Artomatic Returns -Get Going !

Artomatic 2015 is a six-week long art festival in Prince George’s County, MD – right by the New Carrollton Metro Station – that is “by artists, for everyone.” It is absolutely free to the public. This year’s event features more than 700 artists: Visual art, music, performance, film, and more. Workshops, tours, seminars and other events will be held throughout the duration of the show October 30 thru Dec 12, 2015. Location: 8100 Corporate Dr., Hyattsville, MD 20785

Want to Participate as an Artist? or Volunteer? or Host?

Click HERE to jump to Artomatic 15‘s participation website page.


San Fancisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora Awards Cheryl Derricotte Emerging Artist Solo

Congratulations to Cheryl Derricotte – alum of Washington Glass School and recent recipient of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) “Visionary Scholarship” – San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) just announced her as one of the winner’s of the museum’s inaugural Emerging Artists Program. 

MoAD announced that the two winners, Tim Roseborough and Cheryl Derricotte will each have a solo exhibit in the museum. Cheryl Derricotte’s exhibit, Ghost/Ships, is scheduled to be on view Jan. 27–April 3, 2016.


Said Cheryl about her upoming museum solo show at MoAD:  “In 2013, the British Library released 1 million images into the public domain and I was immediately intrigued. I had recently made a cast glass boat with an ephemeral quality. When I began searching the library for images related to “ghost ships,” images of slavery came up. And so began the roots of this show 2 years ago.”

This show will include approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the trade as will as images of ships, oceans and botanical illustrations of cotton, which was a central crop to the institution of slavery and the basis of much of the early craft art. “I am really excited to have the opportunity to develop this work in to a solo show for the Museum of the African Diaspora” said Cheryl.

cheryl.derricotte.Sham MissionaryOriginally from Washington DC, Cheryl Derricotte is a visual storyteller who currently resides in Oakland, Calif. She holds a master of fine arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has been awarded Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Inaugural Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities /National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant. She’s exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Airport Museum.


Ghost/Ships opens Nov. 11, 2015  thru April 3, 2016.






Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street (at Third)

San Francisco, California 94105

Janis & Tate @ Catholic University Architecture Department? Fab!

Washington Glass School’s Professor Michael Janis and Professor Tim Tate will present a lecture on glass art and architecture to students and faculty of Catholic University’s School for Architecture and Planning (CUArch) at the Crough Center for Architectural Studies as part of the Fall 2015 Fab Lab Lecture series.

Catholic University Architecture Department presents Michael Janis and Tim Tate

Catholic University Architecture Department presents Michael Janis and Tim Tate

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Debra Ruzinsky To Toss Challengers Into The (Glass) Heap

glass.heap.textWe are excited to share that our Debra Ruzinsky is one of 6 international artists who have been invited to participate in a glass art event at Sweden’s Glass Factory Museum in Boda GlasbrukDebra will be part of an international collaboration that includes GAS, Matthew Durran, London, and Linnaeus University which deals with new sustainable ways of working with glass as a resource: The Glass Heap Challenge – taking place October 7 to October 15,

The idea of the Glass Heap Challenge, as conceived of by Matt Durran, is to challenge the creativity of artists, designers and glass protagonists to find and demonstrate unique, creative and inspiring works which show ways to utilize stockpiled waste glass. This not only brings a greater level of awareness to the potential of upcycling glass but also provokes discussion on how to make better use of waste material in general.

The Glass Heap Challenge doesn’t follow any established and elaborate plan – is inclusive and embraces the element of uncertainty. No one knows ahead of time what sort of raw materials will be on hand, often what type of space will be available, what kind of equipment or technical assistance will be on site, and indeed, as some of the teams are made up of people who have never met each other, who they will be working with. This uncertainty inspires the participants to meet the Challenge with a much greater level of energy and excitement than a more structured approach would give. The resulting finished pieces create a legacy of art works, objects and products to inspire and add value to future markets.

