Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Call For Artists: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2018

Call For Artists: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2018

HOUSTON (April 10, 2018) – Bayou City Art Festival, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) and benefiting Houston non-profits, is inviting artists from around the world to submit applications and have the opportunity to showcase their art at one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018. The artist application deadline for Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at midnight CST.

“We are always excited to see what artists have to offer and are always in awe with the work that they present,” said Joe Pogge, ACA board president. “Bringing in new and returning artists from across the country and beyond not only ensures a fruitful festival for everyone but most importantly, it helps us continue to give back and support local charities.”

ACA produces Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall. For 47 years, ACA has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Patrons have the opportunity to personally meet the artists, view original works and purchase world class art. The festival benefits local non-profits and features live music, food, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more.

Twice a year, more than 1,000 qualified applicants from 19 different disciplines and from submit their applications to be reviewed by ACA jurors. The festival receives applicants from around the world including Canada, Mexico, South America and Israel. For each festival, a new juror panel is invited and consists of artists, collectors, educators, curators and industry professionals. To build a jury that is experienced in all forms of art, professionals from the performing and literary arts industry are also invited to participate. The panel of five to seven jurors are selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and background with the festival. Only 300 artists will be selected to exhibit at the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. Cash Prizes are awarded for “Best in Show”, second and third place, as selected by on-site judges. Ribbons are awarded for “Best Booth” and all winners receive jury exempt status for two years as well as priority booth placement.

Artists are required to submit five images and an application fee of $45 before the deadline. All artists selected to participate in the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will be notified by Friday, June 15, 2018. For more information or to submit an artist application for Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, please click here.

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About Bayou City Art Festival:

Entering its 47th year in 2018, the Art Colony Association has raised $3.6 million for local non-profit programs through the festivals. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and nonprofits. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fisterra Retrospective Exhibition Opening on April 27

Fisterra Retrospective
April 27 - May 18

Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 7-10pm
Address: 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6pm

In November 2003, 28 artists opened their homes and studios for the first East Austin Studio Tour. The orange house on the corner of east 2nd Street at Waller, with its backyard studio, became a spot that thousands of visitors have returned to each year. A new group of guest artists created exhibits of their art in each room of the house, while the home cooked posole and hospitality of Jennifer Chenoweth's house remained a staple. November 2017 was the last year for Fisterra Studio to participate in EAST in this space, but the annual event had a deep effect on Austin's sense of community and connectedness. This show will feature over 50 guest artists collaborating again to inspire artists and art lovers about the beauty, quality and diversity of visual art in Austin.

Artists include: Stella Alesi, C. Andrew Boyd, Todd Campbell, Monique Capanelli, Valerie Chaussonnet, Jennifer Chenoweth, Lisa Choinacky, Christina Coleman, Beth Consetta Rubel, Brooke Davis, Autumn Ewalt, Holly Fisher, Virginia Fleck, Emma Hadzi-Antich, Norman Hera, Katelena Hernandez Cowles, Will Heron, Jennifer Hill, Felice House, Carla Hughes, Janine Hughes, Calder Kamin, Gabel Karsten, Lauren Klotzman, Robby Lee, David Lovas, Richard Mansfield, Wells Mason, Brian McKinney, Sebastian Miles, Andrea Nelson, Theresa Noyes, L. Renee Nunez, Dawn Okoro, Dharmesh Patel, Rob Pettingill, Gretchen Phillips, Andrea Pramuk, Bridget Quinn, Jay Roff-Garcia, Philip Rogers, Katie Rose Pipkin, Tammie Rubin, Shibiya Sabu, Kristen Saska Juen, Jenny Sathngam, Amy Scofield, Elise Sibley Chandler, Judith Simonds, Annie Simpson, Jeff Stockton, The Afro Gypsy, The Theorists, Erik Tragus, Carlotta Vann, Glen Vigus, Jade Walker, Johnny Walker, Jason Webb, Lee Webster, Aaron Weiss, Kayci Wheatly, and Dana Younger

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Artist J. Fredric May honors stroke month with solo show at CA Center for Digital Arts

Artist J Fredric May shouldn’t be alive to open his solo exhibition during Stroke month. Thanks to his cat, Apparition: Postcards from Eye See You will be on view at the California Center for Digital Arts, Santa Ana in May.

