April 2, 2015
Join WPA and Arlington Arts for a Community Engagement Workshop with Nina Simon

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1-4pm

Community Engagement Workshop with Nina Simon, Executive Director, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

Artisphere, Dome Theatre
1100 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209


Join Nina Simon, the internationally-recognized expert on active community participation in cultural institutions, for a FREE workshop designed to give you the tools to connect with arts audiences and unlikely community partners in effective, meaningful and lasting ways. Intimately attuned to the DC metro area's unique programmatic and marketing challenges, Nina spent four years as the Spy Museum's Experience Development Specialist prior to her spearheading the highly-acclaimed turn-around at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA. Learn how to apply these grassroots community participation principles in any discipline to invigorate your organization.

The author of The Participatory Museum (2010) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog, Nina Simon has been described as a "museum visionary" by Smithsonian Magazine for her audience-centered approach to design. Nina has worked as an independent consultant and exhibition designer with over one hundred museums and cultural centers around the world. Nina has spoken to acclaim about her participatory audience and programming philosophy everywhere from TEDx to the keynote address at the 2012 AFTA/National Arts Marketing Project conference, and that same year received the American Alliance for Museums' Nancy Hanks Memorial Award. Her participatory methods at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History are considered a contemporary benchmark.

Join us for an afternoon of collaboration, sharing and fun. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

DATE: Saturday, April 25, 2015

LOCATION: Artisphere, Dome Theatre 
1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209

TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 



Program courtesy of Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, in collaboration with Washington Project for the Arts, the Alexandria Office of the Arts and George Mason University.

Artist Directory Launch Happy Hour: April 16, 6-9pm

Its Here! WPA is happy to announce the launch of its 2015-2016 WPA Artist DirectoryTo celebrate the launch, we are throwing a Party! Join us on Thursday, April 16 from 6-9pm in the lounge at the Capitol Skyline Hotel for a Happy Hour celebrating our Members and the launch of the directory.


Bring your friends, mingle with other members, celebrate spring, and pick up or purchase your copy of the Directory! 


Purchase Your Copy Today


Published by East City Art Media and printed in the United States, WPA's full-color, fully-illustrated WPA Artist Directory is the definitive guide to established, emerging, and mid-career contemporary artists throughout the region. Used by curators, art advisors, collectors, artists, editors, designers, and people with an interest in the arts, our bi-annual print directory is the primary resource for access to art and artists in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region.

The 2015-2016 WPA Artist Directory is available for purchase on our Online Store or can be purchased/pick-up at our office at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. 

WPA Members Write About Their Work and Process


This Spring, WPA will mount the next installment in its Hothouse exhibition series at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse: ImPRINT. The Hothouse exhibition series was created as a way to provide new opportunities for WPA member artists and to forge new connections within DC's creative communities.


Juried by Robert Bettman, Hothouse: ImPRINT highlights the creative work of WPA member artists Damon Arhos, Fallon Chase, Michael Fischerkeller, Jennifer Pizzillo, Maryanne Pollock, Rebecca Silberman, and Sylvie van HeldenComplementary to and enhancing the exhibition experience, each participating artist will publish articles in the arts magazine Bourgeon about their own work and creative process.  


In the weeks leading up to the May 7 exhibition opening we will be highlighting each of the participating artists and sharing their personal writing about their work and creative process. The second artist featured is Rebecca Silberman and her article "Modern Music Boxes."


...One of my most cherished possessions is a small, old, glass-domed music box. Inside the box is a captive little ballerina who performs a sleepy dance of jumps and turns to the mechanical tune of the music box, which is concealed under a palm-sized round stage. When I was a child part of the allure of this novelty was that it belonged to my sister. This did not stop me from trying to smash it open by pounding it against the floor when I was three years old. The dome, which is now cloudy with age, also bears the bruises and splits from my later attempts to liberate the delicate and perfect little human serenely trapped inside. Years later my sister allowed me to take possession of our childhood prize and to this day I am fascinated and delighted by it. Many influences have led me to the work I'm creating now, but the uncanny anima of this particular treasure has never faded for me. I hope to create something that will make the viewer wild with the kind of fascination and longing my childhood music box inspired in me. I'm currently on my fifth try, and each box is inspired by a piece of music...

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As a member of WPA, you are connected to an extended, creative, vibrant arts community that encourages innovation, impact, and experimentation. Your involvement and support of WPA is such a vital part of our organization's success. Thank you!. 


Do you know other artists who would benefit from the services WPA provides but they are not yet a member? If the answer is YES, encourage them to become a WPA member. 


Signing up is easy. Your friends can join by simply completing our  ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM. 


When they list you as the referral source between now and June 15, 2015 we will thank you by giving you a complimentary 6-month WPA membership. 



Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2pm

Professional Practices: TechShop Experience Tour

WPA Professional Practices presents TechShop Experience Tour, providing WPA member artists to opportunity to tour the facilities and to learn more about the equipment, classes, events offered by it newest Membership Discount Benefit Partner, TechShop DC-Arlington.

May 7 - June 20, 2015

Hothouse Video: Amy Finkelstein

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6-8pm

Washington Project for the Arts presents Hothouse Video: Amy Finkelstein.  The exhibition is the first solo exhibition of Amy Finkelstein's film works which have been made over the course of ten years and include stop-motion animations, unedited shorts, and documentations of abstract form. 

May 7 - June 20, 2015


Juried by Robert Bettman, 
Hothouse: ImPRINT highlights the creative work of WPA member artists Damon Arhos, Fallon Chase, Michael Fischerkeller, Jennifer Pizzillo, Maryanne Pollock,Rebecca Silberman, and Sylvie van Helden. 

March 18 - May 3, 2015

Hothouse Video: Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker

WPA presents renowned Panamanian video artists, Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker, for their first solo exhibition in Washington, DC.




February 5 - April 24, 2015

Lobby Project: Erin Curtis

WPA Presents Diamond Landscape, a Dynamic New Installation by Erin Curtis

Diamond Landscape is a 6 foot x 21 foot installation of 126 brightly-colored, one-foot-square birch panels that are assembled to form a cohesive abstract geometric work. 




February 2 - April 30, 2015



WPA presents a new work by DC-based artist Avi Gupta for the third and final installation of its South Capitol Skyscape series.

Michele Norris

am inspired by the natural world. In my current landscape work the land is a departure point, a place to jump off. The landscape moves beyond simply the illustration of an actual location and begins to symbolize thought, emotion and energy. 


When I am painting the physicality of the process propels me. A journey has begun. Marks of the palette knife, drips of paint and brush strokes are evidence of my labor and process. 


I paint in acrylic and oil on panel and canvas. I also use my own hand printed papers in my work. Through a process of reduction and addition, layering and scraping, I enjoy creating interesting and opposing textures. Most of all I enjoy the daily process and ritual of putting pencil to paper, brush to canvas and turning my visions to reality.

- Michele Norris



We want to share YOUR News! If you are a WPA Member and have an exhibition or piece of news you want us to share, you can submit via our Newsletter Item Submission Form.  




Maggie Gourlay interviewed Joan Belmar for DC Metro Theater Arts 


Susan Eder, Craig Dennis, and Phyllis Jaffe received nice mentions in a recent Washington Post Review of their exhibitions.


Philip Hinge was recently featured on Beautiful Decay.






Amy Hughes Braden, curated by Jessica Kallista at Olly Olly through April 11


Michael Lang at Touchstone Gallery on April 1 - April 26


Sondra Arkin and Eve Stockton at Long View Gallery on April 2 - May 3


Anna Fine Foer, Ruth Pettus, Judith Pratt, Marie Ringwald, Sylvie Van Helden, and Leda Black at Hillyer Art Space on April 3 - April 25


Andrea Collins at Spitzer Art Center on April 3 - April 30


Stephen Schiff at Delaplaine Visual Arts Center on April 4 - May 17


Will Schneider-White and Dane Winkler at Hamiltonian Gallery on April 7 - May 9


Rujunko Pugh at Dominik Mersch Gallery on April 9 - May 2


Cynthia Bickley-Green at b.j. spoke gallery on April 11 - April 30


H. K. Anne at Workhouse Arts Center on April 11 - May 10


Felix Angel and Marta Gutierrez at All We Art on April 16 - May 24


Zofie Lang at NVCC Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery on April 18 - May 17


Kate Kretz, Dan Perkins, Paul Shortt, and Bridget Sue Lambert at Arlington Arts Center on April 18 - June 28


Brian Feldman at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando, FL), Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC), and LOVE Park (Philadelphia, PA) on May 10


Phyllis Jaffe at Strathmore Mansion Gallery on June 6 - July 26





Richard Paul Weiblinger at Photoworks Gallery through April 12, at Maryland House of Delegates through April 13, Washington Artworks Gallery through April 27, and Art at Penn Place through May 3


Stephen Schiff at Off Rhode Gallery through April 17  


Helen Zughaib at Arab American Museum through April 19

Billy Friebele, Maggie Gourlay, Mariah Anne Johnson, Nicole Salimbene, and Dawn Whitmore at Arlington Arts Center through April 4


Scott G. Brooks at Last Rites Gallery through April 4


Philip Hinge at Page Bond Gallery through April 4 


Maggie Gourlay at Workhouse Arts Center through April 5


Jennifer Barlow at Bodzin Art Gallery, JCCNV through April 6


Stephen Schiff at American Center for Physics through April 10


Christopher Baer at Susan Calloway Fine Art through April 11


Mark Parascandola at All We Art through April 12


Joel D'Orazio at VisArts at Rockville through April 12


Julia Kim Smith at Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University through April 15


Diane Szczepaniak at University of Hawaii, Hilo through April 15


MG Stout at Northern Virginia Community College through April 17


Monika Stroik at Artisphere through April 24 


Margery E. Goldberg, Joan Konkel, Donna McCullough, and Lynda Smith-Bugge at Zenith Gallery through April 26


Joan Belmar at Busboys and Poets through April 30


Jonathan Monaghan at bitforms gallery through May 3


Freya Grand at gallery plan b through May 3


Tomomi Nitta curated by Cory Oberndorfer at Montgomery College's King Street Gallery through May 9


Lucinda Friendly Murphy at GCDC through May 15


Pattee hipschen at Current Reflections Fine Art Gallery through May 31


Arlette Jassel at Strathmore Mansion Gallery through May 31


Brian Feldman at American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought through December 27 (Sundays)


Howard and Mary McCoy at Robert E. Lee Park through December 31

We want to provide our Members with Resources to help them further their careers.  We are always updating our Member Opportunities page for our Artist Members to find the latest Calls and Opportunities. Log into your account on our the WPA Website to view current listings.



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