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Spring Exhibitions

April 1 – May 28, 2017

Sharon Wolpoff and Tammra Sigler

April 1 – May 28
Sharon Wolpoff and Tammra Sigler explore the creative process in their two-person exhibition of paintings, prints and more.


Summerford Legacy

April 1 – May 28
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents an exhibition commemorating the life and work of Ben L. Summerford, Professor of Art at American University from 1951 to 1987 through an exhibition of 14 of his students work.


Foon Sham: Escape

April 1 – August 13
Foon Sham is a master of wood sculpture. To be within one of his vessel sculptures is to experience the palpable space of a woodland creature’s habitat, or the concealed space of someone wanting to hide. For the Escape exhibition at the American University Museum, he has built two tunnels, one horizontal measuring 62 feet long, the other vertical towering 36 feet high. Escape is one of a series of participatory sculptures, begun in the 1990s, meant to be experienced with all the body's senses and to resonate socially. Dualism, as in the Taoist yin/yang dichotomy, is a consistent theme in Sham's work. Escape may be possible spiritually, if not physically. The outsider defines the insider. Darkness coexists with light. The yin and yang are complementary, two sides of the same coin.

The title Escape signals that a political interpretation is valid. The outdoor sculpture’s craggy ridgeline echoes the mountain ranges of the American West and traces the line of the US-Mexican border. Without being politically prescriptive, the title and tunnel imagery evoke the hotly-contested issues of immigration and the plight of the refuge that figured so heavily in both American and European recent elections. The journey for the viewer of Escape may be short and sensory, or may be evocative of bigger issues like the death-defying travails undertaken by Central American and Syrian refuges. May each visitor find the way to experience this monumental work.


First and Second Year Studio Art Masters of Fine Art Candidates

April 1-19 and April 29-May 28
American University Department of Art presents the work of current first and second year Studio Art MFA candidates in a two-part exhibition. From April 1-April 19, MFA First year students present work completed during their first year, followed by the thesis presentation of MFA second year students from April 29-May 28. Collectively, these emerging artists represent study, experimentation, and reflection while also providing a window into each artist’s individual artistic practice.


Time Stands Still

Elizbeta Sikorska

April 1 – May 28

No matter how we reflect on time, it is a contemplative and complicated subject. Time affects everything: people, animals, woodlands, earth, stone, and artifacts. These are the elements that Elzbieta Sikorska uses in her large scale, multimedia drawings, conceived as loose pictorial narratives whose common thread is the continuity of being. Rather than offering definitive conclusions, these works are intended to lead us into a deeper and more intimate consideration of our own relationship to time – our constant companion. This exhibition is curated by Aneta Georgievska-Shine


Carlos Luna

April 1 – May 28

Black Bite features the latest work of one of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists, Carlos Luna. In this exhibition, painting, sculpture and installation become one to portray Cuban stories and fables. While using culturally-specific imagery, Luna demonstrates all that we have in common. “Ever since the first people were around, our problems have been about ourselves, what we are doing, our existence…but people even from different backgrounds can relate to human problems.” Luna brings his viewers into the darkness and returns them to the light, both physically and psychologically.


The Stations of the Cross

A pilgrimage for art lovers 

March 1 - April 16

Across the chasm of two thousand years, Jesus' tortured journey through the streets of Jerusalem resonates with people of many faiths and backgrounds. This unique exhibition—held in 14 locations across Washington, DC—will use works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths. The Stations weave through religious as well as secular spaces, leading viewers across the District from the United Methodist Building adjacent to the Supreme Court, to the National Cathedral.

This exhibition was curated by Rev. Dr. Catriona Laing and Dr. Aaron Rosen. It is supported by the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, Coexist House, the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and Trinity Church, Wall Street.

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Tammra Sigler, A Very Serious Garden – Pink
Tammra Sigler, A Very Serious Garden – Pink, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on Arches Oil Paper, 51.5 x 50.5 in.


Foon Sham, Escape
Foon Sham, Escape, 2016. Installation.


Sharon Wolpoff, Marco Serving Spaghetti
Sharon Wolpoff, Marco Serving Spaghetti, 2016, Monotype, 10 x 7.5 in.