A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.


Writing about great artists

A round up of art writing around town about some of my favorite artists: Nick and Sheila Pye, Victoria Gaitán, and Byron Kim. Read it all HERE.


Call for Artists - Interference

The Howard County Arts Council is currently accepting slides and CD submissions from visual artists for consideration for a 2011 group exhibit examining environmental interference and related issues. All original artwork in any media within the exhibit theme will be considered for review. Work previously shown at the Howard County Arts Council will not be accepted, nor will work previously submitted to the gallery program in the past year. All work must fit through a doorway measuring 54” x 80” and fit appropriately in the HCAC gallery.

Artists should download a general exhibit application here or call (410)313-2787 to have one mailed. Return to Attention: Interference.

Deadline: January 4th, 2010.

Art is _______

Join us in remixing new definitions of art, using the words and images of artists in the Phillips Collection, as well as your conversations and experiences.

Set in the THIS IS NOT THAT cafe at the Phillips Collection, this interactive experience will last from 5-8:30pm THIS THURSDAY, December 3rd. Come when you like, as you are, or as you want to be.

Soundscapes by Yoko K.


Pink Line Project pictures

Lots of pictures from past Pink Line Project events HERE.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Video of the Pink Panel @ Flashpoint: Games, Techonology & Creativity with Kenny George

We made a video of the Pink Panel @ Flashpoint with artist Kenny George for those of you who couldn't make it. Watch it HERE.


Eat Cupcakes @ World Aids Day

Georgetown Cupcake and Pediatric Care team up for World AIDS Day, December 1st.

Help Raise Money and awareness of the impact of HIV on the district's children

Tuesday, December 1st is World's AIDS Day and you can purchase the Pediatric Care inspired cupcake with 100% of the proceeds going to assist children living with HIV for that day only

Pre-order dozens of cupcakes and have a party with a purpose! Have cupcakes for lunch or happy hour with your co-workers, friends and family, send us a picture of you with the Pediatric Care Cupcakes and enter to win a stay at the Mandarin Oriental!

For more information on cupcake parties, please contact Andrea Rigoli at arigoli@pediatricaidshivcare.org or 202-347-5366. We are going to have prizes, and we can come to your party and talk about Pediatric Care and HIV/AIDS in DC

Some more details:
Each dozen cupcakes are $29.00 and $31.90 after tax. Georgetown Cupcakes only needs 24 hours notice for pre-orders.
Georgetown Cupcake will deliver anywhere inside the I-495 Area (DC Metro Area) for a flat $10 fee. Minimum order for delivery: One dozen cupcakes.
When you are filling out an order, make sure you specify you want the Pediatric Care cupcakes.

Yinka Shonibare at National Museum of African Art

The Yinka Shonibare exhibit at the National Museum of African Art is awesome! More about it HERE.

A very Persian weekend!

The Pink Line Project attended the opening of the "Falnama: The Book of Omens" exhibit at the Freer & Sackler Galleries on Saturday night. More about the exhibit HERE.

On Sunday afternoon, we hosted a Pink Panel at The Fridge to talk with artists Hadieh Shafie and Eric Esmailzadeh Parnes about their exhibit called "I Ran Home (In America)," curated by Isabella Hughes and Barbara Petro. Pictures from the talk HERE.

31st Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour!

The 31st Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour launches at 1pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

The Logan Circle homes were chosen because they represent a mix of historical tradition and a modern style of living. More than a dozen unique properties ranging from ultra-modern penthouse condos to a fully restored 1887 Victorian home are on the tour this year. Several properties also feature mixed-use development spaces that incorporate retail, offices, arts spaces, and residences in a single building. The self-guided tour concludes with a Wassail reception at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets, NW from 3:30 until 5:30pm the day of the event.

Fill out the contact information on your ticket stub to enter the raffle for great prizes, including cool merchandise and gift certificates from local retailers and restaurants. And check out our festive Logan Circle merchandise, including a commemorative house tour ornament, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and beverage mugŃall great for holiday giving!

Advance tickets may be ordered online for $20 at LoganCircle.org and purchased at the following retail locations:

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th Street, NW
Barrel House Liquors, 1341 14th Street, NW
Home Rule, 1807 14th Street, NW
Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street, NW
Ace Hardware, 1055 5th Street, NW

Tickets purchased online will be held at the Studio Theatre for pickup beginning at 12:30pm on tour day. Same day tickets will also be available for $25 at Studio Theatre.

Logan Circle's 50 square blocks are rich in history, architecture, and a vibrant mixture of residents, galleries, and businesses. The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) has sponsored the self-guided house tour since 1978 and counts on the proceeds from it to continue the association's philanthropic and community development efforts throughout the neighborhood. Questions?

Call Tim Christensen at 202-641-6934 or e-mail tim.christensen@LoganCircle.org. To find out more about LCCA, go to www.LoganCircle.org.


Save the Date!

Indulge Your Passion for the Arts and be part of Washington’s most eclectic and creative fundraising event. Now in its 29th year, the WPA Art Auction has become one of the hottest tickets of the season, routinely selling out several weeks in advance. Secure your seat now to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage with more than 400 artists, collectors, business leaders and contemporaries. Your corporate or individual support will directly and immediately assist the WPA mission to promote emerging and established artists in the greater DC metropolitan region. Not to mention it’s a very fun evening!

For the third year in a row the event will be held at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of the American University. This year WPA has been given access to the American University Museum providing a unique opportunity for the artwork to be showcased in a six week exhibition leading up to the auction. This extended exhibition timeline will allow for thousands of people to view the auction artwork providing extra exposure for not only the artists but also the event patrons and corporate sponsors. A not-to-miss event leading up to the Auction will be the Exhibition Preview & Curator Talks on Thursday, February 25.

** Please Register by December 4, 2009

Duke Ellington joins the Pink Panel @ The Fridge

Pink Panel @ The Fridge:
Conflict and Identity
Meet the Iranian artist of "I Ran Home"

Sunday, November 22

1 to 4PM

@ The Fridge

516 8th Street, SE (rear alley)

Erice Robert Parnes, artist
Hadieh Shafie, artist
Philippa Hughes, moderator

**1:30 PM Special performance**
Students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

This performance from the "R Street Collective", the Literary Media and Communications performing ensemble showcases the students original work, molded into a performance piece featuring dance, music, and language. The piece is a response to the work done by the Iranian-American artists featured in the 'I Ran Home" exhibition, and in particular to the issues of the construction of identity, immigration, assimilation, and ultimately on what it means to be an American.

With Turkish coffee and Fal fortune teller readings!

Turkish coffee generously provided by Turkish Coffee Cafe

The reading of fal (meaning "fortune" in Farsi) from Turkish grounds has been traditionally practiced throughout the Middle East and is performed by many Iranian homes.

More info HERE.

Attention Baltimore!

Functionless Form; Functional Decor
(A show I juried!)

Artists: Angelo Arnold, Shannon Donovan, Chiara Keeling, Allison Reimus

Friday, November 20
6 to 9 PM
@ School 33
1427 Light Street, Baltimore

More info HERE.


Another special offer for fans of The Pink Line Project

Free tickets for fans of The Pink Line Project!!

10 free tickets to "Disco Pigs," a seriously awesome play being performed by Solas Nua in the Mead Theater @ Flashpoint.

Our special night: Friday, Dec 4, 8pm.

Special reception for Pink Line Project fans following the one hour play.

More info here about "Disco Pigs": http://www.solasnua.org/discopigs2009.html.

Email me for a free ticket here!

Great art reads

Amazing review of Terri Weifenbach's new show at Civilian Art Projects and some insight into Ed Burtynsky's "Oil" photographs at the Corcoran HERE.


Lots of Pink Line Projects coming up!

Tonight! More info about this Pink Panel HERE.

I juried this show at School 33 in Baltimore. Please come to the opening on Friday! More info HERE.

Meet some great Persian artists at The Fridge on Sunday afternoon and have your fortune told by a Fal fortune teller. More HERE.

Thought DJs We Are Science! remix your ideas on what is art at The Phillips Collection for first Thursdays (Dec. 3). More HERE.

PONGterview: Kristina Bolinock and Adam deBoer

In this first ever PONGterview, Kristina Bilonick talks to Adam deBoer about art and life and being in DC. To watch the interview, go HERE.

Give thanks for derby!

The DC Rollergirls proudly present their Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays:

1) Take your mind off the stress at the DC Armory on Saturday, November 28, where the DC DemonCats and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells will gather around the track to break bread— and each other.

2) Work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey and dressing by cheering for your favorite Rollergirls like Condoleezza Slice, Miso Knotty and HaBitchual OffendHer.

3) Cure Black Friday shopping exhaustion by pulling up a seat alongside the track – with any luck, Santa might come early and deliver a Rollergirl straight to your lap.

4) Force some family bonding by bringing them with you to the bout. We’ll have face-painting for the kids and several beer stands for the “big kids.”

5) Pick up tips on how to make your way through those crowded malls by watching our nimble jammers breeze through packs of angry blockers.

Doors open at 3 p.m., and the action kicks off at 4 p.m. with an exhibition bout between Scare Force One and the Heavy Metal Hookers of Philadelphia. The main bout will feature reigning champions DC DemonCats against the fierce Cherry Blossom Bombshells. The movement artists of Revolutionary Motion and Surprise Hoops will provide show-stopping halftime entertainment.

Tickets are just $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 6 to 11 and free for kids 5 and under. They are available in advance through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or at the door on bout day. Individuals with a valid military I.D. receive admission for only $10 at the door.

The D.C. Armory is located at 2001 East Capitol Street, SE, in Washington. Secure lot parking is available for $7. In addition, the Armory is adjacent to the Stadium-Armory Metro Station on the Blue and Orange lines.

Can’t get enough Rollergirl action at the bout? Follow the Rollergirls to My Brother’s Place, located at 237 2nd St NW, for the official DC Rollergirls After Party.

FotoWeek Action

Washington Life gives us a breakdown of Opening Night for FotoWeek 2009!

WL ART TV: FotoWeek DC 2009 Opening Night from Washington Life Magazine on Vimeo.


Interview with Jon Gann

An interview with the founder of the DC Shorts Film Festival Jon Gann HERE.


Free passes for Pink Line Project fans

The first five people to email me at info@pinklineproject.com will receive a free pass to this festival.

Make it fun

You can change people's behavior by making things fun!

Artists talking about art

Find out what DC-based artist Renee Stout has to say about the exhibit "Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens" at the Phillips HERE.


Great DC artists

Manon Cleary, “My Lunch with Booboo," 2009

Washington Life recognized some of my favorite art peeps HERE in a issue highlighting creative people in DC. Yay!

The meaning behind artwork

You should talk to artists if you want to know the meaning behind artwork. Read why HERE.


Must Do: DC Tweed Ride!

This Sunday, come out for DC's First Semi-Annual Tweed Ride! Organized by Dandies and Quaintrelles the ride starts out at 11:00am on 8th and H Streets NE behind the great bank and heads around town to end up at on 14th and U Streets at Marvin for "nourishment, libations, and fine soul."

For more information check out Dandies and Quaintrelles!

Hope to see you all out in your finest tweed!

Salon Contra: Jenn Figg and Jeffry Cudlin

Salon Contra with Jenn Figg and Jeffry Cudlin from Philippa Hughes on Vimeo.

Video of recent Salon Contra featuring artist Jenn Figg and curator Jeffry Cudlin.

More pics from Fixation

More pictures from Fixation. Thanks Nicole!


Schmooze with other art nerds!

Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium Networking Social
Schmooze with other art nerds

Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Blackfinn Restaurant & Saloon
4901 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD

Join other emerging arts leaders for a networking event at Blackfinn of Bethesda.

For a suggested $10 donation to the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, you will be able to schmooze and socialize with other area young professionals who share a passion for the arts. All while enjoying great (FREE) appetizers and specials. To RSVP join the event on Facebook .

Blackfinn is located near the Bethesda Metro stop along the red line. Walk north on Old Georgetown Road, take a right onto Fairmount and join the party! Street and garage parking are available in the area as well.

The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, now in its third year, is an annual meeting for young professionals who work in the arts, held at American University. It is an opportunity to discuss the issues, unique or universal, that affect arts organizations, with students, peers, and experienced professionals. For more information click here.

Lots of good art writing in the New York Times

Check out some art world controversies brewing HERE.
1. A public museum's display of a private collector's collection.
2. A continuing discussion of conceptual art. Is it art?


Sponsor an artist

Should artists be sponsored the way athletes are sponsored? Read more HERE.


Barbara Liotta installs "Icarus" at The Phillips Collection

Watch this cool video of my friend Barbara Liotta installing her sculpture "Icarus" at The Phillips Collection for Intersections.

Conceived as a portrait of human energy and inner strength and as a symbol of flight and aspiration, this large-scale sculpture is made of strings and stones and suspended from the ceiling. Icarus is paired with portraits from the museum's permanent collection, including Eugène Delacroix's Paganini, Amedeo Modigliani's Elena Povolozky, and Chaim Soutine's Woman in Profile.
About Intersections:
Intersections is a new series of contemporary art projects that explores-as the title suggests-the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

Fixation portraits

Fun Fixation portraits from the opening party on Saturday HERE!


Photographer Josh Yospyn at Fixation

One last reason to go to Fixation tomorrow night: to see Josh Yospyn's photography! Interview with him HERE. More info about Fixation HERE.

Art collecting 101: Hang out with artists

Find out more HERE about:
  • Why it's important to meet artists according to the Hirshhorn's director Richard Koshalek.
  • Why John Gerrard is awesome.
  • Why Salon Contra is awesome.
  • Why you should attend Fixation tomorrow night.

Fixation will be ground zero!

Washington Post writer Michael O'Sullivan says "Fixation" is going to be "ground zero for the art party crowd." Read the rest of the article HERE. More about the party HERE.


Fixation photographer Pat Padua interviewed

An interview with Pat Padua, who will be showing work at Fixation on Saturday. More about Fixation HERE.

Tickets still available for Transformer art auction

6th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

November 7, 2009
7:00 - 10:00 pm
The Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW

Transformer's 6th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party is almost sold out!

There are a very limited number of tickets left for the 6th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party. Space is limited and tickets are close to selling out, so please contact Transformer staff ASAP to secure your participation in what has become one of the biggest Washington, DC art events of the year! Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Contact us at info@transformergallery.org or 202.483.1102.

Visit Transformer's website for more information on the Auction. Also, new this year on the website: a downloadable pdf of the artworks to be included in this year's Auction. Visit www.transformergallery.org, or click here.

Images: Carolina Mayorga, Love Me; Jessica Cebra, Fools Gold (Marilyn); Cynthia Connolly, AUTAUGAVILLE, AL, 11-2-02; Maggie Michael, Travel; Robin Rose, Celestial 1, Tang, Singing Softly To Me

$15 million waterfalls

Tim Cone's latest video suggests that Olafur Eliasson's $15 million waterfalls over the East River last year reflect the esthetic of financial hard times. See more HERE.

Daily Candy suggests you go to Fixation on Saturday night

Daily Candy thinks you should go to Fixation this weekend!


Words w/ Drew McDermott [Fixation Fotog]

You can see his fabulous work at Fixation on Saturday. Go HERE for more info about the opening.

Words w/ Drew McDermott [Fixation Fotog]

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Flashpoint applications now being accepted. Funding available!

Artists and *curators* should apply for a show at Flashpoint Gallery! For the first time ever, there will be funding through the Community Foundation’s Creative Communities Fund. Now artists will be eligible for up to $2500 in funding in conjunction with their exhibitions.

Apply HERE.

Sam Gilliam says you should experience art

Uber Poet Ethelbert Miller interviews uber artist Sam Gilliam for a video produced by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. See it HERE.

School Without Walls today


Words w/: Angela Kleis [Fixation Fotog]

Words w/: Angela Kleis [Fixation Fotog]

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You can see Angela's work at "Fixation" on Saturday. More info HERE about the show.

Dave Hickey lecture at SAAM

The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted a lecture by art critic Dave Hickey. Read about it HERE.