ART IN NATURE – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land


An Exhibition Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum (SSM)

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17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
(301) 774-0022
Phone: 301-774-0022
Contact: Allison Weiss, gro.m1506060393uesum1506060393gnirp1506060393sydna1506060393s@ssi1506060393ewa1506060393
Open: Wednesdays–Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm. Open after hours for programming.
Grounds are accessible any time.

EXHIBITION DATES: June 20, 2017–September 30, 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Entries must be posted on the EntryThingy website byApril 1, 2017 (midnight).

ENTRY FEE: $5 + current WSG membership

JUROR: Ursula Achternkamp
German born curator and artist Ursula Achternkamp currently lives and works in an international artist-in-residence program in Stuttgart at the Akademy Schloß Solitude, a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude and Wimmelforschung. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support encounters as well as interdisciplinary exchange in the context of science, economy, and art. The collaboration’s aim is not the production of a specific artistic work, but the encounter and the process of intercommunication itself.

Achternkamp studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster (D) and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Genève (CH). Beside her own artistic works she freelanced at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and was part of several Exhibition-Projects such as: curating the Permanent Exhibition of the Bauhaus-Settlement Dessau-Törten in the Konsumbuilding of Walter Gropius; being part of the curatorial team of Archilab Europe–Strategic Architecture (Cooperation of the Bauhaus Dessau with the FRAC Centre, Orléans, France 2008); as well as contributing to Projectwork at the International Building Exhibition IBA Urban Redevelopment Saxony-Anhalt Less is Future. She has shown her own artistic works in several group and solo exhibitions such as in the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia, and Switzerland.

Participating in an international and interdisciplinary Bauhaus-Kolleg EU-Urbanism (2006-07) she investigated “After-Effects for a City” by taking part at the European Capital of Culture program (research in Luxembourg (LU) and Sibiu (RU) 2007). She was artist in Residence at the Nomadic Village organized by Klaus Mähring with ISIS Arts/ County Durham (GB) and AIR in Havelberg (D) and in Roja (LV). She was awarded residencies in 2011/12 at the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart (D) Fellow Section Architecture, guest of the International Summer Program of the Raketenstation Hombroich (D) in 2012 and 2013, where she was invited as curator for the program in 2015.

Achternkamp also collaborated with The Philosophical Farmers (Die Philosophischen Bauern), participated in the development and landing of UFO with Niklas Nitzschke in the frame of CULBURB (Cultural Acupuncture Treatment for Suburb) of the Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague. With Stefan Gruber, Klaus Fischedick, Chloé Zimmermann and Tina Wintersteiger active as “C’mon C’mmons.”

She gained the Prix 2006 de la Fondation Gertrude Hirzel, Prix Neumann de la Ville de Genève in 2004, and in 2001 the Förderpreis of the Art Academy Münster.

ART IN NATURE marks the second call for a cooperation between the Washington Sculptors Group and the Sandy Spring Museum within a cross-Atlantic partnership of internationally acclaimed curators. Sandy Spring Museum is a special place, away from the bustle of daily routine and fashionable trends from the city. It is an invitation to enter into the adventure of a direct encounter with art and nature and its rural historically grown landscape. Visitors are free to walk their own way around the museum and its park and adjacent woods and make their own discoveries of art and nature alike. This freedom of the spirit is at the heart of the Museum’s particular charm. A day at the Sandy Spring Museum awakens the senses.

The aim is to create awareness among visitors and communities to reconnect with nature today as well as in the future. Art functions as a mediator between nature and the people to generate public attention and awareness by promoting a healthier and environmentally more meaningful and sustainable life. Life in and with nature can be experienced as living systems and can be experienced as nature’s regenerative power and the capability to recover from damage. A diverse layered concept of ART IN NATURE helps to understand, appreciate, and value the ecosystem offered by nature and its natural systems and cycles. Art functions not only as an esthetic stimulator to design a creative and sustainable environment, but helps to understand the connection between man and nature. One can find its beauty in materials, forms and living systems, and fields of science that artists can convey, in which the arts create the trans-disciplinary realm outside a world of utilitarianism.

WSG and SSM seek a collaboration to enhance communities’ social engagement with nature, and the environment through concepts of participation and collaboration and contemporary concepts. A diverse and multilayered program creates a broader platform for today’s highly diverse audience that needs to be approached through diverse artistic relationships to nature that can be natural, environmentally friendly, architectural, conceptual, narrative, representational, time-based, and interdisciplinary to regenerate our deep connection with nature.

ARTINA 2017 – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land
In collaboration with the Sandy Spring Museum, the Washington Sculptors Group seeks to realize a Land Use Project that addresses issues of how we use our land today and in the future. Artists are invited to look into matters of deep time, the history or the current condition of local and regional observations (or through research) that will raise public awareness of environmental issues for the future.

In continuation of ARTINA 2016, WSG and the Sandy Spring Museum will proceed with their shared philosophy of connections between nature and humankind, including nature as a living system for a more environmentally meaningful and sustainable life, as well as key issues involving our ecosystem and its regeneration and recovery through the arts as a mediator.

With emphasis on the use, reuse and abuse of the land, artists will be encouraged to focus on local or regional findings or research that generate discoveries on a global level. Artists will emphasize their main focus with concepts of mapping and meaning, identification of places, or exploring geographies. Artists will also be inspired and motivated by the actual condition of the land, its surroundings, its history and deep time discoveries, or by suburban developments and their impact on the environment.

Artists will raise questions about their findings (such as with sticks, trees, mud, bricks, rocks etc.) and insights that create a preview of the work on site at the Sandy Spring Museum. WSG and the Sandy Spring Museum will seek outdoor artwork that engages concepts of the land we use, occupy, exploit, reuse or abuse within the given context of “Art in Nature” as a metaphor for an environmentally meaningful and sustainable life.

The Sandy Spring Museum will help to provide maps and to connect with schools or youth groups such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, or with the general public in order to link the artists’ concepts with their work and with visitors. The exhibition will engage artists on site that involves collecting materials on site or from home and connect with the artwork; include developing and gaining space-digital presentation or projection; incorporate a participatory artist project at the opening reception; and introduce a performance artist or dancer who interacts with the various art sites during the opening reception.

The Sandy Spring Museum and WSG intend to provide a program that relates to the exhibition between June and mid October 2017. We encourage artists to seek a relationship with its audience through socially engaged art through collaboration, participation, dialogue, provocation, and immersive experiences. The SSM and WSG focus on process and seek to embed themselves within the communities.

The Sandy Spring Museum is a place where people make meaningful connections to community history through the cultural arts. The museum is a gathering place with interactive projects, artist studios, changing exhibits, evening programming, live music, and opportunities for the public to use the museum facility in order to build community.

The Sandy Spring Museum is located on 7+ acres of land, 3 acres of which are heavily forested. The remainder is naturally landscaped with mature trees. Sculptures can be exhibited throughout the property, including upon two 12’x 12’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.

The exhibition is open to current members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website, and send in a check, or may join online with your submission to the exhibition.

WSG members must have paid their dues for 2017 by the entry deadline to be eligible for this exhibition. The address label is on this Call or the most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, The Washington Sculptor, will show your membership status (example: MEMBER THROUGH 2017). Notices for 2017 dues were mailed Dec. 2016.

The Sandy Spring Museum will award an honorarium specifically for those artists who develop concepts that are either socially engaged or include participatory, collaborative, or time-based projects with local communities or neighborhoods. The award of the honorarium is at the discretion of Sandy Spring Museum.

– Artist or artist teams are welcome to submit pre-existing artwork or a proposed artwork that reflects on the theme ART IN NATURE. Artists who apply will install their work in accordance with either the provided artist proposal or in collaboration with the exhibition team and Sandy Spring Museum.
– A maximum of 5 images per artist or team will be considered.

In addition, please include:
– A description of where the project pieces are to be placed
– The background or narrative information about the artwork or proposal
– An explanation of how the project relates to the site
– Any maintenance that will be required during the course of the exhibition
– A list of materials, machinery, tools, or volunteer workforce you want to request from SSM
– And whether there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks

If an artist is proposing a work that involves community participation, SSM may be able to recruit volunteers to assist with the creation or installation of an artist’s work. Requested assistance will need to be coordinated between SSM and the artist. To make arrangements with SSM and get support from volunteers, selected artists will be required to discuss specifics about the site, setting, and layout of the installation with SSM staff and exhibition coordinators. Artists may choose to install their work with public participation and involvement during the installation period, or if required, over the life of the artwork.

Artists will submit a proposal in .doc or .pdf format containing the project description, concept sketches or renderings, and any other information pertaining to the proposed project. In addition, artists will provide up to 5 images of existing work in .jpg format titled portfolio001”–‘portfolio005”.jpg.” Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. It is recommended that artists visit the Sandy Spring Museum to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to submitting an application. Artists can visit the site seven days a week, at any time. If you wish to meet with museum staff, please contact Allison Weiss ahead of time at (301) 774-0022 or gro.m1506060393uesum1506060393gnirp1506060393sydna1506060393s@ssi1506060393ewa1506060393.

The official opening reception will be held Thursday, June 29th from 6:30–9:30 pm. Selected artists are invited to the reception opening to the public to engage visitors with hands-on activities. SSM reserves the right to make photo documentation for promotional and archival purposes, both print and electronic.


The EntryThingy website allows entering information about your entries and viewing by the juror.
1) Applicants should go to and click on the tab (at top) “for artists”.
2) Click on “list of current calls”.
3) Scroll down and click on the ART IN NATURE listing.
4) Create a login account to if you don’t have an account, or if you do, login to your existing account with the “Click here to login” button. After logging in, select theSculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Artcall and complete the entry steps.
5) There is a $5 entry fee.
6) All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.
Assistance with submissions is available by email request: contact gro.s1506060393rotpl1506060393ucsno1506060393tgnih1506060393saw@s1506060393eirtn1506060393e1506060393.

When uploading your images, you will be provided space for six uploads. That number is for 5 images and an artist statement. Do not send any more than five images as if there is a sixth image it will be discarded.

SSM will insure the work after the work is delivered and the exhibition loan agreement is signed. Insurance during transportation is the responsibility of the artist. There will be no commission taken by the venue of any work sold during the exhibition. Purchase inquiries will be directed to the artist.


February 15, 2017 CFE open call
April1, 2017 Application deadline midnight (EST)
April 13, 2017 Juror’s artist selection

April 16, 2017 Artist Notification
June 15-19, 2017 Artwork Installation
June 20, 2017 Show Opening
June 29, 2017 Opening Reception
September, 30 2017 End of show
October 1-8, 2017 De-installation
Assistance with submissions is available by email at: gro.s1506060393rotpl1506060393ucsno1506060393tgnih1506060393saw@s1506060393eirtn1506060393e1506060393
The Exhibition Managers:
Tom Petzwinkler (703) 209-8786 – moc.l1506060393iamg@1506060393niwzt1506060393ept1506060393
Artemis Herber (216) 269-9983 – moc.c1506060393am@re1506060393brehs1506060393imetr1506060393a1506060393

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Sculpture REMIX 2017: Craft / Technology / Art

An Exhibition Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and the Glen Echo Park Partnership

Glen Echo Park Partnership (Popcorn and Stone Tower Galleries)
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812

EXHIBITION DATES: April 8 – April 30, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: April 8, 2017, 6-8 pm

PANEL: April 24, 2017,  7-9 pm


ISD Panelists: Jade Garrett (Director of MakerSpace REMIX); Sue Wrbican (Professor School of Art GMU); Alan Binstock (NASA architect)

Participating REMIX artists are:
Jon Lundak; Grant McFarland; Adam Bradley; Meirav Finn; Tory Cowles; Martin Feldman; Helen Glazer; Marc Robarge; Iris Posner; Jenny Wu; c.l. bigelo (yes, all lowercase) ;Judith Goodman; Siavash Tohidi; Judith Pratt; Linda Agar- Hendrix; David Alfuth; Julie Zirlin; Eve Hennessa; Adam Hager; Lynda Andrews-Barry.

