Upcoming Exhibits & Events

Washington, DC, February 27-March 22

SELECT 2014: WPA Exhibition and Art Auction Gala at Artisphere

WPA’s Annual Art Auction Gala is the highlight of DC’s contemporary art world season and I am one of eight curators for the event! DC’s longest running and most-established contemporary art auction, SELECT is an annually anticipated event that supports the organization and the artist community. SELECT 2014 features works available for purchase chosen by 8 of the region’s top and emerging curators as well as selections by WPA’s Board of Directors. Featuring works by established and emerging artists from DC, Baltimore, Richmond and beyond, WPA’s selection of exquisite, engaging, and exciting art works offer something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring. The works are presented as an exhibition for three weeks prior to auction and a full-color, perfect bound catalog with curator essays accompanies the show.

SELECT 2014 Curators:

SELECT 2014 Exhibition: February 27-March 21, 2014. Gala: March 22, 2014, 7-11pm. For Gala ticket information, please contact Mary Resing at mresing[@]wpadc.org or 202-234-7103 x5

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27, 7-10pm. Curator Talks: Wednesday, March 6 and 13, 6:30-8pm. Exhibition on view: Wednesday-Friday: 4-11pm; Saturday: Noon-11pm; Sunday: Noon-5pm; Monday-Tuesday: Closed.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Washington, DC, Friday, November 29-Sunday, December 1

Thread at Union Market

Transformer's Flat Files, which contain my artwork, will be exhibited for the weekend at Union Market. Ride your bike down and check it out!

Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20009

Washington, DC, September 7-28, 2013

Group Show at Furthermore

Seminal objects that have repeatedly emerged as inspiration in the works of a selection of artists and thinkers hailing from Washington, DC. Participants include: James Alefantis, Eames Armstrong, Philip Barlow, Holly Bass, Sandra Beasley, Kristina Bilonick, Calder Brannock, Gareth Branwyn, Natalie Campbell, Billy Colbert, Cynthia Connolly, Buck Downs, Hasan Elahi, Alberto Gaitan, Nathaniel Grann, Linda Hesh, Bill Hill, Brian Liu, Katie Macyshyn, Renee Regan, Brigitte Reyes, W.C. Richardson, Siobhan Rigg, Robin Schaefer, Renee Stout, Jordan Swartz, Sarah Tanguy, Richard Vosseller, Rex Weil, Zac Willis, Martine Workman

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 6-9pm.

Show and Tell with artists: Saturday, September 28, 6-9pm

Furthermore, 52 O Street NW, Washington, DC -- appointment necessary to view exhibition outside these two times and dates.

Washington, DC, September 18th 2013

Rural Studio Benefit Opening at the Darryl Carter Boutique

I attended Auburn University's Rural Studio in 2002/03. Rural Studio is an undergraduate program of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. Since 1993, working within one of the poorest county's in Alabama, the program directs students to design and build projects that will help that immediate community. This is a benefit for homes to be built within the Black Belt region of Alabama, where the Rural Studio resides. The Rural Studio has designed a housing prototype that enables low income families to break the cycle of poverty. One house= $20,000. Please help in contributing so the Rural Studio can built eight $20,000 houses this spring. I will be exhibiting and selling photographs and postcards from my time in Alabama as part of this benefit.

This evening, if you donate $30-$50 at the door, you will have access to the benefit and yummy snacks and drinks. Please come if you can!! My project at the Rural Studio is here (the Rural Studio site is under construction and my project does not appear on that site at this time).

The Darryl Carter Boutique is located at 1320 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (at 9th and O NW). The opening is at 6:30PM.

Washington, DC, March - June 23, 2013

Letters on Top of Buildings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

This is the exhibition the Corcoran Gallery of Art recently acquired. If you check out the PUMP ME UP show please also go and see these photographs that appear in the Clark Landing outside Gallery 30.

Washington, DC, Friday, April 5 - Sunday April 21, 2013 (dates have changed!)

Contemporary Wing and Roger Gastman Present: Mumbo Sauce (a Pop-Up art show)

With BORF, Richard Coleman, Tim Conlon, COOL 'DISCO' DAN, Clark Fox, Cynthia Connolly, Globe Poster Archive, Mark Jenkins, Mingering Mike, Robin Rose and Rosina Teri Memolo. RSVP mandatory to attend opening reception: info@contemporarywing.com. 202-730-5037. At 906 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002, Hours: Tue-Sun 11-6pm.

Washington, DC, February 23 - April 7, 2013

PUMP ME UP: DC Subculture of the 1980's at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

I will have two objects in this show: The Black Sheep drawing I did for the Minor Threat, Out of Step EP Cover, and original layout boards for the Banned in DC book, that I still publish. (The book, unfortunately, is out of print, and more than likely will not be for sale at the Corcoran. I am in the middle of the laborious project of making it digital to be reprinted. The original was made before digital layouts were created, as you will see if you go to this exhibition.)

Opening party (which sold out in one day) is Friday, February 22. Saturday, February 23 is the world premiere of a documentary film, The legend of Cool "Disco" Dan, at the AFI in Silver Spring. (I have vintage super 8 footage that is very brief in this film-- of a Cool Disco Dan tag, shot from the window of d.c. space at the corner of 7th and E Streets, NW in about 1989).

Sunday, February 24th is a huge DC Funk- Punk Throwback Jam at the 9:30 club in conjunction with the above two events.

Letters on Top of Buildings voted Best Gallery Show

My Letters on Top of Buildings show at Civilian Art Projects was voted Best Gallery Show of 2012 in the Washington Post by art critic Mark Jenkins.

New York, New York, January 25 - 27 2013.

Postcards from the Edge: Benefit for Visual Aids at Sikkema Jenkins and Co.

Over 1500 postcard-sized artworks by established and emerging artists. Artworks displayed anonymously. Artist's name revealed after purchase.

PREVIEW PARTY: Friday, January 25, 2013, from 6-8 pm, $85 admission includes one raffle ticket. Sneak Peak: the only opportunity to see the entire exhibition. No sales. Silent Auction: small works and VIP access. Raffle: winner selects the first postcard.

BENEFIT SALE 2013: Saturday, January 26, from 10 am- 6 pm. Postcards $85 each. Buy 4 & get the 5th as our Thank You. Sunday, January 27, from 12 pm- 4 pm. Postcards $85 each. Buy 2 & get the 3rd as our Thank You.

Sikkema Jenkins and Co is located at 530 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011.

Washington, DC Thursday, December 13 - ???

A Letters on Top of Buildings photograph and Souvenir Grab Bag (no.2) will be at the Civilian Holiday Party and exhibition of 28 artists.

Civilian Art Projects, 1019 7th Street, NW, Opening reception and party on December 13th, 6:30-9:30pm. Exhibit hours are Wed-Thu, Sat 1-6 pm

Washington, DC December 1 - December 23, 2012

The original Grab Bag and the Box of Ice Boxes will be for sale at Pleasant Plains Workshop.

Back for a second time, Present Day is a locally sourced holiday gift shop featuring small artworks and handmade gifts by local local artists. Items range in price from $5-100 with lots of items at the $20 price point. Shop for friends and loved ones, and sneak in some items for yourself!

Artist Lineup includes: Blu Grn Design, Bookish Lady, Chimera Plushies, Cynthia Connolly, Anthony Dihle, Elizabeth Graeber, Jamal Hardy, Rose Jaffe, Becca Kallem, Kristina Bilonick, Magpie ala Mode, Robin Moore, Orange Tabby Press, Martine Workman, Tattly, and more!!!

Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Avenue, NW. Opening reception on 12/1 from 3-6pm, Hours: Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm, Sun noon-5pm

Washington, DC Friday, November 30, 2012 !!ONLY!!

Transformer Auction at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

My photograph, "Tivoli Theater, Washington, DC September 1999", will be at the Transformer Auction. If you haven't been to the auction, now is the time to go to support a great non-profit art space in Washington, DC. This is a super fun event and I will be there!!

Featuring over 160 artworks by locally, nationally, and internationally based, emerging & established artists. Savories, sweets, and drinks provided by several of Washington DC's finest restaurants.

Music by DJs Yellow Fever + special guests Attendance is $150 if purchased on or before November 16; $175 after November 16.Advance Ticket Purchase is Required. Silent Auction bidding will take place from 8-9:30pm. Auction sales will be announced starting at 9:45pm.Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX payment will be accepted for all artwork purchases. All artwork will need to be picked up at Transformer or delivered by HMB post-Auction.

Auction proceeds benefit t r a n s f o r m e r programs.

AUCTION HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Shigeko Bork, Kate Damon, Andrea Evers, Rebecca Fishman, Izette Folger, Ilyse Hogue, Allison Marvin, Pilar O'Leary, Hayley Gordon Pivato.Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street, NW, 8-11pm.

Austin, Texas, Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, 2012

Cynthia Connolly's mini multiple show at the E.A.S.T. Austin Open Studio Tour, Red Bluff Rodeo at The Barn

I will be visiting friends and relatives in Austin, Texas this weekend and friends have invited me to be involved with their studio exhibit for the E.A.S.T. Austin Studio Tour!

I will be there, along with my sister, Anna, from Noon-2pm each day for sure...perhaps longer... but the studio will be open 11-6pm each day whether we are there or not. Please come by and say HI! ..and check out if you need to 'stock up' on any of these items: Banned in DC (Photos and Anecdotes of the DC Punk Underground), Lengths and Breaths, by Lee Ranaldo (and photographs by me), Grab Bags no. 1 & 2 ("Postcard Grab Bag" and "Letters on Top of Buildings" grab bag, respectively), Rural Studio Bonus Album, and The Box of Ice Boxes postcard sets. I will not be bringing any original framed photographs, but grab bag number 2 is an original photographic print and can be framed by you!

Also showing in miniature format is my slide documenting the process of the farmers I have worked for over the last 20 years. I will add other artists exhibiting when I hear more.

The Barn, 4809 Red Bluff Road, Austin, Texas, 78702.

Washington, DC Friday, June 1, 2012

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has acquired Cynthia Connolly's photographic series "Letters on Top of Buildings" for its permanent collection!

Washington, DC Friday, May 11 - Saturday June 16, 2012

LETTERS ON TOP OF BUILDINGS - Solo show at Civilian Art Projects

I Showed some of these photos in Texas about three years ago, but this is now completed, and includes 12 framed photographs and also 'Number 2 in the Grab Bag series, Your Souvenir of Letters on Top of Buidlings', a letter pressed envelope and photograph. (in an edition of 59).

Opening Reception: Friday May 11, 7-9pm. Civilian Art Projects, 1019 7th Street NW Washington, DC. Hours: Wed, Thu and Sat 11-6pm, or by appointment. civilianartprojects.com

Reviewed here by the Washington Post

Washington, DC - Thursday May 10th...one night only!

DCAC benefit, "Cuisine Des Artistes 2012" at DCAC

Biennial fund-raising event for DCAC, a non profit visual and performing arts center in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. This is a unique event that showcases the talents of local area chefs and artists who collaborate to create a display of food and art. 6:30 is Cocktail hour accompanied by music and appetizers created by visual artists. 7:45 is the Main Course where tapas style samplings of chef/artist creations are presented. Finally, desserts and coffee are accompanied with performances by musicians, poets and performance artists.

I will be collaborating with David Shewmaker, chef of Meridian Pint. I will be showing my slideshow of the farmers/vendors I have worked for in the DC area. Bev Eggleston/Eco Friendly pork will be served kindly donated by Bev himself, as he appears in my slideshow, and if we are lucky, Bev will also be appearing at this event! Admission is $100 for DCAC members, $120 for non-DCAC members. For ticket purchasing, please go to the website at www.dcartscenter.org

Quezon City, Philippines - April 4 - 24, 2012

ALPTRAUM! at Green Papaya Art Projects

ALPTRAUM! (translated from German as "nightmare") is a comprehensive group exhibition of small to medium sized works on paper in a variety of disciplines (painting, drawing, screen prints, photography, collage) by an international mix of nearly 100 artists.

Developed by artists Marcus Sendlinger (Berlin) and Jay Stuckey (Los Angeles), and co-curated by Victoria Reis of Transformer (WDC) and Richard Priestly of Cell Project Space (London), ALPTRAUM! features work by twenty DC based artists from Transformer's FlatFile program, along with twenty artists from each of the other participating host cities. ALPTRAUM! Organizer Marcus Sendlinger states:

ALPTRAUM! is an artist led project. It is a model which utilizes global communication between localized artist hubs & clusters to form an international grouping with the intent of opening dialogue across borders and cultures in order to delve into the stuff and mind murk that is either collectively shared or completely random and unrelated, all within the syndrome of 'The Nightmare'. Each artist draws on their own personal experience in order to visualize anxieties that take them beyond everyday dreams.

ALPTRAUM! launched at Transformer in December 2010 and has been traveling internationally ever since.

Washington, DC: November 18, 2011

Corcoran Gallery of Art

I will have one work at the Benefit Auction for Transformer Gallery. This is always a fun event! Come if you can! Please see transformergallery.org for ticket details. The Corcoran is located at 17th and New York Avenues, NW, Washington, DC.

Washington, DC: Tuesday November 15

The Studio Visit Art Critique Series at the Pleasant Plains Workshop

I will be the guest moderator. The first three artists to respond will be accepted. Present your work at this critique! Email thestudiovisit[at]thestudiovisit.com and write 'presenter' in the subject. This critique is focusing on work by artists who use photography in their process. The physical work should be brought in and digital images only used as a back up. 4-5 works per artist. Each participating artist receives a gift card from Utrecht Art supply at 13th and I streets courtesy TSV. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Space is limited! The critique is from 7-9PM, the Pleasant Plains Workshop is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001.

Washington, DC: October 19, 2011

American University Mary Graydon Center, Room 5

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at American University will screen "From the Back of the Room" —a film about how hardcore punk took shape in Washington, D.C. In the 80s. American hardcore punk blossomed in Washington, D.C. Women, however, did not gain much visibility until Bikini Kill and Riot Grrrl appeared in the 90s. From the Back of the Room features interviews with women from Naked Aggression, Submission Hold, Look Back and Laugh, Sick Fix, and Detestation, who address issues faced by women in under-ground music, including motherhood, beauty ideals, race and sexual violence. A panel discussion with the film's director Amy Oden will follow with Cynthia Connolly, photographer, curator and author of Banned in DC, and Katy Otto, a consultant, a drummer and presently the Communications Director of Service Women's Action Network. Tickets are FREE with AU I.D. or $5.00 for non-AU students/staff/faculty.

Washington, DC: October 12, 2011

Shaw Community Library

I will be in a panel talking about the club/art venue I booked in from 1986- 1992 called d.c. space. d.c. space was the place for punk, new wave, performance art, free jazz, poetry, independent films and all things avant-garde from '77 to '91 at 7th & E Streets, NW. The bar/restaurant was a center for innovative art and artists; twenty years later, numerous musicians and fans still say its closing has left an unfilled hole. space's owner/founder artist Bill Warrell and the club's booker Cynthia Connolly, manager Jean Homza, and 930 Club's booker, Lisa White, as well as other key players will be on hand to tell us what was really happening from the inside. Great music, live footage, still photos, old calendars, and other first hand accounts will remind those who were there and educate those who weren't: space was the place. Wednesday, October 12th at 7pm at the Shaw Community Library at 7th and R Streets, NW Washington, DC

Washington, DC: August 31st - October 2nd

Corcoran Gallery 31, "Transformers" Group Show

Opening Reception September 1st, 6-9pm, 500 17th NW Washington, DC 20005

Los Angeles, California: July 1, 2011

Nomad Art Gallery, Group Show featuring:

Cynthia Connolly, Damon Robinson, Karoline Robinson, Chris Duncan, Billy Sprague, Calef Brown, Sean Greene, Sandy Yang, Jeff Coad, Tim Kerr, Ben Clark, Jordin Isip, Mike Sutfin, Matt Leines, Rich Jacobs, Chris Shary, Caleb, Bert Queiroz, Melinda Beck, Ryan Patterson, Sam James Velde, James Gallagher, Stephen O'Malley, Chris Johanson, Clint Woodside, Chrissy Piper, Josh Turner, Ross Farrar, Pat Graham, James Ross, David Pajo, Otis Bee, Jim Brown, Sonny Kay, Cali Dewitt, James Wall, Malia James, Lee Spellman, Makr McCoy, Jason Farrell, Nina Hartman, Atiba Jefferson, Magdelena Wosinka and more.

Opening Reception is from 6:30-10pm, 1993 Blake Avenue, LA, CA 90039

Washington, DC: February 19 - March 11 2011

Washington Project for the Arts, "Select" 2011 Art Auction

700 6th Street NW. Open hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, Auction is Saturday March 12th. To buy auction tickets: auction.wpadc.org

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