Alper Initiative for Washington Art Presents Summerford Legacy Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on March 28, 2017

Sat, 01 April 2017 — Sun, 28 May 2017

Photo courtesy of Alper Initiative for Washington Art.
Luis Hernandez Cruz, Landscape with yellow square (Paisaje com recuadro amarillo), 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48 in. Courtesy of Alper Initiative for Washington Art.


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1 at 5pm


Ben L. Summerford (1924 – 2015) taught at American University’s Department of Art from 1951-1987. All of the artists in Summerford Legacy studied under Professor Summerford and took different aspects of his teaching to heart. Some stayed close to their artistic roots in AU’s Department of Art, and some used those roots to support far-flung but personal explorations. All of the artists exhibit the artistic integrity embodied by their teacher, and approach their art as an act of discovery.

April 1 at 5 pm
Spring Opening Reception
Mingle with the artists, curators, and fellow museum patrons at the opening reception. Free and open to the public. Come early to hear a gallery talk with Tammra Sigler and Sharon Wolpoff on their exhibition Geometry and Other Myths.

April 27 at 5:30 pm
This season’s salon-style conversation in the Alper space will feature former students of Ben L. Summerford, in discussion about the legacy of their teacher. Free and open to all inter-ested in Washington art and artists. Space is limited.
RSVP required

Featured Artists:

  • Matin Kotler
  • Rosie Moore
  • Helene Herzbrun
  • Wilem deLooper
  • Jaime Romano
  • Walt Bartman
  • Ruth Bouduan
  • David Holt
  • Delna Dastur
  • Luis Hernandez Cruz
  • Ron Haynie
  • Sharon Wolpoff
  • Frank Hobbs
  • Lani Irwin

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For more information, visit