July 9, 2015

A Summer of PLAY at AAC

You’ve probably heard by now that this summer we’re presenting PLAY: Tinker, Tech, & Summer of PLAY at Arlington Arts CenterToy, an exhibition featuring thirteen mid-Atlantic artists who use playful methods to experiment, find inspiration, and create artwork that invites viewers to contemplate, reminisce, and engage in play as an essential part of life. The show opens Saturday, July 11, and you don’t want to miss it! Join us for the reception that evening, 6 – 9 PM.


Wanna know more about the artists of PLAY and their work? Here’s a snapshot of what to expect when you walk into the galleries this summer:

  • John James Anderson

    invites the viewer to color in his custom Coloring Book, featuring examples of artworks and artists throughout history.

  • Jason Corace & Sam Sheffield

    present Mr. Yums Inc, an installation that embodies the internal logic of a video game through playful interactions with sculptural forms.

  • Annette Isham & Zac Willis

    explore a love for competition through a multimedia installation featuring a 40-yard field goal challenge, a Missouri tomahawk throw, and target shooting.

  • Steven Jones

    invites the audience to explore the complex relationship we have with food through a series of artist-designed kiddie rides.

  • Becca Kallem

    draws upon her experience as an educator to create a unique installation of painting and sculpture that incorporates the structures and visual vocabulary of games and educational toys.

  • Randall Lear

    engages the ideas of humor and stupidity in art through a playful display of mini sculptures and paintings presented on a painted wall.

  • Carolina Mayorga

    presents an interactive floor-based game that addresses the idea of immigration, allowing the viewer to hop their way from the South to North, and back again.

  • Catherine O’Connell

    transforms scavenged and discarded objects to create an installation of “game pieces” that interact with small-scale sculptural playgrounds.

  • Scott Pennington

    borrows from his background in carpentry to explore his interests in labor, consumer culture, and simple pleasures to create a temporary wonderland of carnival culture and game play.

  • Marty Weishaar

    presents an interactive installation that mirrors the size, shape, and objects of his studio

  • Cory Oberndorfer

    transforms the lawn of the AAC into a field of discarded toys that allude to the Center’s past as the Maury School.


Roxana Alger Geffen

also opening this Saturday, July 11 is Screenshot. In the Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery on the Upper Level Roxana’s work explores the structure of domestic life using imagery from the digital game Minecraft. You can also visit Roxana in her studio during the reception.

To go along with the exhibitions, we’ve scheduled some fun activities, so break out your calendars and start planning a summer of PLAY with AAC:

  • Gamer Symphony Orchestra
  • Community Picnic & Pop-Up Games – Sept. 12, 1-4 PM
    • Everyone is invited to join us for a picnic and games! Our friends in the Interactive Arts and Game Arts programs at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) will be bringing the games, all you have to do is show up!

PLAY Partners

PLAY is sponsored by the Ballston Business Improvement District (BID). Public Art by Cory Oberndorfer was developed with and supported by Arlington Public Art. Community picnic pop-up games designed by Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Interactive Arts Department and the Game Arts Concentration students.

Performances by Isa Leal & Liz Ensz + Skye Fort in conversation with NO GRIDS NO MASTERS

Saturday / April 20 / 6pm-8pm

An evening of performances by Isa Leal and Liz Ensz + Skye Fort in conversation with Ensz’s exhibition NO GRIDS NO MASTERS currently on view at MoCA Arlington.

Artist Talk at the Innovation Studio + Store: Chris Combs

Wednesday / April 17 / 6pm-7pm

Join us for a conversation with current Innovation Studio artist in residence Chris Combs and Blair Murphy, MoCA Arlington’s curator of exhibitions, about Combs’s new wall-sized installation The Next Big Thing.

2024 Art Classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults!

Register now! Classes begin April 7!

Less than 2 weeks left to register! Sign up today to secure your spot in one of MoCA Arlington’s award-winning programs! From drawing and painting to ceramics and mixed media, you are sure to find an inspiring art class. Enrich your creative journey with our talented instructors and explore the world of art in a fun and supportive environment.

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