See below for details on upcoming exhibits, other calls for artists, and studio space. You can click the banner above to view past opportunities posts. Good luck!
Chalk art proposals
Deadline: June 21, 2013. Golden Triangle BID is looking for an artist to create a temporary chalk illustration on a designated sidewalk to infuse creativity and create a memorable visual statement within the district. The selected artist will receive a $600 stipend. For more information, click here (PDF).
Last Thursday, May 30, the graduates of the 2012–13 Space of Her Own program in Old Town gathered with their mentors and family to celebrate a year of fun and hard work.
Space of Her Own is an arts-based mentorship program that pairs fifth-grade girls with adult mentors for lessons on art and life skills, special outings, and concludes with a bedroom renovation for each SOHO girl. The program started in 2003 as a partnership between the City of Alexandria’s Court Service Unit and The Art League, and became a nonprofit in 2011. It depends on the help of dozens of coordinators, volunteers, and donors.
At Thursday’s graduation ceremony in the Torpedo Factory, the Old Town girls each gave a speech about their experience with the program, and then, together with their mentors, watched a video of the room makeover reveals. Click here to learn more about how you can support SOHO, and see below for photos from the graduation! read more…
With a title like “(CON)text,” one might expect an eclectic group exhibit at The Art League this month, and that’s what we’ve got: mosaics, comic books, and narrative collages, among the other works of art by our members. Each artist brought his or her own context to the exhibit, and juror John James Anderson, a DC-based artist and art teacher, selected what’s on the walls.
The theme called for text-based work or work that sends a message, and artists responded with original and repurposed text, language and the written word in the abstract, social and political commentary, visual conflict, comments on art, and stories of all kinds: read more…
Motion, Light, And Sound: Dynamic Sculptures And Installations
August 6 & 7, 2013
This summer, The Art League is offering an exciting new workshop in creating interactive art — a first for us! Technology teacher John Kauffman is teaching this new-media workshop, which will show students what they can do with a simple “microcontroller” to control lights, sound, and movement.
John’s first workshop is coming up on August 6 & 7 (the registration page is here), with more in the works for the future. We asked him to tell us more about what students can expect:
What will students do in this workshop?
John Kauffman: Students will work with a microcontroller — a very small, cheap, self-contained computer. The students will also have some standard electronics components like those seen on any electronics circuit. Then there are some little devices that sense the environment (light, switches) and more that control the environment (motors, lights, speakers). These pieces can be inserted in different combinations so there is no need to solder or use other special tools. All of the bits are re-usable for projects after the class.
Animating art consists of three parts: sensing the environment (light levels, the viewer twisting a dial), outputs (in this workshop: motor, lights, and sound), and in between, the microcontroller itself — listening to the inputs, deciding what to do, and controlling the outputs.
You can think of this as another tool in the artist’s kit. A potter uses a kiln, a painter the different types of paint, and a photographer a camera. Mastery of each kind of equipment enables the artist to go from the idea to the finished product. The microcontroller is another tool to implement the artists’ concept into a finished piece of art. read more…
See below for details on upcoming exhibits. You can click the banner above to view past opportunities posts. Good luck!
First Annual Clifton Plein Air Festival
June 22–23, 2013. Register by June 10 for a $10 discount. Artists paint as many canvases as they want to, and submit two for judging on the second day. For more information and to register, click here.
“Tabletop”: A National Ceramics Exhibit
June 6–July 1, 2013
Opening Reception & Juror Talk: Saturday, June 22, 2:00–4:00 pm
47 ceramics artists from 20 states and Canada are represented in “Tabletop,” this year’s edition of The Art League’s annual national juried ceramics exhibit. This year, juror Linda Christianson, a Minnesota potter, selected functional art such as teapots, pitchers, and cups for the show.
“Tabletop” opens next week, Thursday, June 6, with an opening reception and juror talk to follow on Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 pm. See below for more preview images, and be sure to see these works of art in person next week! read more…