Studio 21 Features Work of George H. Smith-Shomari and West African Artist Joseph Amedokpo

By Editorial Team on December 3, 2013
Zemidjan Carrying Across the River by Joseph Amedokpo.
Zemidjan Carrying Across the River by Joseph Amedokpo.  Photo courtesy Danceplace.
Gallery Opening and Reception: Thursday, December 5 at 6pm


Dance Place’s Studio 21 on the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk features original oil paintings by award-winning West African artist Joseph Amedokpo and works by George H. Smith-Shomari in an exhibit running December 5-21, 2013.

George H. Smith-Shomari teaches printmaking and African-American art history. His work reflects his people, his culture and his identity as an African-American artist.

Joseph Amedokpo was born in Vogan, Togo (West Africa), in 1946. He moved to Lagos, Nigeria, at the age of eight, where he received his education and art training, receiving a scholarship to the Yaba Trade Center where he studied fine art from 1966-68.

Amedokpo paints using locally available oils and his canvases are recycled flour sacks, washed and stretched. His works are full of color and tell amazing stories. He has achieved recognition in Europe and the United States and in November 2008, was selected as one of four artists for Dell’s Product RED initiative as part of the global fight against AIDS.

This exhibit is curated by Roxanne Carter and GlobalBatik.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday – Friday: 5:30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 4pm

Studio 21 is located on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market – just steps from the Brookland/CUA Metro (Red Line).

About Dance Place:
Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences, and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland neighborhood in Washington, DC.