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Alchemical Vessels 2014

125 Artists, 20 Curators

April 4 - May 16, 2014

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Friday, April 4, 7-9pm
May 2 - Alchemical Vessels Benefit May 2, 2014, 7-9pm

- Opening Reception - Friday, April 4, 7-9pm
- Special Benefit Event (learn more here) - Friday, May 2, 7-9pm
- Artists' Closing Reception - Friday, May 16, 7-9pm

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is proud to announce the return of Alchemical Vessels, featuring 125 artists hand-selected by 20 of DC's prominent curators participating in a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist will transform a simple ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, community, sacred space, and  the alchemical vessel.

The ceramic bowl was selected as the fundamental element of the exhibition to symbolize creating a space where healing can take place—an idea at the heart of Smith Center's work and mission. Metaphorically speaking, Smith Center—the space and the work we do within our walls—resembles an alchemical vessel. People bring their everyday burdens, fears, and pains to us, and in this place of holding, we help transform those toxic elements into hope, light, wisdom and strength.

Alchemical Vessels 2014 (April 4 - May 16) from Smith Center on Vimeo.

The Alchemical Vessels Exhibition will be open at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery from April 4th through May 16th, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 7-9pm. And join us on Friday, May 2nd at 7pm for the exclusive Alchemical Vessels 2014 Benefit, where for a $125 Benefit-Vessel Contribution, you can select a work from the exhibition to add to your collection. For more information, visit

Artists: Eames Armstrong, Sardar Aziz, Karen Baer, Beth Baldwin, Michele Banks, Joseph Barbaccia, Carolyn Becker, Jessica Beels, Joan Belmar, Lori Anne Boocks, Anne Bouie, Amy Braden, Nancy Bratton, Julia Brown, Karen O. Brown, Larry Brown, Amanda Burnham, Lenny Campello, Shanthi Chandrasekar, Mei Mei Chang, Peter Charles, Asma Chaudhary, Travis Childers, Eunmee Chung, Wesley Clark, Chanel Compton, Michael Corigliano, Candy Cummings, Anna U Davis, Rosetta DeBerardinis, Tamara De Silva, Elsabe Dixon, Joel D’Orazio, David D’Orio, Chelsea S. Dobert-Kehn, Thomas Drymon, Nekisha Durrett, Victor Ekpuk, Laura Elkins, Dana Ellyn, Benay Fallin, Felisa Federman, Jeremy Flick, Suzi Fox,  Barbara Frank, Nancy Frankel, Shaunté Gates, Dawn Gavin, Bita Ghavami, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Melissa Glasser, Janis Goodman, Pat Goslee, Sherill Anne Gross, John Grunwell, Nelson Gutierrez, Kristen Hayes, Eve Hennessa, Linda Hesh, Matt Hollis, Leslie Holt, Jessica Hopkins, Karen Hubacher, Kevin Hunt, Monica Jahan Bose, Barbara Johnson, Wayson R. Jones, J’Nell Jordan, Mila Kagan, Sumita Kim, Joan Konkel, Yar Koporulin, Kate Kretz, Randall Lear, Yue Li, Nathan Loda, Armando Lopez-Bircann, Laurel Lukaszewski, James Mahoney, J.J. McCracken, Donald McCray, Jayme McLellen, Tendani Mpulubusi El, Kiri Nakamura, Komelia Okim, Amie Oliver, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., Luis Peralta, Michael Platt, Maryanne Pollock, Lynn Putney, Maria-Lana Queen, Beverly Ress, Kim Reyes, Glenn Richardson, Marie Ringwald, Pam Rogers, Lisa Rosenstein, Nicole Salimbene, Samantha Sethi, Matt Sesow, Shahin Shikhaliyev, Ellen Sinel,  Casey Snyder, Susan Stacks, Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Strunge, Lynn Sures, Lynn Sylvester, Ira Tattelman, Christine Buckton Tilman, Erwin Timmers, Ben Tolman, Novie Trump, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Laurie Tylec, Michael Verdon, Jodi Walsh, Jenny Walton, Ellyn Weiss, Stephanie Williams, Audrey Wilson, Sharon Wolpoff, & Carmen C. Wong.

Curators: Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Educator, Philanthropist & Founder of D.C.'s Duke Ellington School for the Arts | Jarvis DuBois, Independent Curator & Principal at J. DuBois Arts | Monica Jahan Bose, Artist & Activist | Anne L'Ecuyer, Arts Management Faculty at American University | Camille Mosley-Pasley, Photographer & Principal at Pasley Place Photography | BG Muhn, Professor of Art, Georgetown University | Michael O'Sullivan, Art Critic for The Washington Post | Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D., NIH Physician, Fine Art Collector & Past Board Chair, Washington Project for the Arts | Michael B. Platt, Fine Artist  | Jennifer Riddell, Interpretive Projects Manager at the National Gallery of Art | Adah Rose, Principal at Adah Rose Gallery | Laura Roulet, Independent Curator & Writer | Molly Ruppert, Artist & Gallery Director at the Warehouse Theater | Terry Scott, Cultural Organizer & Independent Curator | Judy J. Sherman, Art Consultant & Principal at j fine art | Thomas Stanley, Professor at George Mason University | Nuzhat Sultan, Independent Curator | Tim Tate, Artist & Co-Director of the Washington Glass School | R.L. Tillman, Artist, Teacher & Curator | Dolly Vehlow, Fine Art Collector & Principal at Gallery O on H

Planning Committee: Helen Frederick, Deborah Lesser, Kim Schelling, Timothy Schelling, & Ellyn Weiss

Above: Matt Hollis, floralchemical, Silk flowers and fabric, 2014
Below: Barbara Johnson, Pneuma, Graphite and acrylic paint, 2014

Special Thanks to our Artisan Sponsors, Timothy and Kim Schelling, and to our Sponsors:


Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.

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