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Fragile Beauty Artists

Tammy Barnes
Tammy Barnes is a muralist, painter, and upcycle artist who lives and works in Washington, DC. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Tammy’s artistic inspiration has deep roots in the concepts of repurposing and recreating to bring about new life or new direction. Her upcycle contemporary artworks pay homage to the old proverb, “waste not, want not,” and often aim at lightening the carbon footprint of discarded items by giving them new life through art. Over the last ten years, Tammy’s upcycled art has been custom designed to support various non-profits such as Street Sense Media, Central Union Mission, and the American Psychological Association.

Largely self-taught, Tammy has also completed coursework in continuing studies at Maryland Institute College of Art. Tammy spent her childhood watching Bob Ross paint “happy little trees” on PBS as well. She is a member of Capitol Hill Arts League and Artbae. In 2022, Tammy was selected as the first Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Artbae Foundation. Tammy has a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Political Science from Washington College, Chestertown, MD. She is passionate about creating murals and public art that have a mental health awareness focus.

email: [email protected]


Jeffrey Berg
By day, Jeffrey Berg work as a counselor in a community mental health clinic in Washington, DC, and that work greatly informs his art, as do contemporary humanist/social justice issues such as isolation, homelessness, hunger, and trauma. Berg is also influenced by personal, internal themes such as the distances between us, reflection, watching, waiting, forgiving, grieving, pausing to look and listen.

Berg works with a narrative; his work tells a story. He likes stories that have intimate yet epic implications and often thinks of his work in terms of parables. He sometimes turn to stories that he grew up with, as well as stories that are revealed to him through life in DC and his work as a counselor. The exploration of character and personal narratives is of endless interest to him, which he aims to transform into thoughtful, intriguing, accessible, and human works of art.

email: [email protected]

Monica Jahan Bose
Monica Jahan Bose is a Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist whose work spans painting, printmaking, film, performance, and public art. Her socially engaged work highlights the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice through co-created workshops, art actions, and temporary installations and performances. Bose uses the sari — a precolonial 18-foot-long unstitched garment that is always recycled and never discarded — to represent women’s lives and the cycle of life on our planet. She has exhibited her work extensively in the US and internationally (20 solo shows, numerous group exhibitions, and more than 25 performances) including solo exhibitions at the Bangladesh National Museum and MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. Her ongoing collaborative project STORYTELLING WITH SARIS with women farmers from her ancestral island village has travelled to 10 states and five countries and engaged thousands of people. Her work has appeared in the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, Art Asia Pacific, the Milwaukee Sentinel, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Japan Times, and all major newspapers in Bangladesh. She has a BA in the Practice of Art (Painting) from Wesleyan University, a post-graduate Diploma in Art from Santiniketan, India, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

IG: @storywithsari @mjbose
email: [email protected]


Elizabeth Casqueiro
Casqueiro is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the human place at the intersection of architecture, nature and the inner world, with a vivid and playful palette inspired by the sunny geography of Portugal where she grew up. Geometry influences her artwork, as do scale and proportion. She gravitates to materials that stem from nature—clay, water, wood, linen, and cotton—and works in repeated layers of precision and loose gesture, reflecting the dichotomy between human intention and organic serendipity.

Elizabeth has shown her work in solo shows across the United States and Europe, and she is a recipient of multiple art awards from, among others, the Chianciano Art Museum in Italy and Maryland State Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited in Portugal, London, and galleries in New York City and Washington, DC area. In addition to her training in design and architecture, Elizabeth pursued art studies at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the Washington Studio School. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections including the World Bank Group.

social media: @elizabethcasqueiro


Gloria Chapa
Gloria Chapa is a former Texan with an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a Bachelor of Science Math degree from the University of Houston. She has lived in an unusual variety of places around the world: Texas (Laredo, Houston, Austin, San Antonio), Missouri (St. Louis), Los Angeles, Colombia (Bogota), Moscow, and Washington. In the mid-1990s, after a 10-year telecommunications engineering career, she returned to college to study art. Upon finishing her MFA at VCU, she taught sculpture at University of Richmond, Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, Virginia), Jorge Caldos University (Bogota, Colombia) and VCU. Her work has been exhibited/performed in Texas, Colombia, New York, Washington, Maryland, and Virginia.

email: [email protected]


Michèle Colburn
Michèle Colburn is a multi-disciplinary artist who was born, lives and works in Washington, DC. Colburn received a BA in Art History from Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA, and an MFA and teaching certification from American University. She has been an adjunct art instructor for Arlington Art Center, American University, and Marymount University. Prior to teaching she was a commercial artist in New York City and later served as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and a Cultural Manager for the Embassy of Switzerland, both in Washington, DC. She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships from the Puffin Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and American University. Colburn has had three solo exhibitions in the Washington, DC, area and participated in group exhibitions nationwide. Her works are in private collections in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and environs, Denver, Omaha, and Bangkok.



Chris Combs
Chris Combs is an artist based in Washington, DC, and Mount Rainier, MD, who creates provocative technology. His Lossiness at VisArts featured seven artworks exploring the boundaries of human perception. Judging Me Judging You at the DC Arts Center explored themes of surveillance and control, and his installation Maelstrom at Rhizome DC featured 35 machines spreading rumors about its visitors. Madness Method, a public art collaboration with David Greenfieldboyce, was part of Georgetown GLOW.

Combs was shortlisted for the 2021 Aesthetica Art Prize. He is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design and was a photo editor for National Geographic. He joined the Otis Street Arts Project in May, 2021.

IG: @ccombsdc

Shaughn Cooper/Kelsye Adams

Shaughn Cooper is a DC-based freelance photographer with over eight years of experience shooting for brands and organizations such as Google, YouTube, Dreamville, Broccoli City, Shoe City, Ciroc, Game 7 Marketing, and The Kennedy Center. His work has been featured in many publications. He has photographed the annual Broccoli City Festival and toured the country with Ari Lennox, and he aims to amplify the community that raised him.

In 2020, Cooper launched the Tonya Cooper Scholarship to help pave the way for graduating high school seniors in the DMV planning to study photography in college. Cooper also started his first work-study program for upcoming photographers in the DC metropolitan area. It's not just photography, it's about making sure his community is made visible.


Advocacy is her artistry. Kelsye Adams has been an organizer since 2016. She began as a finance intern through VCU at the Democratic Party of Virginia, later becoming Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s The Way Ahead PAC Finance Director. From there she helped elevate the very cultured organization Long Live go-go here in Washington, DC. Under Long Live GoGo, Adams helps curate its Moechella platform utilizing gogo music as the intersection of politics and culture. Adams also serves on the U Street Neighborhood Association and is a board member for The Live Movement National/Howard chapter. Adams completed the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at Georgetown University in 2021 and was brought on as DC Vote’s Program Director in January of 2022. Adams plans to continue the utilization of the culture to create innovative pragmatic programming both locally and nationally to amplify the need for DC Statehood and to continue the amplification of DC culture. She believes the time is NOW for DC to become the 51st state of the United States.



Anna U. Davis

Anna U. Davis is a native of Lund, Sweden. Davis began expanding her artistic practice and developing her signature “Frocasian” characters after moving to Washington, DC, in the 1990s. Frocasians appear in her art as abstracted grey-toned figures, inspired by her interracial marriage and her strongly held belief that everyone, regardless of their skin color, should be treated as equals and have the same opportunities in life. Davis creates narrative work in which her characters investigate social inequalities, often focusing on gender relations. What began as hard-edge acrylic paintings have evolved into multimedia works that incorporate acrylic paint, cut-paper collage, textiles, and traditional pen-and-ink drawing techniques. Davis is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. In 2020, Davis was featured on the cover of the journal Feminist Studies, Issue 46.1. Recent solo and duo shows include the Swedish American Museum (Chicago), Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore), the Embassy of Sweden (Washington, DC), and Bredgade, Kunsthandel (Copenhagen). Her work has been shown in additional solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Cuba (13th Havana Biennial) and Qatar (2022) and is held in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

email: [email protected]


Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day, a fine art photographer based in Washington, DC, has been the winner of numerous awards and has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. He has won the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Prize and the Bader Prize, was nominated for the Prix Pictet, and was a prize winner in the Sony International Photography Competition. His work has been collected by the Berlin State Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, among others. A monograph of his work on illuminated RVs hidden in the jungles of Florida has been published by Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg. The book, Nocturnal, was subsequently named “Photobook of the Year” by Photo District News.

Day’s work has often been concerned with the fraught relationship between man and nature. Much of his work is also concerned with culture and social history and on the erasure of cultural, political, and personal memory in the rebuilding of East Berlin in the 1990s. Day has also completed a multi-year project on night in Bangkok, recently been published by Kehrer Verlag as Bangkok: Call Waiting.



R.A. Dean

R.A. Dean is a photographer who lives and works in Washington, DC. A native of North Philadelphia, he grew up with a keen interest in people and the differences in culture juxtaposed to his experiences. He uses photography as the medium to document and share his visual perspective, through fine art, lifestyle photography and photojournalism. Dean attempts to capture those spontaneous organic moments in time that reflect the essence of culture, people or style in ways that are enhanced by visual elements of contrast, symmetry, depth of field, space, visual tension, and timing.

Dean’s current project is an untitled, multi-year, body of work capturing the rhythm, rich customs and historic events of Cat Island, Bahamas, and its fragile allure. Subsets of the project include pirates, stone carvings, agriculture, plantations, rebellion, the Sir Sidney Poitier family, land rights, housing construction, generational ruins, landscapes, nature’s artwork, and the "Contract" with the US.

email: [email protected]
IG: #rad.photographer


Cheryl D. Edwards

Cheryl D. Edwards was born in Miami Beach, Florida. Her mother, Olivia Love Edwards, was a pharmacist, and her father, Clarence Leonard Edwards, was a porter at Eastern Seaboard Trains. Edwards grew up in Miami, spending her time swimming, fishing, taking piano lessons, writing poetry and drawing. She attended an all-girls Catholic High School in North Miami. In her sophomore year of high school, she spent three months in Europe touring many countries and visiting the museums. Edwards went to college at Boston University, where she was also a MA candidate in the graduate Black Studies Program. As a part of her graduate studies, she spent a year documenting the oral history of the African American artist, Alan Crite. Shortly thereafter, Edwards graduated from Syracuse College of Law. After obtaining her education, Edwards moved to New York City in 1984, began practicing law, and in 1987 she enrolled into the Art Students League and studied under Ernest Crichlow. Edwards resides and works in Washington, DC.

email: [email protected]


David Harris

David Harris grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1970s. There, he was exposed to many artistic influences and diverse forms of creative self-expression and took classes in sketching and silk-screening. He also took many science classes. In the 1980s, he left California and moved to Washington, DC, where he attended college, majoring in Computer Science, and discovering room for creativity in the expression of computer software algorithms. Upon graduation, Harris became a software developer. Years later, he took up photography as a hobby. After years of shooting for the joy of composition, Michael B. Platt encouraged him to exhibit his work. His first show as a fine art photographer was the 2007 Artomatic.



Michael Iacovone

Michael Iacovone spends his time investigating public space, walking through cities, driving across bridges and borders, and digging trenches in the desert. He is interested in formulas and creating systems to experience spaces, leave marks, and generate art. He has a BS in Photography from the State University of New York, an MA in Contemporary Art History from Middlesex University in London, an MFA in Photography from VCU, and an MFA in Studio Art from MICA. His work has been exhibited internationally in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Warsaw, Budapest, Paris, Warsaw, London, and Pyramiden (a soviet ghost town in the Arctic Circle). Domestically, he has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Orlando, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC, among other places. He has written art reviews and articles for Sculpture Magazine, BMoreArt, and The Brooklynite.



