Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18 from 5pm to 8pm
The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas and the Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS present Revelation, Illumination, Transformation, an exhibition of new work by United States artist Nia Tavlarides Stratos. Using her rich vocabulary of color, movement, and space, Stratos engages with the notion that art is transformative for individuals as well as communities. Through her canvases, the artist explores the relationship between empathy and tolerance, understanding and appreciation. These insights, illuminated, have the capacity to transform individuals, and by extension, our world.
Stratoss mixed-media collages incorporate watercolor, enamel, hand-made paper, and plastic. Her range of media allows her a versatile vocabulary in facing head-on complex topics. The Revelation depicts a society polarized by apparent differences. The Illumination portrays the clashing as people intermix and attempt to come together. The Transformation offers a more optimistic scenario, as people celebrate what makes them unique and ease more comfortably into a cohesive society.
The artist nods to artists roles in reflecting social change, sparking the imagination and working toward a more tolerant social climate. She assumes a willingness to learn from mistakes, to uplift and be uplifted. It follows that she has designed the exhibition to include an interactive component, encouraging visitors to engage through one-word responses to questionnaires related with the exhibitions subject matter.
Nia Tavlarides Stratos, in her youth, was awarded a scholarship to the Smithsonian Institutions National Portrait Gallery, where her work was subsequently exhibited. She completed her studies at the University of Maryland. She has held solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and institutions, including: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The National Portrait Gallery, Washington National Airport, Childrens National Medical Center, The Whittemore House Museum and The Womens National Democratic Club, among others.
The AMA serves as the principal instrument of cultural diplomacy of the OAS. AMAs mission is founded on the notion that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities. This guiding principle promotes the core values of the OAS by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, innovation, dialog, and learning, while highlighting themes such as democracy, development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression, and innovation. AMAs work draws on contemporary art to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cultural exchange.
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The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas is located at 201 18th Street NW.