Current Exhibits



A solo exhibition of encaustic paintings of women’s protest
Exhibit on View: January 7 – February 4, 2017
Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, January 7 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 4 | 2:00 pm | FREE

Exploring the stories of women who have changed history through protest, from the suffragists whose daily picketing at the White House began in January 1917, to modern women advocating for human rights, Julia Dzikiewicz’s encaustic paintings often focus on the past and how it relates to the present. Iconographic images of women dominate “Protest to Power,” her solo exhibition featuring a series of figurative works created using encaustic, a mixture of pigment and beeswax, which she manipulates using a blow torch to achieve glass-like surfaces which she adorns with brightly colored elements. Reflecting the influence of past encaustic icons from the Byzantine and pre-Renaissance periods, which often highlighted transformation brought about by suffering, Dzikiewicz’s works feature a flattened perspective, luminous surfaces, metals and jewel-like beads. The Virginia artist began this series of paintings honoring women protestors when she moved into her studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, the former prison which jailed the suffragists following their arrest in 1917 for obstructing the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, DC with their banners seeking voting rights for women. The series continues to expand, honoring courageous women from the past and present who fight for their beliefs, and whose narratives deserve to be remembered. 

About the Artist: Julia Dzikiewicz earned a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), then continued her studies in painting at the Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, DC), and in encaustic workshops taught by Bev Ryan at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria, VA), and artists David A. Clark and Cynthia Winika at R & F Handmade Paints (Kingston, NY). Dzikiewicz’s work has won numerous awards and has been selected for regional, national and international juried exhibits. She has presented recent solo shows at the Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA), TAG gallery in the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria, VA) and Artworks Gallery (Richmond, VA). Juried group exhibits include Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC, Canada), Gallery Nord (San Antonio, TX), Howard County Center for the Arts (Ellicott City, MD) Greater Reston Art Center (Reston, VA), and Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Dowell, MD). Born in Baltimore, MD, Dzikiewicz is now a Virginia resident who maintains her studio practice at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. To learn more, visit:

Images: Julie Dzikiewicz, “Wendy and Hillary,” encaustic with crystals and mixed media, 60 x 60 inches.




A solo exhibition of textile artworks focused on issues of aging
Exhibit on View: January 7 – February 4, 2017
Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, January 7 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 4 | 2:00 pm | FREE

Drawn to the marginalized in society who are often overlooked, artist Linda Colsh depicts elderly subjects in layered figurative scenes silkscreen printed onto fabrics she alters with ink, dye, and paint then stitches into textile artworks. Observing aging residents in towns and cities around the world as they pass unnoticed through crowded streets, the artist re-imagines their stories in a series of fiber works that reflect both the vulnerability and strength of those living on the edge of society. Having returned to the U.S. in 2014 after living abroad for 26 years, Colsh is presenting “Seeing the Unseen,” her first solo exhibition in the region. The quilted surfaces, traditionally considered a source of warmth and comfort, are where the Maryland artist manipulates scale, repetition, texture and contrast with bold surface designs dominated by a restrained neutral palette to focus our attention on the anonymous figures representing an often invisible segment of the population.


About the Artist: Linda Colsh earned her M.A. and B.A. in Art History from University of Maryland (College Park, MD). Colsh’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions at Visions Art Museum (San Diego, CA), Galerie In Vorm (Stevoort, Belgium); Strassen Szenen (Freiburg, Germany); and Textilmuzeum (Budapest, Hungary) and in juried group exhibitions which include Fiber Philadelphia: “Outside/Inside the Box” (Philadelphia, PA); “Riga International Textile & Fibre Art Triennial” (Riga, Latvia); “Three Artists” Galerie Holtrop (Tilburg, Netherlands); “Art Quilt Elements” (Wayne, PA); “Quilt National” (Athens, OH); “Fantastic Fibers” (Paducah, KY); “The Art Quilt Experience” (Cazenovia, NY); “European Quilt Triennial” (Heidelberg, Germany); and “Fabric of Legacies Exhibition” (Fort Collins, CO). The award-winning artist’s work is included in numerous private and public collections. Colsh currently maintains her studio practice in the Middletown, MD. To learn more, visit:

Image: Linda Colsh, “Twilight,” cotton fabric, dye, paint, ink, machine pieced and quilted, 58 x 58 inches.



A solo exhibition of paintings highlighting social and political issues
Exhibit on View: January 7 – February 4, 2017
Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, January 7 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 4 | 2:00 pm | FREE

With a rebellious undertone characteristic of street art, Michael Fischerkeller uses acrylic spray paint to depict compelling scenes that serve to highlight the complex and significant social, political and economic issues facing our nation. Combining imagery, Fischerkeller embeds his stark compositions with allegorical figures appropriated from historical artworks, altering their striking poses to symbolize contemporary socio-political issues which include gun violence, climate change, and criminal justice reform. In his solo exhibition, “Our State of the Union,” the Washington, DC area artist references the January tradition where the President of the United States addresses Congress and the nation to report on the condition of the Union, emphasize areas of progress and concern, and outline a legislative agenda. As new terms of office begin this year, Fischerkeller encourages us to critically focus on the uncomfortable truths often overlooked in our society that require the immediate attention and action by our elected officials, and to recognize that “Our State of the Union is relevant to each of us regardless of our political affiliation.


About the Artist: Michael Fischerkeller earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 1996, and received a Masters and BA from the University of Pittsburgh. After purchasing a work of street art in the Summer of 2013, he was inspired and discovered that visual art was the most effective means for him to communicate about the complex social and political issues of our time. Fischerkeller’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Art League Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Gallery 66 NY (Cold Springs, NY), and ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL). His work has been selected for numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, including: uBe Gallery (Berkeley, CA), Foundry Art Centre (St. Charles, MO), Monmouth Museum (Lincroft, NJ), Gateway Arts Center (Brentwood, MD), Lindenwood J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (St. Charles, MO), Arc Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Hill Center Gallery (Washington, DC). Fischerkeller maintains his studio practice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To learn more, visit:

Image: Michael Fischerkeller, “Drought (Climate Change I),” acrylic spray paint on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.

Save the Date for Our Upcoming Gallery Events:

Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 28  11:00 am – 3:00 pm  |  FREE
Drop in for performances, artist demonstrations and hands-on activities to celebrate The Year of the Rooster

Artist Talks & Gallery Tours
Saturday, February 4, 2017  2:00 – 3:30 pm  |  FREE
Exhibiting artists Julia Dzikiewicz, Linda Colsh, and Michael Fischerkeller present talks and a tour focused on the creative process behind their work


Gallery Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed on certain days when exhibits are being installed. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before you visit.

Galleries Closed to the public on the following dates:

February 6 – 11, 2017

March 13 – 15, 2017 (Terrace Gallery)

March 13 – 17, 2017 (Kay Gallery)

April 17 – 18, 2017  

April 24 – 29, 2017

June 12 – 16, 2017