Friday, July 31, 2009

March (or perhaps just a leisurely stroll) on Washington

Bambino and I are heading down to DC this weekend. (We only like to visit the nation's capital either when it's freaking cold or nice and muggy.) In addition to catching up with some dear non-art world friends, we'll be catching up with some dear art-world friends, including Leigh and Jamie who very generously present ACADEMY each summer at Conner Contemporary Art:
Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce ACADEMY 2009. Exhibition founder, Jamie Smith, Ph. D., is the curator of our 9th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by recent fine art graduates of regional college art programs.

Participating artists: Celina Amaya, Danny Baskin, Alan Callander, Charles Clary, Margot Ellis, Kyle Ford, Jeremy Flick, Corey Grimsley, Steve Ioli, Casey Reed Johnson, Jin Young Kang, Patrick McDonough, Aziza Murray, Igor Pasternak, Ding Ren, Alex Roulette, Andrew Schrock, Ryan Schroeder and Rafael Soldi.

Represented institutions: American University, Catholic University of America, Corcoran College or Art and Design, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Maryland.
Yours truly has been invited to be one of the jurors (along with Helen Allen, Executive Director of PULSE and Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities) for the PULSE Presents Award:
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair will award one of this year's Academy exhibiting artists an exhibition space at PULSE Miami 2009. [The jurors] will announce the winner at 7pm the night of the opening.
Earlier in the day, our friends (and fellow current book tour travellers) Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber will be presenting a workshop at Conner Contemporary that local artists won't want to miss:
Washington Project for the Arts will co-host a workshop as part of its No Artist Left Behind series: The Top 10 Things Every Artist Should Know with Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber, authors of ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career (2009). The authors will discuss career management, business and legal issues for artists. Book signing immediately to follow. The NALB Series is a professional development initiative created by WPA to provide resources and workshops to DC area visual artists.
The WPA workshop will be held 4 – 6pm. The ACADEMY 2009 opening reception follows from 6-8pm. Come on over if you're in the neighborhood!

Labels: academy, book


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No Artist Left Behind" ...sounds just as implausible as "No Child Left Behind"

Although, seeing as how it is not a Bush era government mandated program, I'm sure it will have a great deal more success.

Just make sure that we cut funding to arts programs if in fact we cannot succeed in leaving no artist behind (regardless of the artists' individual abilities or desire to succeed)

Have a great time in DC...who the heck is bambino?


7/31/2009 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Bambino is the charming man in the photo and the love of my life.

7/31/2009 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the introduction Ed. I had been curious to know more of this mysterious Bambino whom you refer to from time to time.

Once again, enjoy your trip... hopefully the weather will not be too muggy!

7/31/2009 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Leigh Conner said...

Jamie and I are looking forward to seeing you and the (in)famous Bambino.

7/31/2009 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

You know Spring and Fall are very nice down here. But still, so much to see in DC!

7/31/2009 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try the Tabard Inn in DC. Lovely old B&B.

7/31/2009 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

I hope the charming, mysterious and (in)famous Bambino will do a "Seen and Heard_--aka Winkleman Page 6--on the book signing at the gallery. Hint, hint.

7/31/2009 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

P.S. Until then, I see that Sharon Butler has posted a few pics on Two Coats of Paint:

7/31/2009 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger jami said...

Sounds fun! I know you’ll be “booked”, but if you happen to pass the Torpedo Factory, in Alexandria, check out “In the Flesh II” at Target Gallery. I’m happy to say figurative work is still alive and I am fortunate enough to have a work included in that show!

7/31/2009 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Larry said...

Bambino is the charming man in the photo and the love of my life.

When I visit your gallery, however (as I'm planning to do next week to see Shane Hope), I would not feel comfortable addressing Murat as Bambino.

7/31/2009 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Some folks come right in and address Max, our associate director, as "Bambino," not having met either of them before.

It's ok, Larry, he doesn't bite too hard. Max, that is. Bambino has been known to chew through concrete. ;-)

7/31/2009 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Greg said...

If you have time, check out the galleries in the 14th St. corridor... especially Gallery Plan B... specifically the four medium-sized abstract acrylic paintings painted by me hanging in the current group show at Gallery Plan B...

7/31/2009 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Hering said...

Ed, perhaps you could stop in at the NEA and ask them why they insist on shooting themselves in the foot - during these times when funding is hard to come by? (Why do it at any time, really?) Doesn't the NEA think we need the NEA? Do they have a death wish?

Then maybe you could stop by congress and ask those fifty members if the "open market place" is what it's really all about. If the NEA supported "nice" art projects that the open market place didn't support, would the members bother to object? Are they being blatantly dishonest about their motives?

8/01/2009 09:10:00 AM  

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