About

Workhouse Arts Center is a Virginia not-for-profit corporation that was created for the purpose of planning, developing and fundraising a self- sustaining arts space. The primary goal has been and remains the renovation, preservation and reuse of the former District of Columbia Complex’s Workhouse facilities. Officially transitioned from the District of Columbia Prison Complex to Workhouse Arts Center in 2008, the organization now sits on 55-acres of land surrounded by rolling hills, featuring 3 main gallery spaces, near 100 artist studios and hosts an array of engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences in visual and performing arts, history and education.

Mission

The mission of Workhouse Arts Foundation is to grow and support a vibrant arts center that offers engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences in visual arts, performing arts, history, and education.


Core Values

Commitment to High-Quality Arts and Education
Fiscal Responsibility
Exemplary Governance
Community Engagement


Workhouse Arts Center

Workhouse Glass National 2021

Prospectus

The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 6th Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2021. This annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks. The Workhouse Arts Center is very excited to promote and display the breadth of contemporary glass artwork being created throughout the USA and Canada.

Juror(s)- Jack Wax

Jack Wax is a Professor of Glass and Director of Graduate Studies. He has taught at several institutions including Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, the University of the Arts at The Ohio State University, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Illinois State University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Toyama Institute in Japan. He is a two-time recipient of Individual Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, was nominated three times for a Tiffany Foundation Grant, was a recipient of an Illinois State Council of the Arts Grant. He has done residencies in Istanbul Turkey at Cam Ocagi, at the Corning Museum in New York, and on the Island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. He has also worked at the Smithsonian Institute, the LA County Museum, Toyama City Japan, Ibaraki City Japan, Cam Ocagi Istanbul Turkey, the Phillip Morris Collection, the Markel collection, and the Tittot Museum in Taipei. Wax earned his MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his BFA at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

Entry Guidelines

Open to all glass artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S. and Canada

All works must be primarily Glass. Mixed media works will be accepted only if glass materials are the primary media.  The juror will make final determinations.  Size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Large scale installations shall be installed by artist. Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section.  Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

Please visit Workhouse Art Center's Submittable page for a detailed prospectus and to apply.

Selections will be conducted from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed.  Artists may submit up to 3 entries with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed 6 images. Please proof read your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information.

Image Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online:

· Name

· Title

· Year completed

· Type of glass and finishing method

· Size (inches) H x W x D

· Weight (lbs.)

· Insurance Value/ Retail Price

· A brief artist statement of no more than 150 words describing your work

* Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images.

* The resolution of images should be 150DPI minimum; 300DPI maximum.

* Images need to be smaller than 15MB.

Entry Fee

All U.S. and Canadian artists- $30

(Fee is non-refundable - payable thru PayPal when applying) for up to 3 entries (2 images (including one detail) per entry max.).

Entry form and application may be found online at Workhouse Art Center's Submittable page.

Awards

Best of Show- $500

1st place-$350-Sponsored By Mountain Glass Arts

2nd Place-$250-Sponsored by Workhouse Glass Program

2 Honorable Mentions

Calendar

Detailed information and Registration form: Available online May 10, 2021
Entry Submittal deadline:  September 24, 2021
Acceptance notification: on/after October 1, 2021
Acceptance Contracts due by October 18, 2021
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by October 15, 2021

Delivery of accepted work-being hand-delivered: October 18, 2021 10am-5pm only!
Installation: October 18-22, 2021
Exhibition Dates: October 23, 2021-January 9, 2022 *Please note: This year’s exhibit will be displayed both physically (in-person viewing) and virtually.
Opening Reception: November 13, 2021 from 6pm-7pm (LIVE or Virtual-TBD)

Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting January 11, 2022

Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: January 10, 2022 10am-5pm only!

Shipping

Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Workhouse Arts Center and insuring it while in transit.  Works may be shipped, or hand delivered to the Workhouse Arts Center.  Works must be shipped in reusable containers and packaging for re-packing and return shipping. Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover return shipping costs*.  Please! No Shipping Peanuts! If you must use them, please place in bags first!

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to:

Workhouse Arts Center

Workhouse Glass National 2021

Gallery Bldg. W-16

9518 Workhouse Way

Lorton Virginia 22079

*Any check received for return shipping should be for the same amount as it costs to ship to the Workhouse Arts Center. When determining return shipping cost, artist must be sure to use same address as it was sent from.

Insurance and Sales

The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to hold safe the work(s) of art and agrees, if unsold upon completion of the consignment period, to return the work(s) of art in the same condition as received, less reasonable wear and tear. Artists are encouraged to insure artwork(s). The Workhouse Arts Center is harmless for any damage or loss whatsoever.

The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to try to sell the work(s) of art at the price listed on the online application. Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives those instructions in writing.

The Workhouse Arts Center will conduct all sales through their sales gallery.  A 30% commission on sales will be taken by the Workhouse Arts Center.

Photography and Permissions

Accepted artists agree to allow the Workhouse Arts Center to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes.
Images of accepted entries will be retained for the Workhouse Arts Center archives and may be reproduced and posted on its website and in printed materials.

It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet about the exhibition and the Workhouse Arts Center.

Reception

An Opening Reception will occur on November 14, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center-Vulcan Gallery.

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The Exhibitions Department at Workhouse Arts Center aims to be an educational, creative resource established to engage a diverse public in the exploration of the art of today while provoking memorable, immersive learning experiences.  Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to offer artists, curators and art collectives an opportunity to host an exhibition in one of our gallery spaces. 


ENTRY GUIDELINES

This open call facilitates interested parties (Artist, Artist Group, Curator, Curatorial Group, Art Collectives) in communicating information to the Center. There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 3 months of the submission date. 


The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three entries. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:


Artist Information

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address 
  • Email Address 
  • Phone Number 
  • Artist Biography (Maximum 100 words)


 Artwork / Image Information  (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / Maximum 10 artwork submissions) 

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials and Techniques Used
  • Measurements (Length x Width x Depth in Inches) 
  • Retail Price
  • Insurance Value
  • Statement About the Work (Optional. Maximum 75 words)
  • One full size image and one detail image per artwork. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

 
TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions
The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted or on loan and therefore, allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries during the exhibition dates. The artists provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible. The artwork will remain the property of the artist unless sold on behalf of the artist by Workhouse Arts Center. If not sold, all artwork must be picked up or have proper return shipping material within 60 days after the last day of the exhibition.

Insurance and Sales
Workhouse Arts Center insures the artwork while in its custody up to 60% of the sales price or insurance value. Workhouse Arts Center does not guarantee that the insurance company will accept the value assigned by the artist and may require proof of past sales. Workhouse Arts Center does not insure artwork while in transit. Workhouse Art Center is not responsible for artwork damaged by poor craftsmanship by the artist or his/her agent.

If for sale, Workhouse Arts Center agrees to attempt to sell the artwork at the price listed on the application. Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives  instructions in writing. A 40% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a W-9 Federal Government tax form (obtained at http://www.irs.gov/). If sold during the exhibition, Workhouse Arts Center will issue a check within 30 days of the end of the exhibition.

Transportation and Shipping

The artist is responsible for the transportation of the artwork to Workhouse Arts Center.   

If artist decides to use a shipping company for the pickup and delivery of the artworks, the artist recognizes the risk of damage during transit. If the artist requests to have the artworks shipped back, the artist must provide a pre-paid shipping label (UPS, FedEx or DHL). The artist must ship the artwork in a re-usable shipping container(s). Workhouse Arts Center is not responsible for damage occurred in shipping to or from Workhouse Arts Center.  

 

FUNDING

As a non-profit, Workhouse Arts Center may offer exhibit space, general installation support and basic in house advertising but does not necessarily fund all/additional exhibit needs. Potential exhibitors should be prepared with a budget and potential funds.


Please Note: Workhouse Arts Center serves a large population.  Most exhibits are group exhibits and mounted in collaboration with community and academic partners.  While artists, groups and curators are encouraged to enter this open call, it is a very competitive opportunity.  Generally, the exhibition calendar is booked one year in advance. Selection may include an interview and discussions with the Exhibitions Department. 

All applicants must be prepared to present a sample of the proposed works in person or via mail upon request. 

Thank you in advance for your interest in exhibiting with Workhouse Arts Center!

The Artist Program is a core part of the historic Workhouse Arts Center in the greater Washington DC area. The 80+ artists at Workhouse comprise several groups: Studio Artists, who sublease one of 60 studios on campus; Arches Gallery Artists, associate artists who pay pay a fee to exhibit and operate on campus; and Emerging Artists and Resident Artists, who sublease studios in special programs.
This application is for Studio Artist submissions. Please return to our Submittable home page for the open call for Arches Gallery Artists.  

ENTRY GUIDELINES
This open call facilitates submissions from parties interested in having a rental studio at Workhouse. There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 2 months of their submission date. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

The entry fee is $30.00. 


Please Note: All applicants must be prepared to interview in person with staff/jurors and to present 3 to 5 pieces of their work if their juror ratings are high enough.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:

Artist Information
 

  • Full name
  • Mailing address 
  • Email address 
  • Phone number
  • Professional website 
  • Artist statement
  • Resume/CV

  
Artwork / Image Information (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / maximum 10 artwork submissions)
 

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials Used
  • At least 5 full-size images of artwork, maximum 10 full-size images. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

  
TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions: The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted and therefore allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries. If accepted, the artist provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible.

Sales: A 30% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a federal W-9 tax form to receive their 70%.


QUESTIONS
For questions about the application process or being an artist at Workhouse Arts Center, contact Sharon Moores, Artist Liaison, at sharonmoores@workhousearts.org.
 
Thank you for your interest in Workhouse Arts Center!

 The Exhibitions Department at Workhouse Arts Center aims to be an educational, creative resource established to engage a diverse public in the exploration of the art of today while provoking memorable, immersive learning experiences.  Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to present Warrior Way, an exhibition space designated to display artwork by active duty, retired and veteran service members.  

Installation Image, Warrior Way 


ENTRY GUIDELINES
This open call facilitates submissions from interested parties active duty, retired and veteran service members.  There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 3 months of the submission date.

The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three entries. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:


Artist Information

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address 
  • Email Address 
  • Phone Number 
  • Artist Biography (Maximum 100 words)

 

 Artwork / Image Information (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / Maximum 10 artwork submissions)

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials and Techniques Used
  • Measurements (Length x Width x Depth in Inches) 
  • Retail Price
  • Insurance Value
  • Statement About the Work (Optional. Maximum 75 words)
  • One full size image and one detail image per artwork. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

  

GALLERY MEASUREMENTS / SPECIFICATIONS

  • 32 feet in length x 6 feet in width
  • Concrete Floor
  • Wall Height approximately 9 ft
  • Drywall with Studs
  • Track Lighting


TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions
The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted or on loan and therefore, allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries during the exhibition dates. The artists provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible. The artwork will remain the property of the artist unless sold on behalf of the artist by Workhouse Arts Center. If not sold, all artwork must be picked up or have proper return shipping material within 60 days after the last day of the exhibition.

Insurance and Sales
Workhouse Arts Center insures the artwork while in its custody up to 60% of the sales price or insurance value. Workhouse Arts Center does not guarantee that the insurance company will accept the value assigned by the artist and may require proof of past sales. Workhouse Arts Center does not insure artwork while in transit. Workhouse Art Center is not responsible for artwork damaged by poor craftsmanship by the artist or his/her agent.

If for sale, Workhouse Arts Center agrees to attempt to sell the artwork at the price listed on the application. Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives  instructions in writing. A 40% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a W-9 Federal Government tax form (obtained at http://www.irs.gov/). If sold during the exhibition, Workhouse Arts Center will issue a check within 30 days of the end of the exhibition.

Transportation and Shipping
The artist is responsible for the transportation of the artwork to Workhouse Arts Center.   
If artist decides to use a shipping company for the pickup and delivery of the artworks, the artist recognizes the risk of damage during transit. If the artist requests to have the artworks shipped back, the artist must provide a pre-paid shipping label (UPS, FedEx or DHL). The artist must ship the artwork in a re-usable shipping container(s). Workhouse Arts Center is not responsible for damage occurred in shipping to or from Workhouse Arts Center.  


FUNDING
As a non-profit, Workhouse Arts Center may offer exhibit space, general installation support and basic in house advertising but does not necessarily fund all/additional exhibit needs. Potential exhibitors should be prepared with a budget and potential funds.


