Opening Reception: Friday, June 28 from 6pm to 8pm
ArtReach GW Community Gallery in collaboration with Duke Ellington School of the Arts presents its inaugural solo exhibition artist, Naja E. Webb, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC).
Accentuating the ArtReach GW Community Gallery summer exhibition lineup, Naja E. Webb’s collection is on display from June 28 to July 31, 2019.
Ms. Webb’s art collection was initiated by her senior art series entitled, “A Scary Time to Be a Man.” The series flips the script on men’s position in society and places men in oppressive, uncomfortable, and compromising situations that women find themselves in on a daily basis. Webb’s thought-provoking artworks are intended to arouse beliefs of interpersonal respect, ethics, and equal gender rights and, at the same time, bring viewers into an experience. Using her mediums of choice — watercolor, ink, acrylic, and colored pencil – Naja’s riveting, compelling work transforms the gallery to engage viewers at THEARC.
Introducing Naja E. Webb
Naja Elon Webb was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but has lived in Arlington, Virginia most of her life with a short residence in Cairo, Egypt. Her natural penchant for visual art came very early while indulging herself in drawing as a small child. Identified as a gifted artist, Naja developed her unique artistic style of playfulness and wit. Naja became a regular in school art exhibits and competitions. During the middle school years, her creativity spilled over into dance and violin to round out her artistic repertoire.
Encouraged by her family, Naja auditioned and was selected by the Visual Art Department of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC. As Naja continued to cultivate and refine her skills, she earned high acknowledgement and awards in national and regional art competitions. As a result, George Washington University Summer Art Program recognized her potential by enrolling her in their Corcoran School of Art.
Naja believes that visual art is its own language, and speaks to everyone; no matter race, age, or gender. As Naja continually strives to produce thought-provoking pieces, she hopes that people will connect with the work and view the world in new ways. Ms. Webb will realize the next level and dimension of her artistic expression while attending The Cooper Union in New York City.
About ArtReach GW
As a part of The George Washington University’s Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, ArtReach GW builds programs and partnerships that foster community connections and civic engagement through the visual fine arts.
- Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
ArtReach GW is located at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.