Strongin/Collection Presents Small, But Mighty Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on September 14, 2021

Tue, 17 August 2021 - Sat, 25 September 2021

Katia Todd Milliken, On Fire, 2021, Acrylic and gold metal leaf on canvas, 30 x 24 in, 76.2 x 61 cm.
On View: August 17 – September 25, 2021

This exhibit runs from August 17th through September 25th. They are open By Appointment and during workshops, book discussions, artist talks, and other programs.

They are featuring:

  • Paintings by Katia Todd
  • Jewelry by Simonida Perica Uth
  • Pottery by Shannon Brownlee
  • Collages by Katie McCann
  • Ceramics by Georgianna Baker
  • And, in our upstairs studio, they have partnered with photographer Geoff Livingston.

They will be participating in Art All Night and potter Shannon Brownlee will do an artist talk at 7pm on September 24th.


“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” is a quote from William Shakespeare’s, Midsummer Night’s Dream spoken by Helena in Act 3, Scene 2, referring to her friend Hermia.  Hermia is one of Shakespeare’s strong women, a rebel really.   Fortunately for Hermia, all’s well that ends well.

Katia Todd Milliken’s early works started out small, 4”x4.” Small, but mighty.  Some would say fierce. Her works on paper made a huge impact on viewers.  While the dimensions of her canvases have increased, Katia’s spell has been cast.  Strongin Collection is proud to feature the Small, But Mighty paintings of Katia Todd Milliken.

“I feel that art is therapeutic, not only for the artist, but also for the viewer.”

Katia is an artist from Northern Virginia. She began experimenting with painting as a therapeutic way to spend her time after surviving the loss of a dear friend in 2012. Katia is inspired by emotion, nature, color, and the way mixed materials interact with each other on paper and canvas. Katia hopes to convey the strength and power of small, quiet, perfectly imperfect moments in her works.


“My collages are places where beauty is strange, creatures are curious, and a sense of wonder prevails.”

Katie McCann is an English Collage Artist currently living and working in Berkeley, California. Her work has been exhibited in the USA and in Europe and she has illustrated book and album covers. She is one of 50 female collage artists to appear in the book Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists (Promopress Editions, 2019).


“For me, art is a journey into our sub-consciousness. Although we long for peace and harmony, we inevitably face torments in our life journey.  Art faces both aspects and helps us understand ourselves, while reflecting on our time and society. The purpose of art is to talk to us and guide us to our inner emotions. In the end, it is like looking into a mirror.”

Simonida Perica Uth comes from a long line of artists, graduating with a BA from the School for Industrial Design, Graphic Department at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade and an MA in Byzantine Monumental Art. After moving to the US, she designed and executed large events including the Annual Bastille Day Celebrations at the French Embassy in D.C. She was a mosaic artist at St. Sophia Cathedral, Washington, DC., serving as the last apprentice to the Master Mosaicist Dimitry Dukas. For two years she worked at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, transferring bibliographical data on Byzantine studies to microfiche, a Harvard-Oxford collaboration. In 2007, Simonida was exhibit designer and curator at The Historical Society of Washington D.C. for the exhibit “Wages of War: Bonus Army to Baghdad.” Simonida lectured at Goucher College on Jungian psychology and symbolism in art, and for the last two decades, has spent much of her time as art director and executive producer of documentaries shown on PBS.


“Human beings have made pots for thousands of years and for most of that time, pottery was seen as a utilitarian craft, not art. Today the line between them has blurred. Pots have moved from the kitchen to living rooms and into galleries. Exploring that duality allows me to create pots that can be both useful and evocative. I want my work to be touched by hands and lips, to hold flowers, and to give tactile and visual delight.”

Shannon Brownlee grew up in Hawai’i, the child, grandchild and now the sibling of artists. While she had no formal training in art, art was all around her, at home and in the galleries where her father showed his work. The ocean was her playground, and she prowled the Japanese gardens of the Honolulu Academy of Art and the spooky halls of the Bishop Museum, which contains one of the world’s best collections of artifacts from Oceania and the Pacific Rim. The images of the islands, the Asian-Pacific culture of Hawai’i, all of them “echo in my dreams and influence my work.”  Shannon works in stoneware and porcelain and fires most of her pieces in a three-chambered woodfired noborigama, a traditional Japanese kiln at the Monocacy River Pottery, in Maryland. Each firing takes about 36 to 40 hours and more than two cords of wood. While forming pots is a solitary task performed in her studio in Washington, DC, “firing is a joyful, communal endeavor requiring teams of potters stoking the kiln around the clock. There is both an art and a science to wood firing, which leaves somewhat unpredictable – and sometimes spectacular – marks of flame and ash on the work.” Shannon’s work has been accepted in numerous juried shows.


“I’m inspired by observing various phases of plant life and the ocean. The subtle changes of color, texture, and shape, based on various phases of life cycles are reflected in my work.”

Georgianna Baker has a background in art history and Western herbal medicine, along with holistic nutrition.  She received her BA in Art History from Suffolk University worked in retail at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and served as an art specialist at the Caswell Gallery in Boston, MA. Gerogianna discovered pottery more recently and fell in love with the whole shape shifting process.


“#NotMyPresident chronicles five years of protests against Donald J. Trump and his administration. But I don’t see this as a book about Trump, rather it features people who cared enough about America to say something in the most public venues. #NotMyPresident features many courageous protestors exercising their First Amendment Rights to protect civil rights and the very fabric of democracy.”

Geoff Livingston is an award-winning professional photographer and author specializing in photojournalism, portraits, event photography, and landscape photography. But really, he likes to take pictures every day, and is happiest behind the lens. Originally from Philadelphia, Geoff now lives outside Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a dog. 

Strongin/Collection is located at 1631 Wisconsin Avenue NW.