PSA #243: info cornucopia

The life is undergoing tiny seismic shudders right now so attention is firmly based in the analog realm.  I do have a few tidbits to pass along:

You probably have heard by now that photographic collector cum blogger/curator Ruben Santy-Mike is the subject of a show of his own work curated by Eric Ogden at Hous Projects Gallery opening Thursday March 18.  This is the same gallery on 31 Howard Street (2nd floor) which hosted the highly acclaimed and Ruben-curated exhibit, Versus.

Also the nymphotomaniacs are hosting a limited edition print sale to benefit Haiti, featuring works of art lovingly created by veritable nymphettes.  Really I have to say this print sale is featuring some very smart and strong work.  I have my eye on a thing or two.  Bidding begins Feb. 27 online.

© Suzanne Revy

LOVE this image by the very talented Suzanne Revy and so many more by Jane Tam, Tema Stauffer, Rhona Chang, Emily Shur, Nina Büsing Corvallo and other talented photographers.

The Waiting List

My friend, Beth Ferraro, former Newsweek photo editor and now gallerist extraordinaire of Vivid Solutions, sister gallery of Anacostia’s Honfleur Gallery passed on this information about The Waiting List , a non-profit which has been  documenting the wait for organ transplants for over a year with the hope to bring awareness to being a donor. The organization is now eligible to win $50,000 through a public voting drive at With this funding the founder will start a photography program for children who are on the waiting list for a transplant. (Currently there are over 100,000 people waiting for an organs.)  If you’d like to help out visit here and vote for The Waiting List .

Baltimore Kresge Foundation Grant Oppty

Kresge Foundation Seeks Baltimore Applicants for Community Arts Projects

The Kresge Foundation is calling for applications for year two of Kresge Arts in Baltimore. Grantseekers are invited to submit applications for projects in Baltimore that use art and culture as a tool to address issues in their communities. The Baltimore program is administered by the Baltimore Community Foundation.

In 2009, Kresge funded 12 projects totaling $88,500 in neighborhoods across Baltimore City. An additional $80,000 in total funding will be awarded in 2010; grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000 each.

The pilot program, now underway in St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; and Birmingham, Alabama; as well as Baltimore City, is designed to test Kresge’s belief that grassroots arts and cultural projects can be an effective tool to address pressing social issues. The foundation is investing $200,000 over two years in each pilot city.

Applicants may request one-year grants for planning and implementation. Projects do not have to be new, but existing projects will not receive priority funding. Grantseekers who applied in year one and were denied are eligible to reapply for the second year of funding. Current grantees are not eligible to apply unless their project is complete and their final report received by the Baltimore Community Foundation before March 31, 2010.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply, including local artists and historians, neighborhood and homeowner associations, youth with parental consent, service agencies, municipal governments, community development corporations, and arts and cultural organizations, among others.

More information can be found here.

Happy Presidents’ Day Wknd

Mt. Vernon © Susana Raab 2009

I was honored last summer to photograph the reopening of George Washington’s study.  Under the careful supervision of two nervous curators and one talented PR lady (public relations when applied correctly is not unlike diplomacy), I succeeding in setting up my tripod and photographing en holga several frames of George Washington’s study which includes a chest from his Revolutionary War campaign, his spectacles, desk, and a host of other treasures that would make Antiques Roadshow go gaga.

Sitting unscanned in my to scan notebook for far too long, the blizzard and the impending day of honor have moved me to action.  While you are sitting there with your loved ones Lady and the Tramping it over piles of chocolate covered strawberries, don’t forget our founding father, he who refused the term, your excellency, and chose humility.  True he was human too, not resolving the slavery question but leaving that for a later president at a future date.  It is inescapable that.  Yet we must all strive to be better, learn from the past, and create a better future.  In spite of everything, I wish more of our elected officials had a little more George Washington and Abe Lincoln in them.  I say term limit them all! Oh, I digress.  Happy President’s Day Weekend!

George Washington's Study © Susana Raab 2009

Photographer Mark Power to Lecture at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus Feb. 17

Photographer Mark Power (not to be confused with the British photographer Mark Power) will lecture at 7 PM on February 17 at Northern Virginia Community College-Woodbridge Campus in the campus theater. Power was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader fellowship in 2008. His photographs have been widely exhibited and he has written over one hundred articles, book reviews, book and catalog introductions. He will discuss his photographs and artists books. Reception follows in the WA (Photography) building. For directions go to

Typeface the Movie

Typeface focuses on a rural Midwestern museum and print shop where international artists meet retired craftsmen and to explore convergence of modern design and traditional technique together. The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary, as well as rural and urban America, make for a very fascinating film. Typeface will be of interest to art and graphic design enthusiasts, to teachers as an educational resource, and to anyone looking for a film about perseverance and preservation in the heart of America.

Further information on the film and screenings can be found here.

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