at Honfleur in 2019, Wasteland, a solo show in NoMa LobbyAlternative Evolution, a solo show at Artist & Makers, Finder-Maker, a group show at Honfleur Gallery, in 2017, and Trash, a solo show at VisArts in 2016. 

In addition to making artwork, Celarier reviews gallery shows, having recently published in East City Art. He is active in the Washington Sculptors Group, as a member of its board, and currently helps administrate the DCAC’s Sparkplug fellowship.”

JOAN R. WEBER

Joan R. Weber is on the Board of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) since 2017 and is Liaison to the WSG Advisory Board. She was previously on the WSG Board from approximately 2000 to 2008 as the only non-sculptor on the Board.  Ms. Weber is an active art collector and avid supporter of Washington area art production and arts organizations.  As a collector, she is a longtime member of ArtTable, a national organization of women professionally in the visual arts and, independently, has curated two large exhibitions in Baltimore at Gallery Four and School 33.  

A business person, Ms. Weber is a partner with a commercial real estate development company since 2005, and brings strong business management and analytic experience to the company. For 23 years prior to that, Ms. Weber was a Senior Vice President of Sales for one of the largest commercial printing companies in the Washington metro area.  Previously, Ms. Weber co-founded a company which exported printing and paper converting machinery from Germany, England and the U.S. to Africa, South America and the Far East.  In addition, Ms. Weber, having completed her Master’s degree work and most of her Ph.D. work in Sociology and Medical Sociology, taught for eleven years at the university level – at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


“How to Write an Art Statement”

Thursday, August 6, 7-8PM
Presenters: Eric Celarier and Joan R. Weber
This program is now available as a YouTube Video (below).

No one can tell you what your work means, but without putting it into words, we take a real chance of not knowing what we are doing ourselves or being able to explain it. The conceptual nature of the art world demands that we describe what we are making and why it might be meaningful. Few of us got into this field because we were great writers, but talking about one’s work is essential for applying for shows, grants, and residencies. On a wider scale, fully communicating what you do will make you more effective at networking and participating socially within the artistic landscape. There are real pitfalls to avoid when characterizing your work and this workshop will enable you to write an effective art statement that should reflect your intent for a myriad of contexts in the clearest and most compelling way possible.

Our panelists are uniquely qualified to address these issues. Eric Celarier has taught, written, exhibited, and made art at many levels, while Joan R. Weber, as a prominent business person and collector, has tapped into the inner workings of the DC art scene. WSG knows that emerging can be difficult for newer artists and that successful strategies for talking about artwork is fundamental to succeeding. Join us for an online workshop that is sure to help newcomers organize their thoughts so that their work can find its audience. 

ERIC CELARIER

Eric Celarier was born, lives, and works in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. 

His work has developed the theme of biological evolution associated with human impact. Exploiting garbage as a metaphor, Celarier engineers sculptures and prints from everyday caste-offs, calling attention to earth’s history of radical, biological change, change that seems to coincide with dramatic environmental shifts. As an artist, educator, reviewer, and curator, much of his work can be seen as designing opportunities that allow audiences to construct personally meaningful understandings of the world we live in. 

His most immediate activities include: Biosphere, a solo show in NoMa Lobby, and Wasteland, a solo show at Honfleur in 2019, Wasteland, a solo show in NoMa LobbyAlternative Evolution, a solo show at Artist & Makers, Finder-Maker, a group show at Honfleur Gallery, in 2017, and Trash, a solo show at VisArts in 2016. 

In addition to making artwork, Celarier reviews gallery shows, having recently published in East City Art. He is active in the Washington Sculptors Group, as a member of its board, and currently helps administrate the DCAC’s Sparkplug fellowship.”

JOAN R. WEBER

Joan R. Weber is on the Board of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) since 2017 and is Liaison to the WSG Advisory Board. She was previously on the WSG Board from approximately 2000 to 2008 as the only non-sculptor on the Board.  Ms. Weber is an active art collector and avid supporter of Washington area art production and arts organizations.  As a collector, she is a longtime member of ArtTable, a national organization of women professionally in the visual arts and, independently, has curated two large exhibitions in Baltimore at Gallery Four and School 33.  

