Touchstone Gallery Announces 2023-2024 Fellows

By Editorial Team on November 29, 2022
Pictured left: Brianne Anderson and right: Neville Barbour. Image courtesy Touchstone.

Touchstone Gallery and Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) welcome new Fellows Brianne Anderson and Neville Barbour for their 2023-2024 Fellowship. Anderson and Barbour were selected from an extremely talented group of artist applicants from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The TFA Fellowship provides membership at Touchstone Gallery, mentoring by established artists, participation in gallery group shows, and a solo exhibition.

Touchstone Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit organization created by the artists of Touchstone Gallery in order to increase their engagement with the community and offer emerging artists professional exhibition opportunities at an established gallery.

Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery is an artist-owned contemporary art gallery located in downtown Washington, DC. With new exhibitions every month, visitors experience a constantly-changing display of original artwork. Touchstone Artists are local, juried professionals working across a variety of mediums.

Brianne Anderson is a figurative artist from Southwest Florida, now based in Washington, DC. Her practice mainly involves oil painting, printmaking, and drawing and is based primarily in self-portraiture, also incorporating imagery from her home and her life. Her work addresses themes of introversion, self-obsession, vulnerability, loneliness, and humor. She uses imagery of herself and things from her life, translated through surrealism and fiction, to playfully explore these themes and to build a mythology around herself—creating a narrative that does not necessarily require a linear storytelling framework. Brianne has a BFA in Studio Art from BYU, and is a current MFA Studio Art Candidate at American University (expected 2023).

Neville Barbour is a DC native, primarily working with charcoal. He believes that our past remains with us for a reason: We must choose how to reinterpret it. We must process it so that it does not fester. He makes art that brings his past and others’ past alive. He searches for the black, the white, and the “indelible” gray. Neville has participated in dozens of domestic and international juried exhibitions, including being awarded “Best in Show” at Touchstone Gallery’s 2020 exhibition, Us. He also exhibited at the Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago, IL for their 2022 Black Creativity exhibition, and has a piece in the permanent collection at the David Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts & Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

Source: Touchstone Press Release.