Call for Entries: Prince Georges County Artists

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Call For Entries

Memories from All Directions: an Exhibition of Prince George’s County Artists

Lowe House Office Building, Prince George’s Delegation Area, Annapolis, MD.
January 11 – April 9, 2012
The Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, in partnership with the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, is pleased to announces Memories from All Directions, this year’s exhibition of Prince George’s County artists in the Lowe House Office building in Annapolis, during the Maryland General Assembly/ the Legislative Session.
Memories define much about who we are. Memories can also define places, culture, and how we see ourselves as a community. Our individual memories influence how we interact in our shared space, and our shared memories influence the directions we take to shape our towns, our county, and our state. Memories from All Directions gives us an opportunity to reflect upon all of these things by asking artist to present artwork related to memories, as they define it. As we and our legislative leaders come together to make important decisions to shape our future, this exhibition celebrates Prince George’s County art and artists as well as art’s unique ability to express the experiences that bring us all together.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – December 10, 2011
All submissions must be received by 4:00pm

DATES

  • Deadline for receipt of entries: December 10
  • Notification of selected works: December 17
    *All notifications will be sent by email.
  • Artwork drop-off period: January 2 – 7
  • Exhibition Opens: Week of January 11
  • Opening Reception: Monday, January 23
  • Exhibition closes: April 13
  • Artwork pick-up period: April 16-29

For more info and link to prospectus PDF – click HERE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact: Phil Davis, Assistant Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange phil.davis@pgparks.com tel. 301-277-2863

Art Camp at the Glass School

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Kids & glass – the perfect companions!

Prince George’s County Brentwood Arts Exchange has its summertime Creative Expressions Camp where kids get to explore a variety of artistic media as well as contemporary reading and writing activities around such themes as animals, nature, and adventure.
One of the camp sessions (the adventure one) was held at the Washington Glass School
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Rob Kincheloe helps direct the children on the finer aspects of working in glass.

Artistic expressions are nurtured (ie yanked out) from each student.


Mini masterpieces inside the kiln.

Call for Entries: Brentwood Arts Exchange Mixed Media Art

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BRENTWOOD ARTS EXCHANGE
CALL FOR ENTRIES

All Mixed Up:

A Juried Exhibition of Mixed Media Work


ALL MIXED UP is a juried exhibition of works in two or more media, sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. The exhibition will be on display at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD from November 1 – 27, 2010.


APPLICATION DEADLINE – September 7, 2010
All submissions must be received by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 7.

Dates:

  • Deadline for receipt of entries: September 7, 2010
  • Notification of selected works: October 1, 2010
  • Art work drop-off period: October 21-23
  • Exhibition closes: November 27, 2010
  • Artwork pick-up period: November 29-30

Juror:


Philippa Hughes

The juror for the exhibition is Philippa Hughes, the creator of the Pink Line Project . Philippa also runs a consolidated and searchable calendar of all things cool and creative in DC and writes a widely read blog that highlights DC’s creative scene. Philippa is active in the arts community through her extensive involvement and collaboration with emerging artists and arts organizations throughout the city including The Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Cultural Development Corporation, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, DC51, Art Table, Ten Miles Square, Workbook, and many others.

AWARDS
$1000 in cash awards will be made by the juror. The Prince George’s Arts Council will make a Purchase Award from this exhibition.

ELIGIBILITY & SUBMISSION CRITERIA
This call for entries is open to all artists 18 years of age or older who live, work, attend school or have studios in Prince George’s County, MD, whose artwork is constructed of two or more media (“mixed media”). Artists may submit a maximum of 3 artworks for consideration. All works must be original (no reproductions). Proposals for mixed media installation or performance works should include example images, video or audio of the type of work being proposed as well as a brief document describing the proposed art work.

WHAT TO SEND
Materials should be submitted by mail or delivered in person to 7833 Walker Drive, Suite 430, Greenbelt, MD. Please send:

* A CD/DVD containing images and/or segments of audio/video, each no longer than five minutes in duration.
* A printed list of the works submitted with titles, media, and dimensions.
* If you would like your materials returned, please include an SASE.

MAILING ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Attn: All Mixed Up Juried Exhibition
Arts & Cultural Heritage Division, M-NCPPC
7833 Walker Dr., Suite 430
Greenbelt, MD 20770

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact: Julia Morelli, Visual Arts Specialist, M-NCPPC julia.morelli@pgparks.com Tel. 301-446-3249; tty. 301-446-6802.

