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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, June 20, 2011 at midnight
EXHIBITION DATES: September 15 – October 29, 2011
LOCATION: Downtown DC, exact address TBA
OPTIONS 2011 is the fifteenth WPA biennial exhibition of emerging and unrepresented artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. OPTIONS presents visitors with a glimpse into the breadth and diversity of contemporary art practice in the area and showcases work in any medium by artists without gallery representation. WPA began the OPTIONS biennial series in 1981 with legendary artist Gene Davis and Washington Review Managing Editor Mary Swift as curators. Stefanie Fedor, the curator for OPTIONS 2011, encourages the submission of work in all media, including installation, performance and new media. A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition. Participating artists will receive a $300 stipend.
Stefanie Fedor is the Assistant Director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center in Washington, D.C. and has over 15 years experience organizing exhibitions of contemporary art in Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  She holds a BFA in studio art from the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in visual arts administration from New York University. She is currently curating an exhibition of sound art to open in 2013.
·    All artists residing in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible.
·    Artists must not have current or any past gallery representation.
·    You do not have to be a WPA member to apply and there is no submission fee.
·    All work must have been produced within the past 3 years. 
·    Submissions from artists working in all media are welcome.
·    Artists are solely responsible for delivery and installation of their accepted work on the installation dates, and de-installation of their work on the pick-up date. 
·    Staff will be available onsite to provide some assistance to artists with installations. The gallery will not receive shipments of artwork. 
·    All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the show, unless specified by curators.
·    WPA will charge a 30% commission on all sales. 
Submissions for OPTIONS 2011 will be accepted through an online submission form on the WPA’s website. Submitting artists must complete the registration form and upload the following materials with their submission. For any questions or technical difficulties related to the submission process, please contact Blair Murphy, Program Director at bmurphy@wpadc.org or 202-234-7103 x 1
Required submission materials
·    Up to ten work samples (see formatting information below)
·    For each work sample, please include the title, year, medium, and dimensions (or duration in the case of video, sound or performance) in the appropriate fields in the online form.
·    Artist Statement (no longer than 300 words)
·    Current resume
Optional submission materials:
·    Up to five news clippings, show announcements or other support material
Work samples may be images submitted as .jpg files or links to video, sound, or performative work posted on a personal website or video sharing website (Youtube, Vimeo etc.). Submitted .jpg files should be 72dpi and at least 5″ x 7″.
Artist Statement and Resume may be submitted as .doc or .pdf files. Optional additional material (news clippings, show announcements etc.) may be submitted as .jpg, .doc or .pdf files.
·    Monday, June 20, 2011 – Submissions must be completed by midnight
·    Thursday, July 14, 2011 – Notification of accepted artists
·    September 6 – 9, 2011 – Delivery and installation of work
·    Thursday, September 15 – Opening reception with artists 6:00 – 9:00 PM
·     (other programming such as the curators and artists talks will be scheduled and posted closer to the exhibition’s opening)
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the essential resources to support the creative spirit and success of regional artists. WPA presents contemporary art through imaginative and provocative programs, and connects artists with the community in both traditional and unexpected ways.  Since its founding in 1975 by Alice Denney, WPA has showcased the works of thousands of artists and has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors and viewers with its programs and projects. Today WPA stands as the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) artist membership organization in the region and the premier source for excellence in contemporary art.  For more information about WPA and its programming, visit www.wpadc.org

Play with your Food in black and white
Call to 2-D Artists
June 12, 2011-January 29, 2012 

The exhibit will promote the talent of local artists. The exhibit will be juried by Fierce Sonia a local award winning artist. The show will hang for 6 months in the Fairlington Room at Rampart’s Music Tavern. This is a public space used as a dining room open to all members of the public, including children, and are asked to submit work appropriate to this venue. Artists living or working in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC area are eligible. Special considerations will be made for students at TC Williams High School.
Deadline for digital Submissions: postmarked by June 1,2011 mail to Rampart’s Music Tavern c/o Fierce Sonia, 1700 Fern Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 or hand cd and applications to Fierce Sonia
Delivery of work: June 12, 2011 Sunday, 11am-1pm in the Fairlington Room at Rampart’s 1700 Fern Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Theme: Play with your food: dining, still life, restaurants, kitchens; all media black and white limited to 2d. This is not just a photography show; charcoal, pencil, paintings, ink, and collages strongly considered.
Reception: TBA at Rampart’s Fairlington Room. Date announced later.
Exhibition Dates:June 12, 2011-January 29, 2012
Exhibition Hours: 11:00 am -12:30am Monday – Sunday
End of Show Pick Up: Sunday January, 2012, 11am-1pm, work not picked up may be assessed a storage fee
Eligibility: Open to all artists living or working in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Special Considerations will be made for students of TC Williams High School
Entry Fee: $10 per cd, up to 5 images per cd. This fee will be waived for TC Williams students
Submitting Work:
1. The juror will only accept digital entries. Works should be in a black and white media, and reflect themes of “food,” for consideration. Only 2-d works.
2. Image entries must be PC compatible JPEG digital files. Artists may submit up to 5 images. CDS must contain the artists name on both the actual cd and the case. JPEGS should be no larger than 300 dpi at approximately 4″ x 6″. All digital files must include the artist’s name and the title of the submission (e.g. smithpaintingtitle2.jpg)
3. CDs and applications become the property of Rampart’s. They will not be returned to you.
4. A non-refundable fee of $10 per cd must accompany each entry form. Checks are to be made payable to Rampart’s.
5. The entry form must be complete and include media, dimension information. Be sure to sign and date the loan agreement. Please print clearly, we need your information to be legible and accurate, including your e-mail address.
6. Artists are responsible for delivery of their work to Rampart’s, 1700 Fern Street, Alexandria VA 22302 on June 12, 2011 between 11am-1pm. Artists are responsible for pick up of their work on January 29, 2012 between 11am-1pm.
7. All work must be ready for display, securely framed with screw eyes and wires firmly attached. Black or white frames only. No taped or clip style frames are allowed. Works on paper should have a protective covering of glass or plexiglass. Works will be eliminated if poorly prepared or wet. All works must be original. No giclee reproductions will be accepted. No works over 40 lbs or larger than
3′ x 4′ will be considered
8. At drop off artists will be required to sign a standard loan agreement.
Sales: Work may be for sale or marked NFS (Not for sale). A 20% commission will be applied to all artwork sold.
Awards: The juror will select works for monetary awards
More Information: Email Fierce Sonia at fierceSonia@aol.com

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