Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WPA Announces SELECT 2014: WPA Art Auction Exhibition and Gala

from East City Art

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27 from 7pm to 10pm
Exhibition will be on view February 28 through March 21, 2014.
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) announces the dates for SELECT 2014, its 33rd Annual Art Auction Exhibition and Gala. The curated exhibition will open Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm and will be on view Wednesday through Friday 4 – 11pm, Saturday noon – 5pm, and Sunday noon – 5pm, February 28 through March 21, 2014. The exhibition includes works by 111 emerging and established artists in a variety of media, selected by top curators from the region’s most important institutions, notable independent curators, and the WPA Board of Directors. While the majority of participating artists reside in the Washington/Baltimore region, a number of notable artists from outside the area will have works in the exhibition including Tavares Strachen, representative of The Bahamas to the 2013 Venice Biennale, and Mark di Suvero, world-renowned sculptor and National Medal of Arts recipient.
Saturday, March 22, 2014 marks the 33rd anniversary of the organization’s highly-regarded art gala that includes a curated silent auction of more than 150 art works by top contemporary artists, delicious dinner, open bar, desserts, and DJ-fueled party with artist-designed piñatas. Tickets to the auction gala start at $325 and can be purchased by visiting the WPA website or contacting Mary Resing at mresing@wpadc.org  or 202-234-7103 x5. New this year, WPA will be offering a $150 party ticket for guests age 35 and under with admission at 9pm. Bidding on artwork will commence the night of the gala. For information on bidding in absentia, please visit the WPA website or contact Mary Resing.
The event will be held at Artisphere, just two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station. Free parking with validation is available in the Artisphere garage weekdays after 5pm and all day on weekends. The event is expected to draw more than 700 artists and art enthusiasts.
In advance of the March 22 gala event, WPA will host an exhibition opening reception on February 27 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm with wine & hors d’oeuvres from Peacock Cafe and two Curator Talk events on March 6 and 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. These events, as well as the exhibition viewing, are free and open to the public.  At each evening of the Curator Talks, a group of curators will discuss their exhibition selections. March 6 will feature talks by Cynthia Connolly, Olivia Kohler-Maga, and Jennifer Scanlan. March 13 will feature talks by Jeffry Cudlin, Brandon Fortune, Megan Rook-Koepsel, and Gregory Volk. The talks offer a unique opportunity to meet the curators and learn more about the works on view.
Now in its 33rd year, the SELECT Art Auction Gala is WPA’s most important fundraising event. Guests include more than 700 artists, collectors, arts professionals, and business leaders. The event supports WPA’s mission to promote contemporary art and artists in the greater DC metropolitan region. Proceeds from the sale of art are split equally between the participating artists and WPA and help support WPA’s free programming all year round. This year’s gala event is chaired by WPA Board Members Jessica Naresh (The Art Registry) and Robert Shields (Robert Shields Interiors). Auction Committee members include Natalie Cheung, Jessica Stafford Davis, Ayanna Dunn, Barbara Escobar, LouAnne Greenwald, Dr. Giselle Huberman, Amanda Phillips Manheim, Joff Masukawa, Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene, Mary Margaret Plumridge, Judy Sherman, Andres Tremols, and Kate Warren.
Curators for SELECT include:
  • Cynthia Connolly, Visual Arts Curator, Artisphere, Arlington, VA;
  • Jeffry Cudlin, Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD;
  • Brandon Fortune, Chief Curator, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC;
  • Jennifer Scanlan; Independent Curator, New York, NY;
  • Olivia Kohler-Maga, Assistant Director, Luther W. Brady Gallery at George Washington University, Washington, DC;
  • Megan Rook-Koepsel, Independent Curator, Washington, DC;
  • Mera Rubell, Co-founder, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL;
  • Gregory Volk, Art Critic/Independent Curator/Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and New York, NY
Participating Artists Include:
Eames Armstrong * Ken D. Ashton * Holly Bass * Allison Bianco * Amy Boone-McCreesh * Calder Brannock * Sebastiaan Bremer * David A. Brown * Amanda Leigh Burnham * Sijae Byun * Colby Caldwell * Meaghan Carpenter * Page Carr * Rosane Chamecki & Andrea Lerner * Lely Constantinople & Kate MacDonnell * Larry W. Cook * Joseph Corcoran * Maryley Dawson * Frank Hallam Day * Flore de Préneuf * Andrea Deszö * Mark di Suvero * Michelle L. Dickson * Nekisha N. Durrett * Dave Eassa * Alex Ebstein * Cliff Evans * Rachel Fabiarz * Stephanie H. Firestone * Sean FitzPatrick * Victoria F. Gaitán * Avi Gupta * Rania Hassan * Clarity Haynes * Mia Hebib * Sean Hennessey * Jack Henry * Klara Hobza * Ryan Hoover * Timothy J. Horjus * Jason Horowitz * Michael Jaren Horsley * Jason Hughes * Jan Huling * Jeff Huntington * E. Jane * Sarah Anne Johnson * Tiffany Jones * Patrick Joust * Gary Kachadourian * Beth Katleman * Elizabeth A. Kendall * Bridget Sue Lambert * Magnolia Laurie * Karine Laval * Christopher LaVoie * Randall Lear * Ati Maier * Katherine Tzu-lan Mann * Anne Marchand * Ryan C. McCoy * Patrick McDonough * Kate McGraw * Ander Mikalson * Jackie Milad * Curtis Miller * Joseph Mills * Joseph Minek * Sam Noto * Cara Ober * Cory Obendorfer * Sonia Paulino * Bruce Pearson * Jefferson Pinder * Alejandro Pintado * Lina Puerta * Susana Raab * Ellington Robinson * Erica Rosenfeld *Rachel L. Rotenberg * Yuka Saito * Craig Schaffer * Rachel Schmidt * Sheldon Scott & Joshua Cogan * Ginevra Shay * Jo Smail * Joshua Wade Smith * Marcos Smyth * Milena Spasic * Shelley Spector * Susan Stacks * Tamar Stone * Tavares Strachan * Chris Suspect * Ryan Syrell * Tim Tate * Gregory Thielker * Alessandra Torres * René Treviño * Jonathan Wahl * Sarah Walker * Stewart Watson * Terri Weifenbach * Ian Whitmore * Trevor Young * Andrew Zarou * Holly Zausner * Lu Zhang
Exhibition Viewing:
  • Wednesday – Friiday: 4pm-11pm;
  • Saturday: noon-11pm;
  • Sunday noon-5pm
Curator Talks: March 6 & 13, 2014, 6:30-8 pm
Gala: March 22, 2014, 7-11pm
SELECT 2014  is located at Artisphere at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information visit: www.wpadc.org.
About Washington Project for the Arts
Washington Project for the Arts is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture. More information: www.wpadc.org
WPA is supported by its members, Board of Directors, invaluable volunteers, and by generous contributions from numerous individuals and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, William C. Paley Foundation, William S. Paley Foundation, the Abramson Family Foundation, Susan & Dixon Butler, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology, The Chesapeake Framing Company, Clark Construction Group, James G. Davis Construction Corporation (DAVIS), Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Raymond Garcia, Carol Brown Goldberg & Henry Goldberg, Graham Holdings Company, HapstakDemetriou+, Hickok Cole Architects, Giselle & Benjamin Huberman, Intel Corporation, j fine art, The JBG Companies, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Yvette Kraft, Marshfield Associates, NoMa Business Improvement District, Peacock Cafe, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, Turner Construction Company, and WinSpinCiC.
About Artisphere 
Artisphere is the newest art center within the Washington, DC region. With a campus of more than 60,000 square feet, Artisphere connects artists and audiences through an eclectic mix of fresh, thought-provoking programming in established and emerging art disciplines. Artisphere is a hot spot for insight into the creative process and to engage in artistic adventures-from contemporary visual art exhibitions, live music and theatre to new media, film and dance. Admission to Artisphere and all its visual art galleries is free; there is a cost for ticketed events.
Artisphere is managed by Arlington Economic Development and supported in part by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Witnessing to History at David C. Driskell Center