About the Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Gateway Arts Center
Having celebrated it’s grand opening on March 19, 2010, the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, Maryland is a dynamic space dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts. The center is home to more than a dozen artists’ studios, Gateway CDC’s 39th Street Gallery, and the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center’s Gallery 110.

Cast Glass as Public Artwork – Photos of the Case Study

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unless noted, all photos by Anything Photographic

The public artwork just completed by the Washington Glass Studio and Alonzo Davis for Prince George’s County Circuit Court was just photographed by Anything Photographic. The sculpture is made using the original bell tower cupola salvaged from the disastrous fire that destroyed the courthouse in 2004. The structure and copper dome were cleaned and made good, and modified to accommodate artwork elements that include cast recycled glass formed into images of the community and the legal system, sandcarved panels with the County Seals for each of the Counties served by the Circuit Court, and a neon bell symbolizing the original bell that would toll each day at 9.30 am when the Court was in session.
Titled “Rebirth and Renewal”, the artwork is testament to a proud community and its ability to overcome adversity.

Artwork neon lit at night : photo by Aisha Jordan


CASE STUDY: Glass Sculpture as Public Art

Prince George’s County Circuit Courthouse


If you have been following the ongoing story of the Washington Glass Studio’s design and progress of the installation of Prince George County’s Upper Marlboro courthouse glass public art sculpture – the installation is almost complete. As described in the June 2009 blog posting -

The historic 1939 Circuit Court building was devastated by fire in 2004, completely destroying the ornate Duvall Wing. The old bell tower that was atop the portico entry had been reduced to the structural frame and the historic bell within had crashed down to the ground during the fire.

The cupola’s 124-year-old bell fell through the second floor during the fire and was buried in the rubble. (photo: Mark E. Brady — Prince George’s County Fire/emergency Medical)
For a number of years, during the renovation of the courthouse, the bell tower structure continued to deteriorate on what had become a construction site for both the courthouse expansion and the renovation of the damaged courthouse.

The structural remains of the original 1939 bell tower cupola.

In 2008 Prince George’s County asked two of the artists that had made artwork for the interior of the Marbury Wing court expansion to collaborate and come up with some concepts for the front entry courtyard of the refurbished court building as it neared completion; Washington Glass Studio and Alonzo Davis. Early on, the decision was made to restore the original bell tower cupola as the centerpoint of the public artwork sculpture, and that informed the many design concepts explored. Infill panels made of cast glass with courthouse/legal imagery, sandcarved glass infill panels, backlighting with computer controlled LED panel lighting effects, neon lighting – were some of the many different ideas that were explored and the design options were narrowed down, documented and presented to the courthouse committee, headed by Circuit Court Judge Sheila Tillerson-Adams.

Different concepts of integration of lighting and cast recycled glass were explored.

Titled “Rebirth and Renewal “, the concept was modified with input from the judges and the committee, and in late 2009, the original steel structure and copper dome top was restored and set into a new paved area outside the courthouse, near the main courthouse entry. Glass began being cast into bas-relief panels with imagery based on the courts, the legal system, Prince George’s County, and the original court building.

Cast bas-relief panels made from recycled glass were made with court and community based imagery. Michael Janis begins coldworking the panels. Nicole Puzan installs the cast textured panels into the steel framework.

Steel frames were made for the glass panel infill support. Neon artist Marty King made a neon representation of the original bell of the bell tower, which, by tradition, was struck at 9.30 am each day court was in session. An engineer certified the original bell tower cupola’s structural integrity for the modifications and reuse. Custom benches for seating around the artwork were started. The chamfered corner panel infills were designed to incorporate detailed county seals representing the counties served by the Circuit Court. These panels were clear, with deep, intricate sandcarved panels. In December of 2009, all the elements were coming together, and installation of the cast glass began.

Erwin Timmers tests the neon. Erwin Timmers and Alonzo Davis bolt the infill panels to the steel structure.During the installation, the Washington, DC area was hit by two snowstorms that dumped the largest amount of snow ever recorded in the area’s history, and installation had to work around the snow removal efforts.

The names of the Circuit Court refurbishment committee are acknowledged in sandcarved panels mounted in the glass and steel sculpture. The cast recycled glass alternates with clear glass to allow alternating views looking into the neon bell sculpture and allowing diffused lighting from the neon to illuminate the cast glass symbols.
The final elements were recently installed, and the neon switched on. In the next couple of weeks, the professional photos of the cast glass public art sculpture will be taken by Anything Photographic – and we will post. The photos of the artwork are now online – Click HERE to jump to photos of the finished work.