AHCMC Presents Judith Benderson, J. Jordan Bruns, Terry Sitz, and Kelly Posey Meditations and Epiphanies: Otherworldly Devices in Painting at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery

By Editorial Team on December 9, 2019

Fri, 06 December 2019 - Fri, 31 January 2020

Kelly Posey, Psychedelic Petri Dish #10, Oil on canvas, 2019.
On view through January 31, 2020

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) presents Meditations and Epiphanies: Otherworldly Devices in Painting with a public reception at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6-8p.m. Meditations and Epiphanies: Otherworldly Devices in Painting explores abstract realities, inner awareness, and otherworldly aesthetics through the works of four local artists: Judith Benderson, J. Jordan Burns, Kelly Posey, and Terry Sitz.

“The artworks in this exhibition uniquely focus on both the visitor’s experience and the medium of brush-in-hand painting,” says Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council. “They are atmospheric and transcendental, taking the viewer on a journey into another world, while also demonstrating the power of this particular art form to celebrate the beauty of the imagination.”

Meditations and Epiphanies: Otherworldly Devices in Painting is curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell on behalf of AHCMC, designed by Heloisa Escudero, and supported by Mariza Avila, AHCMC Public Art Assistant. The exhibition will be on view from December 2, 2019 – January 31, 2020.


Judith Benderson exhibits in the Washington, DC area, most recently at American University’s Katzen Arts Center in both the AU Museum and the Katzen Rotunda, at DC Arts Center, and at BlackRock Center for the Arts. She has previously participated in public art projects including DC Party Animals and Color Field Remix. Benderson has also lectured at the Textile Museum and will be participating in a presentation called ‘Enduring Visions’ about historical DC arts spaces as part of a collaborative project between the National Gallery of Art and the DC Public Library.

Benderson organized the 2018 Washington Women’s Arts Center (WWAC) retrospective, Latitude, at the American University Museum. In the 1970s and 80s, she was a board member and Managing Director of WWAC. In 1986 she was a founding board member of Rockville Arts Place, now VisArts, and later served as co-President. Benderson has previously worked with the Justice Department as the Cultural Property Law Enforcement Coordinator, with responsibility in the area of law enforcement for art theft and artifact smuggling, as well as conducting appraisals for the FBI Art Theft Program. She has a JD from American University, a BA and an MFA from George Washington University, and is certified in fine and decorative arts appraisal. (Website)

J. Jordan Bruns was the resident artist in the Chautauqua Tower at Glen Echo Park, Maryland for ten years. In 2004, he received BFAs in Painting and Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. He then went on to earn an MFA in Studio Painting at Indiana University in 2007. After grad school, he instructed and managed the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, at Glen Echo Park in Maryland. His work is in the public collections of Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Kaiser Permanente. Solo exhibitions include Long View Gallery (Washington, DC) and The Indiana University Art Museum (Bloomington, Indiana). His numerous group shows include “Transient Geometries” at The Antelope Valley College Art Gallery (Lancaster, California) and “Color Schooled” (Long View Gallery, Washington, DC). His work has also been exhibited in Scope Miami in 2014, as well as Context Miami in 2017 and 2018 during Art Basel. (Website)

Terry Sitz is a native Washingtonian and 3rd generation artist. Her work is an excavation of self that is enhanced by a dedicated yoga practice and a commitment to sharing in a vulnerable and authentic way.  She credits her DNA for her strong sense of composition and eye for looking at things differently. Terry’s paintings are layered with mixed media–vintage and recycled objects– strong colors and abstracted forms.  She approaches her art with shades of rebellion and takes inspiration from artists who pushed the envelope including Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani and Basquiat. Sitz regularly blogs about her art process and her vision of the world. For more than two decades, she split her time between running her assisted living company and her lifelong passion for art. Following the sale of the company in early 2016, she has fully dedicated herself to her creative work. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the US. (Website)

Kelly Posey has taught art in the public-school system for 21 years, while raising two children. During most of that time she was a Sunday painter. But in the past few years, as her children have grown up and become more independent, Posey has been able to paint on a more consistent basis which has now become routine for her. In the last two years or so, she has built up a body of work that she is proud of and ready to exhibit. (Website)

Galley Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm

Betty Mae Kramer Gallery is located at 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD.