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Fragile Beauty

May 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am - July 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Fragile Beauty May 9 – July 1, 2022

I Street Galleries 200 I Street SE Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


With this exhibition, 33 DC artists seek to bring a sense of balance to an array of environmental injustices. Their art and their vision advocate awareness, mindfulness, consciousness, and stewardship, offering pathways towards personal partnership with our planet. They tell their stories with painting, sculpture, prints, photography, and installations. They inform us of both the joyful and the sorrowful, the woeful and the hopeful. Their work will challenge, enlighten, and inform your sense of wonder for exploring the beauty, power, and magnificent mystery of our home planet. We thank these artists for their commitment to illuminating the importance of nurturing and protecting the fragile beauty of the place we all call home. Fragile Beauty is the first juried art exhibition initiated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The new Juried Exhibition Grant provides support for DC artists to exhibit their creative vision to the residents of Washington, DC. -Jarvis Grant, Juror The exhibition is accompanied by a ten-page brochure, and text is offered in both English and Spanish.

Featured artists: Tammy Barnes, Jeffrey Berg, Monica Jahan Bose, Elizabeth Casqueiro, Gloria Chapa, Michèle Colburn, Chris Combs, Shaughn Cooper with Kelsye Adams, Frank Hallam Day, Anna U Davis, R.A. Dean, Julee Dickerson-Thompson, Cheryl D. Edwards, David Allen Harris, Michael Iacovone, Michael Janis, Noel Kassewitz, Sally Kauffman, Barry D. Lindley, Patrick McDonough, Regina Miele, Steven Muñoz, Werllayne Nunes, Chelsea Ritter-Soronen, Lisa K. Rosenstein, Carly Rounds, Amanda Sauer, Alexandra Silverthorne, Ira Tattelman, Roderick Turner, Jessica van Brakle, Dawn Whitmore, Bahar Yürükoğlu. Jurors: Elizabeth Ashe, sculptor, poet and curator Claude Elliott, arts consultant and independent curator Jarvis Grant, photographer, arts educator and creative strategist Zsudayka Nzinga, artist, curator and educator Programs: From Art to Action Thursday, May 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm I Street Galleries To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Fragile Beauty, this panel will discuss Environmental Justice in art and action. Featuring artists Noel Kassewitz and Werllayne Nunes, and activist Kelsye Adams. Moderated by Michael Feldman, of the Theater and Policy Salon. Film and Flood Resilience Thursday, June 2, 4:00-5:30 pm VIRTUAL A discussion focused on photographers, filmmakers and planners who address flood resilience in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and other locales with threatened shorelines. Featuring artists Alexandra Silverthorne and Bahar Yürükoğlu, New Orleans architectural designer and planner Jaime Ramiro (Rami) Diaz, and a representative of DC’s Department of Energy and the Environment. Climate Pledge Workshop Monday, June 27, 12:00 – 1:30 pm I Street Galleries To celebrate the closing of Fragile Beauty, artist Monica Bose will offer an interactive climate pledge workshop. Learn more and register for programs here: Juried Exhibition Grant The Juried Exhibition Grant (JEG) provides support for District-based artists to exhibit their work in a juried, themed visual art exhibition through grant support and use of CAH’s exhibition space within their District owned building lobby and CAH’s virtual platform. The FY22 exhibition has been organized around the theme of environmental justice. About the Commission The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an independent agency within the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. As the official arts agency for Washington, DC, CAH is supported by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


May 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am EDT
July 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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