VisArts July 2018 Exhibition Schedule

By Editorial Team on July 9, 2018

Fri, 13 July 2018 - Sun, 19 August 2018

Lucas Rougeux, Let’s ignite a cotton pyre, 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of VisArts.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, July 13 from 7pm to 9pm

NextGen 5.0
July 11 – August 19, 2018
Kaplan Gallery, VisArts, 2nd floor
VisArts presents NextGen 5.0, a juried group exhibition that showcases next generation aspiring artists 17 to 27 years of age from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. The annual exhibition offers young artists, who have little to no exhibition record, the opportunity to bring their work to a wider audience.

The exhibition is planned and realized by a dedicated team of gallery interns and volunteers with mentorship from the VisArts gallery staff. “Each year this exhibition reveals extraordinary, fresh, young creatives,” says Susan Main, Gallery Director and Curator at VisArts. “A committed team of VisArts interns work together to make this exhibition happen. They are focused on bringing deserving artists and their work into the light of the community and learning how to shape an exciting exhibition.”

The NextGen 5.0 artists are: Akea Brown, Haoran Chang, Lily DeHart, Katie Delaney, Jessica Devilbiss, Aubrey Garwood, Lilia Gestson, Kevin Jijon-Gochez, Courtney Kasprzyk, Megan Koeppel, Charlotte Mann, Lucas Rougeux, Kim Sandara, and Munirah Smith-Gray.

Cheryl Hochberg, The Storks Come Home To Roost, installation. Courtesy of VisArts.

Cheryl Hochberg
The Storks Come Home To Roost
July 11 – August 12, 2018
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts, 2nd floor
Captivated by the white storks that build their nests into the architecture and general infrastructure of cities and towns in Morocco, Cheryl Hochberg decided the only way to try to tap into their logic was to become a stork for six months. Central to her solo exhibition at VisArts is a “stork” nest made from natural materials and detritus from her studio. Considering the world from the point of view of a stork, her prints, drawings, art materials, and studio clutter took on different meaning and value. Attempting to enter into the strangely familiar yet ultimately unknowable world of the storks, Hochberg conjures an experience that is part observation, imagination, and perspective acrobatics.

About the artist: Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is a Pennsylvania-based painter. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US. Including solo exhibitions at the Radford University Art Museum (2017), the Allentown Art Museum (2015), the Salisbury University Art Galleries (2016), Montgomery College/Takoma Park (2013), The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA (2013), and Sweetbriar College (2012). Group shows of her work include Art Prize in (Grand Rapids, Michigan), the Ice Box and Gravers Lane Gallery (both in Philadelphia), and Womanmade Gallery in Chicago. Cheryl has participated as a fellow in many artist residency programs including UCross (Clearmont, Wyoming), Jentel (Banner, Wyoming), The Studios at Key West (Key West, Florida), and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, Virginia). She is a 2015 recipient of the Kutztown University Chambliss Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. Hochberg is Chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History at Kutztown University.

Stephanie Mercedes, Luz del Diá: Copywriting the Light of Day, installation view. Courtesy of VisArts.

Stephanie Mercedes
Luz del Día: Copywriting the Light of Day
July 11 – August 12, 2018
During the Argentinian Dictatorship (1976-83) grandmothers and mothers would protest the forced disappearance of their children and loved by ones by wearing lockets of their faces in the streets. This simple gesture reflects the often female, delicate and intimate methods of protest during this dark period of Argentinian history. This installation, re-images the original acts of protests in lockets that are suspended from the ceiling each acting as small light boxes.

This installation is part of a larger project by the artist Stephanie Mercedes entitled Luz del Día: Copyrighting the Light of Day in which the artist is combating pending copyright legislation that would make the photographic archives of the Argentinian Dictatorship inaccessible to the public.

About the artist: Through radical justice, investigating copyright law, and film photography, Stephanie Mercedes hopes to restore missing violent histories, turning the archive into legend. Mercedes has a research-based practice that intersects law and social justice. Her recent work is in connection to the history of the Argentine dictatorship (1976 – 1983). By building publicly accessible photographic archives, Mercedes hopes to restore silenced voices. Mercedes’ work questions the purity of the documentary image, the singularity of memory, and the purpose of the archive.

Mercedes is an Argentinian/American Artist whose practice moves between Performance, Social Practice and Social Sculpture. In 2017 Mercedes won the Light Work Grant and the Open Society Grant for documentary images. She has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, Flux Factory, Paco das Artes and many institutions across the Americas. She was the VisArts Studio Fellow from January – June 2018 where she used her studio as a platform for investigations into the ethics of violent images, art and law, and Latina performance, Mercedes is always looking for individuals who want to share their connections to the histories she excavates.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday: 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit or call 301-315-8200.