JUROR: Allison Nance joined international Arts & Artists in 2013 as Director of Hillyer Art Space. Prior to this she was with the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2008-2013. She co-founded Microwave Project LLC in 2010, a curatorial partnership that acts as a conduit between artists and businesses, exploring alternative exhibition venues with an emphasis on site-specific installation art. Allison is Vice-Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, whose role it is to advise City Council with regard to policies that would strengthen the arts and further public access to the arts and cultural matters. She is the Chair of the Commissions Grant Committee, and for the last three years has worked on the Commission’s Annual Work Plan Task Force, outlining which new public art projects the city of Alexandria will initiate, indicating where the projects are located, and what the proposal budgets will be. Allison joined the ArtTable in January 2016, and is currently the co-chair for the membership of the Washington DC chapter.



Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
in Collaboration with the Salzlandmuseum

39218 Schönebeck,
Pfännerstr. 41, Germany
December 18, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Anne Reeve

Salzlandmuseum, Wednesday, December 17, 2015, 7pm
Local excavations of four circular grave systems between the villages of Schönebeck and Pömmelte-Zackmünde have revealed an ancient monument site called the “German Woodhenge.” Inspired by the mysterious site at Schönebeck, Germany, 23 artists created small sculptures to generate a dialogue regarding the surrounding excavation sites and the extraordinary scientific findings in the overall context of prehistoric monuments across cultures. Selected by Juror Anne Reeve, these 23 artists represent multiple countries, including artists from the United States, Ireland, Mexico, and Germany. Anne Reeve is Assistant Curator at the Glenstone Museum, Potomac MD.

The contextual analysis and exploration of this site through art projects is intended to reveal a deeper understanding of people’s lives in prehistoric times, and allow artists’ interpretation on topics of the cosmos, nature and contemporary culture, as well as past and future societies.

Thirty-two small-scale sculptures created within a “micro” format convey a global perspective that is informed by either the artist’s own personal background, or by experiences with other cultures and peoples internationally or locally. Their global perspectives and diverse artistic approaches interact with concepts of monumentality with regards to space, time, place, and cultural understanding.

Artists: Julia Bloom, Greg Braun, Elsab Dixon, Stephanie Firestone, Felicia Glidden, Carol B. Goldberg, Tom Greaves, Edel Gregan, Jonathan Guyer, Kelly Lorraine Hendrickson, Jin Lee, Leigh Maddox, Jacqueline Maggi, James Mallos, Kass McGowan, Elizabeth Miller, Jim Paulsen, Tatyana Schremko, Mike Shaffer, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Garret Strang, Lawrence S. Watson, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

About the Juror: Anne Reeve serves as assistant curator at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. Her writing has appeared in Art in America and Art Papers, and she is currently at work on a publication to accompany Glenstone’s upcoming exhibition of works by late American artist Fred Sandback.

Micro-Monuments is organized by Washington Sculptors Group, a non-profit organization founded in 1984 dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public.

The Barn



December 5 – February 5, 2015

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Reception: December 5, 3pm – 5pm

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center and Farm Park

1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville MD 21030

Come and explore the intersection of Art and Agriculture with the opening of THE BARN Micro-Gallery. The pop-up gallery s the thrid installment of LAND&ART AT THE FARM: A 4 SEASONS PROJECT – a collaboration between MARC and the Washington Sculptor Group.

