“Blue Pearls” by Clare Winslow, one of the prints up for action at Kiki DC!
Kiki DC is a night of food, drinks, art, and fashion–all benefiting Pyramid Atlantic’s children’s programs as well as Washington Printmakers Gallery. The main event is Off the Rack, a juried wearable art fashion show, with guest judges from Project Runway and other venues picking winners from area artists and designers. In addition to the fashion show, there will be a Silent Auction, with proceeds going towards Pyramid Atlantic and Washington Printmakers Gallery. You can see a preview of some of the artwork up for auction (with many opening bids under $100) at our website.
When does all this fun take place, you ask? In just over two weeks on Saturday, June 8, 8 pm, at the Fillmore Silver Spring. You can buy tickets directly at their website–VIP packages are still available!
We have a lot of recent graduates out there (congratulations, all!), and you may be wondering what to do with that art degree. One of the easiest ways to get your feet wet in the art world is apply to a few juried shows. If you get in, it can be a great resume booster, but also just a good learning experience in general. If you’ve already got a portfolio organized, you can start with our 16th Annual National Small Works–the call for entries ends tonight at midnight. If you need a little more time, check out these upcoming opportunities:
Press Room Mini Solos: Ok, we had to plug one more of our own. We are seeking artists age 18+ working in printmaking, papermaking, and book arts for our 2014 Press Room exhibition season. This 10×17 former vault is a great place to show a suite of prints or the beginning of a new body of work. Applications are due August 17.
14th Annual Will’s Creek Survey-put on by the Allegheny Arts Council in Maryland, this exhibition is a juried exhibition of contemporary artwork that is open to visual artists from across the United States, juried this year by Lauren Schell Dickens: assistant curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Over $5,000 in artist awards (including $2,000 for Best of Show) are at stake. Entry deadline is July 1.
Vox IX: An exhibition of emerging artists at Vox Populi Gallery, this year’s jurors are artist Hilary Harkness and arts writer Hunter Braithwaite. There are no prizes, but Vox takes no commission on any sales made. Deadline is June 7.
NSW 2010 winning print “Mandala” by Kiyomi Baird.
You have just under a week to apply for the 16th Annual National Small Works Exhibition. Remember, we extended the deadline from the 17th to the 22nd. Eligible works must be:
- hand-pulled prints (sorry, no digital prints or photographs)
- under 170 square inches (this is the print size , not paper or frame size)
- created within the past two years
This year’s juror is Philippa Hughes of the Pinkline Project. In addition to founding this calendar/blog, she hosts the very popular Cherry Blast party every year and serves as a DC Commissioner for the Arts. Ms. Hughes will be picking the 50 prints that comprise the exhibition, and then the winners from those 50. First prize is a solo show in August of 2014.
You can see all the details about the exhibition and the call for entries here. Have some other questions? Check out our FAQ. Good luck!
“Entanglements” by Robin Gibson
We’ve had (and have scheduled) some great Press Room shows for 2013, including the current exhibition, In My Nature by Robin Gibson. Are you a printmaker interested in having a show in the Press Room this year? It’s great for a student (or student group) just starting to build a resume of solo shows, for an artist wishing to exhibit a smaller body of work or a specific suite of prints, or for someone who wants to try out something that’s a little more experimental–we’re really looking forward to the multi-media installation by Refugee Art Project next month! As long as the work is 75% related to paper-making, print arts, or book arts, we’ll consider it. There is NO FEE to apply! Deadline is August 17, and notifications go out in mid-September. Want more information? Check out the full prospectus on our website.
Pyramid Atlantic founder Helen Frederick has curated the exhibition Noesis: 12 Printmakers Looking Intuitively at the World at the Cosmos Club. The Cosmos Club is a private club, but we did want to mention the exhibition because we saw so many familiar names, including current members Rosemary Cooley, Jenny Freestone, Trudi Y. Ludwig and Margaret Adams Parker. Additionally, we’re pleased to see former member Fleming Jeffries and WPG friends Elzbieta Sikorska as exhibitors. If you are a member of the Cosmos Club (or friends with one!), this exhibition will be up May 16-September 8.
NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner: “Not the Center of the Universe” by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.
Director Annie Newman will be out of town on the original deadline–which just didn’t seem fair for anyone having any last-minute registration problems. So, we’ve extended the deadline to Wednesday, May 22 for National Small Works Entries. Remember, this year’s juror is Philippa Hughes of the Pinkline Project and the grand prize is a solo show in August of 2014. You can read about our other prizes, as well as how to apply, at our website.
“Arabesque” by Matina Marki Tillman
Artist member Matina Marki Tillman will be participating in the New York Society of Etchers 3rd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints at the National Arts Club in New York. Matina will be exhibiting a representative work from her new series of direct etchings of charcoal drawings onto solarplates as part of this show. The exhibition will run from May 20th to June 7th, 2013.
For whoever hasn’t already visited, the National Arts Club is a beautiful, historic gallery in one of New York City’s most elegant neighborhoods. For artists and visitors alike, National Arts Club exhibitions are experiences well worth attending. The opening and artists’ reception will be Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City.