Exhibitions

October 23, 2018 – April 12, 2019

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR PHYSICS
One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740
https://www.acp.org/

 

Image: Alan Binstock, Orb, Rebirth 2012, Glass, 12″ x 5″ x 10″. Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Alan Binstock
Janet Brome
Shanthi Chandrasekar
Hsin-Hsi Chen
Elsabé Dixon
Emily Fussner
Jean Sausele-Knodt
John A. Schaffner
Bo Simeon

JUROR: Sarah Tanguy

OPENING RECEPTION:
October 23, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm

GALLERY TALK:
October 23, 2018, 6:15 pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
For the artists in Shadowlands, the outward exploration of natural phenomena becomes a reflection of a personal, inner journey of discovery. Although their visions involve a different language and may appear opposed to those of scientists, the committed passion, the insatiable curiosity and the ongoing risk- taking make artists and scientists kindred spirits. Most importantly, their fundamental quest is the same – to understand why things are the way they are. As Sir Isaac Newton Mused in 1704, “ Have not the small Particles of Bodies certain Powers, Virtues or Forces, by which they act at a distance, not only upon the Rays of light for reflecting, refracting and reflecting them, but also upon one another for producing a great part of the Phenomena of Nature.
(Sarah Tanguy, 2018)

ABOUT THE JUROR:
Sarah Tanguy worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, the International Exhibitions Foundation, The Tremaine Collection, the International Sculpture Center, as well as the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Hechinger Collection. In 2004, she became a curator at the office of Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, while continuing to pursue freelance projects. Tanguy has produced many exhibitions in the local DC area and written for Sculpture, and American Craft among other publications. Tanguy has curated an exhibition series for the American Center for Physics, which put her in touch with the latest in theoretical physics and led her to discover artists who explore the intersection between art and science.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter. WSG P.O. Box 42534, Washington, DC 20015, 202-686-8696, gro.s1544396365rotpl1544396365ucsno1544396365tgnih1544396365saw@o1544396365fni1544396365.

Washington Sculptors Group
PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
(202) 686-8696
www.washingtonsculptors.org
Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984

September 7 – October 28, 2018

Presented by IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) in partnership with the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

Image: Jacqueline Maggi, Starry Night, ebony wood, zirconia, acrylic rod, and marble, 12 x 12 x 8 in., 2016.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Ursula Achternckamp, Alan Binstock, Janet Brome, Marc Fromm, Judith Goodman, Caroline Hatfield, Linda Hesh, Simon Horn, Margit Jäschke, Michael Krenz, Esther Eunjin Lee, Jacqueline Maggi, Georg Mann, Joan Mayfield, Nina Viktoria Naussed, Sara Parent-Ramos, Alim Pasht-Han, Kristina Penhoet, Judith Pratt, Diane Szczepaniak, Marilyn Ugiansky and Gil Ugiansky, Steve Wanna, and Janet Wittenberg

CURATED BY: Artemis Herber with Dr. Ines Janet Engelmann

JUROR: Laura Roulet, Independent Curator and Writer

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, September 7, 6-9 pm

CURATOR/JUROR/ARTIST TALK:
IA&A at Hillyer
Thursday, September 20th, 7-9 pm

ART ALL NIGHT AT HILLYER: CITYWIDE FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 29, 7 pm-midnight

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies
3100 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 28, 2 pm

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND brings together 23 artists from diverse backgrounds to focus a contemporary lens on ideas and concepts that humanity has grappled with for centuries. Reflecting on the ring sanctuary of Pömmelte, often referred to as the German ‘Stonehenge,” the exhibiting artists investigate deep time and explore the idea of what is hidden below ground, as well as what will be discovered, unearthed, and revealed.

This exhibition aims to reveal a deeper understanding of people’s lives throughout history, and to allow contemporary artists to express their interpretations on topics of the cosmos, nature, current culture, and world heritage. Using the Nebra Sky Disc as a reference point—an artifact found near Pömmelte depicting a Bronze Age creator’s vision of the cosmos – the selected artworks are no larger than the Disc’s diameter of 12.6 inches. These archeological discoveries are evocative touchstones that invite contemplation of enduring questions about our history and place in the world. Can reflecting upon the past help broaden our understanding of ourselves and relationship to one another? Can rethinking how we study and understand the past give us insight into navigating the future? These are some of the questions examined by 15 Washington, DC artists along with 8 German artists, bringing global perspectives to shared human experiences.

