Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Art Fairs Commentary

Lenny Campello recently wrote two great articles about attending Art Fairs such as Art Basel. The first part is here, and the second part is here. Below you can read some highlights I found interesting from both pieces.

The History and Presence
If you are a visual artist or art dealer/gallerist in today’s ever changing visual art world, and you’re not aware or know about the Miami art fairs that take place each year-end and are clustered around Miami and Miami Beach, then you have a problem that needs urgent attention.

Almost a decade ago, the founders and organizers of a European art fair called Art Basel (which of course, takes place in Basel, Switzerland), decided to try an American version of their successful European model and started an art fair in the Miami Beach Convention Center and they called it Art Basel Miami Beach or ABMB for short.

ABMB’s success soon spawned other art fairs, which are called “satellite fairs”, since they all revolve around ABMB’s dates and presence on America’s coolest and most international beach city.

And thus satellite art fairs with names like Scope, Red Dot, Bridge, Pulse, NADA and others began to appear around Miami at the same time as ABMB. Soon, someone came up with the novel idea that these art fairs could also take place in hotel rooms, and the “hotel fair” was born. Many of these also began to appear, none better than the Aqua Art Fair, now called “the best hotel art fair in the world.” Having just done Aqua, I can testify brother, that the Aqua organizers have it down, and in my limited opinion, this is indeed the best hotel art fair in the world.

I am told by Miami journalists from Rumor Control that during that week of the ABMB art fairs, roughly 20% of all the art work sold in the world exchanges hands in Miami.

Furthermore, as the magnitude of the event grew, so did the attendance by both the “need to be seen” crowd and by even more worldwide collectors and, just as importantly, the press.

Thus now the news media not only discusses what’s new or who’s hot in the art world, but also they let us know who Sly Stallone or other Hollywood stars of all magnitude are acquiring. It has become cool for Hollywood stars and wannabes to collect art, which in most Einsteinian dimensions is a good thing.

“I meet more art collectors that week in Miami than the entire year in DC,” related one local art dealer.

“Over the years,” added another, “about 80% of my sales take place at, or because of art fairs in Miami, New York, LA, etc.”
How to get there as an individual artist
If you are a visual artist in 2011 and are not aware of these events, and are not trying to get there (get your artwork there is what I mean), then something really big is missing from your artistic arsenal (unless you’re happy just painting or drawing or photographing or sculpting, etc. and could care less who sees and possibly acquires your work – if that’s the case, then skip the rest of this post and more power to you!).

But, if like some of us, the commodification of your artwork doesn’t bother you, and the fact that when you or your gallery sell one of your pieces, you feel honored and pleased that someone laid out their hard earned cash to simply add one of your creations to their home or collection, then Miami in December should be in your radar.

If you are already represented by a gallery, why not discuss Miami with them? The enormous expenses associated with the art fair scene are the main reason that most art galleries do not consider them. And this is a darn good reason, as most galleries are run by the skin of their teeth and the expense associated with doing an art fair are enormous and could wreck an entire financial plan in less than a week.

But, what does it hurt to bring it up to your gallerist? Who knows where that may lead?

How about if you are a cooperative gallery? Why not consider applying to one of the art fairs and spreading the cost of the booth amongst the exhibiting artists? A word of warning: the better fairs are juried and that means that someone gets always rejected. But the same key that allows cooperatives to survive for decades (spread the expenses) should and must be the key to give them a presence at the art fairs!

And many, many co-ops are routinely showing now at art fairs in Miami, NYC, LA, London, Madrid, etc. The fact that they are returning to the fairs means that they’re having a positive experience there.

There are also hotel fairs. These are fairs that essentially take place in a local hotel, where the room is often emptied out and turned into a temporary gallery by the out of town galleries. The best hotel art fair in the world, according to many, is the Aqua Art Fair, held at the Aqua Hotel in Miami Beach, and having just participated in it, add my name to the list of people who thinks that this is the best hotel art fair on the planet. And at Aqua I saw at least two cooperative galleries…

There are also individual artists-based fairs – after all, with 22-25 art fairs around the area, new models are apt to develop – and they have! The Pool Art Fair is one of these, focusing on unrepresented artists. They had a bit of a drama this year in Miami, as the fair was shut down by Miami police due to "lack of a permit", but this fair has been around for seven years, so I'm sure they'll be back next year with all the right paperwork.

A little Googlin’ of Miami art fairs (or just art fairs in general) will reveal just how many fairs there are and where.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize

2012 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize

Fee: $30.00 (2012 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Application Fee)

Entry Deadline: 1/9/12

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the sixith edition of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize.

The prize will award a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. The prize is in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition and is produced with our partners, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Approximately six finalists will be selected for the final review for the prize. Their work will be exhibited in the Thalheimer Gallery of The Baltimore Museum of Art. Additionally, an exhibition of the semi-finalists’ work will be shown in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of the Maryland Institute College of Art during the Artscape weekend (July 20-22, 2012).

