Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington Print Club Open Studio at SPS Saturday, November 15th,

Our Open Studio for the Washinton Print Club will take place this Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 4 pm.

From the WPC invitation:

Please join Soledad Salamé, Founder and Director of Sol Print Studios, in her beautiful Baltimore row house and studio for a special WPC program focusing on the art of printmaking. Soledad, an award-winning printmaker, and eleven SPS artists from the region and beyond will be present to show and explain their prints. The work will be on view for closer inspection and for sale.

With the help of Assistant Director Randi Reiss-McCormack and Shop Assistant Jessica Childress, Sol Print Studios is a collaborative print workshop for which Soledad has designed residencies for artists ranging from discovering the medium to mixed-media projections and editions. Soledad serves as a mentor and resource, carefully nurturing and "sometimes pushing" artists in their own direction to develop personal style and visual language.

WPC President Chris With and Beverly With, along with WPC members Bob Stana and Tom Judy, visited Soledad in her studio and were deeply impressed with her work and highly recommend that WPC members take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Soledad and SPS artists have kindly offered to host a buffet brunch for WPC members.

Space is limited to 30 WPC members. To reserve, call 301-460-5019 or reserve online at beginning Saturday, November 8. If you need to cancel your reservation, please call or email contact numbers listed above.

Soledad Salamé Selected to Participate in the Davidoff International Art Residency Program

First Five International Artists
Selected to Participate in the
Davidoff International Art Residency

Altos de Chavón School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic
January 18 - April 5, 2015
   Studios for the Davidoff International Art Initiative at Altos de Chavón
       School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic. Courtesy of Adolfo Despradel

The Davidoff Art Initiative in collaboration with Altos de Chavón School of Design is pleased to announce the first five international artists who will participate in the Davidoff International Art Residency at the newly built residency facilities at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic, from January 18 to April 5, 2015.

This is a major and defining step for the Davidoff Art Initiative, which has already supported Dominican and Caribbean artists since 2013 by providing opportunities for them to take part in renowned residency programs in New York City, Berlin and Beijing. Now, rounding out the global initiative into a fully two-way cultural exchange, Davidoff is launching its first residency for international artists visiting the Dominican Republic.

Nominated by a global network of art professionals and selected by the Davidoff International Advisory Council, the five artists in the inaugural group represent a diverse range of artistic practices and backgrounds. They are deeply interested in engaging with the social and cultural fabric of the Dominican Republic.

The five artists are: Alia Farid (b. 1985, Kuwait/Puerto Rico), Nuria Montiel (b. 1982, Mexico City, Mexico), Cathleen Mooses (b. 1982, Chicago, IL), Mathilde Rosier (b. 1973, Paris, France), and Soledad Salamé (b. 1954, Santiago, Chile). In addition to pursuing their own work during the residency, the artists will have many opportunities to engage with the Dominican cultural community, as well as with students and residents of Altos de Chavón and the surrounding region.

The Davidoff International Art Residency hosts emerging and mid-career artists for a period of ten weeks. They will work in new, custom-built artist studios designed by Adolfo Despradel, Director of Planning and Design, Costasur Dominicana S.A. at Altos de Chavón School of Design, the country's leading institution for art and design education. A graduate of Altos de Chavón, Adolfo Despradel has previously worked in the architectural firm of David Chipperfield in London.

The nominators for the 2015 Davidoff International Art Residency Program were: Aaron Cézar, founding director of Delfina Foundation in London; Amanda Coulson, co-founder/executive director of VOLTA and director of the National Gallery of the Bahamas; Charles Desmarais, president of the San Francisco Art Institute; Mareike Dittmer, co-publisher of Frieze d/e Magazine and publishing consultant of Frieze Magazine; Pablo Helguera, director of adult and academic programs in the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Irene Hofmann, the Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe; and Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

For the full press release, please click here.

About the Davidoff Art Initiative
The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations in the Dominican Republic, shares knowledge and expertise about contemporary art and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

At the core of the Art Initiative, Davidoff aims to engage closely with the arts and culture life of the Dominican Republic cultural community, where much of its production and so many of its employees are based, bring opportunity and visibility to the art and culture of the Caribbean region, extending the company's long-standing commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community and quality.

The Davidoff Art Initiative's four global program areas are: the Davidoff Art Residency, Davidoff Art Dialogues, Davidoff Art Grants, and Davidoff Art Editions. For more information, please visit: