DC Arts Center’s Curatorial Initiative Presents On What I Can Control

By Editorial Team on December 5, 2022

Fri, 18 November 2022 - Sun, 18 December 2022

Photo credit Reese Bland.
Closing Reception: Sunday, December 18 from 5pm to 6pm

Curated by Ashley McDonald
Assisted by Mentor Curator Claudia Rousseau

This exhibition is free and open to the public

Stained glass mosaics by Dany Green, large scale wooden portraiture and illustrations by NoelleRX, calligraphic art by Parinaz Ziai Bahadori, textural paintings by Emily Hope Rolen and vibrant drawings by Michael A. Booker will be on display in a group show entitled On What I Can Control at DCAC; November 18 – December 18, 2022.

The title of this show comes from that well-known affirmation, often recited in mindfulness practices, advising us to focus on what’s within our control in an effort to accept, and more constructively, move past the things we can’t.

Understanding that we can only control so much, On What I Can Control focuses on how individuals cope with the uncertainty and surrender to the idea of wanting to impose control over it. Several of the featured artists describe their art making processes as therapeutic and use their creative practices as a way to work through the uncertainty and chaos of life.

The selected work aims to be a visual interpretation of proactive acceptance, transformation and resilience. We can’t always control what happens to us or around us, but we can control our outlook, how we move forward.

About DC Arts Center’s Curatorial Initiative

The DC Arts Center’s Curatorial Initiative reflects our commitment to curatorial practice as an integral part of supporting emerging and under-recognized artists. Each year an apprentice curator is selected to gain experience in planning and mounting an exhibition by working with an experienced curator. The program results in two exhibitions: in the spring, the mentor curator selects artists and plans the exhibition and accompanying catalogue with the assistance of the apprentice; in the winter, the roles are reversed, and the apprentice plans and executes an exhibition with the assistance and advice of the mentor. By nurturing new curators, DCAC hopes to bring fresh perspectives into our programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.

About DC Arts Center

The DC Arts Center (DCAC) is the only institution in the greater Washington, D.C. area solely dedicated to fostering underrepresented artists in every discipline. We believe that by encouraging artists of all types and all levels to pursue their passion, community transformation is possible. Located in Washington, DC’s vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood, DCAC operates a small arts facility which includes two art galleries, a 41-seat black box theater and office space. Founded in 1989 as an accessible alternative arts center in response to eroding support for local artists, DCAC has since become a hub of creativity in the visual and performing arts, receiving local, national, and international attention. Artists of all types, including poets, painters, actors, storytellers, sculptors and performance artists, have been drawn to DCAC from as close as around the corner to as far as from other continents.

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