Writing for Artists Workshop with Robert Bettmann at BloomBars April 7th

In this 90 minute hands-on workshop, artists will consider different types of writing necessary to the profession, including press releases, artist statements, web text, and grant applications. Particular focus will be on Artist Statements, and participants are encouraged to bring examples of their existing statements to workshop with the group. Attendees will have the opportunity to create and workshop text, and can expect to leave with a clearer understanding of how to pursue arts-related writing projects more effectively.

Space is limited to ensure all attendees have the opportunity to speak and be heard.

Register online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-for-artists-a-participatory-workshop-with-robert-bettmann-at-bloombars-tickets-43179949391


Robert Bettmann is editor of the book, Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work (2013, Day Eight) and author of Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body (2009, Verlag). He has taught arts writing for Hamiltonian Artists, Washington Project for the Arts, DC Public Library, and James Madison University, and is founder and director of the DC Arts Writing Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He recently coordinated creation of the Jefferson Place Gallery Archive, documenting DC’s first artist cooperative, and thirty artists associated with the gallery, with John Anderson and American University’s Art Museum.

This workshop is free, presented through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

New Poetry Series Launching with DC Poet Project Winner Susan Meehan

When Day Eight launched the DC Poet Project, a reading series with connected open-to-all poetry competition, we hoped to support DC poets.

Now, through recent funding from the DC Commission on the Arts, we’re able to launch a poetry series for seniors in DC with Susan Meehan, 2017 winner of the DC Poet Project.

This series is focused around Susan Meehan, winner of the 2017 DC Poet Project, and author of Talking to the Night. As described in a recent profile on NPR, “A longtime city employee and neighborhood leader in D.C., Meehan writes raw and descriptive poetry extracted from her autobiography.”

Susan will be joined in this series by poets Grace Cavalieri (March 23), Jonathan Katz (April 11), E. Ethelbert Miller (April 20), Terry Winch (April 27), Anne Becker, (May 5), and Abdul Ali (May 18).

Grace Cavalieri is the author of sixteen books of poetry, the recipient of the Pen-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and host of the Library of Congress broadcast The Poem and the Poet.

E. Ethelbert Miller is the author of six books of poetry, including most recently If God Invented Baseball (2018), and, The Collected Poems of Ethelbert Miller (2016.)

Terrence Winch’s first collection of poetry, Irish Musicians/American Friends, won a National Book Award. His work has appeared in the Paris Review, New American Writing, the New Republic, American Poetry Review, and anthologies including The Oxford Book of American Poetry and four Best American Poetry collections.

Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping, winner of the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. His poetry, essays, and interviews appear in numerous publications, including Gargoyle, National Public Radio, The Washington Post magazine, New Contrast (South Africa), and Poet Lore. He’s currently a professor at Howard University.

Jonathan Katz’s first book of poetry, Love Undefined, was published in 2017 by C&R Press, who will also publish his next collection, Objects in Motion, in 2018. From 2001 to 2016 he was CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and he continues to consult on cultural policy. He serves as a board member of American Poetry Review.

Anne Becker is past Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland. She is that author of numerous books of poetry, including Human Animal (forthcoming, 2018 from Pond Road Press.)

For more information about the series, and how to participate, contact Robert <at> DayEight.org.

Exhibition of Public Works of Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam at Washington Studio School

Image of Sam Gilliam and Rockne Krebs (C) Carol Harrison.

This summer, in partnership with the Washington Studio School, Day Eight will be producing a show of public art works — built and unbuilt — by Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam. Curated by Mollie Berger and with catalogue essay by John Anderson, the exhibit will show the process by which two exceptional DC artists created their public artworks.

Rockne Krebs (1938-2011) is best known as the pioneer of “sculpture without object”, artworks using lasers, prisms, air, and fog. His public art works were commissioned for the National Mall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, NASA, Disney World, and by numerous museums, and this exhibit includes never before displayed items made available by the Krebs Trust.

Sam Gilliam (1933- ) might be best known for his works removed from the frame, canvases dripping with color that he draped first across gallery walls, and ultimately across city buildings. His commissions include subway stations, corporate installations temporary and permanent, museums and art fairs, and this exhibit includes never before displayed items from the collection of the architect that worked with Gilliam on those commissions for more than twenty years, Steven Spurlock.

The exhibit and catalogue grow from Day Eight’s recently created Jefferson Place Gallery archive, www.JeffersonPlaceGallery.com, which preliminarily documents DC’s first artist cooperative gallery, and the work of thirty DC artists who worked through the gallery (including Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam.)

The exhibition will be on display in the Washington Studio School’s Gallery, at 2129 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20008, from July 19 to August 3rd, 2018. An opening celebration and gallery talk are to be scheduled.

Curator Mollie Berger notes, “This exhibition brings together two innovative artists, and explores their cutting-edge projects through working drawings and models. These intricate plans provide insight into the artist’s mind and process.”

The project is funded through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts to project director Robert Bettmann, and produced through partnerships with the non-profits Day Eight and The Washington Studio School. The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. For more information, visit dayeight.org. The Washington Studio School (WSS), located in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood, offers classes primarily in drawing, painting, and sculpture to adults and high-school teens. WSS presents exhibits through out the year in the main floor gallery and second floor library. For more information on the Washington Studio School visit washingtonstudioschool.org.

Mollie Berger, curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Art, focuses her research on artists of Washington, DC. Her aim is to contextualize Washington art within the narrative of modern art.

John Anderson has written criticism for Washington City Paper, The Washington Times, and Sculpture. He was recently selected for a 2017 art writing workshop through the Andy Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital in partnership with AIAC/USA.