Artist Studio Space available in Rockville’s VisArts Center


VisArts at Rockville announces the availability of two studios for Resident Artists, beginning January, 2010. Currently, VisArts houses twelve artists working with a variety of media. To continue this commitment to professional artists, VisArts is searching for exceptional artists that are interested in pursuing their creative process, while interacting with the public. The range of media will include, but not be limited to: acrylic and watercolor painting, wood, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, mixed media, fiber, and media arts.

Each studio is 188 square feet or more. Studio rents are $15.00 per square foot on an annual basis. Additional charges include: utilities, janitorial and common area maintenance; insurance and marketing fees. All terms of the lease will be given at the time of acceptance. VisArts reserves the right to change prices and any other conditions by sending written notice prior to the period in which the changes would go into effect. The artist-in-residence studios are intended both for making art and the sale of works by the resident artists. VisArts takes no commission from the artists’ work sold in the studios.

VisArts offers all juried artists paid teaching opportunities at VisArts with community partnerships, its highly successful summer arts camp program, its mentorship program for High School students, and exhibition-related programming.

A panel of jurors will evaluate applications and work samples. VisArts’ juried artists’ status and all its benefits are valid for a term of three years from the date of jury selection.

Facts about VisArts:

VisArts at Rockville is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization located in Rockville, MD, with a mission to develop a passion for the visual arts, foster creative activity, and expand artistic knowledge through exemplary education, exhibition, and community outreach programs serving children and adults.

VisArts is a 28,000 square foot building, adjoining the Rockville Town Square, containing:*A retail shop on the ground floor;*3 exhibition galleries;*Children’s discovery center;*Artists-in-Residence studios;*2500 square-foot event/conference room;*Classroom studios offering workshops in: glass, wood, printmaking, drawing and painting, photography and the digital arts.

Location *New Town Center, Rockville Maryland for the webcam

*City-suburban location on the Metro Red line, accessible by bus and car as well.

*Surrounded by a regional public library, restaurants and retail shops.

For more information:

Stacy Sklaver, President, Art Matters


Blue Spiral Gallery


Tim Tate artwork in forground, L-R ‘The Conflict of Archimedes’, ‘Contentment Can’t Escape Me’, ‘Red Devil Bowl’.

NEW X Threeopened this weekend at Asheville, NC’s beautiful Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC to a great crowd. There was a lot of interest and excitement at Blue Spiral’s introduction of their newest artists represented, and (happily) a number of sales!

Tim Tate artwork L-R: ‘My Love Life Thus Far’, ‘She Was Often Gripped With The Desire To Be Elsewhere’. Michael Janis artwork L-R: tarot ‘The Sun’, ‘Death’, ‘The High Priestess’, ‘The Moon’.

Michael Janis artwork L-R: tarot ‘Wheel Of Fortune’, ‘The Hangman’, ‘The Tower’.

The show runs until March 21, 2010
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery 38 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Washington Glass School Artist in CMOG’s New Glass Review 31!


Since 1979, the Corning Museum of Glass has published its annual New Glass Review, which documents new work in glass art, architecture, craft, and design. New Glass Review is the only peer-reviewed journal in the field of contemporary glass.

Each year, artists around the world submit images of their recent work to the Museum. This year an international jury selected artwork submitted from 888 artists from over 43 countries – making a total of over 2,500 submissions for consideration. The jury included Jon Clark, Professor, Tyler School of Art; Rosa Barovier Mentasti, art historian, curator and critic, Venice, Italy; Zesty Meyers, owner, R20th Century, New York, and Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass, Corning Museum.

As of the time of publishing this post, some of the artists included in this years review are: Sara Gilbert, Bernd Kniel, Kait Rhoads, Masahiro Sasaki, Nancy Weisser, Jeff Zimmer and myself, Michael Janis. I am honored to be selected again this year for inclusion in the publication, due out in May, 2010.

National Capitol Art Glass Guild


The NCAGG is a great organization in the DMV (District, Maryland, Virginia). The NCAGG is group of artists of all glass types who come together to share ideas and have fun. The organization welcomes as members any who have an interest in glass art. In April 2010, there will be a huge NCAGG exhibition of member work at the Glenview Mansion.

For more information about the NCAGG, click HERE.

Black Rock Arts Center: Personal Armor


Black Rock Arts Center has a great new show opening -

ostensibly about aprons – but it’s really about artistic process, the breaking of stereotypes, recycling, and imaginative handling of new materials. Washington Glass School artists Nancy Donnelly and Jessica Beels are featured in the exhibition.

Personal Armor: Artists’ Concepts of Aprons

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 through Friday, Jan 29, 2010

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday 10 am – 2 p

Artist Reception Saturday, Jan 09, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Free Admission

Black Rock is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.

WPA Panel Discussion on Art Criticism Tonite!

>Running for cover(age) is a panel discussion on arts criticism in the DC area presented by the Washington Project for the Arts

Moderator: Kriston Capps
Panelists: Jeffry Cudlin, Isabel Manalo, Danielle O’Steen
When: Monday, January 4, 2010 from 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Capitol Skyline Hotel (lounge), 10 I Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
(Free and open to the public)

Coverage of Mera Rubell’s DC studio tour by journalist Jessica Dawson in The Washington Post touched a critical nerve in the DC arts community, and set off impassioned conversations on social networking websites such as Facebook, about the quality of life for artists in the area. Artists, writers, and arts professionals weighed in on aesthetics, isolation, ambition and support for the visual arts.

This panel discussion will address questions about local arts media coverage and its effect on the cultural life of the city. During the Q&A portion of the program, panelists will provide suggestions of both existing and new models for generating dialogue about the arts.

Panelists include:
Kriston Capps is a critic, reporter, and commenter. He contributes regular news and reviews to the Guardian, Art in America, Art Papers, Art Lies, the American Prospect, Huffington Post, and other publications. Kriston taught a graduate studio colloquium at the University of Maryland College Park and will teach an arts journalism course through the WPA ArtScribe program at George Washington University in the Spring.

Jeffry Cudlin is an artist, curator, art critic, and musician living and working in Washington, D.C. He serves as the Director of Exhibitions for the Arlington Arts Center and writes for the Washington City Paper.

Isabel Manalo is an artist represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art and Assistant Professor at American University’s Art Department in Washington, DC. She runs the award-winning blog The Studio Visit which features artists from the DC region in their studios.

Danielle O’Steen is a freelance journalist, contributing to publications such as Art + Auction, Capitol File, Flash Art and Washington Post Express. She previously worked as an editor at Art + Auction magazine in New York. Currently, she is also a graduate student in art history at George Washington University, specializing in modern and contemporary art.