Friday, April 30, 2010

New Art Exhibition at Workhouse Arts Center by Michele Norris

Collage and mixed media paintings by Michele Norris
May 5 - June 6, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday May 8, 7-9 pm
Artist reception May 8th, 7-9pm 
 Michele Norris, Hymenoptera, Collage & mixed media, 24” x 60”, 2010

Lorton, VA: The Workhouse Arts Center presents the exhibition INSECTA: collage and mixed media paintings by Michele Norris, during May and early June in the Gallery of Studio 4. The exhibition features work from a series of abstract collage paintings inspired by the wonders of nature. The dynamic paintings are created using hand pulled prints, elaborate drawings on filmy thin papers, charcoal and paint. The delicate line, bold colors and spontaneous mark-making, work to create richly layered surfaces.

Fairfax county based artist Michele Norris is an award winning painter. Born and raised in rural New Hampshire, Norris began painting as a young child. She attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. She then completed advanced studies in Graphic Design. She realized success as an Art Director in the fashion industry and as a freelance designer.

For the past ten years, Norris has been painting commissioned work for private clients and participating in exhibitions. Her work is currently displayed with various collectors in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire. Today Michele paints in her studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

Workhouse Arts Center
Studio 4 Gallery
9601 Ox Road
Lorton,VA 22019
Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat. 11:00 to 7:00, Sun. 12-5

Arts – Foggy Bottom Association

Arts – Foggy Bottom Association:

Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Opening Events Saturday May 1, 2010
Located in the Foggy Bottom Historic District

Exhibit Tour – 4:00 pm
Led by curator Shirley Koller
Tour meets at the corner of New Hampshire Ave NW & I Streets, Washington, DC

Opening Reception – 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Watergate Gallery, 2552 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Featured sculptors

► Richard Binder ► Pattie Porter Firestone          ► Craig Kraft
► Alan Binstock   ► Nancy Frankel                       ► Philippe Mougne
► Mike Brining     ► Seth Goldstein/ Paula Stone ► Sam Noto
► Jeff Chyatte      ► Don Herman                          ► Mick Shaffer
► Chas Colburn   ► Mariah Josephy                     ► Garrett Strang

The Exhibit will run from May 1 to October 23 2010
For information regarding the exhibit’s artists, tours, events, location and the history of Foggy Bottom, contact the web site

The Exhibit is sponsored by the Foggy Bottom Association. Thanks to major contributor Foggy Bottom Association Defense and Improvement Corporation

Thursday, April 29, 2010

DAN TREADO / Addison/Ripley Fine Art

 Free Dirt, 2010, oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches


May 1 - June 5, 2010
opening reception
Saturday, May 1st, 5-7pm

Addison/Ripley Fine Art presents an uncompromising selection of new works by Washington artist, Dan Treado. This work continues to surprise and delight with the artist's signature serial imagery;  layers of color, light as air, add dreamy associations, an impossible depth and lush surface.  Appropriated samples from selected illustrations and texts in some of the works provide tense contrast.  In others, a crazy quilt of disparate imagery is woven together by this talented painter.  At once cryptic and mesmerizing, the paintings in this third exhibition by the artist at Addison/Ripley demonstrate a maturity, complexity and solid accomplishment.  They may "request quiet" but they shout and crackle with energy.

1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW . Washington, DC 20007 . 202.338.5180 .

ART TALK: A Conversation Between two Artists, Steven Cushner and William Willis

ART TALK: A Conversation Between two Artists
Saturday, May 8, 10:00 AM

Steven Cushner and William Willis will provoke, challenge, and cajole each other while surrounded by their artwork in the concurrent exhibitions at HEMPHILL, Steven Cushner: New Paintings and William Willis: Works on Paper. For the past two decades the artists have carried on an exuberant and formative dialogue, which will be disclosed in this public forum. Since 1998 the ART TALK series has addressed topics relating to artists' practice, issues in contemporary art, art history, collecting and connoisseurship.

Limited seating available, reservations required.
Email or call 202-234-5601.

BEAUTIFUL / Virginia Women Artists and the Body

Virginia Women Artists and the Body

Victoria F. Gaitán
Elissa Farrow Savos
Elizabeth Menges
Bernis von zur Muehlen

April 29 – June 11, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 1, 5 – 7 pm

Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, #103
Reston, VA 20191

Women Artists and the Body: A Moderated Dialogue
with The Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes
Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 pm

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents BEAUTIFUL: Virginia Women Artists and the Body, an exhibition that explores the complexity of physical beauty through the works of four Virginia based artists. Photographers Victoria F. Gaitán and Bernis von zur Muehlen, painter Elizabeth Menges, and sculptor Elissa Farrow Savos illuminate private moments, cultural expectations, disfigurement, and the transience of beauty manifested in the human form.

BEAUTIFUL is part of Virginia’s 2010 statewide event MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts. The celebration includes thousands of special events and programs offered between March and June of 2010. Events include plays, choreography, compositions, and exhibitions of paintings, photography or films created by women or featuring women as the primary focus. This celebration is an unprecedented collaboration of hundreds of participating artists and cultural organizations and is a demonstration of the breadth and diversity of arts and culture across the Commonwealth. It is the first of what the cultural community hopes will be an ongoing series of statewide collaborations shedding light on topics of interest to the people of Virginia. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Legal Smorgasbord - Legal Issues in Art with John D. Mason, Esq.

April 28, 2010

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hamiltonian Gallery

John D. Mason will be discussing an array of of important legal issues for artists. Topics include contracts, licensing, negotiations, online/internet legal issues, business formation and maintenance, intellectual property and copyright/trademark. Please go prepared with questions because he likes an interactive discussion and is happy to explore the questions artists always want to ask an art lawyer.

John D.Mason of The Intellectual Property Group, PLLC is a Washington DC/Maryland-based art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark matters, litigation, contracts, and commercial matters. He works with writers, artists, and creative people and companies to protect, promote and exploit their work and is also a literary agent. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts and the Advisory Board of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington.

