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09.04.15

CulturalDC Announces Open Call for Artists Interested in Participating in Source Festival, Flashpoint Gallery or Mead Theatre Lab Program!

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CulturalDC OPEN CALLS for Visual Artists, Theatre Artists, Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians, Filmmakers & More!

SOURCE FESTIVAL
Artistic Blind Date Collaborators & Directors for Full-Length & 10-Minute Plays
Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 5PM | no application fee

Open to playwrights, directors and artists working in a range of disciplines. Source Festival is an annual performing arts festival for new work running from June 8 – July 3, 2016. The Festival features 18 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates (open to performing and visual artists, playwrights, devisers, musicians, dancers, choreographers and filmmakers). Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Source Festival and our Request for Proposals.

(Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.)

FLASHPOINT GALLERY
Deadline: Saturday, October 31, 5PM | $15 to apply

Open to contemporary artists, independent curators and arts organizations. Flashpoint Gallery showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms.  Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Flashpoint Gallery and our Request for Proposals.

MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT
Deadline: Tuesday, November 17, 5PM | $15 to apply

Open to artists, producers and arts organizations producing performing arts in any genre. The Mead Theatre Lab Program seeks emerging playwrights and performing artists to present work that explores provocative new ideas. Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about the Mead Theatre Lab Program and our Request for Proposals.

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08.20.15

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES 2015-16 MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM SEASON

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322 / john@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC Announces
2015-16 MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM SEASON

 

Washington, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Mead Theatre Lab Program season. CulturalDC will present five new works for the stage representing some of the city’s most exciting emerging artists. The season kicks-off with Convergence Theatre’s BHAVI THE AVENGER followed by Washington Rogues AGENTS OF AZEROTH, Annalisa Dias’ ONE WORD MORE…, and work in progress performances of Anna Fitzgerald’s ADVENTURES and Cristina Bejan’s LADY GODIVA.  For more information on the 2015-16 Season at Mead Theatre Lab, please see the full press release attached.


 

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2015-16 Season

Bhavi the Avenger
September 25 – October 11, 2015
Produced by Convergence Theater

Haunted by a slain elephant, a young man moves between worlds of power and prejudice. Through parable and poetic imagery, Bhavi the Avenger explores the struggles that confront the “model minority.”

 

 

 

 

Agents of AzerothAgents of Azeroth
January 23 – February 14, 2016
Produced by The Washington Rogues

As part of his massive leaks of classified material, Edward Snowden revealed that NSA and CIA agents were spending large amounts of time and resources investigating the World of Warcraft. Playwright Jennifer Lane and the Washington Rogues ask, “What’s up with that?!?” Agents of Azeroth examines topics like the encroaching surveillance state, cyberbullying, and the mercurial nature of identity in the electronic age. It is also super, super geeky.

 

 

 

One Word More...One Word More…
March 28 – May 1, 2016
Co-devised and written by Annalisa Dias

One Word More is an experimental adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that reimagines the relationship between Prospero and Sycorax by examining the historical silencing of women’s voices and the dynamics of isolation, communication, and power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Workshop projects presented at the Rehearsal Room at Source

AdventuresAdventures
October 19, 2015
Co-devised and performed by Anna Fitzgerald

A clown walks into a room full of regular stuff…or is it regular? From boxes and brooms spring incredible stories. In Adventures, music, puppetry, clowning, creativity and imagination are used to take children and their grown-ups somewhere new!

 

 

 

 

Lady GodivaLady Godiva
February 8, 2016
Written by Cristina Bejan

Don’t talk or they’ll hear you. The mantra of the inherited trauma of communist Romania. So Cristina Bejan was silent for ten years. LADY GODIVA is her story of rape. LADY GODIVA is proudly promoting RAINN.

 

 

 

Performance times and ticket information for the 2015-16 Mead Theatre Lab Program projects can be found at culturaldc.org/performing-arts and at facebook.com/meadtheatrelab15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Mead Theatre Lab Program offers intensive production assistance for performing artists, writers, directors, producers and independent theatre companies. CulturalDC encourages artists to develop new, risk-taking work, explore the artistic process in innovative ways and collaborate with artists working in a variety of disciplines.  Additionally, artists and curators participate in Flash Forums, a program designed to help develop and incubate upcoming projects. Flash Forums fosters a meaningful dialogue with a community of fellow visual & performing artists, panelists and our staff, and gives participants an opportunity to ask questions, gain feedback and compare notes.

