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06/01/2017

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Upcoming Inside Art Workshop! Learn how to build a miniature parade float and to create a stop-motion animation with artist Maria Lux. Next Saturday (June 10th) at 10 AM, register here: http://goo.gl/c1T86X

05/31/2017

Last call to apply for NextGen 4.0. DEADLINE TOMORROW!
Spread the word about this 5 week exhibition opportunity for this summer!
Apply here: http://goo.gl/50qs82

05/25/2017
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Wonderful article and interview with José Ruiz, curator of Local Legends in our Kaplan Gallery. Check it out! Show runs through June 11th.

https://goo.gl/Ho6ZvP

05/19/2017
Super! Silver! Haze! and Motion Lines @ VisArts

Mark your calendars!

Super! Silver! Haze! featuring Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring, filmmaker and composer) on drums and percussion instruments, Doug Kallmeyer (Phantogram, Dubpixel, Verses Records, composer, mix engineer) on bass guitars, keyboards and loopers, and Monica Stroik (Verses records, Visual multimed...

03/02/2017

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Meet the VisArtist: Estefani Mercedes

Estefani Mercedes carries an armload of yellow dahlias through the streets of New York on her way to Trump Tower. In her solo exhibition at VisArts, Estefani re-presents through video and photography her recent performance, 1,000 Yellow Dahlias.

The artist, known for her powerful public interventions, asked 1,000 Latino immigrants in New York City to write “thank you notes” to the then presidential hopeful Mr. Trump. She then delivered 1,000 yellow dahlias with the corresponding notes to Trump Tower in Midtown during the September Tax Reform speech. The dahlia is the national flower of Mexico, which turns yellow when deprived of oxygen.

She says: “Art activism will never trump more radical forms of protest. But perhaps through the acceptance of one’s own failure and the denial of improvement, alternative modes of affect can be developed.”

Estefani is an Argentinian/American Performance Artist who studied Political Science and Fine Art at Smith College. She was a 2014 recipient of the Norfolk Fellowship from Yale School of Art and a 2016 fellow of the Art + Law Program in New York. She has participated in numerous prestigious international residencies and has exhibited her work throughout Argentina, the US, Brasil, Mexico, and Switzerland.

1,000 Yellow Dahlias is on display at VisArts through March 19. For more on the exhibition: http://bit.ly/2lYpjEP

02/10/2017

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Join us for Stretch Cut Talk Pull – Panel Discussion on Sunday, February 12, at 2 PM, with 2016 Bresler Resident Artists Mei Mei Chang, Amy Hughes Braden, and Jay Hendrick, moderated by W.C. Richardson and Laura Roulet.

Image: Amy Hughes Braden, Work in Progress, 2016, acrylic on canvas, wood

02/03/2017

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Meet the VisArtists: Join 2016 VisArts Bresler Residents Mei Mei Chang, Amy Hughes Braden, and Jay Hendrick for Stretch Cut Talk Pull – Panel Discussion on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 PM, moderated by Laura Roulet and W. C. Richardson.

These three artists were selected to spend four months in a studio at VisArts making new work. The 2016 VisArts Bresler Residency features artists whose primary studio practice focuses on painting or drawing. It offers artists the time and space to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment.The resulting exhibition, Stretch, Cut, Talk, Pull, now on display until February 12, questions what painting and drawing are, how they can be made, and how they fit into the historical context surrounding these two activities.

Mei Mei’s inspiration for her drawings came from stories about personal objects: “It was a real honor to listen to these incredible stories from a variety of lives.”

Amy’s paintings are “visual, visceral platforms for a mash up of influences including feminism, personal history, current events, and art historical imagery.”

Jay’s approach to painting reflects a direct relationship to his small-town Texas upbringing: “To paint is to understand paint in the same way that to live is to understand how to live.”

Don’t miss hearing the artists talk about their residency projects on February 12. For more info or to RSVP: https://www.visartsatrockville.org/…/stretch-cut-talk-pull…/

02/03/2017
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In case you missed our opening reception and artist talks last Friday, two of our artists were featured in the Washington Post! Amelia Toelke: Facade and Margaret Noble: Resonating Objects on view through Feb. 12 and 17, respectively. Read the article here!

12/14/2016
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If you missed our recent opening reception, then check out this video walk-through of Tracy Featherstone's exhibition "Fantastical Landscape", then come see it in person! Show runs through January 8th!

https://vimeo.com/195527735

11/18/2016
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Enjoy this video walk-through of Lillian Bayley Hoover's exhibition "For the Moment" in the Gibbs Street Gallery. Show runs through Sunday, November 20th, come see it while you still can!

https://vimeo.com/192159240

11/18/2016
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Enjoy this video walk-through of Amy Wike's exhibition "This is a sentence" in our Common Ground Gallery. Show runs through Sunday, November 20th, come see it while you can!

https://vimeo.com/192179264

10/26/2016
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Attention! VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition. VisArts will provide the selected Emerging Curator with an exhibition budget of $10,000 and additional funding and staff support. Apply by December 12, 2016, midnight.
For more information: Click here
(https://www.visartsatrockville.org/more/emerging-curator-program-details/)
To apply online: Click here (https://visarts.submittable.com/submit/686f7317-3ce8-4316-bed7-5a8543b8d0ac/visarts-emerging-curator-program-2017)

09/26/2016

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ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS!! APPLY TODAY for our 4 month Bresler Residency!!
Next year's focus: Social/Environmental/Community Engagement or Performance Art.
Applications close September 30th!

https://visarts.submittable.com/submit/58609

09/14/2016

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Meet the VisArtist: Eames Armstrong

Eames Armstrong, 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator, debuts her exhibit, Noise, Body, Music, on September 16th. The exhibit explores how who we are shapes the sounds we make, and how sound informs how we relate to the world.

