CHAW’s Inside the Artist’s Studio Hosts Nekisha Durrett April 2021

By Editorial Team on April 19, 2021
Courtesy of CHAW.
Workshop: Saturday, April 24 from 2 PM to 4 PM ET

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) welcomes Nekisha Durrett for its April Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Nekisha is a DC-based artist where she creates bold and playful large scale installations and public art that aim to make the ordinary enchanting and awe inspiring while summoning subject matter that is often hidden from plain sight. For the month of April, Nekisha will be the featured artist at CHAW with a virtual gallery display at, featured work on CHAW’s Instagram @CHAWinDC throughout the month, and a free virtual workshop “PROJECT WASTE NOT” on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. (register at The virtual residency will offer insight into her influences, processes, and materials and bring us into her studio. For more information, please visit

Nekisha ‘s large scale public art, installations, and drawings result from her longtime interest in the graphic style of comics and advertising; the layered meanings that objects can hold; and the space where fantasy, imagination, and history can converge. “My work seeks to manifest presence through arresting imagery and/or scale while bringing to the fore figuration and language that is often underrepresented or overlooked in visual culture,” says Nekisha.

Ellen Cornett CHAW’s Gallery Manager offers, “The goal of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency is to showcase working artists —giving visitors, students, staff, and faculty insight and inspiration into process.”

Nekisha earned her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City and MFA from The University of Michigan School of Art and Design as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Durrett has exhibited her work throughout the Washington, DC area to include the US Botanic Garden, West End Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Flashpoint and Hillyer Art Galleries, and Arlington Arts Center. Nationally, she has exhibited at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe AZ; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Fl; Rush and Corridor Galleries, New York. Durrett has been named one of 40 Under 40 Washingtonians to Watch by Washingtonian Magazine, received multiple project grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Durrett is currently a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and is featured in “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today” exhibition. Her most recent installation titled “Up ‘til Now”, a freestanding, solar powered sculpture that evokes the history of Washington, DC’s landscape and architecture, can be found in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. She is currently in production on numerous projects including a permanent installation on the glass- walled vestibule in the newly renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington and a wall mounted public sculpture in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida in collaboration with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas.

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.