ARTISTS: Allan Arp, c.l. bigelow, Nizette Brennan, Elsabé Dixon, Connie Fleres, Artemis Herber, Cat Lukens, Mahy Polymeropoulos, Casey Snyder, Dane
Winkler, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin

Juried by Bronwyn Mitchell, MARC Programs Manager, with select members of the MARC Board of Directors, including farmers, local business professionals, art enthusiasts, and philanthropists.

EQUINOX – Cycles in Nature


Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC)
Baltimore County Agricultural Center and Farm Park
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Opening Day – September 20, 2015
10am – 4pm

EQUINOX – CYCLES IN NATURE  is a collaboration between the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) and Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) to develop and realize land art and land use projects through the four seasons of the year, with the primary focus on farming and agricultural issues. The collaboration seeks to generate a diverse and multilayered program throughout the year that examines farming, agricultural themes in today’s societal landscape, and environmental issues through collaborative and participatory creative projects with visitors, volunteers, members, and communities.
Artist Jenn DePalma will present the collaborative project Cubes in the second public installation of LAND&ART@MARC: A 4 SEASON PROJECT. Works by Mike Shaffer and Pattie Firestonewere installed during the first project phase in July 2015.
What is Cubes?
During the course of this week, Jenn and her assistant will be building and installing the time-based piece (description below) for its grand opening on Family Farm Day – September 20. Not only is this a time-based land art piece – it also begs for collaboration. Jenn is inviting folks to the Ag Center on Thursday-Saturday to assist in creating the Cubes.If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please contact Jenn directly:  moc.l1506060393iamg@1506060393refin1506060393nej.a1506060393mlape1506060393d1506060393.

The artist will work at MARC for a week or so installing as many 2 x 2 x 2′ cubes as possible. Cubes will consist of corn stalks harvested on site, brush from the pile of sticks and logs, manure found locally, sunflowers harvested on site, wood chips, hay, earth and other various materials found on the site. The materials are tamped into a form and then the form is completely removed. The pieces are held together simply from the tamping. Over time the cube degrades; how quickly the cube degrades depends completely on the materials, weather, and environment.

The effort integrates actions relative to farming, the harvest, collection, and storage of materials. The weather and time push the narrative of lost perfection and the whole work spins on thinking inside the box.  Volunteers who help build the pieces and viewers who attend opening day will experience the climactic moment when the form is removed and the cube remains. Viewers will able to quietly observe the slow disintegration, literally sometimes watching pine needs fall from the cube or the wind blowing away a leaf or two.

Tickets for the 6th Annual Family Farm Day are available  here.

WSG Visitors and Volunteers download a parking pass.  Parking/Visitor Pass

Sculpture NOW 2015: EPHEMERAL


Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
and Greater Reston Arts Center

Exhibition on view September 10 – November 14, 2015

Opening Reception & Curator’s Talk:
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6-9pm
Free & Open to the public

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is pleased to present Ephemeral, an exhibition held in conjunction with The Greater Reston Arts Center. In keeping with the temporary installation by sculptor Patrick Dougherty erected outside the GRACE gallery, Ephemeral will explore the nature of non-permanent, three-dimensional work addressing the concept of ephemerality, whether conceptually, through site-specific works, or through the nature of the materials.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Jessica Beels, Nizette Brennan, May Britton, Elizabeth Burger, Kathleen Carlson, Gloria Chapa, Jeff Chyatte, Elsabé Loubser Dixon, Annie Farrar, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Billy Friebele, Gil Narro Garcia, Marilyn Stanek Geldzahler, Maggie Gourlay, Tom Greaves, Artemis Herber, Liz Lescault, Carol Gellner Levin, Ruth Lozner, Emily Piccirillo, Iris Posner, Marco Rando, Pam Rogers, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, raymonde van santen, Millicent Young
Juried by Holly Koons McCullough, Executive Director, Greater Reston Arts Center

Sculpture NOW is an annual survey exhibition presented in collaboration with a different host organization each year, including the American University Art Museum (2014), Honfleur Gallery (2013), Pepco Edison Place Gallery (2012), Artery Plaza Gallery (2011), Washington Square (2009), and others.