This exhibit traces a fateful moment in 2012 in which May, a photojournalist and film industry professional arrived home after a trip and found it strange for his cat not to greet him. Instead, May heard unusual sounds outside. “In all these years he had never heard or seen his cat act like this. It worried him,” comments May’s wife Lisa. Something unusual was in the air. May pursued his cat high up in his yard’s tree, slipped and fell breaking several of his ribs. In the hospital it was discovered that May was having an aortic aneurysm and a stroke and was able to get help quickly. “It all links back to the cat, who we think had a sense something was wrong, and saved his life” Lisa says.

May became partially blind and diagnosed with Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS). What he didn’t lose however was his ever-restless urge to create. May uses his now-skewed vision and has pioneered a unique technical and expressive approach to photography. May’s engaging with both digital and analog photographic processes and consequently aided in May's recovery and has landed him with numerous awards, and upcoming exhibits.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

A.M. Rousseau opens solo show at Jason Vass May 5th

May 5 to June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5, 6-9pm
Artist Talk/Book Signing:
June 2, 2-4pm

Jason Vass
1452 E. Sixth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

(Los Angeles, California) – Jason Vass is pleased to present Lines of Inquiry, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by A.M. Rousseau. Rousseau is a multi-disciplined artist, writer and photographer currently living in Southern California who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Rousseau’s works are imbued with an investigation of line. She takes her inspiration from a Paul Klee dictum: “Take a line for a walk, aimlessly for the sake of the walk.” She sees each line as a metaphor for the way life happens: one point leading to another, ever changing. For her, “Every line is a reflection of individual will, a unique indicator of purpose and direction, just as in hieroglyphics, a kind of handwriting that can be read if the system of mark making is understood.”

The works on view range from black and white works on paper like Downward Hang, and Left Leaning in which a succession of quasi concentric black lines gracefully flow as if suspended across two supports. The algorithm used in creating these works becomes more complex as Rousseau moves across multiple sheets of paper adding color into the mix. In works like Fire and Ice Quartet and 100 Line Rush Triptych the undulating curves have a wave-like pattern reminiscent of an abstracted ocean. When Rousseau moves from paper to canvas and from ink and colored pencil to acrylic paint, she begins to fill in shapes creating denser compositions where the linear elements originate from a central core.

Rousseau’s lines are both gestural and used to outline geometric forms as in Perspective Collective and Spiral Quartet. Her work has much in common with the timeless quality of ancient Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, at the same time as it is firmly rooted in contemporary art practice as comparisons to works by conceptual artists Sol LeWitt or Robert Mangold are apt as are connections to the works of Julie Mehretu.

A.M. Rousseau received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, The Djerassi Foundation Affymax Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Artist Residency, Yaddo Artist residency, the Virginia Center for the Arts residency, the Manhattan Borough President’s Award for Excellence and Service in the Arts, and the Harc Foundation Award. She has been exhibiting since 1990 including most recently exhibitions at the Upland Museum of Art (2017), the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2016), CMay Gallery, Los Angeles and Korea (2015).

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Location:Los Angeles

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Due WEST: Tickets on sale now!

Join us on the Lawn at Seaholm

This is your chance to support Austin's local creative community. Join Big Medium on Thursday, May 10 from 7-10pm on the Lawn at Seaholm to kick off the 2018 West Austin Studio Tour. Get your copy of the WEST catalog and map, and enjoy light installations by local artists, music, lawn games, bites by Le Politique, and open bar under the night sky. Walk across the street to the Austin Central Library and experience over 300 artists in the 2018 West Austin Studio Tour Group Exhibition.

