Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Presents Sheila Crider WhiteWashing

By Editorial Team on August 31, 2018
Work from The Non-Crystal Stairs series (2018). Cotton and abaca pulp, rag and Japanese papers, vinyl cord, recycled reed fence. Courtesy of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
Reception: Friday, September 7 from 6pm to 9pm

Sheila Crider’s new work explores the nation’s historic relationship with people of color through contemporary abstraction. Her evocative–and precisely executed–monoprints, pulp paintings, and installation assemblages are thoughtful studies of repetitive action, subtle relief, and minimal color.

Of the title and the work, Crider explains, “whitewashing used to refer to a thin veneer of lime mixed in water that was applied to fences in summer. It is now commonly used to mean obscuring the truth… This thought came as I poured pulp on the fencing and realized how that act could be symbolic of what was going on in the country today, given the leadership and resurgence in violence towards minorities and how it has been covered up until now with little consequences, and like the rusty parts of the fence, still visible just below the surface.”

The individual artworks are purposefully nameless, but grouped into four series: Happenstance, Fencing Color Out, almost human, and The Non-Crystal Stairs. All work was produced in 2018 using Crider’s personal studio and studios at Pyramid Atlantic. This exhibition marks the second time Crider has worked at Pyramid. In fact, she first learned to make prints in the organization’s studios nearly a decade ago.

Crider is an independent career artist based in DC. She has always made her living as an artist working with paper, starting with handmade stationery at art fairs and craft markets. Encouraged by public response to her work, she began applying for exhibitions through open calls and eventually found her way into public art. She is an active member of Washington Project for the Arts and has served on selection committees for public art and the Public Art Building Communities Grant for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. Her work is in many public and private collections, including Art-in-Public-Places (DC), James E Lewis Museum (MD), Yale University Book Collection (CT), State Department Print Collection (DC), African American Museum (TX), Mino Washi Paper Museum (Japan), Library of Congress Print Collection (DC). Current projects include public art for the new Community of Hope Building in SE Washington and group exhibitions at Bowie State University and the East Hawaii Cultural Center.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD. For more information, visit or 301-608-9101.