Monday, November 17, 2008

Raptor in Paris

2008 alum Tim Campbell is the recipient of a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.
The Cite Internationale des Arts is an organization which is privately run and provides artists from all over the world with studio/living space and exhibition opportunities. Located in the heart of the Marais district, the original building houses studios where over 100 artists are working. The residency runs from February through late April 2009.

Tim is currently working out of Philadelphia, PA.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Geoffrey Aldridge @ Conner

The highly anticipated inauguration of Conner Contemporary's new space is finally here.
Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith are delighted to announce the inauguration of 1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE as the new home of Conner Contemporary Art and *gogo art projects with an opening solo exhibition of new work by Leo Villareal and a group exhibition of recent work by Gallery Artists.

Visit the gallery and check out work from *gogo art projects artist Geoffrey Aldridge ('08).
You can also see figural drawings from AU faculty member Zoë Charlton.

The invitation only reception is September 27, 6-8pm.
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 11-6, Sunday 12-5

Monday, September 15, 2008

Campbell & Servilio @ SFOS 08

Last year’s S.F.O.S. (Sewing Factory Open Studios) event featured 21 visual artists and 7 live music acts on the rooftop of an industrial loft building in Bed-Stuy. This September, the roof will again be turned into a sculpture garden augmented by paintings and featuring live music. Although line-ups are still being finalized, Loop 2.4.3, who “reinvent percussion from the bones out” (NPR-Fresh Air), and have been described as “a really focused and thrilling percussive ride” (, will headline the music stage and local artist Suzanne Boatenreiter will be curating the visual art. Other musical acts confirmed are CT songwriter Jonny Rodgers, NYC wordsmith Tom Burnett, and Hungarian pianist/keyboardist Istvan B’Racz, performing Phillip Glass along with original works. In addition to the curated art show, many artists who have studio space in the building will be offering open studios.

This show includes work from Tim Campbell ('08) and Sharon Servilio ('08).

The Art Show begins at 4 p.m. and goes into the evening with live music starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at Spencer Sewing Factory Rooftop, 144 Spencer St. (click for map), Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant), NY 11205

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cory Oberndorfer @ G Fine Art

G Fine Art

is pleased to announced

Ryan Hackett
Cory Oberndorfer

September 13 – October 11

Reception for the artists on
Thursday September 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm

And public opening with the artists on
Saturday September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Hackett’s recent work focuses on body language, physical traits, and specific characteristics of selected animals as a structure to develop various multimedia works. Growing from initial impulses such as heart rates, body language, bones, and fur, the work pushes and pulls between the synthetic and the natural suspended in ambiguous hypnotic manifestations.

Hackett uses painting to trap, isolate and transform sections of images both moving and stationary. Much like an electronic musician might sample a beat and transform it into something new, Hackett uses paint to “sample” part of an image and transform it according to the images anatomical clues. The result is an image that grows through a system of atmospheric channel-like extensions.

The installation, Hive Transmissions 9/13/08 – 10/11/08 positions the honeybee as performer. Hackett will organize the effects and channels that receive and transform sounds from the hive. These sounds are taken in real time and interpreted through effect processors creating a transition from the agitated state of the hive to the serene environment emerging from the system. The bees essentially perform a one month long set of ambient electronic music born from the sounds circulating through the hive.

Ryan Hackett graduated with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He was a founding member of the DC artists’ collaborative Decatur Blue. Most recently Hackett’s work was featured in the exhibition Freaks of Nature at the Bronx River Art Center in New York and in a solo exhibition titled Evolutions of Paint and Sound at Spur Projects in Portola Valley, CA.

Project Room

Oberndorfer works from his own personal history growing up in suburban Middle America, without risk or rebellion, he remembers wondering what it would be like to step outside the boundaries of his “sugarcoated” lifestyle. He describes his childhood heroes as those who questioned propriety and were “not known for their sweet and pleasant exterior but for the strength, confidence and conviction that lies beneath.”

