Exhibitions

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at The Athenaeum
June 6 – July 21, 2019

 

The Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.nvfaa.org

Gallery Hours:
Thursday through Sunday from 12–4 pm
Admission to the gallery is free

OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 4 – 6 pm

CURATOR’S DISCUSSION
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:30 – 4 pm

MEET THE ARTISTS
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2 – 4 pm

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Linda Agar-Hendricks
c.l. bigelow
Annie Farrar
Sharon Fishel
Kate Fitzpatrick
Marilyn Geldzahler
Penny Jacoby
Joanne Kent
Heidi Lippman
Darcy Meeker
Marja Ponkka-Carpenter
Judith Pratt
Marie Ringwald
Marc Robarge
Jean Sausele Knodt
Craig Schaffer
John A. Schaffner
Lynda Smith-Bügge
Marcos Smyth
Steve Wanna
Janet Wittenberg
Jenny Wu

JUROR
Mollie Berger Salah

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Notes of Color is an exhibition exploring the materials of both the painter and the sculptor, as inspired by the unique multi-media practice of Hilda Shapiro Thorpe (1919- 2000). Painter-turned-sculptor, Thorpe was a fixture of the Alexandria and Washington, DC arts scene. Her studio was on the third floor of the old “Why Not” store on the corner of King and South Lee Streets for over thirty years. The Athenaeum, located on the same block as Thorpe’s former Old Town Alexandria studio, is a suitable exhibition space for area sculptors to explore color and materials within their artistic process, just as Thorpe did. Thorpe’s work demonstrates her lifelong interest in the visual and visceral properties of color, a trait she shared with her contemporaries such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Ann Truitt. While the study of color remained constant throughout her artistic career, it was her bold use of conventional and unconventional materials that set her apart from other artists of her time. Not only an Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painter, Thorpe was a sculptor using a wide variety of materials such as balsa wood, piping, sheet metal, and gauze. She later worked in textiles and handmade paper works. Her practice is a challenge to artists today who wish to push the boundaries of how they use materials while retaining one of the most critical elements of art making: color. With Notes of Color, WSG offers an opportunity to its members to participate in this exhibition with sculptural work that investigates color as an integral part of the sculptural process while rethinking the ways in which they use materials.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Mollie Berger Salah
Mollie Berger Salah is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art. She graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Art History in 2014. While at GWU, she held internships in the Prints and Drawings Departments of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Art. Mollie has also worked at the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington VT, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME. An adapted version of her graduate qualifying paper on Kenneth Noland’s circle paintings and psychoanalytic therapy of Dr. Wilhelm Reich was recently published for Refiguring American Art, a research project organized by Tate, London. She has also published essays on Thomas Downing and Mary Pinchot Meyer. Mollie’s research interests include artists who have lived and worked in Washington, DC, early twentieth-century American landscape painting, and the cultural impact on the Cold War,

ABOUT THE ATHENAEUM
The building now known as the Athenaeum was constructed in 1851–1852 as the Bank of Old Dominion. Robert E. Lee Banked here, as did many other prominent Alexandrians. During the Civil War occupation of Alexandria, the building was commandeered by Federal troops and used as the Chief Commissary Office of the U.S. Commissary Quartermaster. An authentic Civil War site, the Athenaeum is on both the Virginia Trust and the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

ABOUT THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION (NVFAA)
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is dedicating to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Norther Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. As the primary site for these activities, the NVFAA owns, and maintains, the historic building called the Athenaeum. For additional information on the organization, please visit www.nvfaa.org.

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Image: Jenny Wu: Stunning Sapphire, Cosmopolitan, 2018, 10 x 8 x 2 in., latex paint and resin on canvas, Photo courtesy of the artist

Featuring works of past WSG Tom Rooney Prize winners

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
620 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Washington. DC 20064
Campus Map: https://www.catholic.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf

TWO LOCATIONS
Salve Regina Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Mon. Feb. 4 – Fri. Mar 29, 2019
Location: Salve Regina Hall and Art Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 5pm

Mullen Library
Exhibition Dates: Mon. March 4 – Fri. May 3, 2019
Location: John K Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thurs 8am-11:30pm, Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat.9am-8pm, Sun. 11am-11:30pm

Lincoln Mudd, 3 Squared (2017) Iron 17.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”
Photo courtesy of Mahasti Mudd

 

“If you don’t take delight in the arts, you miss a major reason for their existence.” – Tom Rooney, Interview with Anna Williams at Catholic University of America in 2010.
http://www.eastcityart.com/profiles/memoriam-thomas-rooney-1924-2018/

 

 

TOM ROONEY PRIZE WINNERS 2007-2018

Constance Bergfors (2007), Lincoln Mudd (2008). Joel D’Orazio (2009), John Simkins-Camp (2010), Olivia Rodriguez (2011), Nicole Salimbene (2012), Todd Fry (2013), Mike Shaffer (2014), Jessica Beels (2015), Monroe Isenberg (2016), Jeremy Kunkel (2017)

TOM ROONEY INVITATIONAL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Lincoln Mudd, Joel D’Orazio, Nicole Salimbene, Mike Shaffer, Jessica Beels, Monroe Isenberg, Jeremy Kunkel

CURATORIAL SUPPORT: John Figura, Nora Heimann and Joan Stahl

OPENING RECEPTION FOR SALVE REGINA: February 7, 2019 (5-8pm)

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR MAY GALLERY, MULLEN LIBRARY: April 11, 2019 (6-8pm)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition, at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library, on the campus of The Catholic University of America, features selected works by past WSG “Tom Rooney Prize” winners from 2007-2017. The exhibition will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), a sculptor and educator whose many students at CUA include Martin Puryear. Tom Rooney was one of the Founding Members of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) in 1984 and a longtime volunteer. During the inception years of the organization Tom Rooney was the WSG Exhibitions Committee Chair and helped organize the Annual Members Image Show. Tom Rooney’s impact and legacy will carry on in Washington DC through his students, colleagues, and friends.

