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About Artists - Our City, Ourselves: Women Photograph Washington

200 I Street Galleries – VIRTUAL PLATFORM

March 29 – May 21, 2021

Maria Bryk
Maria Bryk is a professional photographer in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and has traveled on fellowships to Southern Africa and Norway as well as lived in Paraguay with the United States Peace Corps. She worked as the in-house photographer for the Newseum in downtown DC for seven years before starting her business as a freelance photographer. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Communication Arts, The New York Times, abc.com and bbc.co.uk, among other publications. She was featured in Art202 Journal’s “Thirty-two under 32” as a local young artist to watch, and she received a Communication Arts Magazine 2013 Award of Excellence for her "Golden Dreams" alphabet project. Her photojournalistic essays span a wide variety of subjects, including documenting migrant workers along the Atlantic coast, femininity in DC's queer culture, and Michigan's small-town tourism industry. 

Sally Canzoneri
Sally Canzoneri grew up in rural Vermont, then lived in Minnesota and Illinois before moving to Washington, DC, in 1979. Her art has been shown and won awards in numerous exhibitions. These include solo shows of her lenticular pictures at the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA, and the Hill Center in DC, as well as a solo show as a winner of Touchstone Gallery’s Spotlight Art Series. Canzoneri’s work is also in private collections and in the Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Collection. Canzoneri has studied with internationally recognized book artists and has taken courses in photography, picture book illustration, digital books, and printmaking. She received a BA from Bennington College, and a Masters in Urban Planning and JD from the University of Illinois, and has been a city planner and a government attorney.

Lely Constantinople
Lely Constantinople is a photo-based artist from Washington, DC who has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally for over twenty years. Her photographs are held in the collections of the Anacostia Community Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, as well as numerous private collections. She is also an independent photo editor, archivist, and teacher. Recent books projects include: Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, D.C. and Beyond, 1997-2017 by photographer Antonia Tricarico (afterword, Akashic Books); Hard Art DC 1979, photographs of the early DC punk scene by Lucian Perkins (editor, Akashic Books), with contributions by Alec MacKaye and Henry Rollins; and SHOTS: An American Photographer's Journal 1967-72 (editor, Insight Editions), photographs by David Fenton of the late 1960s counterculture with essays by Norman Mailer and Tom Hayden.

Sharon Farmer
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Sharon Farmer was the first African American woman to be hired as a White House photographer and the first African American and first woman to become Director of the White House Photography office. She served in this role from 1999-2001, and as White House photographer from 1993, documenting the beginning of the Clinton-Gore Administration. She was formerly an assignment editor for the Associated Press and the campaign photographer for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential election campaign in 2004. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Urban League, the Brookings Institution, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to name a few. Farmer has taught and lectured extensively on photography and photojournalism. Her photographic work resides in numerous public and private collections. Farmer holds a BA from The Ohio State University.

Peggy Fleming
Peggy Fleming grew up in Monterey, CA, and arrived in Washington, DC, in 1959. She spent four years working for Senator John F. Kennedy, first in the Senate, then on the Presidential campaign, during the transition and in the White House, focusing on civil rights issues under Harris Wofford. She has also worked as a cultural anthropologist, a teacher, and a National Park Service Park Ranger in Resources Management in Rock Creek Park. In 1988, Fleming turned to photography and video, creating still and moving images devoted to the neighborhoods of Washington, DC. She has exhibited at Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and her photographs are in several permanent collections, including the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Library of Congress.

Roxana Alger Geffen
Roxana Alger Geffen grew up in New York and now teaches as George Mason University. She works in sculpture, painting, collage, textile and photography, with a focus on odd juxtapositions and tactile, intuitive responses to real things. She has held residencies at the Arlington Arts Center and Vermont Studio Center and has exhibited her work throughout the East Coast as well as in DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New Zealand. Geffen studied at Columbia University and received an MFA in painting from Boston University.

Tatiana Gulenkina
Tatiana Gulenkina is a Russian-born photographer and visual artist based in Washington, DC. She employs both digital technology and traditional darkroom equipment, as well as video and mixed media. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2011, and since then her work has been featured in the British Journal of Photography, Harper’s Magazine, The Week, Wired, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Calvert Journal, Musée Magazine, The Photo Review, Tank Magazine, and other publications, as well as exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2014, she was named one of the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers by Photo Boîte Agency and 30 Photographers Under 30 to Watch by Complex Magazine.

Linda Hesh
Linda Hesh combines the personal and political, playing with taboos and challenging social norms in a variety of media. Born in Chicago, IL, she lived in New York City before landing in Alexandria, VA. Text, photography and a multitude of materials comprise her public interactive artworks along with works for exhibition. Her interactive pieces have been in Saint Petersburg, Russia; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; New York City and Haarlem, the Netherlands. "Linda Hesh's All Gay Review" was her most recent solo exhibit in Washington, DC. Her art is held in public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Kinsey Institute, and The Library of Congress. The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post have featured her art.

Lynn KanaskieLynn Kanaskie began her career as a photographer’s assistant, then moved into lab work in various photo lab darkrooms throughout the DC area. As photographic processes changed over the years and digital photography became prevalent, Kanaskie transitioned to managing and ingesting photo assets, working with various photo browsers and Digital Asset Management systems. She is currently Digital Assets Specialist at the United States Senate. She has recently returned to art-making, producing surreal, dreamlike photographs with juxtaposed objects and vibrant color palettes. She was featured in the Corcoran School of Art Biennial in 2003. Her work has been exhibited at National Institutes of Health and the Lombardi Center at Georgetown University. She holds a BFA in photography from the Corcoran School of Art.

Gloria Kirk
Gloria Kirk is a Washington, DC native who, as a Foreign Service Officer, served in Bogota, Colombia; Lagos, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia; Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kinshasa, The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 1995, she has produced fine art photographs and conceptual art, as well as mixed media, including polymer clay and textiles. Her artworks are influenced by her life experiences and take on themes of spiritual and personal identity, as well as local and international significance. Kirk’s work has been published widely, and she has exhibited in the US, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Brazil and Cuba, and she is a member of several DC arts and photography associations. https://art.state.gov/personnel/gloria_kirk/

Katie Kirtland
Katie Kirtland studied photography with Emmet Gowin and later worked at Aperture Foundation and as Sally Mann’s studio assistant. She has recently returned to art making after a long hiatus during which she studied and taught art history and avant-garde film theory.

Maggie Knaus
Having spent many years as a photographer in Washington, DC, Maggie Knaus is currently based in Toronto. She has exhibited throughout the DC region, across the United States, and in Ottawa and has taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian, and the Field School in DC, as well as the School of Photographic Arts and the School of Art in Ottawa. She holds a BA from George Washington University, and an MFA from Washington University.

Roshani Kothari
Roshani Kothari was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and later in Houston, Texas. She has traveled to over 30 countries and lived in Thailand, Bolivia, Zimbabwe and El Salvador. She currently lives in Washington, DC. Kothari is fascinated by the play of light, shadows, textures and colors in photography and works in both color and black and white. She has a BA in International Studies and Communications from Trinity University and an MA in International Development from the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University.

Gwen Lewis (1965-2012)
Gwendolyn Lorita Lewis was born in Sweetwater, TN, and earned a BA from Reed College, an MS from San Jose State College and a PhD from Princeton University in sociology. She served as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, a senior research associate at Cornell University, and director of the Premedical Education Project at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. In 1984, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for the National Research Council, the College Board, the University of Maryland University College, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Agriculture. In 1998, Lewis discovered her passion for black-and-white photography, including landscapes, architecture, and people. Her work has been exhibited in over 100 shows throughout the Washington, DC, region, and has received numerous awards.

Kate MacDonnell
Kate MacDonnell’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with shows in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Lima, and Berlin. Her museum exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery and the American University Museum in Washington, DC, and her photographs are held in private and public collections. Her work has been published in the exhibition catalogue Catalyst: 35 Years of Washington Project for the Arts, as well as in The Photo Review and Photography Quarterly. She was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition for her work in the collaborative project sametime715.com. She has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at colleges and universities including George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

Cheryl MacLean
Cheryl MacLean has lived in Howard County for 20 years and has been an avid photographer for even longer. She loves exploring the rich possibilities for photography available within the DC-Baltimore region—from exquisite natural settings, to fascinating architecture, to historic cemeteries, to unique festivals and events. She often photographs the same sights multiple times, seeking new angles or capturing a different light or season. MacLean has exhibited in and around Maryland and DC, including the Howard County Conservancy, the Howard County Arts Council, Montpelier Art Center (Laurel), and the Delaplaine Arts Center (Frederick).

Susan Muniak
Susan Muniak moved to Washington, DC, in the mid-1980s to begin a second career in photography. After working at a local photo lab, she became a photographer at National Journal. There, she gained entrée to members of Congress as well as hundreds of government employees. She also went in search of people in the community who were the heartbeat of the city. Later, she began to freelance. This allowed her time to pursue her documentary work, which she considers her most honored time behind a lens. Unfortunately, a 2003 fire in San Diego where she had relocated destroyed her entire photography collection, but she still closes her eyes and sees the thousands of beautiful faces of DC.

Heidi Nielsen
Heidi Nielsen is a native Washingtonian who has studied with local photographers Frank Day and Kim Kirkpatrick as well as Gerard Vezzuso at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has been selected to participate in master classes with Mary Ellen Mark, Tom Roma and Peter Turnley as part of the DoubleTake Summer Documentary Institute in Amherst, MA. Heidi’s work has been published in the New York Times and on PBS. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Caitlin Teal Price
Caitlin Teal Price works with photography and drawing to explore themes of ritual and routine found in the undercurrents of everyday life. Her work is included in both private and public collections across the country. She has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, and her work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and TIME magazine. Capricious Publishing NYC published her first monograph, Stranger Lives, in December, 2016. Price is the co-Founder of STABLE, an artist studio program and gallery space located in Washington, DC. She has been a visiting artist at The George Washington University, George Mason University, Yale School of Art, American University, and Parsons School of Design. She earned her MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art and BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design.

Susana Raab
Susana Raab was born in Lima, Peru, and raised throughout the United States. She is a fine-art and documentary photographer based out of Washington, DC, pursuing photographic projects like her long-term documentation of the east of the Anacostia River communities in DC, in addition to working as a photographer/videographer at the National Archives. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, she has been the recipient of the White House News Photographers’ Project Grant, Honorable Mentions in Center’s Project Competition and Curator’s Choice Awards, and a Puffin Grant, among others, and her work is held in major public collections. She received an MA in Visual Communications at Ohio University and a BA in English Literature from James Madison University.

Alexandra Silverthorne
Originally from Washington, DC, Alexandra Silverthorne holds an MFA from Maine College of Art (MECA) and a BA from Connecticut College. Since 2010, she has taught photography courses at American University, Montgomery College, and the University of the District of Columbia. She has taught additional courses through MECA’s Continuing Studies program and was an Artist-In-Residence at Phelps A.C.E. High School in 2017. Silverthorne has exhibited throughout the DC area, and she received a fellowship to travel to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan for the 2004 annual World Conference Against A&H Bombs. Her work can be found in regional permanent collections, including the Montgomery County’s Works on Paper Collection (Silver Spring, MD).

Clarissa Sligh
Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, lecturer, and essayist. She worked in math and science for NASA and also in business before turning to the arts. For over 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal and political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity: themes that have roots in her own experiences. Her photo-text images, artists’ books and installations have been exhibited throughout the country and she has received major awards for her books and photography. Sligh was co-founder, in 1988 of “Coast to Coast National Women Artists of Color Projects,” which traveled exhibitions nationally through 1996. Sligh holds degrees from Hampton Institute, Howard University, the Skowhegan School of Art, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Martha Tabor (1939-2004)
Born in Knoxville, TN, Martha Tabor was raised in Washington, DC. In the 1960s, she taught English composition and literature at Frederick Community College. She then worked in construction as a welder and steel worker in DC in the mid-1970s. In the late 1970s, Tabor transitioned to a career in photography and printmaking, founding her business Working Images in 1979. She spent her photographic career documenting workers, and in the 1990s her artistic focus shifted to sculpture, working in wood and other natural materials. Tabor held numerous artist residencies and received significant grants. Her work work has been exhibited collected throughout the DC region.

Diane Tuckman
Diane Tuckman is a silk painter, photographer, instructor, business owner, and published author. As a silk painting pioneer in America, she teaches, paints, and exhibits her own silk paintings, as well as promotes the art form through her educational programs. Diane’s passion is to awaken latent artistic potential in everyone, and she has been successful in instilling that enthusiasm in thousands of artists through her proactive approach. In addition, as a photographer, Diane produces work that aims to capture the eccentricity of nature and daily life.

Deborah Willis
As an artist, author and curator Deborah Willis's art and pioneering research has focused on cultural histories envisioning the black body, women and gender. She is a celebrated photographer, acclaimed historian of photography, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, and University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (with Barbara Krauthamer) and in 2015 for the documentary Through a Lens Darkly, inspired by her book Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present.