Please Note: Workhouse Arts Center serves a large population.  Most exhibits are group exhibits and mounted in collaboration with community and academic partners.  While artists, groups and curators are encouraged to enter this open call, it is a very competitive opportunity.  Generally, the exhibition calendar is booked one year in advance. Selection may include an interview and discussions with the Exhibitions Department. 


All applicants must be prepared to present a sample of the proposed works in person or via mail upon request. 


Thank you in advance for your interest in exhibiting with Workhouse Arts Center!

The Artist Program is a core part of the historic Workhouse Arts Center in the greater Washington DC area. The 80+ artists at Workhouse comprise several groups: Studio Artists, who sublease one of 60 studios on campus; Arches Gallery Artists, associate artists who pay pay a fee to exhibit and operate on campus; and Emerging Artists and Resident Artists, who sublease studios in special programs.
This application is for Arches Gallery Artists submissions. Please return to our Submittable home page for the open call for Studio Artists.  
 

ENTRY GUIDELINES
This open call facilitates submissions from parties interested in having a non-studio display space at Workhouse. There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 2 months of their submission date. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

The entry fee is $30.00. 


Please Note: All applicants must be prepared to interview in person with staff/jurors and to present 3 to 5 pieces of their work if their juror ratings are high enough.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:

Artist Information 

  • Full name
  • Mailing address 
  • Email address 
  • Phone number
  • Professional website 
  • Artist statement
  • Resume/CV

  
Artwork / Image Information (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / maximum 10 artwork submissions) 

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials Used
  • At least 5 full-size images of artwork, maximum 10 full-size images. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

  
TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions: The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted and therefore allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries. If accepted, the artist provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible.

Sales: A 30% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a federal W-9 tax form to receive their 70%.


QUESTIONS
For questions about the application process or being an artist at Workhouse Arts Center, contact Sharon Moores, Artist Liaison, at sharonmoores@workhousearts.org.

 
Thank you for your interest in Workhouse Arts Center!

Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to invite under graduate and graduate-level artists to submit project proposals for an exhibition in the gallery, Art Lab.
 

Installation, Art Lab Gallery 

  

Exhibition proposals should reflect an expansion of the artist’s practice and can include work that will be created for the exhibition or work that is already complete.


Proposals will be accepted from artists working in any media. Artists may apply as an individual or with a collaborative group presenting a singular idea. All artists must be currently enrolled in an BFA or MFA program at the time of application to qualify for an exhibition in Art Lab. The artists will have access to tools and hardware; however, Workhouse Arts Center does not provide financial support for shipping. installation, travel, honorarium, or extensive labor support for Art Lab exhibitions. The Exhibitions Director will provide support to the selected artists to assist with installation logistics, editing of exhibition texts and standard promotion.

Each exhibition will be on view for an 8 to 12 week period. Exhibition receptions will be held on the Second Saturday of the month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for each exhibition.
 

EXHIBITION PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
1. Project Description: In one page or less, clearly describe your exhibition concept and all elements involved.

2. Checklist: Please provide information about each artwork considered for inclusion in the exhibition, including: artist, title, date, medium, dimensions, installation components. It is expected that all participating artists and/or groups have been contacted and expressed interest in participating.

3. Images: Please include 5 images of works included or representative of what will be included. For time-based work, please include video samples or links.

4. Installation plan: Describe how the exhibition would be installed in the Workhouse Arts Center Art Lab. Clearly list all spatial needs, technical and equipment requirements, specific installation considerations, and an outline of shipping logistics.

5. Programming: Describe any additional programming (performances, talks, etc.) that you are interested in including with your exhibition.

6. Exhibiting artist information: Provide bios and/or statements for all exhibiting artists and/or curators.


GALLERY MEASUREMENTS / SPECIFICATIONS

  • 22 ft (length) x 8 ft (width)
  • Wood floor
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • Drywall with Studs
  • Wall height approximately 8 ft.
  • Track Lighting


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact audreymiller@workhousearts.org. Applications must be received at least three weeks prior to the desired
date of exhibition. 

Thank you in advance for your interest in exhibiting at Workhouse Arts Center!
 

Workhouse Arts Center