Portfolio ShowCase Volume 9 Book & Exhibition INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRY

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Fifteen international photographers will be chosen to have their twelve-image portfolios published in the Center’s Annual Portfolio ShowCase book. There will be an accompanying online exhibition with links to the artist’s websites. Select images will be exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography for the Portfolio ShowCase Exhibition. Juror Maggie Blanchard is the director of Twin Palms, a publisher of exceptional photography and art books. All capture types and photographic processes are eligible. Awards and Honors given. Deadline is September 30, 2015. For more information visit c4fap.org.

Discipline: Photography
Submission Deadline: 09/30/2015
Contact Name: Sunshine Divis, Programs Manager Contact Email: coordinator@c4fap.org
Website: http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/p-s-9-juror-maggie-blanchard/

Kshethra – Physics, Psychology and Philosophy

[A guest post from Artist Shanthi Chandrasekar, as part of our Art Bank Collection series]

Having grown up in a scientific environment in India, physics and philosophy have been always been a part of my life. I pursued a degree in physics in college, and chose to do my graduate studies in psychology as I was fascinated by the workings of the mind. For Indians, philosophy is a way of life. Right from drawing the Kolam patterns on the ground every morning during sunrise to the very deep concepts of matters hidden in the Sanskrit verses, every aspect of life is steeped in philosophy that can be sometimes difficult to comprehend. Kshethra series is a visual proof of this lifelong immersion into physics, psychology and philosophy.


When I won the Maryland State Individual Artist Award for Works on Paper in 2013, I decided to create drawings with pen and ink to explore concepts like black holes, orbits, entanglement etc. I worked on more than 30 drawings on these themes and found that the deeper I immersed myself in these concepts, the more questions I had and more ideas to work on. It was during this exploration that I wanted to understand more about the concept of fields in terms of entities ranging from the subatomic particles to the galaxies and the voids. Kshethra is the Sanskrit word for field or dominion and occurs frequently in various ancient Sanskrit verses where the body represents the field and the soul the source of the field. I have been learning Sanskrit and also attending Advaita philosophy study groups to discuss the concept of non-dualism. There seem to be a number of parallels between this philosophy and the scientific theories, especially in the fields of quantum mechanics and relativity. Hence, I decided to explore the idea in a number of ways that were both scientific and imaginary, based on my interpretations of the theme in both physics and Indian philosophy. At times, I feel like a scientist conducting a thought experiment with the help of visual aids. At the same time, the artist in me sees no limits and refuses to accept all the information as facts and seeks the unattainable.


The Kshethra drawings are symbolic of the fractal nature of fields ranging from the subatomic particles to the cosmos. Every particle, be it a minute atom or an enormous star, has a field surrounding it within which it has maximum influence. The sun holds its gravitational power over the whole solar system and the nucleus the orbiting electrons, creating fields within fields. I also wanted explore the effects of the field on the dark matter, dark energy and voids. Since dark matter and dark energy continue to remain a mystery, I can take liberty to imagine their properties and flow through the invisible fields in the cosmos. I am fascinated by all these phenomena and space around the particle with the hidden energy. I wanted to visually express my ideas and thoughts about this concept and the result is the Kshethra series. My other drawings in this series depict the various aspects of fields, like the ever-increasing range of the fields as the size of the particle increases, or the complicated network that could exist due the overlapping of adjacent fields.

I used pen and ink as my main medium and started the series with black and white drawings. As I played around with ideas, I began to use colored pencil and ink as well. I used printmaking paper, as the texture was very suitable to express the ideas I had in mind. Ink is a wonderful medium to work with and I wanted to experiment with it. The unpredictable nature of the inkblots created by the moving pigments along with very fine detailed drawing make it a very versatile medium. As I experimented with ink, I noticed that I could manipulate the ink pigments based on the amount of water on the paper and also how I added the ink. But no matter how much I understood the medium, there was always an element of surprise that was unexpected. Also, I start with minimal pencil drawings and get straight to the drawing. I use stencils/templates to draw the larger circles, but do most of the drawing freehand. I use repetitive drawing to create texture and fill in the space with dots or lines.

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Kshethra- Voids, the piece selected for and now a part of the Art Bank Collection

As I try to understand the subtleties of nature and its attributes through these intricate drawings, I have also found them to be very calming and energizing at the same time. The repetitive dots and lines can be very meditative to draw, but they also lead to more questions thus peeking my curiosity further. The more time I seem to spend on these themes, the less I seem to comprehend. This exploration might be on paper, but it is a very exciting thought-journey through the mysteries of the cosmos.

– Shanthi Chandrasekar

[In support of visual artists and art galleries in the Washington metropolitan area, fine artwork is purchased each year to expand the District’s Art Bank Collection, a growing collection of moveable works funded through the Art in Public Places Program. Works in this collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and loaned to other District government agencies for display in public areas within government buildings.]

DC’s Hot Hits and Hidden Jewels; Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital.com, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

Silence! The Musical
Studio Theatre.
Clarice, Hannibal, Buffalo Bill—all singing, all dancing, and more outrageous than ever. This spoof of the 1991 Oscar-winning film features gleefully vulgar songs, non-stop zingers, and a singing chorus of tap-dancing lambs.

Furia Flamenca
Dance Place. Sat. & Sun.
Discover how the Arab-Islamic world fused with the culture of Granada in Spain to help give birth to the gypsy dance form of flamenco.  A string and percussion ensemble combines with original flamenco choreographies to showcase the Northern African and Middle Eastern roots of flamenco.

1460 Wallmountables
DC Arts Center.
Each summer over 100 artists from across the city participate in 1460 Wallmountables, presenting over 300 artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. It is by far one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, allowing these artists to bring their friends and families to a professional gallery to see their work and see whether it has sold.

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About CHORDS #40

[A guest post from Artist Joan Belmar, as part of our Art Bank Collection series]

My approach to making art tries to impose some discipline on what remains, at bottom, a chaotic process.  My first step is to fly like a bird.   For example, when I am not in my studio, I am always seeking to explore new situations, research new possibilities, read art books, visit exhibitions, art studios and discover new music.etc.  Sometimes, the information I compile can be painful.  Too many times I have seen examples of unfairness in the world.  For instance, a few years ago when I went back to my native Chile after becoming an American citizen, I walked along a small street in Santiago and went into a bookstore.  I couldn’t take my eyes off a book containing the story and photographs of naked indigenous people. I bought the book and devoured it in few hours.

From this book and online research I learned that the Selknam, also called Onas, had lived a semi-nomadic life for thousands of years in Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) at the southern cone of South America.  They had a rich culture that involved music, dance, theatre and performance.  After the European colonists arrived, they suffered a campaign of extermination with the support of the Argentine and Chilean governments.  Large companies paid sheep farmers or militia a bounty for each Selknam dead, which was confirmed by producing a pair of hands or ears, and  later a complete skull. Some of them where taken to France to be displayed as animals in the zoo. Bounty hunters were given more for killing a woman than a man.

Today the Selknam are extinct.  My knowledge of their persecution gave birth to a series titled Tierra del Fuego and was shown at Charles Krause Reporting fine art in 2012.  In this series, I mixed imaginary maps, with drawings of Selknam almost hidden or erased from the surface of the canvas or paper–emulating in a way their extermination from this earth.

In 2013 I approached this series in a different way. The new works were less literal and were shown by Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington and New York.  In 2014, I had a solo exhibition at Addison Ripley Fine Art, entitled “CHORDS,” where I melded the qualities of color and textures  to creating a musical compositions.  CHORDS #40 came from this last body of work.  In making this abstract piece, I used many techniques, including the techniques that were part of my painting process for over twenty-five years.

The second step in my creative process is to choose a painting surface. In the case of CHORDS #40,  I used oil paper because it absorbs very well.  I start cutting paper. I mark it with sawing tools or anything that can leave a mark or a pattern on it. Then I pour different kinds of inks, acrylic or liquid watercolor onto the paper and allow them run free without any expectation of where they should go. It is a joy to see the painting flying free and mixing without premeditation. In their accidental travels they change their properties and transform.  Then, I create translucent layers of paint and polymer, gradually increasing their thickness until become opaque and solid.

My the third step is to organize this beautiful mess. I  balance the colors; I draw lines, dots, grids, and eliminate areas.  In the case of  the “Territories” series, I used  the images of indigenous people with paint on their  body or faces.  In a photo computer program, I inverted the image to obtain an image where their perceptible flesh disappears and the dots or lines of their body paint remain. Then I project this image and I draw the dots or lines on the painting.  So as a result,  I get an abstract map feeling, but I feel and I know the indigenous people are part of the work.   At the end, I add velvet colors on top as a contradiction to all the transparent layers behind.

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As an aside, the art world that I perceived as hostile and distant when I came to the United States in 1999 is my friend today.  And I think of all the people in it as my family–from the artists who struggle so hard just to pay the rent to the art leaders and collectors.  I cannot thank DCCAH enough for its support since the beginning of my journey here.

– Joan Belmar

[In support of visual artists and art galleries in the Washington metropolitan area, fine artwork is purchased each year to expand the District’s Art Bank Collection, a growing collection of moveable works funded through the Art in Public Places Program. Works in this collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and loaned to other District government agencies for display in public areas within government buildings.]

Deadline Extended for Urban Farm Mural Call to Ward 7 Artists

CALL TO ARTISTS: Request for Proposals
East Capitol Urban Farm Mural

Eligibility: Artists Residing in Ward 7, Washington, DC

Project Budget: $20,000.00
Deadline for Submissions: August 10, 2015, 5 pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is seeking proposals from artists or artist teams residing in Ward 7 of Washington, DC, for an environmentally-themed mural to be created on the site of a new urban farm coming to the Capitol View neighborhood in fall 2015. The selected artist will receive $20,000.00, which includes design, materials and installation. The selected artist willalso be required to work with young apprentices (ages 14 – 23) as well as involve the community in the completion of the mural.

