Artist Talks

The Artinista and CulturalDC Present Cultivating Taste: The Art of Curation

"Guggenheim museum exterior." Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

“Guggenheim museum exterior.” Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Panel Discussion: Tuesday, June 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


On June 16, 2015, The Artinista Art Advisory, a boutique art consultancy, will host a panel to get the inside track on being a curator of fine art.  Hosted by Flashpoint  (916 G St NW) from 6:30-8:30 pm, Cultivating Taste: The Art of Curation will feature Jarvis DuBois, Carolina Mayorga, John Paradiso and Laura Roulet, to speak on their experiences with galleries, artists, creating a cohesive exhibition and how they select the perfect pieces for their shows.

The panel is a series of panels that the Artinista has been hosting through the DC metro area since 2013. Through this panel of experts on curation, from a range of experiences and backgrounds, the audience should gain a behind the scenes look at what it means to curate a fine art show in DC. They will answer the burning questions on their inspirations, how they select the work for their exhibitions and how they got started in curating.

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Jarvis DuBois’ art journey officially began while a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In LA, DuBois worked with noted artist, Artis Lane, as her studio assistant before moving to Washington, DC for a position at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  As an independent curator, some of DuBois’ curatorial projects include: Black Abstraction at Harmony Hall Regional Art Gallery in Fort Washington, MD for the group Black Artists of DC (2011); A/Way Home at the District of Columbia Arts Center (2012-13); Of a Place and Time: Photographic Memories and Imaginings at the Hillyer Art Space (2013); (in)Visible and (dis)Embodied: Repositioning the Marginalized as part of the Curatorial Initiative program at the District of Columbia Arts Center (2014).

Primarily a visual artist herself, Carolina Mayorga has show in solo and group exhibition in Washington, DC, Mexico, Kansas, South America and Europe. Her work is represented in collections including the Art Museum of the Americas and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, Andres Institute of Art, NH, Museum of New Art, Michigan, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, and Kronan Sculpture Park, Sweden.

John Paradiso is a mixed media artist who earned his BFA from the State University of New York (Purchase) and an MFA at the State University of New York (Buffalo). He has work in private and public collections including the Kinsey institute, Leslie-Lohman Gay and Lesbian Museum of Art, The University of Maryland, and the National Picture Collection at the Library of Congress. Paradiso currently works in the Gateway Arts District for the Gateway Community Development Corporation managing their 39th Street Gallery and Arts Programming at the Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood, Maryland.

Specializing in contemporary and Latin American art, Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer. She was one of five international curators chosen for the initial 5×5, a major public art initiative in Washington DC. Her recent exhibits include the CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art, (Arlington Arts Center, VA) Frances Gallardo: Meteorology, (Torpedo Factory, VA) and Wilmer Wilson IV: the FOREVER Aftermath with the programming Performance: Aftermath (Artisphere, VA). In addition Roulet writes for Sculpture magazine.

The mission of The Artinista Art Advisory is to increase number of professional women art collectors to close the gender gap in fine art collecting. They strive to produce programming and art consultancy services for the DC art community that enhances and educates on the current art market. The Artinista Art Advisory is the place Where Savvy Collections Begin.

Flashpoint Gallery, part of CulturalDC, showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint encourages artists and curators to take creative risks.

Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G St. NW. For more information visit





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