Thank you to all the incredible artists that submitted for the 2017 calendar year. We are excited by the excellence of working artists in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland region. Our creative community is vibrant!.
Below is Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center – Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus list of exhibiting artists for the 2017 calendar year. The exhibition schedule will be forthcoming. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.
2017 Roster of Visual Artists for the Schlesinger Arts Center
Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery
Nahid Navab and Nasrin Navad
Forum and Passage Gallery
Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva & Sarah O’Donoghue
***The galleries at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center has extended John M. Adams’ art exhibit “Current Interrupted.” His work will be on display in our first-level Forum Gallery through Dec. 18. In an effort to give more insight into Adams’ work, why he was compelled to create these dynamic pieces and what we can expect in 2017, the Schlesinger Center spoke with him about his artistic process.
Adams is also currently working on a site-specific wall drawing for the Schlesinger Center that will debut in January 2017. This wall drawing will be his largest to date, so check back on our blog soon for more details.***
Schlesinger: What was the inspiration for Current Interrupted? JMA: I’ve always been interested in the perceptual connection between artist, object and viewer. In this new body of work, I am continuing my exploration of the art object as a catalyst for contemplation and meditation for the viewer as well as the artist. In terms of imagery, I’m an avid outdoors man and find myself equally inspired by the structures of the natural world and of those of the suburban/urban environment in which I work. The format of this work was also influenced by the birth of my son, who was born earlier this year. He is with me everyday, so he spends quite a bit of time with me in the studio.
Schlesinger: Compared to your previous work, how is Current Interrupted different? JMA: The rhythm and atmosphere of my studio has been fundamentally altered because of my son. It’s no longer just me in the studio for hours thinking, looking, making marks. My time and attention are divided between him and the work. I quickly realized long painting sessions in which I got lost in my work were no longer a possibility. I had to find a way to be able to create continuity, flow and maintain focus in the paintings while working in five, 10 or 15 minute snippets of time.
As my son was becoming aware of his surroundings, I noticed he focused on patterns made of repetitive bars or rectangles (such as the sides of his crib). This led me to build off of some small studies I made 10 or so years ago but never explored; all of a sudden, they resonated with me in a new way.
I started making large paintings quickly, with scaled back color schemes (1-4 colors). The paintings were more saturated and intense than in much of my previous work – no doubt influenced by the colors that were grabbing his attention. I found myself paying particular attention to the micro-relationships of positive and negative space within the paintings. I then separated the paintings into strips 1.5-2 inches wide. Working one strip at a time, I reconstructed the painting, placing a portion of each strip on a new surface. Once the first strip is placed the next strip is chosen and edited based on the previous strip or strips.
To me it’s an intriguing process that allows me to keep the focused contemplative approach while being able to build the piece at an irregular pace in a number of sessions if needed. He was in the studio much of the summer when I made all of the work in this show. It’s completely changed the way I work and live.
Schlesinger: When people look at your work, what do you hope they get/learn from it? What kind of reaction were you going for when creating this body of work, and what kind of conversation do you hope it provokes? JMA: In this new body of work, I’m continuing my exploration of the art object as a catalyst for contemplation and meditation, for the viewer as well as the artist. Fluid marks are juxtaposed with the regulated rhythm of sharp horizontal line breaks, which creates a fluttering vibration and tension in the paintings. These elements pull me into exploring those relationships and I can spend some time with them, just looking. I’m interested in what happens when snippets of perception are edited, reconfigured and compartmentalized to give them new meaning through their relationship to the whole.
Schlesinger: A lot of artists say that a piece is never really complete. If anything, what would you change or do differently about this body of work? JMA: That’s part of what keeps artists going, the “what if” effect. I’ve got ideas about scale, color schemes and process that will lead to new work. I just have to see where it goes. I’ve continued to make new paintings using the same process, and I’ve got a big project coming up so…
Schlesinger: What should artists and admirers of your art expect next? Feel free to mention the upcoming wall drawing and any other projects, exhibitions, etc., that you have coming up in 2017. JMA: January 9-20, 2017, I’m installing a site-specific drawing in the atrium of the Schlesinger Center. It will be the first site-specific drawing in the art center and it will be my largest to date, reaching over 20 feet high and extending 30 feet at its widest point. I’m extremely excited about it. I’ll be launching a crowdsourcing campaign very soon and I’m sure you will see more information on this blog when it is live.
John M. Adams specializes in painting, drawing and site-specific work. His art can be found in private, public and corporate collections including in the Wilson Building at D.C. City Hall and the D.C. Art Bank Collection.
The art galleries at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will display works by Professor Emeritus Sherry Trachtman. The Life Cycles exhibit will open in the second-level Passage Gallery Nov. 19. The show will be on display through Jan. 29 with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
Jessica Gardner’s art exhibit Raising: Motherhood in Modernity, will be on display in the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery from Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 18 with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
Gardner explained that since becoming a mother, her artistry and the way she approaches art has changed. Elements of motherhood and the good and bad of being a parent can be found in the ceramic pieces she created for the exhibit Raising: Motherhood in Modernity.
The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will exhibit Casey Snyder’s mixed media artwork in the show Physical/Ephemeral, on display from Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 30 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
Casey predominantly works with mixed media materials in a two-dimensional format. Oil paint, spray paint, acrylic paint, ink, plastic and collage are many of the materials and processes employed in her works.
Well-known regional artist John M. Adams will exhibit his recent paintings in the show Current Interrupted in the first-level Forum Gallery of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center Sept. 23, 2016-Nov. 13, 2016 with an artists reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. John specializes in painting, drawing and site-specific work. He is currently working on a site-specific art piece that will be on display in the Schlesinger Center in early 2017.
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes regional artist Matthew Grimes who will exhibit his show (IN)MATERIAL in the Passage Gallery Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 13 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
We recently hosted our first joint Artists Speak event with artists Raye Leith and Tanya Ziniewicz. Both artists spoke about their art exhibits that have been on display in the Schlesinger Center this summer. Tanya’s show “Évoluer” was on display in the second-level Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery from July 29 to Sept. 11. Raye’s show “Blueprints” is on display in the upstairs Passage Gallery and first-level Forum Gallery through Sept. 18.
In case you missed this lively talk, here’s what the two artists had to say about their inspiration for their recent work, their motivation to continue to create in new and exciting ways and how history influenced their art.
Blueprints: Recent drawings by Raye Leith installation photographs by Greg Staley in the forum and passage gallery of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center- Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus. This exhibit is open through September 11th. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 10-4PM and on weekends during events.