Come for the Renwick Symposium, Stay For The Glass!


The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery hosts a symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures. November 8 and 9, 2012.
This free symposium is open to the public, and no registration is required.This symposium will examine craft’s increasingly urgent role within contemporary American culture.
Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery as the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative arts, this program seeks to broaden the dialogue surrounding craft’s recent histories, and to articulate rapid changes to the field since the beginning of the current century. Research presented by both senior and emerging scholars will complicate our understanding of modern craft as a response to mass culture, and probe the evolution of the field beyond the studio movement. Themes include: the politics of craft within the museum, new directions in technology and education, craft at war, converging practices in craft and contemporary art, changing aesthetics, craft’s role in industry, and the burgeoning DIY movement. For more information on the symposium – click HERE to jump to the Smithsonian website.

Symposium: Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington,DC. – November 8 and 9, 2012 Hey Folks…. If you are coming to DC to participate in the Renwick Craft Symposium with Nicholas Bell on the 8th and 9th of November, we’d love to meet you! Many of you are staying over the weekend, so please join us for donuts and coffee at a Meet and Greet at the Washington Glass School. This is the studio where Tim Tate, Michael Janis and Erwin Timmers and other studio artists work from and is ground zero for the Glass Secessionism movement. We are a 15 minute drive from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Let us know if you need a ride. We can pick folks up and drop them back. There is also tons of parking right in front of the glass studio. We would love to see you there!
What: Meet and Greet for Symposium attendees and friends.
Where: The Washington Glass School 3700 Otis St. Mt. Rainier, Md. 20817 202-744-8222 When: Saturday, November 10th from 10am to 12 noon.

Brentwood Arts Exchange Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals and  Exhibition Applications
Deadline: Aug 31, 2012


The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the Gateway Arts Center, a public-private partnership that serves as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Showcase promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop. Since opening in March, 2010, the gallery has presented 16 exhibitions featuring regionally and nationally prominent artists as well as university and high school students, and has welcomed over 10,000 visitors. It is a place for people of all ages to meet, engage and learn about art, purchase locally made functional art, and explore new creative talents.


The art gallery is approximately 2,500 sq. ft. with 1,700 sq. ft. of exhibition space on an open floor plan. It features 14 ft. high ceilings, LED track lighting, and pristine white walls. The gallery is staffed by an attendant during all operating hours.


Each proposal should include:

  • An artist/curatorial statement that is no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • A CD/DVD containing 15-20 images of work samples; OR 2-5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work.
  • A list of works/images that includes titles, media, size, and dates created.
  • An SASE for the return of materials. Materials will not be returned unless an SASE with adequate postage is provided.

Attn: Exhibitions

Brentwood Arts Exchange

@ Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Avenue

Brentwood, MD 20722

For More Info:


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Phil Davis, Acting Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange

tel. 301-277-2863; tty. 301-446-6802; fax. 301-277-2865

Collector Tour Hits Washington Glass School


Artist/Author Lenny Campello (R) joins the tour group.
Lenny Campello’s book about the Washington, DC arts scene – 100 Artists of Washington, DC has generated much press. An Art Forum tour group from Santa Cruz, CA, included the Washington Glass School as part of its DC arts tour.

Erwin Timmers talks about how he recycles glass into his sculptural forms.

 The tour continued to Flux Studios and to Red Dirt Studios and off to Georgetown later.

Tim Tate entertains with stories of how he makes his videos.
Until I started talking of how to do frit powder drawing, the audience was captivated.

 The tour continued to Flux Studios and to Red Dirt Studios and off to Georgetown later.

Tim Tate selected by London International Creative Competition


The London International Creative Competition (LICC) awarded Honorable Mention to our man Tim Tate its latest arts competition.

The LICC competition is juried by a board of international luminaries of the visual arts world. The jury-selected Final Selection and Shortlist is published in the LICC Annual Awards Book.

To jump to the site with Tim’s work – click here.

Spring Craft Weekend Approaches!

>More event updates for CraftWeek DC 2010 -
James Renwick Alliance
invites you to join them for an Après Dinner Reception and silent auction featuring unique, one-of –a kind craft items from regional and national artists. The reception consists of a delectable dessert buffet catered by Top Chef Season 5 finalist Carla Hall and will include the opportunity to mingle with art lovers and artists from the Washington area and beyond.

Carla Hall

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at or by calling 301-907-3888.
Proceeds from this event will help support the Renwick Gallery of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Please RSVP by April 19, 2010.

When: Friday, April 23, 2010 from 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM.

Where: Long View Gallery
1234 9th St, NW
Washington, DC

Long View Gallery

Click HERE to jump to the Spring Craft Weekend JRA list of events.