Great Artwork + Good Cause = Washington Project for the Arts Select 2015. You’re Invited.

I was thrilled to have been chosen by the National Gallery’s Associate Curator of Photography Sarah Kennel to participate in the Washington Project for the Arts exhibition and auction (click the link to browse the works available online).

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I’m in great company with good friends Hector Emmanuel and Lydia Panas (Kutztown PA’s own version of John Singer Sargent), and local favorites Terri Weifenbach, Frank Day, and Adam Davies, among other talented folks, many of whom are not even photographers. (I know, the horror, right?)

The actual auction for those of you who are not just art rubber-neckers but want to stock up on some good works or just be part of “the scene” is Saturday March 7 and tickets are available here.

The opening party is next Thursday January 29, and is gratis. Please come and browse.  Ridiculously good deals on artwork benefit the greater Washington artistic community by supporting the WPA, which received a DC Arts and Humanities award this year for just being a great contribution to arts in DC. I would have to concur.  Here’s more details:

SELECT 2015 consists of a 3-week public exhibition and a ticketed auction party to support contemporary art and the local artist community. The artists invited to participate in this exhibition were selected by a group of notable curators from some of the most important institutions in our region, emerging curators, and WPA’s Board of Directors.

EXHIBITION HOURS (FREE)
Thursday, January 29 through Friday, March 6, 2015
Wednesdays through Fridays: 4–11pm
Saturdays: 12 – 11pm
Sundays: 12 – 5pm
Mondays and Tuesdays: CLOSED

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

LOCATION:

Artisphere
1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION (FREE)

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6–9pm

CURATORS

Kristi-Anne Caisse, Assistant Director, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC

Asantewa Boakyewa, Associate Curator, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD

Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Sarah Hanley, Independent Print Curator and Critic, New York, NY

Ryan Holladay, New Media Curator, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Phyllis Rosenzweig, Independent Curator / Curator Emerita, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Brian Young, Curator, Arts Program, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

Washington Project for the Arts Exhibition & Auction Gala Coming Soon DC

It’s that time of year to support the grassroots art organizations that make artistic interventions possible upon this homogenized states of america.  Price includes open bar auction bidding, pinatas, dessert and a chance to mingle with the creative class, even though if you are reading this, I’m guessing you ARE the artist class. (get member tickets).

I am delighted to have been selected by National Portrait Gallery (Ms.) Brandon Fortune to have two pieces from my project Cholita in the exhibit. Check it:

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Totora de Cabalito, Huanchaco, Peru from the series Cholita

http://auction.wpadc.org/

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35 & Under Party Tickets Available NowTickets include open bar, auction bidding, piñatas, and dessert.DATE: March 22, 2014TIME: 9pm -11pmPRICE: $150LOCATION: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

MORE: Free Parking & Special Hotel Rate

Don’t miss our SELECT 2014 Exhibition, opening February 27th at Artisphere.SELECT 2014 features work by established and emerging artists from DC, Baltimore, Richmond and beyond.  WPA’s selection of exquisite, engaging, and exciting art works offers something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring

Holiday Shopping Local and Away

Looking for some art that supports a good cause? Two opportunities await you! Locals, attend the Washington Project for the Arts Icebox event, which I participated in last year and will triumphantly return to this year with small prints from my A Sense of Place series framed in vintage 4×5 film holders and accompanied by the catalogue of the same name.  It is quite an adorable and tactile gift, if I do say so myself, and only available at Icebox.  Thirty-five percent of the proceeds go to support the WPA and they kick off the event with a holiday shopping party with victuals and what-not. I purchased quite a few gifts there myself last year, and intend a repeat performance.  Here are the details:

December 3 – December 23
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6-8pm
Special Shopping Event: Monday, December 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of our second annual holiday gift shop, IceBox.  The shop will feature a wide variety of artworks and other handmade goods by WPA member artists. Participating artists include Double A Projects (Athena Robles and Anna Stein), Denee Barr, Sandy Gold, James Halloran, Linda Hesh, Ellen Hill, Rebecca Kallem, Alice Kress, Laurel Lukaszewski, Susana Raab, Amy Carmichael Smith, John Totaro, Katharine Watson and Claudia Vess. Featuring jewelry, small works of art, household goods, totebags and greeting cards, IceBox offers a great selection of creative, unique holiday gifts!

IceBox, which will take over the WPA office at 2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW, runs from December 3 through December 23. There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 3 from 6-8pm, in conjunction with Dupont Circle First Fridays, and a special shopping event on Monday, December 20 from 6:30-8:30pm. The shop will also be open Monday-Friday, from 12pm-5pm and by appointment.

A small selection of the Collect.Give crew.

Do you all know about Collect.Give? Brain-child of Milwaukee photo legend Kevin Miyazaki, it is a collective of photographers selling prints to support charitable causes of their choosing.  100 % of the proceeds go the charity, so what are you waiting for.  I’ve got a few prints left of Old Havana Street, Cuba, and will throw in a bonus prize for anyone who orders this month.

There are a multitude of photographers with causes to support: Jane Fulton Alt, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark Brautigam, Barbara Ciurej, Amy Eckert, Matt Eich, Jon Feinstein, Sarina Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fleming, Max Gerber, Ben Huff, Dave Jordano, Stella Kalaw, Melissa Kaseman, David Leventi, Lindsay Lochman, John Loomis, Kerry Mansfield, Mark Menjivar, Annie Marie Musselman, Moi, Ellen Rennard, Dalton Rooney, Kelly Shimoda, Emily Shur, Allison V. Smith, Aline Smithson, Brea Souders, Lacey Terrell, Sonja Thomsen and David Wright.

Kevin‘s also upping the ante with some more party favors:

To celebrate our one-year anniversary, we have exciting plans for the first week of December:

• From now through December 8, anyone who purchases a print will be eligible for the following gifts:

(4) $100 gift certificates to the photo-eye bookstore

(5) Food Journal booklets, created by collect.give contributor Mark Menjivar and Kate Bingaman-Burt

• One lucky buyer on Thursday, December 2nd (our official anniversary) will win a FREE PRINT:  Buy one, and have your name in the running for a second print of your choice (any still available), regardless of price.

To be eligible for any of the giveaways, you must email us with the date and print purchased: kevin@collectdotgive.org
If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading this.  I appreciate your support and hope to see you at Icebox tonight. I’ll be scrambling to get there on the later side. Do introduce!