Opening Reception: September 25 from 4–6 pm, free
Underwritten by TTR | Sotheby's International Realty, the Athenaeum Invitational is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in Virginia, the District of Columbia, or Maryland. A $1,500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1,000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call. The show is juried by Gallery Director Twig Murray. Prize winners will be selected by a noted art expert, who is yet to be determined.
This year's theme is "Oh! The joy!", and asks artists to reflect on a moment of pure joy. It is inspired by the Lewis and Clark expedition across the unchartered North American continent to reach the Pacific Ocean. After an arduous, two-year trek, William Lewis crested a hill, saw the vast body of water and cried, “The Ocean in view. Oh! The joy!”
Exhibit generously sponsored by TTR | Sotheby's International Realty