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Artist Opportunities May 2013

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 Deadline next Wednesday!

NSW 2010 winning print "Mandala" by Kiyomi Baird.

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!

Press Room Mini Solos 2014

"Entanglements" by Robin Gibson

“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.


NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner:  "Not the Center of the Universe" by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.

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.

ISO Part Time Gallery Director

Hi all, its me, Director Annie Newman.  My husband and I are moving with our two dogs back to my hometown of Charlottesville for a little country living.  Leaving WPG will be one of the hardest things about the move–but it will be made a whole lot easier if we find a great new director!  So, send in your application or pass this on to friends you think would be a good match.  All details, below:

Washington Printmakers Gallery is a co-op gallery with 27 years of dedication to contemporary, hand-pulled prints.  Hosting between 30 and 40 local, regional, and national printmakers, WPG puts on approximately 8 solo shows a year of members’ work, in addition to several specialty group exhibitions and a monthly members’ exhibition.

The Gallery Director is responsible for day-to-day management of the gallery, as well as pursuing larger projects in conjunction with the artist membership, with the end goal of furthering the gallery’s mission of promoting hand-pulled, contemporary print arts.

This is a part time position of 27 hours per week: Wednesday/Thursday 12-6, Friday 12-7, and Saturday 10-5.  Distribution of hours may be flexible depending upon the Director’s needs.  A base salary of $12,600 is supplemented by commission on sales.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Gallery Director is responsible for:

  • Being present at the gallery during opening hours, or ensuring there is competent coverage,
  • Hosting events related to the exhibitions, specifically opening receptions (usually the first Saturday of the month) or artist talks,
  • Processing sales of artwork on display at the gallery or in any affiliate shows,
  • Keeping accurate records alongside the accountant,
  • Writing catalogs, designing postcards, drafting press releases, and creating any other media required for exhibitions at the gallery or any affiliate shows,
  • Maintaining the Gallery’s social media presence in an active and engaging way through Twitter, Facebook, Constant Contact, etc,
  • Writing grants and fundraising reports for WPG’s sister non-profit, Washington Print Foundation (WPF),
  • Managing and soliciting additional funds from private donors or other sources for WPF,
  • Attend the monthly meetings (usually the last Sunday of the month) to inform the artist membership of all gallery activities and discuss any other relevant matters.


The ideal candidate for Gallery Director will possess the following qualities:

  • Completed an arts-related Bachelor’s degree or higher education,
  • Knowledge of printmaking,
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, and/or other publishing software,
  • Familiarity with area arts and non-profit organizations and practices, including the Maryland Cultural Data Project,
  • Direct responsibility for financial, promotional, and/or fundraising management in an arts organization or non-profit setting,
  • Experience leading a large board or other diverse group of people to timely consensus on important matters,
  • Independent, driven working style and outgoing personality.

 To apply, please send a cover letter detailing any relevant experience or skills you could bring to the job, a resume including professional experience and accomplishments, a writing sample (see below), and three professional contacts to info@washingtonprintmakers.com with “Director Application” in the subject.  An email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent during regular gallery hours.  No phone calls, please.

Directions for the writing sample: Chose two artists from the Washington Printmakers Gallery website and write a mock press release for a two person exhibition.


Two Weeks Until the NSW Early Bird Deadline

Thinking about applying to National Small Works?  You have two more weeks to submit up to 4 images for $20.  After April 17, it goes up to $30/4 images. No matter when you submit, additional images are $5 each.  The final deadline is 11:59 pm on May 18.

This year’s juror is Philippa Hughes, founder and Chief Creative Contrarian of the Pink Line Project (as well as being famous this time of year for the recent Cherry Blast party).  Ms. Hughes is also a DC Commissioner for the Arts.

First prize is a solo show in August 2014 at Washington Printmakers Gallery.  Additional prizes are awarded as well.  You can read more about the competition, the exhibition, and how to apply on our website.  Good luck!


While doing research on available grants, we came across so many residencies!  So many that we think no artist who wants to do a residency shouldn’t be able to do one. (Did we get all the negatives right in that sentence?  Anyway, you get our drift.)  There are residencies for printmakers, for sculptors, for dancers and choreographers, for writers, for LGBT artists, for disabled artists, for artists specializing in access for disabled citizens, residencies in France, Germany, and of course, state-specific residencies for artists of each state.  We were working from a book (the Foundation Center’s internet was down), so haven’t visited each of these websites, but we bet if you just copy and paste them into a search engine you’d find them pretty quickly.  Here’s a few to check out, in no particular order:

  • Weir Farm Trust
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowships
  • Anderson Cetner for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
  • Women’s Studio Workshop
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Djerassi Arts Program
  • Montalvo Arts Program
  • Regdale Program
  • Terra Foundation for American Art
  • Evergreen House Foundation
  • Camargo Foundation
  • A Room of Her Own
  • Baltimore Clayworks
  • Corporation of Yaddo
  • Pyramid Atlantic Artist in Residency Program

And, if you can’t find what you want there, check out the Foundation Center or New York Foundation for the Arts’ Source program (definitely NOT just for NY artists!) and we’re sure you’ll find just the residency you want. Happy hunting!

National Small Works 2013

NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner:  "Not the Center of the Universe" by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.

NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner: “Not the Center of the Universe” by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.

WPG’s 16th Annual call for entries to the National Small Works exhibition is now live!  As always, this exhibition is open to printmakers who are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • residing in the Continental US
  • creating hand-pulled, traditional prints (sorry, no digital or photographic works) under 170 square inches.

This year’s juror is Philippa Hughes.  Ms. Hughes left law practice to evangelize the power of art and transform lives, and is now the Chief Creative Contrarian of Pink Line Project.  Pink Line Project was established to inspire creative thinking in everyone, to build community and connectivity, and to open portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. Her vision for DC: to change the way people view DC, both residents and visitors. Through the Pink Line Project, she runs a consolidated and searchable calendar of all things cool and creative in DC and writes and maintains a widely read blog that highlights the best of DC’s creative scene. Ms. Hughes has established a reputation for creating inventive and collaborative environments in which people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact with each other gather to experience art and culture in alternative and stimulating ways, and has been a leader in the creative and temporary use of vacant, urban space throughout the city. We look forward to seeing what sort of show she’ll put together!

The early bird reduced fee deadline is April 17, 2013 ($20/4 images) and the final deadline is May 18, 2013.  First prize is a solo show in August 2014.  This year’s exhibiting solo artist will be Cianna Valley (her winning print is pictured above).  Be sure to check out all the details on our website and best of luck!

February 2013 Artist Opportunities

For all you artists out there applying to shows, here’s our suggestions:

Pyramid Atlantic Juried Show-This deadline has been extended to March 1.  There is no cost to submit for current members.  Not a member? No problem $40 gets you a year of membership and the opportunity to submit.  All prints, works on paper, and book arts considered.  Details are here.

Public Arts-DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities seeks an artist or artist team with significant 3-dimensional experience to design, fabricate and install a permanent public artwork for the new Unity-Parkside Community Health Center, in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood. Based on the submitted qualifications, 3-5 artists or artist teams will be shortlisted and awarded an honorarium of $1,000.00 to create a site-specific proposal that outlines their artistic design and vision. Shortlisted artists will be invited to visit the site and engage with the community for additional insight.  You can read more about the project, and submit your qualifications, here.  Hurry, entries are due March 4.

2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest–Finally, for the young (K-12) artists in DC Public and Charter Schools, DCCAH is holding their annual contest. Students are invited to create and submit an artwork that will inspire others to respect and celebrate the Cherry Trees. This deadline is February 25, so get your student’s work in today! Email info(at)dccollaborative(dot)org for an entry form.

January 2013 Call for Entries

A few calls for entries to share with you, courtesy of WPG member artists.  Aren’t they great?

Black and White at Anne Arundel Community College-a national juried show at the Pascal Art Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD. This show seeks fine art printmaking exploring black and white in its design and/or concept. The show’s juror is Georgia Deal, Professor and Printmaking Department Program head, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, and an exhibiting member of WPG’s current Professors of Print exhibition!  To apply, please submit 3 jpegs on a CD. Include an image list, numbered by entry submission with title of work, medium, dimensions, and year of completion. Image list must also include artist’s name and e-mail contact information. Include entry fee of $20 as check or money order made out to Anne Arundel Community College. Mail to Chris Mona, AACC, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012, by postmark deadline of February 26, 2013. Notifications sent via e-mail March 15 Questions can be submitted to cpmona (at) aacc (dot) edu.

I-Park Foundation Residency Program-This artists-in-residence program in East Haddam, CT offers a quiet, retreat-like setting conducive to exploration and  experimentation.  Artists are free to conceive and execute new ideas or work on existing projects. I-Park has, over the years, developed a particular interest in engaging its natural and built environment with site-responsive, ephemeral investigations and works.  They are currently accepting applications for their May-November Residency season.  Residencies usually run 4 weeks.  Additional information can be found here.