Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street NW, Washington DC 20001 February 5, to March 11, 2016
Co-Curators: Carol Dyson and Carolyn Goodridge
Exhibition Dates: February 5, through March 11, 2016 Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 5-8 PM Collector's Reception: TBA Closing Reception: Friday, March 11, 2016
Theme Carnaval: Celebrations of the African Diaspora is about joy and celebration. The artists are asked to interpret this using their respective media. You don't have to be African American to exhibit, nor does the work have to be about bacchanal. Just express celebration and/or the spirit of Lent. Choose a country of the African diaspora, whether you're a native or not and interpret celebration through your work. The imagery is not limited to representational work, but also abstract interpretations, using color, form, shape, etc., as it may relate to their culture. Amidst horror there must be light, somewhere. Even amidst tribulation, the undaunting celebration of the human spirit must be given light. Show the world what you've got to say about it through your work.
Venue Pepco's Edison Place headquarters is the first major office building in Washington, D.C., to be designed by a minority-owned architectural firm; Devrouax & Purnell. The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 Phone: (202) 872-3396
(The entrance is at 702 Eighth Street between G and H streets, directly behind the entrance to their headquarters. Close to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station and the National Portrait Gallery. Public parking garage is right next door.)
Sponsors The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located in Penn Quarter, a cultural centerpiece of DC. With exhibits from a diverse array of area groups, the Gallery joins the dynamic yet historic downtown heart of Washington. The Gallery’s mission is to work with nonprofit arts organizations to develop diverse, high-quality exhibits on behalf of the community. Pepco also works with local governments to support school enrichment programs, aid to the less fortunate and many other community needs. Pepco is a regulated electric utility. Pepco has been providing reliable electric service for more than one hundred years.
Black Artists of DC was founded in 1999 by Viola Leak (Textiles), “Planta” Jacquline Reeder (Painting and Drawing), and “Aziza” Claudia Gibson-Hunter (Printmaking, Painting). The first meeting was held at the home of Viola Leek and was attended by about 10 artists. Six years later Black artists of DC was a group with a mailing list of over 125 artists, and an internet group site of over 90 working artists, curators, art enthusiasts and gallery owners from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Artists have joined from other states. Today the list serve reaches out to over 450 artists. The work from these artists: masters, emerging, student, and novice, is growing stronger through the encouragement of each other. The work spans all media, subject matter, and style.
Art Impact USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists so they are better able to shine the light of their creativity, nourishing humanity with inspiration. Art Impact USA emboldens an enriched community through support of its artists. Artists need support to build their careers and finance their artistic endeavors and share their creations. By cultivating young, emerging artists and supporting seasoned artists we can make this a better world. By creating synergistic relationships between businesses, non-profit organizations and artists around the world, Art Impact USA creates art exhibitions where our artists shine the light of their creativity to benefit humanity, inspiring communities and their leaders.
About the Curators Carol R. Dyson President of Black Artists of DC. An Arts Educator who studied Art History at Howard University. Curator in Residence at Bus Boys and Poets.
Carolyn Goodridge Executive Director of Art Impact USA, Inc. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies. An artist who received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Exhibited widely, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, Museum of African American Art, Tampa, FL, and many others. Goodridge is a professional member of the American Alliance of Museums, the National Association for Professional Women, the College Art Association, and Ambassador of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.