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01.14.14

Career Opportunity: CulturalDC Communications Manager

CulturalDC, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area, is accepting applications for the position of Communications Manager.

The Communications Manager position requires experience in communications, marketing and public relations, branding, planning and implementation of short and long term strategies, audience development, including growing membership programs and the integration of fundraising and marketing to reach organizational goals. This position requires high level strategic marketing planning, as well as day to day operational work. This position reports to the Director of External Relations and, in collaboration with the CulturalDC staff, will develop CulturalDC’s marketing plan with strategies and tactics to support the organization’s development and program/services goals.

Responsibilities:
• Serve as the brand master for CulturalDC’s organizational identity and visual brand; centralize internal and external communications
• Implement CulturalDC’s Communications Strategy and Plan
• Manage marketing and publicity  for Flashpoint and Source events including exhibitions, theatre performances and special events
• Work with program staff to develop messaging, timelines, annual marketing and communications plan and budgets and create audience development and ticketing strategies
• Create and/or manage all CulturalDC print and electronic materials including website, media releases, invitations, programs, annual reports and e-newsletters
• Implement email marketing and social media campaigns to ensure effective messaging
• Liaise with media; develop and administer organization’s media contacts and coverage and other external listservs
• Liaise with the PR and Marketing committee of the Board of Directors and volunteers
• Supervise the work of an intern
• Perform grant writing and reporting as needed
• Other duties as required

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, Marketing or Communications preferred
• Two to three years experience in marketing, communications and/or public relations
• Outstanding writing and oral skills and strong design sensibility
• Experience with both digital and print-based marketing
• Experience tracking and analyzing the efficacy of websites, emails and web-based marketing efforts, including Google Analytics and tracking URLs over social media
• Knowledge of MS Office, PowerPoint, desktop and Internet publishing software, including HTML, Illustrator and Photoshop
• Experience developing and growing membership programs
• Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus
• Attention to detail and ability to organize and manage multiple tasks on an ongoing basis
• Knowledge of contemporary visual and/or performing art, particularly in the DC area
• Collegial working style and ability to work well in a team environment. Calm approach in pressure situations
• Comfortable with deadline-driven responsibilities and the capacity to handle multiple priorities at one time
• Ability to participate in evening/weekend events

Salary:
Commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:
CulturalDC
916 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
hr@culturaldc.org
F: 202.315.1305
Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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01.02.14

Q&A with Lindsay Pichaske

Lindsay Pichaske’s show Everything That Rises opens at Flashpoint Gallery on January 17 and will feature a suspended animal frame made with strands of knotted human hair. In our latest artist Q&A Lindsay dishes about Michael Jackson, collecting road kill and a sequined Neanderthal head. Read below to find out more!

Lindsay Pichaske (1)Who is your favorite living artist? Why?
At the moment it’s probably Ron Mueck. His hyper-real figures are not only exquisitely made, but also draw out incredible emotional response and connection.

Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why?
Eva Hesse. I fell in love with her work in as an undergraduate student. She has a way of using materials that really resonates with me. I find her rope pieces particularly fascinating because they are visceral and fleshy and really transform the space they were in, yet they are very simplistic.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
When I am in the beginning stages of creating, something emotive and melancholic. When I just need to get to work and not think or reflect, something upbeat, like Michael Jackson! I always love podcasts, and my favorites are Radiolab and This American Life.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
I studied abroad in Florence, Italy as an undergrad. In my art courses, we would go to the Duomo and sculpt from the figures on its façade, as well as to a museum called La Specola, a medical museum which houses the Medici wax cadaver collection. I took figure sculpting and figure drawing and fell in love with the figure as a means of expression and evoking empathy.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A zoologist.

What role do you see art fulfilling in the greater community?
Seeing art I love is a sublime experience. To see something totally new, or think about something in a different way than you would have perhaps otherwise, is a pretty remarkable and valuable experience.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found yourself doing for your art?
Collecting road kill.

What is your favorite piece/project you have worked on?
The Sequin Head (a large Neanderthal head covered in sequins).

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12.23.13

Lindsay Pichaske: Everything That Rises

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CONTACT: CARA POMPONIO
cara@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1330

January 17 – February 15, 2014 at FLASHPOINT GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce Everything That Rises, a solo exhibition of installation and drawings at Flashpoint Gallery by DC-based sculptor Lindsay Pichaske. As a ceramic and mixed-media sculptor, Pichaske investigates the space between seemingly dualistic states of existence. Her installations, drawings and sculptures present creatures that are at once human and animal, familiar and alien, beautiful and grotesque, alive and dead.

In Everything That Rises, Pichaske will explore these overlapping worlds through two- and three-dimensional drawings made with hair. In her hair embroidery drawings, the artist uses human hair tied to muslin fabric to act as contour lines that depict various animals. The result is a grotesque yet elegant interplay of human and animal worlds. In the main gallery space, Pichaske will create a site-specific drawing installation that will transform the gallery into a giant web. Within an intricate network of strings attached to walls, ceiling and floor, she will articulate an abstracted skeletal animal drawn with human hair. The viewer will be able to enter into this web and interact with the creature inside.

The artist uses hair as a vital material in her work. She is attracted to the idea that hair separated from the body remains unchanged. She explains, “by neither growing or rotting, hair stays in a permanent in-between state, unaffected by time”. The ephemeral nature of Pichaske’s animal bodies drawn with hair examines this in-between state and blurs the lines between life and death.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lindsay is a DC-based ceramic sculptor and mixed media installation artist. She received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. Lindsay moved to the area in fall of 2012, after a year-long artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramics in Helena, MT, where she was the Taunt Fellow. This past year, Lindsay is the recipient of the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Emerging Artist Award. She has exhibited her work nationally, and is represented by Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, and Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA. This is her first exhibition of site-specific work in the DC area.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

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.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company.Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Lindsay Pichaske: Everything That Rises
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 17 – February 15, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305  Press: 202.315.1330  Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: cara@culturaldc.org

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12.19.13

CulturalDC Announces Full-Length Play Lineup and Open Call for 10-Minute Plays

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CONTACT: JENNY MCCONNELL FREDERICK
jenny@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1306

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce the Source Festival 2014 Full-Length Play Line-up and Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 6-29, 2014.

The 2014 Source Festival will include A Bid to Save The World by Erin Bregman (multi-year finalist Princess Grace Award), Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea  by Nathan Alan Davis (2012/13 Lorraine Hansberry Award Winner) and The Thrush & The Woodpecker by Steve Yockey (Marin Theatre National New Play Network Resident.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

For the first time this year, playwrights will be invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to one of the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2014 themes are:

  • Mortality/Immortality: Seeking plays that address living forever or examine death from a fresh perspective.
  • Revenge: Seeking plays that address the need for retribution, large or small, comic or serious
  • Quests: Seeking plays that address the compelling pull to go on a journey to accomplish a specific task.

The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2014.  The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2014.  For submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit our website.

SOURCE FESTIVAL 2014 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

(For playwright bios & headshots visit our website.  To see the list of 25 Finalists click here.)

A Bid to Save the World, by Erin Bregman
A Bid to Save the World is a dystopian epic, where several stories intermingle in a world without death. A pair of students study how it used to happen, one woman longs for a beloved brother, and a song of great sorrow and beauty is sung and sung again by a singer out of place and time. Death peels oranges that whittle away her thumbs, bargaining and bartering with the lost and bereaved. A rich man seeks to buy world peace. Librarians stack cards recording death. And while we watch the normality of their immortality, we may find ourselves asking, ‘what is living without death?’

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, by Nathan Alan Davis
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

The Thrush & the Woodpecker, by Steve Yockey
In this modern take on a classic revenge play, Brenda Hendricks has her hands full dealing with her son Noah after he is expelled from a prestigious college and unexpectedly returns to their isolated Northern California home. When an elegant and mysterious woman arrives on their doorstep dragging along buried secrets and stories about mysterious birds, Brenda and Noah find their world turned upside down in ways both intimate and epic.

ABOUT SOURCE FESTIVAL
Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 25 new works—three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its 7th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the city’s directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play Splinters, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s new interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. In 2011, the Festival deepened its engagement with playwrights by inaugurating a script development weekend. The annual three-day workshop unites playwrights, dramaturges, actors and designers to further develop the three full-length plays featured each summer. In 2012, Source Festival launched a mentorship program wherein seasoned directors mentor early and mid-career 10-Minute Play directors. The 2013 Festival pioneered an undergraduate internship program for aspiring designers and producers.

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation and Washington Gas.

 

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305  Press: 202.315.1306  Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: jenny @culturaldc.org

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12.02.13

CulturalDC and Bozzuto Announce Opening of 27 Artist Studios at Monroe Street Market

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CONTACT: CARA POMPONIO
cara@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1330

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC and The Bozzuto Group are pleased to announce that more than 40 artists are moving into the 27 artist studios at Monroe Street Market, a $200 million mixed-use community coming to the Brookland neighborhood. The artists are activating the spaces with practices as diverse as painting, photography, sculpture, literary arts, leather-working, jewelry-making, filmmaking and more.

CulturalDC was approached by Bozzuto Development and Abdo Development, the community’s developers, to serve as a liaison to the arts community and to activate 27 artist studios, an Arts Walk with an outdoor stage, and the Edgewood Arts Building that will enliven the new development at the Brookland-CUA metro station. With this project, CulturalDC continues its work in creative placemaking and cultivating space for art in the DC area.

Monroe Street Market features 27 artist studios ranging in size from 300 to 625 square feet. Ground floor studios line the Arts Walk, providing street front visibility and a prime retail opportunity ideal for artists. Studios feature porches along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, concrete floors, high ceilings and garage doors.

More than 40 artists will ultimately move into the studios, with many more artists and audiences served through the range of activities at the studios and in other arts uses throughout the site. (See below list of artists.)

A selection of the artists that have studios are:

Kate Krezel + Avner Ofer (Studio 4)
Kate Krezel and Avner Ofer are long-time Brookland residents and artists. Krezel is a National Geographic cartographer turned leather-worker and uses salvaged and reclaimed leather to create durable and functional one-of-a-kind products. Her signature pieces include “urban holsters” or pocket-belts designed to carry tablets, phones or wallets. Ofer is a travel photographer who goes off the beaten path to capture intimate moments and glimpses into other cultures. The couple will share the studio.

Cheryl Edwards (Studio 9)
Cheryl D. Edwards is a visual artist who works with oil, ink and acrylics. She studied at the Art Student League in New York and has exhibited in many shows in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Miami, Texas and Hong Kong.

Leda Black + Marcelle Fozard + Annalisa Leonessa (Studio 15)
These three solo artists come from diverse and eclectic backgrounds. As a group, they use repurposed and discarded materials in combination with knitting, weaving or crochet to create temporary “yarn bomb” installations in their communities. They will also continue their individual artistic practices of jewelry-making, graphic design and painting at Monroe Street Market.

Alejandro Pintado (Studio 17)
Alejandro Pintado is a visual artist from Mexico City, who recently relocated to DC with his family. His multimedia and often site-specific work focuses on notions of place and identity and views landscape from historic memory. His most recent projects were based in London and Mexico City and he plans to use Washington, DC and the Brookland neighborhood as inspiration for a series of new works. Pintado also plans to use his studio for artist talks and critiques between artists and the general public.

Fred Joiner (Studio 25)
Fred Joiner is a poet/artist/curator who has been active in the literary arts scene in Washington, DC for over 15 years. He is a curator of literary and art-related events including the American Poetry Museum’s INTERSECTIONS Reading Series, Hillyer Artspace’s HOME Series, The Phillips Collection’s Voices Series and others. Joiner is also the literary editor the peer-reviewed scholarly hip-hop journal Words, Beats and Life and the Tidal Basin Review. He plans to use the studio as a workspace for his writing activities, collage and assemblage work, and as a small reading room with selections from his personal library. Additionally, Joiner will host poetry readings, workshops and small master classes.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC is generously supported by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Washington Post Company and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

CulturalDC | 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1330 Fax: 202.315.1303

ABOUT THE BOZZUTO GROUP
The Bozzuto Group is part of The Bozzuto Group of companies. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, and celebrating its 25th year in business, The Bozzuto Group is a diversified residential real estate company that provides a broad range of real estate services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The company’s areas of expertise lie in homebuilding and multifamily development, as well as construction and management both for themselves and their clients. Their skills have been attested to by the National Association of Home Builders, who recognized Bozzuto as the nation’s premier apartment development company, and twice as management company of the year.