Application Process
The Sondheim Prize will be accepting applications through All submitting artists (whether submitting images, video or a combination) should create an Artists’ profile on this website, upload images (please see below for instructions on submitting time based works) and proceed by applying for the 2012 Sondheim Prize (here you will be able to upload an artist resume) and paying the application fee.

You can view the application form HERE.

Altitude Attitude

This is a recent commissioned piece I just finished. The main theme for this piece is the highest mountains and the tallest buildings in the world. You can check out the Handy Dandy reference guide below to see which buildings and mountains are used.

This piece was lots of fun to do, because the client is a big fan of my artwork and has several of my pieces in his house. I incorporated several characteristics of the client into the piece, that if you view it long enough you can find them hidden throughout.

Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship Application Process Now Open

Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications for 2012-2014 Term.

Deadline: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Hamiltonian Artists, a 501(c)3, is excited to announce its fifth annual open call to emerging artists to apply to our two-year Fellowship Program, aimed at aiding in the professional development of contemporary visual artists.

What will you receive as a Hamiltonian Fellow?

- Professional Development
- An Annual Stipend
- Five Exhibitions in the Gallery, as well as Off-sSite Exhibition Opportunities
- Mentorship
- Critiques
- Access to Premier Arts Professionals
- Involvement in the Vibrant DC Arts Community

Please refer to the website for application requirements, restrictions and forms. The application process will close at 6:00 pm on on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, and any applications received after that date will not be considered.

Please do not hesitate to email or call us at the gallery with any additional questions.

Best of luck!

Hamiltonian Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for creative artists early in their careers. We offer a competitive two-year fellowship program to new, innovative visual artists in all media through an annual competition. Artists from around the nation are encouraged to apply.

Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW
Suite 101
Washington, DC 20009

How to apply
To be considered for our fellowship program, all applicants must prepare the following items in electronic format only on no more than two digitial CDs. If 100% of the application requirements are not fulfilled, then the application will not be processed, nor reviewed, so please check your discs prior to submitting:

1. A completed application form (form downloadable in MS doc or in PDF)
2. A CV or resume (in MS doc)
3. Ten (10) medium to high resolution images of your recent work (in JPEG format only). Images beyond the first ten images will not be considered.
4. A correlating list of works which must include title, media, dimension and year executed (in MS doc).
5. An artist statement (in MS doc not PDF format)
6. Although not required, applicants may provide up to three other supporting materials such as press coverage, reviews, and other public write-ups about you and/or your work (in PDF format)

Please send the completed application CD + $25 application fee (do not send cash) to:

Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW
Suite 101
Washington DC, 20009

Friday, December 9, 2011

Dweller Within

My newest piece is part of the recent Spark 14. It is based on an excerpt from Jewel Beth Davis' forthcoming novel Crisis Becomes You. The chapter I read shows the main character Shekhinah feeling burdened by the human race.

The Shekhinah, the “dweller within," is the Divine that resides within the life of the world, dwelling on earth with the Jewish people and going into exile with them when they are exiled.

You can read the excerpt below.

I included lots of little nuances that are in the story in the piece. Though it works as a whole on its own without knowing the story. For those with a keen eye, you should be able to find the little angel, a chorus line performing Rogers & Hammersteins Flower Drum Song, as well as numerous other little tidbits sprinkled throughout.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Spirit

It's that time of year!

Sorry, if I haven't been as vocal as I normally am. I had to take a little holiday break.

This year I had over 20 shows!! The months of October and Novemeber I had at least one show a week, sometimes two or more! Things are looking up for me and my artwork!

2012 Should be another amazing year!


I wish to thank you all for encouraging and supporting me and my artwork.

2011 was an amazing year for me. Through your support and patronage I went further in my career than I thought was possible!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing you
next year.

"The Gift of Art" Reception

This will be my last show of the year!

Come to the reception on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5-8pm

Parking is available in front of the Arlington Arts Gallery building, at Preston's Pharmacy and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am - 7pm

5179 Lee Highway
Arlington VA

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Artist Opportunity for Charity

I love the concept of this website. They offer limited edition prints where a percentage of the sale goes to a worthy cause.

The Working Proof seeks to promote art and social responsibility. Each print is paired with a charity of the artist's choice, to which we are donating 15% of the sale of each print - creating what we believe to be a product with not just aesthetic, but social value. Besides showcasing emerging artists and great artwork, the intent of the Working Proof is to promote a variety of charities and to expose them to new supporters through the appreciation of art and creativity. We release a new print once a week, on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm, EST.

We seek to give our artists full creative control of their work by having them produce and sign the work themselves. Most of our artists create, print (by whatever method they choose - screenprint, letterpress, linocut, giclee, to name a few), sign and number a limited-edition print run that is exclusive to the Working Proof. The details of each print method are listed on the print's info page. Hand signing and numbering is a long-standing tradition for authorship and authenticity that we believe is an integral part of the process of printmaking, for both the artist and collector.

