Smithsonian Museum Curators Visit Washington Glass School

Smithsonian Renwick Museum Curator-In_Charge Nora Atkinson is compelled to touch the artwork by Michael Janis and Tim Tate on her visit to Washington Glass School.

Smithsonian Renwick Museum Curator-In_Charge Nora Atkinson is compelled to touch the artwork by Michael Janis and Tim Tate on her visit to Washington Glass School.

Nora Atkinson, Curator-in-Charge of the Smithsonian Renwick Museum and Robyn Kennedy, Smithsonian Renwick Chief Administrator pay a visit to the studio to have a look at the new collaborative glass installation by Tim Tate & Michael Janis.

Artist Michael Janis talks about the process and inspiration that he and artist Tim Tate used to make the stunning, collaborative artwork.

Artist Michael Janis talks about the process and inspiration that he and artist Tim Tate used to make the stunning, collaborative artwork.

The two Renwick Museum leaders wanted a preview of the work titled, “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air” before it heads up to Chicago as part of Habatat Prime pop-up exhibit that is part of SOFA Expo in a few weeks (Oct 31-Nov 3).

Artist Erwin Timmers points out the features of his thoughtful glass sculptures to SAAM Curator Nora Atkinson and Chief Administrator, Robyn Kennedy.

Artist Erwin Timmers points out the features of his thoughtful glass sculptures to SAAM Curator Nora Atkinson and Chief Administrator, Robyn Kennedy.

And a walk thru of the Washington Glass School looking at the artists work – what great way to spend a spectacular Friday in DC.

Michael Janis describes his sgraffito glass technique to Smithsonian's  Robyn Kennedy and Nora Atkinson as they tour the work on exhibit.

Michael Janis describes his sgraffito glass technique to Smithsonian’s Robyn Kennedy and Nora Atkinson as they tour the work on exhibit.

 

Artists Against Gun Violence Timed for March For Our Lives DC Rally

Detail from "Endless Cycle" by artist Tim Tate. Photo by Pete Duvall.

Detail from “Endless Cycle” by artist Tim Tate. 36″ x 36″ x 4″ Glass, electronics, poly-vitro, aluminum. Photo by Pete Duvall.

Artists Against Gun Violence : a pop-up art exhibit 

Where: The 3rd Floor 4200 9th Street NW Above Slims (rear entrance)
March 22 thru April 9, 2018 Opening Reception: March 22, 6 to 9 pm,
Hours: March 24 (after March for Our Lives) 3-6pm, March 28 6-8pm, March 31, 3-6 pm, April 4, 6-8pm , April 7, 2-4pm,
April 9, 6-8pm

Artists Against GunViolence was created in solidarity with the students from Parkland, Florida who quickly responded to the tragic events at their school with a call to action. Over 40 artists from the DC area show their opposition to gun violence in a gallery show at The Third Floor and additional spaces in the Petworth neighborhood. The show opens March 22nd in time for the student-led March for Our Lives rally taking place in downtown Washington, DC on Saturday, March 24th.

Shattered Remnants by artist Michael Janis

“Shattered Remnants” by artist Michael Janis. 16″ x 19″; kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery. Photo by Pete Duvall.

Participating Artists: Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Frederick Nunley, Jackie Hoysted, Helen Frederick, Ellyn Weiss, David Mordini, Ellen Hill, Ruth Trevarrow, Gregory Ferrand, Pat Goslee, Robin Bell, Vicki Walchak, Jenny Walton, Carolina Mayorga, Glenn Richardson, Angela White, Maryanne Pollack, Sondra Arkin, Laura Elkins, Judy Jashinsky, Cory Oberndorfer, Laura Elkins, Cheryl Edwards, Liz Lescaut, Heather Levy, Mei Mei Chang, Sheila Crider, Anne Marchand, Margaret Dowell, Susan Lila Cole, Claudia Vess, Eric Margry, Kyuljin Lee, Eve Hennessa, Mary Welsh Higgins, Janis Goodman, Linda Hesh, Jenifer Berringer,T Yuan Chi Nicholson, Ann Stoddard, Henry Sundquest, Jasom Horowitz, Alonzo Davis, Jeff Zimmer.

Event info on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/182598122365562/

Michael Janis Featured in Glass Art Magazine Podcast

Glass Art Magazine has a podcast series aptly named “Talking Out Your Glass” that features interviews and discussions with world-renowned glass artists. WGS’ Michael Janis joins the series as he talks about how he does his glass powder drawings and his upcoming solo show at Georgetown’s Maurine Littleton Gallery.

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click above to listen to podcast

Michael’s solo exhibit titled “Echoes of Leaves and Shadows” features his new glass works and sculptures and opens Friday, September 16, 2016. 

 

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Michael Janis, “Radiance”;2016; fused glass, glass powder imagery, steel; 12.5″ x 12.5″

Michael Janis: Echoes of Leaves and Shadows

Maurine Littleton Gallery

1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20007

 

Sept 16 – Oct 15, 2016

Opening Reception Friday, September 16, 6-8pm

Glass Art Magazine podcast link – click HERE

 

DCCAH FY 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) Exhibit Opens

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities visual arts exhibition at the DCCAH Main Gallery.

