The Mansion at Strathmore Presents HOME: The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition

By Editorial Team on February 11, 2020

Thu, 16 January 2020 - Sun, 23 February 2020

How to Disappear Completely by R. Michael Wommack. Courtesy of the Mansion at Strathmore.
Currently on view through February 23, 2020.

A photograph of a neighborhood swathed in Christmas lights, an oil painting of an empty bird’s nest, and a sculpture of a traditional shotgun house—these are some of the 144 artworks on display at HOME: The 29th Annual  Strathmore Juried Exhibition that continues through February 23, 2020 at the Mansion at Strathmore.

The exhibition depicts and celebrates artistic interpretations of the structural, communal, and emotional aspects of the spaces that we inhabit. Using paint, collage, graphite, ink, and more, 88 artists examine the pleasures, disparity, symbolism, and meaning in the perception of the place we call home. From city apartments and neighborhood porches to rural residences and outside shelters, all these spaces serve as retreats to the inhabitant.

Submissions came from 15 states, of which 9 are represented in the exhibition. The works were considered through a blind jurying process led by Erwin Timmers, artist and cofounder of the Washington Glass Studio and School, and Terence Nicholson, artist and exhibit specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

At the opening reception on January 16, prizes were awarded including “Best in Show” to George Lorio for Sea Rise. Made from fabricated and carved wood and paint, the piece explores the effects of climate change and the threat of rising sea levels in relationship to homes and livelihood. First Prize was awarded to Stephen Brucker for Adolescence, a house structure in a nest made out of glass, precariously standing on one “foot,” as if a child is playing hopscotch. Second Prize was awarded to Michael Hunter Thompson for Snow Walk 9, his photograph of a neighborhood covered in snow, with the colors of Christmas light decorations reflected on the white-covered yards.

Other highlights of the show include Andrew Wodzianski’s series of paintings, one of which, House IV, was awarded Honorable Mention. On pink tinted canvas, he paints the images of the movie set from the 1959 film classic, The House on Haunted Hill, only in white paint. Sculptor Ruth Lozner presents a wood house, with missing walls and toppled door frames in Aftermath, exploring the effects of events that disrupt the home such as natural disasters or even divorce. Illustrator Lulu Delacre, awarded Honorable Mention for Romina: At Home in America, exhibits drawings of young Latinas on top of news clippings, relating to their experiences of living in the United States.

Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD.