Washington Sculptors Group Presents The Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition at Salve Regina

By East City Art Editorial Team on February 4, 2019

Thu, February 7 2019 — Fri, May 3 2019

Courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group.
Opening Reception (Salve Regina): Thursday, February 7 from 5pm to 8pm
Artist Reception (Mullen Library): Thursday, March 21 from 5pm to 8pm

Closing Reception: Thursday, April 11 6:30pm to 8pm


  • Salve Regina Gallery
    Exhibition Dates: Mon. Feb. 4 – Fri. Mar 29, 2019
    Location: Salve Regina Hall and Art Gallery
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Mullen Library
    Exhibition Dates: Mon. March 4 – Fri. May 3, 2019
    Location: John K Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery
    Hours: Monday -Thursday 8am-11:30pm, Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 11am-11:30pm

Constance Bergfors (2007), Lincoln Mudd (2008). Joel D’Orazio (2009), John Simkins-Camp (2010), Olivia Rodriguez (2011), Nicole Salimbene (2012), Todd Fry (2013), Mike Shaffer (2014), Jessica Beels (2015), Monroe Isenberg (2016), Jeremy Kunkel (2017)


Lincoln Mudd, Joel D’Orazio, Nicole Salimbene, Mike Shaffer, Jessica Beels,Monroe Isenberg, Jeremy Kunkel

The Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition, at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library, on the campus of The Catholic University of America, features selected works by past WSG “Tom Rooney Prize” winners from 2007-2017. The exhibition will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), a sculptor and educator whose many students at CUA include Martin Puryear. Tom Rooney was one of the Founding Members of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) in 1984 and a longtime volunteer. During the inception years of the organization Tom Rooney was the WSG Exhibitions Committee Chair and helped organize the Annual Members Image Show. Tom Rooney’s impact and legacy will carry on in Washington DC through his students, colleagues, and friends.

During the Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition at Catholic University of America, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD) will host the WSG Sculpture Now 2019 Exhibition, where juror Spencer Dormitzer will select the 2019 Tom Rooney Prize Winner at the opening reception on January 19, 2019 from 5-8pm. Click here for more details.

  • John Figura, Assistant Professor and director of the Salve Regina Gallery at the Catholic University, Department of Art, is a Washington DC painter who has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1977. His paintings have been seen in solo and group exhibitions here in the US and abroad.
  • Nora Heimann, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, is a specialist in European and American Modern and Contemporary art history, and the relationship between art, religion and national identity. She is also an independent curator, and an active museum educator leading programs that seek to make art accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Joan Stahl, Director of Research and Instruction at the University Libraries and Chair, Library Programming + Marketing Committee. She has coordinated several art-specific exhibitions, including the gilded art of DC artist, Kay Jackson.
  • Mimi Frank: A Maryland based sculptor works in a variety of media. Her work often addresses social issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including two Maryland State Arts Council Grants. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
  • Steve Wanna: Born and raised in Lebanon, Wanna is a multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist whose work includes music, sound design for dance collaborations, sculpture, installation, photography, and works for mixed media.