Saturday, September 03, 2011

Exhibition: Call for Art for Sandy Spring Museum (deadline 9/30)



We have been asked to collaborate with the WCA/DC for 2012 in a prestigious museum show.  They are inviting us to submit artwork as well as to create performances.  Before we establish what performances will be for this show, we must submit work to the curator in DC.  All work submitted will also be displayed on the WCA/DC's Zhibit Online Art Gallery:

Participants sent jpgs to with the subject line "Philadelphia."  All jpgs answer the theme of the proposal below.  You will be asked to make your 2012 dues current before 12/31.
Submission by Cynthia Back Assault #1


Exhibit opens September 10, 2012
Reception Sunday, September 16, 2012 2-4pm.

Proposal – Art Exhibit –Sandy Spring Museum Art Gallery
RE/Using Our RE/Sources

The Women’s Caucus for Art-Washington DC exhibit proposal  is inspired by the ideals of living in greater harmony with our natural environment.  Our idea is to create and exhibit engaging work about our natural resources and our concerns for environmental balance.  We also value the ideals of community and maintaining the special qualities of place.  We believe that visual art is direct and immediate in conveying the message of environmental urgency. We would like to exhibit artwork that celebrates natural themes or that uses natural materials with a transformative vision. The Washington DC Chapter wishes to organize this exhibit in partnership with the Philadelphia WCA Chapter, also an affiliate of the National Women’s Caucus.   Among the Philadelphia Chapter’s members are performance artists and artists experienced in community art projects.  We would invite these members to develop art and collaborative programming.  One of the major goals of WCA is activism and participating in community programs.

Visual art is important in developing our understanding of ourselves and the natural environment  we have inherited.  It teaches us to look deeper, take introspection and to learn value.  One avenue of communication within our project may be to engage students from local schools to create visual art using recycled and/or natural materials and have the possibility of exhibiting this work.

Additionally the exhibiting artists may wish to provide written material in the form of a book or catalog in order to explain the relationship of their work to environmental themes.

Thank you to our juror Barbara Wolanin, Ph.D.  Dr. Barbara Wolanin has been the Curator for the Architect of the Capitol since 1985. She is responsible for the care of the works of art and historical records under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. Her duties include overseeing the art conservation program, research, and exhibitions. Among the conservation projects she has managed have been the bronze Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol dome, the murals in the 1897 Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, and numerous murals by Constantino Brumidi, including The Apotheosis of Washington, the frieze under the dome, and the Brumidi Corridors. The book she prepared on Brumidi, published in 1998 for the U.S. Congress, highlights the conservation of his murals. She works closely with the United States Capitol Historical Society in managing the fellowship program and in planning symposia.

She earned a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and also has master's degrees from Harvard University and Oberlin College. She is an expert on the American modernist painter Arthur B. Carles, the subject of the doctoral dissertation and two exhibition catalogues. She previously taught art history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
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