NOVA Annandale Career Services Sponsors An Information Session with The Intelligence Community 9-10-14

NOVA Annandale will sponsor an information session with representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Department of Sate and the National Virtual Translation Center.

The event will be held in the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center’s Forum on Wednesday, September 10th from 11AM to 2:30PM.  Free parking in B12, B13, B14, and B15 will be available (individuals who do not park in these areas may be subject to ticketing and/or towing).

Here is a link to the Annandale campus map:

For additional information, please go to

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League of Reston Artists at the Ernst Center Verizon Gallery

Dream, Create, Inspire

Exhibition Dates:  September 6th, 2014 through October 25th, 2014

Reception:  Saturday, October 4th, 2014 ~ 1:30PM to 3:30PM (free parking in B lots)



For more information about League of Reston Artists please visit:

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Mostar: A Photographic Survey ~ Amy Gilley, Fulbright Scholar

Dont Forget

Exhibition dates:  August 4th, 2014 through August 31st, 2014 in the Ernst Center Verizon Gallery

Mostar: A Photographic Survey is a project that I undertook as a Fulbright Scholar.  This photographic survey was intended to highlight the glimpses that I had into like in this contested city.  It is impossible to include all the moments of daily life, but this exhibition should present some hint of life, from the Roma to the public Obituaries tapped to street lights to the immense mountains that surround the city.  Wherever one turns, one can glimpse how politics impact architecture.  The Synagogue was transformed by Tito into a puppet theater, and the proposed new Synagogue and Peace center has reminded a single cornerstone for the past 10 years.  A shining new Mall sits next to bombed out War Ruins.  One of the oldest Mosques is pockmarked with shell damage, but hosts a soup kitchen and a public tour.

Mostar has been called the Stalingrad of the Bosnian War (1992-95).  Sustaining the heaviest damage, the east side of the city was nearly destroyed in the shelling by Croatian forces.  On November 11, 1993, they destroyed the last bridge linking the West to the East.  The Stari Most (the Old Bridge), a foot bridge, represented the height of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.  Its destruction was an example of how an everyday architecture can be transformed into a monument.  Its destruction ensured its survival.  Rebuilt in 2004, the Stari Most reminds us of the power of architecture to transform identity.  Mostar, after all, means bridge keeper.

The Stari Most represents many things and these things are unique to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This irrepressible country, the most diverse in Europe, is also the most fraught by it diversity.  Rebuilding the bridge was equally complicated for the original engineer was an architect, who built the bridge four times before he could get it to stand.  Some say the bridge was built at a point where two lovers were kissing, ensuring its stability.  Others say the architect learned through trial and error.  Now, the bridge is a tourist destination for tourists visiting Medjugorje and a link for Mostar citizens to cross the river in the older part of the city.  And like so much in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the meaning and history is too complex to capture in a moment, a paragraph, a photograph.



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Ernst Gallery & Specially Adapted Resource Clubs Exhibition

Through its Community Connections Program, the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Gallery is sponsoring a Specially Adapted Resource Clubs Exhibition.  The exhibition presents collaborative works completed over the past year and a half related to exploration of the circle. Pieces in this show use mixed media to represent the most constant natural shape appearing in the universe and nature as well as everyday life. The circle has been used expressively and symbolically in art in early cave drawings, architecture, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and photography – and across time and all cultures.

Exhibition Dates:  June 24th, 2014 through July 20th, 2014

Reception:  Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm (Free and open to the public; light refreshments available)

Parking for the reception is free in lots B13 & B14 (see campus map for details ).

For more information on the exhibition, kindly contact Ann Burdell at

SAPC pic2 SARC No 3

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NVCC – Student Art Exhibition

Apple of My Eye Painting by Kevinin Conlon v2 Houston Black & White by Larry Ridley v2Exhibition Judge:  Dr. Tebow

Reflection on the Exhibition by Dr. Betsy Tebow

I enjoyed returning to NOVA to select prizes for the annual student art show.  It has always been such an important campus event, providing students with the opportunity to present their work in a gallery setting and offering the campus community the pleasure of seeing interesting art. This year’s show has a wide range of imagery and forms.  I was especially struck by the rich color of the computer graphics and innovative techniques of some of the drawings, especially the very effective chiaroscuro portrait image made with fingerprints in the manner of Chuck Close and the use of photographic reproductions of drawn landscapes.  While the ceramics exemplified the elegance of traditional forms enlivened by rich glazes, the sculpture tended toward more conceptual inspiration. I enjoyed the exploration of content as well as light in the photographs, and was amused by the return to pop and funk art in the paintings.  Abstraction was mostly limited to the 2- and 3-D design pieces, a logical outgrowth of the category, and enlivened by a nice use of texture and color.

