Brick Layers

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and the Workhouse Arts Center April 11 – June 28, 2015

Workhouse Arts Center
Vulcan Gallery & designated outdoor spaces
9601 Ox Road Lorton VA 22079

April 11 – June 28, 2015

Jennie Shanker

January 26, 2015 midnight EST (received by Entrythingy.com with $5 fee)

Brick Layers, curated by Jennie Shanker, seeks artworks that are grounded in the Workhouse site and its rich and layered history. We’re looking for work that humanizes that history, and encourages conversation about themes that remain relevant to this day, such as the criminal justice system, women’s rights, the Constitution, workers/labor, issues of race/class/gender, how natural resources were essential to the region’s development, etc.

The Workhouse Arts Center (WAC) occupies a unique historic site, originally the Occoquan Workhouse opened in 1910 as a federal prison. The prisoners built the Workhouse. Initially they camped out and built structures in wood. The Workhouse buildings we see today were made from clay formed into brick on site, fired in a large beehive kiln they made from their bricks. Walls were created as the bricks were layered, one onto the next, creating spaces that imprisoned the prisoners through their own labor.

From January 1917 until June 1919, for two and a half years, women stood vigil in front of the White House twenty-four hours a day, six days a week. They displayed banners that argued for the right for women to vote. There were 168 suffragists who were arrested and sent to the Workhouse where they were gravely mistreated. As stories of beatings, torture, worm-infested food and force feedings spread, sympathy for the women and their cause grew. What happened to suffragists at the Workhouse contributed to a shift in public opinion, and swayed President Wilson, ultimately leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Historic Resources :

The Workhouse Prison Museum at Lorton
Jailed for Freedom, by Doris Stevens (Search for “Occoquan”)
Kate Heffelfinger: From the Workhouse to the State Hospital
19th Amendement
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Jennie Shanker is a Philadelphia-based artist, curator, educator and activist. In 1996, Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary hosted “Prison Sentences: Prison as Site, Prison as Subject”, curated by Julie Courtney and Todd Gilens. Jennie oversaw the safety of the site and the installation of the artworks in the exhibition. Since then, Eastern State has recognized the contributions that artists can make in the interpretation of an historic site, and has maintained a unique, highly regarded program of artist installations. She continues to act as a consultant in the selection and installation of artist projects for the site. She teaches sculpture, ceramics, and community arts courses at Tyler School of Art, and also teaches in the graduate studio art program at the University of the Arts.

The exhibition is open to current members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website, www.washingtonsculptors.org and send in a check, or may join online with your submission to the exhibition.

WSG members must have paid their dues for 2015 by the entry deadline of January 26, 2015 to be eligible for this exhibition. The address label on this Call or the most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, The Washington Sculptor, will show your membership status (example: MEMBER THROUGH 2104). Notices for 2015 dues will be mailed in Nov. 2014.

The exhibition will be located in the Vulcan Gallery and designated outdoor spaces adjacent to the Gallery building. Three-dimensional freestanding and wall-hung sculpture, installations, and video/film-based work are welcome, though there is limited access to electrical outlets. A/V equipment must be supplied by the artist. Individual artists as well as collaborative groups are permitted, though no individual should be included in more than one submission.

The juror will consider a maximum of 11 images per artist or team of artists. Proposals (for works to be made), pre-existing works and video may be entered for the exhibition.

All applications must be submitted through www.entrythingy.com

If your piece is site or situation specific, please make it clear in your submission. We highly recommend that artists research the site and its history, and visit the Workhouse Arts Center. WAC is open to the public Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 6pm, and Sundays 12 – 5pm. The Workhouse Prison Museum is open Wednesdays – Friday, 12 – 3pm and Saturdays – Sundays, 12 – 4pm.

Exhibition Manager
Laura Jamroz, Washington Sculptors Group, Laurajamroz@aol.com

Entrythingy / Application Submission Technical Assistance:
Assistance with submissions is available by email request, contact entries@washingtonsculptors.org

Workhouse Arts Center: An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Workhouse Arts Foundation Mission: To be a self-sustaining, thriving arts center with programs in the visual and performing arts and arts education through the repurposing of the former Workhouse correctional facility.

Workhouse Arts Center Vision: Leverage the architectural heritage of the former Workhouse correctional facility by transforming it into a unique arts center that provides visual and performing arts, arts education and entertainment for the community-at-large.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to include almost 400 area artists. The WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join the WSG, view images of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

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On Saturday, December 13, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc. invites Baltimore to shop local & buy art this holiday season in Downtown Baltimore’s Bromo Arts District. Venues throughout the District will open their doors to showcase and sell a diverse range of work by local artists. Come get to know Bromo venues, check out work from local artists and enjoy holiday snacks & drinks with your fellow “hikers.”


Grab a map & schedule at any participating venue!

(check back for updates)

Platform Arts Center (116 W. Mulberry St)
10am-6pm | PAC 6 Month Anniversary Open Studios

Kelly Walker Fine Art (321 W. Madison St)
10am-3pm | Open House

Artefactory (827 N. Howard St)
11am-6pm | Open House & Reception (3-6pm) for Perennial Perspectives: The Flora Everlasting in Paint and Metal

Lisa Dillin Studio (713 N. Howard St)
10am-1pm | Sculpture & photography by artist Lisa Dillin

Jordan Faye Contemporary (218 W. Saratoga St, 5th floor)
10am-6pm | 8th Annual “Small Wonders” Holiday Sale
Small Wonders: https://www.facebook.com/events/742076699180511/

Maryland Art Place (218 W. Saratoga St)
11am-4pm | “Under $500” affordable art fair, day 2

Current Space (421 N. Howard St)
11am-6pm | Current Space Art Market (Day 1/2)
All proceed go to the artists!
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1537748986472258/?

