CALL FOR ARTISTS: SCRAP-DC & TMG’s “Fallout Shelter: A Refuge for DC’s SCRAP”

Call for Artists

Due to last year’s successful exhibition, we have teamed up again with SCRAP-DC for our September show: Fallout Shelter: A Refuge for DC’s Scrap

September 4- 29, 2012

We’re looking for artwork that would turn The Center for Green Urbanism into a “shelter” for a different kind of fallout: the city’s “debris” in any of its forms. Pieces will be selected based on how well the work fits the theme, with jurors paying attention to innovative uses of repurposed materials made into particularly high-quality art.

Call for Artists Entry Form

Exhibition Location
Center for Green Urbanism – Tubman-Mahan Gallery
3938 Benning Road NE Washington DC 20019

Apply by Monday 7/30 (online form to go live Wed. 6/27)
Artists notified week of 8/13
Drop off work Saturday 8/25, 11am-2pm [backup: Sun. 8/26]
Show 9/4-9/29
Opening reception Fri. 9/7, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pick up work Sunday 9/30, 11am-2pm

$20 for up to 3 entries. Fees are non-refundable and due with each submission, or the
work will not be considered. Payment can be made through either the PayPal button on
our application form, or by check made payable to SCRAP-DC and sent to: SCRAP-DC Art Show/643 G St. SE Washington DC 20003.

Artists who live or work in DC, Maryland, or Virginia are invited to submit .jpg or .tif files (no larger than 8MB each) of their artwork for this juried show. Fine art and fine crafts are acceptable, provided they consist of at least 75% reclaimed material.

• Both 2- and 3-D submissions will be considered, though most of the space available is for wall-hung art. Artists provide their own pedestals if needed. Wall height is 11’ at themaximum. If your work is larger than 5’ in any dimension, we’d still love to work with you! Please contact us and we’ll gladly discuss options with you, including the possibility of an outdoor installation.

Acceptable entries:
• have been created by the artist/s named on the application
• contain no copyrighted material or prints belonging to another party
• have not appeared before in a DC-area exhibition
• have no overt sexual, violent, or religious content

• All work must be made available for sale, with artists determining the prices. Commissions from any sales will be split with SCRAP-DC and The Center for Green Urbanism – Tubman-Mahan Gallery such that the artist will retain 65%.
• All accepted works must remain for the entirety of the show unless you specifically make other arrangements.
• Artists understand that their work is to be covered by their own insurance policies or are placed in the show “at risk.”
• All pieces must be ready for installation with proper hanging devices if required (no sawtooth or clip-on hardware accepted) and instructions where necessary.
• The Gallery reserves the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes.
• The Gallery reserves the right to reject work that is not, in fact, made with a minimum of 75% reused/recycled materials; differs from or is inferior to the submitted images; is not properly framed and ready to hang or is unstable or otherwise dangerous.
• Items left after the pick-up date following the close of the exhibition are not the Gallery’s responsibility. There is a $10 storage fee per day for pieces left after this time. After one month, the art becomes the property of the Gallery.
• Submission of an entry constitutes understanding and agreement with all the conditions set forth here.

All of the work accepted into the show will be promoted on one or more of the websites affiliated with the hosting organizations. In addition, the items will be mentioned and possibly shown in a program that will be created for the show. The program will be made available in print and for electronic download.

Questions or comments: or 301.830.8690 or 703.300.4057

Related programs
In conjunction with the exhibition, SCRAP-DC and The Center for Green Urbanism-Tubman-Mahan Gallery will also hold a collection drive, at least one hands-on workshop, and an art materials swap. Stay tuned for more!

Call for Artists Entry Form

Exhibition: “#myDeanwood: Honoring the Past to Create the Future”

Designing Life Through the Arts
July 20 – August 31, 2012


DeanwoodxDesign is a creative place-making project sponsored by ArtPlace and the DC Office of Planning (OP). ArtPlace, a new private-public collaboration, is an initiative of eleven of America’s top foundations working in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies, ArtPlace’s aim is to drive revitalization across the country by putting the arts at the center of economic development.  Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected for developing a new model of helping towns and cities thrive by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation, and more.
OP received a grant from ArtPlace to promote Arts and Culture Temporiums in emerging creative neighborhoods in the District, where vacant and/or underutilized storefronts and empty lots would be transformed into an artist showcase/village for three to six month periods. The Deanwood Arts and Cultural Temporium will provide a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work to residents and visitors as part of a nationally-profiled project.


Exhibition Opening: Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch

June 15 – July 18, 2012

Featuring the photo essay of Maria Bryk

Exhibition Opening:
Friday, June 15, 2012
Center for Green Urbanism Tubman-Mahan Gallery
Facebook Event 

I was drawn in by the anecdotes of the first waterman I met; he told me about his day, which was entirely unique from the routine of my graphic design job. I lived in Talbot County for almost a year, a community saturated with Chesapeake Bay watermen. Increasingly intrigued by their trials and triumphs, I became friends with more and more watermen. They seemed amused and entertained by the curious young woman who would occasionally wake up at 3 am to go trot lining with crabbers, or troll with rockfish fishermen. It was only in 2010, five years after meeting that first waterman, that I began to bring my camera.

These images were shot over a two year span and in no way capture all of the intricacies and skill that go in to a waterman’s workday. This show captures a glimpse at how these men catch food from the bay; their dedication, knowledge, and skill, and some of what happens after the catch comes to shore.

There are seasons and techniques for catching blue fish, rockfish, bait fish, clams and oysters. There are regulations and fishing zones, limited fishing licenses and declining populations of catch. Pollution and overfishing increasingly encroaches on their livelihood. Each year is a struggle. But watermen stay out there. It is more than a job; it is a way of life.

Maria Bryk:

About the artist:
Maria Bryk is a photographer and designer currently working in Washington, D.C. She moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland after college and fell in love with the watermen’s way of life. She has been photographing and fishing with watermen in and around Talbot County for over two years. This photo essay, “Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch,” is the first comprehensive display of her passion for capturing the life of watermen on the Shore. A selection of photographs from “The Art of the Catch” was featured in Washingtonianmagazine’s “Best of PhotoWeek” spread in December 2010. Her photojournalistic essays span a wide variety of subjects, including documenting places of worship in the District of Columbia, Parisian street culture and portraits from Carnival in Salvador, Brazil. Apart from her travels and independent work, Maria is a graphic designer and photographer for the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Huffington Post, and, among other publications. She was featured in Art202 Journal’s “Thirty-two under 32” as a local young artist and was a 2010 Artist Grant recipient from the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities.