Studio Visit recently included my work in its magazine. Since 2008, this juried book has featured approximately 150 artists per publication. To view a digital copy of this volume, visit the list of Volume 42 participants (link to PDF at the top of the page).
Matthew Shepard Foundation Gala
Saturday, October 20 in Denver, Colorado
Hilton Denver City Center
On Saturday, October 20, I had the honor of attending the Matthew Shepard Foundation 20th anniversary gala, where the painting of Matthew Shepard that I created last year — Matthew Shepard Was A Target — was exhibited. (See Targets and Trophies, left.) It was an inspiring evening, one where I met Matthew’s parents Judy and Dennis, Adam Rippon, and so many other gracious people.
I am sincerely grateful to the foundation, which after the event installed the painting in its offices in Denver. I also cannot thank my longtime friends Sharon Power and Brent Spraggins enough, as they not only helped me transport, assemble, and hang the piece, but also hosted me during my stay out west.
Matthew Shepard Foundation | Embracing Diversity
I Love To Hate You | IA&A at Hillyer
August 3 – September 2, 2018 in Washington, DC
Opening Reception: 6-9pm on Friday, August 3
Artist Talk: 6:30-8pm on Wednesday, August 8
What does it mean to concurrently love and hate something? To experience physical and emotional attraction and repulsion at the same time? How is it confusing to be affirmed and reviled? This disorienting state of affairs embodies the artworks in this exhibition: The Antidote, Yesterday’s 30,and Trapped.
A series of seven paintings, The Antidote accentuates the unjust stigma and shame that those who are infected with HIV or who may take Truvada as a preventative experience. The Super 8 motion picture film Yesterday’s 30 mourns the tragic loss of 30 transgender people in the United States in 2017. The tower Trapped, constructed of hardware-assembled rat traps enhanced with metallic paint, offers an attractive dichotomy for each viewer: the rich allure of a lustrous surface versus the intended use for its materials. This metaphor describes the confusion that many LGBTQ Americans feel when confronted both with embrace and disdain.
IA&A at Hillyer, 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008
Art for Emily’s List | Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot
7:30-9:30pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Emily’s List is a national organization dedicated to elect pro-choice Democratic women to national, state and local office (visit emilyslist.org). This event, a fundraiser for the organization, will feature handmade, framed artwork that will auction for $100 or less. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Emily’s List. Join us for an evening dedicated a great cause!
Featured Artists: Damon Arhos, Pedro Blanco, Kristine DeNinno, Jim Maio, Clare Winslow, and Sink Artist (Brenna Lenchak).
Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, 1626 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
STIFF | Cade Center Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College
March 6 – April 11, 2018 in Arnold, Maryland
Public Reception: 5-7pm on Wednesday, March 28 (with coordinator’s talk at 5:30pm)
STIFF brings together six contemporary artists in an exhibit curated by René Treviño. Felons might face STIFF sentences; a STIFF knee joint is inflexible. One might STIFF a waiter for bad service; a dead body is called a STIFF. The word STIFF in the title of the exhibit references arousal, rigidity, hardness. The work all has a palpable sense of heat and energy. These six artists assert themselves into complicated conversations about race, identity, gender and sexuality, yet these works have a sense of humor (the way sex is sometimes funny) and a visual splendor.
Featured Artists: Damon Arhos, Cat Gunn, Nathan Miller, Isabelle Schipper, and Wickerham & Lomax.
Cade Center Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Maryland 21012
Ironed Out | Bowie State University Galleries
December 13, 2017 – February 17, 2018 in Bowie, Maryland
Artist’s Talk: 4pm on Tuesday, February 13
As I often tell my Art History students at Bowie State University, “Everything is a remix!” — deriving the quote from the 2010 video series by Kirby Ferguson. Artists often appropriate and combine existing ideas to form something new. In this spirit, I created this series of “Iron Paintings” as aggregates of several longstanding artistic explorations — including Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, the examination of gender roles, and the long legacy of abstract expressionism.
When combined, these ideas (and these artworks) introduce many new questions given our presence at this moment in history. What assumptions does a viewer overlay upon the irons — objects that I used as tools for painting, but that have their own context within contemporary culture? Are they simply appliances, or do they have inherent value as artworks? And, given the process for creating the works, are the results simply replications of a bygone era or a conceptual product that surpasses self-expression? These questions emerged as I created the works — and, I intend for them to inspire conversation and thought regarding the ambiguity of conviction.
Bowie State University Galleries, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715
From the Connersmith press release:
Connersmith is pleased to announce ACADEMY 2017, the 17th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by MFA / BFA students in the Washington / Baltimore area. This year’s exhibition will be held online on our website as we complete construction on our new gallery space at 1013 O St., NW, Washington, DC, in the heart of the Shaw Historic District.
Exhibition founder and curator Dr. Jamie Smith invited the following artists to participate:
Artists: Damon Arhos, Mary Baum, Zac Benson, Noah McWilliams, Caileigh Nerney, Jen Noone, Patrick Quinn, Judas Recendez, Edward Victor-Sanchez.
Representing Institutions: American University; The Catholic University of America; Corcoran School of the Arts and Design; George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences; Maryland Institute College of Art; University of Maryland, College Park.
Connersmith, 1013 O St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Targets and Trophies | Painting and overview featured @ MatthewsPlace.com
Posted in August 2017
MatthewsPlace.com, the official blog of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, recently posted a reflection of my summer 2017 MFA thesis exhibition, Targets and Trophies.
Through a series of mixed media two and three-dimensional works, Targets and Trophies is an investigation of gay culture as an ongoing target of discrimination and violence.
“As a studio artist, I wanted to emphasize how horrific events often make things better for others — how the tragedy of someone like Shepard (or Harvey Milk, whose portrait I also painted for the exhibition) also creates hope.”
Matthew Shepard Foundation | Embracing Diversity
Embedded Sources | Full Circle Gallery
June 17 – July 29, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland
Artists who employ the photographic medium to arrive at a non-photographic artwork or who utilize the medium to illustrate another artistic or creative event before the lens. Curated by Brian Miller.
Participating artists include: Damon Arhos, Stephanie Benassi, and Jon Malis.
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 2pm; closed on Sunday.
Full Circle Ltd., 33 East 21st Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Camp Artscape: Parents’ Day! | Center for the Arts Gallery | Towson University
July 8 – August 5, 2017 in Towson, Maryland
This exhibition plays on the 2017 Artscape theme of “camp” by bringing together local and regional artists working with fibers, craft and found materials, or within the themes of nature, games or performance inherent to such spaces. Curated by Erin Lehman and J. Susan Isaacs.
Participating artists include: Laura Amussen, Damon Arhos, Kyle Bauer, Rachel Bone, Mary Baum, Lori Anne Boocks, Loring Boglioni, Travis Childer, Atsuko Chirikjian, Brent Crothers, Geoffrey Delanoy, Steven Dobbin, Anna Fine-Foer, Zoe Friedman, Alice Gadzinski, Gregory Hein, Reagen Lake, Mike McConnell, Greg McLemore, Renée Rendine, Janna Rice, Nicole Salimbene, Leslie Shellow, Molly Springfield, Dominic Terlizzi, Andrei Trach, Alice Valenti, Lars Westby, and Evan West.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm.
Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252
Targets and Trophies | MFA Thesis Exhibition | Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
June 23 – July 10, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland (Closed July 4)
Opening Reception: 5-7pm on Saturday, June 24
Experience the next generation of creative thinkers — artists, designers, filmmakers, educators, curators and critics — as they demonstrate the power and possibilities of contemporary art and design. MICA Grad Show 2017 includes exhibitions and critiques, gallery talks and presentations, public programs, a symposium, and student-curated installations throughout Baltimore City. Join a season of innovative and inspiring events and exhibitions featuring the culminating work of more than 150 of MICA’s graduate students from the College’s internationally renowned programs.
My MFA thesis exhibition explores my own identity and the identities of others. Via the appropriation of cultural imagery, ordinary objects and staged photography, I examine how our individual experiences influence gender identity, sexual orientation and human relationships.
Gallery hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm.
