Strathmore Visual Arts Presents Night: The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition

By East City Art Editorial Team on January 14, 2019

Thu, January 17 2019 — Sun, February 17 2019

Surrender (The Assumption) by Lauren Woods. Courtesy of Strathmore Visual Arts.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17 at 7pm

A figure emerging from the gatehouse at a sleepy railroad crossing. A liquor store, El Cheapo, illuminated in neon. A disk of fused glass in shades of blue, purple, pink, and black. A tent glowing yellow-green from the inside. A sculpted owl figure. A woman ascending above the clouds, suspended by balloons. The common theme: Night. In The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition, nearly 80 artists explore nocturnal themes in the Mansion at Strathmore from Saturday, January 12 through Sunday, February 17, 2019. In the concurrent exhibition in Strathmore’s Invitational Gallery, Terron Cooper Sorrells interrogates America’s history with slavery in The Railroad, using painting and printmaking to explore the stories of African Americans typically left out of history textbooks. A free Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. Support for Visual Arts programming at Strathmore is provided by Fox Hill. For more information, visit

Depictions of night in the 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition include representational and abstract approaches and deep darkness to contrasting starlight and streetlamps. With night as their muse, artists explore subconscious meanderings; night metaphors and symbolism; and impressions of intimacy, solitude, and nighttime gatherings.

Submissions came from 3 countries, 16 states and Washington, D.C. Works were considered through a blind jurying process by Adah Rose Bitterbaum, founder and director of Adah Rose Gallery, and Erwin Timmers, artist and co-founder of the Washington Glass Studio and School. Designations will be awarded for Best in Show, First Runner Up, Second Runner Up, and Honorable Mention at the Opening Reception.

In the Invitational Gallery—The Railroad
The Railroad depicts the journey of those who fought for their freedom. Terron Cooper Sorrells paints moments not often illustrated in telling the stories of enslaved black people in the United States. Rather than imagery of the horrors and atrocities committed against them, Sorrells focuses on their resilience, perseverance, and cunning. These accounts and others are left out of history books, but Sorrells’ depictions, while fictional, nonetheless remain truthful, valid, and accurate in how they remember strength and bravery, and serve to enlighten today’s discourse on race.

Through his work, Sorrells follows African Americans as they were enslaved and as they fought desperately to free themselves. Visitors will see intimate scenes of black individuals as they secretly comfort one another in prayer, huddle tightly together to evade hunter dogs and slave masters, and plot a path to freedom, remembering those who were not strong enough to complete the task, but were brave enough to try.

Education Programming

Strathmore enhances the visitor experience to Night and The Railroad with public education programs in English and Spanish. On Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. young art lovers get behind the brushstrokes during the Kids Talk & Tour, a guided walkthrough of the galleries culminating in a hands-on art activity. A corresponding tour in Spanish (Recorrido de Arte para Niños en Español) will be held at 11:30 a.m.

Also on Saturday, February 2, 2019, adults will learn about the exhibitions from Lesley Lundgren, Director of Exhibitions during the Curator’s Tour at 1 p.m. A corresponding tour led in Spanish (Visita del Curador en Español) will be held at 2 p.m.

Additional interactive programs to enrich the gallery experience include:

Artist in Fiction Book Club
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7 p.m.
Admission FREE

Inspired by Night: The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition, Strathmore’s art-themed book club visits the life of Vincent Van Gogh in a discussion of Deborah Heiligman’s Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.

The Artist in Fiction Book Club explore the fictions of artists famous and obscure, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, before convening readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday night each month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each evening provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.

Make It/Take It: Working with Gesso
Friday, February 8, 2019
7 p.m.
Admission $20

Guests will bring out their creativity by exploring unusual applications for gesso. A white paint-like mixture that typically prepares surfaces such as canvas or paper as a base for drawing and painting, gesso can also be used to give a surface texture, definition, and more.

Ticket price includes admission, supplies, snacks, and two drinks.

Strathmore Visual Arts is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. For more information, visit or call (301) 581-5100.