Artomatic, Inc., the Office of the Secretary for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the City Council and University in Sunderland, England, are proud to present an international fine arts glass and clay exhibit, International Glass and Clay 2013, hosted at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C. Artists include UK Cohesion Artists and Creative Cohesion paired with DC artists from the Washington Glass School and Flux Studios.
Artomatic draws together visual artists, musicians, and performers and brings their work to the community without charge through an annual arts event and other collaborative efforts. Conceived as a network to build community among artists and connect the public with artists by utilizing vacant space on a temporary basis to execute its events. Artomatic provides a forum for Washington, D.C.-area artists to convene, perform, and exhibit, while strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of the Washington arts community. For more information on Artomatic, please visit http://www.artomatic.org/.
About the Office of the Secretary for the District of Columbia
The Sister City effort is managed by the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia . The Office of the Secretary serves as the sole custodian of the District of Columbia seal and authenticates its proper use on official documents, and manages, preserves, and provides public and archival records. For more information on the Office of the Secretary, please visit www.os.dc.gov.
About the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Our Mission at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is to provide grant funds, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city. For more information on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities please visit http://dcarts.dc.gov/DC/DCARTS/.
About the DowntownDC Business Improvement District
The DowntownDC BID is a private, non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research to help diversify the economy and enhance the Downtown experience for all. As a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader, the DowntownDC BID promotes public/private partnerships to create a remarkable urban environment. For more information, visit www.DowntownDC.org or follow on Twitter @downtowndcbid.
About Pepco Edison Place Gallery
The mission of the Pepco Edison Place Art Gallery is to work with nonprofit arts organizations to sponsor a series of diverse, high quality art exhibits on behalf of the community. Admission is free. For more information about the Pepco Edison Place Gallery please visit twitter.com/PepcoGallery or http://www.pepco.com/welcome/community/artgallery/.
About Sunderland, England
Located in northeast England on the Wear River , Sunderland is the British sister city to Washington , D.C. With a population of approximately 285,000 people, and once the largest ship-building town in the world, Sunderland is connected to George Washington’s family dating back to the 12th Century. The Friendship Agreement with Washington , D.C. , signed in June 2006, represents an excellent opportunity to develop business, education, and cultural links for the benefit of the people of both cities. For more information on Sunderland , please visit www.visitsunderland.com.
About the Cohesion Artists and Creative Cohesion
Originating in Sunderland and supported by Sunderland City Council, Cohesion is a network for professional glassmakers whose aim is to assist and support glass businesses and practitioners to develop their skills, create new opportunities and promote the quality and diversity of their work to wider markets. Following the successful participation of Sunderland artists in Artomatic 2009, Cohesion artists led the way in the successful refurbishment of a semi- derelict building in Sunderland to provide a home for 13 artists, alongside a working glass hot shop, a gallery and meeting room. It is called Creative Cohesion and is a registered charity. For more information about the Network and the Charity see: www.cohesionglassnetwork.co.uk and www.creativecohesion.org.uk.
Introduced in June, 2008, CultureCapital.com connects people to the heart of the thriving arts and culture community in the Greater Washington, DC region including the District of Columbia; Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington and Fairfax Counties; and the City of Alexandria. This virtual arts marketplace provides comprehensive information and reliable ticket-purchase options for shows, performances, classes and exhibitions offered by more than 300 regional arts organizations and cultural institutions, making it the region’s richest and most diverse collection of arts and culture activities. CultureCapital.com strives to be inclusive and includes big names and small groups alike, giving users access to all the hot hits and hidden jewels the DC region has to offer. For more information visit http://culturecapital.com/
About the University of Sunderland and the National Glass Center
Glass and Ceramics is a flagship department at the University of Sunderland. Based in the National Glass Centre, it is home to state-of-the-art facilities and world-leading research. Its staff are award-winning professional artists and academics, whose publications and exhibitions have international prominence.Beyond the University, Glass and Ceramics is involved in Fairtrade design consulting worldwide and sharing their knowledge at world-class venues such as Pilchuck Glass School, USA, and BildwerkFrauenau, Germany. The University is actively involved in cultural exchange, with recipients of Fulbright Fellowships on the academic staff, and a recent MA graduate also having participated in the programme. Last year, in partnership with Sunderland City Council, they hosted Fulbright Scholars Tim Tate and Michael Janis from Washington, D.C. www.sunderland.ac.uk.
The National Glass Centre is also a cultural attraction with a public learning interface and a venue for exhibitions. Recently it was awarded £2.25 million towards a redevelopment of new gallery spaces and more sustainable hot glass equipment. www.nationalglasscentre.com
About the Washington Glass School
Located in Mt. Ranier, Md., the Washington Glass School was established in 2001 as a unique educational program. The goal of the school is to create and advance glass as a viable sculptural medium and to introduce artists in other media to the qualities, depth, and processes of glass to enhance their work. The school’s hallmark is to use glass as an expressive component and mastering technique. These glass artworks take the next inevitable step; they ask a question, tell a story, and invite the viewer to be part of the dialog. For more information about the Washington Glass School , please visit www.washingtonglassschool.com.
About Flux Studios
Flux Studios LLC is a contemporary art space in Mt. Rainier, MD housing the professional studios of six artists and a small informal gallery space with rotating exhibitions. Flux Studios has a visiting artist program, hosting artists from the US and abroad for residencies ranging from two weeks to three months. We also offer workshops taught by master artists in a variety of media, ranging from encaustic to ceramic sculpture. For more information on these organizations, please visit http://fluxstudiosdc.com/home.html.
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