Thursday, August 31, 2017

Save this date

5:30–7 PM at AU's Katzen Arts Center
Free Parking is American University's salon-style conversation series in the Alper Initiative - and this date features my good bud curator (and artist and critic) John Anderson (no relation) in conversation with artists and friends of the Jefferson Place Gallery—Washington’s premiere contemporary art space opened by artists in 1957—including newly minted facts and revived fictions. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Opportunity for artists

Deadline: September 16, 2017

The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, November 19, 2017 - January 6, 2018 at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD. 

Approximately $7,000 in awards. Juror: Thomas Hipschen. 

Original works in any traditional media, prints from original plates, sculptures. Crafts and art works produced by photographic, giclee, laser or digital techniques NOT accepted. 

Overall area of image must not exceed 25 sq. inches (156 sq cm). Outside dimension of frame must not exceed 56 sq. inches (360 sq. cm). Sculpture may not exceed 6 inches (15 cm) in any direction including the base. 

Entry fees vary (See prospectus). More info (PDF), go to: Contact: or or call 301-977-2190 or 301-987-6779.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Art critiques

I am happy to announce that Strathmore will be offering artist critiques this fall as part of their visual arts programming! 

For artists who miss being enrolled in a formal art degree program, this is an invaluable opportunity to present your art for constructive evaluation. Find out what viewers with a trained artist's eye see in your work.

Upcoming sessions:
Fri, Sept 15, with Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Fri, Oct 20, with Lulu Delacre, award-winning children’s picture book illustrator and fine artist

Each session is $40.

What's missing from this program (so far) and nearly always missing from the academic versions of these critiques? The trained eye of a well-traveled gallerist who can add the commodity angle to art critiques - I've already contacted Strathmore and suggested that in the future they add a DMV area commercial gallerist who had plenty of experience doing art fairs all over the planet.
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385

(301) 581-5100 ticket office/customer service phone
(301) 581-5108 tea reservations
(301) 581-5200 administration phone

Volunteers needed!!!


A multifaceted festival embracing arts and culture. This event is located on 4 th St. and M Sts. SW near the Waterfront metro. There will be live music performances, DC’s biggest dance party, headliner concert, interactive artwork, food trucks, farmer’s market, non-profit and embassy row and much more...We need volunteers who can assist staff with the interactive art, children’s events, setup/breakdown, distributing event brochures, giving directions to all of the activities and welcoming guests to one of the best events DC has to offer. We need volunteers as early as 7:30am til 10:30pm in 4 hour shifts. For more information or to reserve your schedule, please call Alison Henderson at 301-706-6719 or email

Monday, August 28, 2017

Little Junes is 8!

Hard to believe... right?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Cynthia Back at WPG

August 31 - September 24, 2017
Reception Saturday, September 2, 2-5 pm
Artist's Talk: 3 pm

In Naturally, Cynthia Back presents new reduction woodcuts inspired by both travel and her immediate environment. She is immersed in nature: from a window, walking in it, standing and listening to its sounds, watching shadows and colors dance across water and foliage. Her sense of the natural world is life-affirming, healing, immersive, and contemplative. Design and abstract qualities enthuse. Inspiration is found in the excitement of seeing a familiar place take on a new aura, the changes of season and weather, and the scale of subject, from the immediate found at one's feet to sweeping panoramas. The inescapable intrusion of human-made landscapes and the impact of climate change also becomes part of the motivatiion for her work.
In the autumn of 2016 Cynthia was privileged to be a resident at the Nordic Artists' Centre in Dale, Norway. Streams, ponds, fjords, and the sounds of rushing water were ever present. The pure air and colors, play of light across woods and streams, and freshness of the environment resulted in a series of reduction prints using two to four woodblocks. Many are included in this exhibition.
Cynthia Back is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation; residencies to Women's Studio Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Acadia National Park; and fellowships to The Nordic Artists' Centre Dale, Norway; The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Co. Mayo, Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and The New-York Historical Society.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Good news from East City Art

From Phil Hutinet, Founding Publisher, East City Art
This fall, as we enter our fifth year of publishing in print, and our ninth online, we look forward to the coming year as we plan to continue expanding our operations and more importantly, our coverage of the region’s visual art scene.

True to our roots in eastern DC, specifically Capitol Hill, we will continue to publish as East City Art, in homage to the ambit of our initial focus.

You may have noticed a slow progression of coverage in each of the cardinal directions of our region.  While we have now included the entire “DMV” in our online listings, in our fall 2017 print edition, which begins distribution Labor Day weekend, we have only included DC and Prince’s George’s County. We are still in the process of negotiating partnerships with other regional organizations to provide our readership with more comprehensive listings beginning spring 2018.
We are also very excited to announce the development of a pilot critical writing seminar to train a new cohort of critical art writers. Funded by the East City Art Foundation for Critical Writing and Research, the pilot cohort will study under the direction of Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D., an internationally renowned art historian, who will also take over as the Arts Review Editor for the publication this fall.   
In response to the community’s request for more critical arts coverage, writers from this new cohort will produce at least one piece of critical writing a week beginning mid-October, 2017. These pieces will be published online at .
Finally, I would like to thank all of you—our readers—for your continued support. We are always at your service and welcome feedback on how we can improve our publication. Please let me know if you have an opinion piece you would like us to consider publishing or if you would like to offer suggestions for coverage.
Warmest Regards,

Phil Hutinet
Founding Publisher, East City Art

Friday, August 25, 2017

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this asswipe trying to rip off artists:
From: Polo de Inovação Vitória - Ifes <>
Subject: Confidential Transaction
Date: August 24, 2017 at 10:20:40 PM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;

I am Frank W Schneiter(SA) special adviser an investment co-ordinator to late Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, World's Biggest Art Collector, the former minister of culture and heritage in Qatar, a billionaire Business Mogul.

Before his death he asked me to prepare and transfer the sum of US$114,000,000:00 (one hundred and fourteen million US Dollars) into one of his foreign partners company account as a sub-contractor fund. This is also stated in his last WILL. I seek your consent as my foreign business partner in this transaction to present you as the foreign partner that we are paying this funds to. The fund is with Deutsch bank and the bank has been waiting for me to present the company to enable them process and wire out these funds. 

Note that this transaction is 100%  risk free as it is honest clean and transparent, the funds will be share 50/50. As soon as I hear from you I will give you more details on how we shall go about it. I have not contacted any one on this hence am sending it to you multiple times.

Kindly reply to my private email:

Best Regard
Frank W Schneiter


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: September 15th, 2017

The Lawrence Arts Center invites artists to submit works on paper that are 12 inches by 12 inches. This juried exhibition celebrates contemporary art by both established and emerging artists. Works on paper can include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting on paper, hand-pulled prints, photography, digital pieces displayed as prints, photographic prints.  Selected works will be hung with magnets. Juror: Hong Chun Zhang. Cash awards. Submission Deadline: September 15, 2017.

The exhibition will run Oct. 27 - Dec. 22, 2017.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Opportunity for DMV artists

Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund invites grant applications from visual artists who are aged 40 years and over and who live within 150 miles of Washington, DC. Artists working in performance, video, and film are not eligible for Bader Fund grants. To download an application form, visit the Bader Fund website.

In 2016, the Bader Fund awarded seven grants totaling $105,000.

No Entry Fee. 

Details: 202-288-4608 OR OR

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wanna be a docent at the NGA?

The National Gallery of Art is recruiting docents to conduct thought-provoking and engaging tours, in English and other languages, for thousands of adult visitors from around the world, providing rich and memorable experiences with works of art in the Gallery’s collection.
New docents are expected to make a five-year commitment to the program, which includes two years of initial training, beginning in September 2018. The training program focuses on museum education and art history related to the permanent collection and incorporates workshops, in-gallery sessions, lectures, readings, and more. Docents become part of a community of learners and continue their education beyond the initial two-year training period, both formally and informally.
Those interested in applying to the program must attend an information meeting, which run from October into December. Dates, times, and registration for these meetings can be found on the Gallery’s Docents page starting on August 15. Applications are due by December 31. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or email
Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are welcome and encouraged to apply.
For a full press release and images, visit:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open

Call for Artists:
2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open
Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Post-Graduate Residency Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is seeking applicants for the 2018 program via The deadline is Sunday, September 10, 2017.

This competitive program provides meaningful support for recent promising graduates who have, or will soon complete a bachelor’s or master’s art degree with an accredited program.

This year’s jurors are Christine Neptune, founder of Neptune Fine Art, Amy Cavanaugh Royce, executive director at Maryland Art Place, and Ginevra Shay, artistic director of The Contemporary Museum and curator of Rose Arcade.

This visual-arts residency is unique in the region for addressing the critical post-graduate juncture in emerging artists’ careers. It offers an opportunity for professional development and networking, as well as a chance to define their practices outside of the academic context. Submissions are open to recent graduates who attended schools from across the U.S. Applicants need to submit proof of their residence in the area and/or can demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the ongoing future of the arts in the greater Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland region. There continues to be no entry fee.

“This program brings the next generation of artists into the Torpedo Factory community,” said Brett John Johnson, director of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. “The program is a great example of working toward our mission of igniting the creative spirit by fostering connections among artists and the public. My hope is that we have a dynamic exchange of perspectives, techniques, and ideas throughout 2018.”

