Closing Reception: Saturday, January 20 from 4pm to 6pm
On view through Saturday, January 27.
Gordon Binder and other Studio Gallery members are paying tribute to the internationally renowned artist the late William Christenberry, best known for evocative photographs of his birthplace, Hale County, Alabama and for his collages, assemblages, paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
A less well-known achievement of Christenberry is his role as mentor for hundreds of students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, from 1968 until his retirement 40 years later. Perhaps not surprising in light of his history in DC, Studio Gallery has about a dozen members who studied with him.
To celebrate the Christenberry effect, Studio Gallery is presenting an exhibition honoring his influence. By showing artwork reflecting his mentoring, Gallery members aim to demonstrate his positive impact on them personally and artistically.
In the mid 1990s, Binder took painting and other courses with Christenberry in the Open Program at the Corcoran, part of a program to renew himself after a demanding government job. Binder notes, “Bill encouraged us to find our passion, to apply ourselves, to look at everything — you never know what may inspire. His critiques gave me the confidence to push ahead.”
In 1996, Binder was awarded the Corcoran’s Linda Rosenbaum Scholarship for “talent and artistic excellence.” His artwork is in collections in the Washington area, New York and San Francisco, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Sanibel, Aspen, Boston and elsewhere in New England. Binder has lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for nearly 45 years. By day, he works in the environmental field. He has an architecture degree from the University of Michigan and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. (For further background, see www.BinderRawsonArtworks.com.)
For more than 50 years, Studio Gallery, a cooperative gallery with about 40 members, has showcased the work of local artists in a variety of media, animating the vibrant Dupont Circle art scene.
- Wednesday – Friday: 1pm to 6pm
- Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Studio Gallery is located at 2108 R St. NW. For more information and all other inquiries about the Studio Gallery, visit their website at www.studiogallerydc.com.