The productions were recommended by an advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals including Thembi Duncan, Creative Programs Director, Young Playwrights Theatre, Michael Kyrioglou, Theatre Services Manager, Theatre Washington; and Peter Miller, Board Member, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Alexe Nowakowski, Executive Director, CityDance, Tom Prewitt, Artistic Director, WSC Avant Bard, Deb Sivigny, Freelance Costume Designer and Artist-in-Residence at Georgetown University.  The advisory panel also provides mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 60-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects. #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email:john@culturaldc.org
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08.19.15

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES 2015-16 LINE-UP AT FLASHPOINT GALLERY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322 / john@culturaldc.org

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES
2015-16 LINE-UP AT FLASHPOINT GALLERY

Washington, DC – CulturalDC is excited to announce Flashpoint Gallery’s 2015-16 exhibition season. CulturalDC will present nine exhibitions in the Gallery this year, kicking off the season on September 19 with a sculptural installation by artist Kyle Bauer. The eight other exhibitions selected will feature: Erin Curtis; Maggie Evans; Leigh Merrill; Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner and Jenny Walton; Soomin Ham; Brian Davis; Anne Bouie; and Kathryn Thibault.


 

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2015-16 Season

Kyle Bauer_FairwayKYLE BAUER FAIRWAY
September 19 – October 17, 2015

Fairway explores the “navigable area in a body or channel of water” through an entirely new body of work. The sculptural installation responds to the architecture of Flashpoint Gallery and serves as a continuance of the artist’s studio research of signs, beacons, buoys and the navigable pathways where they exist. Bauer’s use of pattern, color and texture evokes a sense of playfulness that invites the viewer to explore the sculptures’ carefully plotted layout.

 

 

 

 

Erin Curtis_Diamond BlindERIN CURTIS DIAMOND BLIND
October 24 – November 21, 2015
Diamond Blind will present a painterly installation that activates the space of the  gallery through site-specific pieces and discrete paintings. Curtis’s dense and  exuberant work engages with visual languages of abstraction from around the globe  and across history and balances serious formalism with an indulgent use of color
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Maggie Evans_Human HierarchiesMAGGIE EVANS HUMAN HIERARCHIES
December 5 – January 9, 2015

Human Hierarchies examines the need for a leader, the desire to belong, and the resulting homogeneity. Evans’ meticulous drawings show masses of organized, uniform chairs; different arrangements create a sense of hierarchy although the chairs remain identical. The installation brings these compositions into actual space using hundreds of small, identical chairs cast in urethane plastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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LEIGH MERRILL THIS PLACE
January 16 – February 13, 2016

Merrill’s work examines the construction of fiction and beauty in the urban environment. By digitally re-assembling numerous photographs, she creates images of imaginary spaces that function as a metaphor for the ways in which
desire is physically constructed in the landscape. Merrill will present several large-scale composite works of the urban landscape juxtaposed against still life photographs to further explore this idea of desire and control.

 

 

 
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DAFNA STEINBERG, JENNIFER TOWNER and JENNY WALTON #thisiswhyimsingle
February 20 – March 19, 2016

Steinberg, Towner and Walton use their own experiences with social media, dating  apps, and the search for a meaningful emotional connection in the digital age as source material for #thisiswhyimsingle.  Whether it is examining presentations of male persona in profile pictures on dating  sites (Jenny Walton’s Match/Enemy), exploring idealized desires of romance versus  the reality of personal communications on social media (Dafna Steinberg’s I’m Willing  to Lie About How We Met) or playing with the idea of fitting in with the standards of  socially accepted femininity (Jennifer Towner’s Failed T-Shirt Designs for Today’s  Modern Woman), they each analyze the roles men and women play within the realm  of modern “dating.”

