Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation

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Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation

September 5 – October 14, 2018

Gibbs Street Gallery | Kaplan Gallery | Common Ground Gallery | Concourse Gallery

30th Anniversary celebration exhibition

Curators: Cynthia Connolly, Judy A. Greenberg, Fletcher Mackey, Jacqueline Maria Milad, Jack Rasmussen, Laura Roulet, José Ruiz, Nancy Sausser, Lynn Silverman, ⎮’sindikit⎮ (Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud)

Artists: Ashley Culver, Frank Hallam Day, Elsabé Dixon, Alex Ebstein, Shané K. Gooding, Stephen Hayes, Christopher K. Ho, James Huckenpahler, Jean Jinho Kim, Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Guy Miller, Evan Reed, Allan Rosenbaum, Rachel Rotenberg, Foon Sham, Joe Shannon, Chad Stayrook, Hillary Steel, Judit Varga, Elizabeth Zvonar, bees, The Punk Rock Flyer and Zines (from the archives of Cynthia Connolly, Dischord Records at the University of Maryland at College Park).

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, VisArts presents an exhibition in four galleries that explores the power of visual art to transform. Eleven curators selected a single work of art, a small curated group of artworks by multiple artists, or an art experience that addresses art’s ability to shift social, cultural, or personal forms. This exhibition was created in the spirit of sharing experiences and opening conversations about the “work” of art as a spark or trigger for conversions spectacular and subtle in both makers and viewers.


  • Opening Reception, Friday, September 7th, 7 – 9 PM
  • Docent Tours of the exhibition Weekly public tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 PM in all galleries.
    Schedule a private tour for your group during our gallery hours. To schedule your tour please complete and submit the tour request form.
  • DIY-Punk Rock Fliers and Zines: Concourse Gallery (2nd floor), during regular gallery hours. DIY-flyer and zine-making table with instructions in a take-away zine by John Davis, publisher of Slanted zine, musician and the Performing Arts Meta Archivist at Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA), University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Performance and workshop: The Girl Who Stepped on Bread: Gibbs Street Gallery (1st floor), Friday, October 5, 2 PM – 6 PM, Saturday, October 6, 10 AM – 12 PM. Elsabé Dixon focuses on honey, pollinators and bread. Baking and beekeeping are not only ancient spiritual/sacred crafts, but they are also the last frontier in a world that faces increasing food deserts because of pesticide and GMO contamination. Participants will witness a 10-minute performance and participate in three actions involving bread, agriculture and art. To register for a one-hour action with the artist in this guided workshop, register here:
  • Pollination Panel Discussion: Sunday, October 7, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Beall-Dawson House, 42 West Middle Lane, Rockville, Maryland (walking distance from VisArts). Discussion on beekeeping, pollination, and the intersection of living systems with art. Special guests to be announced. Parking available on the street and in a small nearby parking lot.
  • Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation: Digital catalog available for download or print copies. Essays on art and transformation by all guest curators.
    To read the full catalog, click HERE
    To purchase your own copy, click HERE
  • Deep Flash Panel Discussion with Curators and Artists: All galleries, Sunday, September 16, 2:00 PM. Curators and artists discuss the resonance of an art experience.
  • Inside Art Transformational Art Experiences
    Were you transformed by art? How? When? Where? Tell us your story. Instructions for submitting your story HERE.

Read Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation press release HERE

Exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public. Suggested Donation is $5.00.

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