Singling out works to be awarded prizes is always a challenge and very subjective.  All of the students who are participating in the show deserve kudos, and the art faculty who guided and encouraged them, our thanks and admiration.


Exhibition Dates:  March 28, 2014 through April 24, 2014

Exhibition Reception:  Thursday, April 10th, 2014 from 3 – 5 PM

A Woman Drawing by Jihyun Lim v2


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A curated exhibition of contemporary and traditional fiber Art

Calendar Show Dates:  APRIL 30-JUNE 16, 2014

Entry Postmark:  Friday April 14, 2014

Acceptance:  notice by e-mail- April 21, 2014

Delivery of accepted work:  Monday April 28 – noon to 7 p.m. at Verizon Gallery. 

Artists not located in Northern Virginia may arrange early delivery in Woodstock, VA

Reception: Saturday, May 10th, 2014- 2 -4 p.m.

Pick up unsold work: June 16, 2014 

Where:  Verizon Gallery in the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA  22003 (CE Building)

Curator:  Trudi Van Dyke is an independent curator and fine arts consultant who juries and cruates nationally.

Award Juror:  Sherry Trachtman, NCS, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus.

Submission:  Up to 3 submissions for consideration per artist may be submitted on CD in JPG format.  No more than two images (one full and one detail) may be submitted for each submission.  Images should not be larger than 12 inches in the longest dimension at 300 dpi resolution.  Information for each image in separate document must include:  Artist Name, Title of Art Work, dimensions, medium (please be specifit) process, year created, sale price.  (Please include 20% service fee, which will be assessed on sold work).  Work does not have to be for sale.

Fees:  $30 non-refundable entry fee for up to three works must be included with the submissions.

Checks:  please make payable to Trudi Van Dyke

Payment Address:
Trudi Van Dyke
249 Jess Sine Rd.
Woodstock, VA  22664

Awards:  cash awards – best of show; honorable mentions at discretion of juror in each categroy (contemporary and traditional) will be announced at the reception.

Sales:  All sales will be handled by the curator and a service fee of 20% will be retained.  Payments to the artist within 30 days after receipt of sales proceeds.  Sold works must remain hanging for the duration of the exhibition.  Arrangements for delivery of purchased pieces will be arranged by the curator.

Entries:  work in either traditional or contemporary categories must be composed of at least 75% fiber.  The artist must identify the fiber  medium in the submission. For example- cotton, paper, thread, etc.

  1. Original work only by artists in MD, VA., DC, WV.
  2. All work must be titled.
  3.  2D work must be ready to hang with secure and appropriate hanging devices.
  4. Quilts or similar unframed wall work should utilize slats or dowels with holes for hooking or eye hooks attached at both ends and small attached loops of clear fishing filament.   Due to our hanging system, screw eyes should be near the top of the frame so work hangs correctly on the wall.
  5. All work must be labeled on the back with artist’s name, and title
  6. No shipped work.  All accepted work must be hand delivered and picked up
  7. 3D artists should provide installation directions. Limited pedestal and locked cases are available. Please indicate if you will provide your own pedestal.

Liability:  Reasonable care will be taken with all artwork. The Verizon Gallery, Ernst Community Cultural Center and the curator will not be responsible for loss or damage.

Accepted Entries:  Accepted work must closely represent the quality of the image submitted and arrive ready for display.  CDs will not be returned unless requested and SASE is included with entry.

Click here for entry form:  FIBER ENTRY




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Encore Theatrical Arts Project Presents “Switching Christmas”

Encore Theatrical Arts Project Presents

switching Christmas Font

When a precocious young girl meets a perky and playful elf, all kinds of chaos ensue as New Yorkers and North Pole elves alike race to put everything back as it belongs before Santa’s late night flight! “Switching Christmas”…a toe tapping Broadway style musical for all audiences and all ages!


Richard J. Ernst Theatre
8333 Little River Turnpike
NOVA Campus Annandale 22003

Dec. 13th, 8pm

Dec. 14th, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm

Dec. 15th, 12pm, 4pm

Dec. 20th, 8pm

Dec. 21st, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm

Dec. 22nd, 12pm, 4pm

How Much:

$18 Students/Seniors

$22 Adults

For tickets:

Contact:  Raynor Van Der Merwe, Artistic Director (703-222-5511)

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The 2014 Juried Photography Exhibition – February 24, 2014 – March 24, 2014

The Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, NOVA – Annandale Student Arts Club, and Porch View Studios present The 2014 Juried Photography Exhibition at the Verizon Gallery February 24th, 2014 through March 24th, 2014.

Peggy Feerick, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Photography in the School of Art at George Mason University, will be the juror Juried Photo Exhibit Brochure Binder mim  (please dowload the exhibition brochure for more information and biograhical information on Peggy Feerick).

Important Dates & Eligibility:

The 2014 Photography Exhibition is open to all photographers residing in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  Any Photographic technique and process is eligible except video.  Work must have been completed with the past two years.

  • December 8th, 2013 – January 28th, 2014 > On-line entry
  • January 31, 2014 > Email notification of jury results
  • February 23, 2014 > Receiving 10AM – 12 Noon
  • February 24, 2014 > Exhibit Opens
  • March 1, 2014 > Lightroom Overview with Eliot Cohen in the Ernst Center Forum  1:00 – 5:00PM
  • March 1, 2014 > Reception & Presentation of Awards 5:30PM – 7:30PM
  • March 24, 2014 > Exhibit Closes
  • March 26, 2014 > Pick-up unsold work 5:00 – 8:00PM


Cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show ($500), Second Place ($300) and two (2) Honorable Mention awards of $125 each in vendor merchandise.


You may submit up to three (3) digital images of your original work for a non-refundable entry fee of $30 which must be paid during the digital entry process.

Entry Procedure:

Only digital entries are accepted.  Submit your application on-line at

Your digital image must be a JPG (.jpg) 1280 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.

A Lightroom Overview with Eliot Cohen in the Ernst Center Forum on March 1, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00PM

Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!


For more information, please contact Kevin Sheehan, Ernst Center Manager at

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NVCC – Annandale Recycled Art Exhibition

The Green Club of the Northern Virginia Community College Anndale Campus is sposoring a recycled art exhbition in the Verizon Gallery at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center.  The exhibition opens on Thursday, October 17th, 2013.

Don’t miss an impactful series of events on Thursday, October 17th, 2013:

  • 2pm > create recycled art of your own with Mark Diphillio
  • 5-8pm > Exhibition Reception in the Verizon Gallery with the exhibiting artists (light refreshments will be served)
  • 5:30-6:30 > Colin Beavan, the author of No Impact Man, will talk about his adventures and answer questions about the book (more information at

The recycled art exhibition runs through Sunday, November 17th, 2013.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9AM until 5PM.  For more information about the gallery, please call Kevin Sheehan at 703-323-3805, or email him at

Recycled Art Show 1

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China In My Eyes & Beauty and Harmony Exhibition Reception

Charlene Furman-Shultz demonstrates her brush painting techique

Charlene Furman-Shultz demonstrates her brush painting techique


The China In My Eyes and Beauty and Harmony exhibition reception was a hit! 

NOVA’s Annandale Languages and Literature Division partnered with George Mason’s Confucius Institute to mount a dynamic exhibition centered on China, culture and art.  The well attended reception featured Confucius Institute Instructors, NOVA Professors, NOVA Chinese Student Association/Club, and local Chinese Brush Painting artists.

The NOVA community may be interested in NOVA’s Language Studies and Cultural Exploration In China (2 packages from which to choose – #1 May 17th to June 2, 2014; #2 May 17th to May 22nd, 2014).  For more information please contat Dr. Dali Tan, Professor of Chinese, or 703-933-5078, or plan to attend an infomation meeting on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Building Room 0342 at 8PM.

Here are some candid photographs from the reception:

GMU Confucius Instructor prepares authentic Chinese tea

GMU Confucius Instructor prepares authentic Chinese tea

NOVA China Student Association officers talk about the CSA

NOVA China Student Association officers talk about the CSA

Darlene Kaplan conducts a Chines Brush Painting Workshop

Darlene Kaplan conducts a Chines Brush Painting Workshop

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