Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Inside the Artist’s Studio Hosts Zia Palmer

By Editorial Team on October 20, 2020
Zia Palmer, La Manga Remains. Courtesy of CHAW.
On Instagram: October 19 -October 23

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts Zia Palmer for its October Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Zia is a D.C. metro area based photographer. From Monday, October 19th through Friday, October 23rd, Zia will take over CHAW’s Instagram @CHAWinDC to bring us into her studio. This virtual experience will offer insight into Zia’s influences, processes, and materials. Upcoming virtual residents include painter Mills Brown, November 16 – 20, 2020. For more information, please visit

Through analog photographic processes, Zia documents vestiges of ancestral locations in North Eastern New Mexico. Her work addresses liminality, a patient place of transformation that lies between a threshold in time. Exploring the thought that land has memory, recording all that took place there, has become a catalyst in linking the illusive aspects of memory, identity, and family history into something tangible.

“Zia explores the history of New Mexico and her family in a series of stark, haunting and timeless photographs,” says Ellen Cornett, CHAW’s Gallery Manager. 

Ellen continues, “The goal of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency is to show how working artists create—giving visitors, students, staff, and faculty insight and inspiration into process.”

Zia received her BFA from George Mason University in 2019. Her work has been exhibited at the Fridge, Washington, DC, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, BMA Salon. Zia’s upcoming exhibitions include the 2020 Emerging Artists, Torpedo Factory Art Center and Mary B. Howard Invitational: An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea, Greater Reston Arts Center.

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transformative power of creativity. CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans. CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW is a featured charity in the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy, mentioned as Best Venue to See on the Cheap in DCist’s 2014 Best Theater Venues in DC, the 2015 & 2016 winner for Best Arts Class in the Washington City Paper Readers’ Poll, 2014 & 2015 Hilly Award winner for Best Arts Organization/Venue, the winner of the 2017 Irene Pollin Community Engagement Award through the NSO, and the recipient of the 2019 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management program.