Join Big Medium as a member at the $150 level or higher, and attend the Member Preview and Reception at the library from 6-7PM before heading over to party on the lawn.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Psychic states emerge in L.A. artist Glenn Waggner’s paintings at Neutra Institute Museum and Gallery

Glenn Waggner
The Existential Afterparty
Solo Exhibit
March 31st-April 15th, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, March 31st, 7-10 p.m.
Neutra Institute Museum and Gallery
2379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Psychic states emerge in L.A. artist Glenn Waggner’s paintings at Neutra Institute
Museum and Gallery
Los Angeles, CA) – The Neutra Museum Gallery is pleased to present a solo painting exhibit with L.A. artist Glenn Waggner. The artist capitalizes on painting’s formal language to animate his psychologically-charged scenarios. Minimalistic, Waggner’s paintings optimize the use of color as light that is activated between foreground and
background, or between the subject and its liminal surroundings. The artist’s surprising formal invention is a product of mapping spaces. Their overarching geometries are suspended between abstraction and representation, and
anchored by figures, architecture, landscape, and other recognizable imagery. Waggner credits this to his process of allowing spontaneous gestures to inform the construction of pictorial space and stimulate new formal and narrative relationships. The artist’s
anecdotal titles further contextualize the ambiguous relationships posed. Waggner states, “I ask the viewer to determine their own narrative. Maybe it starts a dialog. The title answers the question or suggests a direction.”Waggner’s work engages numerous nineteenth and twentieth-century painters in the renewed exploration of formal language to articulate human drama and the unconscious.

Among those are the paintings of Edward Hopper and Philip Guston. Waggner was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up in the beach communities, he was immersed in the 1970’s surfing and skateboarding culture. Always drawing and sketching, Glenn has worked in the architectural profession for many years. In the year 2000, Waggner discovered oil painting, taking to its qualities of being a freer and looser medium. It was the perfect fit that allowed art to be made using vivid color and no precise lines. It was “plein air” that helped to capture subject matter quickly and avoided precise detailing, like that required in architecture.

Glenn Waggner’s work won 3rd place in ART + SCIENCE’s 2008 juried show, and was featured in Artscene magazine. Waggner has art is in several private collections.

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Location:Los Angeles

ART214 Gallery reception at the Bath House Cultural Center on April 8

Exhibition Dates: March 24-April 21, 2018
Reception: Sunday, April 8, 2018 (5-7 PM)

As part of Dallas Arts Month, four cultural centers of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) are hosting a multi-venue juried exhibition to showcase the works of artists who live and work in Dallas and the Greater North Texas region from late March to early June.

Through this exhibition, OCA hopes to discover and develop relationships with new artists, provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work for the first time ever or for the first time in one of our cultural centers, and cross pollinate artists who have previously exhibited at one cultural center by exhibiting their work at a different center. Another goal of this collaborative project is to draw in new audiences who have never been to (or even heard of) our Cultural Centers and to share audiences who frequent a specific center but have never experienced the others.

Juried by Elizabeth Mellott, Tori Phillips, Jim Burton and Arthur Peña.

All four shows curated by Christina Estrella Riggs

BATH HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER ARTISTS: Cate Baker, Sue Benner, Christopher Bingha, David Blow, Bernard Bortnick, Du Chau, Arfa Chowdhary, Justin Coursey, Vanhue Davis Jr., Angelika Ejtel, Reyna Flores, Moriah Garcia, Chunyu Han, Seth Hudson, Benjamine Lester, Sam Marie, Virginia Marsh, Tina Medina, William Messimer, Hannah (Bernadette) Negrete, Kevin Owens, Chancellor Page, Siliva Parra Dela Longa, Paul Pena, Maia Pizarro, Erika Pochybova, Erin Puckett, Steve Quevedo, Fari Rahimi, Katrina Rasmussen, Carol Riedel, Alex Rose, Wendi Ruth, Ernest Scheihagen, Una Scott, Jerry Skibell, Gisela-Heidi Strunck, Juergen Strunck, Jose Vargas, Katerina Verguelis, Marilyn Waligore, Robert Walker, William Webster, Terri Wilder, Matthew Wood, Nicholas Wood, James Yonkman, and Ramon Zozaya.

For information about the ART214 exhibitions at the other OCA venues, please visit

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