“We The Immigrants”
September 28 to
October 29, 2017
Saturday, September 30
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
We are all of us immigrants, crossing borders and calling the new place home. We move through time. We have left the past and, though the present may be new to us, unfamiliar and foreign, we adapt to it. Many in our mobile society have moved to new places. We are challenged to make a home in new communities, new landscapes, new cities. We may feel like outsiders for years, and are sometimes treated like outsiders. Many of us have actually crossed international borders to become naturalized citizens in our new country, changing our identity and loyalty, adapting our ways while trying to preserve the best of the old. Most of us have ancestors who immigrated. And even us natives, we who have lived here for generations and have no interest in moving, we too are challenged to adapt as the place we knew changes.
These are some of the themes explored in the art exhibit “We The Immigrants” at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. The artists are not expected to color inside the lines. Borders will be crossed, new situations explored, old idioms set in new environments, histories recounted and reinterpreted.
Pursuing the theme of immigration, we, the members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery, have invited guest artists to exhibit their work side-by-side with our work. Usually only member artists exhibit work in our gallery. We pay monthly dues for that privilege and we volunteer our hours to make the gallery work. That is what makes this place ours. But, for this exhibit, our exclusive exhibition rights are waived in favor of hospitality and welcome. Who knows, perhaps the work of the visiting artists will be better than ours! Perhaps the influx of new talent will inspire our own!
“We The Immigrants” will be on display September 27 thru October 28, 2017 at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1641 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. This is in the Georgetown neighborhood, just south of Book Hill Park. Numerous other galleries are nearby, as are many restaurants and shops.
An artists’ reception will be held Saturday, September 30, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Below are brief statements by our members that tell why they invited a particular visiting artist. As more visiting artists are confirmed, more statements will appear here.
Blaise Tobia, Professor, Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
I have known Blaise Tobia for many years and have greatly admired his ongoing photographic projects of Sicily, where his family came from. Blaise has made his heritage part of his subject matter. Over the years he has made many trips to Sicily to document the festivals, architecture, and landscape of the island. They stand as single images and feature in photographic books
Leigh Vogel, President, Women Photojournalists of Washington
Ms. Vogel is one of six photographers I found in the D.C. area who have done work documenting immigration. I had resorted to a search of the Internet because I live a hundred miles from D.C. and am unfamiliar with Washington’s photographic community. Ms. Vogel stood out. She is a photojournalist, active with non-profits, widely traveled, and a professional with a masters degree from Georgetown University. She has received an award from that university’s Center for Social Impact Communications. Recent work of hers focused on orphaned children in Lesotho.
Exhibitors may submit three small prints, two medium prints or one large print that fit the exhibit’s theme, “We The Immigrants”. A small work is 250 square inches framed or less. A medium work is 320 square inches framed or less. We may not be able to hang every piece submitted depending on the size of the pieces. Everyone will get at least one large work or two works of smaller dimensions into the show. Please, no very large works. Here is a link to the Hanging Committee Guidelines for matting and framing.
Friday, September 22 is the deadline to provide to the Gallery the following information for each work of art to be hung:
Title of Artwork: