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Jackie Hoysted is a native of Ireland and the visual arts curator for Solas Nua, an Irish organization that promotes contemporary Irish culture in the Washington DC area. She has a degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a fine arts degree from the George Washington Corcoran College of the Arts & Design, Washington DC., USA.
She has had multiple solo shows of her artwork throughout the US, including Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Illinois and has been featured in several publications, including: the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Express, the Gazette, the Washington City Paper, The Pittsburgh Review and the Richmond and Baltimore Examiners’. The digital media author Scott Ligon selected her work for inclusion in his book The Digital Art Revolution. She has been awarded Individual Artists and Scholars Grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Vermont Studio Center and has attended artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, USA, 2014 Cill Rialaig, Ireland 2015 (also forthcoming 2018) and the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland 2016.
She is the the founder of Countdown Temporary Artspace and co-founder of ArtWatch, a Washington DC collective that aims to to develop ways to use the power of visual communication to express their support for values, such as inclusion, tolerance, equality under the law, and stewardship of the environment.
Jackie currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and the South African State Theatre.
Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies
She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, she currently directs year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally.
Hoesy Corona is a multidisciplinary artist, project manager and founding co-director of Labbodies, an arts lab that creates opportunities for new media and performance artists to exhibit their work in the USA.
Hoesy Corona has shown compelling works and inventive sculptures fitted to the human body extensively at various institutional, private, public and underground venues including among others The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Walters Art Museum; The Peale Museum; Songs for Presidents Gallery; Gallery CA; Decker Gallery; Delicious Spectacle; The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival; Greenbelt Arts Center; The Fine Arts Work Center; VisArts; The Creative Alliance; and the Haggerty Museum.
In addition to maintaining a prolific studio practice, Corona also organizes nomadic contemporary art exhibitions in the USA. His curatorial efforts include: Mother/Sister/Daughter, at The Artist Run Art Fair 2017, Artscape, Baltimore, MD ; Light Happenings pt II, Light City 2017, Baltimore, MD;Labbodies Performance Art Review 2016", Spacecamp Gallery, Baltimore, MD, July 2016; "White Guilt Confessional", Solo show by April Danielle Lewi,, Artist Run Art Fair, Baltimore, MD, 2016; "Borders Boundaries and Barricades" a Performance art review, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD, 2015 ; "Blood Cube and Spitface" solo show by Emilia Penannen, Platform Gallery (2015); "The Multiplicity and Flexibility of the Self State", Performancy-Forum-Quinquennial, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2015 ;"Over|Under Limbo", Transmodern Festival Baltimore, MD 2014; "Fast Forward Future", Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD 2014. "Rooms Play" and “Rooms Play 2”, The Copycat Theatre, Current Space, Baltimore, MD 2010, 2011;
Recent honors include a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017-2018 in Washington, DC; an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant administered by The Contemporary in Visual Arts 2017; a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation's Ruby's Project Grants in Visual Art 2016-17; a Light City public art commission 2017;a CHM Sculpture Park and Fellowship 2016-2017; a Light City Artist in Residence Winter 2016 in Baltimore's Station North; a Cafe Con Leche Latino Artist Resident in Pittsburgh,PA Spring 2016; a Fine Arts Work Center Award; a Pelham Printmaking Residency;was a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semifinalist in 2013,2015,2017; a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award 2013; a Baker Artist Awards B-Grant (The Copycat Theatre); and was included in Creative Capital's "On Our Radar 2016.
Heloisa Escudero grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the U.S. in 1987, where her interest in Fine Arts developed. SHe is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive.
She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian, and Brazilian citizenships.
Her most recent art projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. In 2007 she moved to Sweden where she worked as a full-time artist, creating four successful projects and exhibiting in Sweden as well as in Spain. During this time she built the first three BackPack Gallery Sculpture Units, starting the BackPack Gallery Project. In 2010, she relocated to New York City, where she collaborated with DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) in the project Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica. This collaboration was exhibited at the New York Photo Festival 2012. One of her exhibitions was held at the popular urban park, The Highline. In 2013, Heloisa set up her studio in Arlington Virginia where she currently works, collaborating with DC area artists on several projects.
Erin Devine is an artist, critic, curator, and independent scholar based in Washington, DC. Her video-based and live performances are characterized by research that addresses patriarchal oppressions of history and culture.
Devine searches for parallels between the past and contemporary social issues, often salvaging lost biographies and culling from historical events to create new narratives through ambiguity and gesture. Directing materiality in both objects and her own body, the works are representative of her interests, as both an artist and an art historian, in feminist art, body art, video and performativity.
