Micro-Monuments

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Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
in Collaboration with the Salzlandmuseum

LOCATION:
Salzlandmuseum
39218 Schönebeck,
Pfännerstr. 41, Germany
www.museum.salzlandkreis.de
EXHIBITION DATES:
December 18, 2015 – February 28, 2016

JUROR:
Anne Reeve

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Barn

LAND&ART@MARC: A 4 SEASON PROJEC

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December 5 – February 5, 2015

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

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

1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville MD 21030
www.marylandagriculture.org

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

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

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

EQUINOX – Cycles in Nature

LAND&ART@MARC: A 4 SEASON PROJECT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sculpture NOW 2015: EPHEMERAL

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SCULPTURE NOW 2015
EPHEMERAL
Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
and Greater Reston Arts Center

Exhibition on view September 10 – November 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

 

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Sanctuary

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

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: June 12 – August 15, 2015

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

Exhibition Juror:
Shanti Norris
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

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

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

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

LOCATION
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.smithcenter.org

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

Brick Layers

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Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Workhouse Arts Center

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: April 11 – June 28, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 6 -9 pm

Exhibition Juror:
Jennie Shanker

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

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

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

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

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

~ Jennie Shanker, Juror

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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