The Artist Speaker Series is a succession of lectures given by established artists and art professionals to aid in the artistic and entrepreneurial development of our So-Hamiltonian Fellows and other emerging artists.

Hamiltonian Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for creative artists early in their careers. We offer a competitive two-year fellowship program to new, innovative visual artists in all media through an annual competition. Artists from around the nation are encouraged to apply.

Hamiltonian Artists is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.!/ical/event.php?eid=117696854921848

Fund Raisers That Do It Right | FineArtViews Blog by Canvoo

Fund Raisers That Do It Right | FineArtViews Blog by Canvoo: "Fund Raisers That Do It Right
by Lori Woodward on 4/28/2010

Fund Raisers That Do It Right

by Lori Woodward

Today's Post is by Lori Woodward, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews. She is also a contributing editor for American Artist's Watercolor and Workshop magazines and she writes "The Artist's Life" blog on American Artists' Forum. Lori is a member of The Putney Painters, an invitational group that paints under the direction of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.  Find out how you can be a guest author. 

The towns of Peterborough and Jaffrey in New Hampshire do their annual town fundraisers right. They understand that in order to get the best artists to participate that they partner with the artists to raise funds, not take advantage of them.

Undervaluing The Worth of Art, Hurts the Community

Many artists struggle to make a profit each year, and although it might sound noble to give art away, sometimes it does the community of artists more harm than good. Fund raisers who ask numerous artists for outright donations devalue the worth of the art in that community. When there is no minimum (reserve) price set for a work, it often sells for less than the cost for materials. Even worse, the buyers return each year to pick up unbelievable bargains, and they rarely contact the artist to pay full retail price on additional paintings. This is the kind of "exposure" that actually hurts business for artists.

Educate The Organizations You Support

The folks that put on these fundraisers are not malicious people. They just don't understand how selling donated art at low prices hurts the art community. Often, when I've explained why it isn't a good idea, the people in charge decide to go with a reserve price and percentage to the artist. It might mean that fewer paintings will be sold (at least in the first year), but I've seen that organizations that do it right often reap much higher rewards over the years because the best artists in the community begin to participate, and the scene becomes a place to buy great work for a tad less than they would pay otherwise. Everybody wins! The artists get their due, the organizations get 40% of each sale, and the collectors get great art.

Interestingly, the local towns in New Hampshire that do auctions the right way, make far more than those who accept artists full donations and sell the art for any price. That's because once the auction becomes known as the place to get great artwork, it brings out serious collectors. Usually, there is a gala dinner involved, where the tickets are pricey. I've seen expensive works (say in the $10K range) sell at these classy auctions. The best and most expensive art goes quickly. My guess is that the collectors there enjoy the competition.

Several years ago, I attended a huge show in Denver, Salon D'arts. While there, I ate breakfast with a number of artists who participated, and Scott Burdick listed his favorite fundraisers - most were invitational museum shows where the artist reaped a 75% of the selling price. Even so, the museums made a great deal of money.

The thing that I especially enjoy about participating in fundraisers that return me 60% of the selling price is that I usually pick up a new collector when my painting sells. Unlike most galleries, auctions give the artists the names and addresses of the buyers. When someone buys my work at, or near my regular retail price, they're usually pretty serious collectors.

Artists Can Only Deduct The Cost of Materials

When I've participated in auctions where I've given a full donation, the work sells for under $100, and nobody wins because the artwork was devalued, the organization only got $100, and I am in the hole for all my supplies. By the way, we artists can only deduct the amount of the supplies we used on our incomes taxes - not the value of the artwork. Alternately, if I simply give the organization a check from my business account, I can deduct the full amount of that check. They make just as much money or even more that way, and I am not out a painting that I could sell otherwise.

What if the Work Doesn't Sell?

If my painting doesn't sell, then I get the painting back and I'm out nothing. Sure the organization doesn't get anything from me, but it probably made more in the long run because it got a greater amount from the other artists whose works did sell. Nobody loses, and the integrity of the art community is not eroded.
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Cabaret [re]ReVoltaire

See some of the best artists and musicians in DC perform in cabarets curated by Alberto Gaitan every Monday in May starting May 10.

First week - May 10
Emcee: B Stanley
Kid Congo Powers
Silvana Straw
Michael Horsley
Quique Aviles
Lee August Praley
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (with live music by Steve Hilmy)

$20  -  Only 50 seats.
Purchase tickets HERE.
6:30 to 9:30 PM
@ Gallery O/H
1354 H Street, NE

Food from Biergarten!

BrightestYoungThings: Meet The Gallery Girls Pt. 1: Hamiltonian/ Project 4/ Adamson

BrightestYoungThings: Meet The Gallery Girls Pt. 1: Hamiltonian/ Project 4/ Adamson

April 19, 2010 by Ryma Chikhoune
all photos: Temniet Mesgna

This is where, as part of our ongoing Year in Art effort we introduce you to some of the women working in some of our favorite galleries around town. They are often responsible for the shows looking the way they do within the space, and always there to help your possibly intimidated self while navigating the DC art world. Talk to them more often, promise?
We will be doing this in portions and today we kick off with Hamiltonian (home of our first Year in Art showcase show), Adamson and Project 4 (who are this month’s Year in Art spotlight, with Tricia Knightley’s and Jenn Figg’s show opening this Saturday)


City Gallery Presents Light and Allusion

“Light and Allusion” Nancy Donnelly and Jill Finsen
 Opening reception: Saturday, May 1, 6:00–9:00 PM

City Gallery’s May exhibition “Light and Allusion” showcases Nancy Donnelly’s elegant glass art and Jill Finsen’s whimsically primitive paintings executed in oil paint.

The opening reception with the artists is Saturday, May 1, 6:00–9:00 PM. The public is invited to attend.

Fascination with color is apparent in the work of both these artists. These pieces sing out - they raise the possibility that good humor can be engendered by color alone. Allusive of the natural world, they are at the same time direct and accessible. Surface is paramount to the success of these art pieces—the smoothness of the glass contrasts with layered textures in the paintings. The colors of glass and paintings complement each other and pull the exhibit in new and exciting visual directions. Both artists find negative space crucial to this effect, moments of rest that energize each work. Donnelly and Finsen’s works provide tension between familiarity and abstraction and at the same time question placement within imagined space.