Greater Reston Arts Center
Reston Town Center
12001 Market St #103
Reston, VA 20190
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Reston Town Center | 12001 Market St #103 Reston, VA 20190 |


Image: Marilyn Stanek Geldzahler, Ethereal 1, 2014 dotted line


Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: June 12 – August 15, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 12, 7-9pm

Exhibition Juror:
Shanti Norris

Salamah Arden, Alan Binstock, Gloria Chapa, Jeff Chyatte, Joel D’Orazio, Alonzo Davis, Annie Farrar, Pattie Porter Firestone, Tom Greaves, Artemis Herber, Liz Lescault, Ruth Lozner, Claire McArdle, Rima Schulkind, Mike Shaffer, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Marcos Smyth, Paul Steinkoenig, Garrett Strang, Isabelle Truchon, Pat Wasserboehr, Janet Wheeler, and Millicent Young

A place of refuge or safety; an oasis, retreat, and safe haven; a consecrated place – a sanctuary can serve all of these functions. Seen as a place of safekeeping and as a space where transformation can take place, the idea of “sanctuary” has long provided artists with the inspiration to create. Curated by Shanti Norris and in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group comes Sanctuary, exploring the concept of how space can create refuge.
Featuring indoor and outdoor installations as well as small and large-scale sculptures, Sanctuary challenges our assumptions about art as it extends into our personal spaces and how it can serve as a sacred space.
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 3:30-5:30pm

Saturday April 24, 2015 [Confirm Date]
A Discourse on the Provenance of Space in relation to the Sculptural Object.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am – 5pm and Saturday from 11am – 3pm.

Brick Layers

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Workhouse Arts Center

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: April 11 – June 28, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 6 -9 pm

Exhibition Juror:
Jennie Shanker


Greg Braun, May Britton, Elizabeth Burger, Elsabe Dixon, Steven Dobbin, Margo Elsayd, Frank Fishburne, Mimi Frank & Francesca Bozzelli, David Grainger, Adam Hager, Mia Halton, Artemis Herber & Eunsook Lee , Ruth Lozner, James Mallos, ,Susan McElhinney, Judith Pratt, Mike Shaffer, Anna D. Smith, Paul Steinkoenig, Brian Wagner, Dane Winkler, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
The Washington Sculptors Group and Workhouse Arts Center are pleased to present the exhibition Brick Layers, opening at the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with a reception from 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 28th. The exhibition presents the work of twenty-three artists in the Vulcan Gallery and outdoor spaces. A panel discussion will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 in conjunction with International Sculpture Day.
Brick Layers features artworks which are grounded in the rich and layered history at the site of the Occoquan Workhouse. The work of these 23 artists engages in conversations of current and historic significance related to the penal system, the Suffragists, and the use of labor and natural resources as a vehicle for suppression or liberation.

The Workhouse buildings were made by the hands of its early prisoners. The penalty for their non-felony crimes was a term of forced labor. Made from scratch, each of the buildings’ bricks were formed from clay and fired in their large beehive kiln. Brick by brick, the incarcerated built walls for imprisoning others over time. Workhouse hands supplied much of the brick used for the construction of housing in DC at the time as well.

Later in its history, the abuse of imprisoned Suffragists by guards at the Workhouse was a key event leading to the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

The work in the show humanizes these histories from the site and encourages conversation about topics that continue to resonate to this day.

~ Jennie Shanker, Juror

Saturday April 24, 2015
A Discourse on the Provenance of Space in relation to the Sculptural Object.