Throughout The Bozzuto Group’s 25-year history, the company has developed, acquired and built more than 35,000 homes and apartments and currently manages nearly 40,000 apartment units spread along the Atlantic Coast between Northern Virginia and Boston. The company is committed to providing quality housing for individuals of all income levels, producing and managing everything from luxury homes and apartments to affordable housing solutions. For more information, please visit www.bozzuto.com.
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11.18.13

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES 25 FINALISTS FOR SOURCE FESTIVAL’S FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

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WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 25 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2014. Three Full-Length Plays will be selected from the 25 finalists to be produced at the Source Festival from June 6-29, 2014.

Full-Length Plays are submitted to the Festival by invitation only. Festival producers invite playwrights previously produced by the Festival, writers based in the DC Metro Area and writers identified through a nationwide spotter system to submit never before produced Full-Length Plays. The Festival received a record number of 127 Full-Length Plays this fall.

The 25 finalists were selected after being evaluated by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Performing Arts Jenny McConnell Frederick. The Festival will also feature 18 Ten-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December. A full list of the plays including playwright bios is available here.

11.12.13

Get Closer to Art & Give to CulturalDC Today

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“CulturalDC provides a home for my family of artists. Pointless Theatre would not be able to create the same quality of art without the home CulturalDC provides.”

Matt Reckeweg, Artist, Pointless Theatre Company & Mead Theatre Lab Program Participant; Pointless Team & Supporters Pictured Above

Dear Friends,
2013 has been a pivotal time in CulturalDC’s history as we purchased Flashpoint and preserved a permanent home for DC artists and audiences in Downtown DC. Our work would not be possible without the support of people like you!

Please consider investing in CulturalDC with a tax-deductible contribution to sustain the work that we do – threading the arts into communities, fostering the creation of bold, provocative work, giving artists and audiences access to high quality affordable art and art spaces – all while nurturing culturally vibrant, thriving neighborhoods.

We can list our many accomplishments, but what makes CulturalDC special are the many donors, artists, members, partners, audience members and participants who make our work possible. Below are just a few testimonials from a wide variety of people about why they are engaged with CulturalDC.

I hope you will be inspired to get engaged as well – come to a performance and exhibition, volunteer, become a member, sign up for our newsletter and donate. Join us in making space for art!

Thanks in advance for your support.

Sincerely,
Juanita Hardy, Executive Director

DONATE NOW

Meet just a few of the supporters, artists, thinkers, dreamers, volunteers and visionaries that make our work at CulturalDC extraordinary.

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“CulturalDC is the only organization that didn’t bat an eye when I pitched a project with ‘WTF’ in the title. Talk about allowing free artistic expression!!”
- Thembi Duncan, Playwright & Mead Theatre Lab Program Artist (2013-14)

“I am a visual artist that recently moved to DC and since I got in contact with CulturalDC, not only did I find a great studio (at Monroe Street Market), I’ve met a lot of interesting and professional people.”
- Alejandro Pintado, Visual Artist & Monroe Street Market Studio Resident

“I am a CulturalDC friend/artist because it is a community of opportunity and an opportunity for community.”
- Sonya Lawyer, Visual Artist & Flashpoint Gallery Participant (2013-14)

Pictured Above: Thembi Duncan, Alejandro Pintado and Sonya Lawyer

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11.11.13

Q&A with Brian Barr

Visual artist Brian Barr has paired up with Lauren Rice on the Flashpoint Gallery installation, Fake Empire. Get to know more about Brian, including his soft spot for Motown, in our latest Artist Q&A.

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What role do you see art fulfilling in the greater  community? 
I think great art can inspire miracles! I am not kidding, I believe that by connecting to the creative talents of others, art can inspire people to think about and see the world differently. Really significant art helps inspire change. It brightens the world, exposes inequities and by inspiring us to think, act and see in unconventional ways, allows us to ask “What if?” and “Why not?” in imagining a better world or simply a better life.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
Anything Motown or Detroit rock; The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Iggy Pop, the MC5, The White Stripe.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
At times I begin with writing in response to my research and come up with ideas to execute. Other times I simply begin by responding to the visual materials and cues around me; cutting, rearranging, combining, or re-photographing various images or material. Then I pause to contemplate what I have done and what it means in relation to my work and research.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Probably a scientist, professor of philosophy or social activist.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found yourself doing for your art?
This may not be weird, but insane! Overextending myself with my studio practice, teaching, curating, traveling for shows, and now developing PASSENGER, a residency program and center for contemporary art in Detroit.

