BlackRock Center for the Arts’ Terrace Gallery Presents Alexandra Chiou Mirage

By Editorial Team on April 24, 2017

Sat, 29 April 2017 - Sat, 03 June 2017

Alexandra Chiou, Continent, mixed media on paper. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.
Alexandra Chiou, Continent, mixed media on paper. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.


Reception: Saturday, April 29 from 2pm to 4pm


Artist Talk: Saturday, May 20 at 2pm

Combining her interest in science, philosophy, and natural history, Alexandra Chiou investigates the environment using pen, ink and acrylic paint on paper, which she often cuts and layers to add texture and dimension. An avid explorer and outdoor enthusiast, the Maryland artist is intrigued by the complex patterns, shapes and vibrant colors found in the natural world, whether hiking in the mountains of the Shenandoah or the jungles of Malaysia. Drawn to the idea of primordial landscapes free of manmade structures, her focus on the subject of unexplored terrains has also morphed into a fascination with the beginnings of life and the connections humans share with geography.

When asked why she selected the title Mirage for her solo exhibition at BlackRock, Chiou explained, “Mirage is a reference to the desert and also alludes to the idea of things not being quite what they seem.” The local artist has been working for many months creating a new series of layered multi-media pieces, like Winter Memories of the Mojave, which were inspired by her experiences in the Southwestern United States at national parks including Bryce, Zion and Joshua Tree. On her travels, Chiou was particularly intrigued by the subtlety of the desert landscape and constant juxtaposition of life and death. Describing her personal fascination with desert imagery, the Bethesda resident stated, “The desert is often perceived as a dry, barren terrain, as a land that is severe and unforgiving. But when you look more closely, it is brimming with life and quiet beauty.”

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present Alexandra Chiou: Mirage from Saturday, April 29 through Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the Terrace Gallery. The center will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where the artist will deliver brief remarks and be on hand to answer questions. Alexandra Chiou will return to BlackRock on Saturday, May 20 to deliver an Artist Talk and a Gallery Tour at 2:00 p.m. with the discussion focused on the creative process and techniques the artist uses to create the work on display. Both the Meet the Artists Reception and the Artist Talk & Gallery Tour events are free and open to the public.

About the Artist:
Alexandra Chiou graduated from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA in 2011with both a BA in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting, and a BS in Commerce, with concentrations in Marketing and International Business. Her work has been exhibited in both regional and national exhibitions, including a solo exhibit at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC as well as group exhibits at Vivid Solutions Gallery, Washington, DC; Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC; American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC; VisArts, Rockville, MD; Mansion at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD; Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA; Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Gallery O on H, Washington, DC; Welcome Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; Willow Street Gallery, Washington, DC; Redline Project Space, Denver, CO; artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, MD; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, and (e)merge art fair, Washington, DC. Chiou was selected for the Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence program, which she completed in 2015. She maintains her studio practice in Bethesda, MD. To learn more, visit:

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.