WPA Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) serves as a catalyst for the creation, critique, and collection of contemporary art. With more than 800 artist members, the WPA is the only DC-area organization to support visual artists at all stages of their careers.

2016 Washington Project for the Arts new custom creative glass art award

2016 Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art

Initiated in 2006, the Washington Project for the Arts Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art is named for Alice Denney, the founder of the Washington Project for the Arts, and is presented annually to honor an individual who has supported the organization for a period of many years and has made a sustained commitment to the greater DC art’s community.

WPA has announced that Fred Ognibene will be the 2016 recipient of the Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art, and the award has been made by the Washington Glass School.

The award will presented by Andres Tremols at the opening reception of the WPA Auction Exhibition, March 31, 2016 at 8pm.

WPA AUCTION WEEK will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, March 31, from 7 – 9 pm. 

Click HERE to jump to WPA Gala online page.

Molly Ruppert Takes The Prize

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The Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) will name Molly Ruppert as this year’s “Alice Denney Award” for Support of Contemporary Art.

Molly Ruppert

As the director of the Warehouse, a longtime art space and theater in Mount Vernon Square, Molly has curated or juried many DC art shows over the years. Through the Warehouse Gallery, Molly has contributed much to the city. She has made strong connections in this community, and provided an arts center that has fostered an inspiring dialogue with and for contemporary emerging artists in the Nation’s Capital. The Warehouse Next Door has served as a venue for D.C. arts festivals ranging from FotoWeek to Sonic Circuits. Nowadays, the Warehouse acts primarily as a black-box theater and is home to The Passenger where Molly is co-owner with her son, Paul Ruppert.

The award will be announced on Sat, Feb 11, at the opening for Select, this year’s annual art auction. The Feb 11 opening is free and starts off at 6.00 PM.

The eighth-annual award is named after Alice Denney, a curator and founder of the Washington Project for the Arts.

The Washington Glass Studio is proud to have made the glass Alice Denney award for the WPA.

Mick Coughlan turns green under a uv light as he assembles and cold fuses the glass.

Everyone Into The Pool!

>The DC area artist organization Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is again hosting its synchronized swimming performance call for artists. Artists teams need to be registered for this fun event.

WPA Synchroswim

Sunday, August 8, 2010 6-7pm @ the Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I (eye) Street, SW, Washington, DC
Deadline for team submissions: Monday, July 19, 2010 (received)

Washington Projects for the Arts, in collaboration with the Rubell Family Collection + Conner Contemporary Art, presents the second annual synchronized swimming performance competition featuring Washington area artists.

Artists are requested to submit an application to perform a 2-4 minute synchronized performance accompanied by music to take place in the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool. Teams can consist of 2-10 members. A panel of experts will judge performances with prizes awarded in three categories: best performance, best visual spectacle, and crowd favorite. You do not need to be WPA member to apply.

Typically, synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry, and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside down underwater. However, at the WPA SynchroSwim, creativity and effort are the criteria for evaluation. Performers must be able to swim or wear an appropriate safety flotation device. Performances do not have to actually include traditional swimming, but they must take place in the pool. Creative attire is highly recommended.

Click HERE for the submission form pdf.

Artomatic Seeks Artwork for Parade Float

>The Artomatic organizers are collecting submissions** for an Artomatic parade float for the upcoming Washington Project for the Arts Art Parade - the WPArade.

Sign up by May 28th to submit an entry!

** Enter any 8×11″ size art submission to be added to Artomatic’s parade float. The WPArade is scheduled to take place June 5, 2010 at the Capitol Riverfront – near the Washington Nationals Baseball park on Half Street.

“The WPA Art Parade is an extravaganza of artists connecting with community to create a moving visual spectacle of art and culture. Visual artists, performers, architects, musicians, and visual arts organizations are invited to work independently, together, and in partnership with community organizations to create inflatable art, placards, portable sculpture and street performance.”

Click HERE for more info on the Artomatic float.

For more information – and to mix & mingle with fellow DC area artists – come visit Artomatic at Bistro Bistro for Happy Hour this Wednesday in Dupont Circle …

Artomatic Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
5pm – 7pm
Bistro Bistro
1727 Connecticut Ave, NW

WPA Art Auction Gala March 6

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The Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) invites contemporary art aficionados to indulge their passion for art at the WPA Art Auction Gala on Saturday, March 6, at 6 p.m.
All proceeds benefit WPA programs and exhibitions. For tickets and more information, please visit www.wpadc.org/auction/auction.html. The dinner tickets are sold out, but party tickets are available.

