McLean Project for the Arts Presents (Not) Strictly Painting

By Editorial Team on September 20, 2021

Sat, 18 September 2021 - Sat, 13 November 2021

Courtesy of McLean Project for the Arts.
Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, September 23 at 7pm
On view: September 18-November 13


McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) will open (Not) Strictly Painting on September 18, 2021. Now in its 13th iteration, Strictly Painting celebrates the depth and breadth of paintings, or works related in some way to paintings. This biennial exhibition features work from 37 artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. A Virtual Opening Exhibition Reception will be held on Thursday, September 23 at 7pm.

Juried by Foon Sham, a Virginia-based artist and Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Virginia Treanor, Associate Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, (Not) Strictly Painting is one of the region’s most important painting exhibitions.

“Now in it’s 13th incarnation, (Not) Strictly Painting will exhibit works by some of the most interesting and innovative artists currently active in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Nancy Sausser, MPA Director of Exhibitions and Curator. “The exhibit was expertly juried by Virginia Treanor and Foon Sham, a curator and an artist, respectively. Their choices will be displayed separately online and blended together in the gallery.”

(Not) Strictly Painting featured artists include: Maremi Andreozzi, David Apatoff, Sondra N. Arkin, Carol Tudor Beach, Jeff Bohlander, Beth Cartland, Anne Cherubum, Delna Dastur, Cianne Fragione, Amelia Hankin, Sarah Hardesty, Winston Harris, Ellen Hill, Zofie King, Brian Kirk, Chee Keong Kung, George Lorio, Johan Lowie, Daniel Merkowitz-Bustos, Dennis Lee Mitchell, Ally Morgan, S. Masao Nakazawa, Miriam Mörsel Nathan, Zsudayka Nzinga, Sookkyung Park, Mikray Pida, Alison Powers, Carol Reed, Elzbieta Sikorska, Sherry Trachtman, Christine Lee Tyler, Julio Valdez, Jessica L. Van Brakle, Jenny Walton, Milan Warner, Alice Whealin, and Julie Wills.

Beginning September 18, 2021, the MPA Emerson Gallery will be open for viewing Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1– 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 3pm. Viewing will be limited to six visitors at a time to provide social distancing. The Atrium Gallery is available to visitors during MCC hours of operation. Due to new guidance on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Fairfax County Health Department, McLean Community Center (MCC) is requiring all patrons to wear masks that cover their mouths and noses while they attend programs in its facilities. In addition, patrons are requested to do their best to observe six feet of social distance from other patrons as often as possible and to wash their hands often. 

(Not) Strictly Painting runs September 18 – November 13, 2021. To register for the September 23 Virtual Exhibition Opening, please visit:

About MPA
McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most respected contemporary visual arts organizations. MPA provides high-quality art exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, educational programs, art classes, MPAartfest, summer art camps, and ArtReach, an award-winning program serving students in grades K – 12, seniors, and individuals with special needs. For more information, visit

About Foon Sham 
Foon Sham is a Virginia-based artist and Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has had over forty solo exhibitions of his work both in the U.S. and abroad and he is represented in both public and private collections worldwide. Sham received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

About Virginia Treanor 
Virginia Treanor is Associate Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. There since 2012, she has worked on exhibitions covering a wide array of time periods, subjects and media. Treanor received her MA in Art History from American University and her PhD from the University of Maryland. A native Washingtonian, she has worked in a number of area museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art.

McLean Project for the Arts is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA.