On Tuesday, come to MICA to support The Art Connection in the Capital Region, a local non-profit that places original artwork in underserved communities. This exhibit features MICA alumni who have donated works to the organization. On Wednesday, join artists Kyle Bauer, Jim Leach, and Michelle Dickson for MAP’s “30” speaker series at 6 pm. On Thursday, June 13,  come to EMP Collective to experience an examination of Personal Space by MFA Candidates at UMBC. On Friday, June 14, head to Heiner Contemporary in Georgetown for Jayme McLellan’s solo exhibition of photography, Jealousy of Clouds. On Saturday, June 15, return to DC to Pleasant Plains Workshop for Americana, a solo show by 2013 Sondheim Finalist Larry Cook. And, on Sunday come to Current for an artist talk and one last view of Rodolphe Delaunay’s “Of the Attraction of the Sun.”

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The Art Connection in the Capital Region and MICA’s Alumni Association Exhibit
June 5 – 16, 2013 at MICA’s Decker Gallery
Reception Tuesday, June 11, from 5-7 pm

The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) enriches lives by expanding access to original works of visual art within underserved communities throughout the Greater Metropolitan Washington, DC area.

Our mission is primarily achieved through the facilitation of an innovative art donation and placement program that brings together artists and collectors willing to donate their artwork with qualifying nonprofit community service or public equivalent agencies that have no funding for art purchases. An example of the types of organizations with which ACCR partners serve clients directly and includes: homeless shelters, children’s centers, treatment facilities, and low-income senior housing agencies, amongst several others.

ACCR identifies artists and collectors interested in donating original artwork, organizes the work for inclusion in the Artists’ Gallery to be considered by recipient agencies, and guides the agencies throughout the selection and placement process. These works of art become the permanent property of the recipient agency.

For more info: http://www.artconnection-cr.org

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Maryland Art Place will hold it’s fourth THIRTY event on Wednesday, June 12 @ 6pm.

THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30 is a series of monthly talks featuring thirty emerging Baltimore artists under the age of thirty. All of the participants use a diverse range of creative practices, from visual art to performance, curatorial, community art, design, film, photography and technology to create visual experiences.

Every month 2-3 artists will convene at Maryland Art Place (MAP) to present their perspectives on current cultural trends and how that plays into their practice, use of media and outcomes. Through these talks, guests will be able to learn about interdisciplinary practices and how these creative minds all share a similar goal: to present a visual experience.

(Read Bmoreart’s recent interview with Kyle Bauer here.)

www.mdartplace.org

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The Imaging and Digital Arts MFAs from UMBC explore the spaces and places that confine and define us in our latest gallery exhibition, Personal Space.

Video, installation, performance, photography, and sculpture by: Kristen Anchor, Timothy Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Michael Farley, Kata Frederick, Mieke Gentis, Jason Hughes, Charlotte Keniston (Down Through the Needle’s Eye), Meghan Marx, Gianfranco Mirizzi, Lexie Mountain, Shana Palmer, Carrie Rennolds, Victor Torres, Steve Yeager, and Dominique Zeltzman (Down Through the Needle’s Eye, Exquisite Corpse)

Exhibit: June 13-29, 2013
Opening Reception Thursday, June 13th 7-10PM Free
Gallery Hours Saturdays, 1-5PM or by appointment

We’ll also be hosting a special back-room musical event featuring Personal Space artist Shana Palmer, pedal-steel guitar charmer Susan Alcorn, Tom Boram, and Met-bound sound & video collage artist Nicolas Melmann from Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, June 19th Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM $5-10 Sliding Scale

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Jayme McLellan: Jealousy of Clouds at Heiner Contemporary in Washington, DC
June 14 – July 27, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6-8 pm

Heiner Contemporary is delighted to present Jayme McLellan: Jealousy of Clouds, a solo exhibition featuring photography, video and installation by the Washington, D.C. based artist. Jealousy of Clouds centers on Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Buddhist fable about a stream who is jealous of the clouds, wishing to have them all to herself. As the stream chases the clouds, her resentment grows until one day she realizes that what she longs to possess is already inside of her. Both the river and the clouds are made of water and together they share the vast blue sky. Through text and a mosaic of cloud photographs and video, McLellan re-presents the story, inviting viewers to meditate on the beauty and connectedness of the natural world and each other.

While McLellan’s photographs depict specific skies from DC to Mexico, the imagery is universal. The compositions are serendipitously captured (often with an iphone or digital SLR) and serve as an homage to the transience of clouds, which inherently change and disappear. McLellan explains, “This is a tale about opening up, letting go, and being. But it is also about jealousy and control. We all seek to control the uncontrollable. Tame the untamable. And in doing so we crush a bit of our own wildness and freedom. The trick is to be able to master yourself and your own need to control and own.” At the end of Nhất Hạnh’s story the river learns, “there is nothing to chase after—we can go back to ourselves, enjoy our breathing, our smiling, ourselves, and our beautiful environment.”

Jayme McLellan is an artist, educator, curator and gallery director. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is the founding director of Civilian Art Projects, a DC gallery representing emerging and established artists. Since 1996, she has organized and curated countless exhibitions and events to promote art, artists, and ideas of social importance. In addition to running Civilian, Jayme is adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art and American University, where she leads classes on professional development for artists. She is also project manager for HARD ART DC 1979 (Akashic Books), a book and traveling exhibition about the birth of the D.C. punk movement.

Heiner Contemporary is located at 1675 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

For more information about the gallery and any upcoming exhibitions visit the website at www.heinercontemporary.com

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Larry Cook: Americana at Pleasant Plains Workshop in Washington, DC
June 15 – July 27, 2013
Opening Reception: Sat June 15
Artist Talk: Sat July 20

‘Americana’ is a solo exhibition by DC-based artist, and 2013 Sondheim Finalist, Larry Cook. Cook will use photography, video and and an interactive web platform to create an multi-media installation that reflects on black culture and American identity.

For more info visit: http://pleasantplainsworkshop.com/current-exhibitions/

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Artist Talk at Current Sunday, June 16

For the last day of his solo show “Of the Attraction of the Sun,” Rodolphe Delaunay invites Martin Mourigal, physicist and postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins Institute for Quantum Matter (iqm.jhu.edu). Rodolphe Delaunay and Martin Mourigal, in the form of a guided tour, will review the show under their own subjective approaches and will try to draw links between Delaunay’s artistic process and Mourigal’s scientific approach.

View images of the exhibit on Bmoreart here.

www.currentspace.com