Remembering it Differently with Arcmanoro Niles

By Editorial Team on December 7, 2017

Artist Talk: Sun, Dec 10 at 2:30pm

The Washington Studio School hosts acclaimed Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Washington Studio School alum Arcmanoro Niles as part of their Challenging the Boundaries of Perception lecture series.
Niles currently lives and paints in Brooklyn, NY and is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award.

About Niles Arcmanoro

Born in Washington DC, Arcmanoro studied Studio Art in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. During this time he studied Figure Drawing at the Washington Studio School. He obtained his BFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2013 and his MFA at New York Academy of Art in 2015. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn. His paintings chronicle his upbringing as a youth in Washington DC and illustrate the complex, multifaceted narratives within the urban landscape. By rendering his subjects so they occupy the entirety of the canvas, Niles elevates his communities and enhances their power through his characteristic blisteringly vibrant hues. Alongside his human subjects are mischievous characters dubbed “seekers,” personifying forces external to the focal narratives.

About the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award:

The Painters and Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality through unrestricted career support. The first year of grants was awarded in 1994 and the Foundation has funded individual artists annually since that time.

The Foundation currently awards $25,000 to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who are currently under-recognized for their creative achievements, and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. In an anonymous process, a jury panel then selects the twenty-five awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists

The Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S Street, NW Washington, DC.