ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, OVER 125 PEOPLE GATHERED TO CELEBRATE:
TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty
Underwriting the Athenaeum Invitational
and Providing $2,500 in Prizes for Artists
Megan Beyer Determining Prize Winners
David Carlson Being Awarded the Invited Artist Prize
Karen Fitzgerald Being Awarded the Open-Call Artist Prize
The Invited Artist Prize Winner: David Carlson, The Other Side of Empty, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72″, 2016
The Athenaeum Gallery is dedicated to the excellent art being created in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV). We strive to include the best of a broad array of styles and genres, the full complement of media, and to reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural fabric of this region. And then we try to add a layer of context, so viewers have more than a purely visual experience. Even if someone doesn’t “like” what is on the walls – we hope they will find it compelling, relevant, and thought-provoking. If nothing else, we hope visitors will leave the Athenaeum Gallery with a greater appreciation for the creative forces at work around them – as we do.
Left Photo: Jennifer Brewer Stone, Tori Cowles and Invited Artist, Sheep Jones. Right Photo: Invited Artist Winner Dave Carlson,
Open Call Artist Prize Winner Karen Fitzgerald, Rob Carney, TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, Amy Heiden, President of the NVFAA
Board of Trustees, Twig Murray, NVFAA Board Member and Gallery Director, and Megan Beyer, Executive Director for the President’s
Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Theme: Oh! The Joy!
The theme invited artists to reflect on a moment of pure joy. It was inspired by Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the unchartered North American continent to reach the Pacific Ocean. After an arduous, two-year trek, William Clark crested a hill, saw the vast body of water and cried, “The Ocean in view. Oh! The joy!” It was suggested that artists might explore that singular burst of relief and satisfaction after enduring a difficult task, the magic of being struck by something unexpected and delightful, or the sudden transformation that is experienced in sheer ebullience.
In fact, at the moment those words were uttered by Clark, the expedition was actually facing an estuary of the Columbia River, not the open ocean. This presented another aspect of the theme for artists to consider: whether a moment of joy is ‘valid’ when it is later learned that the reason or impetus for the emotion was wrong or undeserved.
Left: Chris Brandel, Together, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54″, 2016, Right: Robin Goree, Orange Garden, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″, 2014
The Athenaeum Invitational Process:
After deciding on the theme, we selected a small number of artists who have exhibited with us before to create a work specially for the show. Then we posted an ‘open call’ for submissions to any artist living or working the the DMV. Artists included in the show were selected by Gallery Director Twig Murray. Megan Beyer, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, reviewed the exhibition and determined that the $1,500 Invited Artist Prize would go to David Carlson, and that the $1,000 Open-Call Artist Prize would go to Karen Fitzgerald. The checks were awarded by Rob Carney of TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty.
Left Photo: Invited artist Anne Marchand and Open Call artist Terry Sitz (image courtesy of Anne Marchand Studio), Open Call artist Michael
Gessner sports his whimsical sculpture, Joy Helmet.
The Invited Artists are:
David Carlson, Mimi Frank, Sheep Jones, Hannale Lahti, Anne Marchand, Carol Reed, Suzanne Stryk
The Open-Call Artists are:
Kathlyn Avila-Reyes, Carol Barsha, Christine Bernstein, Dennis Bartsch, Chris Brandell, Stephen Estrada, Karen Fitzgerald, Michael Gessner, Robin Goree, Marty Guthrie, Patricia Howard, Joanne Kent, Francois Lampietti, Peter McClintock, Mike McConnell, Lorie McCown, Lilianne Milgrom, Leslie Nolan, Lynn Putney, Cherie Redlinger, Randi Reiss-McCormack, Terry Sitz, Eve Stockton, David Terrar, Alex Tolstoy, Nanci Varipapa, Suzanne Vigil, Richard Weiblinger
The Open-Call Artist Prize Winner: Karen Fitzgerald, Obey All the Rules, Miss All the Fun (II), expired gallery cards and UV resin, 24 x 60″, 2016
This exhibit will be on view through November 6, 2016.