MICA Decker Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217
Macho – The Mask of Masculinity | DC Arts Center
April 28 – May 28, 2017 in Washington, DC
Opening Reception: 7-9pm on Friday, April 28
“Macho” takes as its point of departure recent debates about the role of men in contemporary society. As exhibition curators began exploring ideas for this exhibition, they continuously came across examples of work showcasing people who were “projecting” an air of strength and masculinity rather than openly revealing their authentic male selves. These artists all react, in their own ways, to the promulgated notion that “masculinity” itself is not a trait that simply exists, but rather one that needs to be worn like a mask. Masks of real and imaginary uniforms, physical poses and symbolic props, aid the figures in projecting this shroud of self-aggrandizement. The concept reaches far beyond the limits of a single exhibition, but we present this provocative group of artists making engaging, surprising and challenging art around this subject as a means of furthering the existing dialogue, exposing both the disturbing and comical evocations of our title to engage with the conflicting realities of post-modern manhood.
Participating artists include: Damon Arhos, Larry Cooke, Michael Corigliano, Joseph Daniel, Timothy Johnson, Mark Newport, Robert O’Leary, Katie Warren, and Dawn Whitmore.
Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 2-7pm.
DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fused Fragments: The Art of Collage | Willow Street Gallery
February 4 – March 12, 2017 in Washington, DC
Opening Reception: 6-8pm on Saturday, February 4
I am honored to participate in Fused Fragments: The Art of Collage at Willow Street Gallery. All of the artists in this exhibition use fragments and found objects to create a new artistic reality. The resulting works display surprising uses of juxtaposition, layering, shape, line, color, patterns, deconstruction and repurposing.
Participating artists include: Damon Arhos, JoAnn Block, Alexandra Chiou, Rob Deatherage, Pam Eichner, Sara Levy, Jim Maio, Nancy McNamara, Danielle O’Brien, Marc Pekala, Rebecca Rives-Rogers, Lisa Rosenstein, Eliza Wapner, Sara West, and Jordann Wine.
Gallery hours: Saturdays 12pm-2pm, Sundays 11am-3pm, or by appointment.
Willow Street Gallery, 6925 Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
Cadence | Gallery B
November 30 – December 31, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland
Opening Reception: 6-8pm on Friday, December 9
Cadence refers to a characteristic rhythmic pattern that indicates the end of a phrase and brings about a sense of resolution. Similar patterns can be found in visual art as well. In the exhibition, Cadence, at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, a trio of artists explores rhythms of abstract painting and printmaking through a visual “conversation” on canvas, paper, and wood.
Visual connections found in the world around us are a source of energy for three local artists: Kristine DeNinno, Damon Arhos, and Clare Winslow. In paintings and prints completed over the past two years, the work of these artists, who are also friends, offers an unspoken dialogue about the relevance of various media and methods, as well as reaffirming the value of looking at the world through an abstract lens.
The artists’ three approaches reveal a variety of differences as well: surfaces vary between textured and smooth, dense or delicate, depending on the medium and substrate used. The subject matter throughout often relates to nature and relationships, but is not exclusive to it. Ultimately the viewer is invited to bring his or her own response to the work, and will be rewarded by looking. This vibrant exhibition provides a range of opportunities for the viewer – from enjoying the sense of “flow” unique to nonrepresentational art, to actively engaging in a search for the connections that bind all.
Gallery B, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
WPA Auction Gala | Washington, DC
Opening Reception: 7-9pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016
Gala: 7-11pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016
Tickets now are available for the 2016 Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) Auction Gala, which will take place on Saturday, April 9. Curator Kimberly Glatfelter Graham has included my works Hearts in Geometric III & IV in the auction, which features more than 100 emerging and established artists.
Now in its 35th year, the WPA Auction Gala is WPA’s most important fundraising event. Guests include more than 700 artists, collectors, arts professionals, and business leaders. The event supports WPA’s mission to promote contemporary art and artists in the greater DC metropolitan region. Proceeds from the sale of art are split equally between the participating artists and WPA and go to support WPA’s free programming all year round.
Washington Projects for the Arts, 2124 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Residency | Vermont Studio Center
I will be in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in February 2016. Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center has become the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. It provides studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form.
Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, Vermont 05656
New Light | DC Arts Studios | Washington, DC
Opening Reception: 6-9pm on Thursday, September 24
DC Arts Studios presents New Light, a juried show of DC Arts members curated by Damon Arhos. Join us from 6-9pm for the opening reception in our new Willow Street Gallery space on the first floor. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided.
The definitions of the word “light” are numerous. Electromagnetic radiation. Dawn. Spiritual illumination. Enlightenment. Truth. As images inspired by these and other diverse interpretations, the artwork included in the DC Arts Studios exhibit, New Light, investigates our endlessly changing perceptions of depth, color and form. We exist in an age where technology continuously reinvents our understanding of the behavior of light. By continuing to explore its properties, these artists create abstract and representational forms that reinvent our visual sensations. Via intensity or absence, each artist demonstrates the power of luminosity to attract and engage. Further, each presents light within a present-day context, understanding both its historic legacy in art while celebrating its potential to inspire and inform. As such, these material interpretations are a renewal — a way to see the light anew.
Featured Artists: Jo Ann Block, Pam Eichner, Bradley Gay, Julie Koehler, Leslie Goldman, Sara Levy, Megan Maher, Jim Maio, William Mitchell, Craig Moran, Nikkia K. Redd, Maria Simonsson, Sarah West, Jordann Wine and Sean Yates.
DC Arts Studios, 6925 Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
The Gaps Between Us | Ortega y Gasset Projects
August 21-30, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York
Opening Reception: 6-8pm on Friday, August 21
Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to host “The Gaps Between Us” – an exhibition of work by MICA Low-Residency MFA candidates Damon Arhos, Sarah Clough Chambers, Suzy Kopf, and Kirk Daniel Palmer. The exhibition runs from Friday, August 21 to Sunday August 30. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, August 21, 6-8pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays 1-6pm or by appointment.
Working from traditions of painting, the artists in this show use the formats of painting to explore a diverse range of themes related to contemporary American culture. These include leisure culture, personal histories, queer identity, and the nature of perception. A unifying theme of the work is the relationship to traditional approaches to painting, while simultaneously pushing the limits if the medium’s scale and material presence. Perhaps most importantly, personal friendship unifies this group of individuals, each of whom occupies a different age bracket and each of whom have a unique biography. Their identity as a group speaks to the potential for visual art to diminish separateness and create new paths of communication among individuals who are otherwise quite different from one another.
The MICA Low-Residency program is an unconventional course of study for the MFA degree. In place of the traditional two-year program, Low-Residency convenes over four summer sessions at the MICA campus in Baltimore, MD. For the remainder of the year, students have the option to live and maintain a studio practice elsewhere. This model attracts students from diverse geographical locations and cultural backgrounds, and often with expertise in other fields.
This exhibition is organized by Ortega y Gasset member Eric Hibit.
Also on view: a site-specific installation in the gallery vestibule by George Rush
Upcoming: Color Against Color, curated by Eric Hibit, opens Sept. 11, 2015
Ortega y Gasset Projects, 363 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Hothouse: ImPRINT at Capitol Skyline Hotel
Presented by Washington Project for the Arts
May 7 – June 20, 2015
Opening Reception: 7-9pm on Thursday, May 7
I recently received the news that I have been accepted to participate in Hothouse: ImPRINT, a juried group exhibition of works by Washington Project for the Arts member artists. In addition to showing my work in the exhibition, I will work with juror Robert Bettman to write an article about my creative process for publication in the arts magazine Bourgeon.
About the Juror
Robert Bettmann is the founder and editor of the arts magazine Bourgeon. Following professional training on scholarship at the School of the Washington Ballet and the Alvin Ailey School, Bettmann danced professionally for numerous modern dance companies. He worked as an editorial assistant for W.W. Norton, and received his MA on Fellowship from American University. VDM: Verlag published his book of environmental history, Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body in 2009. In 2013 Day Eight published Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work (general editor Robert Bettmann). Robert blogs regularly for local and national outlets on the arts and policy, and was recently elected to the governing Council of the State Arts Action Network.
Hothouse is a series of exhibitions, installations, and events organized by Washington Project for the Arts and take place in the Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge. Created as a way to provide new opportunities for WPA member artists and forge new connections within DC’s creative communities, Hothouse presents member-initiated programming on a regular basis. Hothouse: ImPRINT is part of this series.
The Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW in Washington, DC. For more information, visit the About WPA page.