If you are interested in working with us, please upload some samples of your work and your information via the artist submission form. Please send the following information:
Please keep the following in mind when submitting artwork for review:
- In order to be considered for the Working Proof, the works submitted should be relatively new and must not have been sold elsewhere.
- As the artist, you are responsible for the production of your print edition. We are open to any print medium (lithography, giclee, linocut, screenprinting, letterpress, photography, etc). Digital prints of original works are also acceptable. Please indicate the proposed medium for each artwork submitted below.

If we think that your work is a good fit for the Working Proof, we will contact you and supply you with the particulars of how the Working Proof collaborates with artists. Please do not send hard copies to us. Any unsolicited hard copies will not be returned to artists.

Visit the Artist Submission Guidelines page for how to send us samples for review.

Call for Artists: The Gallery at Bloombars

The Gallery at BloomBars seeks visual and performance artists to exhibit and perform their work. Pieces' themes should explore, confront, and interpret personal, social, political, or economic issues. The artwork should also inform, challenge, expose, uplift, and transform the viewer.

If you are interested in an exhibition or performance please email and request an exhibition proposal or vendor application form. The Gallery is located at 3222 11th Street, NW, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beware Scammers!


I just received a very nice informal request to be a part of an international publicity program! Oh WOW! This is Great!

...not so fast. Read the actual letter I received:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Billboard Pics from Reading, PA!

via FlickrThe Billboard Art Project just recently posted a slew of pictures from the Reading, PA location. My goodness! These look A-MAZ-ING!!

Click below to view the entire set from my night time run.

4x6/6x4 Postcard Sized Art - CFA

4x6/6x4 Postcard Sized Art, a Legacy Campaign Charity Event Exhibition

The Art Gallery at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado is pleased to issue a Call for Artist participation in an invitational exhibition.

The 4x6/6x4 Postcard Legacy Campaign Exhibit will be an exhibition of original artworks, made and donated by artists from around the world. Each artwork will be postcard sized at 4x6 or 6x4 inches. All of the postcard-sized artworks will be for sale to the public at $20 each to benefit the Legacy Campaign.

We invite artists from around the world to participate by sending artwork that is sized at 4x6 or 6x4 inches, unframed and light enough to be hung with T-pins (gallery walls are carpeted). All artwork submitted must be available for the duration of the show, for sale at the price of $20 each, and will be the property of the Colorado Mesa University Art Department if unsold at the close of the exhibition. Download Prospectus.

All proceeds benefit the Art Department Legacy Campaign at Colorado Mesa University to establish a permanent endowment for the Art Department. This endowment will be established for the purpose of supporting a variety of Art Department programs including visiting artists, exhibitions, equipment purchases and other events that directly support the efforts of the Art Department at Colorado Mesa University to educate their student body.

Deadline: February 10, 2012.
No entry fee.

Download prospectus (PDF format), or send a SASE to: Art Department 4x6 Exhibit, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501.

Questions? Contact Suzie Garner at or call 970-248-1444.

Studio Visit Magazine Vol 17

Current Deadline: November 15, Midnight EST

Juror: Trevor Richardson, Director of Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Competition is free to enter (TWO images per artist).

Studio Visit is a series of juried artist books produced by the publishers of New American Paintings. We are pleased to offer artists an effective venue to introduce their work to a serious national audience of over 2,000 art world professionals including gallerists, curators, and collectors. For a list of galleries that receive Studio Visit, please click here

The publication presents all two- and three- dimensional media. This includes mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. Selected artists will be featured in volumes 15 & 16 of Studio Visit which will be released in the Fall of 2011. Each high quality volume of Studio Visit features approximately 150 artists and those selected will be given one full-color page that includes an image, contact information and a brief artist statement.

Because Studio Visit is sent to its recipients free of charge, accepted artists will be responsible for a $225 production and distribution fee.

You may view recent issues online (These downloads are approximately 80MB each, so please be patient while downloading):


Winners will be notified by January 1st.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CHAW’s 6th Annual Photography Exhibition - CFA

CHAW’s 6th Annual Photography Exhibition

Submit online by December 2, 2011

Exhibit runs 1/6/11- 2/2/12

Looking for any and all types of contemporary photography… if you think it involves photography, please submit!

Over $2,000 in purchase awards, and the selected photographs will become part of a permanent public installation in DC. One of the participating artists will be invited for a solo exhibition in 2012!

  • Solo Exhibition in 2012 at the Capitol Hill Art Workshop
  • In addition to the purchase awards, one artist from the 2012 exhibition will be invited to have a one-month solo exhibition at CHAW later in 2012. The exhibition will include a printed invitation, an opening reception, a press release, and an artist honorarium.

Call for Submissions
  • CHAW is looking for any and all types of contemporary photography- traditional, alternative, black and white, color, photojournalism, fine art, time based, performance or installation.
  • NOTE- all submissions must be done online. Go to for additional information or call CHAW at 202-547-6839

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

1. Open to any artist, working in any way with photography
2. After paying the $25.00 entry fee, you will be sent a confirmation email with instructions for how to submit your images. (3-5 images, jpeg format, files size: no larger than 1mb)
3. For time based works, attach 3-5 minutes of the work as a Quicktime movie, or provide a url where the work can be seen on the web
4. For each image, provide title, date, size, medium, price, as well as any brief description (optional)

Altered States - CFA Poconos

Altered States: Photography Based Images - PA

Deadline: November 23, 2011.

