Artomatic Event!


Workshop @ Artomatic: A Discussion Presented by the James Renwick Alliance
What Makes a Piece of Craft Art Truly Extraordinary?

Find out what Robyn Kennedy, Chief of the Renwick Gallery, Chris Shea, metal artist and blacksmith, Michael Janis, Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, and Binnie Fry, independent curator and artist advocate look for in the world of craft.

Sun Jun 14 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
James Renwick Alliance Education Room (4th Floor)
55 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

DCCAH seeks artwork!

Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 5:30pm (This is not a postmark deadline)
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is purchasing artwork to be part of the District of Columbia’s 2009 Art Bank Program. The Art Bank is a growing collection of moveable works funded through DC Creates Public Art Program. Works in the collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and are loaned to other District Government agencies for display in public areas of government buildings. This collection helps preserve the city’s past and is an important legacy for future generations.
Currently, nearly 2000 artworks are on display in over 150 District government agencies. This is an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work as part of our continued commitment to
supporting our vibrant artistic community and its excellence.

The Art Bank Advisory Committee will select two-dimensional works including prints, drawings, mixed media, paintings, and photographs. The artwork submitted for consideration must be available for purchase and review (see calendar). Artwork must be created with archival materials. Works in series with smaller dimensions will also be considered. Work must have been created within the last five years to be eligible. The Commission is interested in diversity amongst its artists, images of the city and its citizens, particularly the youth.

Selection Process:
The Art Advisory Committee will view the images and make preliminary selections. Artists must deliver works identified for possible purchase to DCCAH for final review by the Art Advisory Committee (see calendar below). All applicants will be notified of final selection in writing. DCCAH will retain selected works for framing. Artists must retrieve works not selected by the committee (see calendar). DCCAH reserves the right to negotiate the purchase price or decline to purchase any artwork selected by the committee.

This competition is open to professional artists who live in the District of Columbia, Virginia and
Maryland. Preference will be given to artists who reside in the District of Columbia.

June 24, 2009 from 7-8.30pm Workshop at Artomatic to assist applicants
(55 M Street, SE; Washington D.C. 8th floor classroom
By Metro – Navy Yard Metro Station; Ballpark exit)

July 8, 2009 at 5:30pm Application Deadline
On or before July 20, 2009 Primary selection and notification
July 20-24, 2009 Drop off work (NOTE: DCCAH office is open during the
hours of 9am to 5.30pm)
July 27-31, 2009 Final selection and notification
August 2-7, 2009 Pick up work that was not accepted

For more information, contact Rachel Dickerson at (202) 724-5613.
Click HERE for DCCAH website

James Renwick Alliance Awards


The James Renwick Alliance is committed to promoting Craft Artists and their Art. As such, a judging committee went through a preview of DC’s Artomatic arts festival. selecting artists to receive recognition for their work in selected craft categories. The judges were: Mrs. Deena Kaplan, long time art supporter and world class craft collector, Mr. John Kotelly, Esq., former President of the JRA and avid craft collector, Dr. Paul and Mrs. Elmirina Parkman, both Past Presidents of the JRA, founding members of the JRA and long time craft collectors, Ms. Judy Weisman, JRA Acquisitions Chair and long time craft collector and consultant.

The following artists won the Craft Awards of Distinction (and a complimentary one year membership in the James Renwick Alliance):
Fiber: Rania Hassan
Clay: Laurel Lukaszewski
Metal: Michael Sirvet
Glass: Phil Vickery
Wood: James Long
Mixed Media: Eric Celarier

(The Glass School lays claim to Rania, Michael, Laurel and Phil as adopted children)

Sending a Thanks to the James Renwick Alliance & Congratulations to all to all the artists at Artomatic!

More Artomatic Glass Demonstrations

>DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios would like to invite you to an afternoon of glassblowing demonstrations by glass artists Roger Tye and Phil Vickery. Roger and Phil are extremely accomplished glass makers and they have offered to demonstrate their work with the students, instructors, and friends of DC GlassWorks and the Washington Glass School. Roger and Phil are two of the 37 creative businesses heading to Washington DC from Sunderland England, to take part in the five-week Artomatic Exhibition.

This event is free and begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2009. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by May 26th 2009. To learn more about Phil and Roger and to see samples of their work, please check out their websites:

DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios

5346 46th Avenue Hyattsville MD 20781 -2307


Click HERE to see DC GlassWorks website

Demos from visiting UK Glass Artists

>On Sunday, May 31st from 2 to 5pm the Washington Glass School will be hosting demonstrations of glass techniques from two artists from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England, Stephen Beardsell and Karin Walland. Stephen Beardsell “Lady in Poppy Field”.

Karin will show how to cast small objects in frozen glass powder (an alternative to the messy lost wax method). Karin holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Glass with distinction. She often incorporates recycled glass creating pieces from jewellery pendants to large sculptural installations expressing fragility, loss, brokenness, death and new life in both nature and human experience.

Karin Wallend “Washed Up At The End of The Day”, “Broken Arch”

Stephen graduated from Sunderland University with a Batchelor of Art degree in Glass and Ceramics, and later achieved a Master of Art Degree in Glass.
Currently he works in the glass department at the University of Sunderland and also in the National Glass Centre. Stephen will be showing and describing his method of creating great depth with frit casting and inclusions. Stephen Beardsell “Poppy Field group”.

This Seminar/demo is entirely FREE to anyone who cares to learn from these 2 talented UK artists! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how many to expect.

DC residents – apply for DCCAH grants!


It’s Grant Time!
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is renewing its commitment to supporting local artists and arts organizations through its distribution of grants for the fiscal year 2010 grant season. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks first among states in per capita investment in the arts.
“The creative industry is one of the most prosperous business sectors in the District, in workforce numbers, ticket sales and tax revenue generation,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Gloria Nauden. “We also boast of more than 460 nonprofits in the city that self-identify as arts, humanities or cultural organizations.” “One of our priorities for disseminating the grants is to ensure that the process is demystified. Our staff is available to help artists and arts organizations develop the most effective grant application possible,” Nauden added.

The Commission offers free grant writing assistance.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an agency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Click HERE for more information , or to receive a grant application, call (202) 724-5613.