 

 

 

 

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SOOMIN HAM SOUND OF BUTTERFLY
April 2 – 30, 2016

Ham’s ongoing project “Sound of Butterfly” presents an experimental, yet personal approach to seeing, understanding and interpreting memories of grief and loss. The project reflects her mother’s journey through life, depression, and death. Sound of Butterfly includes the artist’s photographs of the special belongings her mother left behind, as well as old photographs, that go through a process involving washing, freezing and other interventions that reveal a narrative beyond the image.

 

 

 

 

Brian Davis_Try and Try AgainBRIAN DAVIS TRY AND TRY AGAIN
May 7 – June 4, 2016

Try and Try Again is an experiment in sculptural systems. Davis’ central  piece turns the gallery into a self-contained ecosystem. Starting with a  projected image of a sky-scape, the work “reads” and reacts to the  picture. It condenses and re-forms the image, ultimately ejecting it out in  to the world. As the image is digested, it  changes and dissipates. Like  any other ecosystem, it reacts to outside  intervention: visitor  participation facilitates the regeneration of the initial image.

 

 
Anne Bouie_In The Temple of the AncientsANNE BOUIE IN THE TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENTS
June 11 – July 9, 2016

Bouie’s immersive installation references the cosmologies and traditions associated with the solstices and equinoxes. These four times and spaces have been, and are experienced as luminous, sacred times marking the cycles of the seasons. Visitors to In The Temple of the Ancients will enter a space where Spirit and myth hold as much sway as contemporary reason and technology. The space creates the environment of a place where mystery, magic and communion with the unseen can occur.

 

 

 

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KATHRYN THIBAULT
CULTIVATION/HARVEST/NEGLECT
July 16 – August 13, 2016

Cultivation/Harvest/Neglect is a site-specific installation based on the structures of gardens constructed with vellum, mylar and mixed media forms. Through images of gestures, physical contact, and material boundaries the components reference relationships of power, conflict, and connection. Distinct ‘garden plots’ bleed into one another, the cultivation of order and boundaries frustrated by overgrowth and neglect. The installation also references regional gardens and their societal and historical significance, including the landscape of the National Mall and reflecting pool.

Flashpoint Gallery hours are 12-6pm Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment. Receptions are held from 6-8pm on the Friday evening before an exhibition opens (free and open to the public). Please visit culturaldc.org/visual-arts for updates on Luce Center Artist Series talks and other special events and programming.


An advisory panel of noted arts professionals recommends the programming for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists. The 2015 – 2016 panel includes:  Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Schwanda Rountree, Independent Curator and Collector, Rountree Art Consulting; Andy Grundberg, Professor, Corcoran School of The Arts and Design, George Washington University; Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; and Sarah Newman, Consulting Curator, Modern Art, National Gallery of Art. The advisory panel also provides guidance and mentorship to the artists and curators in the program to assist in the development of each project.

Participants in the visual program also receive artistic and public relations support from our staff. Additionally, artists and curators participate in Flash Forums, a program designed to help develop and incubate upcoming projects. Flash Forums fosters a meaningful dialogue with a community of fellow visual & performing artists, curators, panelists and our staff, and gives exhibitors an opportunity to ask questions, gain feedback and compare notes. This year, CulturalDC will also continue its collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Each month, CulturalDC helps select a locally-based artist to give a talk about their work and how it relates to work on view at the Luce Center.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects. #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org
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Anthony Cervino: EJECTA at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery August 15-September 12

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ANTHONY CERVONO: EJECTA
August 15 – September 12, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, August 14 (6-8pm)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Ejecta, sculptor Anthony Cervino’s second solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery, which will open on Friday, August 14 with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from August 15 – September 12, 2015.

Archimorph_cervino_ejecta RESIZEDCervino, like many other artists, is chasing often undefined or constantly shifting qualifiers of success.  Now well into his forties, early career goals have been tempered by the compromises initiated by marriage, fatherhood, a career as an art professor, and the wear-and-tear of age in general. In his solo exhibition Ejecta, Cervino’s sculptures mediate self-perceived mediocrity with evidence of sincere effort.

The work in the exhibition, including large-scaled constructions, small cast bronzes, assemblages of found objects, as well as an accompanying book, reflects his personal trajectory and a keen awareness of art-historical precedents.  At once, this exhibition serves as a device for the fantasy of grandeur, a critique of the gauge of artistic success, and an acknowledgement of lived and limited real experiences. The melding of such personal and professional contemplation is expressed most succinctly in his collaboration on the exhibition with curator, art historian, and spouse, Shannon Egan.  

ANTHONY CERVINO

Still committed to the endless possibilities of the object, Anthony Cervino’s sculptures draw heavily from personal narrative and (sometimes mis‐remembered) childhood nostalgia. Conceptually and visually skewed, fragmented and perhaps just illogical, his often humorous sculptures explore the metaphorical space between beginnings and endings as well as other opposing relationships ‐ such as the discord between the hand and the machine, the whole and its parts, completeness to incompleteness, artificial and authentic ‐ as well as flirting with the ever‐present association of art and commodity.

Cervino’s work has been exhibited widely. Recent group or solo exhibitions have been hosted at such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Lycoming College (PA), The Gallery at Flashpoint (DC), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore), Longwood University (VA), Edinboro University (PA), McDaniel College (MD), Sweet Loraine Gallery (NY), Eastern Michigan University, Pentimenti Gallery (PA), Converge Gallery (PA) and the Kunstnarhuset Messen, Norway – among others. Cervino is a father of two and currently holds the position of associate professor of art at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  

SHANNON EGAN

Shannon Egan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is Director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, where she curates exhibitions of contemporary and historical art.  Dr. Egan is the author of articles on photographers Edward S. Curtis and Jeff Wall and teaches courses at Gettysburg College on contemporary art, the history and theory of photography, twentieth-century European art, and art and public policy.  Dr. Egan has received fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the Terra Foundation/ American Council of Learned Societies. She also serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Gettysburg College.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Anthony Cervino:                                Ejecta
Opening Reception:                             Friday, August 14, 6-8pm (free and open to the public)
Exhibition Dates:                                  August 15 – September 12, 2015
Flashpoint Gallery Hours:                Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Anthony Cervino and Dr. Shannon Egan
Saturday, August 15 at 1:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Website:                                               http://anthonycervino.com

Image:                                                  Archimorph (Duplex) mixed media, 24” x 19” x 58” (2015) 

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

 

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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06.26.15

Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery July 10-August 8

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   Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious
July 10 – August 8, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, July 10 (6-8pm)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Saturated with the Subconscious, a collaborative installation by Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner (July 10 – August 8, 2015). Van Wagoner’s narrative objects, recreated in porcelain and glass, are merged with the rich imagery of Sandberg’s paintings and drawings. It is an exploration of vulnerability and voyeurism, intimacy and the subconscious.

White pillows are arranged in a grid on the wall. The projection of the pillows from the wall at first appears delicate and uniform, a minimal meditation of shape and form. The far side of the forms present saturated paintings of intimate scenes nestled inside the porcelain pillowcases. Peering into the recesses of porcelain pillows turns the audience into voyeur examining the mind of another. The images within the cases are subconscious reflections, dreams and nightmares, private and uncontrolled.

Pillows are the place where our most intimate moments happen. They are steeped in our greatest fears, desires, and joys. They bear witness to what no one else does. They are drenched in the sweat of our fevered dreams, and the tears of greatest woes. They hear the unfettered conversations of our dreams.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Erik Thor Sandberg (b. Quantico, VA 1975) is an artist based in Washington, DC. Sandberg is known for his masterful oil paintings of the human figure and landscape. Creating inventive imagery ranging from panoramic to intimate, Sandberg pushes the skillful illusionism of master painting to the contemporary edge of Magic Realism. His work has been exhibited at public and private venues internationally, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD and is in numerous private collections. Sandberg is represented by CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC.

Megan Van Wagoner (b. Cleveland, OH 1973) is an artist working in the Baltimore/Washington area. Van Wagoner is best known for her mixed media sculptures using clay, metal, and glass. Her sculpted objects capture moments in a narrative and express them as artifacts or artifice. In many cases the narrative is autobiographical and references the mid-west where she grew up. Van Wagoner has exhibited widely at venues in the United States and abroad and her work is in numerous private collections.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious
Opening Reception:                          Friday, July 10, 6-8pm (Free and open to the public)
Exhibition Dates:                               July 11 – August 8, 2015

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:             Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:  Saturday, July 18 at 1:30pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor 

Website(s):                                             meganvanwagoner.com   erikthorsandberg.com/ 

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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06.09.15

CULTURALDC RECOGNIZED BY THE DC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS THEIR 2015 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR!

