Application live for Bloombars: imPRINT

The application is now live for Bloombars: imPRINT, a juried group exhibition curated by Robert Bettmann and John Chambers.  Click here to apply.

Bloombars: ImPRINT is a project that pairs a visual art exhibit at the Columbia Heights-based community arts center with article publication by the participating artists. Included artists will write an article about their work for publication in the arts magazine Bourgeon. This is an opportunity for visual artists to have their work shown, and to coalesce their own conversation(s) surrounding their work.

The Bloombars: imPRINT exhibition will be on display April 12 to May 5, 2018 at the Bloombars gallery in Columbia Heights, 3222 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

At the conclusion of the public exhibition, the included artworks will be made available for rental to the public, for a $10 dollar fee, for a period of four months.

An honoraria of $250 will be provided to the selected participating artists.

There is no cost to apply. Please pass it along to anyone else who might be interested!

Bloombars: imPRINT is made possible through support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the supporters of Day Eight and Bloombars.

Arts Writing Colloquia Coming to DC

Through support from the DC Commission on the Arts, Day Eight and partnering organizations and publications will host an Arts Writing Colloquia in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2018.

The Colloquia will provide opportunities for training and mentorship by senior critics, and space for discussion of the changes affecting the arts, and arts writing.

10:00am – Noon MENTOR SESSIONS

Registered attendees to the conference may separately apply to participate in one on one mentor meetings with journalists including: Sarah Kaufman (Washington Post, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism), John Anderson (Washington City Paper, Art in America), Maura Judkis (Washington Post, Washingtonian).

1:30 – 2:45pm WORKSHOPS

Arts Writing with Maura Judkis (Washington Post)

Writing about Classical Music with Gregory Sandow (Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Julliard)

3:00 – 3:45pm ROUNDTABLES

Roundtable I: Diversity and Journalism, moderated by Ebone Bell, Tagg Magazine

Roundtable II: Journalism Forms and Models, moderated by Mark Lieberman, Fellowship Director

4:00 – 5:00pm KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Geoff Edgers – topic to come
Geoff Edgers is the Washington Post’s national arts reporter.

Jamie Bennett – “Journalism and Creative Placemaking”
Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlaceAmerica, a funder of creative placemaking initiatives. Previously, he was chief of staff at the National Endowment for the Arts.

5:00 – 6:30 RECEPTION

Hosts for the reception include Ebone Bell, Mark Lieberman, Patrick Cavanaugh, John Anderson. To add your name as a host, or to inquire about partnering on the conference, please contact Robert Bettmann at Robert


To register, click here to be taken to the Eventbrite registration page.


Launch of the Jefferson Place Gallery Archive

The featured image at the top of this post is artist Rockne Krebs with his “Sculpture Minus Object” installation, 1968. Image provided by Heather Krebs.

A Note from John Anderson

I’m proud to announce the launch of the Jefferson Place Gallery (JPG) archive. This project begins the process of archiving the 18-year history of DC’s first artist cooperative gallery.

** Click here to view the Jefferson Place Gallery Archive **

The JPG is significant for a number of reasons.

●    Sam Gilliam’s first “off the wall” canvases were showed at Jefferson Place
●    Rockne Krebs’ first “sculpture without object” laser installations were at Jefferson Place
●    It was the first place several of the Washington Color School would exhibit their best known work, including Gene Davis’ “stripes,” Thomas Downing’s “spots,” and Howard Mehring’s “all-overs.”

The JPG archive functions as a companion to American University Museum’s exhibition, “Making a Scene: Jefferson Place,” a part of the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. As an art critic for the Washington City Paper, this opportunity to dive deep into the history of DC’s art world was illuminating.

View the exhibition page on the American University Museum website.

The exhibition examines the first six years of the gallery: from its founding in 1957 through 1962, immediately after the gallery transitioned between it’s first director, Alice Denney, and it’s second, Nesta Dorrance. True to its title, the exhibition outlines the scene the gallery was attempting to cultivate. As companion, the Jefferson Place Gallery archive site contains additional work by the artists, plus important contextual information: press clippings, gallery announcements, artist bios, and a full timeline history of the gallery.

Sam Gilliam and Olivia Harrison in the Artist’s studio. Photo (C) Carol Harrison

A reception for the exhibition, which includes the website, will be this Saturday, September 9, 6–9 pm, at the American University Museum. 

The archive was developed by BRINK media with generous funding from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and the American University Museum, and additional support from the DC Public Library, and the Smithsonian Library.

I hope to see you at the opening Saturday night, and I will also speak at a salon-style event, “Free Parking”, at the museum on Thursday, October 12, from 5:30–7:00 pm.


John Anderson
Project Director, Jefferson Place Gallery Archive