She received her Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in Contemporary Art from Indiana University.
John Brendan Guinan
John Brendan Guinan is an American contemporary multidisciplinary artist. John's goal is to remind people of the transcendent, mystical and sublime. He uses the material tools afforded to him to disrupt the spiritual and emotional paradigms of those that engage with his art.
He was born at home in the Logan Circle neighborhood of inner city Washington, D.C. above the homeless shelter and soup kitchen founded and run by his parents. Mother Teresa served the first bowl of soup at the kitchen's opening. John's father, activist and author, John Edward Guinan "Ed" passed away in December of 2014. The Washington Post memorialized Ed by saying, “Throughout his life, [Guinan] earned a place on the Catholic left defined by the pacifism of Dorothy Day, the civil disobedience of Daniel and Philip Berrigan and the faith-driven calls of former Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver to replace peace through strength with strength through peace".
Guinan's solo exhibition, The Art of Mourning, which debuted in August of 2015 at the Artery Gallery in New York, was comprised of pieces grieving his father’s passing. Each piece was painted while his father was sick, in hospice or recently passed. In a recent article, Guinan is quoted as saying, "My hands, brushes, paint, and pallet knives served as conduits for my emotions: joy, despair, gratitude, transformation, grace and other undefinable inklings of subconscious. Through great pain this art came out of me. It simply had to". The Art of Mourning was a major success and cemented John as a top emerging artist. His pieces are in high demand and have been purchased by collectors throughout the United States and abroad.
Guinan exhibited at Art Basel Miami's Satellite fair in 2016 curated by Black Paper based out of Los Angeles. The show touted as "Rough Ride" investigated the role of abstract expressionist paintings as ephemera and not commoditized art prizes. John's series of large scale paintings in the show were executed by hand without the use of brush as a means for the artist to reconnect with the unbridled wonderment of youth as it pertains to self expression and creativity. His series was from a greater body of work called the "Prince of Empyrean". Empyrean is the highest point in heaven, as referenced in Dante's Divine Comedy, where the holiest of saints and angels reside along with God. Each of the pieces was painted from the vantage point of a prince (John's father Ed) living in Empyrean and what he might be seeing.
On Trump's inauguration day, less than a mile away from the White House, Guinan opened the doors of his studio and art gallery in Washington D.C to the public regardless of their political ideologies, race, sexual orientation, creed or religion. With security on hand, Anarchists from the Black Bloc movement, Trump supporters, moderate liberals, and moderate conservatives communed in harmony. The day was billed as "The Art of Reconciliation, a Sanctuary on Inauguration day". The following week, Guinan performed a piece titled “Bondage of Self” in front of the White House for a grueling 8 hour performance. Dressed in archetypal Washington politico attire, donning a white faceless mask, he alternated between reading the Washington Post, and writing his fears, anxieties, and insecurities into a notebook while shrouded in 150 pounds of chains in below freezing weather. He enlisted a young female immigrant from Brazil, dressed in garb reminiscent of Mary Magdalen, to console him throughout the performance.
Guinan's painting, "Tenleytown Zebra Map', was auctioned off at Sotheby's in NYC in February of 2017, alongside pieces by Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Mark Grotjahn, Urs Fischer, Jorge Pardo, Yoko Ono and Shepard Fairey among others.
Guinan's spirituality, unique life experiences with the poor, exposure to the tenants of social justice, and his own mental health struggles have had a deep impact on his artistic process. John's goal is to remind people of the transcendent, mystical and sublime. He uses the material tools afforded to him to disrupt the spiritual and emotional paradigms of those that engage with his art. Guinan's process is rooted in meditation, prayer, and contemplation. He has been called an "artist priest" and a "conduit for the transcendent". In his own words, "Artists are the agents of the heavens. Our job is to do the bidding of the immaterial". As a largely self-taught artist that developed outside of the academy, Guinan demonstrates great virtuosity through a pure, inspired, possessed and often anti-academic approach to painting, performance and mixed media art. The Academy Award winning Fine Films Company, creators of HBO’s “Life According To Sam”, “War Dance” and “Inocente,” are currently shooting a documentary on John Brendan Guinan and his art career.
Ann is a graduate of the Art Department at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she concentrated on serigraphs and life drawing. She paints primarily in watercolor and oil and continues her interest in figure drawing.
She participated in many group shows that combined student and faculty work. She lived in the Hudson River Valley for ten years where she was an active member of the Rockland Center for the Arts, participating in classes and shows. While in New York her interest turned to watercolor as a medium to capture the landscape. Back in California, Ann continued to develop her interest in figure work and landscape, exhibiting and selling work in the Bay Area.
After moving to Fresno, she joined the Tuesday Group. She has exhibited at Plums and at City Hall. She has participated in juried shows at the Fresno Fair, the Madera Agricultural Show, the Blossom Trail and other local shows receiving recognition and awards. She joined The Door Art Gallery in 2001. She paints primarily in watercolor and oil and continues her interest in figure drawing. Painting plein-air whenever possible, she loves to capture the beauty of the valley.
Tsedaye Makonnen is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist, a mother and a former doula. Recurring themes present in her work are identity, colorism, womanhood, ritual and kinship.
She's particularly drawn to conveying the African Diaspora's creative responses to assimilating, destroying and recreating the Self within new and/or hostile territories, whether that happens to be a new country or a hospital room. As of late, she has been connecting the forced migrations taking place in DC and abroad through performance art and installations.
Tsedaye has performed in D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She's a part of NY's performance art scene and has shown at Five Myles Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, ABCNoRio, and more. She has an upcoming performance at Pratt Film Institute, a part of Myrtle Avenue's Black Art Story. She is also involved in a touring performance art collective titled BlackGirlLit. A screening of#BlackGirlLit: Between Literature, Performance & Memory will take place at MoCADA during 3DotZine's fest. She currently has two collaborative video performances up at MOAD in San Francisco a part of Helina Metafaria's solo exhibition Home//Free. And another video performance installation at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery titled Holy Water: Bleach Bloodbath series, a part of the Us Vs. Them group exhibition.
During her Artist-In-Residence at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Md, Tsedaye created a participatory performance series that took place in DC for What’s Going On Shaw. She presented a series of performance art incorporating traditions from her Ethiopian-American background within the current microcultures of Shaw, where she was born. In blending the rituals of Ethiopian coffee ceremonies with the culture of today’s grab & go coffee, Tsedaye and a group of participants from the community performed a coffee ceremony with a twist that nods to the changing landscape of Shaw. She activated the space in front of local Shaw businesses and streets; including well-known Zenebach Restaurant and Creative Time's DC Summit. As well as engaged in bridging the gap between the microcultures by helping form new bonds and tighten existing ones. This piece of work was titled ‘Common Ground’ in which the children of Shaw Community Center, where she teaches visual art and social practice, assisted her in making 100 ceramic coffee cups to use during the performance. In this piece, she wanted to reflect the history, leaders and present day situation of this historical district.
Akemi Maegawa is an artist specializing in sculpture and installation works. She was born in Tsu, the capital city of Mie prefecture, Japan, and is an alumni of Corcoran College of Art and Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Carolina Mayorga is a visual artist whose work is represented in private and public collections including the Art Museum of the Americas and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., Andres Institute of Art, NH and Kronan Sculpture Park, Lulea, Sweden.
Carolina Mayorga received a BFA in Art and Textiles in Bogotá and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas. She has had one-person exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, at the University of Kansas and in Washington D.C. She has also participated in group exhibitions in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Sweden and several cities of The United States including Washington, D.C., New York, Loveland, CO, Hickory, NC, and Baltimore, MD, among others.
Mayorga has received several awards in Colombia and the United States.Has also participated in the Fifth Annual Sculpture Symposium of the Andres Art Institute in Brookline, NH, the Lulea Winter Biennial in Lulea, Sweden and the 4th International Sculpture Symposium in Lulea Sweden.
Her work has been reviewed in various publications in Colombia, Sweden, Spain and the United States including articles in the Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, The Baltimore City Paper, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Telegraph and The Union Leader from New Hampshire and NSD and Kuriren from Lulea, Sweden among others.
She currently lives in Washington, DC.
Sheldon Scott, a native of Pawley's Island, SC, received his B.S. in Psychology from Francis Marion University. After years of practicing as a psychotherapist, he began a creative life as a storyteller, artist, actor, and writer in 2005.
He began his career in social work as a Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Horry County, SC. Upon moving to the Washington DC area, he joined a private practice, specializing in mental health, substance abuse, and sex-offender treatment at Northern Virginia Counseling Group.
