image: Carolyn Case, Red Drug, 2011, Oil on panel, 22″ x 24″

Dates: April 10 – June 9, 2013, Wednesday – Friday, 1-7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm
Location: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Curated by: Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions and Faculty, MFA in Curatorial Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Opening Reception: April 13, 2013, 6-9pm
Curators Talk: May 18, 2013, 4:00pm

Additional Programming:
The Wild Oyster of 1899, a performance by Julia Brown: Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm
The CIA, UFOs, and Abstract Expressionisma performance by Evan Hume: Saturday, May 18, 3pm
OPTIONS 2013 Curator and artist talk: Saturday, May 18, 4pm
32 Years of OPTIONS, moderated by Angela Adams and Don Russell: Wednesday, May 22, 6:30pm
Featuring Cynthia Connolly, Katherine Mann, Jeff Spaulding and other OPTIONS Alumni

Participating artists: Selin Balci (Annapolis, MD), Christina Billotte (Baltimore, MD), Michael Borek (Bethesda, MD), Julia Brown (Washington, DC), Carolyn Case (Cockeysville, MD), Bonnie Crawford Kotula (Baltimore, MD), Evan Hume (Washington, DC), Lisa Marie Jakab (Washington, DC), Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore, MD), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), Mark Parascandola (Washington, DC), Wendy Rodgers (Takoma Park, MD), Kathryn Sowinski (Baltimore, MD), Colette Veasey-Cullors (Baltimore, MD), William Whitaker (Washington, DC), and Millicent Young (Ruckersville, VA).

OPTIONS 2013 was the fifteenth iteration of WPA’s biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists from DC, Maryland, and VirginiaBegun in 1981 under the direction of WPA Executive Director Al Nodal, the OPTIONS biennial has, for over three decades, showcased vibrant, challenging, and innovative work by artists from the mid-Atlantic region.

Selected from several hundred submissions, the artists in OPTIONS 2013 brought their own strongly developed visions and artistic practices to the exhibition. By presenting work by sixteen distinctive artists the exhibition highlighted the diversity of artistic practice in the DC, MD, and VA region. While no single exhibition of this size could fully encapsulate the current state of contemporary art in DC, MD, and VA, OPTIONS 2013 provided a glimpse of the vitality and diversity of the region’s contemporary art scene by highlighting some of the area’s most thought-provoking emerging and unrepresented artists.

Gerald Ross is the Director of Exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and on the faculty of MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Program. He was born in Laramie, WY in 1965. He received a degree in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989 where he was also a Yale scholar. In the 1990s, he collaborated on six public mural projects, receiving numerous awards. Ross continues to pursue studio art and shows regularly throughout the region. He has also served as a juror for many fine arts awards, including the Trawick Prize and the National Sculpture Residency Prize at Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, MD. As Director of the Exhibitions Department at MICA, Ross manages a diverse, energetic, and vital program – presenting over 100 exhibitions per year, campus-wide. Since 2003, he has curated, established public programming, and worked with the community to bring a large variety of local, national, and international groups and artists to MICA.

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Installation Images
All images by Greg Staley Photography