Gallery Openings and Events

Mark Parascandola at Evolve Urban Arts Project

Photo courtesy of Evolve Urban Arts Project.

Photo courtesy of Evolve Urban Arts Project.

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The exhibit runs Thursday, November 7 through January 2nd, 2014.

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Evolve Urban Arts Project announces the opening of a show of photographs by Mark Parascandola.

About the Artist:
Mark lives and works in the U Street neighborhood of Washington, DC. A PhD epidemiologist by training, he uses photography to explore patterns of movement in human populations, focusing on architecture as evidence of often-invisible social, environmental and economic processes.

Mark has family roots in the desert landscape of Almeria, Spain and has documented the remains of old movie sets constructed in the region during the 1960s and 1970s.  His exhibit “Once Upon a Time in Almeria” was recently on view at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC and throughout the U.S. in the spring of 2013.

His work has been featured at various galleries in Washington, DC, and at Galeria Acanto in Almeria, Spain and appears in the DC Art Bank as well as numerous individual collections.

Mark is an active member of the Mid City Artists and the Washington Project for the Arts.

He was also selected as a finalist for the 2011 Sondheim Prize and a finalist for Critical Mass in 2012.

The Project space is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District.  The artist reception is free and open to the public.

To view this exhibit, please call 202-744-6439 for an appointment.

About Evolve Urban Arts Project:
The Evolve Urban Arts Project enriches the lives of residents, neighbors in the H Street Community, and Washington DC at large by providing free exhibition space to artists based in the metropolitan area. The Project draws inspiration from the loft conversion movement – started by artists — that transformed downtown New York City warehouses and industrial spaces into functional live/work studios. Decades later, the process of gentrification has promoted the loft lifestyle across America, but few reflect upon or celebrate the artistic roots of this movement. The Pierce School Lofts, home to Evolve Urban Arts Project, was itself an abandoned elementary school before being adaptively re-used as rental loft apartments. Evolve has chosen to honor the buildings’ history and the artistic heritage of the greater loft movement by creating the Urban Arts Project and giving artists center stage in the building’s public spaces. The Project sponsors approximately five exhibitions a year in a variety of formats and mediums and is entirely philanthropic, taking no payment for use of the space. Artists may make their work available for purchase, or they simply may choose to share their work with the community. By acting as an incubator for artistic talent, the Project aims to make Washington, DC a more dynamic, creative and fascinating place to live. Evolve Urban Arts Project is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland, Ave.NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District. Exhibits at Evolve Urban Arts Project are available by appointment. In addition, artist receptions are generally scheduled with each new exhibition. For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Geoff Ault, the Project’s curator, at (202) 744.6439 or by email at [email protected]

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