The Post-Graduate Residency Studio in located on the first floor, in Studio 12, at the Torpedo Factory. Artists can create, display, and sell work, interact with the public, and network with other artists. Residents receive a stipend during their term and have an opportunity to give an artist talk with the moderator of their choice. The program will culminate in a group exhibition in the Torpedo Factory’s contemporary exhibition space, Target Gallery, in the fall of 2018.

The resident artists are active, equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. They benefit from engaging with thousands of local, national, and international visitors, collectors, and artists who pass through each year.

Questions about the residency or applications can be directed to or 703.746-4570.

About the Jurors
Christine Neptune founded Neptune Fine Art in 2000 after twenty years of experience in auction houses, museums, fine art publishing, and galleries to exhibit Modern and contemporary works as well as publish new editions. She regularly meets with private clients at Gallery Neptune and Brown in Washington, D.C., and by appointment in New York City.

Amy Cavanaugh Royce has been Executive Director at Maryland Art Place (MAP) since January 2012. Prior to her work at MAP, Amy was the Vice President and COO of ARCH Development Corporation in Washington, DC where she was most notably known for co-founding Honfleur Gallery.

Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and curator of Rose Arcade.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. In an effort to sustain the arts in Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory is temporarily part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League Gallery and School, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria EatsPlace Café and Market. For more information, visit or follow the Torpedo Factory on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flying back home

Flying on Facebook - a cartoon by F. Lennox Campello c.2009
Airborne today and heading back to the swamp - currently stuck in Colorado Springs, delayed flight to Dulles - but at least the view of the Rockies is awesome!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opportunity for artists

Calling all Artists! Are you the life of the party?  Do you have a desire to teach adults fun and unique arts projects?  Arts on a Roll, a mobile, on-demand arts service in Prince George’s County is in search of fun loving, motivated, energetic, and experienced visual artists to lead art classes, programs, and events catered to adults ages 21 and over. Teaching artists will be lead monthly create & sip style events for the community, and also work to develop and teach activities for adult private parties and events such as birthday parties, wedding showers, babies showers, etc.  Experience in various media including mosaics, glass painting, printmaking, textiles, jewelry-making and other quality craft projects is ideal. 

·         Serve as the lead instructor at events for up to 20 individuals of varying levels of artistic skill
·         Willingness to talk and get to know everyone in the room
·         Develop and write lessons for unique arts projects for 21 and over patrons
·         Available for evening and weekend hours
·         Must have a valid driver’s license
The ideal candidate:
·         Can create a fun and entertaining environment where patrons can explore and learn unique art skills
·         Must be confident with live demonstrations and providing step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow for non-artists
·         Has strong time management skills and can work independently without supervision
·         A problem solver who can adapt and “think on his/her feet”

To Apply
We will review as applications on an ongoing basis they are received. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and two references to

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Humor art

Deadline: September 12, 2017

Humor can break barriers. It can change our perspective and make us receptive to new ideas. Humor helps us to communicate our message, and in doing so humor connects us. Because of this, there are many different ways to express and experience humor. Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts, is celebrating the many ways artists express themselves through humorous means. By sharing your artistic sense of humor, you can contribute to this connection by taking part in this interdisciplinary exhibition. Art will be selected for inclusion by an interdisciplinary panel of jurors. All artists over the age of 18 and practicing in the United States are eligible. For more details, please visit

Left Coast Sunset

Left Coast Sunset, Soviet Socialist Republic of California, August 16, 2017
Left Coast Sunset, Soviet Socialist Republic of California, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How a new drawing starts

For a while I have been taking images of the back of men and women to help me define a new piece... I need a "regular" image of the back of a "regular" person... which I will transport eventually into a drawing of a person at a museum looking at artwork...

This is a good example of a random lady in San Diego yesterday...

Wanna be the model for the pieces? I need several... Send me an image of you - full body and one of head and shoulders - from the back - preferably looking at a blank wall....

This is the anon model

This is more like she'll end up in my drawing

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hotel art

Hotel room art, Hyatt Mission Bay, San Diego, California (artist unknown)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

San Diego

Obligatory room view - Spectacular!

"Anderson Campello, Mission Bay, San Diego, California 2017"
"Anderson Campello, Mission Bay, San Diego, California 2017"

Flying cartoon by Campello
Heading to San Diego for some beach time on the Left Coast...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Come to the panel today

Today, Saturday August 12th, Artists and Makers Studios is hosting Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund, who run the Arts Business Institute out of Baltimore for a 2-day ABI workshop at Artists and Makers Studios 2 (Wilkins in Rockville).

Details here. 