A business person, Ms. Weber is a partner with a commercial real estate development company since 2005, and brings strong business management and analytic experience to the company. For 23 years prior to that, Ms. Weber was a Senior Vice President of Sales for one of the largest commercial printing companies in the Washington metro area.  Previously, Ms. Weber co-founded a company which exported printing and paper converting machinery from Germany, England and the U.S. to Africa, South America and the Far East.  In addition, Ms. Weber, having completed her Master’s degree work and most of her Ph.D. work in Sociology and Medical Sociology, taught for eleven years at the university level – at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


WSG Members Forum 

Online via Zoom
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:00pm

WHO: You
WHAT: Meetup!
WHERE: Your living room, your kitchen, your studio, your garage, backyard, elevator, your pick!
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 7pm
WHY: Ask a question, share information about your work, hear about WSG’s programs for 2020.

Registration Required. Upon Registration, you will receive a zoom link and password.


HelpDesk 2020 with Robin Moore: Understanding Estate Planning for Artists

Saturday, March 14, 2020
1-2:30 pm

Location:
This program is now available as a YouTube Video (below).

By organizing and documenting your art and your career as an artist, you increase the depth of understanding of your work as a history of culture, aesthetics, and values. The Washington Sculptors Group will offer an hour presentation with a half hour Q & A session with Robin Moore on Saturday, March 14, 2020 that offers emerging, mid, and late-career artists the information needed to build and preserve their artistic legacies.

The importance of archiving your work, establishing an executor, obtaining appraisals, understanding tax laws, accessibility of your digital information, understanding charitable benefits, obtaining useful software, acquiring high-quality images of your artwork, establishing records of your collectors and sold work, and more, will be shared during the workshop.

Robin Moore, MBA and advisor to artists, was raised in the New York avant-garde art world with parents who ran two small art businesses. She earned her MBA in 2003. Since 2006, Robin has managed the estate of her late husband, Kevin MacDonald, a prominent Washington, DC visual artist. In 2013, she founded a business to help creative professionals and their families live well with legacies. ​Learn more: RobinMooreLegacies.com

The WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP (WSG) is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to promote an awareness and understanding of sculpture. To achieve this goal, WSG fosters the exchange of ideas between sculptors, collectors, art representatives, and the public by organizing exhibitions and events that are free and open to the public.

WSG plans, manages, and promotes 3-4 juried and curated exhibitions each year in galleries, museums and alternative spaces throughout the greater Washington, DC area, in cooperation with other local arts organizations. These high-quality exhibitions give our members opportunities to show their work and raise their visibility within the greater Washington DC region.

Photo Credit: Photo of Robin Moore by Lise Metzger


David Mordini: Technology and Reshaping Art

February 29, 2020
2-4 pm

Location:

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

Space is limited so please RSVP to:
Free and open to the public

The Washington Sculptors Group is pleased to announce a presentation and demonstration of 3D printing by David Mordini at Otis Street Arts Project on February 29th from 2-4 pm. In recent years, Mordini has been exploring the use of innovative technologies with his artwork, including 3D scanning and printing. These technologies have reshaped his artistic process from the concept stage, to crafting, and finally to exhibiting his work. Join us on the 29th for this informative event and to meet the artist.

David Mordini is an artist who lives and works in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He received his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1995. Mordini’s work was originally selected as part of the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and now is held in the permanent collection at America University. He has served on the boards of The Washington Project for the Arts and the Washington Sculptors Group. In 2015, Mordini co-founded Otis Street Arts Project and is now its sole proprietor and director. This Maryland-based art space features artists’ studios, galleries, and a workshop/maker space. OSAP is an important community gathering and arts exhibition space in the DC metro area.

The WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP (WSG) is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to promote an awareness and understanding of sculpture. To achieve this goal, WSG fosters the exchange of ideas between sculptors, collectors, art representatives, and the public by organizing exhibitions and events that are free and open to the public.

WSG plans, manages, and promotes 3-4 juried and curated exhibitions each year in galleries, museums and alternative spaces throughout the greater Washington, DC area, in cooperation with other local arts organizations. These high-quality exhibitions give our members opportunities to show their work and raise their visibility within the greater Washington DC region.

Photo Credit: Sacrificial Mourner, photo courtesy of the artist.


2019 Events

WSG Annual Potluck Picnic
Saturday, August 24, 2019 4-7pm

You are invited to join the camaraderie of fellow sculptors at our annual picnic at the outdoor Bardo Beer Garden on the waterfront at the Navy Yard.

Bring food to share for eight people – appetizer, entree, or dessert. WSG will provide beverages and paper products. Bring drums and other musical instruments, lawn chairs or blankets. Be prepared to socialize with other sculptors by sharing business cards, technical discoveries or questions. Relax amongst friends and remember that friends, family, and fellow artists are encouraged to attend!

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Bardo
25 Potomac Ave SE
Washington DC 20003

DIRECTIONS

One Block South of Nationals Stadium.

Enter from the Riverwalk or the corner of Potomac Avenue and South Capitol St SE.

Click here for Directions.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for setup, general help, and cleanup during and after the picnic.

Volunteer times:
2 – 3 pm Setup
4 – 5 pm Cleanup during picnic
5 – 6 pm Cleanup during picnic
6 – 7 pm Cleanup during picnic
7 – 8 pm End Cleanup

Panel Discussion: Notes of Color
Sunday July 14, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

A discussion with Assistant Curator Mollie Berger Salah (The National Gallery of Art) and Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The talk will be moderated by Elsabé Dixon, President of the Washington Sculptors Group.

Highlighting Hilda Thorpe, a painter-turned-sculptor, whose work was influenced by the Color Field painters of the 1950s, the panelists will discuss the after effects of Color Field painters on sculpture with today’s artists practicing in DC, VA and MD.

Watch the panel recording for the Notes of Color Panel discussion with Mollie Berger Salah, assistant curator of the National Gallery, and Jack Rasmussen, director of American University Katzen Museum.

Hilda Thorpe Image
Hilda Thorpe

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. The exhibition is on view at the The Athenaeum Gallery through July 21, 2019.

Painter-turned-sculptor, Hilda Thorpe (1919 – 2000) 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 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 Anne 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 with 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.

WSG extended an invitation 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. Just as the Color Field painter Hilda Thorpe explored color and presented material in both 2D and 3D formats, the panelists will tap into the work of the present exhibition Notes of Color to discuss how the work connects or departs from the Color Field mantra set forth by Hilda Thorpe and described by the Washington Post Reporter Ferdinand  Protzman as: “filled with light, energy, color and commotion.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2000/04/22/sculptor-painter-hilda-thorpe-dies/07851488-1c67-410e-876f

Panelists Bios

Mollie Berger Salah (Juror)

Curatorial Assistant: Department of Prints and Drawings, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Mollie Salah has worked in the Prints and Drawings Department at the National Gallery since graduating 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, Burlington, VT, Shelburne Museum, 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 the 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 of the Cold War.

 Jack Rasmussen

Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

A native of Seattle, Jack Rasmussen earned his BA in Art from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, before moving to Washington, DC, and completing an MFA in Painting, MA in Arts Management, and MA and PhD in Anthropology at American University. He worked in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Art before becoming the Assistant Director of the Washington Project for the Arts when it opened in 1975. He left this position to open the Jack Rasmussen Gallery, one of the first commercial galleries to move to downtown Washington, and then helped launch Rockville Arts Place (VisArts), served for ten years as the Executive Director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, and three years as Executive Director of di Rosa, a contemporary art museum and sculpture garden in Napa, California. Rasmussen has been Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, since it opened in 2005. He currently serves as Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.

Elsabe Dixon (Moderator)

Elsabé Dixon is a cross-disciplinary visual artist and President of the Washington Sculptors Group, a DC based non-profit that facilitates three shows a year and promotes an exchange of ideas amongst sculptors, collectors, curators and the local communities in the triad area of MD, DC, and VA. Elsabé has moderated panel discussions for the Renwick Alliance, (Ubuhle – Women’s Bead Craft during the A.I.D’s crisis), and for WSG programming such as the Panel discussion Micro Monuments with researcher Paul Farber, hosted by  the Center for Hellenic studies in Washington DC run by Harvard. Most recently Dixon participated in a panel discussion at the Beall-Dawson Museum in conjunction with an exhibition Deep Flash: Art and Transformation at the VisArts Art Center. Elsabé Dixon maintains a studio at Liggett Hall in Alexandria Virginia and is a contributing writer for East City Art.

About the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association:

The Athenaeum Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 4 pm

The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA).  Founded in 1964, the 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. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences.

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 include almost 400 area artists. The WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators.


International Sculpture Day 2019: “Underlying Borders” Artist Talk
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2pm

Presenting an artist and curator talk at the Mexican Cultural Institute pertaining to the exhibit “Underlying Borders”.

Artists Alison Lee Schroeder, and Gerardo Camargo, were invited by the Mexican Cultural iInstitute to co-curate the exhibition “Underlying Borders” at the Mexican Cultural Institute in D.C. Camargo and Shroeder are two of the five participating artists.”

Gerardo Camargo
Alison Lee Schroeder
Felipe Baeza
Marela Zacarias
Irene Clouthier

This exhibition shows sculptures by artists who are immigrants addressing Immigration and Border Issues. Irene Clouthier will be talking as contributing artist, addressing the exhibition “Underlying Borders”.

These sculptures and installation work, showcase the issues around their personal migrant narratives between Mexico and the United States. The artists work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.

The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists discuss geographic distances. memory and ways in which the body can be inhabited and communicated as zones of transition.

Date: April 27 (International Sculpture Day)

Time: 2pm

Location:
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org/plan.php

2019 Annual Members’ Image Show
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4-7pm

View images shown at this event (90 MB PDF)

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies – House A
3100 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008
www.chs.harvard.edu

Free and open to the public
Parking on premises and street

Image: Zofie King, 2018, Easter Fossils, Found Objects, Acrylic, Resin, Crystals, Velvet, Brocade, Fur, Wood, Plexiglas, 29 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ x 3″, Photo by Pete Duvall

The Washington Sculptors Group cordially invites you to attend the Annual Members Image Show! Join WSG members as they offer insight into some of the best work being done by sculptors in the DC area.

WSG’s Annual Members Image Show aims to support the talent and highly diverse work of Washington area sculptors. The Image Show gives member artists the opportunity to present images and videos of their work, and artists have the opportunity to discuss the artwork while it is being shown. New members are strongly encouraged to participate, and all members receive feedback from the audience.

WSG will also invite DC area gallerists, curators, collectors, reviewers, and other art representatives to attend this important member event. Refreshments provided by WSG will be served during intermission; WSG members are also welcome to bring food to share.

Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies is graciously hosting the WSG Annual Members Image Show again this year. Join us for an informative evening at the CHS campus, located in the Embassy Row neighborhood of NW Washington, DC.

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2018 Events

December 8 WSG Annual Meeting and Dinner

Location: Chevy Chase, MD

Time: 5:00-9:00pm

October 28 Panel Discussion: Artist as Time Traveler

Join Hillyer and the Washington Sculptors Group at the Center for Hellenic Studies for a unique opportunity to hear how artists across the world examine time and history to influence their contemporary practices, featuring Katherine Akey Lee, Dr. Katia Arfara, and Patricia Sannit. This program is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND.

RSVP Required: bit.ly/artistastimetraveler


Image: Patricia Sannit, Citadel, 2011, 5’6”x11’x11’

Artist as Time Traveler: Reflecting on Time and History to Expand our Understanding of Contemporary Culture

PANELISTS:

Dr. Katia Arfara is the Artistic Director of Theatre and Dance, at the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens and was the curator for the 2018 Fast Forward Festival in which artists working in Greece and internationally explored the defining role archaeology plays in forming national narratives and collective memory, and cultural heritage.

Patricia Sannit is an Arizona-based sculptor who has worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East and Ethiopia, excavating and studying early cultures and art. Sannit’s life and work are influenced by her research into the continual movement and migration of people, ideas, and culture.

Katherine Akey is a DC-based photographic artist whose work has been inspired in part by her experiences as the daughter of archaeologists.

Each panelist will give a presentation about their work, followed by a moderated discussion and audience q+a. Reception immediately after.

LOCATION:
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (House-A)
3100 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008
(Parking on premises and street)

DATE:
Sunday, October 28, 2018

TIME:
2-3:30 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm)

RECEPTION:
3:30-4 pm

Space is limited; RSVP required.
Parking is available on the Center for Hellenic Studies campus on a first come, first serve, basis.


This program is presented by IA&A at Hillyer in partnership with the Washington Sculptors Group, in conjunction with the current exhibition, MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND (September 7 – October 28, 2018), which brings together 15 local and 8 German artists to focus a contemporary lens on topics such as the cosmos, nature, deep time, and more to serve as a catalyst for exploration into enduring questions about our history and place in the world.

This exhibition is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Goethe-Institute, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and State of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

WSG 2018 Annual Picnic

On July 14, 4–7 pm, we invite you to join the camaraderie of fellow sculptors from the Washington, DC, area and Baltimore, MD, at our annual picnic, which will be hosted by WSG President Elsabé Dixon at the Episcopal High School’s Alumni Cottage Veranda, 1200 N Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA.

Bring food to share for eight people—appetizer, entree, or dessert. WSG will provide beverages and paper products. Bring drums and other musical instruments, lawn chairs or blankets. Be prepared to relax amongst friends as well as socialize with other sculptors by sharing business cards, technical discoveries, or questions. Remember that non-member friends, family, and fellow artists are encouraged to attend!

Volunteers are needed for setup, general help, and cleanup during and after the picnic. Please sign up to help with one of these jobs during the following times at the picnic:

2–3 pm Set-up (food and parking signs)

4–5 pm Clean-up during picnic

5–6 pm Clean-up during picnic

6–7 pm Clean-up during picnic

7–8 pm End of picnic clean-up

WSG members RSVP to . Baltimore Sculptors members RSVP to Joshua Gillen jshgillen19@ gmail.com

International Sculpture Day: Saturday, April 28, 2018

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THE WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP

In collaboration with the Watergate Gallery (Outdoor Plaza)

presents an interactive sculpture event featuring sculptor Connie Fleres

In conjunction with the opening of the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Walk

Interactive Sculpture at Watergate Gallery Plaza: 2pm

Foggy Bottom Sculpture Tour: 4pm

Tour begins at the corner of New Hampshire Ave NW & I (Eye) St

MESSAGE IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE

WSG welcomes the public to an interactive sculpture activity that draws attention to up cycling, recycling, and new conversations about plastic waste and plastic use. Artists have long been the forerunners to working with plastic materials. And WSG sculptors would like to share their knowledge of this material and its potential for repurpose. Environmental concerns around the waste capacity of plastics has reached a fever pitch, and on April 28th WSG artists and members will be constructing a collaborative sculpture out of plastic and inviting local DC, VA, and MD residents to participate in construction techniques and eco conversations.

LOCATION
Watergate Gallery (Plaza)
2552 Virginia Avenue NW
Washington, DC, 20037
(202) 338-4488

Reception at the Watergate Gallery following the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Tour

2018 WSG ANNUAL MEMBERS’ IMAGE SHOW

Saturday, April 14th, 7-9 pm

View images shown at this event (55 MB PDF)

Floater by Michael West

Location:
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies – House A
3100 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008
www.chs.harvard.edu
Parking on premises and street
Free and open to the public

The Washington Sculptors Group cordially invites you to attend the Annual Members’ Image Show! In order to include as many WSG members as possible in this popular event, the date has been changed to April 14, 2018. Join WSG members as they offer insight into some of the best work being done by sculptors in the D.C. area.

WSG’s Annual Members’ Image Show aims to support the talent and highly diverse work of Washington area sculptors. The Image Show gives member artists the opportunity to present images and video, and artists have the opportunity to discuss the artwork while it is being shown. New members are strongly encouraged to participate, and all members receive feedback from the audience.

DC area gallerists, curators, collectors, reviewers, and other art representatives are invited to attend this important exposure for WSG members’ work. During intermission, WSG will provide refreshments. WSG members are also welcome to bring food to share.

Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies is graciously hosting the WSG Annual Members’ Image Show again this year. Join us for an informative evening at the Center for Hellenic Studies campus, located in the Embassy Row neighborhood of NW Washington, DC.

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Image: Michael West, Floater, 2016
MDF, wood, acrylic glass, Styrofoam, brass, gouache, enamel paint, 51 x 24 in
Photograph by Greg Staley

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Refreshments generously provided by La Prima Catering.

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Artist Helpdesk: January 20, 2018, 10:30am – 12:00pm

LOCATION:

IA&A at Hillyer
9 Hillyer Ct NW
Washington, D.C, 20008

WSG’s HelpDesk Workshop at IA&A at Hillyer is designed to offer WSG members and DC area artists practical information to improve their business skills. This first workshop, led by business consultant Danielle Glosser, is titled “Networking for Artists: Getting Down to Business.” Glosser is the Founder and Principal of Client Raiser LLC. The workshop will help artists learn how to boost their ability to cultivate contacts, and improve the way they initiate conversations about their art. Join Danielle Glosser for a hands-on session where you’ll explore the importance of first impressions, methods for seeking information, and tactics for developing contacts.

2017 Events

Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Dinner: December 17, 5-7pm

Please RSVP to  and indicate the number of people attending this event!

Location:
WAS Gallery
5110 Ridgefield Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816
Parking available.

Please join the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) for its Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Dinner. WSG would like to thank WAS Gallery for generously hosting us in their gallery and studio space.

Potluck Dinner: Each member is asked to bring food for eight people to share – appetizers, entrees, or desserts. WSG will provide wine, beer, soft drinks, and paper goods.

Members, Guests, Family & Friends are all welcome!