The exhibition includes video, audio, unique artworks, and ephemera from queercore band Homosuperior, Luwayne Glass (dreamcrusher), Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz), and trans-disciplinary performance group Antibody Corporation. Through this exhibition Eames hopes “that by cross-pollinating disciplines and genres new forms can come about, and old rules can be broken down.”

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program, generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, pairs an emerging curator with an experienced mentoring curator to produce new exhibitions and related programming. Eames worked with 2016 Mentoring Curator/Artist Jacqueline Maria Milad on this exhibition; Jacqueline's exhibition, Bend and Hold, debuted at VisArts earlier this year.

Eames is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. She received a B.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2010 with emphases on painting, writing, and performance. She recently received an M.F.A. in studio art from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Meet Eames at the opening reception next Friday, September 16. Find out more information on our Facebook Event, Homosuperior / dreamcrusher / Fire-Toolz / Antibody Corporation :: Noise Body Music Opening Party.

08/18/2016

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Artists, APPLY TODAY for our 4 month Bresler Residency!! Next year's focus: Social/Environmental/Community Engagement or Performance Art.
Applications close September 30th!

https://visarts.submittable.com/submit/58609

08/10/2016

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Attention artists! VisArts is currently accepting project proposals for this year's F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics). The deadline to apply is September 6, 2016 and there is no fee to apply.

The theme for this year's F.E.A.S.T. is Future Framers: Envisioning Rockville in 2040. Artists, thinkers, and organizations are invited to submit proposals for funding up to $1,000!

For more information, visit: https://www.visartsatrockville.org/more/f-e-a-s-t-at-visarts-2016-call-for-proposals/

07/28/2016
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Enjoy this video walk-through of the exciting exhibition in our Common Ground Gallery, Eric Celarier: Trash

Exhibition runs through August 21st!

https://vimeo.com/176647466

07/07/2016
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Just a few more days to catch this wonderful exhibition! Brad Blair: Future Unknown runs through July 10th in our Common Ground Gallery, see it while you can!

https://vimeo.com/173800171

07/01/2016
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Got plans this holiday weekend? Our galleries are open! Check out this video walk-through of Blake Carrington's exhibition, An Infinite Distance Between Two Points, then come see it in person!

https://vimeo.com/173081098

06/27/2016
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If you haven't had a chance to see Pat Alexander's wonderful exhibition "Even the Stars", check out this video walk-through, then come see it in person! Show runs through July 10th, in our Gibbs Street gallery, see you soon!

https://vimeo.com/172442302

06/23/2016
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If you missed our last opening, enjoy this clip from Blake Carrington's performance "Cathedral Scan" as part of his exhibition "An Infinite Distance Between Two Points" in our Kaplan Gallery. Show runs through July 17th, check it out!

https://vimeo.com/171839345

06/03/2016
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Enjoy this video walk-through of our current exhibition "Bend and Hold" with curator Jacqueline Maria Milad, then come see it in person! Show runs through June 12th!

https://vimeo.com/168843226

05/26/2016
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Enjoy this video documentation of Sidney Pink's performance "Translation" from the opening of "Bend and Hold". The accompanying exhibition runs through June 12th!

https://vimeo.com/168243113

05/23/2016
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If you missed our last openings then check out this video walk-through of Lisa Iglesias's exhibition ROUT ROWT, then come see it in person! Show runs through June 5th.

https://vimeo.com/167496362

05/13/2016

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VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area to submit their application for review for Gen-Y 3.0, our third exhibition by young emerging artists in our Kaplan Gallery from July 22 – August 28, 2016.

Gen-Y 3.0 is an opportunity for young emerging artists to showcase their work in a professional art gallery. Work will be juried into the show by June 12, 2016. This year's jurors are: David Krueger, artist and educator (Professor, Montgomery College, Rockville); Kim Llerena, artist and educator (Professor, American University and MICA); and, Fletcher Mackey, artist and educator (Professor, MICA).

The deadline to apply is May 31, 2016.
Please visit https://www.visartsatrockville.org/more/event/gen-y-3-0/ for more information.

05/12/2016

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Meet the VisArtist: Brent Pafford

Congratulations to Brent Pafford, VisArts’s newest studio artist, who recently won the 2016 Juried Prize of $25,000 at the ArtFields Competition in Lake City, South Carolina. The annual week-long festival and competition awards more than $100,000 in prize money to artists each year.

Brent grew up on a family farm in South Carolina, worked in the organic grocery industry, completed a BFA in studio art at Winthrop University, and earned an MFA at Clemson University. He became interested in functional ceramics due to the relationships forged between maker, object, and user. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and he maintains a studio at VisArts. Brent’s work is a reaction to how domestic items lose their potency in daily life and their value to future generations.

“Contemporary society is consumed with disposability, and people are no longer connected to the objects that aid in their sustenance,” Brent reflects, continuing: “the objects I create patiently wait to be discovered and enjoyed, retained, and later passed on to others.”

See Brent’s work in 2 x 6, an exhibition of our studio artists, on display through June 5. And meet him in person on May 13 from 7 – 9 PM at VisArts: https://www.facebook.com/events/509153425934701/

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