Having read deeply in anthropological literature, Donnelly is convinced that the images that keep our attention, images we keep coming back to again and again, strike toward our common basis in ancient humanity—images of nature, of our creativity, of striving, and of community.

With allusions to the works of early 20th century American painters and the Fauvists, Finsen’s paintings are a journey, from representation to abstraction and from visible hues and shapes to more psychologically charged compositions.

The exhibit runs through May 29.

City Gallery
804 H Street, NE #1
Washington, DC 20002

Pop-up Gala dance party at Long View Gallery

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10:00pm – 1:00am, join Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) for its Pop-up Gala dance party at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW, to support them in making space for art. Open bar, dessert, auction, DJ, dancing & a surprise performance. Tickets: $75 for 1, $125 for 2 at More info:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Galerie Myrtis presents "The Secret Garden: Revealing the Inner Sanctum" - Artists of Lilly Press

Lily Press
Master Printmaker - Susan Goldman 
Elizabeth Carlett, Michael Gross, Jake Muirhead,
Mari Patchell and Rene Stout

The Secret Garden: Revealing the Inner Sanctum
May 2 - June 19, 2010
Reception: May 2, 2 - 6 pm
Artist Talk and Printmaking Demo: May 23, 2-6pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street
Baltimore , Maryland 21218


The Smithsonian Young Benefactors and Choral Arts at Hemphill

An Evening of Art and Libations with The Smithsonian Young Benefactors and Choral Arts
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Smithsonian Young Benefactors and Choral Arts host an evening of art and libations, in conjunction with works of art by Steven Cushner and William Willis.

Visit the Smithsonian Young Benefactors' website to purchase tickets for the event.

1515  14 TH ST NW     
WASHINGTON, DC 20005    

The Phillips Collection Extends Hours for Final Two Weekends of Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction

Due to the extraordinary visitor response to Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction, The Phillips Collection will extend its hours for the final two weekends of the exhibition.

On May 1 - 2 and May 8 - 9 the exhibition will be open to visitors from 10 am to 10 pm. O’Keeffe’s bold representations of flowers, bones, and landscapes are icons of 20th-century art; she was also a pioneer in abstract painting. The exhibition of over 100 works reveals this achievement, from her groundbreaking charcoals of 1915, to her close-up views of flowers and bones, to her spare watercolors of the 1970s. It also includes examples of Alfred Stieglitz’s famous photographic portrait series of O’Keeffe.

May 1 and May 2: 10 am – 10 pm
May 8 and May 9: 10 am – 10 pm

The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., N.W. Metro: Dupont Circle (Q St.)

Admission to Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction is $12 for adults and $10 for
students and for visitors 62 and over. or 202-387-2151

Monday, April 26, 2010

Salon Contra / Andrew Wodzianski

Salon Contra
Tuesday, April 27, 7-9pm
Andrew Wodzianski will join Salon Contra from his 100 square feet Pop-Up Living home on U Street via webcam!

Artist Kathryn Cornelius will lead a discussion about reality v. fiction and what it means to live in a tiny space in a neighborhood springing up with faux loft condos.

Limited space available.
Location will be emailed to you after you RSVP.


a pop-up project / artist talks

a pop-up project: artist talks

Mikel Glass - Thurs, 29 April, 6pm

Vonn Sumner - Tues, 4 May, 6pm

Tim Tate - Thurs, 6 May, 6pm

Margaret Bowland - Wed, 12 May, 6pm

Rosemary Feit Covey, Thurs, 20 May, 6pm

All the events will be held at 625 E St NW, Washington, DC
and should be quite informative, substantial and lively! 

a pop-up project

a pop-up project is curated by MFA - Morton Fine Art

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Affordable Art Fair
7 West 34th Street
New York NY
Raandesk Galley

Raandesk Gallery of Art announces its participation in the 2010 Affordable Art Fair, featuring works priced from $100-$10,000. From May 6 - 9, 2010, the gallery will be located at booth D-101, displaying work by 10 artists. Raandesk's second year at the Affordable Art Fair, the gallery brings to the fair painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media works, including selections from the ART2Gift™ Collection.

Raandesk Gallery founder and director, Jessica L. Porter says, "We are thrilled to be participating in AAF again this year. AAF is a fantastic opportunity to highlight our philosophy of making art collecting an enjoyable and accessible experience. We look forward to showcasing an exciting selection of new work by emerging talent this year."

About Raandesk Gallery of Art
Raandesk Gallery of Art, located in New York City's Chelsea district at 16 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor, is the premier resource for art collectors and art enthusiasts to purchase works by emerging artist talent from all over the world. The gallery was launched in 2005 by Jessica L. Porter, who had a vision of making art collecting a more accessible experience. Raandesk differentiates itself from traditional galleries with its unique combination of a full-scale virtual gallery along with its permanent location.

More Information about the Affordable Art Fair:

On view at Raandesk Gallery during AAF: Jihay Kang, April 22 - June 11, 2010 16 W. 23rd Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.)

*Upcoming: Art & Living: Emerging Interiors, April 26 - June 11 (Reception: May 13) LePere, 20 W. 22nd Street, Suite 1105, NYC, NY (presenting works by Washington, DC based artist, Anne Marchand)

Raandesk Gallery
16 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Brentwood Arts Exchange exhibition: Beyond Boundaries – The Art of Shanye Huang

Brentwood Arts Exchange exhibition:  Beyond Boundaries – The Art of Shanye Huang

April 24 – May 28.

Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 1.  5:00 – 8:00pm

Free.  Open to the Public.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with its second exhibition Beyond Boundaries – The Art of Shanye Huang.  Huang’s vibrant, colorful painting and installation works bridge the Zhuang folkloric heritage of Guangxi, China with Western color field traditions, and the disciplined skills of Chinese academic painting.

Chinese-American artist Shanye Huang grew up in the autonomous Guangxi Zhuang region of southwest China; where the Vietnamese border and rugged terrain have made it a frontier of Chinese civilization for over two thousand years.  Populated by sixteen ethnic minorities, the area is known for vibrant folk arts, embroidery, love songs and poetry,  that all endure as significant parts of everyday life.

Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood, MD  20722
tel. 301-277-2863

Amy Lin today at Addison Ripley

Join Addison/Ripley Fine Art and the merchants of Georgetown

Friday, April 23rd & Saturday, April 24th

Additionally, visit Addison/Ripley Fine Art for your last chance to view Amy Lin's exhibition: Kinetics.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art will be open 11am - 6pm .

March 13 - April 24, 2010

Amy Lin will be at the gallery, Saturday, 3-5pm

The delicate but dynamic work of Amy Lin is as sophisticated as it is fresh. Despite their apparent mechanical precision, Ms. Lin's drawings are made by hand in colored pencil and take on, literally, a life of their own, suggesting an order that might be seen in scientific visualization such as cells or molecules or DNA modeling. As graceful as dance notation, the artist's drawings have an intelligence about them that implies natural forces. The colored pencil markings float, perfectly balanced in open, white, not negative space. They sparkle with life, with elegance and beauty and a rhythm of their own.

1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW .
Washington, DC 20007

52 O Street Open Studios this weekend

April 24 - 25, 2010


Panel 2 in a Series of 3 Organized by Washington Project for the Arts

Reframing the Gallery Model: Alternative Paths for Artistic Success

A panel discussion on achieving success without following the traditional gallery representation path co-presented with the Corocoran College of Art & Design.

Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran College of Art + Design,
500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Whitney Frazier, Artist, Educator, Community Arts Organizer (Child First Authority)
Janis Goodman, Artist, Professor (Corcoran College of Art + Design), Arts Reviewer (WETA’s “Around Town”)
Judith HeartSong, Artist
Allison Marvin, Art Advisor (Sightline)
Andy Grundberg, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Chair, Photography Department (Corcoran College of Art + Design)

The Washington Metro area is home to a number of commercial galleries and an even greater number of artists searching for some form of commercial success. Obtaining representation by a commercial gallery may be the goal of some artists, but not all choose to define success by that metric alone. And should an artist actually obtain representation by a commercial gallery (whether in DC or NYC), the artist-gallery relationship is no guarantee of success. So, what does constitute artistic “success?” Do artists differentiate between commercial and artistic success? What are viable solutions for artists to support themselves by making art if there is no gallery in the picture? Artists, academics, and arts professionals provide a few answers to these questions and more.

Whitney Frazier is an artist and the Child First Authority Community Arts Coordinator. She organizes ART CORE, a team of community artists working with students in after-school programs for Baltimore City Public Schools. Frazier is a graduate of the MACA (MA in community arts) program at the Maryland Institute College Art, the first program of its kind in the US to offer an advanced degree with an arts and social justice focus. (

Janis Goodman
is an artist, professor of fine arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and arts reviewer for PBS/WETA. She is represented by Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions in DC, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at JK Gallery in Los Angeles and the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute in Lima. Goodman is also a member of the artist group “Workingman Collective.” (

Andy Grundberg is a critic, curator, teacher, and arts consultant who has been involved with photography and art for more than 25 years. He has been a critic for The New York Times, organized major exhibitions, and has authored a number of books on the subject of photography. Grundberg was the director of The Friends of Photography in San Francisco, where he founded the quarterly journal see.

Judith HeartSong has been painting and muraling for more than 29 years in private residences and public spaces.  She served as the Membership Chair for the Orlando Chapter of The Women's Caucus for Art, worked on the committee to organize the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, and has planned, organized, and hung countless juried shows.  HeartSong has developed and hosted popular painting workshops for law enforcement professionals, hospital care-givers, and mental health professionals, and has created and taught numerous programs to serve at-risk teens. Judith is currently on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts at Rockville), and maintains studio space there. In 2003 she painted a large mural at the National Zoo, and her limited edition prints are now available on Princess Cruise Line and the Queen Mary 2. In 2009 she licensed her original painting, Peacock Crimson, to Transformational Threads for a series of 100 limited edition thread paintings. (

Allison Marvin is the founder of Sightline (, an art consulting service that guides individuals and companies through art galleries and artists' studios. Marvin graduated magna cum laude from Haverford College in 1993, where she studied Comparative Literature and Art History with a focus on American and European modern and contemporary art. She organizes art events, such as open houses, meet-the-artist dinner parties, and solo exhibitions. Marvin serves on the Board of Directors of Transformer, a non-profit, artist-centered visual arts organization in DC, and runs a solo legal practice specializing in intellectual property, art, and business law (

This panel is co-presented by WPA and Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kick-off of the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival

Come on out!
Kick-off of the Festival TODAY, 5:30-7pm

on Ellsworth Ave...Silver Spring, MD

Featured artists at the grand opening are: MEM Music (New York), Sarah Rice (MTV star), Tara Bracco of Poetic People Power (New York) and Steve Connell (L.A.), performing the world premiere of his spoken word piece commissioned by Norman Lear and created especially for the Art Festival.

Other speakers and local leaders will join them onstage. Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, State Senator Jamie Raskin , County Councilman Marc Elrich AND County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin will represent the local and national political leaders who have leant their name to the project.  Folabi Olagbaju, Director of the Amnesty International Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Festival Participant Angie Rose (Founder of PAVE, and Art Festival creator and producer Tom Block will round out the program.

Thomas Block
Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival
Telephone: 240.305.6742
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Shanghai Nights for Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. / Shanghai Nights Party
April 29th, 2010, 6pm - 8pm

A fabulous Golden Age of Hollywood style party in a historic Embassy Row townhouse 
celebrating and helping support DTSB&Co. 

Shanghai Nights
2132 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Complimentary Valet Parking
Tickets: $75

Sculptor Michael Enn Sirvet on 9th Street

Exhibition Celebrating the Artwork of Michael Enn Sirvet

April 26th – July 2010

Boston Properties
505 9th Street NW, Lobby, WDC
Metro:  Gallery Pl-Chinatown, 9th Street exit

Opening reception, Monday, April 26 from 5.30- 7pm
with artist remarks at 6 pm.

Exhibition curated by Jean Efron

Thursday, April 22, 2010


GRACE gets in on the latest gallery trend of filling alternative public spaces with contemporary art. The empty retail space at the corner of Market and Explorer is now the temporary home of ten sensational sculptures.

March - May, 2010
Reception with the Artists: Thursday, April 22, 6 – 8pm
Curator’s Tour 7pm
South of Market Building
1875 Explorer Street
Reston Town Center
Reston, VA

Reston, VA: Greater Reston Arts Center, in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group, is pleased to announce an exciting new exhibition, POP-UP@SOMA. Curator Mary Howard, a longtime GRACE board member, reviewed artwork from 400 artists to find works that could hold their own in the raw, 12,000 square foot space. Access to the space is limited but all sculptures are visible from the sidewalk and illuminated by industrial lights at night.

Walking along Market Street toward the park, Connie Fleres’ suspended sculptures, Dancing Buddha and Victory Banner, demand attention with their incongruent mix of black fabric and mica. Further back in the building, party-hued, pink and yellow plastic Shabd and Shabd Trail stand in playful contrast to the building’s gray concrete. Fleres’ third pairing, Transformation with Transition, are both elegant wire and mica hanging pods. In talking about her work, the artist says, “My work is about balance, reflection and seeking truth from within and from my environment.” Metro riders may be familiar with Fleres’ public art at the Gallery Place south platform entitled Yellow Line, a wall-mounted sculpture with neon. Connie Fleres lives in Alexandria, VA.

Further down the sidewalk The Way To Be, Mike Shaffer’s ten-foot, neon-green tower emerges out of the darkness. Sophisticated yet playful, the stacked wooden structure is reminiscent of both Buddhist temples and play equipment. Shaffer believes that his childhood passion for building architectural structures with colorful blocks and Lincoln Logs influenced his current projects. “I like their openness and the way the bright crisscrossing beams and boards are able to define the space in which the whole work resides without completely separating it from its surroundings.” Shaffer has exhibited widely throughout the mid-Atlantic region including the Sculpture NOW 2010, at Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC and the First Anniversary Juried Outdoor Exhibition, at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. His work is in the current exhibition, Constructed Place at the Anne Marie Gardens in Solomons, MD. Shaffer lives in Ijamsville, MD.

At the corner at Market and Explorer Streets Millicent Young’s monumental, Bobbin with Prayer Beads, stands as a poignant offering for peace and tranquility in a steel and concrete world. Made from materials she gathered from her farm in Ruckersville, VA, the sculpture is part of an ongoing cycle of work “Tools & Instruments.” In explaining the history of Bobbin with Prayer Beads, Young says, “The oak thimble are remnants of the beams from the house I built; the chestnut needle is from old farm fencing; each ceramic bead is encircled with unintelligible writing; the thread that connects them is spun from the fur of my animals.” On a deeper level the sculpture can be considered as “…the sacred and mundane aspects of being pierced and connected.” Young has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recently her work was included in Bilateral Engagement at the Art Museum of the Americas, Hard Copy at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Flora at the United States Botanical Garden all in Washington D.C. Bobbin with Prayer Beads was included in the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy.

Around the corner on Explorer Street Lincoln Mudd’s Rocker and Jut appear as substantial forms with vague functions. Rocker, as its name implies, is made of craggy iron and copper in a seesaw shape. Jut uses a heavy iron wedge thrust into a laminated wood base. Mudd describes his aesthetic process as, “… I mine the possibility of the ambiguous object. Just as I respond to a stone in my hand or a boulder by a path, I believe in a timeless interaction between humans and the objects we engage.” Mudd is an Assistant Professor of Art at Montgomery College. He has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and during sculpture residencies in Finland and Wales. He is the recipient of numerous awards including First Place in “Sculpture Now 2008” and an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. The artist lives in Takoma Park, MD.

Space provided by Boston Properties.

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Meet Mayor's Arts Awards Winners: 2010 / DCCAH

April ART(202) Journal: Meet the winners of the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor's Arts Awards Winners: 2010
Felix Angel
Margery E. Goldberg
Bill Harris
Michael O'Sullivan
Luciana Stecconi
Rebecca Stump
Peter Wadell
Mark A. Williams
CityDance Ensemble, Inc.
Theater Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Art And Soul Charity Auction / Call for Artists

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) is gearing up for Art & Soul 2010, scheduled to take place on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Applications are due May 4, 2010. They are requesting majority of pieces priced between $200 and $800.

Applications can be downloaded from their website:


 April 23-25, 2010
 Artwalk Reception: Saturday, April 24, 6-8pm
 for Visual Arts Exhibitions in Silver Spring, MD

Vietnamese children’s drawings of bombs and mines threat to be shown in international exhibition

Quang Tri, Vietnam & Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A  – In a partnership with Amnesty International USA, twenty paintings drawn by children who live in unexploded ordnance (UXO) affected areas in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam will be shown in an April 2010 exhibition and during the community-wide Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival on April 23-25 weekend. 