The theme for the exhibition came from the vision of our coordinating curator, Artemis Herber, with assistance from her German counterpart, Dr. Ines Janet Engelmann, who invited the 8 German artists to take part in this trans-Atlantic project. A call for entries was organized by the Washington Sculptors Group for the selection of the Washington-area artists, with independent curator and writer Laura Roulet serving as the juror.

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5×5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S., including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, Katzen Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox, and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits and programming include A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (Katzen Center), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), Washington Produced Artists (40th anniversary for Washington Project for the Arts), the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art (Arlington Arts Center, VA), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

The Washington Sculptors Group and IA&A at Hillyer

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts, and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs, and organize professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.
IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is the Washington-area initiative of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public. Hillyer fulfills this mission through a series of exhibitions and public programs that feature local, regional, and international artists. Hillyer’s exhibition series focuses on under-represented artists, both emerging and established, that have not had a major solo exhibition within the last three years.

Washington Sculptors Group
PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
(202) 686-8696
www.washingtonsculptors.org
Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984

IA&A at Hillyer
9 Hillyer Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. (202) 338-0325
www.athillyer.org

 

  

MICRO-MONOUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND is presented by IA&A at Hillyer in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group and State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

This project is supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

A Sculpture Park at Sandy Spring Museum
June 21 – October 6, 2018

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

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Lynda Andrews-Barry, Adam Bradley, Elsabe Dixon, Bobby Donovan, Mary Annella Mimi Frank, Billy Friebele, Chas. Foster, Howard Goldfarb, Sanzi Kermes, Elizabeth Miller McCue, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Donna McCullough, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, Ira Tattelman, David Therriault, Michael Thron, Jenny Wu

EXHIBITION JUROR: Cecilia Wichmann, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 pm.

JUROR TALK:
Talk and Tour with Cecilia Wichmann: Sunday, July 8 at 3:30 pm

PERFORMANCE:
Performance by Sinclair Dance, TogethR A Part: Sunday, July 29 at 7 pm

Now in its third year, the Washington Sculptors Group’s Annual Artina exhibition at Sandy Spring Museum will provide a sylvan venue for sculptors to display their work. Artists were invited to propose works that respond to the museum’s rustic grounds, exploring the landscape as a vehicle for human introspection. How does the outside world shape one’s inner life, and how do our imaginations, both collective and private, filter our perceptions of the environments we encounter? Artists were encouraged to engage the topography of the site, to incorporate time as an element of their work, and to elicit direct participation by visitors. The result is a sculpture garden created on the museum’s seven-acre, woodsy grounds.

The exhibition, juried by Cecilia Wichmann, features 18 works by 18 artists that reveal the varied and poetic ways humans can come to make and know ourselves in relation to our ideas about nature. Visitors will find numerous ways to connect with the work on view, from adding objects to an interactive, open-air museum to feeling the breeze from an oversized rocking chair. Human beings are, after all, inextricable from the natural world—part of its larger ecology. This exhibition is an open invitation to spend time with this concept, engaging it with all our senses. This outdoor exhibition will remain on view through October 6, 2018.

In thinking through the relation between introspection and the natural world, we might look to the poet William Wordsworth for one possible model. In his poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” Wordsworth reflects on the power of natural scenes and objects to remain in our memory and imagination. After seeing a “host of golden daffodils,” the poet describes how

In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

ABOUT THE JUROR:
Cecilia Wichmann is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Prior to joining the BMA in fall 2017, Wichmann led the University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery, an experimental exhibition space for contemporary art, and served as curator and advisor of its innovative Contemporary Art Purchasing Program.

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
www.sandyspringmuseum.org
Tel. (301) 774-0022

Open Hours: Wednesdays–Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm
Free admission
Grounds are accessible any time.

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