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Tenth Annual FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition

September 27, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Tenth Annual FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition

In collaboration with the Workhouse Arts Center, the FCPS Fine Arts Office presents the 10th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition, an art exhibition recognizing the creative endeavors of FCPS artist-teachers. FCPS art and music teachers were invited to submit original works for consideration. This year 125 original works of art and music were submitted by 52 fine arts teachers. Art Juror, Justin Sutters, PhD, Director of the George Mason University graduation art education program, selected 42 artworks by 29 artists to be included. Dr. Sutters provided a juror’s statement, included below. In addition to the visual art, original music compositions by music teachers Michael Carr, Karine Chapdelaine-Walker, Heather Evans, and Tim Kloth will be played in the gallery.

The exhibition will be open from September 27th through October 22th in the McGuire Woods Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. A reception will be held on the evening of October 14th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Featured visual artists include: Julia Bargo, Ashley Birkmaier, Brandy Carter, Lisa Devore, Nathan Drake, Justyne Fischer, Elaine Florimonte, Liz Frank, Anne Gorham, H. Sarina Haris, Jen Jensen, Kathleen Kendall, Bethany Mallino, Rory Marcaccio Schaffer, Marielle Mariano, Jayne Matricardi-Burke, Tammy Morin, Amy Ordoveza, India Maureen Oren, Suzanne Parrish, Kate Patsch, Scott Saylor, Susan Silva, Ramandip Singh, Greg Skrtic, Medhane Teclay, Christian Tribastone, Jonathan Weiner, and Ming Zaleski.

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Juror’s Statement, Justin Sutters, PhD

Similar to the complexities and nuance in teacher identity, artists often speak and/or represent the varied subjectivities and perspectives inherent to their being. This artist-teacher dichotomy is at times overly simplistic and fails to address the degrees of overlap and conflation therein. My initial response to the viewing of this work was one of contemplation and reverence towards the transparency and timeliness of many works that so clearly disclosed visceral responses to contemporary issues in society. Likewise, many pieces were deeply personal and spoke to the relational aspect of being an art educator, in that what happens outside of the classroom is often consciously, or subconsciously, present in our work and pedagogy. Lastly, the breadth of technical skill and proficiency in contemporary media heightened an overall sophistication and the selected works are representative of the skill set afforded to students in Fairfax County Public Schools. Lastly, my intent is for the selected works to be didactic in nature so as to inform and educate prospective viewers and provide a platform for continued dialogue and inquiry. Making such distinctions is never easy, but I am honored to jury this show and I want to express my utmost respect for those that have participated.


September 27, 2017
October 22, 2017
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W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA, 22079
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