2018 Athenaeum Invitational — Deadline Friday | News Release | The Athenaeum


The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational Deadline: Friday, July 13

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Three judges will select the works for inclusion in the exhibition, they are:
Adah Rose Bitterbaum
Owner of the Ada Rose Gallery
Camila Alejandra Rondon
Georgetown University ’17 M.A. Art and Museum Studies
Veronica Szalus
Executive Director of the Athenaeum and independent artist
The winners of the $1,500 and $1,000 prizes, contributed by TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, will be determined by Phil Hutinet, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief East City Art.
Submission Deadline: Friday, July 13
The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions.  A $1500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call.
Cabinets of curiosities, first popular in Renaissance Europe, were broad collections of objects of nature, science, archaeology, religious relics, the arts, and the bizarre. Before public museums were common, these privately-owned cabinets were seen as status symbols and said something about the collector and their ability to collect the contents. They were usually displayed in elaborate structures made of exotic materials, featuring specially constructed drawers and compartments to house wonderous specimens. In fact, the German term for such cabinets was Wunderkammer – wonder cabinet. In some instances the comprehensiveness of the collection was noteworthy, sometimes the diversity was celebrated, and sometimes the cabinet itself was as amazing as what was contained within.
This exhibition asks artists to explore any aspect of Cabinets of Curiosities or Wunderkammers. Interpretations may be literal or abstract. For more information or to enter a submission, go to:
Old School, New Concept | The Compass Atelier
July 26 – September 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 29, 4 – 6 pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday, September 9, 3:00 pm
Among the classes offered by The Compass Atelier is a Master Artist Program (MAP).  This multi-year program is founded on the notion that Classical art building blocks can be used in the service of Modern art principles. Students are led through technical mastery along with the guidance and inspiration they need to discover their artistic voice and create meaningful work.
The main gallery will feature the work of a number of painters who are currently in or have completed the MAP program. The rear gallery will exhibit paintings by Compass Atelier founder, Glen Kessler.
Above: Naiad, Karash Payne, oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″,  2018

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