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Solo Artist Jurying

  • E.E. McCollum, “The Cocoon Series” (2014)E.E. McCollum, “The Cocoon Series” (2014)
  • placeholder 1Ann Zahn, “The Gravitational Pull of Memory” (2011)
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    About Solo Exhibits  

The Art League seeks artists who have a strong, cohesive, and exciting body of work expressing an aesthetic concept for our prestigious solo artist exhibitions. Our aim, whether we exhibit experimental or traditional works, is to adhere to the highest standards of quality. While we seek beautifully executed work, we also value work that is innovative, artwork that presents the artist’s unique voice, and engages the viewer intellectually, emotionally, as well as visually. 

 Applicant Qualifications

• Artist must be a current exhibiting artist member of The Art League.
• Artist cannot have had a solo exhibit at The Art League within the last five years.
• If an artist is selected for a 2019 solo show, no more than 20% of the works displayed in the final exhibit can have been shown within 50 miles of The Art League gallery.

2019 Application Process

Applications are reviewed two years ahead of time. Jurying for 2019 solo exhibits will take place in fall of 2017. There are two steps to jurying: applicants must first submit images of five works, a proposal, artist statement, and artist résumé online by September 22, 2017. Second, all applicants must drop off their artwork October 15-16 for in-person review. Final decisions will be made at this time. Gallery staff will take notes on the discussion and all applicants will receive letters with the juror's feedback, regardless of whether or not they are accepted for an exhibit (the time it takes to receive this feedback varies based on the number of entries). 


Dates to Remember:


Digital Entry of Work: September 22, 2017



Physical Drop of Work: Sunday, October 15, 1:00–5:00 pm, and Monday, October 16, 11:00 am–5:00 pm.


Jurying will occur over 2-days: Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18.


Artwork MUST be picked up by Thursday, October 19 between 11:00 am and 8:30 pm.


2019 Jurors:


Isabel Manalo

Isabel Manalo is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work personally addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography, and class. Combining photography, drawing, painting, sewing and writing, her work embraces visual clues and coding as inspired by the ancient art of Filipino tattooing, maps and the history of cartography while also honoring the genre of abstract expressionism.

She has been showing her work internationally since 1999 and her work is included in a number of public and private collections such as the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the permanent collections of the US Embassies in Bulgaria, Philippines, Kazakhstan, and Nepal. Her work has been shown at the Orlando Museum of Art, Stony Brook University's Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, the McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, the Katzen Arts Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has been the subject of group and solo shows in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Orlando, New York, and Berlin. She was featured in 
New American Paintings in 2004 and 2006 and was awarded a Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2008, 2009, and 2011 with support from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for 2009. Manalo's work is included in the Drawing Center and White Columns curated artist registries.

From 2000 to 2012, Manalo taught at 
American University's Department of Art both as an Adjunct and Visiting Assistant Professor. After three years in Berlin, Germany, she returned to the DC area and is now teaching at both American University and George Mason University where she teaches studio courses as well as a Visual Thinking course (at GMU). 

Manalo is the Founding Manager of 
The Studio Visit (TSV), a collaborative art blog featuring artist interviews in their studios. Her experience as an academic educator inspired the creation of TSV in 2008 which focuses on studio practice and process. This mission was further emphasized through a public art critique series she developed. 

She served on the Board of Directors and the Visual Arts Committee for the 
District of Columbia Arts Center from 2010 to 2012. From 2012 to 2013 she served as a Visiting Artist and Curator at Takt International Artist Residency. Her work is represented in Washington DC by Addison Ripley Fine Art where she has had three solo shows in 2009, 2012, and 2016. 

Manalo received her MFA in Painting from Yale University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After three years in Berlin, Germany, Isabel currently lives and works in Bethesda, MD.

Anjuli Lebowitz

Anjuli Lebowitz is an Exhibition Research Associate in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art. She completed her doctorate in the history of art at Boston University, where she was a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow. Her dissertation, which was also supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, created an interdisciplinary model for the study of nineteenth-century French photographs and photographic albums in their simultaneous artistic and scientific roles. She received her B.A. from Williams College and M.A. from CUNY Hunter College.

Her interdisciplinary approach also extends to her curatorial projects. As a doctoral fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she curated Faith and Photography: Auguste Salzmann in the Holy Land, which examined the role of faith—religious and scientific—in the artist’s photographic production. Her work explores the relationships amongst race, science, and social activism from the mid-nineteenth century to present day.

She has taught the history of photography at Boston University and Harvard University and held curatorial positions at the American Federation of Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.


Martin Kotler

Martin Kotler received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and his Masters of Fine Arts from American University, Washington DC. His works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD; Fogg Museum of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; American University’s Watkins Art Gallery, Washington DC; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; and the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies collection, Washington DC.



Interested in Applying?

Solo Jurying Information Sessions will explain the application, submission, jurying, and exhibition processes for a solo show at The Art League gallery. Any artist interested in submitting a proposal for a 2019 solo show should attend one of the five informational meetings, to be scheduled beginning in the Spring of 2017.

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