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July 22 – August 28
Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 7 – 9 PM

Read a review of the exhibition HERE

VisArts presents a juried exhibition of artists 17­‐27 years in the Kaplan Gallery from July 22 – August 28. The exhibition features aspiring DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists who have little to no experience exhibiting their work in a professional gallery.

The annual Gen­‐Y exhibition offers young artists an opportunity to bring their artwork to the public and to experience the process of exhibiting in a gallery. The exhibition was developed to address this demographic of artists who are seriously making art. Many are undergraduate students or recent grads uncertain about how to proceed with a career in art or what it takes to be an artist. Many are under financial, social and educational pressures that might preclude further study in art. Others are committed to a non-­‐art career track yet are passionate about making art. Most are working under the art world radar of the region.

The exhibition is planned and realized by a dedicated team of gallery interns and volunteers with mentorship from the VisArts gallery staff. “From the call for entry to the preparation and installation of the artwork, the entire process is a learning experience-­‐ for the first time exhibitors as well as the organizers of the exhibition,” says Main. “Watching this exhibition take shape is inspiring. The intern team embrace the vision to seek out the undiscovered young artists in our community and are passionate about bringing their artwork into the public light.”

Artists included:

Sobia Ahmad, Katherine Akey, Susie Bae, Amy Berbert, Abbie Fundling, Jared Green, Ashley Ja’nae, Kern Lee, Emmanuel Mones, Richard Munaba, Angelique Nagovskaya, Raheel Raad, Yoon Sun Shin, Qin Tan, and Vivien Wise

About the Jurors for Gen­‐Y 3.0: The jurors for Gen-­‐Y 3.0 also serve on VisArts Artist Advisory Council (VAAC). The VAAC is comprised of a diverse group of artists, curators, education and arts professionals from the DC/Maryland region. The group provides a broad arc of expertise to advise and assist the gallery staff with development and implementation of exhibitions and related programming.

David Krueger was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. Krueger’s works predominantly in the medium of painting. Krueger’s expressive paintings are figuratively loaded with iconography of the north plains where he grew up. His juxtaposed images do not function as literal renditions or as nostalgic sideshows but as skewed dynamic allegories that operate on social, and environmental levels. He has individual visual artist grants in painting from: Maryland State Arts Council; National Endowment in the Arts; Claude Monet Foundation and Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Artist Grant, Giverny, France; National Endowment in the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant in Painting; Pollock-­‐Krasner Foundation Grant; Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, Massachusetts; Richard Floreshiem Annual Fellowship, Chicago Illinois. He has exhibited his work locally and nationally. He lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Fletcher Mackey has been a full faculty member since the fall of 2005 at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He currently serves as the chair of the Foundation Department and also teaches in the Painting Department and the M.F.A. in Community Arts program at MICA’s Center for Art Education. Along with teaching at Texas Southern University and as a visiting lecturer at Rice University, he worked in Houston, Texas in civic and public art development, served on the board of several arts organizations and as the Cultural Program Director of Project Row Houses. Several permanent public installations of his work can be seen throughout Houston. He has participated as an artist curator, lecturer and on panels that often focused on race, class and gender. His art involves a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to creativity. For the fall semester of 2009, he was a visiting studio professor at the Korean National University of Arts (K-­‐Arts) in Seoul, Korea. In the spring of 2013 Mackey curated the exhibit Mixtopias and simultaneously created an installation titled ARC both at the VisArts Center in Rockville, Maryland. He created a new installation for the spring 2014 exhibition Neighbors for the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. He received an M.F.A. in Painting in 1978 from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

This exhibition has been made possible by a generous donation from Cambria Hotels and Suites

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