Thursday, April 28, 2011

Featured on TutorArt as a Daily Inspiration

Divine Vision was just recently posted on TutorArt as one of their Daily Inspirations! You can see it, along with other inspiring pieces of art from other artists HERE.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Call for Entry: Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit

Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit - MD
Deadline: May 15, 2011.

The UMUC Arts program invites entries of works by artists in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., for the first Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit, August 1 through October 16, 2011, in the Arts Program Gallery at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center, Adelphi, Maryland. Details at

Prizes will be awarded for accepted works in four categories:
President's Best of Show
Jurors Choice Award
Award of Merit
Arts Program Honorable Mention

A full-color catalog of works by all participants will accompany the exhibit. All participating artists will receive 20 copies of the catalog to be provided at the opening reception.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2011. There is a $20 application fee, which covers up to four entries.

Eligibility Requirements
The Biennial exhibit is open to artists, 18 years or older, who reside in Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C.

All entries must be for original works (no reproductions), completed between 2009 through 2011. The following mediums will be considered: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, photographs and mixed media.

Works submitted for consideration must be suitably prepared for installation. The curator reserves the right to deny entry if any work is deemed not suitable for display or too difficult to install.

How to Apply
To apply, please complete the online application form. All entries must adhere to the terms and conditions provided below.

Schedule and Deadlines
Submission deadline May 15, 2011
Selection of artists May 22-28, 2011
Notification to artists June 3, 2011
Artworks received July 11, 2011
Exhibition opens August 1, 2011
Artists reception August 6, 2011
Exhibition closes October 16, 2011
Artwork pickup October 17-22, 2011

Surreal Visions - Call to Artists

SlowArt Productions presents the group thematic exhibition, Surreal Visions. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from September 3 - October 1, 2011. This exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Surreal Visions. Included are all forms of surreal and visionary figurative art. All interpretations of the theme "Surreal Visions" will be reviewed and considered.

Open to all media and styles, 72" maximum vertical dimension.
One artist will be awarded a two page display in Direct Art Volume #19, Fall 2012 issue.
Two artists will be awarded a single page display.
Entry form available online, or email, or send SASE to SlowArt, 123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534.


Dreams & Visions Call for Entries

DEADLINE: Fri, May 27, 2011
2-D and 3-D all-media national juried exhibit for July 2011.

Theme: "Dreams & Visions."

Cash awards.

Entry fee: $25/1st, $5/each add'l; FCCA members $15/1st, $5/each add'l.

Download prospectus HERE and mail with entry form, fee, SASE, CD/slides to:
813 Sophia St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

For more information, call 540-373-5646

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Commissioned Artwork

I have always offered commissioned artwork. Though here you can find a little more detail about it.

Custom Commissioned Artwork
If you are looking for artwork to complement your interior designs and color scheme of a room, simply provide us with a color reference and I will make sure the artwork and your color scheme complement one another superbly.

To further enhance the artwork for the client, I can incorporate their own portrait into the finished design. Making the piece even that much more special and unique.

Though the artwork can be reproduced in various sizes, it is available in several printed formats as well. Including a classy museum quality canvas wrap, or as a fine art giclée print suitable for framing.

Artwork will be completed and ready for delivery within 4-6 weeks from date of order confirmation.

Standard pricing begins at $200, which includes an 8" x 10" fine art giclée print ready for you to frame.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hands of Time

I just completed my newest piece Hands of Time. I took a little inspiration from the Groove Armada song of the same name. Though, I've had the idea for this piece for some time now, I've been a little busy recently. I love the feel of this piece, as it goes back to my more Mindscape style of artwork. It is available for purchase on the website HERE.

Oh and here's a link to the song on YouTube.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Marcatus Art Market

Art Whino is hosting a new Art market. I've just signed up for showing in May.
Marcātus, a creative art market near the Nationals Ballpark, will be a multidimensional event different than any other to reach the District. Marcātus invites you to come out for the whole day to enjoy the sounds of live music, smells of exotic foods, eye candy of art, to hunt for creative treasures, or simply to relax on the Great Lawn with a frosty beverage taking in the picturesque views of the Anacostia River.