Subbasement Artist Studios (SBAS) (118 N. Howard St)
11am-6pm | SBAS: FINAL Exhibition
SubBasement Artist Studios (SBAS) announces for its Final Exhibition, artist and founder, Jeffrey Kent

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower (21 S. Eutaw St)
11am-4pm | Holiday Art Sale + Fashion Shows

Everyman Theatre (315 W. Fayette)
12pm-2pm | Complimentary Cider & 20% off tickets to Deathtrap

EMP Collective (307 W. Baltimore St)
2-10pm | LitScape
Local authors, live readings, live music, local publishers, book sales, discussion panel, and more
Litscape: https://www.facebook.com/events/333066096899961/

Stephen Wise Baltimore (216 N. Paca St)
11am-4pm | Open House
New manufacturing, fabric store, sewing school & clothing retail spot
Enter raffle for free sewing class tickets!
instagram: stephenwisebaltimore

Lexington Market (400 W. Lexington St)
2pm | Annual Travis Winkey Fashion Show

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (12 N. Eutaw St)
3pm-5pm | Hot Chocolate Social & Open House

bb (427A Eutaw St)
4pm-8pm | Hello World
Introducing bb, new interdisciplinary arts space

Open Space (512 W. Franklin St)
4pm-8pm | Precious Moments Closing Reception


Eubie Blake Jazz Institute & Cultural Center (847 N. Howard St)
6-10pm | Jazz Holiday Concert. Meet & Greet artists at 6pm. Concert at 7pm. $25 in advance. $20 at the door. $15 for student w/ID



Public Art San Antonio, a division of the Department for Culture & Creative Development, has released a FY 2015 Call for Public Art Qualifications for Artists, Art Inventory Services, and Collaborative Partners for potential inclusion in a pre-qualified pool, providing opportunities to work on new and existing public art including capital projects, temporary installations, and opportunities for conservation/restoration.

Please follow the link provided for a full description and application instructions at Getcreativesanantonio.com, or go directly to the application page at www.publicartist.org/pasa.



Finalist Exhibition Returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art for 2015

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are excited to announce the 10th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious competition which awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region.  The deadline for submission is Monday, January 12, 2015.  An application prospectus is available at www.artscape.org.  In 2015, the annual finalist exhibition returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art.  An award ceremony and reception takes place Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7pm at the Baltimore Museum of Art, located at 10 Art Museum Drive.  The prize is held in conjunction with the 34th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival.

Approximately six finalists are selected for the final review for the prize.  Their work is showcased in the special exhibitions gallery at the Baltimore Museum of Art from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, August 9, 2015.  Additionally, an exhibition of the semifinalists’ work is shown in the Decker, Meyerhoff and Pinkard galleries of MICA on Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, August 2, 2015.  An opening reception for the semifinalist exhibition takes place July 16, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at MICA, located at 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue.

The fellowship winner is selected from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition after review of the installed art and an interview with each finalist by the jurors.  Jurors are announced in January 2015.  Artist collaborators, if chosen as the winner or finalist, receive a single $25,000 prize that is equally divided among the members of the group.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Timeline

Application deadline: Monday, January 12, 2015

Announcement of semifinalists: Late-February, 2015

Announcement of finalists: Mid-April, 2015

Finalists Exhibition at Baltimore Museum of Art: Wednesday, June 24-Sunday, August 9, 2015

Award announcement: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)

Semifinalist Exhibition at MICA: Thursday, July 16-Sunday, August 2, 2015

Semifinalist Exhibition opening reception: Thursday, July 16, 6-9pm

Artscape: Friday, July 17- Sunday, July 19, 2015


Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim who have been instrumental in creating the Baltimore City that exists today.  Walter Sondheim, Jr. had been one of Baltimore’s most important civic leaders for over 50 years.  His accomplishments included oversight of the desegregation of the Baltimore City Public Schools in 1954 when he was president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City.  Later, he was deeply involved in the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor.  He continued to be active in civic and educational activities in the city and state and served as the senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore Committee until his death in February 2007.

Janet Sondheim danced with the pioneering Denishawn Dancers, a legendary dance troupe founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn.  Later, she turned to teaching where she spent 15 years at the Children’s Guild working with severely emotionally disturbed children.  After retirement, she was a volunteer tutor at Highlandtown Elementary School.  She married Walter in 1934, and they were together until her death in 1992.


Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting more than 350,000 attendees over three days. Artscape features 150-plus fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $25.97 million.

The 2015 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous support of the the Abell Foundation, Alex. Brown & Sons Charitable Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, M&T Charitable Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, John Sondheim and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

For more information on the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.artscape.org, application available at www.callforentry.org.


The Indianapolis Airport Authority, in consultation with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, is seeking proposals for site-sensitive, temporary installations at Indianapolis International Airport in 2016 and 2017.  All media and approaches welcome that respond to the airport context. Modest honoraria paid. For more information and submission instructions, visit

here:  http://www.indyartsguide.org/classifieds/detail/30409