Good Luck Debra! Represent!!

Arts Program Job Opportunity from Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

The M-NCPPC Prince George’s Parks and Rec Arts and Cultural Heritage Division has a job opening for a person to coordinate performing arts programs around the county – More info below:

The posting is open until Oct. 29, 2015.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking an Arts Specialist who will work in Community Arts Services to develop and implement multi-disciplinary arts programs which targets a general and diverse population, as well as providing professional development and opportunities for local artists. The incumbent will oversee the programs for traditional theatre and exhibition settings and non-traditional settings, such as community centers and parks.



The Arts Specialist is responsible for providing performing arts programs for a county-wide audience of all ages consistent with the objectives of the Division’s Community Arts Unit.  Duties for this position include supervising summer day camps at two sites; managing teen arts events and programming at various sites; planning music, dance and theater performances and programs for indoor and outdoor facilities; being a liaison to community center staff to coordinate programs and resources as needed, collect and review program data, and other duties as assigned.  This position plans and supports events, classes, festivals, and programs throughout Prince George’s County in collaboration with colleagues, artist groups, community partners, and arts organizations.  Successful candidates will have experience in youth development, budget management, quality customer service, staff supervision, event planning, program management, and a background in an arts discipline: music, theater, visual arts or dance.



Click on the “Apply” link at the top of the page on the above link, or go to:

An online account is required to apply.



Syl Mathis Ends Up In The Lorton Workhouse

Sculptor Syl Mathis will be one of the featured artists in the Workhouse Fall Arts Festival, to be held September 26 & 27, 2015. Over 100 of the nation’s best artists will exhibit their original fine art and unique fine crafts at the Workhouse Arts Center. The two-day outdoor festival will include work by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region, showcasing paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, hand crafted furniture and much more.

Highlights of the festival (besides Syl Mathis’ work) include:

Free admission and parking
Local gourmet food vendors and food trucks organized by Frontier Kitchen
Indoor and outdoor exhibition venues
Local beer and wine for purchase
Live music



The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, provides visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as arts education programs. The Workhouse is located in Lorton, VA, in the Occoquan Workhouse portion of the historic DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory.

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079

Submit for CMOG New Glass Review



Submit Your Work To CMOG’s New Glass Review 

Published by The Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review is an annual survey of glass in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design created in the previous year by emerging and established artists, as well as students. The works are chosen by a changing jury of curators, artists, designers, art dealers, and critics.

The Museum invites artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects worldwide to submit images of new works using glass. The deadline for submissions to New Glass Review 37 is October 1, 2015. Fee = $20.

Submit online – click HERE for link.


Novie Trump @ Hillyer: Longing For Distant Skies Trump: Longing for Distant Skies

Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC  September 4 – 26, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-9pm

Since ancient times, man has looked up into the heavens and dreamed of distant skies.

In this exhibition of porcelain, glass, wax and steel installations, Novie Trump explores the longing we have for those distant skies: that desire to fly away to bluer skies, to drift upwards into the stars, to follow the horizon to unknown places.

Novie Trump (formerly the Director of the Lee Arts Center in Arlington and founder/director of Flux Studios in Mount Rainier) recently relocated to Jerome, Arizona, returns to DC a solo show at the Hillyer Art Space.  Fans of her evocative ceramic sculpture and installation work will see how her the depth of her work has intensified and deepened in the incredible exhibit titled “Longing For Distant Skies” opening today (Friday Sept 4). Of her recent works, Novie said, ” the show was inspired by the beautiful huge skies that are their own presence where I now live.”


From her new studio space out west in Arizona, Novie curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations and is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development. sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound.


Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.  In 2013, Novie Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars

Novie Trump: Longing for Distant Skies

September 4 – 26, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-9pm

Hillyer Art Space

9 Hillyer Court NW

20008 Washington , DC
(Hillyer Art Space is directly behind the Cosmos Club and the Phillips Collection.)