The CHILDREN’S BOMBS AND MINES DRAWINGS will be exhibited from 12 to 26 April in Montgomery College Cafritz Hallway Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

930 King Street
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College, MD
These paintings are some of several thousand entries in a “bombs and mine drawing” contest for Vietnamese children living around the former DMZ in Quang Tri Province, central Vietnam.  The contest is one of many risk education activities that are part of an effort by Project RENEW – a humanitarian mine action program – to reduce accidents and injuries from explosive ordnance.  Project RENEW is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) with funding from the U.S. government and other donors. 
The twenty drawings to be displayed in the exhibition stand out among hundreds of entries submitted from children enrolled in 25 elementary and secondary schools in Cam Lo District. The purpose of such contests is to help students express their creativity with ideas about an environment free from UXO. This also helps to educate children about the dangers of UXO, while reinforcing their responsibilities as part of the community to join in a common effort to disseminate risk education and safety messages.  A total of 5,632 paintings were submitted, presenting different topics on dangerous behaviors leading to UXO incidents, the dangers of UXO and other legacies of the war, and the value of risk education outreach activities at the local level.
It is hoped that such displays of children’s paintings, expressing their ideas and views of the threat of bombs and mines through their own eyes, will raise awareness of exhibit goers as well as the general public about the lingering impact of UXO in Vietnam, which has claimed more than 100,000 casualties since the war ended in 1975. 
These paintings, to be given away for a $50 donation, will help Project RENEW continue its efforts to reinforce risk education and safety messages in central Vietnam. 

See Project Renew's Flickr Set of drawings on display here

Contact information about donation for drawings is Anne Marchand, who is partnering with Project RENEW during the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival to focus on public awareness and mine risk education with an exhibition of her paintings at Kefa Cafe in Silver Spring, MD from April 6-28.There will be an Artwalk Reception for all the Visual Arts Exhibits on Saturday, April 24, 6-8pm

Space 7:10 at Kefa Café
 963 Bonifant St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-9337

Check out MORE exhibition venues @ Amnesty International USA/The Human Rights Arts Festival

Since August 2001, when Project RENEW was launched as a partnership between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the Quang Tri Province Department of Foreign Affairs, their top priority has been to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths among children and adults caused by thousands of pieces of unexploded ordnance remaining in the DMZ area since the end of the war. An urgent focus of their work is on cleanup – safe removal and destruction of cluster munitions, mortars, artillery shells, grenade, mines and other lethal debris – by trained and equipped Vietnamese teams of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists. Project RENEW currently has four teams working every day at known contamination sites in Quang Tri Province.

However, until the teams can schedule on-site responses and cleanup, prioritized by level of danger, urgency, location and proximity to homes, schools, and community activities, in the meantime it is critical that children and adults understand the nature of this threat and how to take responsibility for their own safety.

Through educational activities, community information programs, and media outreach, residents of the province are taught how to identify dangerous ordnance, what to do to protect themselves and their children, and how to report findings of UXO so that EOD teams can respond and remove the danger. The EOD teams depend on the community for active involvement and support in determining the urgency of the teams’ taskings and setting their scheduling priorities. They call it the Community Reporting Network (CRN). It was established by Project RENEW as part of their Mine Risk Education program, in partnership with the Youth Union.

The Youth Union is a grassroots organization made up of young volunteers from high school age to mid-twenties who are trained to go out into the villages and neighborhoods and teach the people how to be safe, what to do when they discover UXO.

YU members help Project RENEW staff to organize community meetings, school presentations, performance and entertainment events, parades and campouts – and painting and drawing contests – to maintain a high level of public awareness and safety vigilance. This combination of public awareness and community responsibility to report findings of UXO to RENEW’s disposal teams has helped bring about a measurable reduction in the number of accidents, injuries and deaths in recent years.

Project RENEW is a mine-clearance and public-safety partnership between VVMF and the Quang Tri Province People’s Committee.  Project RENEW safely removes and destroys ordnance, supports mine-risk education, and provides medical assistance and artificial limbs, rehabilitation and vocational training, and income generation for disabled families.

Project RENEW  |  Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War
103 Nguyen Binh Khiem  |  Dong Ha Town, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
+845 3385 8445 tel  |  +845 3385 8442 fax
Ngo Xuan Hien, Development & Public Affairs Officer, +849 15 352 565  mobile

Project RENEW is sponsored by the

2600 Virginia Avenue, NW  |  Suite 104  |  Washington, DC  20037  |  202 393 0090  |

I would like my donation to go toward Project RENEW VVMF program:



April 24 - May 29, 2010
Reception: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 6:30-8:30 pm

Project 4 presents a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by Tricia Keightley and sculptures by Jenn Figg. By discerningly entwining a pastiche of industrial and commercial scraps, these artists interpret the urban environment and create composed yet frenetic arrangements.

Works by Keightley and Figg incorporate materials and objects that take on new energies when removed from their historical, functional or physical context. Keightley, through her meticulous abstract acrylic paintings representing, for example, antiquated engineering elements, and Figg, through her technique of combining found objects and commercial items with an eccentric sensibility, depict intriguing contemplations on our past, present and future material culture. Both artists are currently based in New York City.

Project 4
1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20009
tel: 202 232 4340 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Give Me a Vote Project

Give Me a Vote Project

Give Me a Vote project was created by a diverse team of artists and voting rights activists living and working in Washington DC.

Artist collective Albus Cavus brings attention to community issues.
DC Vote is an award-winning organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress and full democracy for the more than half a million residents of the District of Columbia.

Transformer FRAMEWORK Discussion Panel at the Hirshhorn:

Transformer Framework Panel #12
Radical Art - the evolution of artistic revolution
 Image: My Barbarian performs Death Panel Performance. Image courtesy of My Barbarian.

Friday, April 23, 2010; 12:30 - 2pm
Hirshhorn Museum Auditorium

This panel will explore the recent history and future of artwork that continues to challenge audiences and re-define what art is and does through its connection to social practice and activism - from early leaders like Joseph Beuys, through to the Guerrilla Girls, and more recently The Floating Lab Collective and My Barbarian.

Participating panelists include: Edgar Endress, The Floating Lab Collective (DC); Alexandro Segade, My Barbarian (CA); and Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace, (NY). The panel will be moderated by Ryan Hill, artist; Transformer Board Member; and Manager of Interpretive Programs & Curatorial Research Associate, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.

My Barbarian Performances:
At the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Friday, April 23, 2010, approximately 3:30pm

In tandem with FRAMEWORK Panel #12: Radical Art - the evolution of artistic revolution, My Barbarian will be presenting an artistic action on the steps of the Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden.

At Transformer
Saturday, April 24, 2010; 8pm

Transformer is also pleased to present My Barbarian at 1404 P Street, NW project space in the DC debut of their Death Panel Performance, Saturday April 24, 2010. Space at Transformer is limited; attendance is on a first come, first seated basis.

All of these events are free and open to the public.

For further information on FRAMEWORK Panel #12: Radical Art - the evolution of artistic revolution, Transformer's presentation of My Barbarian and Death Panel Performance, and upcoming panels in Transformer's 2010 FRAMEWORK Panel Series, please contact us at infoATtransformergalleryDOTorg or 202.483.1102, and visit

The New Creatives: A Collaborative Launch Party

The New Creatives: A Collaborative Launch Party
Meet artists, photographers, illustrators & animators celebrating
new local talent, including New Creatives web design studio, VGDA Design.

Participants include Apt3 Photography & The Duke & The Duck.
Facebook invite:

The first 200 people to RSVP to "The New Creatives" will receive a gift bag along with coupons for exciting design and photo services!
Featuring esteemed DC artists Joan Belmar and Victoria F. Gaitán with emerging artists 
Sean Duncavage, Elizabeth Graeber, Jennifer Jeremias and Katie Schuler.
Special Guest: Philippa Hughes of The Pink Line Project.
Music brought to you by Less Talking, More Dancing (LTMD) and DJ Sweetie Pie.
This event made possible with the exceptional support of ReadysetDC and No Kings Collective.

Monday, April 19, 2010



Scientists Visualize / Artists Experiment
Friday April 23, 2010, 2-2:45pm reception    
 3-5 pm panel discussion    @
George Mason University
Conference Room and Great Room

Welcome: Jim Olds, Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University
Introduction of Panelists: Helen Frederick, Shanti Norris and Paul So

Panel (Speakers Info)
Giorgio A. Ascoli, Professor, Biochemistry and Neuroscience, GMU
Koan Jeff Baysa, Medical Doctor and Curator, New York
Michael Iacovone, New Media Artist, Baltimore
James Lindesay, Physics Professor, Howard University
Al Smith, Art Professor, Howard University
Virgil Wong, Artist, New York

Moderator: Paul So, Krasnow Institute & Department of Phys. & Astro.

Respondents: Shanti Norris, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts and Helen Frederick, George Mason University School of Art and Design

The program supported by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation explores similarities and differences in how scientists and artists use experimentation and visualization in their search for larger truths and making sense of the universe, and how the way in which these tools are used affects consciousness, understanding and outcome. This dialog is also designed to prepare us for a series of "laboratory/studio" exchanges in which artists will be invited to observe and participate in laboratory sessions and scientists will be invited into artist's studios for collaborative projects.

Directions to the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University

Please RSVP to Paul So

Funding for this program was provided by: Center for Consciousness and Transformation, George Mason University with support from Hamiltonian Artists, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts,and George Mason University School of Art & Design.

Jihay Kang at Raandesk Gallery of Art

Jihay Kang
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 22, 7 - 9 PM

Raandesk Gallery of Art
16 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY

A native of South Korea, Kang uses iconic images associated with Western material culture to explore intersections of consumerism and authenticity.  Throughout the works, familiar icons of Western culture jump to the forefront on first glance, then yield to more nuanced underpinnings.
Read more here.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Craft Week DC 2010

The Meaning of Making
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Presented by Washington Project for the Arts, Hello Craft, and Civilian Art Projects in conjunction with CraftWeekDC 2010

 A drop-in hands-on crafting social, followed by a panel discussion featuring local artists and artisans working in the realm of handmade. This event is free and open to the public. Beer and pizza will be available for a suggested donation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 
4-6:30pm- Drop-in Make Something Awesome crafting social (powered by Hello Craft)
6:30-8pm- Panel discussion, The Meaning of Making
@ Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW (across from the Washington Convention Center)

Tom Ashcraft, Artist and Professor of Sculpture at George Mason University; Christine Ernest, founder of Maganda Design; Dana Ayana Greaves, Artist and founder of Artistic Aya clothing and accessories; and Carole Greenwood, chef, artist and musician
Moderator: Betsy Greer, author of Knitting for Good and founder of

Sponsored by: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Long View Gallery presents Mike Weber

April 22 - May 20

opening reception
Thursday, April 22, 2010
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Food and beverage provided by José Andrés Catering with Ridgewells
and live music by jazz quartet Laissez Foure

long view gallery
1234 Ninth St, Washington, DC 20001

By April 19th to | 202.232.4788

Long View Gallery presents Mike Weber's latest series of work, Identify. In this exhibition, Weber explores concepts of commemoration and heritage, including his own lineage, as he symbolically reinvents the life stories of his unknown or forgotten subjects. He selectively edits and reframes vintage photographs, which derive from both his family's collection and estate sales, into newly composed digital prints on canvas. This process of converting an analog photograph into a digital copy unearths previously overlooked details that shed light on the biography of the sitter and his/her relationship with the faceless photographer. He augments these details with layers of paint and unorthodox collage materials, intensifying the mood of the original photograph. Weber?s signature, multicolored strip of paint chips reiterates the concept of genealogy: the offspring of each hue is named and codified according to how they relate to one another. The inclusion of scant, stenciled text invites the viewer to speculate the historical importance of the depicted sitter. Ultimately, his artistic praxis ascribes a new narrative to his source materials and re-presents them as glossy, modern images.

Midpoint at Stamp Gallery

The Stamp Gallery presents Midpoint, an exhibition of works by four artists in their second year of MFA candidacy at the University of Maryland. Showcasing the work of Jesse Burrowes, Zac Jackson, David Knobel, and Jonathan Monaghan, Midpoint offers a glimpse at the diverse works being produced in the program.

Exhibition from April 15th-May 14th 2010
Opening Reception on April 22nd 5-7pm

About the Artists:
In his work, Jesse Burrowes contrasts many different types of hair, combining the natural and the synthetic in order to compare or negate the uniqueness of hair as an ideological form of identity. Burrowes considers his recomposed works, unidentifiable groupings of hairs, dirt, and dust, as a strange series of jokes, pieces that anticipate the ambiguous and do not follow the rules of standard narratives.

