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The Mapplethorpe Demonstration, – 20 Years Later.

June 30, 2009.

Moderator: Andy Grundberg. Please join us at the Warehouse Gallery and Theater to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event with a presentation featuring two of the original organizers of the demonstration, Andrea Pollan (curator, writer, and Director of Curator’s Office) and Bill Wooby (local arts entrepreneur and visionary) as well as former WPA Trustee and First Amendment rights attorney, Jim Fitzpatrick. The discussion will be moderated by Andy Grundberg, chair of the photography department at the Corcoran College of Art & Design and former art critic for The New York Times. Panelists will discuss the assault on the National Endowment for the Arts and its lasting effects, issues of censorship, the story behind the demonstration, and how the WPA came to present the exhibition.

No Artist Left Behind Workshop Series: Intro to Encaustic Painting.

June 18, 2009.

Instructor: Megan Irving. Make a pile of wax and it will charm and delight! Encaustic paint is such a versatile and beautiful medium. It is solid at room temperature, infinitely re-workable, and more waterproof than acrylic, and compatible with collage, oil, photography and drawing. We will demystify the basic techniques and give you courage and know-how to set up your studio and make some successful work.


August 1, 2009.

Authors of the book ‘Art/Work’, Heather Bhandar and Jonathan Melber, give a talk about the tools artists need to make it in the art world. Books will be available at the event. Co-presented with Connor Contemporary Art.

Experimental Media Series 2009

September 24, 2009, October 1 at The Phillips Collections, October 13 and 14 at Maryland Institute College of Art, October 15, 2009 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Juror: Kelly Gordon, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Artists: Stephen Ausherman, Stephanie Barber, Bret Battey, Patrick Bergeron, Manualla Blackburn, Aaron Bowles, Lin Culbertson, Robert Ladislas Derr, Nhieo Do, Brian Evans, Harvey Goldman, Lee hederson, Janne Holtermann, Danial Iglesia, Ben McCormick, Karl J. Mendonca, Jonathan Monaghan, Neil Ira Needleman, Julia Oldham, Kala Pierson, Gerard Freixes Ribera, Stefan Riebel, Alberto Roblest, Jack Dingo Ryan, Eldad Tsabary and Robert Voisey, and Jessica Westbrook.

This year’s selection of finalists’ works will present the leading edge in electronic media works. The most compelling entries, as selected by the juror Kelly Gordon, Associate Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and based on overall quality and innovation, will be awarded the Kraft Prize for New Media and the WPA Experimental Art Prize, two cash prizes of $750 each, to be presented on October 1 at The Phillips Collection.

Know Your Rights: Copyright and Contracts for Artists

October 24, 2009

Washington Project for the Arts and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) invited guests to a No Artist Left Behind workshop on Copyright and Contract basics at Arlington Art Center. John D. Mason, an attorney at The Intellectual Property Group, PLLC., shared valuable information about contemporary issues in copyright law that artists need to know, followed by a question and answer session.

Art : 21 Sneak Peek

October 6th and 20th, 2009

This event is part of Art21 Access ‘09, a celebration of contemporary art and Season 5 of Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century sponsored by Art21. Art21 Access 09 is held at over 300 museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, and community centers and is organized in collaboration with Americans for the Arts’ National Arts and Humanities Month. Visit art21.org for more information.

SynchroSwim 2009

July 19, 2009

WPA presents SynchroSwim: a synchronized swimming showcase and competition at Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool.

SynchroSwim is presented in conjunction with a series of video lounge / poolside art projects hosted by The RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION + Conner Contemporary Art at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Tina Torpedo and the Factory Flippers, winner of Best Visual Spectacle award,
at the first annual Washington Project for the Arts SynchroSwim competition.

SynchroSwim @ Capital Skyline by Max Cook. We Love DC.  July 21, 2009.

36 Studios

December 12-13, 2009

Artists: MG Berkovic, Mary Early, Rachel, Waldron, Adam de Boer, Kendall Nordin, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Victor, Ekpuk, Michele Montalbano, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis, Novie Trump, Laurel Lukaszewski, Rafael J. Canizares-Yunez, Isabel Manalo, Judy Byron, Pat Goslee, Holly Bass, Mark Parascandola, Jonathan Monaghan, Patrick Donovan, Rob Tarbell, Jason Horowitz, Jenny Mullins, Bridget Sue Lambert, Victoria F. Gaitán, Kay Chemush, Carlie Leagield, Bonner Sale, Carol Brown Goldberg, Cory Oberndorfer, Barbara Josephs Liotta, Adriane L. Connerton, Ryan Hackett, F. Lennox Campello, and Helen Glazer.

Well-known curator Mera Rubell, of the Rubell Family Collection, conducted 36 studio visits over the course of 36 straight hours. Rubell, one of eight curators for Cream, WPA’s 2010 Art Auction Exhibition, took the opportunity to get to know DC area artists and to choose work for her section of Cream.

More on 36 Studios in Art in America and The Washington Post.

Critique Session hosted by The Studio Visit

August 14, 2010

As part of WPA’s Coup d’Espace initiative, Manalo and TSV will hold an open forum here for artists to discuss current work or works in progress

SynchroSwim 2010!

August 8, 2010

Judged by Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Septime Webre, and C. Brian Williams. Washington Project for the Arts, in collaboration with the Rubell Family Collection + Conner Contemporary Art, presents the second annual synchronized swimming performance competition featuring Washington area artists.