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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents Full Spectrum: The Prolific Master within Loïs Mailou Jones

Monday, October 27, 2014
Gallery Exhibition Celebrates the Life and Career of Loïs Mailou Jones

WHAT: Press Preview with Curator

WHERE: 200 I STREET GALLERY – 200 I (EYE) Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2 PM – 4 PM
WHO: The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH)



Press Preview: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2 PM – 4 PM

Exhibition: November 3, 2014 – January 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Monday, November 3, 2014, 6 PM – 8 PM

Workshops:     Watercolor – Sunday, November 30, 2014, 1 PM – 4 PM

                          Color Theory – Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1 PM – 4 PM

                          Portraiture – Sunday, December 14, 2014, 1 PM – 4 PM

Exhibition Tour: January 25, 2 PM – 3 PM

Exhibition Talk: Discussion with former students of Loïs Mailou Jones,

on Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3 PM – 4 PM

Gallery Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 6PM 

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) presents a special exhibition exploring milestones in the life and artistic career of Loïs Mailou Jones. Full Spectrum: The Prolific Master within Loïs Mailou Jones will open on Monday, November 3, with a reception on the artist’s own birthday. The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings and prints showing the evolutionary progression of work created over seven decades of her career. Curated by DCCAH Resident Curator Zoma Wallace, Full Spectrum will be on view through January 30, 2015. The exhibition and its programming are free and open to the public.

This exhibition serves as a welcome home for many works that have been on travel throughout the nation and the world over the last few years. Beginning with early drawings completed during her formative years as an art student in Boston, touching on textile designs as an apprentice and young professional, and moving through a dynamic trajectory of painting, the collection of works demonstrates the prolific drive within the artist to continue to build on laurels, rather than rest on them. Fusions of stylistic elements from modern art movements are evident in each decade of her work, exemplifying her mastery of conveying impactful imagery in a wide spectrum of colors, styles and media.

Loïs Mailou Jones has influenced a number of artists and institutions throughout her storied career. Whether anonymously affecting popular visual culture with her designs, inspiring and challenging her students and colleagues at Howard University, integrating the Washington Watercolor Society with her undeniable expertise or collaborating with leading artists and intellectuals to create lasting images for universal ideals, Jones has been remembered as one who exacted excellence from herself and others in all endeavors. As the sole District government agency for the arts, it is the responsibility of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to provide educational exhibitions and attendant programs for the public to enjoy at no cost. As a historic icon in the arts and humanities that made her home in Washington, DC, Loïs Mailou Jones is a figure for future generations of Washingtonians to discover and share in her legacy when creating in the nation’s capital.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.