The Pocono Arts Council announces a call to photographers for a national juried photography exhibition, January 14 - February 27, 2012 at ARTSPACE Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA.

$800 in awards.

Juror: Harris Fogel, Assoc. Professor of Photography, University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Open call for entries of photo-based works which have been altered by the artist at any point during the photographic process. All content and photographic media are acceptable-alternative processes, traditional black and white, and/or digital methods. Additional artistic mediums, such as paint or found objects, are encouraged as long as the piece is photographic based.

Student: $15 first two entries/$10 each add.
Adults: $20 first two entries/$15 each add.

Visit website for prospectus at:, or send a SASE to: PoconoArts, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg PA 18360.

Questions? Please contact Laura Goss at or call 570-476-4460.

Falls Church Mixed Up

Angelic Composition and MidnightDream will be
in the upcoming FCA "Mixed Up" juried art show.

"MiXeD uP" Mixed-Media Show & Sale
Opens Thursday, November 3
"Mixed Up," a juried, mixed-media show

Show Dates:
Thursday, November 3 - Sunday, November 13

Show Hours:
DAYTIME - Monday through Sunday: noon-2:00 pm
EVENINGS - Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7:00–10:00 pm

ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA

Transformer accepting Proposals

Artists who wish to submit their artwork and/or exhibition proposals are encouraged to email us with the following:

• an artist statement/short statement about the body of work you are presenting for review. If the proposal is for a site specific installation, describe in one or two paragraphs how you intend to utilize the project space;
• a resume and/or short bio;
• 5 - 10 jpeg images of your artwork/the work being proposed and/or a link to your online portfolio;
• any other relevant materials, such as press coverage.

Along with specific exhibition proposals, artists may submit samples of their work to be considered for inclusion in our FlatFile Program - a growing collection of works on paper in a variety of two-dimensional mediums including photography, painting, drawing and printmaking, approximately 16" x 20" in size and smaller.

For more information, please email:

Instant DC

InstantDC is a new organization devoted to showcasing emerging artists in the DMV area.

If you are an artist in the MD / DC / VA area please submit your work samples and portfolio links to and it will be routed accordingly, thanks.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Billboard Art Project - Baton Rouge, LA

This Saturday, November 5th, you can view Several of my pieces on a Giant Digital Billboard in Baton Rouge, LA as well as in New Orleans, LA!!

Beginning at Midnight in Baton Rouge you can view reflection, depth, Woman Reclining, and Perception. To view the times my artwork will be displayed, you can refer to this Handy Time Schedule. My work will be displayed roughly ten times throughout the day.

Also beginning at Midnight in New Orleans you can see Angelic Composition, Divine Vision, Knock On The Sky, and Sisyphean Tableaux. Saturdays and Sundays my pieces will be interspersed throughout the day with other artists, but Monday through Friday during the week of November 7-11 my art will be shown with only a select few artists.

The Billboard Art Project is taking over roadside digital LED billboards to turn them into free public art venues for 24 hours or more.

Those in-your-face and colorful canvases that you see as you sit stuck in traffic are turned over to local and international artists for a little break from everyday advertising, presenting larger-than-life art in glowing colors.

Catch a glimpse from your car as you drive by, or hang out for awhile and watch the show with other artists and onlookers.

You won't know what is coming next as different artists explore this medium, with the electronic canvas morphing every 6-10 seconds.

Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
24 hours of continuous art at 8558 Goodwood Boulevard and Tara Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. See map

New Orleans, LA
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 12 a.m. to Friday, November 18th at 11:59 p.m.
Four weeks of art interspersed among advertising at Pontchartrain Expressway, east bound, just after South Claiborne Avenue. See map

If anyone happens to make it to either of these, can you please take pictures and send them to me. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Arlington Arts Gallery Talk 1

This Friday, November 4th, between 6pm - 8pm I will be doing a little Artists Talk with several other artists at the Arlington Arts Gallery.

Come out and hear about my work, as well as other artists in the gallery.

Arlington Arts Gallery
5179 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207

LACDA 'Snap to Grid' Open Call

8th Annual SNAP TO GRID: The UN-Juried Exhibit

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
102 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

reception for prior snap to grid

Show your work in our un-juried exhibit featuring digital art and photography. All entries will be printed (8.5"x11" on heavyweight paper) and shown in our gallery arranged in a grid. Entrants submit JPEG files of original work. Multiple entries are permitted. Separate registration required for each image. Exhibit is limited to space available, early entry is advised.

All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. Digital video stills and screen shots of web/new media are acceptable. Documentation shots of digital installation and digital sculpture are acceptable.