Opening night at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities AHFP visual arts exhibition at the DCCAH Main Gallery.

The Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities opened its exhibit of visual artists applying for the FY 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) on Friday, July 29, 2016. Each artist had submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective. The new Deputy Director – Michael Bigley – commented on the broad scope of the District’s dynamic art scene.

DCCAH Curator Zoma Wallace and DCCAH Deputy Director Michael Bigley.

DCCAH Curator Zoma Wallace and DCCAH Deputy Director Michael Bigley.

Some familiar faces from the DC visual arts scene were to be found on opening night.

Some familiar faces from the DC visual arts scene were to be found on opening night.

DC Commission on Arts and Humanities

Main Gallery
200 I (Eye) Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Exhibition closes August 31
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Michael Janis named "US Cultural Ambassador", Knighthood Next?

The British Council is a British organization specializing in international educational and cultural opportunities. It was founded in 1934 as the British Committee for Relations with Other Countries, and granted a royal charter by King George VI in 1940. Its “sponsoring department” within the UK Government is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Recently, the British Council asked our Michael Janis to write about the sister city relationship between Sunderland, England and Washington, DC and how the Washington Glass School came to be one of the participants in the spectacular International Glass and Clay exhibit that opened March 1, 2013.

Click HERE to jump to British Council blog.

Michael was listed as a US Cultural Ambassador” and he is loving the title upgrade. He now insists on being called “honorable” and says he is planning to stage a “glass coup” at the UN and that he will begin issuing a list of non-binding resolutions. 

Michael Janis – the Dark Knight

After all his work with the British glass and ceramic artists, Knighthood surely is being planned.

This Saturday, March 9th, from noon- 1:00 pm, the International Glass and Clay Exhibit hosts a roundtable discussion about the Fulbright Scholar program. Come to the gallery and have a chat with Fulbright Scholars from area universities.

International Glass and Clay 2013
Pepco Edison Place Gallery  @ 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Gallery hours are Saturday and Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays. The Gallery Place Metro station is within walking distance of the Gallery. The show is organized by Artomatic and the DCCAH.  

Black Artists of DC

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This past weekend, the Washington Glass School was host to the Black Artists of DC (BADC) monthy meeting. The artist group often conducts studio visits as a way to network and offer new opportunities for the members.
The mission of BADC is to promote, develop and validate the culture, artistic expressions and aspirations of past and present artists of Black-Afrikan ancestry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Click HERE to jump to BADC’s facebook page.

Artist Housing Opportunities

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The Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) has partnered with The Cohen Companies and Union Place Phase I, LLC to develop affordable live/work housing units for artists and their families. Applications are available now for artist housing/work space in the new Loree Grand building at 250 K St NE, in the NoMa area of Washington, DC.

Open to Artist Households, including administrators and educators. Move-in available immediately after eligibility review.

Live/work artist housing are apartments that are primarily designed for living, with studio/work space as an ancillary use. Employees and walk-in trade are regulated by your Home Occupation Permit.

The building, with move-in beginning June 2010, will feature studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom with den units. Units range from 596 to 1362 square feet. Additionally, nine of the units, located on 3rd Street, feature entryways with direct street access as either walk-down or walk-up units. Units are priced to be affordable to households earning a maximum of 80% of Area Median Income.

Area Median Income (AMI) is the annual median income level for the Washington, DC metropolitan area, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The 2009 AMI for the metro area is $102,000 for a four person household.

The Process
CuDC will lease units on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. Interested households may submit applications on a rolling basis. Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to 916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. CuDC’s offices are open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Click HERE for the CuDC website information about the Loree Grand.
For more information, email: housing@culturaldc.org or phone 202.315.1324.

Rumors & Whispers: Artomatic 2010

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Artomatic – everyone’s favorite month-long DC art festival – is rumored to be next held (the talk is either this October, or this coming Spring 2011) at the old Hine School adjacent to Eastern Market. The plans for the redevelopment of the former junior high school were outlined last fall, and the site certainly is well situated.

Artomatic organizers officially have not either completely denied or confirmed the rumor… but who needs signed contracts anymore? Start outlining what you, as an artist would include if it were all a go, as approval to actualization time could be short!

Jumping The Shark In Washington, DC

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The sights one sees on the streets of Washington, DC.
Here is what appeared in front of the National Geographic building on 17th in NW today.
Not sure what event/broadcast this relates to, and I could not find any reference on the Nat Geographic website – so just enjoy the notion of sharks cruising the streets of the Nation’s Capital.


We’re going to need a bigger boat.

Blizzard of 2010 Shuts Glass School

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Snowpocalypse! Snowmageddon! Snowgasm! Whatever you call this record breaking snow dump, it spells yet another day of heavy snow and blizzards in the capital of the free world as Washington, DC comes to a standstill. Congress and federal government offices are closed as is the Washington Glass School.

The weight of the snow is bringing down trees all over. DC’s department of transport is telling drivers to stay off the roads except for emergencies. Washington just broke its record of 54.4 inches of snow for a season (138.2 centimetres), set way back in 1898-99.