During the Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition at Catholic University of America, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD) will be hosting the WSG Sculpture Now 2019 Exhibition, where juror Spencer Dormitzer will select the 2019 Tom Rooney Prize Winner at the opening reception on January 19, 2019 from 5-8pm. More details

ABOUT THE CURATORIAL TEAM

  • John Figura, Assistant Professor and director of the Salve Regina Gallery at the Catholic University, Department of Art, is a Washington DC painter who has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1977. His paintings have been seen in solo and group exhibitions here in the US and abroad.
  • Nora Heimann, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, is a specialist in European and American Modern and Contemporary art history, and the relationship between art, religion and national identity. She is also an independent curator, and an active museum educator leading programs that seek to make art accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Joan Stahl, Director of Research and Instruction at the University Libraries and Chair, Library Programming + Marketing Committee. She has coordinated several art-specific exhibitions, including the gilded art of DC artist, Kay Jackson.
  • Mimi Frank: A Maryland based sculptor works in a variety of media. Her work often addresses social issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including two Maryland State Arts Council Grants. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
  • Steve Wanna: Born and raised in Lebanon, Wanna is a multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist whose work includes music, sound design for dance collaborations, sculpture, installation, photography, and works for mixed media.

The Salve Regina Gallery

The Salve Regina Gallery is part of programming for the Department of Art at The Catholic University of America. Programs at the Salve Regina Gallery are devoted to nurturing the production and understanding of artistic expression with the belief that art and culture are one, and that exposure to the visual arts is an essential component of every liberal education. The goal of the gallery is to foster a greater appreciation of the arts in the context of the Catholic Church and the resources offered by the greater Washington DC area.

The Mullen Library

The Mullen University Library at the Catholic University of America is part of a library system that houses books, print volumes, and provides access to electronic journals and books. In 1924, John Kernan Mullen facilitated the construction of the library through a gift and the library opened its doors to the public in 1928, as the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

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 http://www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

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January 14- March 9, 2019

Brentwood Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave, MD 20722
arts.pgparks.com

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Jan Acton
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
Esperanza Alzona
Lisa Battle
Alan Binstock
Jeffery Cooper
Joe Corcoran
Pierre Davis
Joel D’Orazio
Annie Farrar
Luc Fiedler
Maria Karametou
Joanne Kent
Jin Lee
Ruth Lozner
Dalya Luttwak
Harry Mayer
Joan Mayfield
Louisa Neil
Jane Pettit
Iris Posner
Judith Pratt
Evan Reed
John Schaffner
Casey Snyder
John Totaro
Elizabeth Vorlicek
Steve Wanna

JUROR: Spencer Dormitzer

OPENING RECEPTION AND TOM ROONEY AWARD: Sat. January 19 (5-8pm)

ARTIST AND JUROR TALK: February 16 (2-4pm)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Brentwood Arts Exchange is collaborating with the Washington Sculptors Group members for an exhibition titled Sculpture Now 2019. Begun in 1987, the Sculpture Now series provides an annual snapshot of up-to-the-moment works by artists in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The series also includes the Tom Rooney Award of $500. Sculpture today is a rapidly evolving genre that reflects the volatile changes in global conditions. Whether conceptual, political, cultural, environmental or personal in context, the biography of the artist continues to be central to the artwork. In this spirit, Sculpture Now 2019 does not have a particular theme. It is an open and inclusive platform that invites artists to put forward their latest ideas on conceptual theory and best practices regarding materials used in sculpture. The exhibition is designed to give WSG artists free rein, to propose work to the juror, or to show work produced within the last two years. The exhibition will be installed at the Brentwood Arts Exchange main gallery in Brentwood, MD. This exhibition will take place separately, but in conjunction with the Tom Rooney Remembered Invitational exhibition at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library on the campus of the Catholic University of America. Works by Tom Rooney and past Tom Rooney Prize winners from 2007-2019 also will be shown at CUA. Both shows – Brentwood Sculpture Now 2019 and the Tom Rooney Remembered Invitational – will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), sculptor, educator, and WSG volunteer. During the Brentwood exhibition, the 2019 Tom Rooney prize will be awarded at Brentwood Arts Exchange.

ABOUT THE JUROR
Spencer Dormitzer, Director of Brentwood Arts Exchange, oversees the administration and development of the facility, as well as the changing annual exhibitions. Mr. Dormitzer attended The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and has been a working artist for over 25 years. He has acted as the studio manager for New York abstractionist David Reed, and as an executive producer for the New York Cosmos. Dormitzer has just concluded his tenure at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC after 3 years of service, where he managed or curated over 15 exhibitions. Spencer lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is a proud part of the Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and serves as an anchor for the arts-based community development of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. They support artist and community development by welcoming diverse audiences to experience high quality visual art exhibitions, concerts, and affordable art classes for all ages, and a local artisans craft store.

Hours:
Monday –Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Gallery Contact: Spencer Dormitzer, Director (301) 277-2863, moc.s1566688670krapg1566688670p@rez1566688670timro1566688670d1566688670
Natalie Fulgencio, Assistant Director: moc.s1566688670krapg1566688670p@oic1566688670neglu1566688670F.eil1566688670ataN1566688670

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, WSG has grown to serve almost 400 members annually. 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.s1566688670rotpl1566688670ucsno1566688670tgnih1566688670saw@o1566688670fni1566688670.

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

 

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.s1566688670rotpl1566688670ucsno1566688670tgnih1566688670saw@o1566688670fni1566688670.

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

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