Distinguished University Professors Ira Berlin and David C. Driskell will engage in a historic discussion
about major U.S. and international events that have had a defining impact on our way of life and destiny,
as a culture and as a country. Each will offer personal reflections on historic events related to politics, race
relations, cultural movements and civil liberties that have transformed social and human progress over the
past five decades. The discussion is sure to cover major events such as the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights
Act and more.
Sponsored by:
The College of Arts and Humanities, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the David C. Driskell Center

1214 Cole Student Activities Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
(301) 314-2615 | DriskellCenter@Umd.Edu

Friday, February 07, 2014

Opening at Adah Rose Gallery


February 13- March 23, 2014. 
Opening Vernissage Feb 22 6:30-8:30 pm
Live Music by Bud Wilkinson

Adah Rose Gallery
Hours: Thursday - Sunday 12-6 and by appointment.
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895

Pat Goslee

Painting is a healing and holistic act for Pat Goslee; it allows her to internalize exterior pain and pleasure, processing both into compassion and works of art. In her newest series of works on canvas, Pat mines her subconscious and uses her intuition to convey inner realities. Pat’s ideas straddle the disciplines of science, metaphysics and philosophy. She works to create comforting spaces and vibrant energy in each of her works. She often utilizes patterns, including materials dripped in paint and applied directly to the canvas, to create systems that describe how we store information and knowledge. Pat’s paintings are a way of visualizing and transmitting vitality. In her paintings, one sees everything from a beating heart, secret worlds, inner beauty, machines and microscopic organisms. Her palettes are both beautiful and sensitive, serving as a perfect complement to her personal ideology. 

Pat is a DC-based painter who  received her BFA from the University of Georgia and her MFA from Catholic University. Pat has exhibited in many group and solo shows, most recently at Studio 1469, the National Institutes of Health, the DCAC, McLean Project for the Arts, Hillyer Art Space, Doris Mae Gallery, Addison Ripley Fine Art and the Washington Project for the Arts. Her work is in numerous private and public collections. Pat serves on the Artist Advisory Board at Hillyer Art Space and has curated numerous shows in the DC metropolitan area. 

