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ACADEMY 2009 : August 1 – September 4, 2009


Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce ACADEMY 2009.


Exhibition founder, Jamie Smith, Ph. D., is the curator of our 9th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by recent fine art graduates of regional college art programs.


Participating artists: Celina Amaya, Danny Baskin, Alan Callander, Charles Clary, Margot Ellis, Kyle Ford, Jeremy Flick, Corey Grimsley, Steve Ioli, Casey Reed Johnson, Jin Young Kang, Patrick McDonough, Aziza Murray, Igor Pasternak, Ding Ren, Alex Roulette, Andrew Schrock, Ryan Schroeder and Rafael Soldi.


Represented institutions: American University, Catholic University of America, Corcoran College or Art and Design, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Maryland.


Nearly 150 grads have participated since ACADEMY’s 2001 debut. Some have achieved international recognition, exhibiting at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Nassauischen Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany and The British Museum, London, England.


We are thrilled to announce these initiatives in conjunction with the Academy exhibition:


> PULSE Presents
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair will award one of this year’s ACADEMY exhibiting artists an exhibition space at PULSE Miami 2009. Jurors Helen Allen, Executive Director of PULSE and Ed Winkleman, Director of Winkleman Gallery, NYC and Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will announce the winner at 7pm the night of the opening.


PULSE is committed to creativity and innovation which furthers the influence of contemporary art in all corners of society. PULSE Presents, a collaboration between PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and organizations, institutions, artists and individuals dedicated to the visual arts and contemporary culture, stages exhibitions and symposia in various cities around the world. These events bring the public together with leaders in the culture sector to explore themes relating to contemporary art and society.


> No Artist Left Behind / Washington Project for the Arts
Washington Project for the Arts will co-host a workshop as part of its No Artist Left Behind series: The Top 10 Things Every Artist Should Know with Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber, authors of ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career (2009). The authors will discuss career management, business and legal issues for artists. Book signing immediately to follow. The NALB Series is a professional development initiative created by WPA to provide resources and workshops to DC area visual artists.


An opening night reception will be held Saturday, August 1: 6-8pm. The WPA / workshop will be held from 4 – 6pm.


For further information or images, please contact the gallery @ 202-588-8750 /