Group Exhibition: Power (I Know It When...)
October 21 - December 4, 2016

District of Columbia Art Center (DCAC)
2438 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. 
Happy Hour: Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Closing Reception: Sunday, December 4, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Power (I Know It When...) is the second exhibition by the current incarnation of Sparkplug, DCAC's Artist Collective. Sparkplug's nine members will share new paintings, sculpture, photography and installations exploring the dynamics, dimensions and implications of power (and empowerment) in its many forms. Political power. Physical power. Spiritual power. Technological power. Psychological, sensual and - pulsing throughout - creative power. A phenomenon with strong and conflicting connotations, power can be admired, accessed, amassed, relinquished, feared or confronted. But it is not in the nature of power to be ignored. For the artists of Sparkplug, a sense of personal urgency and preoccupation with what it means to live in America, now, has guided their interrogations of power. The results are as timely as they are revelatory. The Sparkplug Collective includes Michael Booker, Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren, David IbataMegan MaherJerome SkiscimBrendan L. SmithCasey SnyderJerry Truong, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

Announced as a recipient of a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced today, the recipients of MSAC's 2016 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). These awards recognize the exceptional artistic achievements of talented artists from across the state.

This year's IAA awards, totaling $218,000, go to 96 artists working within the disciplines of Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction, Media/Digital/Electronic Arts, Theater Solo Performance, Painting, and Works on Paper.

Selected from more than 585 applicants, the 2016 awardees receive grants for $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 to honor their achievement and to support further advancement of their career.

Recipient artists' names are available here. The list includes information on the artists' home county and artistic discipline. MSAC's competitive Individual Artists Award Program is administered in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. In determining the awards, an out-of-state jury reviews IAA submissions and recommends grant awards based solely on artistic merit.

Maryland artists are at the heart of the creative sector. Recognition from MSAC, an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, helps validate artists and their work. MSAC recognizes that artists are at the core of thriving communities and that they contribute significantly to the overall vitality of our state.