This opportunity is open to professional artists over the age of 18 residing in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. Should the applicant consist of a team of artists, all team members must reside in Ward 7.

The total project budget will be $20,000.00, which includes artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, materials, protective coating, and time working with young people and the community (stipend to young apprentices will not be the responsibility of the artist).

View more information and instructions.

Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series this Saturday


The National Park Service Presents
Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series

Celebrating 43 years
Supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Kendall Isadore
Kenny Sharpless
DJ Lance Reynolds

 Hosted by:
Michel Wright of Majic

 Event Details
Date: Saturday, August 1
Gate Opens: 5:30 pm
Show Starts: 6 pm
Location: Fort Dupont Park
3600 F and Minnesota St SE
Washington, DC 20019

 No tickets required * First come, first served * Bring your lawn chairs and blankets * All events are free * Rain or shine * All bags are checked * No alcohol/Glass containers/Open flames

Funding Alert: Great Streets FY2016 Small Business Grants

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the FY2016 Great Streets Retail Small Business Reimbursement Grants. Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to owners of small retail and service-oriented businesses in 13 Great Streets corridors. Prospective applicants can verify their location eligibility by using the interactive mapping tool at www.greatstreets.dc.gov.
DMPED LogoThe grant application will be released on Friday, August 7, 2015 and will be made available at www.dmped.dc.gov and www.greatstreets.dc.gov. Applicants must submit a completed online application to DMPED via the ZoomGrants system by Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Review the attached Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) here, for more information.

Have questions? Please contact the DMPED Grants Manager:
LaToyia Hampton, Grants Manager
(202) 724-7648


“102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of ‘Dancing In The Wonder'”

Did you see this piece by Rebecca Sheir, at WAMU’s Metro Connection?


Marilee Shapiro Asher lives at Chevy Chase House, a retirement home in Northwest D.C. But unlike most units in the building, Marilee’s is especially large.

“This is two apartments put together,” she says as she shows off the vast space.

And while the apartment’s second bathroom has the usual toilet, sink and tub, the tub is covered with small pieces of sculpture.

View the rest of the piece here.

Selected Self-Directed and Instructional Artist Residencies Fall 2015

Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency Call

Eligibility: Emerging and mid-career artists and designers; minimum age 25
Duration: Terms of 3 to 12 weeks; varies according to program
Fee: Varies according to program; e-mail us

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. It has since grown to include the premier artist residency program of Mexico and Latin America with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca. Our resident artists have come from dozens of countries on six continents. We are proud that many of our artists have returned for residencies with us even two and three more times.
Arquetopia’s Artist-in-Residence Programs offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international contemporary artists, designers, curators, researchers, and art educators age
25 and over.

Visit our website to view our spectacular new residency spaces in Puebla’s majestic central historic district and in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca.

OPEN CALL: SELECTED SELF-DIRECTED AND INSTRUCTIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCIES Arquetopia is currently welcoming applications for the following artist residencies for Sept/Oct/Nov 2015 (Day of the Dead term eligible) in Puebla and Oaxaca, Southern Mexico:

  1. Art Production, Design Production, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed, Puebla or Oaxaca) 2. Printmaking Special Artist Residency (self-directed, Puebla) 3. Ceramics Special Artist Residency (self-directed, Puebla) 4. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional Artist Residency (Puebla) 5. Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency (Oaxaca) 6. Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency (Oaxaca)

Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 25 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.

Discipline: Visual Arts
Submission Deadline: 08/24/2015
Contact Name: Christopher Davis, Co-Executive Director Contact Email: info@arquetopia.org
Website: arquetopia.org

DC’s Hot Hits and Hidden Jewels; Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital.com, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

The Second City’s Let Them Eat ChaosSecond City
Woolly Mammoth.
From our love lives to our government to our Twitter feed…nothing and no one is spared from the savagely brilliant satire of The Second City‘s celebrated Woolly Mammoth performances. Once again, the famed Chicago sketch comedy troupe will be skewering American culture in subversive and hilarious fashion at Woolly.

Summer SplashSummer Splash on 14th Street
Gallery Neptune & Brown.
Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of a satellite space in the 14th Street Arts District of NW Washington, D.C. Please visit our inaugural exhibition, Summer Splash on 14th Street featuring: Polly Apfelbaum, Donald Baechler, Ellsworth Kelly, Philip Taaffe and many more.

Capital FringeCapital Fringe Festival
Various locations.
Capital Fringe continues! You’ll enjoy creative experiences as artists develop their visions in total freedom without any curatorial barriers. Best of all art takes over DC neighborhoods — Trinidad, Brookland, H Street, animating the spaces — from traditional theaters, to corner bars, to vacant storefronts. And there’s even a “Space Shuttle” to send button holders on their way.

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