VisArts | 2023 Studio Artist Jamille Wallick until the truth is disclosed

By Editorial Team on February 5, 2024

Fri, February 9 2024 — Sun, March 10 2024

Jamille Wallick, Fabric Spiral, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, February 9 from 7-9pm

VisArts is pleased to present until the truth is disclosed, a new exhibition by VisArts’ 2023 Studio Fellow, Jamille Wallick. The site-specific installation will be in the Common Ground Gallery from February 2-March 10. An opening reception will be held February 9 from 7-9 p.m.

VisArts’ six-month Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. VisArts provides a $3,000 stipend and free studio space to the fellow, who presents a culminating solo exhibition.

Jamille Wallick’s until the truth is disclosed is a structural, site-specific installation that features a walk-in camera obscura with a community quilt as the outer shell, made up of individual patchwork spirals that have been stitched together.

According to Wallick, “Steel framing is a traditional way of framing many of the spaces we occupy in a western society, especially America. It is quite literally a system we build around ourselves over and over again with very particular sets of rules and guidelines. Usually it is covered up in hard, cold materials that hide it as a skeleton rather than leaving it bare and more vulnerable for examination. Quilts have long historical use in story-telling, in domesticity, in cozy home-like spaces, but also in tradition and even definitions of femininity. Used structurally, it softens the idea of building a structure, referencing blanket forts but also cozying in, safety and intimacy of coming home.”

Inspired by bell hook’s “All About Love: New Visions,” the title, until the truth is disclosed, is from a chapter expressing the necessity of approaching interactions with honesty over fear and secrecy.

About the Artist
Born in North Carolina and currently living in Maryland, Jamille Wallick is a mixed media artist influenced by the ecosystems of Atlantic coast states. She holds a B.A. in dance studies/general anthropology and an M.Ed. in new media and global education from Appalachian State University, and an M.F.A. in studio arts from the George Washington University.

Before moving to the DMV, Wallick worked as media instructor, freelance media artist, and dancer with SG Ballet (Boone, N.C.). She was also a founding member and president of the community arts group, Verge Dance Collective.

In 2022, Wallick was awarded a Keyholder Fellowship at Pyramid Atlantic Art (Hyattsville, Md.), where she studied paper-making and printmaking. She also installed “Pleiades Sisters,” a large-scale work consisting of three sculptures, at Brunswick Beer and Cider (Brunswick, N.C.). Additionally, she worked as an associate producer and media specialist on “LEGACY: 50 Years of Dance on the Edge,” an exhibition/immersive installation with artists Maida Withers and Robin Bell, at the Corcoran FLAGG Building (Washington, D.C.).

Wallick currently works as a freelance multimedia artist and an adjunct professor of art and media at the George Washington University and Appalachian State University.

About VisArts
VisArts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a hub for the visual arts that engages nearly 30,000 visitors annually through contemporary art exhibitions, a studio artist program, art classes and camps, VisAbility Art Lab (a supported studio for artists with disabilities), community art programs, the annual Rockville Arts Festival, and event space. Founded in 1987, VisArts is committed to our mission of transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.

Galleries are open Wednesday- Thursday/Saturday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. and Friday, 12-8 p.m.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

VisArts is in Rockville Town Square, three blocks from the Rockville Metro station, at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Md.