Location: The Yards Park
10 Water St SE Washington, DC - DO NOT USE YOUR GPS
This park is so new it will take you to the wrong place if you use your GPS.
Please use the map below. Even Googlemaps and mapquest have it wrong.
(One block south of N and 3rd Streets, SE )
Three blocks from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave Exit)

Event is free and open to the public

First Sunday of every month (Except July which will be Second Sunday).
April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 10th, Aug 7th
Hours every Sunday: 11am-6pm.

ARTISTS TENTS - Water Street
50+ 10'x10' Artist Tents.
Each artist will have the opportunity to display a large array of artwork

At Marcātus music will be an integral part of each Sunday. With the success of the forward festival last month Eighty eight and LilSoSo continue to curate 2 sound systems of music featuring local and national DJ's and Live electronic talent. Also added will be live musical performances by local musicians performing everything from Jazz to Rock.

Would you like to participate?
Email for information on reserving an artist tent.
Their application is also available online HERE.
Pictures of the first edition can be found below

Next Marcātus is Sunday MAY 1st

They have also added a line of FREE Live Musical Performances
6 bands from Jazz, Rock and Japanese Pop!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Imagination Call for Entries

Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for Imagination exhibition at the Mills Pond House Gallery, July 2-August 5, 2011. Open to local and national artists. Featuring art that ignites our curiosity, and delights our senses encouraging us to take some time away from the world as we know it and enjoy the creative power of Imagination! Entry fee. Prospectus on the web or send SASE to: STAC Imagination, 660 Route 25A, St James NY 11780 OR 631-862-6575 OR OR

Exhibit Information
Deadline: May 18, 2011
Start: Jul 02, 2011
End: Aug 05, 2011
Reception: Jul 02, 2011 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Dreams, humor, fantasy, creativity are pursuits that keep the human spirit alive. Imagination makes possible our thinking about what is, what has been, and, perhaps most important, what might be. Imagination inspires us to create governments, build cities, and develop technology. It drives us to paint a pink elephant with wings or a city that rests on the clouds. When we are free to do whatever we want, we retreat to the imagination—to worlds created by others in books, movies, video games or to worlds we ourselves create. We are looking for art that ignites our curiosity, and delights our senses encouraging us to take some time away from the world as we know it and enjoy the creative power of Imagination!
Entry Deadline May 18


20th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition Sep 11 - Oct 21, 2011.
Open to all artists 18 and over residing in the US.
Both 2D & 3D work accepted.
Awards BIS: $1,000 + solo exhibit, 2 Awards of Excellence $500 ea.
Curator: Margaret Winslow, Asst. Curator of Contemporary Art, Deleware Art Museum. Entry fee. Prospectus/questions: 410-546-4748 OR OR

Completed Prospectus Package must be received by Friday, June 3, 2011 3:00 PM. Please enter early to avoid last minute rush of entries. Click here for Call for Entry 2011 20th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition pdf

Entry form, fee, and Image CD must be received by Friday, June 3, 2011 3:00 PM
Notifications mailed by August 2
Return of Acceptance Paperwork by August 15
Shipped work due at AI&G Aug. 29, 30, 31, Sept. 2 (11-3)
Hand-delivered work due Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 2, 3 (11-3)
and also: Sat. Aug. 27 9 AM - Noon
Judging September 10
Opening reception September 11 (Sunday) 2-4 pm
(Artists are cordially invited to attend)
In-person pickup of work October 21 11-3 & 22 9-Noon
Shipped work returned October 24, 25, 26

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


A Thematic exhibition "CityScapes" by Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery in a Juried Competition. A Group exhibition of the top five finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Art Gallery for the month of May 2011. Awards will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. All winners will be selected, announced and featured on the Light Space & Time website on May 1, 2011 and remain online in the gallery for the month of May, 2011. Thereafter, the artworks will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives with links to the artist's websites. Details:

Artists give us your best CityScapes now. Submit Here
The submission process for artists ends on April 28, 2011.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WIP Call for Entries

Submissions are accepted throughout the year. $10 entry fee.

Open call for Artworks seeks to enrich the creative process by cultivating awareness of and fostering dialogue about innovative projects across disciplines. Projects will be selected for the 1000 sq foot Works-In-Progress (WIP) Gallery at Artisphere by Artisphere. Curatorial Staff and special invited professionals.

2011 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition

The competition is now open for entries! Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all artists, photographers, writers and poets to submit their work into the Creative Works Competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition is dedicated to celebrating and championing creative talent across the disciplines and welcomes entries from poets and writers as well as artists working in any medium, including sculpture, textiles, photography, ceramics, paint, digital art and more!
Winners and finalists are published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual. Winners also receive £500 prize money (apx. $800) plus other prizes. More guidelines on how to submit can be found online.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2011. All winners will be notified by 31 October 2011 and the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual will be published 1 December 2011.

Artwork & Photography Guidelines
Submit up to 2 images.
All works must be at least 300dpi.
Please send all images as JPG, TIF or PDF files.
Please include in the email your name, email address, home address, phone number, your full name, title of your works, and your Order Reference number.
Please mark your entry in the subject line with 'Aesthetica Creative Works Competition Artwork'.
No alterations can be made once the submission has been received.


I just filled out a questionnaire and figured I would share the results with everyone.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Art on the Rocks

Art on the Rocks -VA (NEW)
Gallery Thirteen, in conjunction with Red Rocks Pizza Napoletana of Old Town Alexandria announces the Art on the Rocks Exhibition Series. The series, featuring two-dimensional artwork, will be hosted by Red Rocks and will run from June through December 2011. Each month, a different artist will be featured with his or her artwork hung in Red Rocks for display and purchase. There will be at least one reception with each artist during the month that artist is featured. Contact Kevin J. Bailey at 703-887-5936 or at for info.

Stimulus: A Call for Entries

Exhibit Dates: June 3rd-July 22nd

Who: Artists of all mediums
What: Up to 3 drawings that represent the relationship between an influence and a reaction or result. All mediums, including video and performance, will be accepted. Must be no more than 2 years old, have a visual component and not exceed 40 inches.
When and where: All entries must be submitted electronically by April 29th on the Heavy Bubble website. The exhibit will be at Heavy Bubble's gallery located at 110 Church Street in Philadelphia, PA.

Other info: This year's juror will be Leo Robinson. Entry fee for each submitted piece is $30.

Mini Solos@Touchstone: Call for Entries

Who: artists in the D.C. area
What: hanging works no larger than 10 feet high and 4 feet wide
When and where: The application form, digital images and dimensions of the work must be sent to Touchstone's email by midnight on May 15th. The show will hang at Touchstone's new D.C. location at 901 New York Avenue NW.

More info: If admitted, all works require a $230 hanging fee, paid by credit card on or before May 26th. More information can be found on Touchstone's website.

Informative Podcast

I just listened to this very informative podcast regarding galleries and the relationship between artists, curators, and gallery owners.

This podcast originated at Conner Contemporary Art in 2010.
These conversations focus on the needs of emerging artists and galleries; past topics have included: how emerging artists build communities, artist representation, and the dynamics of artist – gallery relationships.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


EmptyEasel is another site I came across recently that spotlights emerging artists. EmptyEasel reviews new artists every week and we're always looking for more.

The site is also packed full of informative tips and notes for artists as well.

Artist Spotlight Opportunity

I just recently came across this website, and found another opportunity to get my work out there. They have both an Artist Spotlight and an Artist Interview. I have sent them a piece to appear on the website, and once I get some free time, I'll fill out the interview questions.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Video from the Opening Reception of Mama Earth

Though I was unable to attend the opening reception for Mama Earth, they have posted a video from the event on YouTube. You can catch a glimpse of Divine Vision at the following marks: 1:03, 1:37, 2:15, 3:11 The camera operator could not get directly in front of my piece because of the crowd surrounding it! Also at the 3:01 mark you can see Divine Vision is the first image on the poster promoting Mama Earth. Yeah I'm totally geeking right now!

Opportunity for Artists

The Arlington Arts Center has an interesting Call for Entry. AAC invites artists to apply for this juried drawing show with a difference: All the drawings are studies, and will be exhibited along with the finished artwork. Helen Allen, juror.

