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FALL OPEN STUDIOS AT THE AAC

Have you ever wondered what happens on the upper level of the Arlington Arts Center? Here's your chance to find out! On Sunday, October 18 from 12-3 pm we will host our annual Fall Open Studios. On a day we are usually closed to the public, the Arlington Arts Center will open its doors to give the community a chance to see our artists at work. Anyone and everyone is welcome to check out the studios, discuss contemporary arts and the creative process, or just see the work of emerging artists in our area while enjoying Fall treats like cider and doughnuts.

MARK PLANISEK

The Arlington Arts Center is saddened by the death of local artist Mark Planisek on Wednesday, June 24. Mark's piece "16th and K Street NW" is included in the DCAC Sparkplug group exhibition currently in our Jenkins Gallery. The reception for this exhibition was Friday, June 19. Mark was present at the opening and spent the evening with friends and fans, being his usual warm, welcoming, and enthusiastic self. Several hours after leaving the AAC, Mark suffered a severe head injury in a tragic accident in the nearby Clarendon neighborhood.

PARADOX NOW!


MEL CHIN'S AAC LECTURE NOW ONLINE

On Tuesday, March 24, internationally acclaimed artist Mel Chin delivered a lecture at the Arlington Arts Center. The lecture was part of a closing reception for the AAC's current show, PUBLIC/PRIVATE--which remains on view through next Saturday, April 4. The lecture also served as a kickoff for the AAC's role as a collection center for the artist's current Fundred Dollar Bill Project.

MEL CHIN ON STUDIO 360

Mel Chin appeared on the NPR program Studio 360 over the weekend. He discussed lead poisoning problems in New Orleans with reporter Eve Abrams, and even took her on a tour of his SAFEHOUSE--the fundred repository that the artist has built in the St. Roch neighborhood. Listen to this portion of the program in the player below:

MEL CHIN AT AAC PART 2: THE FUNDREDS ARE COMING!

First, as we've already announced: Mel Chin will be giving a free lecture on Tuesday, March 24, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Arlington Arts Center as part of the closing party for PUBLIC/PRIVATE, our current show juxtaposing art out in the world that requires the viewer’s direct physical participation with works about the artist’s immediate social or domestic sphere.

PUBLIC/PRIVATE: LISA BLAS

Last week, I sat down with D.C. artist Lisa Blas to talk about her work in our current show, PUBLIC/PRIVATE. You can listen to our conversation--about performance art, street preachers, and getting the attention of the rush hour crowd on K Street--via the player below:

MEL CHIN AT AAC IN MARCH

On the evening of Tuesday, March 24, come to the Arlington Arts Center for a special closing event for PUBLIC/PRIVATE, featuring a special guest lecture by Mel Chin. Mel Chin is an internationally recognized contemporary artist; he was notably featured in the first season of PBS’s acclaimed Art:21 series.

PUBLIC/PRIVATE IN THE PRESS

So PUBLIC/PRIVATE opened last Friday, and already the show is getting noticed.

UNLIMITED EDITION FINALISTS

Two things: First, I'm pleased to announce that the artists for UNLIMITED EDITIONS, the AAC's show exploring marketing, mass reproduction, and commodification in art, finally have been chosen by our three judge panel--Welmoed Laanstra, Public Art Projects curator for Arlington County, responsible for Street Scenes in DC; Martin Irvine, director of D.C. gallery Irvine Contemporary and professor at Georgetown; and Kriston Capps, art critic and blogger appearing in Art in America and ArtNews.

Krista Birnbaum, Trash Pile w/Weeds, 2008
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