Upcoming Exhibits

 

INK IT: CONTEMPORARY PRINT PRACTICES

Regional printmaking exhibit juried by Helen Frederick

Exhibit on View: February 11 – March 11, 2017

KAY GALLERY

Meet the Artists Reception & Awards | Saturday, February 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE 

“INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices” is an exhibition juried by Helen Frederick which highlights current fine art print practices by featuring the best graphic work by artists in the region who choose traditional and nontraditional printmaking processes to communicate images and words in multiple. These artists employ and combine techniques which include woodcut, linocut, lithography, engraving, etching, mezzotint, screen printing, letterpress, monoprint, monotype, collographs, chine collé, solar plate, digital printing. A solo exhibition in the Terrace Gallery at BlackRock will be awarded to one artist selected by the juror. Artists interested in submitting entries for the “INK IT” exhibit can learn more on our Gallery Exhibition Opportunities page.

 

Image: Jake Muirhead, “Falls at Burnt Mills,” 2015, etching, 10 x 10 inches.

 


 

JOSHUA DUNN: PERISHABLE

Photographs document architectural monuments

Exhibit on View: February 11 – March 11, 2017

TERRACE GALLERY

Meet the Artists Reception & Awards | Saturday, February 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE 

Exhibit Description: Photographing our most celebrated monuments and architectural masterpieces in his “Perishable” series, Joshua Dunn seeks to capture lasting impressions of the symbolic structures that represent the U.S. Initially attracted to his subjects for the permanence of the methods and materials used to construct these landmark buildings, his perspective shifted following the events of September 11, 2001. Dunn enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2004 and served in combat in Iraq. A veteran, who was awarded the Bronze Star, he now works as a civilian Geospatial Analyst and lives in Bethesda, MD. Dunn was originally trained as a large format film photographer, but now primarily creates multiple-row, high dynamic range panoramas in digital format. He earned his BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art where he is currently enrolled in the MFA in Photography program. To learn more, visit: www.joshuadunnphotography.com

 

Image: Joshua Dunn, “Library of Congress,” archival pigment print, 42 x 43 inches.

 


THOMAS GERMER: FORWARD, BACKWARD, UP, DOWN

Photographic explorations in spherical panoramas

Exhibit on View: February 11 – March 11, 2017

TERRACE GALLERY

Meet the Artists Reception & Awards | Saturday, February 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE 

Using the aid of technology to create spherical panoramas, Thomas Germer uses special photographic equipment to capture a scene with multiple images from a single vantage point, then uses software to “stitch” the frames together. Printing on aluminum, he either assembles the stitched images to form three-dimensional cubic sculptures, or projects them in an ultra-wide-angle fashion (that goes beyond the effect of a fisheye lens) to create two-dimensional prints. The Maryland photographer challenges the viewer to compare both applications by presenting each panorama in a sculpture and prints. Germer’s lifelong interest in optics and his career as a physicist drive his recent photographic explorations for the series “Forward, Backward, Up, Down” as he searches for scenes that are visually interesting in every direction. Germer holds degrees in physics from University of California Berkeley and Cornell University. To learn more, visit: www.tagermer.com

 

Image: Thomas A. Germer, “Lincoln Memorial I,” metal print photograph, 18 x 18 inches.

 


 

DOMESTIC PURSUITS: NANCY MCNAMARA, DOMINIE NASH, HILLARY STEEL

Three-person exhibit of hand-pulled prints and stitched and woven textile works

Exhibit on View: March 18 – April 15, 2017

KAY GALLERY

Meet the Artists Reception | Saturday, March 18 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Artist Talk & Gallery Tour | Saturday, April 8 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Exploring the objects and emotions often linked to the daily lives of women, artists Nancy McNamara, Dominie Nash, and Hillary Steel celebrate domestic pursuits in both subject and technique used to create hand-pulled prints and stitched and woven textile works. The three artists have worked in the studio side-by-side for many years. McNamara uses collograph, solar plate, and other printmaking techniques to experiment with images of women’s garments as she explores feminine stereotypes in society. Nash creates fiber collages by layering hand-dyed and printed fabrics in quilted compositions featuring humble still life objects which express the importance of domestic activities. Steel weaves thread into cloth then transforms the woven surface by resist dyeing, printing, cutting and reassembling her textile works into abstract visual narratives embodying the labor of her process. To learn more, visit: www.dominienash.com or www.hillarysteel.com

 

Images (left to right): Nancy McNamara, “Golden Triangle,” collograph, hand colored, 23.5 x 19.5 inches; Dominie Nash, “Stills From A Life 9,” fabric collage, 46 x 44 inches; Hillary Steel, “Embrace,” textile, ikat, shibori, batik resist dyeing, handweaving, applique, cotton, 91 x 71 inches.

 


 

YOUTH ART MONTH

Series of exhibits features art by area students

Exhibits on View: March 16 – 25, 2017

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences | Eighth Grade Exhibit

March 30 – April 8, 2017

Montgomery County Public Schools | Elementary, Middle & High School Students

TERRACE GALLERY

BlackRock celebrates Youth Art Month by presenting a series of exhibits dedicated to the artistic achievements of the area’s youth. An exhibit of artwork by eighth grade students from the Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences will be on display from March 16 through March 25. Artwork created by elementary, middle, and high school students from Montgomery County Public Schools will be on display from March 30 through April 8. Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March promoting art and art education in the United States, emphasizing the value of art education for all children, encouraging support for quality school art programs, and recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. Sponsored by the National Art Education Association, activities include a national Flag Design Contest with 50 winning state flags displayed in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit: www.arteducators.org

 

Image: Savanna Zumbado, “Pear,” 2016, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences.

 


 

SHADES OF SPRING 2017

Art League of Germantown Show & Sale

Exhibit on View: April 19 – 23, 2017

KAY GALLERY 

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Join us for a five-day indoor fine art and craft show and sale featuring original paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, woodcarving, and jewelry created by local artist members of the Art League of Germantown (ALOG). Shop for unique handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations, and weddings, and other special events at “Shades of Spring 2017” from Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 23 during special daily show hours (please check the website for a full schedule). Throughout the day on both Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, artists will be demonstrating their art and craft techniques. Enjoy free admission and plenty of free parking onsite. To learn more, visit: www.alog.org

 


 

MIKE MCCONNELL: ELSEWHERE

Playful acrylic paintings inspired by nature

Exhibit on View: April 29 – June 10, 2017

KAY GALLERY

 Meet the Artists Reception | Saturday, April 29 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

 Artist Talk & Gallery Tour | Saturday, May 20 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Aggressively manipulating paint, wax crayon and ink on the hard surface of his hand-built cradled wood panels, Mike McConnell first applies pigment with a brush then uses single edge razor blades to draw and scrape into the fields of color. His often playful and visually complex compositions are built using a collage-like process where the artist cuts out shapes and converts the history of his initial painting into a new conversation. A keen observer who paints intuitively, McConnell usually turns to nature for inspiration to create bold and vibrant works that reflect his varied interests and memories in abstracted scenes filled with patterns and witty narratives. The Baltimore artist earned his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1975 and worked for more than 30 years as an illustrator, freelancing for advertising agencies and design firms in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 2012, McConnell has focused exclusively on his fine art studio practice and since 2015 has maintained a studio at The Motor House in Baltimore, MD. The award winning artist is a 2016 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at School 33, Baltimore, MD; and The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA; as well as in regional and national juried group exhibitions at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD; Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY.  To learn more, visit: www.wetinc.com

 

Image: Mike McConnell, “Pebble Beach,” 2015, acrylic on panel, 24 x 18 inches.

