Wednesday, July 13, 2011
UNSEEN: All Member Show
Exhibitions: July 20-August 13
Curated by member and artist of Studio Gallery, Iwan Bagus, the UNSEEN: All Member Show is inspired by the CMYK printing color model of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, where artists are either creating completely new works of art or are pulling from their own personal collections works that have never been publicly exhibited or seen. Artists are being challenged to think outside of the box, giving them an opportunity to showcase styles that are not their typical or traditional way of undertaking their previous works. As the gallery's last extensive three floor exhibit, members and associate members will be represented in works ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and installation.
First Friday will be on Friday, August 5 from 6 to 8 pm.
(As part of the Dupont Circle Galleries openings)
2108 R Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
A Brief History:
Studio Gallery was founded by two young artists, Jennie Lea Knight and Nancy Lloyd after graduating from school and hoping to find a place in the district where they would be able to exhibit their work publicly. However, with the gallery initially run solely by Knight and Lloyd, they began to have financial difficulties and initiated discussions for the possibility of changing the gallery into an artists’ cooperative. Thus, in 1964, Studio Gallery was born.
Studio Gallery’s success can be attributed to its pure simplicity of function. As a non-profit space, all of the gallery’s finances are covered by membership dues, and without dependence on sales, the gallery’s existence remains steady leaving members free to create and experiment according to their own personal artistic vision. The gallery is member managed, member owned, and member maintained with a unique membership criterion decided by a majority board vote.
The gallery has maintained a policy of turning over the gallery space to guest artists several times a year in order to encourage emerging and alternative work and maintain active community involvement. It continues today with First Friday receptions every month that are free and open to anyone who is interested. Guest shows have ranged to include “Studio 155: Songs of the Earth”, created by a group of botanic artists, “The Best Artomatic”, “Mid-City Artists at Studio Gallery,” “Tom Dryman Selects, Only What You Can Carry with You,” “Carte Blanche: The Interns of Studio Gallery Curate,” and “The Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America.”
Since Studio Gallery’s first space in Alexandria, VA, the gallery has moved to numerous locations across the DMV area until it finally moved to its current R Street location in Dupont Circle. In 2014, Studio Gallery will be proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary as an artist-run organization.
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