BlackRock Center for the Arts Presents Juxtapositions

By Editorial Team on January 10, 2022

Sat, 15 January 2022 - Sat, 26 February 2022

Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.
Reception: Sunday, February 20 from 5pm to 7pm


BlackRock Center for the Arts, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts, announces the elegant mixed media installations and assemblage sculptures of Washington, DC based artist, Tory Cowles, will be on display January 15, 2022 through February 26, 2022. An opening reception including live performances will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

RSVP required.  

A video interaction of Tory Cowles art with improvisational dance from Citydance Conservatory students will be shown for the duration of the exhibit. This collaboration between Cowles, CityDance, and BlackRock Center for the Arts will culminate into a short video, which will be released in parts to the public over the course of the exhibition and in its entirety during an invitational closing reception, February 26, 2022.

The exhibit brings together three of the most innovative and exciting art organizations and artists of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the culminating short video focused on this rare collaboration, gives the public a glimpse into the creative process of innovative, genre-breaking, interdisciplinary arts.

Says artist Tory Cowles, “I love the absurdity and irreverence of combining varied materials into something that I consider powerful and calling them art. It forces us to see the beauty and joy in them based on the quality of their colors and textures and the unexpectedness and delightfulness of their shapes despite or sometimes because of their sometimes disreputable pasts.  I am thrilled and honored that CityDance will be adding sublime movement and music to the more static visual symphony of colors and shapes.”

Says Lorraine Audeoud Spiegler, Founding Artistic Director of the City Dance Conservatory, “Tory Cowles “Juxtapositions” installation project integrates our young Conservatory talents in an exciting creative adventure– from explorations in Tory’s art studio, to sessions in  “inner dance” in our studios at Strathmore and in the Kay Gallery at Black Rock,  leading into the culminating event. Creativity is one of the most important features of human life and a central element in the art of dance and vitally important to dancers and future dance makers.  “Juxtapositions” ignites and feeds the creative thinking process in our dancers using dance and visual arts  to generate innovative action in movement through a deeper understanding of artistic elements and ideas. Idea generation and communication — the main product of creativity in dance  is at the heart of this collaboration which flows beautifully with our goal to empower our dancers to reshape the future of dance.”

Juxtapositions will be on display January 15, 2022 through February 26, 2022 at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Please check the website for hours of operation and current COVID-19 regulations (at this time, all persons require a mask and anyone above the age of 12 requires proof of vaccination). The video will be available to view on BlackRock Center for the Arts’ Visual Art page as of February 26, 2022. For more information, visit, email Rula Jones, Gallery Director at, or call 301-528-2260.

About CityDance
CityDance is a nonprofit dance institution dedicated to developing the next generation of dance artists and innovators. At our studio and community sites located across the national capital region, CityDance trains young dancers for professional careers, nurtures talent and achievement through dance, and works to advance the field of professional dance. Anchored in a belief that diversity advances excellence, CityDance works to create opportunities that promote equitable access to dance education and performance. We build programming centered on the unique cultures, histories and voices of the communities, artists and students with whom we partner.

ABOUT Tory Cowles
Tory Cowles’ paintings and sculptures are shown widely in the mid-Atlantic region.  She is represented by and is co-president of Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C.  She works and shows her work in Studio 7 at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA as well as in her studio at home.  She was chosen to be the 2011 Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year by juror Harry Cooper, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art.  She is currently an abstract painting instructor at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo Park, Maryland.  She has a background as a carpenter, woodworker, and stonewall builder.

About BlackRock Center for the Arts
Located in Germantown, MD, BlackRock Center for the Arts brings inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to diverse audiences in a welcoming and intimate setting, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD.