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Target Gallery Exhibitions

Image: Kim Sandara, 1, 2017. Acrylic on canvas.

2020 Emerging Artists

Deadline: October 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exhibition Dates: April 10 – May 31, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 2020
Jury Panel: Rex Delafkaran, DC-based artist and Co-Gallery Director of the Hamiltonian Gallery, Jaynelle Hazard, Director of Exhibitions at the Workhouse Art Center, and Amy Lokoff, DC-based independent curator.

Target Gallery presents a new yearly exhibition featuring the work of 3-4 regional emerging artists. This exhibition spotlights new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the D.C. metropolitan area.

Artists should have no more than 5 years of experience as a professional exhibiting artist, live within D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, and have never had an solo exhibition in a professional gallery space (excluding BFA/MFA exhibitions).

Each artist will receive a $500 stipend.

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About the Jury Panel: 

Rex (Alexandra) Delafkaran is an Iranian-American interdisciplinary artist, dancer and curator from California, currently based in Washington, DC. Delafkaran holds a degree in Ceramics and Performance Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, and currently is the Co-Gallery Director at Hamiltonian Gallery. Using movement and objects she explores the rich tensions between bodies, intimacy, language and identities. Selected exhibitions and projects include a recent solo show “Tender Bits” at Hillyer IA&A (DC), “Nevermind Azizam” at Transformer Gallery (DC), “Shadow Casters” at Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (DC), and “Queery for your Vastness” at Diego Rivera Gallery (CA). Selected performances include work at Platforms Project Art Fair (Greece), Satellite Art Fair (FL), Panoply Performance Lab (NY), The Textile Museum (DC), Southern Exposure Gallery (CA), and others. Delafkaran’s collaborative curatorial project “HYPHEN AMERICAN” with artist Tsedaye Makonnen debuted in Fall 2018 at George Washington University and continues as an ongoing project, as do various performance collaborations at spaces like Rhizome Art Space and Dwell DC. While at Hamiltonian Gallery, Delafkaran curates independently, teaches movement and ceramics practices, and continues to perform and exhibit nationally and internationally. 

Jaynelle C. Hazard develops, implements and oversees progressive, contemporary programming initiatives in the main gallery spaces at Workhouse Arts Center. In her brief time with the organization, she has implemented over 30 exhibitions with blockbuster shows including: Imagination is the Medium – an exhibit highlighting the works of Jim Henson’s original illustrator, Guy Gilchrist and puppeteer, Bill Diamond; and Compounds Not Required, – a group show co-curated with Tiffany Williams from Art in Embassies exploring works of six artists and the origin of metals back to the periodic table. In previous roles, she has supported various art programs and worked with some of the most celebrated artworks through her experience in managing the corporate contemporary art collection at UBS, the Union Bank of Switzerland, and via her work at Blank Projects, contemporary art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Significant milestones throughout Hazard’s career include curating lounge installations at Art Basel Miami Beach, administering the production and launch of the publication UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom published by Hatje Cantz and in supporting the transition of a historical, promised gift to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jaynelle Hazard recently relocated to Washington from New York where she earned a Master of Arts degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Hazard is committed to being an ambassador of cultural heritage and looks forward to continuing the development of rich, inspirational experiences in the community locally and globally.

Amy Lokoff is a creative economy catalyst based in Washington, DC. She uses her work to explore inclusive community building, the arts as a tool for social justice, resource sharing, and financial sustainability for creatives. Over the past 10 years, she worked with hundreds of visual and performing artists, and held positions in a variety of arts organizations and small businesses including Anacostia Arts Center, Honfleur Gallery, Shop Made in DC, and Transformer. Amy has also organized events and exhibitions as an independent curator, and supported numerous DIY art initiatives as a consultant and arts administrator. Her exhibitions have been covered in The Washington Post, DCist, 730DC, and East City Art. In 2019, she was the project manager for WRAPture, a large-scale temporary public art installation addressing climate change conceived by activist and artist Monica Jahan Bose. She currently serves as the Auction Artwork Coordinator for Transformer’s 16th Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Party.

Julia Kwon (2019 Solo recipient), “Like Any Other: No. 59 (Ornamental Beings)”, 2019.

2020 Open Call for Solo Exhibition

Deadline: November 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exhibition Dates: June 6 – July 26, 2020
Opening Reception: June 14, 2020
Jury Panel: Isabel Manalo, Maryland-based artist and curator; Jackie Milad, Baltimore-based artist and professor in Curatorial Practice MFA Program at Maryland Institute College of Art; Don Russell, University Curator and Director of  Provisions Research Center for Arts and Social Change at George Mason University.

Target Gallery invites artists to apply for an open call for proposals for a solo exhibition for the summer of 2020.

The individual or group associated with the chosen proposal will receive an exhibition at Target Gallery from June 6 – July 26, 2020. The artist(s) will also receive a $3000 stipend.

