Advance your arts career at Capitol Arts Network

By Helen Triolo, last updated 5/21/13 11:44pm

Photo credit Helen Triolo  

Katie Lemen, a graphic artist, illustrator, and creator of the collage works seen here, is one of 31 resident artists at the recently opened Capitol Arts Network gallery and studios on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville. Set up to provide area artists with a work space, classes and other tools for creating a successful art-based business, the gallery and studios complement Capitol Arts Network's other ongoing activities.

Since its establishment as a 501(c)3 in 2003, Capitol Arts Network (CAN) has been providing business courses for artists and gallery exhibitions to the public in various venues throughout the region. With their own spacious studio and gallery space, and in affiliation with the Washington School of Photography in the same building, CAN is now poised to expand the professional services they offer to area artists even further, including
  • Resident Artist Program (currently full, with a waiting list), and an Affiliate Program in which artists can enjoy daily collaboration with others in a stimulating and artistic environment (

  • The very successful ongoing monthly Salon, where speakers present and discuss topics related to developing an art business. The June 14 Salon features Maire McArdle, founding art director of Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine, speaking about how a publication chooses their photographers and illustrators (

  • Juried art exhibitions like “Born on the 4th of July”, opening on July 5 and celebrating all the best that the metro DC area has to offer with monuments, fireworks, and artist’s impressions of our nation’s capital

  • Open Call for the Halls, in which artists may hang a sample of their artwork for two months for a small fee

  • Gallery Talks and Trunk Shows, like those featured in "A Grand Obsession," at the gallery June 7, 8 and 9 (

  • Partnerships with local economic development organizations offering business development courses at the center

  • Year-round weekly open Figure Drawing sessions beginning June 3, 2013

Those are just a few of the things going on at the Capitol Arts Center. To find out the latest, visit the Capitol Arts Network website or Facebook page.

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