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Target Gallery Exhibitions

My Queer Valentine

Deadline: September 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exhibition Dates: January 25 – March 8, 2020
Juror: Andy Johnson, director of Gallery 102

Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to apply to My Queer Valentine,  an exhibition that will explore love and relationships through LGBTQ+ artists perspectives. The themes and subject of artwork in this exhibition should explore non-heteronormative and non-binary relationships.

The tone of the exhibition is playful, fun, and cheeky, so we encourage artists to apply with their perspectives on love (romantic or asexual) with this in mind. To celebrate this exhibition, Target Gallery will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day reception and event in partnership with local LGBTQ+ organizations.

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About the Juror: 

Andy Johnson is a DC-based art historian, curator, and arts writer. He is Director of Gallery 102 at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design; contributing editor at DIRT; and serves as Assistant Curator and Artist Liaison for Art on the Vine, hosted by the Agora Culture. He was the 2018 Apprentice Curator for the DC Arts Center, and a 2019 Visiting Arts Writer and Critic for The Chart. He has curated and juried exhibitions with Gallery 102, DC Arts Center, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Dupont Underground, the Smithsonian Institution, among others. He has presented research and spoken on panels at universities, galleries, and museums including Rutgers University, UC Santa Barbara, University of Georgia, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, GW Museum, Washington Project for the Arts, and others. He has published articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays with DIRT, The Chart, Common Field’s Field Perspectives, The Rib, Pelican Bomb, BmoreArt and more. He holds a M.A. in Art History from The George Washington University.

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

2020 Post-Graduation Residency

Deadline: September 22, 2019
Jurors: Nehemiah Dixon III, president and CEO of Nonstop Art LLC; and Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond

The Torpedo Factory Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and 3-month term solo studio space. This residency is open to recently-graduated students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s art degree from an accredited university. The program is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define their independent work process outside of the academic context. Submissions are open for both art school students in the region and nationwide, provided artists submit proof of residence in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Residents receive studio space and public presentation opportunities, including an artist talk and participation in a culminating curated exhibition in the Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Residents are active and equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. Residents benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists.

For a full description of the requirements and opportunity details please download the guidelines below or review the online application.

See 2019 Residents.

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About the Jurors

Nehemiah Dixon III is a native Washingtonian artist. He has over 15 years experience in the field as a for-profit and nonprofit executive level director, administrator, leader, and teacher. Nehemiah received his B.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has a passion for arts management, forming Nonstop Art LLC in 2016. He is an enthusiastic networker, building collaborations and forming partnerships with local and national artists- developers, nonprofits and private design firms to bring art and maker spaces to communities throughout the region.

Nonstop Art, LLC specializes in arts based services by bridging the gap between community and real world artistic merit and achievement through education and cultural enrichment.
Nonstop Art, LLC serves communities by developing art based projects, classes, and by the manufacturing of art for public spaces.

Nehemiah is a well established artist in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. His sculptures are part of the 2018 Foggy Bottom Biennial. His work has been exhibited at The Watergate Gallery, The Phillips Collection, Pass Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art and Design, The Sumner Museum, The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, The Joan Hisoaka Gallery, Gallerie Myrtis and the Washington D.C. Superior Court.

He is currently the CEO of Nonstop Art, LLC and a Red Dirt Studio Artist.


Stefanie Fedor joined the Visual Arts Center of Richmond as its executive director in 2015. Prior to joining VisArts, Fedor was the executive director of the Arlington Arts Center, where she directed an artist residency, exhibitions and an arts education program. During her tenure, AAC expanded its classroom and class capacity, produced an ongoing series of public art projects and launched a curatorial incubator for emerging curators.

Fedor previously served as assistant director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, where she presented more than 80 exhibitions of contemporary art, including the work of both emerging and internationally renowned artists. While at American University, Fedor partnered with national and international arts and culture organizations to create a wide range of public programs focused on contemporary art and ideas. In 2009, she facilitated the NEA’s International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts.

Fedor additionally managed and directed exhibitions programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art and New York University, and she has curated and juried other exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York.

Throughout her career, Fedor has been passionate about creating programs that support emerging artists and give back to the arts community. She was a member of the board of directors of ArtTable, a national organization for women leaders in the visual arts, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program for Arts Administration at George Mason University. In Richmond, she is a member of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children’s Art Advisory Committee.

Fedor earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Arts in visual arts administration from New York University.


For Questions:

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