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Target Gallery Exhibitions


Deadline: Sunday, April 28 (11:59 ET)
Exhibition Dates: August 9 – September 22
Opening Reception: Friday, August 9
Exhibition Juror: Ellyn Weiss, DC-based artist and curator

Exhibition Summary:
Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to submit to Habitats. In this group exhibition, Habitats will explore the relationship between humans and nature creating a dialogue on the impact that we make on the earth and our environments.

About the Juror

Ellyn Weiss is a Washington, DC-based visual artist in two and three dimensions, as well as an independent curator, with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA. She has had more than 25 solo or featured shows and has participated in numerous juried and curated exhibitions. Ellyn works in a wide variety of media; the materials used in recent shows include wax, oilbar, dry pigment, wire, plastic dip and tar. The Washington Post described her mural-sized drawings as “volcanic.” and her wax artifacts as “show-stoppers.”

Ellyn’s work has for many years been inspired by the imagery of biological and natural structures. Much of her work love the past decade deals with the effects of global climate change. With various collaborators, she has created installations dealing with the effects of the melting of the polar ice cap (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014; McLean Project for the Arts, 2015), the destruction of coral reefs worldwide (Artists and Makers, 2016) and the migration of infectious diseases caused by a warming planet (Otis street Arts Project, 2017).

Over the past 10 years, Ellyn has also curated, with Sondra Arkin, the Zeitgeist series of four exhibitions, featuring artists responding to an issue important to our moment in time. Subjects covered have included the diminution of privacy, the meaning of the election of our first African American president and the effects on the human brain of exposure to constant streams of information.

Ellyn and Jackie Hoysted are the co-founders of ArtWatch, a group of artists committed to using their visual communication skills to assert the best values of democracy: inclusion, openness and tolerance. They led a collaboration of 220 artists on the One House Project, an installation celebrating the diversity of America. It was exhibited for the first time at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC, in November, 2017. The House was expanded to 300 artists and exhibited at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD in the fall of 2018.

Ellyn is committed to engagement with the world around her. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1997, she practiced environmental law. Her work included serving as General Counsel to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which she still serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She is also on the Boards of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and was a founding Board member of the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

For Questions about Target Gallery:

Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Studio and Residency Opportunities

Visiting Artist Program

Deadline: March 22, 2019

Managed by the Torpedo Factory Artist Association in partnership with Art Center staff, the Visiting Artist Program is  a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists, and to expose visitors to a new group of artists and projects.

Applicants may apply for a 1, 2, or 3, month summer residency, July through September. The projects undertaken by Visiting Artists for this residency are self-directed. The Visiting Artist will have the opportunity for informal exchanges with other Torpedo Factory artists, and are encouraged to visit others’ studios as well as inviting other artists to visit theirs.. As part of the program, each Visiting Artist is also asked to give a 30 minute slide presentation, elaborating on process and history. Visiting Artists will be able to display and sell their original artwork and will be provided with workspace. Each Visiting Artist will pay one-half of the rent of the studio (amounts range between approximately $180 and $480 per month for the Visiting Artist, depending on the size of the studio space). The Torpedo Factory Art Center has limited communal facilities. All expenses and arrangements related to art materials, equipment, transportation, housing or other requirements are the responsibility of the Visiting Artist.

Please see application for more details about the residency.

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Art in Common Spaces: Site 2 & 3 Galleries and Seasonal Art Installations

We are currently accepting exhibition proposals for the Site 2 Community Gallery and Site 3 Project Gallery to exhibit for the summer and fall of 2019. For more information about these spaces please read the overviews here

For questions about Site Two Community Gallery, Site Three Project Gallery, or Seasonal Art Installations:
Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Programming and Activities

The New Project Studio- Ongoing Opportunity 

Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator space that offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects rotate on a regular basis.

For questions about program opportunities or to submit a proposal:
Contact: Daniel Guzman
Call: 703-746-4586
Email: daniel.guzman@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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