The Alper Initiative for Washington Art promotes an understanding and appreciation of the art and artists of the Washington Metropolitan Area. We provide and staff a dedicated space located within the American University Museum, to present exhibitions, programs, and resources for the study and encouragement of our creative community.


Calling all DMV printmakers!    

During the Summer of 2019, the Alper will present a group show of DMV printmakers organized by local curator and printmaker, Matthew McLaughlin. In order to be considered, you must submit a short bio, 200-300 word artist statement and up to 10 images (300 dpi preferred) along with image checklist. The exhibition will focus on works utilizing printmaking techniques; such as, but not limited to, relief, intaglio, lithography, screen print, and monotype. Strictly photographic or digital work will not be accepted, but works that utilize a printmaking process as a process step will be considered.

February 1, 2019 is the deadline to be considered for the exhibition. Please contact the Alper Team by January 15 with questions regarding the submission.

Exhibition Curator:

The curator, Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed-media artist whose work explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces. He received his BFA degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University. Matthew has had solo exhibitions in Washington, DC and Phoenix, among other locations. His work has been included in group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, in commercial galleries, artist-run spaces and museums. He has received numerous awards including the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award 2016 in Works on Paper. His work is in the collections of the Zuckerman Museum of Art and various universities’s, along with private collectors.

Along with his personal artistic practice, Matthew is an emerging curator in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. His exhibitions have focused on bringing together the artwork of emerging artists that explore similar themes to his own research; such as, but not limited to, satire, irony, landscape, space, and environment, along with specific mediums, like graphite and printmaking.

If you are a DMV printmaker and submitted to the Alper Initiative in the past, please email aiwa@american.edu to flag your submission. We will ensure it is reviewed. 

We will accept submissions from DMV artists who live or work within 50 miles of Washington, DC.

If you have questions, please email aiwa@american.edu. You may also call us at 202-885-3627. If you leave a voicemail, your call will be returned within five days.    

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art Submission Guidelines: 

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art features five exhibitions per year in the newly constructed first floor space in the American University Museum. We accept submissions, on a rolling basis,  from Washington artists of all ages and backgrounds, and working in diverse media. The museum's Director and Curator, Jack Rasmussen, will select curators who will review these submissions for potential use in Alper Initiative exhibitions.

To be considered, please submit the following. 

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Artist Bio
  • CV
  • General Artist Statement 
  • 5-10 images of your work 
  • Image index (Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions)


The file name for each piece uploaded should be indicated as follows:

  • Artist Name_Title

All submissions must be made online and by Washington DC-area artists. Submissions made through any other platform, not the supplied online submission form, will not be accepted or viewed.  

Submissions will be made available to curators of Alper Initiative exhibitions, but are not guaranteed to be exhibited. If chosen for exhibition the artist will be contacted by Alper Initiative for Washington Art with further information.

Questions or Concerns: 202-885-3672 or aiwa@american.edu

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art