Jessica Van Brakle

Cranes - silent yet strong, masculine yet delicate - dominate the contemplative landscapes of Jessica Van Brakle. An homage to her grandfather’s work in construction, the cranes build networks of intricate, expansive lines. In her newest paintings, Jessica’s landscapes have become  more abstract and decorative. On close examination we see the same botanic motifs mixing with new domestic elements. Nature seems to blossom out of the mechanical, resulting in a refined and harmonious whole. The paintings are like fine Wedgwood China; elegant, ornamental and graceful. While the paintings might appear symmetric, Jessica allows the paint to drip and flow, disrupting the apparent perfection. We see a new Rococo influence in her work in addition to her older influences of 19th Century Romantic Landscape painting and photography. 

Jessica Van Brakle is a Maryland-based painter with a studio at the Arlington Art Center. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Painting. Jessica is a former Hamiltonian fellow, a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and in 2008 was a finalist for the Trawick Prize. Her most recent exhibitions include shows at the Arlington Arts Center, McLean Project for the Arts, Bäckerstrasse 4 in Vienna Austria, Hamiltonian Gallery, Countdown Temporary ArtSpace, in Bethesda, and Silber Gallery at Goucher College, as well as numerous group shows in the DC area.  

Thursday, February 06, 2014



Open to the public February 6- March 7th 
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 5-8pm
Closing Reception & performance: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 5-8pm
VOLUME is an interactive exhibition created by artist in residence, Maya Freelon Asante. During her collaboration with The Stamp Gallery, Asante will transform the gallery space into a colorful explosion of kinetic tissue paper art. The site-specific installation invites the UMD community to join in on the creation of the artwork; everyone who enters the gallery is welcomed to add to the tissue quilt, which will grow over the course of 5-weeks. The community working together will resonate inside and outside of the gallery space, as the tissue paper swells into the atrium inviting more to come and witness the healing power of ART!  
AIR @ Stamp Gallery is a new annual initiative, where the gallery invites local artists to create interactive installations for the duration of six weeks. Maya Freelon Asante is our first participating resident artist.
Maya Freelon Asante is an award‐winning artist who creates unique water-stained colored tissue paper sculptures that resemble quilts, geological forms, and visualizations of human experience. Asante was praised by the International Review of African American Art as a "vibrant, beating assemblage of color." She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City 2013 and by the Huffington Post's "Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know." Maya has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Paris, Ghana, and US Embassies in Madadagascar, Italy, Jamaica, and Swaziland. 
For a glimpse of Asante's work, check out this great video of her featured at the Corcoran!
The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the gallery offers the University community an outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunity. The gallery space can be used as a laboratory for emerging artists and curators to experiment and work through their ideas, emphasizing the importance of the process to contemporary artistic practice. The gallery serves the public by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, at 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 about the exhibition and the program log on to http://stampgallery.wordpress.com/ or contact the gallery at 301-314-8492 or stampgallery@umd.edu.

Artist Talk with Eric Celarier at MPA

Friday, February 21 at 7 PM

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) will present a talk by exhibiting artist Eric Celarier.  This presentation will cover artists who use trash to touch on subjects as far ranging as globalization, environmentalism, consumerism, classicism and colonialism. 
Free, but reservations are suggested. Please email Info@mpaart.org or call 703-790-1953.

Saturday, February 22, from 1 - 4 PM 
MPA Workshop for ages 9 -14 with artist Eric Celarier: Anatsui and Reuse Art 
McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) presents a special opportunity for young people to work with exhibiting artist, Eric Celarier. During this fun and creative workshop,  9 - 14 year olds will create a woven piece from waste materials, similar to the work of well-known African artist El Anatsui. 
$10 per person. Register for the workshop at www.mcleancenter.org

MPA is a non-profit visual arts center founded in 1962 to exhibit the work of emerging and established regional artists.  In addition to its program of high quality, professionally-curated art exhibitions, MPA offers art classes for children and adults taught by professional art instructors.  MPA also presents the Art Reach program for area schools, gallery talks, and day trips to area museums and galleries. MPA is a partner with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Fairfax County Public Schools. 

McLean Project for the Arts 
1234 Ingleside Avenue  McLean, VA 22101

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

PAPER PARADOX: Material and Meaning

February 5 – April 25, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Mei Mei Chang
Patterson Clark
Ceci Cole McInturff
Suzanne DeSaix
Helen Frederick
Alexis Granwell
Alice Quatrochi
Beverly Ress
Pat Sargent
Peter Winant

Curated by Helen Frederick, PAPER PARADOX: Material and Meaning features artists who explore the interactivity of paper as a medium, a surface, a tension, and as a conscious transformation of plant material into new formal creative statements.

Helen Frederick is a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and the founder of Pyramid Atlantic. She is a Professor of Art and Director of Printmaking in the School of Art and Design, George Mason University.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004

Gallery Open During Business Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Image: Details of "Blotto", Alice Quatrochi (left) and "Chalk Lines", Peter Winant (right)