DCAC’s 2019 -2020 Sparkplug Collective PresentsSparkplug: Light Liminal

By Editorial Team on February 18, 2019

Fri, 22 February 2019 - Sun, 17 March 2019

Courtesy of DCAC.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22 from 7pm to 9pm

Sparkplug: Light Liminal illustrates how these ten artists literally and symbolically employ light and darkness in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition takes place at the beginning of the 2019 – 2020 Sparkplug Collective, and explores themes of communication and empathy.

2019-2020 Sparkplug Collective Artists:

Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth H. Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, Steve Wanna

About the curator:
Karen Joan Topping moved to DC the same year DCAC opened (1989) and has been participating in what goes on there since getting her BFA from American University 1993. In 2007, she was one of the founding members of Sparkplug. She has an MFA from University of the Arts and is an artist and curator that create objects, images and experiences that encourage participants to reengage with the richness and empathy inducing reality of the experience of play. She is elated to be working with this new group of Sparkplug artists as they experience the joys and challenges of ‘playing’ together collectively.

About the Sparkplug:
In 2007 Sparkplug was launched as DCAC’s artists collective. Participants are sought from all communities in the Washington, DC area with the goal of bringing together artists and curators from wide range of backgrounds and experiences and are given an environment in which to foster their development as a group. Each year we feature an exhibition of the entire Sparkplug group. Sparkplug members participate for 2 years, meeting monthly to critique each other’s work, discuss exhibitions around the area, visit each other’s studios, and meet with arts professionals such as curators, collectors and established artists.

Gallery hours:

  • Wednesdays through Sundays: 2pm to 7pm

DC Arts Center (DCAC) is located at 2438 18th Street NW.