First Stop, Phillips Auditorium. Next Stop, Hollywood?

The artists in Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard captured special moments with loved ones. Their photographs reveal their worlds—from reading a newspaper at home to playing with their kids on the beach. Now the Phillips is calling all amateur filmmakers to share their worlds on the big screen.

The Snapshot Home Video Contest asks filmmakers to create short videos (3 min. max) focusing on life at home with family and friends. A panel of judges (independent film curator Caroline Elliott, DC Film Alliance Director and DC Shorts Founder Jon Gann, Phillips Digital Media Manager and new media

This contest is inspired by snapshots like this one by Bonnard that could almost be a still from a home movie. Pierre Bonnard, Little girl wearing a crown of leaves, c. 1902. Modern print from original negative (sepia-toned gelatin silver print), 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Gift of M. Antoine Terrasse, 1992. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

artist Michelle Herman, and Washington Post Style Blog writer Maura Judkis) will select ten finalists for a public screening at the Phillips on April 12. That night, the audience will vote for a favorite, and the winning video will go on to be screened during the DC Shorts Film Festival in September, among other great prizes.

Visit Snapshot to get inspired, then create your video, submit it here by March 25, and you may be on your way to Oscar gold!

PHOTO CONTEST: Hurricane Umbrella Wins Week 5

The final winner in the Stella-inspired photo contest connects Stella’s swirling structures and popping colors with an umbrella taken out by the weekend’s storm. The winner receives a Phillips after 5 prize pack with admission and two drinks at Evening in Moscow, the last installment of our weekly summer series. Phillips after 5 returns to its first Thursdays schedule in October.

Thanks to all you photographers who participated in the contest! Stay tuned for more.


Photo: Katherine Wiedmann

“Stella’s K.43 is all swirls and a hurricane of colors and metal. The umbrella is the opposite — pokes and spokes disembodied by a hurricane .”

PHOTO CONTEST: What do you see in Stella’s K.43?

Frank Stella, "K.43 (lattice variation) protogen RPT (full-size)" (detail), 2008. Protogen RPT with stainless steel tubing, 144 x 176 x 116 in. Courtesy of FreedmanArt. © 2011 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

Snap a photo of something in your daily life that reminds you of Frank Stella’s swirling sculpture for a chance to win a Phillips after 5 summer prize pack. Phillips after 5 (normally held on first Thursdays) will take place every week from August 4 through September 1. The winner receives free admission for one plus two free drinks! A winning photo will be revealed on the blog the Tuesday before each of the five events. Photos must be received by noon on Monday preceding each event to be considered for that week’s prize.

Send your photo(s) to with:

  • your name
  • contact information
  • a line or two describing the relationship you see between the object in your photo and Stella’s sculpture
  • permission to reproduce your photo, if selected as a winner

Photos will be judged on composition and creative visual relationship to the selected Stella sculpture.