Michael Janis

Michael Janis was born in Chicago, IL, and is currently Co-Director of the Washington Glass School & Studio. As the child of a Chinese/Filipino immigrant and grandson of Greek and German immigrants, the family histories and struggle to assimilate has been a perpetual source for his narrative work that deals with understanding identity. Trained as an architect, his glass artworks showcase his very disciplined approach to the medium. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, Janis went to England's University of Sunderland and taught at the UK's National Glass Centre where he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass.

Massachusetts’ Fuller Craft Museum mounted a solo show of Janis’ glass panels and sculpture in 2011. Janis’ artwork is in the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, the Tacoma (WA) Museum of Glass, Florida’s Imagine Museum, Fort Wayne, IN, Museum of Art, and the US Embassy in Bucharest. He received the 31st Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for “Excellence in the Arts.” In 2022, his glass sculpture, made in collaboration with artist Tim Tate, will be featured in the Venice Biennale of Art exhibition “Glassstress.”



Noel Kassewitz

Noel Kassewitz is a contemporary artist and third-generation Floridian currently based in Washington, DC. After receiving her BFA in Studio Painting from the University of Florida, she worked with the prestigious Rubell Museum and later completed an artist residency in Carrara, Italy, with marble master sculptor Boutros Romhein. In addition to her studio practice, she currently works in Sculpture Conservation at the National Gallery of Art.

Kassewitz has given an artist talk at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, guest written for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and had her work featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Financial Times, BMore Art, and PBS WETA. Her work has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center and IA&A at Hillyer, along with exhibitions in Miami, FL; Chicago, IL; and State College, PA; as well as in Milan and Bologna, Italy.

Kassewitz’s work has been acquired for the permanent public art collections of the University of Maryland’s CAPP collection. She will be an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center on Governors Island for the 2022 summer season.

email: [email protected]


Sally Kauffman

DC based visual artist, Sally Kauffman, is best known for her abstract yet allusory large-scale paintings. Her current series, Jeopardy, brings awareness to the state of our wildlife and the environmental challenges they face.

Kauffman has exhibited in solo and group shows including at the Studio Gallery, The Athenaeum, Glen Echo Galleries, McLean Project for the Arts, Schlesinger Forum Gallery, Touchstone, Hillyer Art Space, Zenith, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Center, DCAC, Studio 1469 and Target Gallery. She is the recipient of a juror’s awards from Anne Reeve of Glenstone and Marybeth Kelley of the Hirschhorn, the Linda and Douglas Scholarship from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and a merit-based artist grant from the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency program. Her paintings are included in private and public collections including the Schar Inova Cancer Institute Arts & Healing Program.

email: [email protected]


Barry D. Lindley

Barry D. Lindley is known for expressive realism in landscapes and sketching on location around the world. Recent work emphasizes interpretations from the Antarctic, the DC area, the Arkansas countryside, and international travels. He is a member of Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorists. He has written many articles and presents lectures and workshops to artists’ groups.

Lindley has paintings in over 400 private collections and many corporate or public collections in 34 states and 7 foreign countries and has won numerous awards. In addition to scientific degrees from DePauw University and Case Western Reserve University, he studied drawing at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he also served as Visiting Lecturer of Medical Illustration. As a painter, he has participated in workshops but is primarily self-taught from active practice and visits to the great galleries. Now a resident of Washington, DC, he lived and worked for many years in Indiana, Ohio and Arkansas. A full-time artist after a distinguished career as a scientist and educator, he paints on location and in his studio at Columbia Pike Artist Studios in Arlington, VA.

email: [email protected]


Patrick McDonough

Hailing from the idiosyncratic landscape of Wisconsin, Patrick McDonough is best known for his populist, vernacularly-styled interventions into a variety of municipal, cultural, and public contexts. His previous projects include collaborations with the Van Alen Institute with DC Office of Planning, Arlington Public Art, the Ballston BID, and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, among many other private and public entities. His gallery scaled works often playfully combine the motifs and materials of leisure, lived city experiences and domestic architecture. McDonough previously taught at the Corcoran College of Art & Design and American University, among other institutions, and is currently a public high school teacher near Washington, DC.

email: [email protected]


Regina Miele

For the past decade, Regina Miele’s principal subject has been the physicality of an ever-changing and gentrifying District of Columbia, the blighted and transitional areas where artists often find themselves living and working.

Regina attended the Catholic University of America and studied abroad at the Scuolo Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such venues as: The Florence Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Newington Cropsey Museum, Second Street Gallery, Baltimore’s Artscape as well as Caelum, Agora and Broadway galleries in New York City. Her work is included in

public and private collections in Jerusalem, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC. Capitol File Magazine, Summer 2016, includes her in their portfolio of A-list artists across America.

Miele works extensively with traditional mediums: oil, watercolor, graphite and charcoal. For her, these practices provide a limitless journey into the possibilities of fine art. She currently resides and maintains a studio in Washington, DC.

email: [email protected]
IG: @reginamieleartist.


Steven Muñoz

Originally from New Mexico, Steven Muñoz attended American University in Washington, DC, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in printmaking. He has attended residencies at Penland School for Craft and partnered with Maryhill Museum of Art and the White Salmon Arts Council, WA, for the Exquisite Gorge Project. His work is in the permanent collections of: Maryhill Museum of Art Education Collection near Goldendale, WA; Western Railroad and Mining Museum in Helper, Utah; Arlington County Government, Virginia; and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Maryland..

Midway Bee Press is the name of his print studio and comes from a quote from Hesiod, "The earth bore much substance, on the mountains the oak at its top yielded acorns and midway bees." Bees, gardening, and oak trees have long been an interest and presence in Steven's life.



Werllayne Nunes

Werllayne Nunes is a self-taught painter from Goiás, Brazil, who is currently based in Washington DC. He began painting at eight years old when his father gave him his first box of oil paints. When he left Brazil to study medicine, he continued to paint and eventually decided to devote himself full-time to art. His paintings have been shown in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States, Brazil, and Spain.

Nunes’ years living in Brazil, Europe, and the United States have deeply shaped the central focus of his work: how structural racism operates in racially diverse societies. Integrating faces, colors, and cultural and religious traditions from Brazil and other African diasporic countries, his paintings represent portraits of empowerment that provide counter-narratives to the media’s uni-dimensional and stereotypical depictions of people who are marginalized because of their race. His work challenges these stereotypes by creating visually striking images that reflect the complexity and agency of individuals in marginalized groups.

email: [email protected]


Chelsea Ritter-Soronen

Chelsea Ritter-Soronen is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Washington, DC. Inspired by the ephemeral and motivated by change, her works illustrate vibrant floral stories of human growth, often including plants with surreal and personified elements. Formally trained by union scenic artists and informally trained by graffiti artists, Ritter-Soronen’s murals often combine trompe l'oeil elements with modern playful twists. Her multi-faceted background in theater production and design guides her artistic exploration in the public realm, encouraging simultaneous enjoyment of big picture perspectives from multiple angles and small-scale details waiting to be discovered. Ritter-Soronen is the Owner and Principal Artist of Chalk Riot LLC (established 2013), a public art company that specializes in various forms of pavement art. The all-women team has worked with notable clients such as Google, Bleacher Report, Vevo, The Kennedy Center, and MTV. Chalk Riot artists also advocate for the use of sidewalk chalk as a tool for community organizing and campaigns for a better world. A Midwesterner at heart, Ritter-Soronen was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She then went on to live in St. Louis, Missouri and Napa, California, before moving to her current home in the country’s capital city.

