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image of committee logoCommittee Issues Open Call for Exhibit Proposals
The Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee (ACC) is seeking proposals from Loudoun artists for exhibiting in Gallery One, located on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center. Artwork must be original and can be in any two-dimensional medium including painting, fiber arts, photography, drawing, screen printing, etc. The artwork will be exhibited for an eight-week period in 2018 to be determined by the Art Advisory Committee. Artists are asked to submit photographs of their work and an exhibit proposal by November 30, 2017.

Exhibit Design
Gallery One is located on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The space has an installed hanging system, so all artwork must be framed with wire on the back for hanging. Artwork may not be for sale, however, an artist can provide contact information for the public. AAC members will work with each selected artist on an informational poster that will be displayed in the exhibit area and arrange the date and time for an opening reception for the public to meet the artist.

Submission Guidelines and Details
Proposals for exhibits should be sent via email to staff liaison Elizabeth Bracey by November 30, 2017.

The proposals will be reviewed by Art Advisory Committee members. Artists will be notified as to whether their proposal has been accepted by January 31, 2018. There is no fee for participating. Proposals should include digital photos of a minimum of five pieces of artwork that the artist plans to include in the exhibit along with a description of the planned exhibit. A theme is recommended, but not required.

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Next Exhibit at Government Center

November 9, 2017 – January 2, 2018
Jan Blacka, mixed media artist

Mixed media and digital artist Jan Blacka makes images inspired by unspoiled landscapes, inner landscapes, and a familiarity with garden plants.

 A mixed and multi-media person, she paints with a computer and a pen tablet as well as with materials embracing the concept of "reduce, reuse, recycle," creating unique collages and wall hangings as well as both digital and hand-pulled prints.

She has been an exhibitor with Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour and has created works for exhibits such as "Farm to Fashion," an "Agricouture" exhibit.

Image of poster Current Exhibit: September 6 - November 8, 2017
The current Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee exhibit at the Loudoun County Government Center is "Texture on Parade: The Art of the Quilt," which will feature quilts by Priscilla Godfrey of Philomont. A quiltmaker since 1978, her work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. 

The exhibit will be on display through November 8, 2017 in the first floor gallery of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. Click here or on the image at right for details. 

Meetings of the Art Advisory Committee
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:

Photo of art gallery at Loudoun County government centerResponsibilities
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 Loudoun County Government Center's lobby-level art gallery and in the Lovettsville Conference Room.

Yearly exhibitions at the Loudoun County Government Center include 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.

Other Art Exhibits
Art is on display in many Loudoun County government buildings. The Franklin Park Arts Center and the Loudoun County Public Library have dedicated spaces for exhibitions. More information is available at the links below.

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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