ECA News Briefs

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Announces Summer Artist Residents

Keyholder Resident – Edgar Reyes

Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Reyes earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profit organizations, schools, and museums. Many of his projects are autobiographical and a reflection of his personal journey as an undocumented youth in the United States. His work highlights the adversities his family has faced when divided by deportations, the loss of loved ones, and racially motivated crimes.

Pyramid Atlantic’s Keyholder Residency is a competitive opportunity for emerging artists. This program is made possible in part by donations from Artisan 4100 and Studio 3807, two apartment communities located in the Gateway Arts District. For every apartment leased through July 30, 2021, a donation of $250 will be made to Pyramid Atlantic to support our artistic residencies. Over $3,000 has been raised through this program so far!

Image Courtesy Pyramid Atlantic.

Denbo Fellow – Adjoa J. Burrowes

Adjoa J. Burrowes is a printmaker, mixed media artist, and art educator. She earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from Howard University and an M.A. in Art Education at Corcoran College of Arts and Design at The George Washington University. Burrowes has studied with contemporary artists in Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has presented her work in the US, Virgin Islands, Mexico, the Netherlands, and France. As an educator, she has designed and implemented art workshops and residencies for cultural institutions throughout the nation including the John F. Kennedy Center, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Denbo Fellow – Melissa Haviland

Melissa Haviland is an artist who lives and works in Athens, Ohio. She received a BFA from Illinois State University in 1998 and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. Haviland is currently a Professor at Ohio University where she teaches printmaking and papermaking. She is also the Chair of the Print area and the Director of Study of the Honors Tutorial College Studio Art program. Melissa Haviland’s print installations take over the gallery, often becoming a bit too much while questioning the objects in our lives and the personal, cultural, and economic power they have over us.

Studio Intern – Sasa Aakil

Sasa Aakil is an 18-year-old multi-media artist, writer, and the 2021 Montgomery County Youth Poet Laureate. She is a co-author of I Am The Night Sky and Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth and the artist behind the A Man Was Lynched Yesterday Project. Sasa is also a brown belt in Tung Su Do and a frequent maker of mistakes. She has been active in the DC art community since age 13 and is now pursuing a degree in Fine Arts at Montgomery County Community College with hopes of transferring to an HBCU.