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DC Chamber 2015 Non-Profit of the Year_CulturalDC

CulturalDC is excited and honored to be recognized by the DC Chamber of Commerce as their 2015 Non-Profit Organization of the Year.  For over 17 years, CulturalDC has been committed to using art to invigorate and transform neighborhoods.  On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank Harry Wingo and the DC Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our work in Washington, DC.  Congratulations to all the other 2015 Chamber’s Champions Small Business Awards and Expo winners.   

For the full press release from the DC Chamber of Commerce, please click the link below:

2015 Chamber’s Champions Small Business Awards and Expo Award Winners Announced 

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06.04.15

SEE IT FIRST AT SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015! | JUNE 5-28

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
“CATCH THE NEXT BIG THING”
– The Washington Post
AT SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015

WASHINGTON, DCCulturalDC’s eighth annual Source Festival debuts 24 original works for the stage from June 5 to 28, 2015. The Festival presents three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates that explore three themes: SCIENCE & SOULMATES, LOVE & BOTANY and MISTAKES & MEDIA.

The Festival continues to build its reputation as the premiere launching pad for new work and a proving ground for DC’s emerging theatre artists. The 2015 Festival three full-length plays include:

  • BLUE STRAGGLERby Rebecca Bossen, Source Festival and Inkwell Theatre Alumni
  • (a love story) by Kelly Lusk, Core Apprentice at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis
  • THE WORD AND THE WASTELAND by Timothy Guillot, KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner and Source Festival Alumni writer.

The three full-length plays were selected from more than 120 scripts.  The directors, also chosen from a competitive application process, include Patrick Pearson, Director of Artistic Programs at Ford’s Theatre, Jess Jung, Assistant Professor of Directing at North Dakota State University and Joshua W. Kelley, Millbrook Playhouse Artistic Associate.  This year, Source Festival pioneers a partnership with Inkwell Theatre.  Dedicated to the development process of new works for the stage, Inkwell will oversee the Festival’s full-length play dramaturgy and Workshop Weekend for 2015.

The line-up of 10-Minute Plays includes new work from DC Area-based playwrights Stephen Spotswood, Madeline Dennis-Yates, Allison Donnelly, Rich Espey, Graziella Jackson, Kristy Simmons and Erica Smith.

The Artistic Blind Date program brings together nine artists of varying disciplines to create three dynamic, new interdisciplinary works, presented in the intimate Source Rehearsal Room. The 2015 ABD teams include, among others, a conceptual food artist, a science teacher and an aerialist.  Audiences can get an up-close look at the creative process as the Artistic Blind Date teams present their work and engage audiences in discussions about their creative process following each presentation.

Visit the Source Festival website for the festival calendar and the complete 2015 line-up of Full-Length Plays, 10-Minute Plays and Artistic Blind Dates.

Follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC and Source Festival @SourceFestDC on social media for updates!
#SourceFest
#SourceFest2015
#ScienceandSoulmates
#LoveandBotany
#MistakesandMedia

SOURCE FESTIVAL is presented by CULTURALDC
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General: 202-315-1305 • Press: 202-315-1322
Email: john@culturaldc.org

Major support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by:  Daimler, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Jon & Nora Lee Sedmak.  Additional support is provided by: Michael Abrams and Sandra Stewart, Altria, Busboys and Poets, Susan and Dixon Butler, Buzzuto, CastroHaase+Brown PLLC, Dallas Morse Foundation For The Performing Arts, Eatonville, Melvin and Juanita Hardy, Lang-Sprenger Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, New Belgium Brewing, John O’Dowd and Jonathan Barton, PN Hoffman, Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai, Don and Olwen Pongrace, Torti Gallas Urban, Urban Atlantic, VOA.  And our Source Festival 2015 Partners:  Bar Pilar, Cafe Saint-Ex, Compass Rose, Marvin, WJLA, Washington City Paper.  Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.

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05.28.15

RACHEL SCHMIDT: FORGOTTEN FUTURES AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY JUNE 5 – JULY 2

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Rachel Schmidt: Forgotten Futures
June 5 – July 2, 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Forgotten Futures, a multimedia solo exhibition by Rachel Schmidt opening June 5, 2015, with a reception from 6-8pm.

Forgotten Futures presents a series of sculptures, installations and animations that work in chorus to tell the future myth of the last elephant on earth. The fictitious city Schmidt creates – a growing, living, urbanized landscape set 500 years in the future – is more than the backdrop to the story; it is a character itself in this foreshadowing tale.

Schmidt’s photo collage-based works, sourced from environments near and far (including the artist’s own documentation of elephants in Thailand), offers a glimpse into what humanity’s relationship to wildlife might look like in an age of urban wilderness. As the home to the last elephant, this immersive installation positions viewers to contemplate how wild creatures will attempt to adapt and survive in a world that seems to have forgotten them.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rachel Schmidt received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2007) and her BFA in Textile Design from the University of Kansas (2003). Recent exhibitions in the Washington, DC area include Hillyer Arts Space, DCAC, Artisphere, Arlington Arts Center, and Brentwood Artist Exchange Center. Other highlights include an MFA Biennial at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE); group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA); Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD); RFD Gallery (Swainsboro, GA); and Komuna Otwock Gallery (Warsaw, Poland).

Schmidt is an Artist in Residence at the Arlington Arts Center and an Exhibits Specialist at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. She will have a public artwork installed in Mount Vernon Triangle, on 5th and K NW, from mid-May through November 2015.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Altria, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Weisberg Foundation, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, and Marvin.

Rachel Schmidt: Forgotten Futures

Opening Reception:                 Friday, June 5, 6-8pm (Free and open to the public)
Exhibition Dates:                      June 5 – July 2, 2015
Flashpoint Gallery Hours:    Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

*Please note that the exhibition will be close in advance of July 3-4 in observance of Independence Day.

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Saturday, June 20 at 1:30pm Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Website:                                           http://www.rachel-schmidt.com/
Image:                                             Future Myth, animation still 

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

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General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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The Tramp's New World
05.05.15

ROB JANSEN: THE TRAMP’S NEW WORLD | MAY 6 – 24 | CULTURALDC’S MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT

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The Tramp's New World

The Tramp’s New World
May 6 – 24, 2015 | Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce The Tramp’s New World, a production by writer, adapter and performer Rob Jansen, to be presented through the Mead Theatre Lab Program May 6 – 24, 2015.

The Tramp’s New World adapts Pulitzer Prize winner James Agee’s lost, legendary and never produced screenplay involving Charlie Chaplin’s “Tramp” character as the lone survivor of a devastating atomic blast. Combining projection, physical comedy, and silent film, this one-man play tells the story of how after the world is destroyed the Tramp creates a new one.

“This play asks us how we respond when our world comes to an end,” says Jansen. “While the screenplay treatment written by James Agee was a direct response to the dropping of the atomic bomb, the Tramp’s story of survival amidst ultimate destruction is epic in its relevance to any time.”

James Agee was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. He wrote for Time Magazine, including the cover story after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He wrote the screenplay for The Tramp’s New World in 1949 as an artistic response to the Atomic Age. Agee and Chaplin exchanged letters around the screenplay and developed a friendship, but Chaplin felt that both silent film and the Tramp were no longer alive to audiences anymore. The adaptation will bring The Tramp’s New World to the stage for the first time.

Rob Jansen is an actor, director, adapter, and teacher. Locally, he has performed with 1st Stage, Synetic Theater, Arena Stage, and Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival at Georgetown University. His play Ah, Eugene O’Neill! Or, the Birth, Death, and (Impractical) Rebirth of American Theater was performed as part of the Eugene O’Neill Festival at Arena Stage. As a resident artist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for six seasons, he performed in 26 productions of classic plays. He has also worked as an actor at Know Theatre (Cincinnati Entertainment Award, Best Actor in a Lead Role), New Stage Collective, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Seattle Shakespeare Company, St. Croix Festival Theatre, and the Diorama Theatre of London. International work includes performing in Beijing, China in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the National Academy of Chinese Arts. He served as Assistant Director to South African writer and director Yael Farber during the development of her new work Nirbhaya in New Delhi, India through the world premiere at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). He has taught at the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, where he graduated with a M.F.A. in Performance. Rob currently works as the Associate Director for the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. Next he will be taking The Tramp’s New World to be performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio in June.

Creative Team
Written, Adapted and Performed by Rob Jansen
From the Screenplay Treatment by James Agee
Direction by: Derek Goldman, Elena Day, and Joseph Megel
Set Design: Andrew Cohen
Associate Set Design: Paige Hathaway
Lighting Design: Alberto Segarra
Projection Design: Ian McClain
Sound Design: Veronica J. Lancaster
Technical Director/Prop Designer: Michael Redman
Stage Manager: Kaylin Peachey 

Performances
Where: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint: 916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001
When:   May 6 – 24 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
Previews: May 6, 7 at 8pm
Opening Night: May 8 at 8pm
Price:    $15 general admission
$10 student/senior discount
Available 30 minutes before each performance at the door, 866-811-4111, or online.

The Tramp’s New World runs 55 minutes with no intermission. 

About the Mead Theatre Lab Program
CulturalDC operates the Mead Theatre Lab Program and its intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. Inaugurated in January 2006, the program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring.  A panel of noted DC theatre professionals selects the projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers.  The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

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Manicule - Molly Springfield
04.22.15

MOLLY SPRINGFIELD: THE MARGINALIA ARCHIVE AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY MAY 1-MAY 30

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Manicule - Molly Springfield

 

Molly Springfield: The Marginalia Archive
May 1-30, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

Washington, DC—CulturalDC is pleased to present The Marginalia Archive, Molly Springfield’s twelfth solo exhibition and her first at Flashpoint Gallery. Springfield, known for her meticulously rendered graphite drawings of photocopies of printed books, often makes work that considers the changing nature of reading in an era of digital transformation.

Springfield’s Marginalia Archive is an interactive installation examining relationships between readers and texts. The source material—contemporary examples of marginalia (readers’ annotations), which Springfield has been soliciting since 2007—is collected into a functioning archive that viewers can browse and to which they can contribute during the exhibition.

For this latest iteration of the project, Springfield takes advantage of Flashpoint’s location across the street from D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by incorporating found marginalia from the library into the archive. In contrast to previous submissions—which included forms completed by participants explaining what the marginalia meant to them—the found annotations were made by anonymous library patrons. The who, when, and why of the underlining and commentary remains a mystery. But both kinds of marginalia testify to the potential of the printed page as a public space—a space where readers leave evidence of their engagement with an author’s work.

Springfield takes that evidence and uses it as source material for large-scale, multi-panel graphite drawings. She enlarges text and image, and in some drawings forms new words and phrases between panels. The drawings create an additional layer of annotation (marginalia on the marginalia) but also underscore the endurance and breakdown of the materiality of language in contemporary digital culture.

Visitors to Flashpoint are invited to contribute their own marginalia to the archive at any point during the month of May. A copier machine in the gallery will facilitate participation, and Springfield will hold regular office hours in the gallery every Saturday (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) from 3-6pm to receive and process submissions in person and to discuss the archive with visitors. To encourage engagement with a broader audience, selections from the archive will also be displayed on the second floor of the MLK Library, next to the public reading rooms.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Molly Springfield lives in Washington, D.C. Her most recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne, Germany) and Steven Wolf Fine Arts (San Francisco). Recent museum exhibitions include The Drawing Center (New York); The Hafnarborg Museum (Iceland); the Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Portland Museum of Art; and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Reviews of Springfield’s work have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also been included in books including The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object (2014), Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy (2014) and It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists & Writers (2011).

Springfield’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and was a participant at Skowhegan in 2006. She is the recipient of several DCCAH Artist Fellowships, including one that supports the Flashpoint exhibition.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Molly Springfield: The Marginalia Archive
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 1 – May 30, 2015
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: Saturday, May 9 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

Artist Office Hours: Saturdays (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) 3-6pm
Website: http://www.mollyspringfield.com
Image: Manicule, graphite on paper, 44 x 114 inches, 2012

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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