Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Lenora Yerkes as its 2019 Gallery Artist Resident

By Editorial Team on January 7, 2019

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is pleased to announce Lenora Yerkes as the recipient of the 2019 Gallery Artist Residency, a six-week paid residency January 7 through February 16, 2019 in CHAW’s gallery at 545 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003. Lenora’s residency proposal is entitled “Circle Story” and includes transporting her home studio into the CHAW gallery where she will work and display her daily drawings, collecting over the length of the residency to form a narrative experience of her time at CHAW.  Lenora will work in the CHAW gallery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning January 7th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. at 545 7th St, SE. A reception of her exhibit will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Lenora will teach a workshop on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit or call (202) 547-6839.

“Lenora stood out among the many residency applicants for her beautifully rendered drawings and dedication to storytelling,” says Ellen Cornett, CHAW’s Gallery Manager. “The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop embodies the stories of thousands of students and patrons who come though its doors. To have Lenora be in the space and inspired by CHAW’s energy will truly be amazing. The engagement of a working artist with the public is the goal of our residency program, and we think Lenora will offer gallery visitors a valuable insight into her creative process.”

Deeply affected by her central Californian roots, Lenora is inspired by Washington DC and its neighborhoods, a place she’s called home since 2007.  Her training in the fine arts has laid the groundwork for her development as a comics artist and zine maker. She practices daily drawings reflecting the daily experiences, trying to suss out the bigger story, waiting patiently to see what develops.

“My drawings, informed by the scenery, people, architecture and occurrences in and around the center’s environment will necessarily express the narrative of its everyday, its quotidian essence, and the cumulative effect of my living in its company,” says Lenora. “Only when the term is completed will we see the entire narrative completed, in a series of large-scale drawings in gouache and ink that link each day into a longer story.”

(via CHAW. Work by Lenora Yerkes.)