What is a Touchstone Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship?

 

Deadline to apply: March 19, 2018 11:59pm ET

WHAT is it?

The Fellowship provides a 2 year artist membership in Touchstone Gallery in downtown DC. This guarantees a solo exhibition at the end of 2 year, participation in monthly gallery group shows, and a presence on the gallery website. The monetary value of the fellowship exceeds $4200.

WHO is Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA)?

Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) a non-profit organization, created in 2012, committed to community outreach and involvement. Its Fellowship program has been ongoing since 2014. The Fellowship is awarded based on artistic merit and the ability of the fellow to benefit by association with the Touchstone Gallery. Artists eligible to apply if they have not been exclusively represented by a commercial gallery in the previous 10 years. Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery is an artist-owned commercial gallery located in the heart of downtown DC at 901 New York Avenue NW and was named Best of D.C. by The Washington Post in 2016/ 2017.

Benefits:

- Full Artist Membership for the duration of the fellowship. (2 years, value exceeds $4200)

- A month long solo show exhibition at Touchstone Gallery at the conclusion of the fellowship (May 2020) and up to $1000 to cover show materials and expenses.

- Participation in monthly member shows with at least one artwork. Artwork shown may not be repeatedly shown within a one year period.
- Bin space for up to 5 additional unframed pieces.

- Opportunity to participate in other exhibition opportunities arranged by the Gallery, i.e., exchange shows, off site shows, etc.

- Representation on Gallery’s website, online store and social media pages as applicable.

- After the duration of the Fellowship, fellows may continue Gallery membership in a category of their choice.

Responsibilities:

- 40% commission on work sold by the gallery, 25% commission on work sold due to Gallery referral.

- Participation in monthly member shows with at least one artwork. Artwork shown may not be repeatedly shown within a one year period.

- Staff the Gallery one day a month.

- Serve on one active Gallery committee. (PR, hanging, marketing, etc.)

- Attendance of bi-monthly Gallery membership meetings.

 

WHO can apply?

We encourage all interested artists to apply. Artists are eligible to apply if they have not been exclusively represented by a commercial gallery in the previous 10 years, can commit to a 2 year fellowship term and can fulfill the responsibilities above.

Application Process: 
APPLY HERE

Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in March-April, 2018.  A small group of finalists will be asked to bring physical artwork for review in person and invited to interview with TFA Board in May 2018. The final review and decision will be done by Touchstone Gallery Member artists. One or more applicants will be awarded a Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for 2018-2020, to begin in June 2018.

For questions about the Fellowship, please email tfawdc@gmail.com or call Ksenia Grishkova, TFA Director, at 202-347-2787.

 
 Carol Moore and Susi Cora, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellows (2016-2018)

Carol Moore and Susi Cora, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellows (2016-2018)

 Anita Miller, President of the Board, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts; Alexandra Katargina,  Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow (2013-2015) and Rachel Dickerson, Board Member, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

Anita Miller, President of the Board, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts; Alexandra Katargina,  Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow (2013-2015) and Rachel Dickerson, Board Member, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.


 

2017 Emerging Artist Fellow

We would like to congratulate JD Deardourff for receiving Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship for 2017-2019.

John David Deardourff is an artist and designer residing in Washington, DC. In 2012 he received a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Karl Wirsum and Albert Oehlen. JD is interested in the vocabulary of comic book art: exaggeration, energy, movement, contour line, the interplay of sequential images, and, most importantly, artificial color. He collages this imagery into unpredictable, abstract, and bittersweet compositions that are simultaneously optimistic and apocalyptic.

JD has exhibited screen prints, collages, and paintings in Chicago, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC. In 2015 he was a Yaddo Fellow, a Fine AIR at the Strathmore Mansion, and the resident artist at Open Studio DC and not Touchstone Gallery as TFA Fellow 2017-2019. In addition to his personal artwork, JD has worked with commercial clients including Burton Snowboards, Misfit Juicery, RAMP Records, Palette22, and the DC Department of Public Works.
www.deardourff.com


 Jo-Ann Block - Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow (2015-2017), Ksenia Grishkova, Executive Director and Lionel Daniels Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow (2015-2017)

Jo-Ann Block - Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow (2015-2017), Ksenia Grishkova, Executive Director and Lionel Daniels Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow (2015-2017)

2015-2016 Emerging Artist Fellows

By Rosemary Luckett, May 2015
This year the Touchstone Gallery artist members circles includes four Touchstone Foundation for the Arts sponsored Fellowship members, two of whom will solo in June 2017. The four are Lionel Daniels, Susi Cora, Jo Ann Block and Carol Moore. Each is working in a different medium and each is working towards a unique goal. Their work can be seen in each monthly Touchstone exhibit.

Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) is proud to sponsor these four gifted artists.  TFA, a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, was created by the artists of Touchstone Gallery to increase their engagement with the community around them and to accept donations to make that possible. Their inaugural project was the creation of the TFA Fellowship for Emerging Artists.

Carol Moore

Printmaker Carol Moore allows her fascination with the natural world to guide her inspiration, whether it is a tiny plant specimen or an animal that catches her attention. Her current works seeks to elaborate on the origins of the plant and animals as well as the plates used in the printmaking process. As the plate takes a greater role, the divide between the matrix and the printed image is blurred and the evidence of plate characteristics cannot be ignored.

Susi Cora

Susi Cora, while working in an entirely different medium, share’s Carol’s observation and attention to the natural world.  Susi’s art practice is currently focused upon abstract ceramic sculpture and she utilize slabs, tablets and totems to communicate stillness and metamorphosis. Surfaces are reminiscent of nature’s processes of accretion and erosion and the textures and patterns are taken from imagery of geologic formations, shorelines modeled by the wind and tides, and lichen-covered fountains.

The sculptures are hand built using pressed slab and coiling methods. Surface treatments are highly textural, composed of manipulated layers of clay and slip. A variety of oxides and stains are utilized combined with limited applications of matte and crackle glazes. The work is fired using both conventional and pit firing methods. This way of working aligns with the natural processes of the earth and parallels eons of human experience.

Lionel Daniels

While Susi manipulates clay with her hands, Lionel Daniels only paints with his hands. For him, the brush is the middle man that must be eliminated. A true finger painter, Lionel creates figurative photo expressionist paintings that depict Black Life and the day to day struggles and triumphs of African Americans that still exist today. The purpose of this work is for his audience to honor the ancestor, recognize the message, and spark an internal dialogue within them. Lionel is also exploring the political arena in his current works.

Jo Ann Block

Jo Ann Block is a multimedia artist constructing her works from physical items at hand, large pieced together drawings,  and digital collage fragments joined on the computer. Jo Ann presents autobiographical collages, piecing together her trajectory from growing up queer and her struggle toward emancipation from social stigma. The collages are an amalgam of historical and personal imagery using a range of materials and methods to cut and paste a complex identity.