Special consideration is given to "Snap to Grid" artists for inclusion in future exhibits. Entrants to our calls for submissions form the pool of artists from which we select the majority of our exhibitors. There have been a large number of "Snap to Grid" participants who have been included in group exhibits, as well as a number of solo shows. Proceeds for "Snap to Grid" benefit these gallery programs and keep LACDA thriving. Exhibit your work, build your resume, and support our gallery. Everybody wins!
  • Deadline for entries: December 1, 2011
  • Show Dates: December 8-30, 2011
  • Opening Reception: Thursday December 8, 7-9p (In conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk, at our new 4,000 square foot gallery!)
Entry Fee: Registration fee is $32US. Multiple entries are permitted. $32 registration fee for each additional image. Separate registration required for each image.

Online registration only. For questions email us at No phone calls please.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Natural Beauty

From my recent Artist's Adventure Residency excursion, I have crafted this beautiful new piece. Utilizing photographs I took from the outing, I spent numerous days tolling over the various shots until I created a seamless scene without any tourists. AND THEN I was able to start working my magic that makes my artwork unique, which still took several more days of crafting.

The finished piece will measure 16" x 36"

The director of the Adventure Program Program, Calder Brannock, will be taking this lovely piece, along with other pieces from our Adventure group, to the annual Art Basel Miami International Art Show. And then in March, just in time for my birthday, we will be showing here in DC at Flashpoint Gallery.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Spectrum Call For Entries

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers, and artist representatives to submit entries to the 19th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All art works in all mediums embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic Art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, or photographed: there is no unacceptable way to create art and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another doesn’t. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum Annual, the only peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts.

Any published or unpublished art may be submitted in the appropriate category. Work must have been finished or first published between January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012.

Deadline For Entries
Entries must be delivered, prepaid, with all appropriate forms and entry fees to Spectrum, 11520 Flint St., Overland Park, KS 66210 U.S.A. 913-538-1142 [for Express Mail, UPS, Federal Express, etc.—please check the “No Signature Required” option] no later than January 27, 2012. The judging will take place shortly after the deadline.

Notification For Accepted Work
Only entrants whose works are selected by the jury for inclusion in the annual will be notified by mail in April, 2012 with additional information regarding what we’ll need for the book. A list of of accepted entrants will also be posted on the Spectrum website: Please check to see if your name is on the list before contacting us to ask if you made it. We will not otherwise be notifying entrants that did not have work selected: only artists with work selected by the jury for inclusion in the annual will have their names listed on the website and will be notified by mail.

Strauss Fellowships

The Arts Council of Fairfax has announced the fifth annual Strauss Fellowships for individual artists.

These grants recognize professional working artists’ achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments; they promote artists’ continued pursuit of their creative work. Artists in all disciplines including visual arts, creative writing, theatre, dance performance and choreography, film and new media, music composition and performance are eligible to apply. Applicants must reside in Fairfax County.

Named for Bill Strauss (1947-2007), gifted writer, co-founder of the Capitol Steps and the Cappies, the Strauss Fellowships are an investment in the sustained growth and development of the arts in Fairfax County as well as a way to honor artists’ commitment to an artistic discipline, their professional activity in Fairfax County, and their contributions to the quality of life in Fairfax County. This is the fifth year the fellowships will be offered. Guidelines and application materials are available online at

The application deadline is January 18, 2012. The Arts Council will hold a free grant writing workshop for interested applicants on November 12, 2011 from 10am to 12pm at 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22003.

The Strauss Fellowships are awarded through a competitive grant program and recipients are determined by their work’s merit. No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds granted; Strauss Fellowships award outstanding achievement for work already completed. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000, and in previous years, up to eleven fellowships have been awarded.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dying To Get In Reception

Join me tonite for the "Dying To Get In" art reception,
where I won First Place for Deadcandance!

Deadcandance is a triptych of three seperate images that can be arranged in any order. This series is currently ONLY AVAILABLE For Sale on my BLOG.

The show focuses on artwork based on the theme of the cemetery, any cemetery, and any media.

The reception will be at Springfield Mall near the information desk on the first floor. Come out and enjoy some wonderful artwork by many other artists.

The reception starts at 6pm
The show runs until November 12.

For more information on the Springfield Art Guild, please visit their website at:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011



The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and has awarded more than $4 million in fellowships to Virginians.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. Offered through the VMFA Art and Education Division, fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund.


Professional Artists
You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 24 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. You must also continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the grant period of August 2012–May 2013. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver’s license and/or pays income taxes in Virginia and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request.
You are eligible to apply if you are not a degree-seeking student at the time of the application deadline, nor will you be during the grant period of August 2012–May 2013.

Note: recipients of a VMFA Professional Fellowship after July 2007 and full-time VMFA employees are not eligible to apply. No artist may receive more than three Fellowships in any category.

Boxheart CFA Juried Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 4, 2012
Location: Box Heart Gallery
Type: Juried Theme Exhibition
Description: The 11th Annual Art Inter/National, Here and Abroad... 2012

Art Inter/National is a celebration of artistic expression from all over the world. It's an exhibition that displays how the space one occupies both influences and guides the creative process. Box Heart encourages diversity in the media used to create the work, in the artists and his/her interpretation of Art Inter/National. There are no limits or boundaries, no categories or types. Box Heart is looking for expressions in art that are not only cultivated, but also created because of each artist's place on this earth.

