Artist Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 2pm to 4pm
Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 4 at 2pm
Exploring the stories of women who have changed history through protest, from the suffragists whose daily picketing at the White House began in January 1917, to modern women advocating for human rights, Julia Dzikiewicz’s encaustic paintings often focus on the past and how it relates to the present. Iconographic images of women dominate “Protest to Power,” her solo exhibition featuring a series of figurative works created using encaustic, a mixture of pigment and beeswax, which she manipulates using a blow torch to achieve glass-like surfaces which she adorns with brightly colored elements. Reflecting the influence of past encaustic icons from the Byzantine and pre-Renaissance periods, which often highlighted transformation brought about by suffering, Dzikiewicz’s works feature a flattened perspective, luminous surfaces, metals and jewel-like beads. The Virginia artist began this series of paintings honoring women protestors when she moved into her studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, the former prison which jailed the suffragists following their arrest in 1917 for obstructing the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, DC with their banners seeking voting rights for women. The series of paintings Dzikiewicz will display in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts portray courageous women who have fought for their beliefs, including Ida B. Wells, Hillary Clinton, Wendy Davis, and Malala Yousafzai.
About the Artist
Julia Dzikiewicz earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), then continued her studies in painting at the Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, DC), and in encaustic workshops taught by Bev Ryan at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria, VA), and artists David A. Clark and Cynthia Winika at R & F Handmade Paints (Kingston, NY). Dzikiewicz’s work has won numerous awards and has been selected for regional, national and international juried exhibits. She has presented recent solo shows at the Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA), TAG gallery in the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria, VA) and Artworks Gallery (Richmond, VA). Juried group exhibits include Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC, Canada), Gallery Nord (San Antonio, TX), Howard County Center for the Arts (Ellicott City, MD) Greater Reston Art Center (Reston, VA), and Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Dowell, MD). Born in Baltimore, MD, Dzikiewicz is now a Virginia resident who maintains her studio practice at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. To learn more, visit: www.gallerydz.com
Blackrock Art Center is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.