WAS Gallery

WSG Announces Fall Studio Pop-Up Program Showcasing New Practices in Sculpture

Featuring ARTINA 2017 artists Maryanne Pollock and Marc Robarge

Maryanne Pollock: Saturday, September 16th 4-6 pm

www.maryannepollock.com
1707 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Street parking available.
Metro: Green Line to Columbia Heights, Red Line to Woodley Park or Dupont Circle. Take 42 bus to Ontario Road, walk across the street. Buses on 16th street take you to the studio, which is across from the Potters House in Adams Morgan. Studio is elevator and handicap accessible.
Maryanne Pollock Sculpture at ARTINA 2017 Maryanne Pollock

Marc Robarge, Saturday, September 23rd 4-6 pm

www.mrobarge.com
205 South Oak Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Street parking available.
Metro: West Falls Church Orange Line with approximately 20-minute walk to studio.
Bus 28 at West Falls Church Metro makes a stop one block from studio.

Marc Robarge Sculpture at ARTINA 2017 Marc Robarge

Both events are free and open to the public.
Due to limited seating for each event, please RSVP to:
WSG members are asked to bring light fare and a folding chair to assist with seating.

Wednesday, May 17 – Artist Talk with Kang Mu-Xiang

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Talk at 7 pm
Free; $8 Suggested Donation

Join us for an intimate conversation with artist Kang Mu-Xiang, an internationally recognized and innovative sculptor from Taiwan, who will be visiting DC for this presentation about his work followed by an audience Q&A. The program is presented in partnership with the Washington Sculptors Group and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

 

April 24, 2017 – International Sculpture Day panel session at Glen Echo

International Sculpture Day 2017 logo

A panel will be held in conjunction with the Sculpture REMIX exhibition, presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and the Glen Echo Park Partnership.

Date: April 24, 2017, 7-9 pm

ISD Panelists: Jade Garrett (Director of MakerSpace REMIX); Sue Wrbican (Professor School of Art GMU); Alan Binstock (NASA architect)

April 29, 2017 – Salon with Ann Stoddard

Salons are an opportunity to visit a WSG sculptor in their own studio, to encourage artists’ dialogue, and thus enhance artistic vocabulary and exchange of relative information in the art world’s market.

Ann Stoddard will be hosting a salon in her studio on April 29 from 1-3 pm at Gateway Art Center # 206.

3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood Md

She will discuss her recent series “Seeing Things”. The “Seeing Things” series invites viewers to explore and question their assumptions about race and ethnicity via an eclectic fusion of traditional, electronic, and conceptual art tools: drawing-based animation, video performance, reframing, silhouetting, quad-screen, installation, social sculpture, appropriation. Works in the “Seeing Things” series variously propose to deconstruct anti- Black bias, – anti-Muslim bias, and to replace mistrust with empathy. These works suggest that the space of art is public space, borderless and open, with layered political and cultural contexts and multiple, contradictory points of view.

Previous salon on March 2017 was held at Pam Gwaltney’s studio in Potomac.
“A few WSG members were present who enjoyed touring Pam’s private collection of prominent modern artists and a presentation from Pam about her contemporary light boxes. The salon was a delight to an artist’s intellectual curiosity”.

2016 Events

2016 WSG ANNUAL MEMBERS IMAGE SHOW

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7-9 pm

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

Free and open to the public.

Call for WSG Member Submissions:
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2016

Email jpegs to Greg Braun:

Each WSG member may submit up to five (5) jpeg images for the Annual Members Image Show presentation (guidelines below). You must be present at the Image Show while your images are projected. New members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to show their work, and for all members to show new work and receive feedback from the audience. DC area art representatives, gallerists, curators, and reviewers will be invited to attend, so it is important exposure for member’s work. Following the presentation, everyone is invited to stay for drinks, snacks, and discussion. WSG will provide refreshments, and Image Show participants are welcome to bring food to share.

Image preparation:
• Resize the dimensions of your images (jpegs) to be no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side with a resolution of 72 dpi. If you need help with resizing your images, or are unable to resize them yourself, send them to Greg Braun at the above email address, and he will adjust them accordingly.
• Please provide images in jpeg (.jpg) format only.
• If you would like your website address on your title slide for the presentation, please include it in the body of your email to Greg.

First submitted, first shown. See you there!


GALLERY TALK WITH MICRO-MONUMENTS JUROR ANNE REEVE

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 4 pm
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies

The Washington Sculptors Group is pleased to present a Gallery Talk about Micro-Monuments with juror Anne Reeve at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
This program combines a juror’s talk with the selected artists participating in Micro-Monuments. This talk will allow artists and the public to connect with Anne Reeve as she reveals her ideas, concepts, and reasons for her curatorial selections. It will provide a deeper insight into the connection between the artists’ concepts, how it affects the juror’s choices, and vice versa.

