DC’s Hot Hits and Hidden Jewels; Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9

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

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Folger Shakespeare Library. Fri.
Join the Smithsonian’s Dr. Andrew K. Johnston, a geographer at the National Air and Space Museum, as he explains the longitude problem and solutions on display in the current Folger exhibition “Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude.”

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Warner Theatre. Sat.
Joel Edward McHale is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community.

Howard Theatre. Sun.
In retrospect of looking back over the past twenty years, R&B Superstar JOE Thomas crosses bridges. The crooner’s new Album clearly defines his new outlook on life’s relationships and where they have taken him.

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Illuminate with Elizabeth Avedon INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

Illuminate_web-200x147The Center for Fine Art Photography Call Summary: We are pleased to announce the Illuminate call for entry with juror Elizabeth Avedon at The Center for Fine Art Photography. All capture types, subject matter and photographic processes are eligible to submit.

Awards and Honors given. The Deadline is August 26th at 11:59 pm, MST.

Members- $24 and non-members $38. This is an international, open call for entry. C4FAP is a non-profit arts organization.

Discipline: Photography
Submission Deadline: 08/26/2015
Contact Name: Sunshine Divis, Programs Manager Contact Email: coordinator@c4fap.org
Website: http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/illuminate-elizabeth-avedon/

Register for the 2015 Alliance of Artists Communities’ Annual Conference

Register today for the 2015 Alliance of Artists Communities’ Annual Conference, October 13-16 in Providence, Rhode Island! Join 300 leaders from across the globe as they explore new ideas in supporting artists through three action-packed days of talks, tours, performances, and workshops.

Catch a sneak peak of this year’s highlights! Including an evening keynote by Theaster Gates, conference tracks in Social Practice and Arts + Ecology, their annual board development training, and 12 off-site tours and events showcasing Rhode Island’s boldest arts spaces – from molten pumpkins at The Steel Yard to the rugged coastline of the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Early registration means first pick of special programs, discounted registration rates, and a chance to join the conversation early!

Register here.

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