Group Exhibition: (IM)migration
July 5, 2017 - September 8, 2017

Essex Gallery
Community College Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Blvd.
Rosedale, MD 21237

Opening Reception: Friday, July 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Artists: Maria-Theresa Fernandes, Julie Girardini, Jerry Truong, Gail Rebhan, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Fahimeh Vahdat
Curators: Bernard Bagalso, Ariel Cornish, W. Devaul Please Change Emmett, Carmen Estenssoro, and Cecily Roberts

The exhibition explores the issues of immigration, both voluntary and forced. Each artist tackles different aspects of the difficulties of changing nations, from the trials of travel to how to become part of the new society. 

Luce Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Luce Foundation Center
February 26, 1:30 p.m.

Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor
Open to the public. Beverages served until 3:30 p.m.

Luce Artist Talks, a partnership between the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center and CulturalDC, feature local artists in the visual and performing arts. Each month, artists share their artistic process and recent projects while highlighting the artists and artworks in the museum’s collection that inspire them.

This month, Sparkplug Collective will discuss how collaboration and continued education help local DC artists thrive in their artistic tradition, whether that includes photography, painting, or ceramics.

Group Exhibition: Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us
February 11, 2017 - March 11, 2017

Flashpoint Gallery
916 G St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Opening Reception: February 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk: February 26, 1:30 p.m.

Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us features innovative work by eight local artists who will examine our cultural obsession with selfies and our narcissistic desire to record and manipulate digital representations of ourselves.

Do selfies represent the downfall of our self-absorbed culture? Are we drowning our deeper selves in a shallow, mesmerizing pool of our own digital reflections? Ultimately, the truth is much more nuanced and complex. People mold their digital identities through selfies, carefully constructing alternate worlds where appearance is more important than reality. Artists have been engaging in this same act of self-portraiture for thousands of years, since paint first appeared on cave walls. In Selfie, the Sparkplug Collective will explore concepts of identity, transformation, and personal deception through painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and a site-specific performance.

The Sparkplug Collective includes Michael Booker, Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Megan Maher, Jerome Skiscim, Brendan L. Smith, Casey Snyder, Jerry Truong, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.