Friday, November 27, 2009

Call For Entries: 36 Studios – Part 1

Washington Project for the Arts announces 36 Studios – Part 1, a series of studio visits with Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection.

The Rubell Family Collection is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world.  Started in 1964, soon after Don and Mera Rubell were married, the Rubell Family Collection operates as a non-profit organization based in Miami where it presents rotating, curated exhibitions and hosts a variety of educational and community outreach programs.

Mera Rubell will be one of eight esteemed curators selecting works for Cream, the WPA 2010 Art Auction Exhibition.  Building upon the popular Experimental Video Series at the Rubells’ Capitol Skyline Hotel, Rubell has determined to see the work of as many DC-area artists as possible and select up to twelve to be included in the WPA exhibition and auction.  Her visits to DC are typically 36 hours long, and she has devoted her next trip to this project.

For 36 Studios – Part 1, Mera Rubell and a team of curators and writers will conduct 36 studio visits over the course of 36 straight hours.  Each studio visit will last approximately 15-20 minutes and will take place starting at 5:00am on Saturday, December 12 and continuing until 5:00pm on Sunday, December 13.

Artists will apply to participate and will be chosen at random to have the opportunity to meet and present their work.  The work chosen will be included in WPA’s annual Art Auction Exhibition, January 30 through March 6, 2010 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, culminating in the auction gala on March 6.  Artists will receive 50% of the proceeds of their artwork sold at the auction and the balance of proceeds benefits Washington Project for the Arts.

On Sunday, December 13 at 6:00 pm at the culmination of 36 Studios – Part 1, artists are invited to join Mera Rubell, WPA staff and friends, and other members of the art community at the Capitol Skyline Hotel lounge for an informal celebration (cash bar).

36 Studios emerged out of Mera Rubell’s personal desire to learn more about the DC art scene by engaging with local artists in their studios. This venture will serve as a model that the Rubell Family Collection hopes to activate for future projects.

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at midnight

Eligibility: Artists must live in the DC Metropolitan area (DC, MD, VA) and must be available for a studio visit at ANYTIME between 5:00 am on Saturday, December 12 and 5:00pm on Sunday, December 13. If you are selected, an exact day/time will be assigned to you.  We are sorry that we cannot accommodate specific time/date requests.

To Apply:       
The full call can be found here:

Send an email to: with your name, studio address, website URL, resume, and phone number by Sunday, December 6, 2009 at midnight.  Please put “36 Studios” in the subject line.

Artists who apply by the deadline will have their names placed in a lottery. Winners will be randomly chosen and will be notified by December 10 of the time of the studio visit.

Questions? Email: or call Kristina at 202-234-7103 ext. 2

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