Installment II: Secret Garden, an installation by Tom Block
April 16 - EXTENDED to May 15, 2009
Opening Reception, Thursday, April 16th 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Artist Talk, Friday, May 1st 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Exhibition hours: Tuesdays - Fridays from 11am - 4pm
at WPA headquarters 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW


WPA member artist, Tom Block, presents Secret Garden, an installation of drawings and ideas inspired by the teachings of the Sufi mystics of Islam. The installation of over 300 pieces will spare no space within our office headquarters!

'Secret Garden' uses the teachings of the Sufi mystics of Islam as
inspiration to create the installation. The exhibit is comprised of
350 small (7" x 5" and 6" x 4") panels, arrayed around the four walls
of the gallery. Centered around the form of the circle, which visually
holds together the series as well as most facilely represents the
underlying theme of the Sufi Way, 'Secret Garden' includes fragments and collections of other ideas -- some recognizable and some not -- all of
which symbolize different manners in which the unity of the universe
can be expressed in our temporal world. Mixed in with the drawings
are short sayings from Sufi poets throughout the centuries...
- Tom Block

A reception to launch the exhibition will be held at WPA on Thursday, April 16th from 5:30-7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

check out a review of Tom's current show at Hamiltonian Gallery here>>

and recent press on this show here:
> Washington Post Express, April 16, 2009
> Daily Candy, Weekend Guide, April 16, 2009

and on his show at Pyramid Atlantic here:
> Maryland Gazette, April 29, 2009

Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to continue its artist-run series, COUP D'ESPACE. Channeling our roots, this program celebrates the WPA's new location and launches it as a dynamic space for thought provoking, art-minded events.

For information on staging your own COUP click here >>

Wednesday, April 22 - 5:30-7:30pm
in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Craftweek DC

Join us for a lively discussion on the subject of "Art vs. Craft". Curator and critic, Jeffry Cudlin will moderate a panel consisting of one artist, one crafter and two gallery directors. Each will give their thoughts on where the line is drawn between the two terms, and the discussion will open up to the audience.

When all is said and done, panelists and audience members will be invited to participate in the Art vs. Craft tug of war! Pick the side that speaks to you and tug, tug, tug!


Jeffry Cudlin- artist, established art critic, and Director of Exhibitions at the Arlington Arts Center.


Rebecca Cross- Artist and owner of Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts in Georgetown's Canal Square.

Steven Frost- Fine artist working in textiles, crafter, and Director of Admissions at Corcoran College of Art and Design

Kelly Rand
- arts contributor for DCist, lead writer for Crafting A Green World, crafter, craft event organizer, and cofounder of

Anne Surak- independent curator and director of Project 4 gallery


read more about our event and other Craftweek DC events here:
> Washington Post, Weekend Section, April 17, 2009
> Washington Post Express, April 20, 2009


Washington Project for the Arts 2009 Art Auction Gala
Curator's talk, February 26th, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Katzen Arts Center at the American University


Indulge Your Passion for the Arts and be part of Washington’s most eclectic and creative fundraising event. Now in its 28th year, the WPA Art Auction has become one of the hottest tickets of the season, routinely selling out several weeks in advance. Secure your seat now to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage with more than 400 artists, collectors, business leaders and contemporaries. Your corporate or individual support will directly and immediately assist the WPA mission to promote emerging and established artists in the greater DC metropolitan region. Not to mention it’s a very fun evening!

For the second year in a row the event will be held at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of the American University. This year WPA has been given access to the American University Museum providing a unique opportunity for the artwork to be showcased in a six week exhibition leading up to the auction. This extended exhibition timeline will allow for thousands of people to view the auction artwork providing extra exposure for not only the artists but also the event patrons and corporate sponsors. A not-to-miss event leading up to the Auction will be the Exhibition Preview & Curator Talks on Thursday, February 26.

Click here for a list of 2009 artists, curators and artwork>>


November 20 – December 23, 2008

WPA and The Phillips Collection Present:
Experimental Media Series
When Absence Becomes Presence
curated by Niels Van Tomme + Sonja Simonyi
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 20, 7-9pm @WPA
Screening Event and Curator's Discussion: Friday, Dec. 11, 6pm @
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW

Herman Asselberghs, Futur Antérieur, image copyright Jonathan Gröger
Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth annual Experimental Media Series: "When Absence Becomes Presence," an exhibition that explores the play between two separate, but linked conditions of absence and presence, and which reflects upon the very nature of time based media. Curators Sonja Simonyi + Niels Van Tomme have selected a staggering variety of experimental artworks that include sound art, music, literary readings, video art, as well as a mysterious sound recording.

For more info, and full list of artists and works click here>>

November 8 – December 19, 2008
WPA and Washington Sculptors Group


Curated by J.W. Mahoney and Deborah McLeod
at Pepco's Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth St. NW
Washington, DC 20068

  • Opening Reception: Nov. 8, 6-9pm
  • Curator's Talk: Nov. 15, 2-4pm


    Featuring Sculpture and New Media Works By:

    Joseph Barbaccia, Dennis Beach, Christian Benefiel, Alan Binstock, Renee Butler, Richard Dana, Pattie Firestone, Leah Frankel, Gail Gorlitzz, Pat Goslee, Nestor Guzman, Mila Kagan, Rebecca Kamen, Kathy Walden Kaplan, Tetsuya Kato, Joanne Kent, J.T. Kirkland, Barbara Liotta, Jacqueline Maggi, Howard and Mary McCoy, Ryan McKibbin, Emily Piccirillo, Beverly Ress, Pat Segnan, Mike Shaffer, Marilee Schumann, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Pamela Soldwedel, Lucy Norman Spencer, Betsy Stewart, Kazue Taguchi, Paul Vickers, Virginia Warwick, Elizabeth Whiteley, Amy Glengary Yang and Millicent Young

    ...From the political to the spiritual, the scientific to the economic, water pervades all aspects of human culture. This ubiquitous liquid makes its way into the nightly news in one
    form or another: We see it inundating an entire seaport city, or gathering into a gigantic tsunami, disabling multiple nations. We watch it transforming from polar ice caps into rising sea levels, while simultaneously becoming a vanishing resource that stirs countries towards war or revolt. We are formed aquatically, in amniotic fluid and remain comprised of about 60% of this miraculous meeting of hydrogen and oxygen. We assign metaphor and religiosity to water, cleansing our bodies and purifying our souls with its sanctifying qualities...

November 7 – December 20, 2008

Known Unknowns at Hillyer Arts Space
curated by Amanda Maddox, Assistant Curator of Photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 7 6-9pm
Curator and Artists Panel Discussion: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6-8pm
Hillyer Arts Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008
In conjunction with
Fotoweek DC
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Christopher Saah, Untitled 01v (for Carnaedes), 2008, Electro-Cinemagraph

Featuring Photographs By:
Avi Gupta, Kate MacDonnell, Sandra Rottmann and
Christopher Saah

Thinking about photography as a source of knowledge, and as something that is knowable, calls into question what we understand is unknowable about images.  This exhibition seeks to explore the notion of information existing beyond the photographic frame and behind the surface of the image. -Amanda Maddox, curator


October 2 – December 13, 2008
Uncommon Beauty at the Ellipse Arts Center


Juried by Sarah Tanguy
Featuring: Kay Chernush, Mary Coble, Frank Day, Jason Horowitz, Lucian Perkins & Athena Tacha

  • Artists' Talk and Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2,
    5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Artists' Talk: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
    Reception follows

  • Thursday, October 16, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Personal Identity and the Disjunction of Public Perception: A Discussion with Kay Chernush and Mary Coble

  • Thursday, October 16, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Art Eyes Happy Hour:
    Interact with select Uncommon Beauty artists as we connect the Deaf and Visual Arts communities. Art Eyes is designed to create dialogue, art critique among peers and interpretation of artworks. Their mission is to empower the Deaf community to become move involved in the Visual Arts. Targeted audiences include all artists, art lovers and art-curious.

    ASL interpreters will be present and parking is free/open late for the reception, discussion and Art Eyes happy hour.

    Please note: "Uncommon Beauty" exhibits photographs with adult content that may not be suitable for children. Parental discretion is advised.

  • more info, related events & directions for the Ellipse Arts Center here>

    Uncommon Beauty Press:
  • Washington Post, Sunday Source 9/28/08
  • Art Knowledge News


    Wednesday, December 3, 6:30-8:00pm
    at WPA (2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW)
    Oil Paint Workshop (FREE- space is limited):

Utrecht's Resident Artist and Brand Manager will discuss the historical beginnings of oil color all the way up to modern day manufacturing. Participants will learn about the chemistry and coatings technology behind artists' oil colors, so by the end they will know how to evaluate oil color and its properties in order to make wise decisions in regards to archival art.

Color properties and hand mulling color demos will be explored and all are invited to participate. Technical questions are invited.

Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis (WPA members only).
mediums oils


Monday, December 8, 7:00-9:00pm
at Utrecht Art Supplies (1250 I Street, NW / corner of 13th and I)
Members Only Shopping Event!!

Just in time for the Holidays, Utrecht will hold an after-hours shopping event, exclusively for our members. On this night only, between 7-9pm, WPA members will have a 15% discount instead of the usual 10% WPA discount.


It is the perfect chance to get that bigger ticket item, stock up on your favorite supplies, or check out their holiday gift-making ideas.

Wine and refreshments will be served so it's also an opportunity to catch up with some of the other attending members and staff. Bring your WPA membership card or an ID for entry at the door.


Washington Project for the Arts presents it's second member workshop in the 'No Artist Left Behind (NALB)' series.

Next Wednesday, 10/29 from 6-7:30pm (at WPA)
How to Survive as an Artist in this FRIGHTENING Economy
Just in time for Halloween, and the upcoming presidential election, a couple of financial experts will be giving advice on how to navigate these spooky economic times.

Come join us for a presentation by:
Kim Ward, Executive Director of WPA
Tim Ward, Deputy Director of Examinations, Supervision, and Consumer Protection
Office of Thrift Supervision

Following the presentation there will be time for questions and answers, and member networking.

Refreshments will be served. Space is limited and you must sign up for the workshop (current WPA members only).

Brought to you by WPA and the NALB program.
What's NALB? To refresh your memory click here
Stay tuned for upcoming NALB workshops and events.

WPA Launches:

Artists take over the WPA office!!
Thursday, October 9th 4-7pm *
at WPA headquarters 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW
*rain date: Friday, October 10th, 4-7pm

Kickoff event: Linda Hesh presents,
For & Against Benches
Drop by the WPA office where member artist, Linda Hesh will have her For and Against benches set up outside.

You can choose any of these ways to participate in the artwork:

1) Write 1 thing you are For or Against
2) Sit on the bench of your choice
3) Have your picture taken on the bench (either by Linda or bring your
own camera)
4) Track the project at

(reception indoors)

The After Hours Xperience
Washington Convention Center, Expo Hall D Main Stage
enter between 7th & 9th on L Street, NW
Tickets $15 with proceeds to benefit WPA

dcExpo 88dc

If you haven't been to an 'X' even yet, this is one not to be missed! Plus
it benefits WPA, so you entry fee is a donation to help us broaden our
arts programming throughout the DC area.

David Fogel and 88 DC are notorious for throwing their monthly 'X' theme parties at BeBar on 9th Street. This month they're hosting a benefit for WPA as part of the DC International Art Expo being held all weekend at the Convention Center.

The theme for this month's 'X' is Metamorphosis and we'll be taking over the Convention Center Hall D's. Mainstage area and transforming it into a carnival for the senses.

For your entertainment we'll have: live electronic music, bellydancers, live projections by graphic designers, body painting, various artists working on site, and photographers taking photos of the partygoers and projecting them onto screens.

You can also get your portrait done by the famous artist-group 4-traits, have wild makeup done by WPA artists, or re-fab an old tee at the T-shirt transformation station!
(cash bar)

For advance tickets visit:
or pay at the door

For more info about past X events click here



Turning the page 6 Launches August 7th
Opening Reception: Thursday, 7/7 5-7pm at WPA (details below)