Monday, July 1, 2013

Belated Announcement

Hello Porch Projects supporters, friends, and fans.  As you may have guessed, Porch Projects is taking a much needed sabbatical for rethinking, retooling, and refocusing.  Porch Projects has hopes of returning in the future, perhaps in new forms, as time and life permit.

Many thanks to all those who have supported this project with their presence, artwork, creativity, and enthusiasm.  You are part of a beautiful community.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

19 Ways of Looking at a Painting: Closing Reception

To celebrate the conclusion of Porch Projects' biggest exhibition yet, 19 Ways of Looking at a Painting, there will be a closing reception next Saturday, October 20, from 4 to 6 pm.  If you did not get a chance to view the exhibition over the past two months, or just want to congratulate the artists one last time, please join us.  

Closing Reception
19 Ways of Looking at a Painting
Porch Projects
October 20, 4-6 pm
Email porchprojectsdc [at] gmail [dot] com for directions.

There are many other art events happening around the city next Saturday, so please add Porch Projects to your list of stops!  
Among the other events are:
-Howard University Homecoming Parade watch party with DC Cheer, Pleasant Plains Workshop
-Artist talk with Laura Elkins, The Fridge
-Opening reception, Arlington Arts Center, Fall Solos 2012 and Rulemaker
-Kitchen of Innovation 3, arts micro-crowd sourced-fundraising dinner
-Opening reception, Doris-Mae

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

19 Ways of Looking at a Painting: Exhibition Images

From left, works by: Emily Do, Peter E. Harper, Laura Elkins,  Melissa McCutcheon, Mike Dowley,
and Deborah Carroll Anzinger

Works by Emily Do and Peter E Harper, with a detail of Laura Elkins' work

Works by Deborah Carroll Anzinger and Pat Goslee

Clockwise, from top left, works by: Laura Elkins, Deborah Carroll Anzinger, Emily Do, Melissa McCutcheon, Magnolia Laurie, and Mike Dowley (center)

In foreground, works by Mike Dowley (top left), Julia Brown, Megan Mueller (sculpture),
and Katherine Sable (green and white painting)

From top, and left to right, works by: Christopher Dolan (top four), Thomas Drymon, Brian Kelley (middle three), Emily Do, Julia Brown, and Becca Kallem (sculpture and work propped on floor)

Works by Brian Kelley, Julia Brown, Becca Kallem, Katherine Mann (in window) and Pat Goslee

From left, works by: Pat Goslee, Lisa K. Rosenstein, Tim Campbell (in window), and Joren Lindholm

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Porch Projects Presents: 19 Ways of Looking at a Painting

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.
--Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

The Washington, D.C., area has long been a center of carefully nurtured painting practices. Through means as varied as photorealism and color field abstraction, and all methods in between, painters here explore the analytical potential of mark and color for understanding the world around us.
Nineteen examples of such practices are gathered together for this exhibition. The works have been installed over the course of several weeks in response to the Porch Projects space and in relationship to each other. This contextual way of looking at and thinking about painting will foster new connections and meanings within the works being made in our area.
Participating Artists:
Julia Brown, Deborah M. Carroll Anzinger, Tim Campbell, Emily Do, Christopher Dolan, Mike Dowley, Thomas Drymon, Laura Elkins, Pat Goslee, Peter E. Harper, Becca Kallem, Brian Kelley, Magnolia Laurie, Joren Lindholm, Melissa McCutcheon, Katherine Mann, Megan Mueller, Lisa K. Rosenstein, Katherine Sable

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 4-7 pm
Exhibition on view by appointment through mid-October, 2012.
Email porchprojectsdc[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What if I take my problem to the United Nations? Exhibition Images

 Photograph by Todd Forsgren, painting by Sarah Navasse Miller 

Photographs by Todd Forsgren
Sculpture by Strauss Bourque LaFrance, painting by Sarah Navasse Miller

Photograph by Todd Forsgren (left), photographs by Chajana denHarder (top and center)

Sculpture by Sam Ekwurtzel, photograph by Chajana denHarder

Sculpture by Sam Ekwurtzel

Sculpture by Christopher Samuels

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Porch Projects Presents: What if I take my problem to the United Nations?

“I'm gonna take my problem to the United Nations.”
-Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues”
“What if I take my problem to the United Nations?”
-PJ Harvey, “The Words That Maketh Murder”

Porch Projects’ upcoming exhibition, curated by DC based artist Tim Campbell, brings together the efforts of five artists working in DC, New York, Connecticut, Detroit, and Paris. Many of the works in the exhibition (which range from painting to sculpture to performance documentation) focus on the human body as subject but extend beyond the figure itself to explore themes such as constraint, balance, extension, materiality, environment, and the artificial. The currents of meaning that run between and among these works raise questions about the methods, politics, and problems of bodily representation in our digital age.

What if I take my problem to the United Nations? 
Featuring work by: Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Chajana denHarder, Sam Ekwurtzel, Sarah Navasse Miller, Christopher Samuels 
Curated by: Tim Campbell
Opening reception: April 21, 2012, 4-7 pm
Exhibition open by appointment at other times.
Email porchprojectsdc[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

About the participants:

Tim Campbell lives and works in Washington, DC. He received an MFA from American University (2008), a BS from Skidmore College (2005), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. In 2009, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. He has recently exhibited at School 33 (Baltimore), Tompkins Projects and Zora Space (Brooklyn), and will be included in “Lost and Found” at the Museum of New Art (Pontiac, MI) in 2012. Learn more at

Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, currently living and working in Brooklyn, received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art (2010) and a BA from Hampshire College (2006). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010) and previous exhibitions include Bodega Gallery and Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Northampton Center for the Arts (Northampton, MA), and Abron’s Art Center (NYC). Learn more at

Chajana denHarder’s performances have been featured at the National Portrait Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and in public places throughout Washington, DC. She has also shown her work at the Washington Project for the Arts, DC Arts Center, and Hillyer Artspace, and was a 2011 recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Currently based in DC, she received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Learn more at

Sam Ekwurtzel is a sculptor currently based in New London, Connecticut. Ekwurtzel received his BFA from the University of Hartford (2006) and his MFA from Columbia University (2010). He was a 2010 Fountainhead Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University and has also attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited at venues including Smack Mellon and LeRoy Neiman Gallery (NYC); Vox Populi (Philadelphia); Real Art Ways (Hartford); and Art-St-Urban (Switzerland). Learn more at

Sarah Navasse Miller currently divides her time between Paris and Washington, DC. She received an MFA from American University (2011) and an MA in Art History from the Sorbonne (2009). Her work has been shown at the Katzen Art Center, the Festival du Touquet (France), Espace Artes (France), the Washington Studio School, and the Village Art Gallery (Montgomery, AL). Learn more at

Detroit based artist Christopher Samuels has shown at Northend Studios Gallery, the Museum of New Art (Detroit), CAVE Gallery, Detroit Industrial Projects, and Bodega Gallery (Philadelphia). Samuels is the founder and former direct of Detroit arts space ORG Contemporary. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. Learn more at

(Image: Chajana denHarder, Bodyworks)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MEGATRON'S DEAD Exhibition Images & Press

MEGATRON'S DEAD opened to media fanfare and record crowds last weekend.  Here's a taste of the work on view:

East City Art
Huffington Post
Washington Post Weekend Section (not online yet!)

Thanks, writers!