One artist will receive the Best of Show Award. This artist is awarded Box Heart "Artist of the Year" and receives their own Solo Exhibition in the 2013 Exhibition Year. This includes Gallery Representation with Box Heart Gallery.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Artomatic l SurrealDC Halloween!

The Halloween Masquerade is Back!

Artomatic, Naaga Events and iStrategy Labs present Washington's only surreal masquerade ball, Saturday October 29, 2011. Sponsored by Washington Harbour Georgetown and Flying Dog Brewery.

Tickets include open bar from 8pm - 10pm, Halloween treats, live music, DJs, art, and a chance to win prizes the Surreal DC costume contest.

Tickets will not be sold at the door

Fire performances will welcome each guest, and two performing stages will feature acts including Monroe, Atoms Apart, Color School, SNRG, DJ Asu Rock, DJ Sequoia, Ramiro & Imperial, and others.

Stroll down the 'Valley of Fear' to experience the mind bending paintings or wander into the thematic installations along the 'Lairs of Salem Witches'.

Dance through the night at the 'Ring of Fire' with our versatile DJs or retreat to the private 'Hell's Corner' to enjoy the panoramic view of the Potomac River.

October 29, 2011
8pm - 2am

Washington Harbor, Georgetown
3050 K St. NW
Washington DC, 20007

Live Music · DJs ·
Performances · Art ·
Costume Contest

Tickets: $25
Includes open bar,
8pm - 10pm

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Billboard Art Project in Reading, PA and New Orleans, LA

This Saturday, October 22, you can view Several of my pieces on a Giant Digital Billboard in Reading, PA as well as in New Orleans, LA!!

Beginning at Midnight in Reading you can view Amore Adumbration, Elements, JesusHell, and Pandora. To view the times my artwork will be displayed, you can refer to this Handy Time Schedule. My work will be displayed roughly ten times throughout the day.

Also beginning at Midnight in New Orleans you can see Angelic Composition, Divine Vision, Knock On The Sky, and Sisyphean Tableaux. Saturdays and Sundays my pieces will be interspersed throughout the day with other artists, but Monday through Friday during the week of November 7-11 my art will be shown with only a select few artists.

The Billboard Art Project is taking over roadside digital LED billboards to turn them into free public art venues for 24 hours or more.

Those in-your-face and colorful canvases that you see as you sit stuck in traffic are turned over to local and international artists for a little break from everyday advertising, presenting larger-than-life art in glowing colors.

Catch a glimpse from your car as you drive by, or hang out for awhile and watch the show with other artists and onlookers.

You won't know what is coming next as different artists explore this medium, with the electronic canvas morphing every 6-10 seconds.

Reading, PA
Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
24 hours of continuous art at Route 222 & Kutztown Rd, Temple, PA 19560. See map

New Orleans, LA
Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 12 a.m. to Friday, November 18th at 11:59 p.m.
Four weeks of art interspersed among advertising at Pontchartrain Expressway, east bound, just after South Claiborne Avenue. See map

If anyone happens to make it to either of these, can you please take pictures and send them to me. Thanks!

CFA - Postcards from the Edge

The 14th Annual Postcards from the Edge: A benefit for Visual AIDS
January 6-8, 2012
Hosted by Cheim & Read

PREVIEW PARTY: Friday, January 6, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The only opportunity to see the entire exhibition. No sales. $85 admission.

BENEFIT SALE: $85 each.
Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 10:00 - 6:00 (*Buy four and get a bonus fifth)
Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 12:00 - 4:00 (*Buy two and get a bonus third)
Over 1500 anonymous displayed postcard-sized masterpieces.

Postcards From the Edge is a Visual AIDS benefit show and sale of original, postcard-sized artworks by established and emerging artists. All artwork is exhibited anonymously. While buyers receive a list of all participating artists, they don't know who created which piece until after purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or someone who is just making their debut. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with a piece of art they love, knowing that the money raised will support HIV prevention and AIDS awareness.

Visual AIDS invites artists to donate a 4" x 6" original work on paper for our Postcards From the Edge exhibition and benefit sale. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and mixed media are all welcome. Artists must be 18 years or older to participate. One entry per artist.

DEADLINE: Postmark Friday, December 9, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CFA Falls Church Arts Mixed Up

Call for Entries “MiXeD uP” Mixed-Media Show & Sale
Falls Church Arts seeks submissions for “Mixed Up,” a juried, mixed-media show.