 


 

ALEXANDRA CHIOU: MIRAGE

Layered mixed-media paintings

Exhibit on View: April 29 – June 3, 2017

TERRACE GALLERY

 Meet the Artists Reception | Saturday, April 29 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

 Artist Talk & Gallery Tour | Saturday, May 20 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Combining her interest in science, philosophy, and natural history, Alexandra Chiou investigates the environment using pen, ink and acrylic paint on paper, which she often cuts and layers to add texture and dimension. An avid explorer and outdoor enthusiast, the Maryland artist is intrigued by the complex patterns, shapes and vibrant colors found in the natural world, whether hiking in the mountains of the Shenandoah or the jungles of Malaysia. Drawn to the idea of primordial landscapes free of manmade structures, her focus on the subject of unexplored terrains has also morphed into a fascination with the beginnings of life and the connections humans share with geography. Chiou was a Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence, Bethesda, MD (2015). Her work has been exhibited in both regional and national exhibitions, including a solo exhibit at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC as well as group exhibits at Vivid Solutions Gallery, Washington, DC; Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC; American University Museum, Washington, DC; Mansion at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD; Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA; Redline Project Space, Denver, CO; artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, MD; and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Chiou earned a BA in Studio Art and a BS in Commerce from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. To learn more, visit: www.alexandrachiou.com

 

Image: Alexandra Chiou, “Tiger Lily,” acrylic, ink, paper.

 


 

2017 MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION

Annual juried exhibit sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society

Exhibit on View: June 17 – July 15, 2017

KAY GALLERY

 Community Art Day: Watercolor

Saturday, June 17 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | FREE

Drop in for hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, and gallery tours for all ages

Reception & Awards Presentation

Sunday, June 25 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Featuring paintings by 95 artists, “2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition” is the most competitive juried watercolor exhibit in the region. The annual competition and exhibit is sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) and is limited to original paintings created using water-based media on paper created by artists from within a 200 mile radius, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. The juror of selection and awards this year is renowned watercolor artist Frank Eber, who will select the winners of the Gold Medal ($1,200 prize), Silver Medal ($900 prize), and Bronze Medal ($600 prize) and 19 other designated awards worth more than $8,000 in cash and sponsored prizes. BlackRock will present a free “Community Art Day: Watercolor” event for all ages on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm featuring hands-on art making activities using water-based media, painting demonstrations by professional artist members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and interactive gallery tours of the exhibit. The public is also invited to a Reception and Awards Presentation on Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm where they can meet exhibiting artists and many of the award winners. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite painting in order to select the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.” To learn more, visit: www.baltimorewatercolorsociety.org

 

Image: Elaine Hoffman, “Off to the Peruvian Marketplace,” watercolor, 22 x 30 inches. Recipient of the BWS Silver Medal in 2016.

 


DAVID R. DANIELS: BEYOND LIMITS

Solo exhibit of large-scale watercolor paintings

Exhibit on View: June 17 – July 15, 2017

TERRACE GALLERY

 Community Art Day: Watercolor

Saturday, June 17 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Drop in for hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, and gallery tours for all ages

Meet the Artist Reception | Sunday, June 25 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

In large format works that push the boundaries of traditional watercolor, David R. Daniels interprets the world around him by painting transparent layers of pigment on paper to allow our eyes to visually mix the vibrant and rich colors of nature. The freshness and spontaneity of his work belies the weeks or months the artist spends researching his subjects, making sketches, taking photographs, developing compositions, doing value studies, and preparing for the painting process. Fascinated with subjects from nature, Daniels is influenced by his scientific training as a botanist and biologist and carefully studies and closely examines the details of the birds, fish insects, plants, trees, and bodies of water that fill his paintings. Mounting the completed works onto canvas for support, he varnishes the surface in order to both protect the surface and to eliminate the need to present his work under the glare of glass. Daniels, who grew up in rural Michigan and is a long-time resident of Montgomery County Maryland, is an award winning artists whose work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally. His paintings are included in many private and public collections around the world, including the National Institutes of Health. He is a highly respected educator who has taught workshops around the world in addition to teaching painting and design courses at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Daniels is currently a watercolor instructor for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC and is the Visual Arts Director of the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. Daniels earned his BA and MA from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. To learn more, visit: www.mrwatercolor.com

 

Image: David R. Daniels, “Koi 360,” watercolor, 59 x 31 inches.

 


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