His paintings of roller derby girls explore their and his shared interest in stepping outside boundaries; Oberndorfer’s idolization comes from the derby girls’ success in redefining these boundaries. They reject the “sugar and spice and everything nice” role with courage and determination. Roller girls invent their own personas and pseudonyms that reveal their aspirations or essential qualities. They choose costumes that are sexy and cute while playing a damaging game that requires a tough body and mind. His works reflects the fierce beauty of the women and the delightful experience of watching them. The paintings themselves are mouthwatering in their candy inspired color schemes and the high quality of the work.

Cory Oberndorfer graduated with an MFA from American University. He was included in the WPA\C OPTIONS Biennial in 2007 and the Brightest Young Things Relaunch, in 2008.
Gallery hours: Tuesday –Saturday 11am - 6pm

1515 Fourteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
T. 202.462.1601
F. 202.462.1604

Cory is also currently featured in the arts section of both DC Modern Luxury and Northern Virginia magazines(September issues).

Thursday, August 7, 2008

QUART BAG @ Civilian Art Projects

Recent alumni Brian Barr('08) and Lauren Rice('08) are among the artists in QUART BAG, as well as current AU grad students Nikki Painter and Bonner Sale.

QUART BAG: A Community Art Show
August 8 - August 16, 2008
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, 8/08/08, 7pm
Inspired by the many things you can do with a quart bag, Civilian Art Projects and friends have invited 100 DC area artists to participate in a community art exhibition called Quart Bag. The exhibition provides an imaginative opportunity for artists to use thirty-two ounces of space within a plastic quart size bag. All works of art will be sold for $100 or less, providing an opportunity for all people to walk home with a piece of art that is FAA approved.
Friday, August 8, 2008
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The exhibition will run from August 8 - 16, 2008.

Participating Artists:

Seth Adelsberger / Brian Barr / Matthew Best / Kristina Bilonick / Megan Blafas / John Bohl / Joseph Bradley / Reuben Breslar / Martin Brief / Breck Brunson / Lindsay Buhman / Colby Caldwell* / Joyce Campos / Page Carr / Emily C-D / Dick Cheney / Michael M. Clements / Erin Cluley / Joshua Cogan / Cynthia Connolly / Sarah Coombs / Patricia Correa / Caitlin Cunningham / Catherine Dunn / Mary Early* / Alex Ebstein / Cheraya Esters / Briony Evans / Annie Ewasiko / Rachel Fick / Steven Frost / Alberto Gaitan** / Victoria Gaitan / Carlos Gomez / Annie Gray / Adam Griffiths / Jason Gubbiotti* / Brook Halvorson / Beth Hansen / Peter E Harper / Anamario Hernandez / James Huckenpahler* / David Ibata / Erick Jackson / Paul Jeanes / Yeonhee Ji / Sue Johnson / Rebecca Juliette / Amanda Kleinman / Bridget Sue Lambert / Nilay Lawson / J.W. Mahoney / Katherine Mann / Nathan Manuel / John Marra / Lisa McCarty / Patrick McDonough / Bill Newman / Cara Ober*** / Mia Olsen / Breht O'tlearn / Betsy Packard / Nikki Painter / Carrie Patterson / Annie Peters / Zoe Pollock / Dana Reifler / Ding Ren / Lauren Rice / Bonner Sale / Nick Schiller / The Scott Twins / Sara Seidman / Emily Slaughter / Casey Smith / Steele Art / Monica Stroik / Ayodamola T. / Okunseinde / Noelle Tan / Denise Tassin / Champ Taylor / Dominic Terlizzi / René Treviño / Justin Tsucalas / Andrej Ujhazy / Carole Greenwood / Anita Walsh / Rex Weil / Anna Wonson / YAY team

* courtesy of HEMPHILL
** courtesy of Curator's Office
*** courtesy of Randall Scott Gallery

After the opening, head up to Comet Ping Pong for beer specials, pizza, ping pong and rock by Apes/Fiasco/Double Dagger. 10pm. $10. Presented by our friends Gypsy Eyes.
Comet: 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC / 202-364-0404

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Barrelhouse Issue 6 Launch and Roller Derby Girl Arm Wrestling Extravaganza!!

On Friday, July 25, from 6pm to 10pm, join Barrelhouse, roller derby artist Cory Oberndorfer, and roller derby girls with 34 inch pythons at the Hillyer Art Space for the first ever Roller Derby Themed Barrelhouse Issue 6 Launch and Arm Wrestling Extravaganza! sponsored by Scion and the Pink Line Project.

$10 at the door / Free Beer and wine! Barrelhouse Issues available for $5!


You get to arm wrestle a Roller Derby Girl!! IF YOU DARE!

To celebrate Roller Derby, a protofeminist wave of bone crushing awesomeness, we bring you a night of amazing roller derby themed stories and poems and one gigantic Roller Derby mural, food eating, beer and wine drinking, DJ dancing, and (damn well better!) Barrelhouse buying.

And did I mention Roller Derby Girl ARM WRESTLING???!!??

Launch of Barrelhouse Issue 6, feat. Roller Derby-themed art, poems, essays, stories. Available for $5.

Cory Obendorfer's AMAZING Roller Derby art mural

FREE! Beer and white wine available. FREE! Hors d'oeuvres from an as yet to be named cool-assed restaurant.

DJ Adrian spinning tracks

Other art exhibits on display for your viewing pleasure.

A chance to get your ass (or arm) personally kicked by a Roller Derby Girl.

Friday, July 25, 6-10pm

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC, 20008


Hillyer Court is an alleyway courtyard with two entrances from 21st Street and from Florida Avenue. The courtyard is bound by Florida Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, R Street, 21st Street, and Q Street. Our building within Hillyer Court is located directly behind the Cosmos Club and the Phillips Collection; it is a two-floor grayish-blue brick building.

Why: Because those roller derby chicks will kick our ass (or arm) if we don't.

How: $10 at the door. (did I mention FREE beer and wine?)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities would like to invite you to the FY2009 Visual Arts Applicants' Showcase.
Included in the applicants is AU's Lily deSaussure('08)

Opening Reception: July 16, 2008, 6:30 PM
Exhibition Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Saturday
July 17 - August 1, 2008

Katzen Arts Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
(Take Metro Red-Line to Tenleytown/AU Station)

For more information call (202) 724-5613

Monday, July 7, 2008

Academy 2008 @ Conner Contemporary

Geoffrey Aldridge is one of the artists featured in Conner Contemporary's ACADEMY 2008, their annual survey of recent MFA and BFA graduates in the Mid-Atlantic region.
ACADEMY 2008: July 11 – 26, 2008
Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce ACADEMY 2008, the eighth year of our annual invitational
survey dedicated to outstanding work by recent fine art graduates of regional college art programs.
The following artists were invited to exhibit: Geoffrey Aldridge, Jamie Andrew, Andrew Buckland, Robert Campoy,
Andrea Chung, Sarada Conaway, Cheraya Esters, Nathaniel Fink, Ryan Foti, Kenny George, Sara Hubbs, Stephanie
Kozemchak, Michelle McAuliffe, Wayde McIntosh, Carmen McLeod, Meg Mitchell, Diane Ramos, James Swainbank,
Kristoffer Tripplaar, Virginia Warwick and Aleksander Zhikulin. They are graduates of American University, Corcoran
College of + Design, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art,
University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University.
The curators are ACADEMY exhibition founder and chief gallery Curator, Jamie Smith, gallery Director Leigh Conner
and Assistant Director Kristi Mathews. As in previous years, the curators attended BFA/MFA exhibitions between
December and June, viewing works in person to formulate a profile of area art programs. After consulting with artists,
they selected a group of works created in various media, including painting, video, sculpture, and photography, which
demonstrate individual achievement and represent vital currents in the fine art curricula of our region.

Because we are finishing our new gallery space renovation, ACADEMY 2008 will be held nearby at 1341 H Street, NE
(near the Atlas Theatre / Arts District). We appreciate the support of Taurus Development, who generously donated
the ground floor space at their new corporate headquarters.
> ACADEMY 2008 opens Friday, July 11th with a reception for the artists from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
> Exhibition hours are Thursday – Saturday 12-5pm.
> Taurus Development is located at 1341 H Street, NE – Washington, DC, 20002
Concurrent with ACADEMY 2008, SOVA Espresso and Wine bar (1359 H St, NE) is hosting an exhibition of paintings
by first year MFA students from the George Washington University, curated by Diane Ramos. The opening reception is
also Friday, July 11, 6 - 8 pm.
An online catalogue of artists/ works in ACADEMY 2008 will be available online through August at
For further information and visuals contact Leigh Conner or Kristi Matthews at 202-588-8750 or

Mixology @ Curator's Office

Curator's Office is hosting a benefit show for Doctors Without Borders. Among the artists being shown is Cory Oberndorfer('08).

Mixology I: Paintings and Works on Paper
July 12 - July 19

Mix it Up with us: Saturday, July 12, 6:00 - 8:30
with wine, beer, and some crazy artist-designed drinks

And during the week: Tues - Sat, 12 - 6

Curator's Office is covering the gallery walls with paintings, drawings, and prints to help out Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontieres. Our goal is to raise at least $ 5,500, which could pay for an emergency health kit to care for 10,000 displaced people for three months. Together, we and art can make an important difference.

We are aware of the extreme and constant need in the world with crises affecting different parts of the globe on a weekly basis. One stellar charity, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, negligence, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. For further information or to donate directly, go to

Artists to date:

Breck Brunson | Charles Cohan | Eric Finzi | Peter Fox
Eric Hibit | Leslie Holt | Jason Hughes | Ben Jurgensen
Michele Kong | Kristofer Lee | Jessica Langley | J.W. Mahoney
Kate McGraw | Jiha Moon | Cory Oberndorfer | Tim Rollins & K.O.S.
Eduardo Santiere | Chris Scarborough | Ann Tarantino | Denise Tassin
Jacques Vidal | Andy Moon Wilson | and quite a few others...

Watch for Mixology II: Photo-Based Work later this summer.

curator's office
1515 14th Street nw
suite 201
washington, dc 20005

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Girlish Ways

Amy Misurelli Sorenson(08) and Lauren Rice(08) are among the young female artists featured in Girlish Ways: The Next Generation of Female Artists, curated by Rachel Fick and Marissa Botelho.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 7-10
Open on Saturdays and Sundays, June 28-July 6, and by appointment

Bobby Fisher Memorial Building
1644 N Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC

Artists include: Satomi Shirai, Amy Misurelli Sorenson, Amber Hawk Swanson, Pierrette Montone, Lauren Bender, Sara Hubbs, Trish Tillman, Meg Onli, Pamela Norrish, Zoe Blackwell, Lauren Rice, Roxxanne Reed

Amber Hawk Swanson, To Have, Cake Cut, 2007

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Meat After Meat Joy

Jenny Walton ('07) is exhibiting work as part of Meat After Meat Joy at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, MA. This show is curated by Heide Hatry and investigates the paradoxical relationship meat has to the body.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21, 6-9
Show Runs: June 21-July 20

Jenny is a DC resident and a member of Sparkplug, and artist's collective sponsored by DCAC gallery.

Once Again, Again: Rhythm and Repetition

Cory Oberndorfer ('08) is one of the artists included in Once Again, Again: Rhythm and Repitition, a show juried by Annie Gawlak, director of G Fine Art, at McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA.

Opening Reception: June 19, 7-9
Show Runs: June 19-July 26.

Cory is a Washington DC resident. His painting in McLean plays with the design of his large mural still on view at the Katzen Arts Center

New American Talent: 23

Geoffrey Aldridge('08) is one of the talented artists curated by Nato Thompson into Arthouse's annual exhibition in Austin, TX.

New American Talent: The 23rd Exhibition
On view June 14-August 17, 2008

Geoffrey is currently a resident of Washington, DC and represented by Conner Contemporary Art/*gogo art projects