The Arts Club of Washington Presents Mike McSorley and Tanya Roland

By Editorial Team on May 2, 2022

Fri, 06 May 2022 - Sat, 28 May 2022

Blinds by Mike McSorley
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6 from 5pm to 7pm

The Arts Club of Washington is proud to announce our May 2022 exhibition with local DC area artists, Mike McSorley and Tanya Roland, curated by Mattie Schloetzer. McSorley presents a body of work that shows the influence of a childhood spent with an old film camera. McSorley, through his photography, developed a fascination with the mundane everyday objects of life but a need to connect with people, as the pandemic started and then continued, focused McSorley’s newest work on portraits. Roland approaches her artmaking process as a journey of discovery and experimentation with the tools of artmaking.

About the Artists, Mike McSorley –  McSorley’s work has been shown in regional and national shows, a handful of solo shows and has won some awards. He was awarded FY20, FY21 and FY22 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program Grants by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In 2019 he was accepted as a Torpedo Factory Art Center Eligible Artist. His piece Eckington Korner was acquired for The Washingtonia Collection through the DC Creates! Public Art Program in 2016.

Besides showing at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Mike had an exhibit at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. He had solo shows at the Hill Center in Washington, DC (2019); The Art League Gallery in Alexandria (2018); the 43rd Street Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. (2014) and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. (2014). Later that year the piece Possessions was created for the Westmoreland’s Peddling Personalities exhibit. A Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts occurred in 2015.

About the Artists, Tanya Roland –  I’ve drawn and painted throughout my life, got a degree in art history in college and took as many studio classes as I could while there, including summer classes at the Corcoran. I’ve continued art in fits and spurts in different periods of my life while engaging in other successful careers and pursuits. Focused art making, studying and looking at art has gradually ramped up over the last 20 years, particularly in the last 6-7 when I started showing, primarily in juried shows, in the DMV area.  Before Covid, one day a week I would paint at the National Gallery of Art in their copyist program, and a couple of years ago I became the president of Master Art Copyists – a group of those who paint within NGA. We show our work together around the region. We are not affiliated with the National Gallery.

I teach painting from time to time in small group or private sessions.

I now consider making art among, if not my primary activity.

About The Arts Club of Washington:

Located in the historic Monroe House, the Arts Club of Washington seeks to be an artistic force for the promotion, acceptance and celebration of traditional, new and innovative arts and artistic expression. The Arts Club of Washington fulfills its mission by facilitating togetherness, supportiveness and partnerships among artists; showcasing all forms of the arts, and empowering seasoned and emerging artists to create and promote their art and thrive professionally.

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