This summer, join the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design for the return of ArtJamz on August 24–26 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Corcoran’s Gallery 31. Inspired by the Corcoran’s summer exhibition Chris Martin Painting Big (June 18–October 23, 2011), Artjamz: Painting Big Sessions will prompt participants to think big on their 22 x 28 inch canvases like Martin does on his larger-than-life canvases, creating their own take-home masterpieces in the historic Gallery.


“This will be our third set of ArtJamz sessions at Gallery 31. We are excited to be back in the place where we started it all, said ArtJamz Chief Creative Enabler, Michael M. Clements. “And the Corcoran is such the perfect place to let anyone who wants to paint, come and get their hands dirty.”
ArtJamz participants will enjoy Heineken, wine, vitaminwater, hors d’oeuvres, and music in Gallery 31, the Corcoran’s free exhibition space, along with access to paint brushes, acrylic paints, and a blank canvas. Tickets cost $55 for Corcoran Members and $65 for members of the public. For more information on ArtJamz: Painting Big Sessions and to register, please visit

Painting Big presents the work of abstract painter Chris Martin in the form of a three-part exhibition. One portion brings together large-scale paintings from the past nine years; another is a dense assemblage of small paintings in the Rotunda on view through August 28; the third presents a new body of work: a site-specific installation of monumental paintings in the Corcoran’s central atrium. Three paintings, each 26 feet high, will be suspended from the second floor to the ground, creating a vibrant “room” of color and pattern in the public space. Martin’s paintings are tactile and stitched-together, incorporating found objects and collage into their abstract geometries and rhythmic patterns. His works relate to the physical world as much as to his own internal landscape of memories and experiences, which draw from music, literature, and the human relationship to the natural world. Originally from Washington, D.C., this will mark Chris Martin’s first exhibition in D.C. and his first one-artist museum exhibition. For more information on Chris Martin: Painting Big, please visit

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