Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Lenora Yerkes as Recipient of its 2019 Gallery Artist Residency

By Editorial Team on December 18, 2018

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 proposal entitled “Circle Story” 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. Lenora will work in the 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.  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 “How to Narrate Your Life in Comics” on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public (workshop best for ages 8 and up). For more information, please visit or (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 valuable insight into her creative process.”

Deeply affected by her central Californian roots, Lenora is inspired by Washington, D.C. 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.”

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transformative power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans. CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW is a featured charity in the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy, mentioned as Best Venue to See on the Cheap in DCist’s 2014 Best Theater Venues in DC, the 2015 & 2016 winner for Best Arts Class in the Washington City Paper Readers’ Poll, 2014 & 2015 Hilly Award winner for Best Arts Organization/Venue, and the winner of the 2017 Irene Pollin Community Engagement Award through the NSO.

(via CHAW. Photo courtesy of CHAW.)