There is also a expert panel between 11:45 and 12:45, and I'm honored to be part of the panel, along with DMV uberartist Michael Janis. We'll be discussing all kinds of things that 21st century artists should and must know!

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The New Marketplace – Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Creative Marketing – Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch – Expert Panel Discussion
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pricing for Profit – Wendy Rosen/Carolyn Edlund
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sales Strategies for Artists – Carolyn Edlund

See ya there!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Shiri Achu Art Exhibition: 38InPrint:Jamaica

I first came across DMV artist Shiri Achu at the Artomatic held in Potomac last year...this hard working DMV artist has a most interesting worldwide art project which now finds an iteration at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

From her news release:
Shiri Achu Art Exhibition; 38InPrint:Jamaica
Fri 26th Aug. – Fri 8th Sept. 2017
Heritage road, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, W.I

Private view/Opening – Fri. 25th Aug 2017, 6pm onwards
Closing Party – Fri. 8th Sept. 2017, 6pm onwards
SHIRI ACHU'S FIRST ART EXHIBITION IN JAMAICA!! Excited is an understatement as Shiri eagerly prepares this debut exhibition to the people of Jamaica!!! Since her first solo exhibition 7 years ago, held at St Augustine's tower in Hackney, Shiri has been fortunate to have received the award of ‘The best artist’ in Brent; London and has exhibited in various exciting places/events/cities. These include, The Commonwealth Secretariat, The houses of Parliament, The Olympic African Village... Cities include Lisbon, Barcelona, Douala, Chiang Mai, Washington DC, Australia… to name a few.

Today, Shiri Achu is very excited to present to Kingston, Jamaica, for two weeks only, ‘38InPrint:Jamaica’.

The fourth in the InPrint series of ShiriAchuArt Exhibitions following; ‘35InPrint:LONDON’ which took place from 19th – 25th April 2014 at The Strand Gallery in central London, ‘36InPrint:DC’ which took place from 5th – 14th May 2016 at Gallery A in Central Washington DC and ‘37InPrint:AUS’, which took place from 14th July – 23rd July at Mama Jambo in Australia.

35InPrint:LONDON was great, the exhibition was attended by the Mayor of Harrow amongst many others.  At 36InPrint:DC Shiri was deeply honoured to have received recognition from Congressman Chris Van Hollen ' presenting the inaugural 36InPrintDC art exhibition, and with appreciation for using art to capture the spirit of Africa...' 37InPrint:AUS was fabulous. Shiri was honoured to have her art works much appreciated and many purchased by the people of Australia.

Shiri Achu’s art comes from every day, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, colour, texture and tone. She draws insight from her travels but in general her inspiration is very broad; from natural moments captured in Africa to still objects, from the human form to the human in action.

Ever increasingly so, one of the aims of Shiri Achu’s Art is to showcase and promote the African cultures worldwide. She finds beauty in the woman carrying her child on her back and going her way, She finds beauty in the old lady who makes here ‘achu’ in her dark outdoor kitchen for her grandchildren. She finds beauty in the African fabrics, she finds beauty, envy even, in the young girl climbing the tree!! So she paints these images. For her, they are beautiful moments and for that moment, whilst she works on that piece she buries herself in the story and in the culture.

38InPrint:AUS exhibition will largely consist of 38 Framed Signed Limited Edition Shiri Achu Art Prints. Attendees will be able to purchase these limited edition signed prints at very affordable prices.

At the Opening/Private view on Friday 25th August, there will be live music. Thereafter the exhibition can be viewed everyday from 9am – 6pm when the University will be opened. The Closing party will be on Friday 8th September and it will be lived streamed.


Shiri Achu Art ^RAISE THE ROOF^ Campaign has been launched! Everyone everywhere is invited and urged to buy raffle tickets to enter the competition to win an original Shiri Achu painting, Midnight tradition! The proceeds from the campaign will go towards completing the Sunday school roof in Santa, Cameroon.

The worldwide, 8 weeks campaign will conclude on Friday the 8th of September, when it will be streamed live so everyone who has bought raffle tickets, can stream in to see if they are the lucky person who has won The Original Shiri Achu painting – Midnight Tradition’. 

Valued at $10,000, Acrylics on Canvas, 76cmX102cm, this painting 'Midnight Tradition' was painted precisely 8 years ago in 2009. Midnight Tradition features on page 65 of the International Contemporary masters VII and was selected as a Finalist for the Cliftons Art Prize 2012, Adelaide/Australia

There will also be 3 runner ups winners, winning signed limited edition prints of ‘Midnight Tradition’, and 4 more people winning a combination prize. All 8 ^RAISE THE ROOF^ campaign winners will be selected starting @ 8pm At the closing of 38InPrint:Jamaica on Friday 8th of September.

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