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Casey Snyder
Brendan Smith
Jerry Truong
Michael Booker
Megan Maher

DeLesslin George-Warren
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
David Ibata
Jerome Skiscim

Casey Snyder
csnyderpaint.com 

Casey Snyder is a mixed media painter who lives and works in the DC Metro area. Snyder is an adjunct professor at Montgomery College and Frederick Community College. Originally from Michigan, she received her BFA in painting from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and her MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Brendan L. Smith
www.dcmixedmedia.com

Brendan L. Smith is a mixed media artist who uses unconventional and recycled materials in his artwork, including vintage toys, rusty tools, bamboo cutting boards, broken mirrors, computer hardware, and cell phone circuit boards. Brendan blurs the lines between artistic traditions by combining elements of painting, sculpture and collage. His artwork examines political and social themes, including love and war, religion and patriotism, icons and demagogues, and our materialistic society.

Based in Washington, DC, Brendan has shown artwork in juried exhibitions, art fairs, and alternative venues, including a solo show titled Ghosts in the Machine at the American Visionary Art Museum's top-floor restaurant in Baltimore. He previously lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he exhibited his work in solo and group shows. Brendan also was a founding member of Read Street Fine Art, a co-op gallery in downtown Santa Fe. He previously studied art history at Manchester University in England, and he traveled by train and thumb to art museums across Europe.

 

Jerry Truong
www.jerrytruong.com

Jerry Truong is a Washington, DC/Maryland-based interdisciplinary artist, whose work deals with issues of memory and history as they relate to the exercise of power and the residuals of trauma. Truong received his BA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine in 2006 and his MFA in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2011, where he was the recipient of the San Diego Fellowship and Russell Foundation Grant. In 2014 he was awarded a Grant to Individual Artists and Scholars by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and had solo exhibitions at Hood College in Frederick, MD, and Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. He recently completed a fellowship at Hamiltonian Artists in Washington, DC.

 

DeLesslin George-Warren
delesslin.com

DeLesslin George-Warren is an artist, activist, and performer, raised in Rock Hill, SC, just off of the Catawba Indian Nation’s reservation where he learned his tribe’s drumming, dancing, and pottery making. He has performed and exhibited throughout the US and abroad in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York City, Washington, Baltimore, Puerto Rico, Vancouver, and Copenhagen. George-Warren’s work centers on the intersection of the personal, the political, and the historical through the medium of the body and the voice. 

 

Michael Booker
www.michael-booker.com

Michael Booker is a mixed media and found object based artist from Mississippi who currently resides and teaches in Maryland. He received his BFA in studio art/ painting from Mississippi State University in 2008, and his MFA in studio art from the University of Maryland in 2012. He has exhibited in various galleries across Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

In Booker’s work, details of various past experiences combine to create a new truth, even if events may have occurred differently in the past. Old family photos and his own personal memories are referenced and merged with influences of quilts, patterns, and textiles to create mixed media paintings, woodcuts, assemblages, and installations. Reflecting on the past inspires his return to an era romanticized by time and fading memories.

 

Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
www.fabiola.com.mx

Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin is a sculptor living and working in Playa del Carmen, México, and in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. She has exhibited nationally, and two of her books are part of the permanent collection of The Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection at the SAIC.

Her art is a navigational device allowing her to make objects and installations that appear as if they have always belonged together. Many of her pieces are synergies of materials. She uses an additive form of construction to saturate space. Central to her work are ideas that question the mechanisms that control or limit our behavior. Her work also explores the speed in which we produce, consume, and discard inventions.

 

David Ibata
www.davidibata.virb.com

David Ibata is a painter from the Washington DC metropolitan area. He received his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in 2008 and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2010. He has been a copyist at the National Gallery of Art since 2012. His work focuses on figurative painting and portraiture and takes inspiration from contemporary cinema, current events, and personal history.

Megan Maher
megan-maher.com

Megan Maher is a mixed media artist whose work explores the interactions between line, color, and materials. Maher grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, enjoying both city and country life. She received her BFA from Indiana University and moved to Washington, DC, to earn her MFA from American University. After graduating, she stayed in the DC area teaching and producing art. She has shown both internationally and nationally, including exhibits at Arlington Arts Center, Cade Gallery, and McLean Project for the Arts. Past residencies have included the Vermont Studio Center and Chautauqua School of Art.

 

Jerome Skiscim
www.jeromeskiscim.com

Jerome Skiscim is a visual/aural artist residing in Washington, DC. He was trained in film and darkroom technique by his father, a photographer for Bachrach Studios in New York City. He works in a variety of mediums, including alternative process photography, chemigrams, painting, mixed media, video, and sound. He likes to explore the effect that meditation, yoga, and ritual has on altering consciousness and influencing creativity. Dreams, synesthesia, mesmerism, and collective consciousness help feed his exploration of the abstract and surreal. Jerome is a member of the artist subscription group Project Dispatch and a permanent member of The Postcard Collective. His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows, and he recently had his first solo exhibition. He has been involved in numerous conventional and experimental music ensembles and also restores antique stringed instrument bows for musicians, collectors, and museums.