Gallery Openings and Events

VisArts May Exhibitions

Virginia Warwick, Olivia the Sea Turtle Goes to the Beach, performance. Courtesy of VisArts.

Virginia Warwick, Olivia the Sea Turtle Goes to the Beach, performance. Courtesy of VisArts.

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Opening Reception: Friday, May 13 from 7pm to 9pm

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Common Ground Gallery
Virginia Warwick
Unexplored Nursery
April 29 – May 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 7 – 9 PM
Live Performances:

  • Friday, May 13, 9 PM (adults only)
  • Sunday, May 1 and May 22, 2 PM (for all ages)

In Virginia Warwick’s irreverent performances and sculptural installations, native natural inhabitants on the edge of extinction must contend with human behavior, pop culture, and kitsch. For her solo exhibition, Warwick creates an undersea baby nursery for her fictional character, Olivia the Sea Turtle, who continues her adventures navigating between the worlds of humans and non-humans.

About the Artist:
Virginia Warwick was born and grew up in Frederick, Maryland. She received an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art from the Rinehart School of Sculpture. Her sculptural installations and performances have been featured regionally and nationally including the Artscape Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Arlington Arts Center, ConnerSmith, Edison Place Gallery, Hood College, Goucher College, City Arts Gallery, Metro Gallery, Creative Alliance, E.M.P Collective, Current Gallery, 14kt Cabaret and the Windup Space. She has participated in the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore, the Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival in New York City and the Infringement Festival in Buffalo, New York. In 2009 she was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.

Lisa Iglesias, ROUT ROWT, 2015-16, photograph. Courtesy of VisArts.

Lisa Iglesias, ROUT ROWT, 2015-16, photograph. Courtesy of VisArts.

Gibbs Street Gallery
Lisa Iglesias
ROUT ROWT
May 13 – June 5, 2016
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, May 13, 7 – 9 PM

Touch and time figure prominently in Lisa Iglesias’s new works on paper and sculpture. She actively explores the qualities of paper, graphite, concrete, textiles, drawing and pattern through contact with the hands, the body and various modes of marking time. Guided primarily by the sense of touch rather than sight, Iglesias’s works slip between object and drawing, image and materiality, natural forms and manmade constructions.

About the Artist:
Lisa Iglesias was born and raised in Queens, New York, received her B.A. from Binghamton University in 2001 and her M.F.A. from the University of Florida. She has attended residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Blue Mountain Center, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, among others. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at various spaces including El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art and the Jersey City Museum. A recipient of a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, she works both individually as well as collaboratively with her sister, Janelle under the name Las Hermanas Iglesias. Lisa is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and lives between Gainesville and New York City. For more information about Lisa’s individual and collaborative work, visit www.LasHermanasIglesias.com.

Brent Pafford, Lidded Jar, 2015, porcelain, 12 x 8 x 8 inches Nanette Bevan, Small Silver Leaves, 2015, kiln formed glass with pure silver inclusions Jenna Wright, Serenity, 2016, glazed earthenware with string, 18(H) x 12(W) x 12(D) inches Courtesy of VisArts.

Brent Pafford, Lidded Jar, 2015, porcelain, 12 x 8 x 8 inches
Nanette Bevan, Small Silver Leaves, 2015, kiln formed glass with pure silver inclusions
Jenna Wright, Serenity, 2016, glazed earthenware with string, 18(H) x 12(W) x 12(D) inches Courtesy of VisArts.

Concourse Gallery, VisArts
2 x 6
VisArts Studio Artists
May 6 – June 5, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 7 – 9 PM

Group exhibition featuring two recent works by each of the six current Studio Artists at VisArts. The VisArts Studio Artists include: Nanette Bevan, Xiaosheng Bi, Bertrand S. Mao, Brent Pafford, Thanasi Papapostolou, and Jenna Wright. The artists maintain studios at VisArts and work in a variety of media including ceramics, sculpture, installation, drawing, glass, and Chinese calligraphy and painting.

About the VisArts Studio Artist Program:
One of the ways that VisArts accomplishes its mission to engage the community in the arts is through its Studio Artist Program. The ability to see works of art in progress as well as the opportunity to talk to artists about their work and their process creates a unique context for our visitors. Our artist studios serve as a catalyst for conversation, education and creative interactions. Each year, VisArts Studio Artists complete a jurying process as part of their application and are eligible to renew for three additional one year terms. https://www.visartsatrockville.org/more/studio-artists/

VisArts Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday: 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm

Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or contact Susan Main at (301) 315-8200 ext. 110 or [email protected]