JUNE 22 - AUG 21, 2011

MAY 2: Application deadline
MAY 23: Notification date

A juried drawing show with a difference: All of the drawings selected for inclusion must be studies created in preparation for finished artworks, and winning studies will be shown alongside finished pieces in a variety of media. Juror: Helen Allen, former creator and Executive Director of PULSE Art Fairs; former Executive Director of Ramsay Art Fairs; and current partner for the upcoming (e)merge art fair in Washington DC.

Art Blizzard Online Gallery

I was just recently informed that of the five pieces that were on display at the Art Blizzard show in SUNY have sold. The two remaining pieces are still available, as well as other artists. Go to the online gallery at SUNY ART BLIZZARD to view and purchase them.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Featured Artist on Artsy Shark

Artsy Shark has made me their Featured Artist on their website!! They've posted several pieces from my portfolio on their site, and in their tweets call it a "complex and surreal portfolio" Woo-hoo!

Surreal images and collages of photos and digital work are the hallmark of Russ McIntosh's style. His imagination takes over in embedding images within images.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Studio Visit Magazine

Current Deadline: April 14, Midnight EST

Juror: Ian Berry
Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

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 40MB each, so please be patient while downloading):


Winners will be notified by May 1st.

Featured on East City Art

Well, not so much myself, but my name is listed!!
This is a quick write up for the Mama Earth show I created Divine Vision for.

The Tubman-Mahan Gallery Presents “Mama Earth: An Artistic Celebration of the Beauty of Earth”

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Shapiro, Curatorial Assistant with Authentic Contemporary Art/Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery at The Center for Green Urbanism. This event is presented by Authentic Contemporary Art and The Center for Green Urbanism.

The exhibition runs from April 8 through May 6, 2011

The opening will feature live music by Alex Martin.

Mama Earth is a visual celebration of the beauty of the planet Earth. The show encompasses feng shui (literally meaning wind and water) – the Chinese art of placement to bring balance and harmony to a physical space (e.g. bedroom). Feng Shui is based on having good energy – called chi, and its positive flow.

Throughout the exhibition, viewers will be able to enjoy the pieces from not only an aesthetic perspective, but also of chi and Feng Shui. Mama Earth will allow give viewers a chance to see our world macroscopically – in the big picture where Earth is part of the solar system, as well as microscopically on an elemental level where atoms are the building blocks of earth and what makes up not only us, but everything else.

The following artists will participate:

Maria Byrk
Kimberly Gaines
Amy Kincaid
Tina Lassiter
Caitlin Masters
Russ McIntosh
Otis Motley
Christin Nicoll Parson
Heather Schmaedeke
Sydnei SmithJordan
Nancy Wallace

The Center for Green Urbanism is open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 5 pm and on weekends by appointment.

The Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery at Center for Green Urbanism is located at 3938 Benning Road, NE. Washington, DC 20019 Ample parking in rear or accross the street at the Benning Library.




THE BYTE GALLERY at Transylvania University, in Lexington, Kentucky, is accepting submissions for its 2011 SPRING EXHIBITION. The gallery is an interactive kiosk dedicated to exhibiting digital art, music, video, and other multimedia works by artists, dramatists, and musicians from around the world. Users control the kiosk with a touch interface, exploring and listening to works via a large digital display and headphones. Details:

1) Digital Print/Still Image The Digital Print/Still Image category is for fixed/still images where digital technology as an essential part of the creative process.

2) Electro-Acoustic Music The Electro-Acoustic Music category is for stereo works of music/sound art. These works should be electronically/digitally conceived and produced. In other words, these should not be recordings of vocal or instrumental acoustic compositions. It is certainly acceptable, however, that works may be derived from acoustic sound sources.

3) Videomusic The Videomusic category is for works that explore non-narrative abstraction with equal emphasis on electro-acoustic music/sound art and moving images. The video should be accompanied by stereo audio.

4) Dramatic Video The Dramatic Video category is theatrical work of short video/film where digital technology as an essential part of the creative process. The video should be accompanied by stereo audio, unless it is intentionally silent. If the work includes sound, it must be stereo.

5) Animation The Animation category is for video works that explore non-narrative abstraction with primary emphasis on moving images. Works may or may not include sound. If the work includes sound, it must be stereo.