Show Dates: Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 13
Location: ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA

Entry Fee (nonrefundable): FCA Members $15; Nonmembers $25
Deadline for Receipt of Entry Fee and Form: 5:00 pm, Thursday, October 27
Art Dropoff: Monday, October 31, 10:00 am–noon and 7:00–8:00 pm

Reception: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7:00–9:00 pm
End-of-Show Art Pickup: Monday, November 14, 7:00–9:00 pm

ReCreate H2O Artist Talk Tonight


ARTISTS TALK: OCTOBER 19 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The ReCREATE: H20 art exhibition will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening Center for Green Urbanism's Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery in Washington, DC. The Gallery is part of the Center's eco-friendly business incubator facility providing office space for small to mid-sized businesses and start-ups. The Center and Gallery is located in Ward 7 of northeast Washington, DC on the edge of Fort Mahan Park, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Park Trail.

This year's theme is: WATER. Water plays such an important role in our lives, encompassing social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues. Some ideas to think about are: How does water play a role in your life individually and on a global scale? How would you recreate your world to make it better? What would you change? How does your art express the vision of ReCreate and theme of water?

Zandra Chestnut Irisol Gonzalez Carol Herwig
Russ McIntosh Jeannie Monoco Dawn Whitmore
Candy Schibli

*All events are at The Center for Green Urbanism
Friday 10/14 6:30-8:30pm:
Opening Reception with a Steel Band!
Wednesday 10/19 6:30-8:30pm:
Coffee with the Artists of ReCreate
Saturday 11/5 11am-2pm:
Film viewing of F.L.O.W. (For the Love of Water), DCWater presentation and discussion

Getting to the Gallery:
3938 Benning Road NE, Washington DC 20019

Minnesota Ave (Orange Line) – see map to walk to CGU

Capital Bikeshare at Minnesota Ave


see map

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


**UPDATE: The series won First Place at the recent
"Dying to Get In" juried exhibiton.

This series was created for a Halloween exhibition, focusing on graveyard's. The interesting take I used with this series is that the three images can be arranged in several different ways as they each interconnect with one another. The pieces work on their own, paired, or as the complete set.




Each individual piece is available as a Premium Edition 11" x 14" print, signed and numbered. There is a limited quantity of 25 each at only $25.00



You can purchase this Premium Edition print of the complete set as a 12" x 26" lithograph. There is a limited quantity, as there will only be 5 of these complete set prints created. Available for just $40.00.

The series is installed in the "Dying To Get In" Exhibition in Springfield Mall. It has already been awarded first place by the judges.

If you would like the entire series in a canvas wrap. You can purchase the set for just $600.00, each piece measures 16" x 20".

Monday, October 10, 2011

42nd Annual TREASURY OF ART juried show

Call for Artists – Vienna Arts Society 42nd Annual TREASURY OF ART juried show and sale

Vienna’s largest art show of the year is the 42nd Annual TREASURY OF ART juried show and sale, November 18 – 20 in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna.

Nationally known artist Jonathan Linton ( will select the show from entries submitted by artists from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia and beyond.

Awards Reception: Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Show hours: Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday noon – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-registration must be postmarked by Friday, November 11, 2011

Pre-registration must be postmarked by Friday, November 11, 2011, and is nonrefundable. The VAS member fee is $8.00 per piece; the nonmember fee is $12.00 per piece. To pre-register, all requested information must be provided on the registration form.

Artists are invited to submit up to three (3) entries. All entries must be the artist’s original work, completed within the last three years. Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Collage, Mixed Media, Pastel, Drawing, Hand-pulled Prints, *Photography, and Sculpture of size and weight easily handled by one person are acceptable media.
*Photography entries must be in the edition of one. Accepted pieces can include: Traditional, Digital, and Innovative. Multiple copies of the same image will not be allowed in the show as hanging and/or bin pieces.
** At judge’s discretion, Graphic Arts & Painting, 3 Dimensional Artwork, and Photography MAY be judged separately.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hillyer Art Space's Call for Artists

Hillyer Art Space is currently looking for artists to exhibit their works for 2012-2013. Artists must be DC Metro area residents or international artists, and cannot have had a solo show in the past 3 years. Submissions must be received by October 28, 2011.

Proposals must include the following materials:
  • Minimum of 5 images with a Maximum of 10 submitted on a disc or by email as a high resolution JPEG* (please save each of the images with their corresponding title)
  • A complete checklist of works containing the title, year, medium, and dimension of each work
  • Resume including address, email, phone number, education, previous exhibitions, etc.
  • Artist statement or exhibition narrative not to exceed two pages
  • * All works for consideration must have been completed within the last five years *
  • All nominated artists must include their nominator's name in the submission materials. (Note: You do NOT have to have a nominator to submit)
  • *Minimum accepted resolution on images is 72 dpi or 1920x 1080 pixels

Because Hillyer Art Space presents international exhibitions alongside works of local artists, our program guidelines require that artists must be living and working in DC, MD, VA, or abroad.

Please be aware that it may be some time before you hear back from us as Hillyer Art Space plans its exhibitions and programs between one and two years in advance. Please do not call to follow up: we will contact the artists in whom we have an interest.

Artists may deliver proposal materials via mail or email. If mailed, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.
Mail Submissions to:

Hillyer Art Space
attn: Samantha May
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington DC 2008

Or Email them to:

*Incomplete Submissions Will NOT Be Considered*

Get Sparked! Reception

Get Sparked! Reception

My recent artwork "revelation" will be on view at the Del Ray Artisans gallery beginning this Friday, October 7th. Come out to the reception and view all the other works also on display.

