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Exhibitions

January 12 - February 28, 2015
Front Window Featured Artist: Ragbaby Exchange

Front Window Featured Artist: Ragbaby ExchangeThe Brentwood Arts Exchange is pleased to highlight the works of 15 different local women who participated in a self-esteem building workshop through the art of doll making taught by The Ragbaby Exchange. Owner and instructor Sherri Lumpkin holds various workshops throughout the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area to help empower women of all ages to find their inner beauty and realize personal goals. Regina Gilmore and Darby Baham of FRONTLINE News wrote, “Ragbaby Exchange utilizes art as therapy and moves the participants to inner reflection through affirmations, visioning, and doll making. The purpose is to help participants discover their own self-worth and develop life skills that enable them to realize their choices.” The Brentwood Arts Exchange will be partnering with The Ragbaby Exchange to host a one day workshop in early May 2015.

January 12 - February 28, 2015
Unmapped

UnmappedOpening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 5-8 pm

People often speak of taking a “journey” through art. It’s been said enough that in our fast-paced information environment where it’s more normal to scan and move on than to consider things deeply, it’s easy to forget what that really means. Artists Pat Goslee, Ellyn Weiss, and Sally Resnik Rockriver each use art as a method of discovery, responding to forms and materials then building on them to find what’s there. Whether it’s finding the balance in giving up control to a chemical reaction, investigating material properties, or the conscious act of constructing energetic movement through paint, all three artists make provocative statements about the ways that meaning is created through the interaction of process with form. Together, their exhibition invites us to open up to things we don’t know, things that aren’t written out first then repeated as art, where our paradigms don’t fit, areas Unmapped.

March 16 – May 9, 2015
Brentwood Arts Exchange 5th Anniversary Show

Brentwood Arts Exchange 5th Anniversary ShowFifth Anniversary Reception: Saturday, March 21, 5-8 pm

It seems like art centers grow up so fast these days. One minute they’re an abandoned building, the next minute they’ve worked with hundreds of artists as a hub for a vibrant, dynamic Gateway Arts District Community. The 5th anniversary of the Gateway Arts Center and the Brentwood Arts Exchange and 39th Street Gallery within it is March 19, 2015. To celebrate, the Brentwood Arts Exchange brings together selected artists from its exhibitions over the past 5 years to reflect about where we’ve been and look forward to where we’re going.

May 25 – July 18, 2015
At War With Ourselves – A Visual Art Response

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 30, 5-8pm

At War with Ourselves is a year-long series of programs investigating and learning from the legacy of the Civil War on race in America. The series culminates in an original musical composition commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Art Center based on a new poem by Nikky Finney, composed by Terrance Blanchard and to be performed by the Kronos Quartet with a 500-voice choir. The premiere is scheduled for September 2015 at Center Stage in Baltimore. In partnership with the year-long programming leading up to the first performance, this exhibition invites members of Black Artists of DC to respond through visual art to Nikky Finney’s poem – released to artists before its official publication – utilizing art to contribute to a national conversation about the history and experience of being a black male in the United States.

August 3 – September 26, 2015
Project America’s Next Top Master Artist Winner’s Exhibition: Featuring Ellen Cornett

Project America’s Next Top Master Artist Winner’s Exhibition: Featuring Ellen CornettClosing Reception: Saturday, September 19, 2015

2014 may not have marked the year the art world stopped being aloof to reality TV competitions, but it’s the year we did. And, based on public response, you did too. More than 5,000 votes came in to Project America’s Next Top Master Artist, selecting a champion and awarding a solo exhibition to Cheverly-based artist Ellen Cornett. Celebrate with us and share in the results of connecting artists directly with audiences.

January 11 - March 6, 2016
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March, 2016, throughout the Washington, DC area, organized under the auspices of George Mason University, a charter committee of non-profit organizations including Mclean Project for the Arts, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Cultural DC, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Martin Luther King Public Library, Arab America, and Busboys and Poets. This exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange features artists’ books, broadsides, and letterpress work created for related Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here festivals in San Francisco and Boston. The art, related exhibits, programs, and events were inspired to commemorate the 2007 suicide bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street by celebrating the free exchange of ideas and knowledge and standing in solidarity with people everywhere that free expression is threatened.

December 1 - December 31, 2016
Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor

Get to Know Your Wild NeighborThis exhibition will feature work from the children's wildlife program, "Get to Know." This educational wildlife organization was founded in 1999 by painter and naturalist Robert Bateman. During this program children have the opportunity to engage with nature in a way that may not be built into their daily lives. "Get to Know" encourages an active lifestyle while interacting with nature. The connections and discoveries made outdoors will be explored through artistic projects and exhibited in our gallery.