Submission is through email only—do not attach anything to the email, instead provide links to your application materials.

Email your submission to
Submissions must be received no later than April 14, 2011.

Completed submissions will include:

1) web link to a pdf/text file of the application form
2) web link to the submitted work (audio file, image file, movie file.. etc)
3) web link to a photo (image file) of the artist/composer/producer

Any questions? Please contact:

Dr. Timothy Polashek

6x6x2011: Global

This is similar to the Art Blizzard I did earlier this year. It's for a good cause, I think I'll send them a few pieces!

6x6 began as a small fundraising exhibition, but has grown into an international art phenomenon. Last year over 5,000 artworks from 43 US States and 22 Countries were entered in this astounding exhibition!

June 4 - July 10, 2011
Artworks Due: May 1
Preview Hours: June 1, 2 & 3, 1-10pm
Opening Reception & Artwork Sale: June 4, 6-10pm
$5 opening night admission
7:30pm raffle for buyer positions 1-20
8:00pm all other buyers
Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 6 at 10am
Sold Out Artist Names Revealed to Public: July 1 *New!
Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 10, 11 & 12
Cash prizes: Awarded by popular vote. *New!

Cash Prizes: New this year! 3 prizes will be awarded by popular vote. Vote for your favorite artwork in the 6x6x2011 Online Gallery. Voting closes on July 1, 2011.

First Place: $360
Second Place: $120
Third Place: $60

Here's a clip from last years show:

6x6x2011: Global is the fourth exhibition of thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork will be 6x6 square inches and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All artworks will be for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo). Artist names will be revealed to the buyer only upon purchase and all works will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.


Artists are invited to submit their work for selection in order to be included in Volume II. I.C.A is a series of art books aiming to connect artists and buyers in a direct and effective way. The full-color book will include basic contact information about the artist, 1-2 artworks and a short statement or essay. A juried committee is selecting contemporary artists to be featured in the book. You can find any additional information about the book here:

“International Contemporary Artists” is a series of art books aiming to connect artists and buyers in a direct and effective way. Artists are invited to submit their work for selection in order to be included in the book. The selection is carefully made by a team of qualified jurors so as to ensure quality standards.

The book makes it possible for artists to overcome the difficulties posed by an extremely rough and competitive market.
-It promotes the artwork of emerging and established artists to a vast public of art lovers, art collectors, gallery owners, curators, etc.
-It reachs out to a qualified audience.
-It makes artists more accessible.

There are no participation or entry fees.
The only requirement is to buy two copies of the book.

Artists who wish to be included in IN.CO. ARTISTS art book must send for selection:
• 3-5 artworks (JPEG in high resolution-300dpi )
• Details of the artworks (name, year, size, media)
• An essay or a statement up to 100 words.

“IN.CO. ARTISTS” distribution is made internationally through large wholesalers and e-shops, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and more.

Painting, mixed media, decorative art, design, caricature, sketching, drawing, collage, fiber art, sculpture, pottery, digital art, 3D art, photography, installations, prints.

If you have any questions please read the FAQ or contact us.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Finally Accepted to The Soundry!!

Opening Reception!
Friday, April 8th, 2011

The Soundry
316 Dominion Road, Vienna, VA

After quite some time of submitting various pieces to numerous shows at The Soundry, I finally got accepted into a show. And not only did just one piece get accepted, but FOUR of the five I submitted were selected by the judge!! On display will be "depth", "DesertLove", "Etheric" and "Woman Reclining".
from Melissa Branin
date Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 1:56 PM
subject Re: "Embodiment" Art Show


I am pleased to tell you that your pieces "Depth", "Desertlove", "Etheric", and "Woman Reclining" have been accepted into the "Embodiment" show!

All artwork must be dropped off at The Soundry NO LATER than 10am on Thursday, April 7th. Please drop off your work as soon as you can. Artwork dropped off after 10am on Thursday will not be included in the show.

Please invite all of your friends and associates to the opening reception--more details to come!

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Melissa Branin Wheeler
Curator/Director of Member Relations
The Soundry
316 Dominion Road
Vienna, VA