Zac Jackson’s work explores the different ways our bodies react to the tangible, physical anxieties as well as the mental, often dream-like stressors of human life. Employing kinetic elements that reference the sounds and physical movements of the human body, the artist presents the variety in which stress manifests itself, some pieces being loud, confrontational and industrial, while others, delicate and silently clinical.

Informed by the tradition of cultural experiments with digital technologies, David Knobel attempts to recreate the experience of the digital realm through the use of the analogue techniques of watercolor and gouache. The tensions within his works, which appear stacked and piled, as though in danger of collapsing at any moment, allow viewers to escape reality and enter the realm of a fantastical illusionary space.

Through the tradition of Christian art, artists have materialized divinity in order to endow religious objects and images with authoritative visual power. Using 3D computer graphics, Jonathan Monaghan expands on these conventions by citing contemporary references and aesthetics in order to revisit, reinterpret, and reconfigure the ancient themes of sacrifice, death, and the transcendence of the body.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays-Thursdays 10:00am – 8:00pm; Fridays 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm.

For more information please visit the gallery’s website or call (301) 314-8493.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

vicinity: show it where you make it / Artist Circle Fine Art

Artists Circle Fine Art announces its first 2010 exhibition - vicinity: show it where you make it - featuring the works of five local artists who were selected for their immensely diverse portrayal of different subject matter, unique use of materials and incredible craftsmanship. Artists Circle considers these artists some of DC's "hidden art gems".
April 21st - May 31st

Opening Reception for the Artists
Thursday, April 22nd 6 to 9pm
(open to public; light refreshments)

            Montgomery County Historical Society
            Donor Event
            Wednesday, May 12th 6 to 9pm

            (by donation only)

            Art Movie Night Featuring
            Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock
            Saturday, May 22nd 7 to 9pm

            (seating limited; open to public with reservations)

 Artist's Circle Ltd‎     
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    **The gallery is open M - F from 8:30 to 5:00pm**

12 x 12 registration extended

Pre-register for a 12x12 show by 20th of april!  This show is going to get one of the highest levels of foot traffic for The Lustine Center space per day this year due to the Hyattsville Arts Festival! If you've ever wanted to show in The Lustine Center gallery, this is your chance. 

Find details about the show here:

There's a $12 hanging fee and a 12% commission.

The artdc Gallery
The Lustine Center
5710 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Arts District Hyattsville by EYA

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring Solos | Arlington Arts Center

"April 16- June 5, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, April 16, 6 – 9 pm
Steven Pearson: Not Quite Equal, and Definitely Opposite, 2009
 Image Courtesy Arlington Arts Center 

Project 4 Gallery director Rebecca Jones and notable DC collector Henry Thaggert led our exhibitions committee in selecting the six mid-Atlantic artists featured in this year’s installment of SPRING SOLOS."



John James Anderson
Mia Feuer
Ana B. Hernandez
Steven Pearson
Rachel Schmidt
Gregory Thielker


Lee Gainer
Bridget Sue Lambert
Lisa McCarty
Jenny Mullins

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

National Poetry Month

Poetry Month includes a program of fascinating discussions and readings by contemporary Mexican and Spanish poets at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C.

POETRY WEEK | April 16 through April 24, 2010
Celebrating National Poetry Month:
Spanish Language Poetry Festival and Book Fair

The Mexican Cultural Institute joins National Poetry Month this April by showcasing contemporary Spanish language contributions to the genre from publishing houses in Mexico and Spain. Join them between April 16th and April 24th as they present recent poetry publications with an accompanying program of readings, lectures and a book fair featuring editions of these anthologies.

The Language of Poetry in a Global Age: Conversation and Poetry Reading
Friday, April 16 @ 6:30 pm

This conversation and bilingual reading with Mexican poets Rocío Cerón, Rodrigo Toscano and Mónica de la Torre. They will explore contemporary poetry trends in the digital age, where technology and fluid borders have facilitated the increased movement of people and ideas, thereby calling into question the role of nation-based identity politics and cultural practices in creative expression. The discussion will focus on the recently published anthology Poesía Iberoamericana Made in U.S.A., which features a new generation of Spanish-language poets writing in Spanish in the U.S., U.S.-born poets writing in Spanish, and Mexican poets writing in English.

Bilingual Poetry Reading: Rocío Ceron´s Empire/Imperio
Saturday, April 17 @ 11:00 am

Mexican poet Rocío Cerón will read from her bilingual poetry anthology, Empire/Imperio, an ambitious project that examines the intimate nature of violence within the nuclear family and the tumultuous crash that makes way for the fall of an empire. Rocío Cerón will be introduced by Charles Jensen, Director of The Writer´s Center in Bethesda.

Poetry in the Quotidian Ritual: Reading by Poets Julio Trujillo (Mexico) and Gabriel Insausti (Spain)
Tuesday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm

Mexican Poet Julio Trujillo and Spanish poet Gabriel Insausti will read from their poetry collections Bipolar and Vida y Milagros, respectively. Both of these works reflect on the dual nature of daily life. Trujillo registers a shifting, “bipolar” sentiment within us, while Insausti first filters the rare, brief moments of fulfillment from our daily lives then proposes that this duality may be a misleading notion, and that life itself is a miracle. The authors will be introduced by Sergio Waisman, Chair of the Department of Romance, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University. This reading, organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, will be presented in Spanish.

Spanish Language Poetry Book Fair*
April 16 through April 24

From April 16 to April 24, the Mexican Cultural Institute will hold a Book Fair of Spanish-language poetry collections. Books and anthologies from Mexican and Spanish publishing houses (El Billar de Lucrecia y Motín Poeta, Tucán de Virginia, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Ediciones sin Nombre, Pre-Textos, TRILCE, CIDCLI, ERA) will be on display and available for purchase at the Mexican Cultural Institute during regular business hours.
*A special section includes a variety of wonderful books for children in Spanish and bilingual editions.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C.
The Mexican Cultural Institute is open Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.