IG/twitter: @chalkriot


Lisa K. Rosenstein

Lisa K. Rosenstein is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She was a founding artist at, and formerly had space at the 52 O Street Studios. Rosenstein is currently a member of the Otis Street Arts Project where she works on large scale installations made from recycled materials. Lisa is the mother of three grown children.



Carly Rounds

Carly Rounds is a Washington, DC-based fine artist and graphic designer. She earned a BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston and works as an art director and lettering artist. Rounds’s academic foundation lends her work a quality of craft while exploring themes such as the climate, feminism, motherhood, and the human body. She is interested in the subjective experience of the individual, aiming to invite each viewer into their own exploration and conclusions, avoiding ascribing specific narration or context. Rounds works mainly in graphite, charcoal, and silverpoint, valuing the intimate material relationship between hand and surface.

email: [email protected]


Amanda Sauer

Amanda Sauer is an artist using photography to visualize time and reimagine relationships with the natural world. She works in response to place, often over many years, utilizing repetition as a way to invite chance and bear witness to environmental change. Her first artist book To Measure Time was self-published in 2022.

Amanda has an MFA in photography and film from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in economics from Cornell University. Her background is in environmental research and advocacy; she has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed reports on topics including climate change, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss. Amanda is a professor at Northern Virginia Community College where she teaches darkroom and large format photography classes. She lives with her family in Washington DC.



Alexandra Silverthorne

Originally from Washington, DC, Alexandra Silverthorne holds a Master of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art (MECA) and an undergraduate degree from Connecticut College with a major in Government and minors in Art and Philosophy. 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. In 2009, Silverthorne co-initiated the MFA Alumni Residency Program at MECA and served as the Residency Coordinator until 2013.

Silverthorne has exhibited throughout the DC area, including solo shows at BlackRock Center for the Arts (Rockville, MD), Harmon Art Lab (Washington, DC), Heineman Myers Contemporary Art (Bethesda, MD), and Warehouse Gallery (Washington, DC). She has received a grant from the Puffin Foundation. Her work can be found in regional permanent collections, including the John Wilson City Hall Building (Washington, DC), District Art Bank Collection (Washington, DC), including Montgomery County’s Works on Paper Collection (Silver Spring, MD).



Ira Tattelman

Ira Tattelman has received awards from Mansion at Strathmore and DC Arts Center. This fall, he will participate in the Arctic Circle Expedition for artists and innovators. His work is a dialogue with and reinterpretation of the environs we inhabit. He observes, responds to, and interprets the built surroundings. His multi-disciplinary practice calls attention to the planned and unplanned outcomes of human actions.
While Tattelman has participated in many juried exhibitions, his recent solo shows include 'Surf: an exchange about climate change' at Montgomery College and 'Space Around Us' at Photoworks in Glen Echo Park. For several years, he initiated community interaction projects for DC's Art All Night and installed temporary outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum. Overseas, he created and performed two works on Corviale's (a public housing project) surrounding greenery in Rome. Media outlets have featured his work on multiple occasions.

A graduate of Harvard's School of Design, he worked as a DC architect. Since becoming a full-time artist, he completed artist residencies at Florida's Atlantic Center for Arts, Brashnar Creative Project in Skopje, North Macedonia, and labortinus in Rome, Italy.



Julee Dickerson-Thompson

Julee Dickerson-Thompson is a visual artist whose artwork includes pen and ink drawings, painting, mixed media, book making, and soft sculpture. Her spirit was ignited in high school in the 1970s when Workshop for Careers in the Arts (now Duke Ellington High School) added her to their pilot program.

Born of very creative parents into the vibrant arts community of Brookland (Little Rome) Washington, DC, the Smithsonian’s museums and programs were Julee’s inspiration and playground. After college in Boston (Simmons BA, Mass College of Art, The Museum School) she returned to a growing arts community. In 1978 she landed joyfully into the Zenith Art Colony. Dickerson-Thompson was a presence during GABA (The Golden Age of Black Art—WDC 1970s – 1990s) with a thriving gallery/museum resume.