He has performed four sold-out solo storytelling shows in the Capital Fringe Theatre Festival and various venues including Busboys & Poets and the Hirshhorn Museum. He ha exhibited his Fine-Arts and Performance Art works at (e)merge art fair, WPA Select Auction, Arlington Arts Center, Delaware State University and Art Miami. He is represented by ConnerSmith Contemporary Gallery for his Fine-Art work. His upcoming book project, a memoir, "Shrimp & Griots", is based on his storytelling narratives of the same name. Howard Yoon of Ross & Yoon Literary Agency represents Scott's written works.
René Treviño is a visual artist who uses historical context as a backdrop to reweave "lessons" of the past in his work. Born in Kingsville, Texas, he currently resides in Baltimore, MD and teaches at Towson University and MICA.
He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 2003 and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2005.
He has shown at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goliath Visual Space in Brooklyn, NY; White Box in New York, NY; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE; the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. He was also included in the 2007 WPA/Corcoran OPTIONS Biennial in Washington DC and was awarded a 2009 Baltimore Creative Fund Individual Artist Grant and won the 2009 Trawick Prize. Additionally he has been an Artist in Residence at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA; Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD; and The Studios of Key West in Key West, FL.
His work has been featured in Art Papers, New American Painters, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Blade, Washington Post, Dallas Observer, D Magazine, Art F City, as well as several online publications.
Trevino is represented by the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, MD and the Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX.
Anna Tsouhlarakis is a visual artist intent on expanding the concept and understanding of Native art. She describes her work as a continued interest in creating conceptual connections between seemingly disparate subjects and combining them to become the vehicle for deciphering and interpreting her own familial narratives.
In her creative process, Anna Tsouhlarakis has always liked to manipulate materials and build objects. She’s been captivated and fascinated by the outcome of constructing. And between her contemporary work and traditional upbringing, some have said that she may lack a connection to or understanding of her cultural background—nothing is further from the truth.
While on the surface such pieces may seem disconnected from traditional indigenous aesthetics, she explains that the foundation of her work remains rooted in Native beliefs and philosophies.
Anna’s artistic background is varied. Growing up she belonged to a dance troupe and danced at powwows. She also learned traditional silversmithing and beading. Tsouhlarakis went through the traditional Kinaaldá Ceremony (a Navajo celebration for adolescent girls entering into womanhood) and other traditional Navajo ceremonies. But she noticed that perceptions and understanding of Native contemporary life, experiences and skills were not accurately reflected or included in a modern world. She noticed how many continue to encapsulate and perpetuate the Native American history of the traditional and iconic past, especially through art.
After being exposed to new and different art forms and artists from around the world, past and present, rather than just contemporary Native art, Anna passionately decided to expand the concept and understanding of Native art and form with her own inventive and provocative voice in the contemporary construct. Her hope through her work is to help create a new vocabulary within the dialogue of Native American art and add fresh thinking that illustrates the modern Native’s engagement with society. She wants to help redefine what Native American art is and can be. The 2015 National Artist Fellowship is recognition to Anna Tsouhlarakis’s talent.
Helen currently lives in Washington, DC, and works fulltime as an artist. She paints primarily in gouache and ink on board and canvas. More recently, she has worked with wood, shoes and cloth and mixed media installations.
Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, earning her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab American National Museum in, Michigan, and the DC Art Bank collection. She recently was awarded a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and currently included in the new Washingtonia Collection, in Washington, DC. Helen was also invited as artist in residence at George Mason University, Virginia, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her paintings have been included in several Art in Embassy exhibitions abroad, including Brunei, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Iraq, Belgium and Lebanon.
In 2008, Helen was invited as US Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State, to Palestine, where she led a month- long workshop with Palestinian women artists from the West Bank. This exhibit titled “Women’s Art, Women’s Vision,” presented an opportunity for both American and Palestinian women to share their stories and culture celebrating International Women’s History Month. In 2009, she was invited to Switzerland and France, under the US Department of State’s Speaker and Specialist Program, sharing her work with universities and schools. In October 2016, she traveled to Saudi Arabia as US Cultural Envoy, speaking to young Saudi women artists and exhibiting her work at the Quincy House in Riyadh. Her paintings have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
I feel that my background in the Middle East allows me to approach the experiences I have in America, in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. I believe that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas between the Middle East and the United States.
I hope through my work, to encourage dialogue and bring understanding and acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the United States, especially since 9/11, our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the more recent revolutions and crises across the Arab world.
Solas Nua, ‘new light’ in Irish, is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, D.C., their mission is to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to American audiences.
Glucksman Ireland House NYU is the center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University. With courses in history, Irish language, literature, music, and politics, their mission is to foster excellence in the study of Ireland, Irish America and the Irish Diaspora in New York and the global communities.