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Annual Black History Month Exhibition
January 28-March 26, 2023
Public Reception: Sunday, February 5, 2-5 pmThis year’s exhibition will explore “Anti-Black Violence and Resistance in the Diaspora,” the annual theme set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This theme will be placed in local context, highlighting important narratives from the history of African Americans in Prince George’s County and the surrounding region. This exhibition is curated by the M-NCPPC Black History Program.
Maggie Gourlay: Wallpapers for the Warming World
April 8-May 28, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2-4 pmAt the intersection of the natural world and domestic space, Maggie Gourlay juxtaposes the built world against the natural environment. In her exhibition titled Wallpapers for the Warming World, the assumption that we are separate and immune from the events shaping our natural environment is questioned. Gourlay creates wallpaper patterns that take a nuanced look at our environmental complacency through the lenses of the beautification of domestic spaces versus decreasing biodiversity and the negative effects towards which we are marching.
Julie Polt: Momento Mori
April 1-May 14, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2-4 pmMemento mori is Latin for “remember that you have to die.” This concept has been studied by philosophers and artists throughout history.. Polt seeks to explore this concept in her latest work from a perspective of remembering our mortality, allowing ourselves to focus on the preciousness and fragility of life, and seek out what is important each day.
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Patricia Phillips Bowden: Coast to Coast and BeyondVirtual Exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center’s first virtual Resident Artist Exhibition, featuring Patricia Phillips Bowden, showcases oil paintings and sketches done on-site and throughout the United States as well as several countries, including Spain, Portugal, and Corsica.
The artist has created moments in time of various locations, using a limited number of oil paints, time, all while braving the elements, and answering questions from some very friendly and curious onlookers - some practicing their English, some using their native language. It was a learning experience for all!
CORRIE FRANCIS PARKS: UNCANNY BODIES
IRENE SYLVESTER: OFF THE WALL
ALIZAH LATHROP: ENCROACHING INFRINGEMENT
Ninth annual artists on the rise: juried teen exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals. Every year Montpelier spotlights the talents of teen visual artists (ages 13-18) from the Washington metropolitan area. At the virtual reception, honorable mentions and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places.
Guest Curator, Tim Davis: The Story of Our Skin
The Story of Our Skin is an exhibition of figurative works and portraiture featuring people of color. Four artists: Luis Peralta Del Valle, Al Burts, Preston Sampson, and J'Nell Jordan, draw on everyday life and historical events and icons for their subjects. The artists transform materials to create their paintings and mixed media compositions in wood, metal signs, handmade paper, and other innovative techniques. This exhibit will show the strength and dignity of people of color from the past, present, and future.
*Presenting exhibitions of artists at various stages of their career is one of Montpelier Arts Center’s core commitments. We are excited to invite an outside curator to help further this mission. We are thrilled to have Tim Davis, who is the founder and owner of the international Visions Gallery and consultants, curate this exhibition.
About the Curator: In addition to a curator and gallery owner, Tim Davis is an artist and educator; he received his Masters of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied art education and fine art. Davis has earned many honors and awards throughout his impressive career including an Arts Management fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has worked as a consultant for numerous DMV arts organizations. Davis has also served on several boards throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
JULIE WILLS: GREAT LAKE
Drawing inspiration from celestial sources, Julie Wills creates mixed media drawings and installations that invoke both the rational and the magical. Choosing everyday materials for their metaphoric properties, her works explore constancy and mutability, current conditions, and hope for an unrealized but longed-for future.
39TH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION: SYLVAN COMPOSITIONSVirtual Exhibitions
Allen Zaruba Virtual Exhibition
Greg Gensheimer Exhibition
JULIE POLT: WILD GOOSE CHASE