ArsRSS Calls and Opportunities http://net18reaching.org/artrss/ Current Term Specific News Feed en-us Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:00:01 -0500 240 <![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649
<![CDATA[Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York]]> Found: deadline
$1,000 Prize. Deadline: May 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - Mill Valley, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,500 in awards. Deadline: April 15, 2015

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<![CDATA[2015 Art Kudos International Juried Competition - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$4,500 in cash awards. Deadline: June 30, 2015

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<![CDATA[54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition - Midland, Michigan]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
More than $3000 in awards plus solo exhibit. Deadline: April 13, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 28 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$3,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[South Bend Museum of Art: Sightlines, 2015-2017 - South Bend, Indiana]]> Found: deadline
$1000 stipend for each selected artist. Deadline: April 12, 2015

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<![CDATA[radius250 2015 Juried Exhibition - Richmond, Virginia]]> Found: deadline
Up to $1000 and a solo exhibition. Deadline: April 6, 2015

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<![CDATA[Emotion and Energy of Color II - Online exhibition]]> Found: deadline
$1,500 in cash and $6,825 in prizes. Deadline: April 20, 2015

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Art League 85th Annual Landscape Exhibit - Santa Cruz, California]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
$2,000 in awards. Deadline: April 5, 2015

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<![CDATA[Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition - Terre Haute, Indiana]]> Found: deadline, awards, award
Over $5000 in merit prizes and purchase awards. Deadline: April 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[In defense of Jessica Dawson]]> Found: opportunity
Yesterday I noted the mess that former WaPo art critic Jessica Dawson is in due to her recent review of an African-American artist, where she's being accused of being a racist.

Jessica Dawson is not a racist. Her art criticism is almost always negative, often offensive, very snarky and she's unable to give an artistic positive compliment without doing it in a backhanded manner. That, unfortunately for the DC area artists whom she used to review in the Washington Post for years, is a known fact (see here for my empirical evidence). She was once even kicked out of a DC gallery and prohibited from ever entering again! 

This critic is one who, when she departed the Post, noted that over the years she "wised up and recognized that there are kinder ways of saying "shape up" than likening art to "a dental hygienist scaling your tartar with a metal pick."

I seem to also recall when she once compared someone's artwork to "looking at a fat lady's butt" ... 


DC artists will also tell you that she hates realism... She once wrote: "Anyone in the art world will tell you: Realism has been done. Remember those cave painters back in 15,000 B.C.? Could those guys render a bison or what?" 

Her Art History background and depth of knowledge was also questioned often, as a few of her reviews had jaw-dropping art history errors... But a racist? Not a chance... She's simply an equal opportunity Debbie Downer art scribe, and I will always defend, even as I may disagree, for her right to write a negative art review about anyone, regardless of race, and in this case, I think that Jillian Steinhauer is not only showing her youth, but also her formation, and unfortunately using the "race card" in the wrong place, something that she's probably learned due to the ubiquitous use of that card by nearly everyone these days.

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27 March 2015, 11:57 am ac6e101ba71e3edb246a81b529b5e40d
<![CDATA[Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists]]> Found: deadline

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) seeks graffiti artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals that inspire the various communities in which they will be placed. Selected artists will be required to work with the young apprentices (ages 14-23) by introducing and refining each student's artistic skill in the discipline of graffiti style sketch work and aerosol mural painting. 
  
MuralsDC was created to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform their artistic skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. 
  
The three platforms on which the MuralsDC project is based are: 
  • Illegal Graffiti Abatement 
  • Youth Outreach 
  • Community Revitalization 
There are more than 50 MuralsDC projects across the District. Each mural tells a unique story of DC's diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. 
  
ELIGIBILITY 
This commission is open to Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams.
 
All Artists must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Have Graffiti and or Aerosol Mural Art experience. 
  • Be a practicing professional. 
  • Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program.
  • Be record free.
*Preference will be given to District of Columbia Artists. 
  
BUDGET & PAYMENTS 
Depending on site dimensions, the total budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. 
  • The mural budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, graffiti protective coating, working with young people and documentation of the artwork. 
  • The overall project budget includes the artist's design fees, compensation and travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, shipping and transportation of materials to the site, preparation of mural site, installation of the artwork, application of protective coating, and any applicable taxes and/or insurance. 
  • Payments will be made directly to Final Artists. Principals and fiscal agents of any kind are prohibited. 
Funds under this program may not be used to fund colleges, universities, or other government agencies. 
  
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE  
DATE 
ACTIVITY 
May 1, 2015
Application Deadline 
Mid May 2015 
Application Review
Roster / Semi-Finalist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late May 2015
Final Artist Selections
Notifications Issued 
Late may 2015
Site Assignments
Early- Mid June 2015
Mural Concept Designs Begin 
Mid- Late June 2015
Final Approval of Mural Designs 
July 2015
Mural Installations Begin
Early Fall 2015
Program Dedication / Culminating Event 
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 
Friday, May 1, 2015 
All materials must be received no later than 4:00 PM. 
This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

APPLICATION 
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit dcarts.dc.gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
Call 202-724-5613 or email Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

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27 March 2015, 4:30 am c8b4e0dad6d36e4555835617d36c80d0
<![CDATA[Holy crap! Jessica's in trouble!]]> Found: entry
Former WaPo freelance galleries art critic Jessica Dawson is in serious kimchi because of this review (I didn't even know that Jessica was still writing art reviews!).

And while Dawson's style of art criticism has a vast and serious set of negative critical issues associated with it (as I've often documented in this blog while she was a freelance art critic for the WaPo), and while The Dawsinator was (and maybe remains) a very thin-skinned recipient of return fire, and because I've met and had a lot of personal interaction with Dawson while she was the WaPo's main gallery art critic, one fact that I can say with a very high degree of assurance, is that her art criticism is not based on racism, as many people now claim because of this review.

As this blog entry is written, there are 124 comments debating Jessica (is she a racist or not, or just a bad art critic???)

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26 March 2015, 4:51 pm 6b137e73ed42bb406d1ab8ec443b7177
<![CDATA[Call for Photogs]]> Found: deadline, submit, awards, award, juror, entry

Call For EntryPhoto '15
National Photo Competition

Juror:  Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art


You are invited to submit to Photo ‘15, a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are eligible. 

Exhibit dates:                          October 20, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Awards and Reception:       Sunday, November 1, 2015,  2pm-4pm

Full Prospectus            
         

Entry deadline:  July 1, 2015.

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25 March 2015, 4:00 am 5a5d221db2295b3787b4bb7deab5d254
<![CDATA[From the 90s: Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol]]> Found: opportunity
For TBT, this is one of my reviews originally written and published in the late 1990s. I've updated the links.
 
Michael Auld at Fondo del Sol: An Art Review
By F. Lennox Campello

Originally Published in Visions Magazine for the Arts
I remember as a little boy the story of Hatuey, told to me by my grandmother, who had been raised as a little girl in Cuba. Hatuey was a Taino Indian Chief from the island of Hispaniola who was a witness to the atrocities the Spaniards were committing upon his people. 

The Hispaniola Tainos had received Columbus and his fellow Europeans with open arms, and the Spaniards had brutalized the Indians in return. Hatuey sailed to neighboring Cuba and warned the Cuban Tainos about the Europeans. 

When Columbus and his ships showed up, they were received not with open arms but with armed resistance. Eventually Hatuey was captured by the Spaniards and prepared for burning at the stake. 

A Spanish priest asked Hatuey if he wanted to repent from his sins and be baptized before being burned at the stake. The baptism, promised the priest, would ensure that Hatuey go to heaven and live happily among the Christians. Hatuey asked if the bearded white men would go to heaven when they too died. The priest nodded yes and said that the Spaniards would go to heaven because they were good Christians. 

"In that case," replied Hatuey as the flames began to lick at his feet, "I want to go to hell."
Just like my grandmother, I have always believed and been told that the Caribbean Indians, comprised of the peaceful Tainos, the warlike Caribs and the Arawaks were all extinct as a result of mass suicide, murder, disease and Spanish enslavement. 

We were all wrong! The Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center in Washington currently has on display an extraordinary exhibit by sculptor Michael Auld which not only pays homage to many of the Caribbean Indians' legends and stories, but also offers (via two fascinating videos), clear evidence that descendants of the Caribbean Indians still live in isolated, mountainous areas of the Caribbean islands. 

The exhibition's center piece is an extraordinary wooden sculpture of Itiba Cahubaba, the legendary Earth mother of Taino legend. This stunning piece depicts the Earth mother giving birth simultaneously to two sets of twins, who became the fathers of mankind. This is a gripping piece not only because of its artistic value, but more importantly because it marks the rebirth of Taino culture after nearly 500 years of being nearly forgotten, erased and virtually destroyed. 

Also on display are three large wooden totemic sculptures depicting three stories in the Spanish conquest of the islands. The Hatuey story is here, as well as the story of the rape of a Carib woman by Spanish Conquistador Miguel de Cuneo, recorded in his own words: "I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, who the Admiral gave to me... I conceived a desire to take my pleasure... but she did not want it... I beat her with a rope...Finally we came to terms...She seemed to be brought up in a school of harlots."
 
The third piece represents the drowning of a Spaniard by Cuban Tainos. The Spaniards had passed themselves as Gods, and the Cuban Indians decided to test this claim, and one day submerged one of the Conquistadores under water in a river. When he died, the Indians realized that he was a mere human, and the word quickly spread to other Indians on the island and the Europeans had to fight from there on. 

