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Any published or unpublished art may be submitted in the appropriate category.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