The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) is launching “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, a new program to capture and preserve scenes of the District’s built environment. Along with the DC Preservation League and the National Building Museum, The Capitol Hill Art League is co-sponsoring the juried competition initiative that seeks submissions of paintings and photography. Continuing on its long tradition of collecting artworks that depict life in Washington, the Historical Society partnered with the DC Preservation League to develop its list of Most Endangered Places. The list includes buildings at risk of being lost or destroyed as the city’s urban landscape continues to transform, and it will provide local artists with the subjects for art and photo submissions.
For full details on the initiative, the exhibit, and the submissions process, please see the Historical Society’s web site here. The exhibit will run April 22nd through May 27th, 2015. The deadline for online entries is February 1st, 2015. Nine jurors from national and Washington area art and cultural institutions will curate the exhibit. The competition’s jury consists of individuals from: FotoDC, The George Washington University, National Building Museum, National Geographic Society, National Park Service, National Portrait Gallery, NEWSEUM, and The Phillips Collection. To learn more about the jurors, click here. The jurors will select 75 artworks for display at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, and these will also be included in a printed catalog. Of those 75 pieces, the top five winning artists will receive a financial award and their artworks will be formally accessioned into the Society’s permanent collection. In conjunction with the Historical Society’s 121st anniversary celebration, a closing night reception will be held on May 27th where awards will be presented.
Landscapes, Cityscapes, Seascapes, Dreamscapes – The Capitol Hill Art League hosts I See ‘Scapes, a members’ juried exhibit in November at the Gallery in the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. CHAL members reveal some of their favorite ‘scapes. The opening reception was Saturday November 8th, 5-7pm in the CHAW Gallery, and the juror Karen Keating, the Director of Photoworks, spoke at 5:30pm. A recap of her remarks can be found here. The list of works in the exhibit is available here. Best in Show by Nancy Freeman below, Interplay. The exhibit runs through December 5th.
ABOUT THE JUROR: Karen Keating holds an MFA in photography, Maryland Institute College of Art, and has studied at the Corcoran School, Maine and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She is a photography studio teacher at The Field School, and Director of Photoworks at Glen Echo Park. She is a member of Multiple Exposures Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, and Society of Photographic Educators. She has received the Tufts University Teacher Award, Maryland State Arts Council grant and, most recently, 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER in Santa Fe, NM. She recently self-published her first photography book, Cubans: Watching and Waiting.
CHAL artist Naomi Taitz Duffy is presenting the third solo exhibit in a series of CHAL artists at the wine bar managed by the Four Seasons Hotel. Location is 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. She will host an opening reception on Friday November 7th on the second floor of the wine bar. This exhibit opens October 30th and runs through November 29th.
Naomi Taitz Duffy is from New York City. She began her art training at the High School of Music and Art before going on to earn a BFA with a focus in illustration at Washington University in St. Louis. She went on to receive a Masters Degree in Childhood Education and taught elementary school for several years in New York and Washington. Throughout her time in New York Duffy studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Art Students League. She has exhibited her work throughout the Washington DC area, and her work is held in private collections internationally. http://naomitaitzduffy.com
CHAL artist Aina Nergaard-Nammack is presenting the second solo exhibit in a series of CHAL artists at the wine bar managed by the Four Seasons Hotel. Location is 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. This exhibit runs through October 29th.
FRAGMENTS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: While I listen to a determined piece, I start painting large brush strokes in accordance of what I am listening to. I get immersed in the music and my brush hits the canvas in different directions and tempo. At times I have two or three brushes in my hand, different sizes and different colors, and I use them as the music tells me to. I am not thinking of what I do, but anytime a brush stroke appears on the canvas, I move away to really look at the composition and decide what direction I will take next. I pause many times, to avoid a chaos that could start if I am not careful. When I am painting, I use my whole arm and my body and paint somehow away from the canvas so that I can continually see from a distance, what I am doing. www.nergaard-nammack.com