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Carolyn Case, OPTIONS 2013

Carolyn Case, Red Drug, 2011, oil on panel, 22 x 24 inches


Presented by Washington Project for the Arts

APRIL 10 - JUNE 9, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 6 - 9 pm
Curator Talk: Saturday, May 18, 4 pm


The fifteenth installment of WPA’s biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. OPTIONS 2013 will take place from April 10 through June 9, 2013 at the Arlington Arts Center. The exhibition will include work by sixteen artists selected by curator Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions and Faculty, MFA in Curatorial Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Begun in 1981 under the direction of WPA Executive Director Al Nodal, the OPTIONS biennial has, for over three decades, showcased vibrant, challenging, and innovative work by artists from the mid-Atlantic region. Selected from several hundred submissions, the artists in OPTIONS 2013 bring their own strongly developed visions and artistic practices to the exhibition. Curator Gerald Ross states, “Beyond a unique sense of language and devotion to their practice - very common among the hundreds of artists that submitted - I liked that each body of work seems distinctly personal and direct, a bit outside of what may be considered to be art - with a capital "A" - making.”

By presenting work by sixteen distinctive artists the exhibition highlights the diversity of artistic practice in the DC, MD, and VA region. According to Ross “It is a wide and varied group, certainly; an exhibition that examines science, speaks to history, and enunciates identity. The ethereal, real, and imagined overlap. I have attempted to put together a complex, multi-layered experience.” While no single exhibition of this size could fully encapsulate the current state of contemporary art in DC, MD, and VA, OPTIONS 2013 provides a glimpse of the vitality and diversity of the region’s contemporary art scene by highlighting some of the area’s most thought-provoking emerging and unrepresented artists.

Selin Balci (Annapolis, MD), Christina Billotte (Baltimore, MD), Michael Borek (Bethesda, MD), Julia Brown (Washington, DC), Carolyn Case (Cockeysville, MD), Bonnie Crawford Kotula (Baltimore, MD), Evan Hume (Washington, DC), Lisa Marie Jakab (Washington, DC), Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore, MD), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), Mark Parascandola (Washington, DC), Wendy Rodgers (Takoma Park, MD), Kathryn Sowinski (Baltimore, MD), Colette Veasey-Cullors (Baltimore, MD), William Whitaker (Washington, DC), Millicent Young (Ruckersville, VA)

Gerald Ross is the Director of Exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and on the faculty of MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Program. He was born in Laramie, WY in 1965. He received a degree in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989 where he was also a Yale scholar. In the 1990s, he collaborated on six public mural projects, receiving numerous awards. Ross continues to pursue studio art and shows regularly throughout the region. He has also served as a juror for many fine arts awards, including the Trawick Prize and the National Sculpture Residency Prize at Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, MD. As Director of the Exhibitions Department at MICA, Ross manages a diverse, energetic, and vital program – presenting over 100 exhibitions per year, campus-wide. Since 2003, he has curated, established public programming, and worked with the community to bring a large variety of local, national, and international groups and artists to MICA.

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture.www.wpadc.org.

The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists in the mid-Atlantic States. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces, AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public. The goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of, and involvement in, the visual arts in Arlington County VA and the region. AAC was established in 1974 and has been housed since 1976 in the historic Maury School. Our facility includes nine exhibition galleries, working studios for thirteen artists, and two classrooms. At 17,000 square feet, we are one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the Washington metropolitan area.