In conjunction with International Sculpture Center’s IS Day. IS Day is an annual celebration event held worldwide on April 24 to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

Jennie Shanker is a Philadelphia-based artist, curator, educator and activist. In 1996, Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary hosted “Prison Sentences: Prison as Site, Prison as Subject”, curated by Julie Courtney and Todd Gilens. Jennie oversaw the safety of the site and the installation of the artworks in the exhibition. Since then, Eastern State has recognized the contributions that artists can make in the interpretation of an historic site, and has maintained a unique, highly regarded program of artist installations. She continues to act as a consultant in the selection and installation of artist projects for the site. She teaches sculpture, ceramics, and community arts courses at Tyler School of Art, and also teaches in the graduate studio art program at the University of the Arts.

Workhouse Arts Center: An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Workhouse Arts Foundation Mission: To be a self-sustaining, thriving arts center with programs in the visual and performing arts and arts education through the repurposing of the former Workhouse correctional facility.

Workhouse Arts Center Vision: Leverage the architectural heritage of the former Workhouse correctional facility by transforming it into a unique arts center that provides visual and performing arts, arts education and entertainment for the community-at-large.
Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-6 pm; Sunday, 12-5 pm

Sculpture Now 2014

In Celebration of our 30th Anniversary
November 4, 2014 – December 14, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6-9pm


American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Juror: Dr. Jack Rasmussen, Curator, American University Museum



C.L. Bigelow, Julia Bloom, Greg Braun, Carol Brown Goldberg, Elizabeth, Burger,
Joel D’Orazio, Mary Early, Mila Kagan, Jin Lee, Dalya Luttwak, Elizabeth Miller McCue,
Mike Shaffer, Foon Sham, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Garrett Strang, Janet Wheeler, Julie Zirlin

Museum Hours:
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Free Admission


Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and American Association for the Advancement of Science

(Washington Post review)

1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Exhibition Dates: June 16, 2014 – August 22, 2014

Opening Reception and Artist Panel Discussion: Friday, June 20, 2014, 6 – 9 pm

Press Opening: Monday, June 16, 2014

Exhibition Juror: Sarah Tanguy, Curator, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State

Participating Artists:
Christopher Bathgate
Alan Binstock
Greg Braun
Jeff Chayette
Jeffery Cooper
Roger Cutler
Joel D’Orazio
Paul Daniel
Elsabe Dixon
Frank Fishburne
Billy Friebele
Jonathan Guyer
Rebecca Kamen
James Kessler
Ruth Lozner
James Mallos
Forrest McCluer
George McFarland
Elizabeth M. McCue
Guy Rando
Langley Spurlock
John Martin Tarrat
Diane Szczepaniak
Definition: Gedankenexperiment, (German: thought experiment) term used by German-born Albert Einstein to describe his unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. Famous examples of thought experiments from the fields of physics, philosophy, computer science, and economics include Schrodinger’s cat, a Turing machine, Maxwell’s demon, and the broken window fallacy.

Inspired by scientific and mathematical theories, hypotheses, and principles from Archimedes, I Ching, geology, geometry, architecture, and more, the artists featured in Gedankenexperiment externalized their thought experiments in sculptural expressions, using materials including barcodes, wood, metals, paper, computer parts, and limestone. Entries were not limited to traditional methodology and both non-traditional ideas and broad interpretations of “Gedankenexperiment” were encouraged.

Sarah Tanguy is an independent curator and arts writer, as well as a curator for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. Since 1983, Tanguy has developed over 200 shows for U.S. museums and arts and science organizations and U.S. diplomatic missions abroad, as well as several public collections. In addition to numerous exhibition-related essays, she has written for The Washington Times, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, Glass, American Craft, Metalsmith, Urbanite, Hand Print Workshop International, Turning Points, Mid-Atlantic Country, Baltimore, and Readers Digest. Tanguy has also worked at the National Gallery, the International Exhibitions Foundation, The Tremaine Collection, the International Sculpture Center, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and The Hechinger Collection.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit association is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education,public engagement, and more.

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Images Courtesy of the Artists: from left to right, Forrest McCluer, Jeff, Chayette, Rebecca Kamen

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