7-10 pm
Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists!

Join Del Ray Artisans and SPARK: art from writing/writing from art as we embark on an artistic journey that pushes boundaries. This show is a first for Del Ray Artisans: seventy-two artists signed up to respond to poems and prose by seven SPARK writers. Each artist received one written piece (their creative “spark”) and then had approximately two months to create new work using the assigned story or poem as a jumping off point.

“There’s nothing like a deadline to get the creative fires burning,” said Amy Souza, show co-curator and SPARK founder. “Plus the story or poem gives you an immediate starting point, something to ponder and delve into for images and ideas. In essence, the written work becomes the artist’s muse.”

Co-curator Amanda Wright is running a Get Sparked! round for students at Greenbriar East Elementary. Students will be given a story or a poem to be inspired to create a new piece of art. “It’s such a fantastic opportunity and experience for children to share their creativity and imagination with others and to see their work in a gallery setting!” said Wright.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7 from 7pm-10pm. Experience a unique showcase of writing as inspiration, and artistic interpretations. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

Reading: Friday, October 14 from 7pm-9pm. SPARK writers share aloud the inspiration pieces that prompted the current gallery show’s art. Light snacks and refreshments. Donations accepted.

Student Reception: Friday, October 21 from 7pm-9pm. Greenbriar East Elementary students showcase artwork inspired by selected poets and writers. Kid-friendly opening, light refreshments, an art project to take home!

View the Show: October 7-30, 2011 during gallery hours at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, 12 noon to 6 pm; Fridays, 12 noon to 9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm; and Sundays, 12 noon to 6 pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

Del Ray Artisans

Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Friday, September 30, 2011

Open Call Healing Art competition

- Contest is international open to amateur,novice,and professional, kids, youth, and adults.

Styles include: painting, photography, drawing, digital media, sculpture.

- Art must be submitted in the following format types: (jpg,jpeg,gif) and be less than 2MB
-All art being submitted must be original and belong to the art submitting it.
-Please be advised if background is viewable we will crop it to show only the artwork.
-All artwork being submitted must have been done in the last 4 years.
- You may enter as often as you like.
- All art will be placed on The Artistic Circle website for duration of contest, please allow time for artwork to be posted online.
- Top 3 winners will receive cash prize and be notified via e-mail.
- Places 4-14 will receive Honorable Mentions

- $10 per entry form.
- The Artistic Circle's decisions are final.

1st Place - $300.00 cash prize and displayed on front page of Artistic Circle website, and Winner's Gallery.

2nd Place - $100.00 cash prize, and displayed in Winner's Gallery.

3rd Place - $25.00 cash prize and displayed in Winner's Gallery.

14 Honorable Mentions – In Winner's Gallery

$10 - up to three images per entry.. (non-refundable)
Secure payment with Credit Card Google Checkout.

All entries must be submitted by September 30, 2011.
Winners will be announced on October 15, 2011.

Fears & Phobias Call for Art

Fears & Phobias

Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA seeks entries for a juried art exhibition at Target Gallery, January - February 19, 2012.

Awards: $150.

A timely exhibition that explores the theme of fears and phobias. This work can be very introspective and personal, or express these issues in a larger social context. This is an all media exhibit open to all artists nationally and internationally.

Our juror for this exhibition is Lia Newman, Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. Newman received degrees from Winthrop University in Art History and Studio, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University. She has extensive experience throughout the southeast as a curator, juror, and panelist. Her expertise spans all media with a special interest in art that addresses social and political issues.

Deadline: November 14, 2011.

$35 entry fee includes submission for 3 pieces of artwork - each work may include one image along with only one detail image per work.

Download prospectus (PDF format), or send a SASE to: 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Questions? Please contact Mary Cook at or call 703.838.4565x4.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall for Art at the Arlington Arts Gallery Reception

This Saturday, October 1st come view my artwork at the Arlington Arts Gallery

In addition to the reception there will be a raffle drawing for $50 to go towards your purchase of any piece in the gallery.

Arlington Arts Gallery
"Fall for Art" Exhibition
and $50 Raffle Drawing

Reception: Saturday October 1st 5PM-8PM
Raffle Drawing: Saturday Oct. 1st 7:15 PM
Exhibition: Through October

Meet the gallery artists and enjoy food, conversation and wine as well as some great art.

In addition, fill out the raffle ticket there and drop it off at the gallery before 7PM on Saturday, Oct. 1st, for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate redeemable at the Arlington Arts Gallery, 5179 Lee Highway (MAP).

The raffle ticket applies only to art purchased at the Arlington Arts Gallery through Oct. 31, 2011. Only raffle tickets delivered in person, not mailed, will be accepted for this special opportunity. No purchase is required and you need not be present to win.

Parking is available in front of the Arlington Arts Gallery building, at Preston's Pharmacy and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am - 7pm

5179 Lee Highway
Arlington VA