What is your favorite piece/project you have worked on?
In all honesty, Fake Empire is my favorite project to date. Collaborating with Lauren really opens up my practice. It inspires me and gives me a freedom to take risks. She makes me better! Collaboratively, Fake Empire is by far our most ambitious and concise project thus far.

What work are you most proud of?
Aside from the work in Fake Empire, I am very proud of a piece I made called Heavy is the Head. It is an assemblage of various supports and materials like drywall, plywood, gaffers tape with collage and one of my photographs. It marked an important shift in the work for me. Acknowledging the destabilized nature of objects, images and aesthetic experience, I attempted to stabilize them by creating a networked structure where the materials, images and aesthetic tropes come together to support and subvert each other at the same time.

Who is your favorite living artist? Why?
I could never narrow it down to just one, so I will give you my top few:
Thomas Hirschhorn
Jessica Stockholder
Geoffrey Farmer
Judy Pfaff
Victor Man
Wolfgang Tilmans
John Stezaker

Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why?
Again, I can’t narrow it down:
Goya
Hannah Hoch
Robert Rauschenberg
Mike Kelley

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11.11.13

Q&A with Lauren Rice

Get to know one half of the Lauren Rice and Brian Barr duo in our latest Artist Q&A. The couple’s show Fake Empire runs through December 21, 2013 at Flashpoint Gallery.

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Who is your favorite living artist? Why?

It’s so hard to narrow it down to one artist! I’ve loved Judy Pfaff’s work for a long time and would definitely call her a favorite. I respond to her use of chromatic color and her incorporation of a wide variety of materials, but perhaps most of all her constant experimentation and expansion of her practice. Recently, I’ve also been looking at Jannis Kounellis and am really interested in his combination of living things and found objects.

Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why?
Again, it’s so hard to narrow it down, but I’ll go with Robert Rauschenberg. His work was constantly evolving and I think he lit the way for a lot of contemporary art. I am especially interested how his practice was both conceptual and formal, serious and absurd.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
The National, Patti Smith, Neko Case, M. Ward, Cat Power, Andrew Bird, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A chef or a writer.

What role do you see art fulfilling in the greater community?
I think art has the capacity to allow people to think about questions in a different way than other fields. Art doesn’t have to be literal or didactic, or necessarily provide any answers, so this can lead to new dialogues based on aesthetic experience.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
As a traditional painter (oil on canvas) interested in abstraction.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found yourself doing for your art?
Paper mache. Especially carrying big paper mache objects around a city before loading a truck or installing the work. It feels very performative and I get a lot of strange looks!

What is your favorite piece/project you have worked on?
My most recent body of work, Tools for Better Living, is currently my favorite. I feel that it is just the beginning of a much larger body of work and I still have more questions driving the work, which is one reason it’s my favorite. Through this project I better defined my interest in the taxonomy of aesthetics, how we relate and respond to aesthetic experiences, as well as the images and objects that surround us in our daily lives.

What work are you most proud of?
I’m really excited about a lot of the work I have made in the past five years, but it always feels that the most recent is the most exciting. I am very proud of my work with Brian Barr as I feel that our practices inform each other, even though our individual practices are wildly different. Our collaborations have given us a route to be very experimental in the studio, constantly testing new relationships between painting, photography, sculpture and environments.

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11.11.13

Open Call for Artists: Mead Theatre Lab Program

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL! APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM

Calling all emerging performing artists, directors, playwrights, theatre companies and those that work creatively. Bring us your big ideas and brand new projects! We are seeking artists for the Mead Theatre Lab Program for our 2014-15 season.

MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT
deadline: Thursday, 12.05.13, 5PM | application fee: $30

Open to artists, producers and arts organizations presenting 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. Click here for more information about the Mead Theatre Lab Program and our Request for Proposals.

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