Ms. Reeve will also discuss her ideas and the selection process for the group show of Micro-Monuments at the SalzlandMuseum, Schonebeck, Germany, which is now on view in its second interpretation at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

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.

The Talk is free and open to the public; reservations required

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2015 Events

ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING & POT-LUCK DINNER 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm

Please join Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) for its 2016 Pot-Luck Dinner and Membership Meeting. Thank you to our hosts at Otis Street Arts Project – Gloria Chapa, Sean Hennessey and David Mordini.

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mt Rainier, MD 20712
Learn more about Otis Street Arts Project here.

Dinner/Meeting Agenda
6:30 Dinner and Conversation
7:15 Welcome and Remarks by Artemis Herber, President
Committee Reports; Members vote on 2016 Board Roster
8pm Member Comments and Discussion

Pot-Luck Dinner:
Each member is asked to bring food for eight people to share – appetizers, entrees, or desserts. WSG will provide wine, beer, soft drinks and paper goods.


WSG Annual Image Show

Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court, Washington DC 20008
Free and open to the public
Thursday, October 22 nd 7-9pm

Image submittal deadline is midnight October, 15th

Each WSG member may submit up to five (5) digital images for the Image Show presentation (guidelines below). You must be present at the Image Show and be prepared to speak for approximately 2 minutes about your work while your images are projected. New members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to show their work, and for existing members to show new work and receive feedback from the audience. Following the presentation, you are invited to stay for drinks, snacks, and discussion from 9-10pm. WSG will provide refreshments, and participants are welcome to bring food to share.


Welding Workshop with Master Welder Chas Colburn

Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25, 10am-3pm each day

Registration Required:


MAY SALON

May 16th, 2-4 PM
Gloria Chapa’s Studio

Topic:  The Art Process from A-Z.
When, where, why  did the idea for an art piece germinate? What was the validation process? What strategies are employed to make the idea come to fruition? How do you deal with set-backs? Where/how can additional funds be procured? Please bring your concerns, ideas, and stories to share about your personal journey through the Art Process.
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
202-321-3300

*Plenty of parking available. The F2 bus route is one block away.
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“Envision it – Build it!”
A Studio Visit with Howard Connelly    

Sunday June 14, 2015,   4-6 PM

Howard Connelly Design Studio
12709 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tel.   (703) 474-9188
www.howardconnellydesign.com

This will be an exciting time to visit prolific artist and sculptor, Howard Connelly at his studio. Howard will be in the final stages of building and fabricating his latest commissioned art project, a large sculpture of a horse made from repurposed piano parts. This will be a rare opportunity to see Howard’s vision come together at “crunch time” with installation scheduled two days later. Howard works with a plethora of materials creatively manipulating whatever will work to achieve his ultimate vision. Howard will discuss his experience with public art and applying his attitude of: “If I can envision it, I can build it!”

For those interested, Howard will discuss materials, equipment, fabricating techniques, installation and safety to achieve dramatic works on a grand scale.

Howard Connelly,   sculptor and public artist, has completed numerous commissioned public and private art projects.

Registration is Required.  Limited to 15 participants.

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JUNE SALON

June 18, 2015, 4-6 PM
Charles Bergen’s Studio

Topic:  Material Selection
Artists should bring a print or two of a sculpture or a piece of material that they use. Each artist will  talk about the material(s) that they use, why they use them and what they think they add or impart or bring to their work. If possible a short demonstration might be incorporated.
Charles’ studio is in Brookland at the Monroe Market Art Walk. That same evening, after the Salon there will be the monthly Late Studio Openings. If you are not familiar with the area, it would be a good opportunity to browse the other studios within the complex.

Charles Bergen Studios LLC
Studio #11
Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

202 546 2339
*Charles’ studio is in Brookland at the Monroe Market Art Walk. That same evening, after the Salon there will be the monthly Late Studio Openings. If you are not familiar with the area, it would be a good opportunity to browse the other studios within the complex. There are also some great new restaurants in the area that you may want to visit. Brookland metro is a short walk away.
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ANNUAL PICNIC

Sunday, July 26, 2015
3-4pm   Board Meeting
4-7pm   pot luck picnic

Artemis Herber Studio
10709 Park Heights Avenue
Owings Mills MD
(216) 269-9983

Join the camaraderie of fellow sculptors in our annual picnic. Bring food to share. You are welcome to attend the WSG Board meeting at 3pm before the   4pm  potluck begins. The Baltimore Sculptors will join us.



JANUARY SALON

Carol Brown Goldberg’s Studio
January 20, 2015

“Open studio, dinner and conversation with Carol Brown Goldberg”
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Studio of Carol Brown Goldberg (directions will be sent to participants)
Strictly limited to 30
RSVP required (we expect this to fill up fast!)

Please join us for dinner and an exciting evening with Carol Brown Goldberg. Kick off the New Year with inspiration and new possibility. Carol will be graciously opening her studio and serving dinner, a perfect setting for an informal exchange of ideas and insights about art, our process, work, and more.

PS. You can see Carol’s work at: http://www.carolbrowngoldberg.com/


2014 Events

SCULPTURE NOW 2014 EVENTS

These events coincide with Sculpture NOW 2014 exhibit, on view through December 14, 2014.

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

PANEL DISCUSSION
Sculpture in an Expanding Field – New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation
Moderator: Elizabeth Tebow
Panelists: Glenn Harper, John Ruppert, Lester Winkler

Saturday, November 22, 4pm

GALLERY TALK
Gallery talk with Sculpture NOW 2014 Juror Jack Rasmussen and participating artists.

Tuesday, December 9, 7pm


ARTIST’S TALK with Eunsook Lee
Vanished Berlin Wall & Calling out Names
The Wall in Our Heads

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington
812 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
www.goethe.de

Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group in cooperation with the Korean Cultural House. Coincides with the exhibition The Wall In Our Heads, commemorating 25 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The photo exhibition will be on display from October 27 until November 24. www.thewallinourheads.com

Eunsook Lee finished her studies with an M.A. at Hongik University, Seoul and has been working as an artist since then. In 1986 she began using thin fluorescent threads for her art work with titles such as Umbilical Cords, Lost Embryo, and Life. Since 1997, Eunsook Lee has been visiting and working in Germany. She has had exhibitions in Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig, Munich and, on several occasions, in Berlin. In 2007, she created The Vanished Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate. www.eunsooklee.org

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WSG 30th ANNIVERSARY POT-LUCK DINNER & MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-9:30pm

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

Please join Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) for its 30th Anniversary Dinner and Membership Meeting. In conjunction with SCULPTURE NOW 2014 we are pleased to hold this years’ pot-luck membership dinner and annual meeting at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. View the Anniversary Video and elect new Board Members.

Dinner/Meeting Agenda:
7:30pm President’s Remarks
7:45pm Committee Announcements
8:00pm Members Vote on 2014 Board Roster

Pot-Luck Dinner:
Each member is asked to bring food for eight people to share – appetizers, entrees, or desserts. WSG will provide wine, beer, soft drinks and paper goods.

Transportation / Parking:
Parking: Katzen Arts Center Parking Lot Free after 5pm
Metro: Tenleytown
http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/visiting.cfm


“Extending the Concept of Art”
An Experiential Workshop with Artemis Herber

November 15, 2014 (9:00AM – 5:00PM)
Limited enrollment – 18 participants (absolute maximum!)
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Program will be held at:
American University Sculpture Studio
$25.00 to cover expenses
Participants must sign a waiver of liability the morning of the workshop

Please bring a brown bag lunch.

Workshop
Artemis Herber will lead this experiential workshop, investigating the ideas of social sculpture and Gesamtkunstwerk advocated by the conceptual artist and sculptor, Joseph Beuys. This workshop will offer hands on and self-referential exercises exploring the concepts of: Motion, Energy and Action

  • Sculpture as a process in time (setting life in motion, giving life force)
  • Action – Containment – Environment and Connections
  • Practice the extended concept of Art (Art Staging Life/Staging Art)
  • The transformation into meaning through the aesthetics of materials
  • The nature, role and self-concept of an artist

Testimonials from past Artemis Herber workshop:
“Artemis made me feel open to explore, challenge myself and see differently.”
“Inspiring & encouraging, Artemis expanded my vision of process & creativity.”

Materials: Please bring personal item(s) from your past; referential object(s) of your own biography; or, found thing(s) you relate to and have stored somewhere. Bring simple materials/tools (string, glue, scissor, pencil, notebook, paper…)

Artemis Herber has exhibited on international scale (U.S and Europe).  Her work has been featured in the Albright- Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, San Jose Museum of Art, CA, Kunstverein Paderborn, Germany, and Artist Award 2010. More recent exhibitions include ”The Open West,” UK, “Cardboard City” (Goethe Institute, DC), “Color,” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Sondheim Semifinalist Exhibition,” MD Institute College of Art, and “Options,” Wash, DC.

Artemis has received several teaching awards for her projects in art and art education and has organized community and statewide projects of advanced education workshops and exhibitions.



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