Show and Tell but Don't Sell - A Note on Sales and Exhibitions in 2018
Over the past three years I have been blessed to have had nearly every artwork from my first "series" invited to be part of juried or group exhibitions and shown in solo exhibitions that have been hosted across the country (and also in Prague!) - over 50 juried and group exhibitions and 6 solo exhibitions in locations ranging from Los Angeles to Miami to Boston, and, of course, many in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. In so doing, this work was fulfilling its purpose as I describe in my Artist Statement - bringing awareness of these issues through art to a broad audience. My sales policy during that period was "Show and Tell but Don't Sell". Having now served their purpose, in 2018 these artworks are currently for sale. You'll know which one's they are in my Portfolio because they will not show a sales price. If you are interested in purchasing one of those artworks, please contact me directly with your respectful offering price through the Contact tab on this website. Don't be shy!
I have adopted a new sales and exhibition policy for my new series - Children of War. Only under exceptional circumstances will these artworks be shown in 2018 in juried or group exhibitions as I am planning for a solo exhibition (or two) in late 2018 or 2019 with the objective of raising funds for Children of War / Children of Conflict, organizations that provide educational and other programs for children maturing in war zones. Similarly, only under exceptional circumstances will any of these artworks be available for purchase before those exhibitions. "Exceptional", in this case, is an offer will allow me to donate a substantial contribution to these organizations. They need support now and so this exception is warranted. I thank you for your understanding my policy.
Before those exhibitions the only place the Children of War series will be exhibited is in my studio, Studio #5 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. When the schedule for those exhibitions has been set, I will happily share that information in a new post.
Upcoming Solo Exhibitions (updated 24 April 2017)
4 August - 15 September 2017, "Social Narratives", Foundry Arts Centre, St. Charles, MO.
Autumn 2018, "Social Narratives", Galerie Kritiku, Prague, CZ.
Summer 2019. "Social Narratives", MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery, Norman, OK.
Upcoming Juried and Group Exhibitions (updated 24 October 2017)
11 November – 9 December 2017. Glimmer of Hope (Criminal Justice Reform) will be in the Luminous exhibition at the Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Juror – Danielle Fox.
6 October – 29 December 2017. Dreamer (Children of War series) and Power (Children of War series) will be in the 2018 National Juried Exhibition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI. Juror – Alyssa Monks.
8 November – 29 December 2017. Lift Them Up – Diptych (Human Trafficking) will be in the People are Not Products exhibition at the Verizon Gallery – The Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VA. Juror – Dr. Leah Lewis.
12 September – 21 October 2017. Wildfires (Climate Change III), Portrait of Defiance (A Woman’s Right to Choose), An Omen (Bee Colony Collapse Disorder), Locked Out (Glass Ceiling), Fox Guarding the Henhouse (Washington's Revolving Doors), and Lambs to the Slaughter (Subprime Crisis) will be in the Iconic Visions exhibition, Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA. Curated by Jessica Kallista.
9 September – 22 October 2017. Grace I (Children of War Series) will be in the Culture Shock exhibition, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror – Mojdeh Rezaipour.
4 – 24 August 2017. Bubble Burst (Homelessness) will be in the Art of Engagement exhibition, TouchStone Gallery, Washington, D.C. Juror – Jack Rasmussen.
26 May – 20 June 2017. Bubble Burst (Homelessness) will be in the 2017 radius250 exhibition, artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA. Juror – Francis Thompson.
9 May – 24 June 2017. Glimmer of Hope will be in the 2017 Annual Contemporary Art Survey exhibition, The Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO. Juror – Zoe Larkins.
23 April – 19 June 2017. Rising Seas (Climate Change II), Wildfires (Climate Change III), and Deluge / Flash Flood (Climate Change V) will be in the National Weather Center Biennale Earth Day exhibition, Fred Jones, Jr., Museum of Art, Norman, OK. Juror - Joe Goode.
13 March - 7 April 2017. Loneliness (Teen Counseling) will be in the 32nd Positive/Negative exhibit, Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, TN. Juror – Dr. Anja Foerschner.
10 March – 14 May 2017. The Liberties I (Defend the Sacred) will be in the Freedom of Expression exhibition, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, . Jurors - Jared Bowen, Paul Ha, and Edith A. Tonelli, Ph, D.
Exhibition in Prague!
I'm very excited to share that I am co-curating, with Jenufa Kent, an exhibition at Galerie Kritiku in Prague, CZ, 13 April - 11 May 2017. My work, along with artworks from 8 other artists will be displayed in an exhibit entitled Transcendence. Below is an abstract for the exhibition:
Franz Kafka, favorite son of Prague, spent his lifetime dreaming of transcendence by finding comfort through creative works to escape his world of seemingly insurmountable personal, social and political challenges. Even though he is recognized as a seminal author of the 20th century his creative works never provided him the transcendent sanctuary he sought. His struggle has inspired many, however, so it is decidedly apropos that an exhibit celebrating his inspiration be hosted by Galerie Kritiku in his hometown of Prague. The exhibition will offer manifestations of that inspiration as seen in narratives and artworks of a select group of artists who have realized transcendence through their artmaking practices. It will include artwork highlighting personal, social and political challenges faced by the artists – many similar to those faced by Kafka himself, artwork that encompasses a myriad of ways artists have confronted these challenges and presented their transcendent experiences to the world, and artist narratives on how finding comfort in creative works led to their transcendence.
Finalist for the 2017 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art
I'm a very pleased to have been selected as one of seven finalists for this award. While I was not in the top three (each of whom received a cash prize and solo exhibition opportunity), placing as a finalist offers me the privilege of association with the Main Line Arts Center which, in turn, opens up a host of opportunities for exhibiting artwork in the greater-Philadelphia area.
Washington Post Review of Art of Politics exhibition
Washington Post Review
By Mark Jenkins September 24
The pictures in “The Art of Politics,” Michael Fischerkeller’s Art League show, have some of the characteristics of political cartoons. Each one is a symbolic vignette on a single theme, such as campaign finance and global warming. But the local artist, who has a doctorate in political science, works with acrylic spray paint and rarely portrays political notables. Although President Obama and Vladimir Putin are here, the central figures are women in colorful gowns, arrayed in classical poses against black backdrops.
The word “art” in the show’s title, it turns out, is something of a joke. The women who appear in these paintings are lifted from earlier ones by the likes of John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones, aesthetically backward-looking Victorian Britons. The collaged pictures juxtapose these retro images with pop-art appropriation, graffiti-style technique and immediate concerns such as the Syrian civil war. Borrowing archetypal women from earlier eras may be an art-history joke, but Fischerkeller’s concerns are entirely up-to-date.
Michael Fischerkeller: The Art of Politics On view through Oct. 2 at the Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
Best in Show Award!
"Willful Blindness (White Privilege)" was awarded Best in Show at the Freedom Imagined: Freedom Lived exhibition at Lindenwood J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, St. Charles, MO.
Best in Show, Solo Exhibit Award!
"Portrait of Ignorance (Campaign Finance Reform)" was awarded Best in Show at the Impact exhibition at Foundry Art Centre. The award affords me the privilege of a solo exhibition at the Centre in the Summer of 2017!
A Soulful Encounter ...
Artwork featured in BROAD Magazine - Class and Power Issue, #82.
"Appropriation for the Art of Politics", InterArtive | Contemporary Art and Thought, Special Issue: "Original vs. Copy", #75
Distinguished Artist, ArtAscent | Art & Literature Journal, June 2015.
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