Julee has had numerous exhibits and has precious collectors and patrons. Her extensive travels have impacted her ability to see her work evolve. Still, it’s her extended family, village/community, social concerns, and political intensity as a native Washingtonian that have provided her greatest muse. As a founding Mother of The Young Masters Inc (a 38-year-old intergenerational arts program) Dickerson-Thompson’s art becomes immortal.



Roderick Turner

Roderick Turner’s paintings are part of his personal visual journal. They depict views observed while living in SE Washington, DC. His paintings are based on observations from working outside, or “open air painting,” a technique in the manner of the French Impressionists. Painting enables him to interpret his surroundings manually, without technical or mechanical assistance. It also permits him to experiment with color, materials, and techniques, with unlimited possibilities to explore and develop. He also intends for his paintings to make the viewer wonder how much they are not seeing. Finally, his work documents important changes and occurrences in the area of renovation, revitalization, and gentrification that impact the world we live in.

Turner is an award-winning open-air artist whose murals have been recognized in Washington, DC. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous group shows and throughout Washington in public and government buildings. He has lived in the metropolitan area for over twenty years.

email: [email protected]


Jessica van Brakle

Jessica van Brakle was born in Bethesda, MD, and is a recent MFA graduate from The University of Maryland. She received her BFA in 2007 from The Corcoran College of Art & Design.

Van Brakle’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Washington metropolitan area and included in Art Fairs such as Scope Miami and (e)merge Art Fair. She participated in the Artist Residency Program at the Arlington Arts Center from 2011 to 2015 and was selected in 2010 for a two-year fellowship with Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC. In 2020, Transformer Gallery awarded her the Artists Sustaining Artists Program Grant, and in 2019 and 2008 she received the Individual Artist Grant for Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work is included in the collection of the US Consulate, Dubai, as well as many corporate collections such as Google, PNC, Hilton Worldwide, and Capital One Digital Headquarters. Van Brakle currently maintains an art studio in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.


Gloria Vasquez

Gloria Vasquez is a former Texan with an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a Bachelor of Science Math degree from the University of Houston. She has lived in an unusual variety of places around the world: Texas (Laredo, Houston, Austin, San Antonio), Missouri (St. Louis), Los Angeles, Colombia (Bogota), Moscow, and Washington. In the mid-1990s, after a 10-year telecommunications engineering career, she returned to college to study art. Upon finishing her MFA at VCU, she taught sculpture at University of Richmond, Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, Virginia), Jorge Caldos University (Bogota, Colombia) and VCU. Her work has been exhibited/performed in Texas, Colombia, New York, Washington, Maryland, and Virginia.

email: [email protected]


Dawn Whitmore

Dawn Whitmore is a Washington, DC, based interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the dynamics between cultural mythology and identity. Using soundscapes, photography, video, sculpture, painting, and drawing, she creates immersive spaces that invite the participant to enter an altered emotional landscape. Dawn received a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in 2005. Her work has been shown nationally including: the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ), Hemphill Fine Arts (DC), Area 405 (MD), Spring Gallery (NY) and published in The Guardian, The Washington Post and The Virginia Quarterly Review.



Bahar Yürükoğlu

Bahar Yürükoğlu earned her MFA in 2011 from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, and her BFA in 2003 from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Selected solo shows include: Organ Panic, artSumer, Istanbul, (2019), Flow Through, ARTER, Istanbul (2016), Self-Titled, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul (2014), Melting North, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (2013). Two-person and group exhibitions include Vantage Point 7, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2019), Glasgow International (2018), Intimate Horizons, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland OR (2014), the 2013 Biennial, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA. She has been artist in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Wyoming (2013), the Arctic Circle, Svalbard (2015), Kultivera, Sweden (2016), and ReAct, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal (2018).

IG: @baharyurukoglu