IA&A at Hillyer Presents Reality Check: The Work of Anna U Davis

By Editorial Team on January 24, 2022

Sat, 15 January 2022 - Sun, 27 February 2022

Anna U Davis, Our Weight, 2021. Acrylic, ink pen, pumice and cut paper collage on canvas. 50 x 60 inches.
Reception: Friday, February 4 from 6pm to 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday February 5 at 1pm


Reality Check: The Work of Anna U Davis

Anna U Davis is known for her bold, colorful mixed-media work, where she explores social inequalities. Reality Check investigates the concept of diffusion of responsibility in regards to pressing global issues. Diffusion of responsibility is a socio-psychological phenomenon whereby an individual assumes that other people are responsible for taking necessary action. In Reality Check, Davis juxtaposes mixed media paintings depicting diffusion of responsibility with works investigating gender inequality, racial discrimination, and climate change. The work addresses our unwillingness to listen, our resistance to speak up, and our inability to see the imminent consequences of our indifference.


  • Artist Talk: Anna U Davis
    Saturday, February 5, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Anna U Davis will provide two gallery talks of her solo exhibition Reality Check. Visitors are encouraged to sign up in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, but space will be limited to 25 visitors at a time. Contact Hillyer by email to reserve a place.
  • Reception
    Friday, February 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

On February 4th from 6 to 8 p.m., IA&A at Hillyer will host an opening reception for Reality Check: The Work of Anna U Davis. Davis’s work is comprised of bold and colorful multimedia that investigate gender inequality, racial discrimination, and climate change. Wine and light refreshments will be provided.

All visitors all required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks in accordance COVID-19 guidelines. A limit of 25 people will be allowed at one time.

About the Artist

Anna U Davis is a native of Lund, Sweden. Davis began expanding her artistic practice and developing her signature “Frocasian” characters after moving to Washington, D.C. in the 1990s. Frocasians appear in her art as abstracted grey-toned figures, inspired by her interracial marriage and her strongly held belief that everyone, regardless of their skin color, should be treated as equals and have the same opportunities in life. Davis creates narrative work where her characters investigate social inequalities, often focusing on gender relations. What began as hard-edge acrylic paintings have evolved into multimedia works which incorporate acrylic paint, cut-paper collage, textiles, and traditional pen-and-ink drawing techniques. Davis is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has received multiple fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

In 2020, Davis was featured on the cover of the journal Feminist Studies, Issue 46.1. Recent solo and duo shows include the Swedish American Museum (Chicago), Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore), the Embassy of Sweden (Washington, D.C.), and Bredgade, Kunsthandel (Copenhagen). Her work has been shown in additional solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Cuba (13th Havana Biennial) and is held in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Learn more about Anna U Davis.

International Arts and Artists at Hillyer

Founded in 2006, IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is the Washington-area initiative of International Arts & Artists. Through its innovative and often provocative exhibitions and public programs, IA&A at Hillyer champions local and international artists at all stages of their careers.

IA&A at Hillyer collaborates with artists, cultural organizations, and embassies to develop and host creative, thought-provoking programs that push our understanding and reflect the uniqueness of DC as an international capital. Whether you live in Washington or are visiting, IA&A at Hillyer invites you to encounter contemporary art from the US and around the world in a welcoming, intimate gallery setting.

For more information IA&A at Hillyer contact the Hillyer Director.

IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW.