Reception: Friday, April 6 from 6pm to 8pm
Joey Kossow & Lee Newman (Main Gallery)
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, April 7 at 11am
Washington Studio School is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by WSS founding faculty, Joey Kossow and Lee Newman.
In the early 1980s, sensing a loss of a unique visual arts education in the DC area, former American University faculty members and students along with other artists, founded WSS as a nonprofit institution to communicate the importance and continuing relevance of studio-based art. Among the early founders were Joey Kossow & Lee Newman, and thus the legacy of WSS began from a quirky little studio in an alley in Georgetown to a 1909 townhome, located in DC’s historical district of Sheridan-Kalorama.
This exhibition includes small and intimate scale oil paintings and works on paper. It finely represents the School’s philosophy that through learning to observe life, to translate the visual through a comprehensive understanding of drawing, painting and sculpture skills, gives the artist a thorough foundation.
Kossow received his MFA from The American University in Washington, DC in 1982. In 1983, he co-founded Washington Studio School and taught at the School for eight years.
Newman received his MFA from The American University before continuing his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. His prints and paintings are in a number of private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and The Library of Congress.
Paintings by Eva Jacob
On view in the library of WSS is a selection of Jacob’s work. Jacob was a devoted student in the early days of the School, studying with Jack Boul, Lee Newman, and other early faculty members. Jacob worked as Policy and Planning Officer for the National Endowment for the Arts (1978-1996), and in 1992 created the NEA Chamber Music Rural Residencies program. Jacob loved painting and drawing all her life, and retired early from the NEA to paint full-time. She passed away in 2016.
Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW. For more information, call 202.234.3030 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.