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Exhibitions

November 3 - December 27, 2014
Front Window Featured Artist Yoko Sekino-Bove

Front Window Featured Artist Yoko Sekino-BoveThe Brentwood Arts Exchange presents works by ceramic artist Yoko Sekino-Bove in the Front Window display. Sekino-Bove was born in Osaka, Japan, and worked as a commercial graphic designer in Los Angeles, before ceramics became a part of her life. The artist states, “In this industrial and technology driven age, the question of why we still create and use hand-made objects over mass-produced, technologically sophisticated merchandise should be investigated and discussed. A part of the reason we acquire an original, one-of-a-kind craft object may not only be for the practical use, but also as a vocabulary to describe our feelings, individualism and personality. My goal in ceramics is to create functional art with an exciting personality, which will live and work with the people who adopt them.”

November 3 – December 27, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 5-8pm
Prince George's Sampler: 2014 Prince George's County Juried Exhibition

Prince GeorgeThe annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition returns to the Brentwood Arts Exchange with Prince George’s Sampler – an exploration of the diversity and richness within the county’s art community. Prince George’s Sampler features visual art in all media by artists who live, work, or study in Prince George’s County, from those who forged the county’s rich traditions in the arts over the decades to those who have moved here in recent years to become a part of it. The annual County Juried Exhibition is always a crowd favorite; this year’s is sure to not disappoint.

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
Gateway Arts Center 5th Anniversary Show

Gateway Arts Center 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 and built on what they have to offer, 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.