An artful June

As part of an interactive art project sponsored by Artisphere over the month of June, artist Linda Hesh will distribute 5,000 free copies of a decal printed with the words "Art Every Day," to be applied as the user sees fit. (Artisphere)

We mean that quite literally. This month, Arlington’s Artisphere is sponsoring something called “Art Every Day.” The month-long interactive art project — which will have a kick-off party at Artisphere on June 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — is the brainchild of artist Linda Hesh, who’ll be giving away 5,000 free “Art Every Day”decals. You can snag one at Artisphere, or from the ground-level guest services booth in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (where Hesh’s art also adorns 62 food court tables).

Where does the interactive part come in? You’re supposed to stick the decal somewhere meaningful to you, photograph it and then upload it, through the Artisphere Web site, to a photo gallery .

Here are a few other events to fill your art calendar:

Museum shows alone should keep you busy. On the 16th, the Phillips Collection opens “Left Behind,” a contemporary photo exhibition whose Rapture-themed title we can’t help but love. Featuring gifts donated to the museum by major D.C. collectors Heather and Tony Podesta, the show consists of views of unpopulated spaces.

On the 18th, the Corcoran Gallery of Art opens “Chris Martin: Painting Big.” That one should be easy enough to spot. Its centerpiece is an installation of three gigantic paintings in the museum’s atrium. On the 23rd, look for the cosmic-sounding “Fragments in Time and Space” to land at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Drawn from works in the museum’s permanent collection by such artists as Douglas Gordon and Hiroshi Sugimoto, it explores the ways contemporary artists see the infinite in the finite, and vice versa.

Two of the area’s biggest-deal art contests also take place this month. “Bethesda Painting Awards,” on view at Artery Plaza beginning June 1, features work by eight semifinalists in a competition with a top prize of $10,000. A public reception will be held on June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. And on June 25, the Baltimore Museum of Art opens “Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2011 Finalists.” Although that winner — who’ll walk away $25,000 richer — will not be announced until July 9, you can pick your own favorite before the judges do.

Check out this handful of interesting art talks:

June 4 at 5:30 p.m.: Photographers Iata Cannabrava of Brazil and Sergi Camarra of Spain will discuss their work in “E-CO,” a new exhibition of environmentally-themed photos opening at the American University Museum, followed by a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

June 19 at 1:30 p.m.: Area painter Matthew Mann will give an “Art + Coffee” talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Not about his own work, but about a piece from the museum’s permanent collection (which, incidentally, has the best title I have ever heard). It’s called “Acupuncture Pitchfork Style,” by folk artist “Uncle Jack ” Dey.

June 23 at 6:30 p.m.: Artist Allan deSouza will discuss “The World Series,” his new multimedia installation at the Phillips Collection featuring 30 photographs and audio clips. It was inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s “The Migration Series,” and depicts places from the artist’s travels.

Finally, for sheer novelty, don’t miss the June 18 opening of Hemphill Fine Arts’ “Workingman Collective: Prospects and Provisions.” A collaboration between artists Tom Ashcraft, Janis Goodman and Peter Winant, the show will include a children’s swing set mounted with potted plants that filter volatile organic compounds from the air and a limited edition of seven artist-designed backpacks, inspired by a 1924 model.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Michael O’Sullivan has worked since 1993 at The Washington Post, where he covers art, film and other forms of popular — and unpopular — culture.


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