Studio Gallery Announces 2019 Christenberry Fellows

By Editorial Team on June 17, 2019

Studio Gallery is delighted to announce the two new recipients of their Christenberry Fellow Scholarship. Artists Kadeem Morris and Elizabeth Beach have been selected to receive this competitive scholarship based on their artist prowess and potential. These artists will join the legacy of over 2,000 international and local artists who have exhibited at Studio Gallery over the course of its long history. The Studio Gallery artist membership extends a warm and excited welcome to these talented artists.

About the Christenberry Fellowship:

The late William Christenberry was best known for his evocative photographs, collages, assemblages, paintings, drawings, and sculptures of his birthplace, Hale County, Alabama, and for his haunting vision of the American South.  As a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC he was a guiding force for aspiring artists.

To honor his legacy, Washington, DC’s Studio Gallery is offering The Christenberry Fellowship.  Through it, local emerging artists gain their first entry to a professional gallery, where they can join a broad and diverse artistic community and display and market their work alongside that of established artists.

A grant underwriting this annual fellowship was made possible by the generosity of Jeff Mace.  It enables the selected fellow to join the artist-run, cooperative for one year (with renewal possibility), without having to pay the normal fellowship member fee and to skip the normal jurying process for Studio Gallery membership. The goal is to expose new artists to the greater Washington, DC art world and to increase their professional skills by displaying their works within a gallery setting.

About the Recipients:

Kadeem Morris

Kadeem Morris: the man that lives in the in-between. Born in ’95, Morris is on the cusp of being a millennial but still relates to Gen Z; growing up, he spent half his life in Jamaica and the other half in America. Morris navigates the changes that continuously come his way while juggling the multiple cultures that make up his environment

As a photographer, he captures life as it exists. Morris understands the simplicity of life as well as the rush of the modern day rat race. He seeks to capture all aspects that encompass the totality of the human experience, from the routines that we unconsciously do and the things that we share, to the differences that we possess. Morris’ photos serve as a window into people’s lives, allowing one to become the observer of the big picture as well as the small and mundane things that make up the human experience. Morris has the ability to combine the personal and the distant leaving his audience hovering in-between.

Elizabeth Beach

Elizabeth Beach creates art in abstract expressionism using music and sounds as influences. Music and meditation are two great ways to relieve stress, and these disciplines helped the artist gain the intense concentration that she rarely achieved before. Using this idea as a basis for her process has helped create a mental image, which is translated onto paper or canvas. With the addition of music, these two different methods of stress relief aid in the process and in addition relieve the artists’ own anxiety. The different layers of sound and rhythm contribute to what the final design will be, and since her reference and influence is from musicians, their album covers and music videos may or may not have an influence on color choice.

(via Studio Gallery. Photo: She Ain’t You, Elizabeth Beach. Acrylic paint on canvas. 16″ x 20″.)