There are many great pieces on exhibition at the Center, and the show establishes Michael Auld (who was born in Jamaica) as one of the best sculptors in the city, but it equally re-affirms the importance of a place like the Fondo del Sol, which gives artists like Auld an opportunity to exhibit work which most commercial galleries and museums would ignore. 

Furthermore, the evidence recorded in video by Auld (during a visit to the island of Dominica in 1992), which depicts visual evidence of a supposedly "extinct" people holding on to a remote enclave in the north of the island, is a visceral reminder of a people nearly destroyed, almost erased and yet shouting to be heard. 

This is an extraordinary, seminal yet important show, which for the first time in art history presents a people's cultural ancestry being rediscovered via contemporary art. Mr. Auld, and just as importantly, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center are to be complemented and honored for delivering this exhibition, and I hope the Smithsonian anthropologists and historians are listening! 

The Fondo del Sol (which is run by its exuberant, Havana-born director Marc Zuver), is an artist-run alternative museum located at 2112 R Street, NW in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The exhibit closes on February 10, and the museum can be reached at (202) 483-2777.

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19 March 2015, 3:30 am ef06ec85073feae827343fbb04e442ed
<![CDATA[Call For Submissions: UnBound4!]]> Found: submissions, submission, deadline, entry
Deadline:  April 17, 2015

No entry fees!

Candela Books + Gallery announces their fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. 

An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.
For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: Unbound3! 2014

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, on Saturday, July 11th, Candela will host its annual UnBound! event which will include food & drink, live music, and curious entertainment …along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Details here.

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18 March 2015, 4:30 am f525c542e2d1ea450f158c0cdb6c251d
<![CDATA[Trawick Prize]]> Found: deadline, awarded, awards, award, juror
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
 
The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
 
Awards 
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artists* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1985 may be awarded this prize. 
The Jurors will select up to 9 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2015. 

Deadline to apply is April 7, 2015.  Click here for more info & to apply.

Questions?  Please send an email to artist@bethesda.org.

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17 March 2015, 4:30 am b9e18ef961612859352f8d19690a437f
<![CDATA[Arts Job: Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD]]> Found: opportunity, deadline, submit


Deadline:  4/3/2015   
Description:   The position of FACULTY MEMBER OF FINE ARTS/DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS is available in the Academic AffairsDivision. This position is on a full-time 10 month basis, reporting to the Chair of Visual Arts.
FUNCTION:Serves as faculty teaching a reduced load to perform Discipline Coordinator duties. The Faculty Member/Discipline Coordinator is responsible for: planning and making available appropriate study materials; conducting educationally valuable activities in the classroom or laboratory; making assignments of student work; evaluating and grading student progress; collecting and analyzing outcomes assessment data; reviewing and revising curricula; attending departmental meetings; general faculty meetings and College-wide meetings as required; serving on appropriate College committees; hiring, mentoring and handling promotion reviews of adjunct instructors; searching and contracting artists for gallery exhibitions throughout academic year; writing and submitting copy and relevant images to the Publications Department for exhibit related materials; invitations and brochures within the required timelines; receiving and hanging artwork for all exhibits and arranging and attending gallery receptions for openings; creating wall-text, title cards and ancillary materials for exhibits (including student shows), contacting and/or responding to news media requests for interviews and information concerning exhibits; purchasing gallery supplies and caring for and protecting the College’s art collection as needed; and responding to the need for a full appraisal and accounting of its contents every four years; and performing other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree or higher in the teaching discipline or Master's degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline. Two years of demonstrated teaching experience at the college level and evidence of exhibit/curatorial experience outside of one’s own artwork. Candidate should have both studio and art history knowledge with the ability to teach either if necessary. Administrative/managerial experience is required.
SALARY: Instructor rank on the 10-month Carroll Community College Salary Scale. Actual salary placement based on education and experience. Position includes excellent fringe benefit package.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, ten images of applicant’s professional work, and ten images of applicant’s student work postmarked by April 3, 2015, to the Human Resources Department at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157 or email hr@carrollcc.edu. In order to qualify for employment, candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY APPLICANTS: Generally, the College places new faculty at the rank of Instructor, where the minimum based salary is $38,356. One-half of reasonable travel expenses are paid by the College for the first visit. The entire cost of travel for the second interview is paid by the College. The College does not pay for relocation expenses, nor does the College have tenure. However, following a one-year probationary period, year-to-year contracts are provided until three years of satisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-year contracts are provided.
 “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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16 March 2015, 3:15 pm 8b70af2a431daa6ce6d2aaac828919a0
<![CDATA[Call for Artists]]> Found: deadline, award, juror, entries
Deadline: July 10, 2015
The UMW Galleries will host the tenth edition of their juried painting competition. It is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Entries will be judged by a guest juror. Cash prizes and a purchase award are also available. The exhibition will be on view January 15- February 28, 2016. 
For more information, visit umwgalleries.org

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14 March 2015, 4:30 am 6995ec38df30517dec4ebde79c57d649