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Call for Artists for “Cartography & Art: Mapping your Story” and "Loudoun's Evolving Landscape" Exhibits

TImage of Art Advisory Committee logohe Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee invites artists who live or work in Loudoun County to enter an exhibition titled “Cartography & Art: Mapping your Story.” The goal of the exhibition is to showcase how cartography or map making has inspired local artists. The exhibition will feature creative works in which the artist has incorporated maps or in which the artist has created a personal map that tells a story of an event or a person’s life. The exhibition will take place in the Loudoun County Government Center gallery at 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg and will be available for public viewing from May 26 through July 28, 2017.

Works in any two-dimensional media will be accepted. Two-dimensional media includes drawings, paintings, photographs, prints (mono-prints, etchings, and woodblock prints), fiber art, mixed media, and reliefs. Each artist may submit one entry. Artwork is limited to a finished size of 36 x 36 inches, must be ready for display, and framed with hanging wire securely attached to eye-hooks on the back.

Art work and entry forms will be accepted at the art gallery on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center on Friday May 26, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. As space limitations restrict the total number of works, artists’ pieces will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the exhibition, contact Mita Mathur by email or Elizabeth Bracey by email.  Anyone interested in submitting an entry is asked to contact Mita Mathur by email prior to May 26, 2017. The entry form is online here.



Call for Artists for “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape” Exhibit 
All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government from September 6, 2017, through November 8, 2017.  Photographs must be submitted digitally to by July 14, 2017 in order to be considered for this exhibit.

Exhibit Design
The AAC is seeking clear photographs that artistically document old or weakened “at-risk” structures built in Loudoun before the close of World War Two.  An “at-risk” or weakened structure, for the purpose of this exhibit, is any man-made object at risk of destruction.  Typical structures could be barns, residences, water wells, schools, shops and garages.  The committee’s goal for the exhibit is not about preserving images of structures in Loudoun; it is about documenting the evolving landscape so that future generations will know what was on a particular spot in the past.  

Whenever possible, artists are encouraged to gain permission from property owners to photograph the structures.  

All images will be shared in digital form with the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg for the purpose of documenting history and may be used by the library for any non-commercial purpose so long as the artist is recognized.  A selection of images will be chosen by the Art Advisory Committee for display in Gallery One.  Artists are responsible for framing their images at their own cost.  Frames are limited to a maximum size of 36 x 36 inches and must be framed in such a way that the hanging wire has already been attached to eye-hooks on the back of each piece to make it ready for hanging (no sawtooth hangers). Photographs should be no more than two years old.

Submission Guidelines
Submit work by Friday, July 14, 201,7 by email to .  Each image should be submitted as a PowerPoint slide with the appropriate labeling attached (title, location, name of artist, email address). Work will not be accepted after this time.  Please complete the Artwork Loan Agreement Loudoun Art Advisory Committee (AAC) form and email with your submission. For more information, contact Larry Roeder at 703-867-2056 or . Artists will be notified by August 1, 2017, to give adequate time for framing.  Photos that are selected for exhibit in Gallery One must be delivered fully framed to the gallery the morning of September 6, 2017, between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Artists should pick up work at Gallery One on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.  


Meetings of the Art Advisory Committee
Members
The Art Advisory Committee's seven at-large members serve four-year terms which are concurrent with the Board of Supervisors. An employee of the county government serves as liaison between the government, Board of Supervisors and the committee. A list of current members is online:

Responsibilities
The Art Advisory Committee is responsible for an annual showing from the county's permanent art collection, handling of the portraits in the Loudoun County Courthouse, long term loans, arranging for the conservation and care of the collection in county facilities, and group shows of local artists. These exhibitions take place in the center's lobby-level art gallery and in the Lovettsville Conference Room.

Exhibitions
Yearly exhibitions include the exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection and the Loudoun Sketch Club. Periodically, the committee also offers special exhibitions for county government employee artists, Loudoun County Public School students, local art academies, and other professional and emerging local artists.

Committee Background
The Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee (AAC) was created by the Board of Supervisors in 1978 to collect and display works of art that reflect the diverse Loudoun community. The AAC manages a large and growing permanent and loaned art collection as well as producing six art exhibits each year.

The collection consists of artwork from Loudoun County artists and subject matter relative to the county and has been developed through gifts of the artist or by donors who purchased works for the county government.  All works have been approved by the Art Advisory Committee to provide a collection of works of professional quality and an inventory is on file. The collection of approximately 80 pieces includes works in oil, acrylic, pen and ink, and charcoal. Three sculptures by local artists, donated to the county in 1996, were placed in the center's gardens in 2005.

Many of the pieces in the collection are available for viewing in the hallways of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. S.E. in Leesburg.

Contact Information
For more information about the Art Advisory Committee, contact Mita Mathur by email or phone,703-737-8768; or Elizabeth Bracey by email or phone, 540-338-7973.                                                    



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