To purchase party tickets, click here to download the form. For information on bidding in absentia, or the Auction Gala, please email the WPA at: wpa.auction@gmail.com

The Cream exhibition is open for viewing, Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission is Free. More information on the exhibition is available at www.wpadc.org. Preview the works at auction.wpadc.org

WPA "Cream" Exhibition Features DC GlassWorks Artists

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Megan Van Wagoner, Comforts of Home: Potatoes, 2010
Blown Glass, White clay | 12″ x 12″ x 8″

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)’s opening of its newest exhibition, Cream, is this weekend, and the show runs January 30 – March 6, 2010, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

This annual exhibition features works by more than 110 local and national artists selected by an esteemed group of eight top curators including scholars, museum directors, practitioners and collectors.

All works are on view until the WPA Annual Art Auction Gala, which will take place March 6, 2010, during which the exhibited works are available to the highest bidders. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 6-9pm, along with a talk by the curators on Thursday, February 25, 2010, 6:30-9:30pm, both at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.

The 29th iteration of this exhibition highlights some of the region’s most talented artists, presenting a broad range of media and styles of both new and emerging artists as well as more established career artists.

Cream is a notable survey of contemporary art in the region and beyond, with selected works representing the cream of the crop and the talent of the artists included that rose above thousands of others viewed during the curatorial process.

“We are tremendously pleased with the participating curators and their art selections – the work is fresh and exciting, and there are artists with long-standing ties to WPA as well as new names that the curators are introducing to the public,” said Lisa Gold, WPA’s Executive Director.

Four artists (
David D’Orio, Joseph Corcoran, Steven Jones, and Megan Van Wagoner) of DC GlassWorks created special glass sculptures for the Art Auction Gala. These pieces will be featured in the museum exhibition and on the dining tables during the auction event, and are available for bid. Click HERE to see the WPA link on these works.

Joseph Corcoran, Direction, 2010
Glass and steel | 24″ x 14″

Steven Jones, Dialogues IV, 2009
Bronze, Glass, Steel, Aluminum | 18″ x 8″ x 6″

Dave D’Orio, Organ Model: B12.A6.Y6, 2010
Glass, steel | 30″ x 30″ x 24″

photography by Anything Photographic

WPA Panel Discussion on Art Criticism Tonite!

>Running for cover(age) is a panel discussion on arts criticism in the DC area presented by the Washington Project for the Arts

Moderator: Kriston Capps
Panelists: Jeffry Cudlin, Isabel Manalo, Danielle O’Steen
When: Monday, January 4, 2010 from 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Capitol Skyline Hotel (lounge), 10 I Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
(Free and open to the public)

Coverage of Mera Rubell’s DC studio tour by journalist Jessica Dawson in The Washington Post touched a critical nerve in the DC arts community, and set off impassioned conversations on social networking websites such as Facebook, about the quality of life for artists in the area. Artists, writers, and arts professionals weighed in on aesthetics, isolation, ambition and support for the visual arts.

This panel discussion will address questions about local arts media coverage and its effect on the cultural life of the city. During the Q&A portion of the program, panelists will provide suggestions of both existing and new models for generating dialogue about the arts.

Panelists include:
Kriston Capps is a critic, reporter, and commenter. He contributes regular news and reviews to the Guardian, Art in America, Art Papers, Art Lies, the American Prospect, Huffington Post, and other publications. Kriston taught a graduate studio colloquium at the University of Maryland College Park and will teach an arts journalism course through the WPA ArtScribe program at George Washington University in the Spring.

Jeffry Cudlin is an artist, curator, art critic, and musician living and working in Washington, D.C. He serves as the Director of Exhibitions for the Arlington Arts Center and writes for the Washington City Paper.

Isabel Manalo is an artist represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art and Assistant Professor at American University’s Art Department in Washington, DC. She runs the award-winning blog The Studio Visit which features artists from the DC region in their studios.

Danielle O’Steen is a freelance journalist, contributing to publications such as Art + Auction, Capitol File, Flash Art and Washington Post Express. She previously worked as an editor at Art + Auction magazine in New York. Currently, she is also a graduate student in art history at George Washington University, specializing in modern and contemporary art.

Craft V Art – the final battle!

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Washington Project for the Arts Presents:

Tug-of-War Blurring the line between Art and Craft

A panel discussion and interactive event Wednesday, April 22nd 5:30 – 7:30pm @ WPA headquarters’ 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW

(in conjunction with the James Renwick Alliance & Smithsonian’s Craftweek DC )

Washington Project for the Arts will participate in the JRA & Smithsonian’s first annual Craftweek DC by hosting a lively discussion on the subject of “Art vs. Craft”. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the WPA headquarters in Dupont Circle.

Curator and art critic, Jeffry Cudlin, will moderate a panel discussion between members of both the art and craft communities in DC- revealing their thoughts on what differentiates the two ‘sides’. The discussion provides a framework for understanding the concepts and breaking down the divide between what is considered fine art and craft.

When all is said and done, panelists and audience members will be invited to participate in the very first Art vs. Craft tug-of-war on a nearby grassy knoll (rain or shine).

The tug, a metaphor for the discussion, is a fun way to illustrate the way some artists dance between both realms while others live on one side or the other.