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About the Jury Panel: 
Isabel Manalo is a visual artist who has been showing her work internationally since 1999. Her work is included in a number of public and private collections such as the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the permanent collections of the US Embassies in Bulgaria, Philippines, Kazakhstan and Nepal. Her work has been shown at the Orlando Museum of Art, Stony Brook University’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, the McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, the Katzen Arts Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has been the subject of group and solo shows in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Orlando, New York and Berlin. She was featured in New American Paintings in 2004 and 2006 and was awarded a Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2008, 2009 and 2011 with support from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for 2009. Manalo’s work is included in the Drawing Center and White Columns curated artist registries. Isabel is the Founder and Chief Collaborator of The Studio Visit (TSV), an art journal featuring artist interviews with artists in their studios. Her work with the Takt International Artist Residency as a Visiting Artist and Curator continues today with a newly launched (2018) Berlin Fellowship Award that supports one female artist of color to spend one month in Berlin at the Takt Residency.
Her work is represented in Washington D.C. by Addison Ripley Fine Art where she has had four solo shows in 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2018/19. Her next solo show is at the Facebook DC offices from September – December 2019. This past June, a solo exhibition of Maia Cruz Palileo opened at the Katzen Art Center at American University that Isabel curated. It is up through October 20, 2019. She served on the Board of Directors and the Visual Arts Committee for the District of Columbia Arts Center from 2010 – 2012. From 2012 – 2013 she served as a Visiting Artist and Curator at Takt International Artist Residency in Berlin where she lived with her family from 2012 – 2015. She currently teaches full time at the Edmund Burke School and prior to that taught at American University and George Mason University. Isabel received her MFA in Painting from Yale University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Isabel currently lives and works in Bethesda, MD.

Jackie Milad (Baltimore City, MD) Creates textured works on paper and canvas. Her artwork has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Select exhibitions include: Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Phoebe Projects curated by Alex Ebstein (Baltimore, MD), Lycoming College (Lycoming, PA), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Flashpoint (Washington D.C.), Museo de Arte de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, MX), DiFOCUR de Sinaloa Galleria (Culiacan, MX), Transmitter (Brooklyn, NY), Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), Goucher College, Silber Gallery (Baltimore, MD). In 2010, 2016, 2019 Milad was awarded an individual Artist Grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2018 she was named a Sondheim Semi-Finalist and in 2019 a Sondheim Finalist. Jackie was an inaugural resident of Creative Alliance at the Patterson and also held a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University. Besides her active studio practice, Jackie Milad also has an extensive career as a curator and educator, where she has committed many years to the education and support of emerging artists.

Jackie’s curatorial career began as a co-founder of the Transmodern Festival, an artist-run performance art and experimental media festival that was based in Baltimore. More recently, Milad served as the Chief Curator for The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Delaware. She has also held the position of Gallery Curator for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union’s Stamp Gallery and Acquisition Advisor for the Stamp’s Contemporary Art Collection at the University of Maryland in College Park. Currently Jackie is an Assistant Director for the Joseph Meyerhoff Center of Career Development, and an Adjunct Professor in Curatorial Practice MFA Program at Maryland Institute College of Art.


Don Russell has been an active contemporary art curator and arts administrator since 1979. His research focuses on the exploration and development of new social contexts for art. He is currently GMU’s University Curator, responsible for programming exhibitions and public art on the Fairfax, Manassas and Arlington campuses. Additionally he directs Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change, providing creative resources for community-engaged public art projects. He is co-founder with Edgar Endress of Floating Lab Collective. Don has produced over one hundred exhibitions as well as public art commissions, residencies, conferences and field projects. His work spans all contemporary art media with particular emphasis on research-as-art, public art, new media, photography and artists’ publications.

Don has extensive experience managing and directing contemporary arts, philanthropic and publishing ventures. He is President of Art Resources International and previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and had various leadership roles at Visual Studies Workshop.

For Questions:

Call: 703-746-4590
Email: targetgallery@alexandriava.gov

Studio and Residency Opportunities

Studio 317 Residency (Internal Opportunity)

Deadline: October 18, 2019

Opportunity: This internal call is for a residency in studio 317. This opportunity grants accepted artists the ability to lease Studio 317, located on the third floor, with 573.85 sq ft, though September 30, 2020.

Rent is $16.39 per square foot per year ($783.78 per month, prorated for the first month).

  • Residency Dates: November 15, 2019 – September 30, 2020.
  • Eligibility: Open to all artist who were: a) Members of the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) at any time between October 2016 and April 2018 who were granted membership via the annual TFAA membership jury application process. b) Selected for the 2017, 2018, or 2019 Visiting Artist Program (VAP) at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
  • Accepted via the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 2019/2020 Eligible Artist Application. d) Selected for the Post-Graduate Residency program at Torpedo Factory Art Center.
  • Non-Eligible: Artists who have a lease, or leased in the past, and who have received a default and request to cure letter from the City of Alexandria via the US Postal Service or artists who received a letter from the City of Alexandria stating that the artist may not lease/sublease in the future.
  • Applying individually or as a Group: Artists may apply individually, or up to 4 artists may apply together (on the same application) for the residency.
  • Lease and Operating Rules and Procedures: Accepted artists shall follow rules of the Lease and Operating Rules and Procedures

Please review application and/or guidelines (linked below) for full details

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Download Guidelines

For Questions:

Contact: Brett Johnson
Call: 703-746-4577
Email: brett.johnson@alexandriava.gov

Art in Common Spaces:

Site 2 & 3 Galleries

We are currently accepting exhibition proposals for the Site 2 Community Gallery and Site 3 Project Gallery for 2020. For more information about these spaces please read the overview and requirements here.

For questions:

Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4584
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Public Arts Grants & Opportunities

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts provides grants for nonprofit arts organizations as well as individual artists. See all current opportunities and online applications here.

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